Wednesday, April 12, 2017

30-day baseball card challenge, a few days at a time

tony at off hiatus recently posted a 30-day baseball card challenge, similar to a blog bat around
tony used a photo of the brewers' former home, county stadium, as the backdrop for his list of 30 different posts.  i modified it to feature dodger stadium.  i've failed at the daily part of the challenge, but i like the idea.  here are the first 3 challenges all wrapped up into a single post.  i'll try not to show just dodger cards...

day 1 was supposed to feature a card from the current year with a photo you like.  easy.  here's a 2017 topps heritage dodger team card
it features a photo of charlie culberson celebrating his division winning walk-off home run last season in what was also vin scully's last home game.

day 2 was supposed to feature a card with more than one player on it. also easy. here's a 2001 topps devil rays team card
it's got a roster full of players on it, but most importantly, it features coach bill russell in the front row.  he's right about the ray, fifth from the left. i mentioned this card in my previous post.  2000 was the only year russell was on the major league coaching roster for tampa bay - he had spent 1999 managing their triple-a team, and then moved on to manage in the giants' minor league system in 2001.  davey lopes and dusty baker show up on a bunch of non-dodger team cards, too, and i've just begun putting them in my post-dodger player collections for each of those guys.

day 3 was supposed to feature a card from the first set you tried to complete. for me, that's 1978 topps.  just to be random, here's bob bailey's 1978 topps card.
bailey played for the dodgers in 1967 and 1968, and hit exactly .227 (73 for 322) both years.  that's one of my favorite statistical anomalies, and i only knew of it because, back in my day, complete career stats
were printed on the backs of topps baseball cards! bonus back of the card info: "beach" can be abbreviated as "b'ch".

1 comment:

  1. Now that's one of the coolest statistical anomalies I've seen in awhile.