Thursday, October 27, 2011

1977 joe ferguson

joe ferguson, who had been acquired by the cardinals during the 1976 season in the reggie smith trade, was sent to houston in november of 1976 for larry dierker and jerry davanon. here is his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
this card is pretty hideous, and i'm a joe ferguson fan. i'm also pretty sure that the original photo used by o-pee-chee has fergie in a dodger uni.  i recognize those trees.  here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
since ferguson was featured as a dodger in the 1976 topps and o-pee-chee sets, and wasn't in the traded set, o-pee-chee collectors at the time may not have ever seen joe ferguson as a cardinal. they even got rid of him on the bobby murcer card, as we will see sometime in the future.

the astros installed ferguson as their everyday catcher, and he responded with 16 home runs, 61 rbi and a .257 batting average. he also played some first base for the first time in his big league career, and even stole a career high 6 bases! ferguson returned to houston for the 1978 season, but was traded to the dodgers after 51 games, earning a spot as a dodger 'double dipper'.

voici à vous, 1977 joe ferguson!

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