Monday, June 17, 2019

1981 Topps Rudy Law

The front: Looks like he is catching his breath in the dugout. What dugout had green walls? Philadelphia?

The back: In 2011 Night Owl did a retrospective on Dodgers who wore the number 3. The next three Dodgers after Davis were African-American outfielders from California. Law came after Glenn Burke and before Derrel Thomas. Unlike the others Law was not from LA (he was from East Palo Alto). Perhaps all three were paying tribute to Davis? After Thomas the next Dodger to wear #3 was Steve Sax. He was followed by two other white infielders, Jeff Hamilton and Jody Reed. Perhaps they were paying tribute to Sax?

The player: Law’s greatest asset by far was his speed. In 749 games, mostly with the Dodgers and White Sox, he hit .271 with 18 HR and 199 RBI, but stole 228 bases. In 1983 he stole 77 bases and was caught just 12 times. He reached base 186 times, so he stole almost half the time he was on base that year.

The man: Law is now a youth baseball coach in Southern California.

My collection: I have 22 of his cards, from 1979 to 1987. I would be interested in trading for 1983 Fleer Star Stickers #150.

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