Card of the Moment #15
February 26th, 2010 by slangon

2005 SP Legendary Cuts Classic Careers Johnny Podres Jersey

I’d say my modest collection of relic cards is pretty diverse for it’s size. One thing I was always missing and always regretted was that I didn’t have any old-timey jersey relics. I rectified that eventually when I picked up this here Johnny Podres jersey card. It’s really interesting looking at this one as compared to every other jersey card I have. This one just looks scratchy and hot and uncomfortable and old-school. It’s really awesome. It’s also not really white. I don’t know if the Dodgers jerseys back then were off white or if it just turned a little yellow from age, but it sure beats a plain white jeresey swatch any day of the week.

Johnny Podres pitched for the Dodgers from 1953-66, bridging the move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. He was an All-Star in 1958, 1960 and 1962. It’s interesting that he was an All-Star every other year. It’s even more interesting when you compare his record of his All-Star years with his record from the years in between them. His All-Star year win-loss records from ’58 to ’62, in order, are 13-15, 14-12 and 15-13. Not bad, right. But his records for 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1963 are as follows: 12-9, 14-9, 18-5 and 14-12. I find it especially hard to believe he didn’t make the team in ’61 what with that 18-5 record and all. Oh, and he also won the 1955 World Series MVP.

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