Friday, December 3, 2010

Here's a player we've seen (perhaps a little too much of) in another card featured on this blog:

Card #151 -- Wes Parker, Los Angeles Dodgers

It almost seems like you see more of Parker on Steve Garvey's card.

On what seems to be a slow day at Dodger Stadium -- check out all the empty bleacher seats -- Parker appears to be holding Greg Luzinski on first. Lee Lacy, a 1972 rookie,  is standing at his second base position (the Dodgers' more familiar second sacker Davey Lopes didn't play his first game until late in the '72 season). As for Wes Parker, 1972 would be his last year in the major leagues. He moved into the broadcast booth for the Cincinnati Reds for '73 and then played one season in Japan in '74.

While Parker's retirement ended a nine-year association with the team, it ushered in another important era. Since Steve Garvey moved over to first in place of Parker, he would soon team with shortstop Bill Russell, the aforementioned Lopes and Ron Cey to form what became baseball's longest-tenured infield combo.


  1. i love that card. it's wes' final tribute and it's taken in dodger stadium, either july 22 or 23rd. truly a classic 73 topps card. neither lacy nor willie davis look all that ready for the next pitch.

  2. Willie Davis' 1973 card was likely from the same game

  3. Looks like the person walking up the stairs has very little on. Wasn't Wes Parker on the Brady Bunch once?

  4. Wes Parker not only appeared on "The Brady Bunch", he had parts on shows like "Emergency!", "McMillan & Wife", "Police Story" and "Police Woman".