Wednesday, June 26, 2013

no. 188 - dodgers rookie stars

Who is the man: Bob Valentine and Mike Strahler tore up the Pacific Coast League in 1970 to win mention on this card. Valentine, who appeared in five games for the Dodgers in 1969, spent all of 1970 with Spokane and pounded out 211 hits with a .340 average. Strahler, meanwhile, won 15 games for Spokane and was called up to appear in six games with the Dodgers in 1970.

Can ya dig it: This card is rather scuffed up as I obtained it as one of my early 1971s as a teenager. An upgraded copy is in my Dodgers binder.

Right on: This is the only time on a Topps card that Valentine is referred to as "Bob." He's "Bobby" on every other card.

You see these rookies are bad mothers: Dodgers or no, rookies are not bad ass.

Shut your mouth: How many people have wanted to say that to Valentine over the years? Possibly the most vocal guy in baseball this side of Reggie Jackson.

No one understands him but his woman: Strahler played four years in the majors, all without one kidney. He was forced to have his right kidney removed when he was pitching in the minors for the Phillies in the late 1960s.

(A word about the back): "Bob". It sounds so weird.

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