Sunday, October 27, 2019

1981 Topps Doug Rau

The front: Simple, classic spring training shot.

The back: Two of the three-hitters were complete games. However, the other one was a two-inning relief appearance.

The player: Rau was a key part of the Dodger teams that won three pennants in the 1970s. From 1972 to 1979 he went 81-60 with a 3.35 ERA. A rotator cuff injury in 1979 effectively ended his career. He only pitched in three more games after that, in a failed comeback with the Angels in 1981.

The man: He seems to have kept a low profile since his playing career. Anyone know what Doug Rau is doing now?

My collection: I have 12 of his cards, from 1973 to 1981. I would be interested in trading for 1979 Kellogg’s #56.


  1. I was a Rau fan when I was a kid. I always went for the underdog pitchers, so I liked Rau and Rhoden on a staff that included Don Sutton and Tommy John. This card has always been sad as it was the end of the line for him.

  2. it was weird to see him in an angels hat in the 1981 topps traded set, for sure! i saw rau pitch several times at dodger stadium, but i was more of a sutton and hooton fan. i don't know what he's been up to after his playing days, but he has responded to ttm requests in the past.