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joe ferguson, dodgers

Player: Ferguson, Joe

Card: 1972 Topps #616

Position: C

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Joseph Vance Ferguson (born September 19, 1946 in San Francisco, CA) is a former professional baseball player and coach. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1970 to 1983 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, and the California Angels. After his playing career, Ferguson became a coach and minor league manager.

Ferguson reached the majors in 1970 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming their everyday catcher in 1973. He set a major league record for catchers by committing only three errors, leading the National League catchers in fielding percentage (.996) and double plays (17), while hitting .263 with a .369 on-base percentage. He also reached career-highs in games played (136), home runs (25), RBI (88), runs (84), doubles (26) and walks (87).

When Steve Yeager became a regular in the 1973 midseason, Ferguson shared catching duties and played right field against left-handed pitchers. He soon became known for having one of the strongest throwing arms of any outfielder in the major leagues.

This came into play during Game One of the 1974 World Series against the Oakland Athletics, when Ferguson made a memorable play in right field in the top of the eighth inning, running in front of teammate Jimmy Wynn to catch a fly ball off the bat of Reggie Jackson, and then firing a 300-foot strike to Yeager to gun down Sal Bando, who was trying to score from third base. In Game Two, Ferguson hit a two-run homer off Vida Blue to provide the only Dodgers' victory in the Series.

He enjoyed another fine season in 1977 with Houston, catching 122 games and hitting 16 home runs with 61 RBI and a .379 OBP. Reacquired by the Dodgers in the 1978 midseason, he helped his team reach the 1978 World Series.

Catcher-outfielder Joe Ferguson played 14 seasons in the big leagues, showing good power with 122 career home runs.

After retiring, he coached at the major league level with the Texas Rangers (1986–87), working under former Dodger teammate Bobby Valentine, and the Dodgers (1988–94). He also managed in the Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres minor league systems. He managed the Camden Riversharks Atlantic League baseball team in New Jersey for 3 seasons from 2007 - 2009.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1976 Topps #329
joe ferguson, LA dodgers
1980 Topps #51
1981 Fleer #124
2009 Italian American Baseball Heroes #42


Joe Ferguson is part of the Born in San Fran/Oakland/Sacramento Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Joe is also part of the Topps Card Tour – 1980 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

Joe is also part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Joe is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all of Joe’s baseball cards at TCDB

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