Friday, May 10, 2013

no. 174 - dave la roche

Who is the man: Dave LaRoche was entering his sophomore season when this card was released. He pitched 38 games in relief his rookie year in 1970.

Can ya dig it: This is another beaten up card from the first 1971 cards I received in a trade as a teenager. I've got some upgrading to do in the second series.

Right on: Rookie card!

You see this cat LaRoche is a bad mother: This "This Week in Baseball" highlight of LaRoche is awesome. Anyone who throws that pitch to Gorman Thomas three times in one at-bat is bad ass.

Shut your mouth: In a well-told story, Rod Carew and Dave LaRoche had it out in a closet after Carew told LaRoche to quit his negativity and LaRoche responded with "what are you going to do about it?"

No one understands him but his woman: LaRoche's actual last name is Garcia and he's of Spanish ancestry. But he changed his surname to "LaRoche" after his stepfather, causing some people to think his background was French. I guess that means we could have known LaRoche's son, the Nationals Adam LaRoche, by "Adam Garcia."

(A word about the back): I'm just realizing that win percentage is a stat on the backs of these cards. That's how useless win percentage is.


  1. Dave's son on the Nats is Adam LaRoche, former Braves great, and 3rd in homers last season.

    His youngest son Andy, former Dodger prospect, is now in the Blue Jay farm system, having not played in the bigs since 2011 with the A's.

  2. Gah. I always get that screwed up. Stop naming your kids with the same first initial!!!!


  3. Hey, no comments about the groovy sideburns?