Thursday, November 23, 2017

no. 727 - ray lamb

Who is the man: Ray Lamb pitched 35 games in relief for the Dodgers in 1970, going 6-1. He was traded to the Indians in December 1970.

Can ya dig it: Lamb looks drugged.

Right on: Thanks to the final series, we get to see Lamb in a real, live Indians uniform.

You see that cat Lamb is a bad mother: Lamb's first complete-game victory was a 7-hitter against the Yankees, a 2-1 win for last-place Cleveland in Yankee Stadium on May 14, 1971.

Shut your mouth: A Sports Illustrated archive says Lamb appeared in a movie as an extra during the 1970-71 offseason, but I can find no other mention of it.

No one understands him but his woman: Lamb is the last Dodgers player to wear the No. 42 before the Dodgers retired the number in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1972. Lamb wore the number in 1969.

(A word about the back): That write-up gets you up to date on Mr. Lamb right to the end.


  1. I find it interesting that the write-up mentions that he was traded to the Indians but doesn't say what team he came from. Unless you know the Dodgers' affiliates, you couldn't tell from this card.

  2. According to research Mr. Lamb was the only player to wear #42 after Jackie Robinson, and one of three to wear this number in Dodgers history. George Jeffcoat in 1939 was the first.

  3. On his 1972 card, also with Cleveland, Lamb is airbrushed from a Dodgers uniform for some reason.