Monday, July 25, 2022

1981 Topps Rich Dauer


The front: Dauer is at home, at Memorial Stadium. Not the prettiest swing, but maybe the ground ball got through for a base hit.

The back: Dauer was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021. In 1974 he had 108 hits, 181 total bases and 92 RBI. The current record-holders set their marks in 1985: Tim Barker of UCF had 142 hits, and Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State had 285 total bases and 143 RBI.

The player: Dauer played ten seasons, all for the Orioles, and was an excellent fielder, though just an OK hitter. In 1978 he set the AL record for consecutive errorless games for a second baseman, a record currently held by Placido Polanco. In 1,140 games he hit .257 with 43 HR and 372 RBI.

The man: After his playing career he was a coach and minor league manager for many years. He was the first base coach for the Astros when they won the World Series in 2017. During the team's victory parade in Houston he fell on the stage, suffered a subdural hematoma and nearly died. He is now retired.

My collection: I have 26 of his cards, from 1977 to 1986. I would be interested in trading for 1983 All Star Game Promo Inserts #NNO.


  1. Unfortunately, I only know of him after reading about that fall :(

  2. Of course, the Orioles won it in '83. Unfortunately.