Reggie is one of the great contradictions in my collection. Although he was a dreaded Yankee during the great Dodger/Yankee wars of the 70's, and he accomplished one of his biggest WS accomplishments to cement him as Mr. October against my Dodgers, and although he cheated and stuck his hip out in order to knock a double play ball off-track and keep a Yankee rally alive, I still love collecting his cards. Believe it or not, the card above is my first cloth sticker from that set. Nice.
Reggie was one of baseball's biggest figures and I had the privilege of watching him play. I loved to hate him. He was larger than life and he often backed it up. However, one of my greatest memories of the Fall Classic was watching rookie Bob Welch come in and freakin' STRIKE OUT Reggie in a major world Series pressure situation. This was also one of Tommy Lasorda's great moments of trusting his players. Sometimes that bit us in the behind (Tom Neidenfuerer), but Tommy's hunches mostly played out in the positive for the Blue.
I really wish we had a baseball card of Welch's World Series heroics. It was WS drama at its best. Reggie vs. a rookie - game on the line - 9th inning and a slim lead to be protected - one of the WS biggest bats ever at the plate - you could cut the tension with a knife.
Welch threw absolute heat and dared Reggie to hit 'em. Mr. October swung with ALL of his might. I could feel the wind whooshing off of Reggie's bat and through my TV set! The frustration on Reggie's face when Welch blows strike three past him is absolutely priceless. Let's watch...
Back to the cards...
|I can't resist cards featuring the K-Boys|
|I'm a big Eddie Murray fan. I was glad when he was a Dodger. I usually only want cards from guys in thier time with the Blue Crew, but I make an exception for Murray. He's certainly more widely known as an Oriole.|
Kerry, being the cool trader he is, didn't stop with with the cards I requested. He generously tossed in some extras: Dodgers and HOFers. Check out some of my faves...
|I didn't collect much heritage, and the packs I did buy yeilded very few Dodgers, so I'm very glad to get these.|
|Who don't like cards of the Bison?|
|This is a cool card that I didn't know existed till it was in my hands.|
|Sooner or later I'm gonna have a binder page of Lou Gehrigs...and that's only going to be possible because you all helped me get there. :)|
THANKS for the awesome trade, Kerry. Looking forward to the next one.