There are a lot of major leaguers who I wish had played for the Dodgers. Roberto Clemente is probably at the top of the list. The Dodgers had their chances, signing Clemente before losing him to the Pirates after Brooklyn couldn't find a spot for him.
Then there are players that may have come close to playing for the Dodgers or didn't come close at all. But none of that kept me from wishing they wore Dodger blue. Tom Seaver was first in that category when I was a kid. Then later it was Garry Maddox, Fred Lynn and Willie Wilson. I even went through a Ben Oglivie phase (it was a 1980 thing). More recently it has been Jim Thome and Jake Peavy. (Lucky White Sox).
I think every fan has players they wished played for their team. I think that's why we're so happy when we see a big-name player land on our team. (I did a major double-take last year when someone at work told me the Dodgers had traded for Manny Ramirez).
A lot of times that big name doesn't pan out. But it's always interesting to look back and see all the famous players who you don't associate with your favorite team, but actually played at least a year for the good guys.
Here is a list of some Dodgers who you don't associate with playing for the Dodgers:
Sandy Alomar Jr.
Jim "Mudcat" Grant
All Dodgers at one point, baby. Even if it was for one forgettable year.
But I left one name out. He's one of my favorite players from my childhood. He's the first Cardboard Appreciation subject. The only time he appeared on a card as a Dodger was in the team photo on the 1978 Topps card.
Boog Powell, the longtime Oriole and brief Indian, played in 50 games for the Dodgers in 1977. He hit .244 in 41 at-bats. Then his career was over at age 35.
I've wanted to see a virtual card of Boog Powell as a Dodger for more than a year. Unfortunately, my patience for creating such things is lacking. And I could never find a photo of Powell in a Dodger uniform. Not that I looked all that hard.
Enter Doc from Baseball Card Recollections. He has created some fine "Topps Cards That Never Were," including Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and Lou Brock. And he created this for me:
Boooooooooooooooooog!!!!! Now that would have fit perfectly in the 1978 Topps set. But, no, Topps had to produce cards of Sam Hinds, Gary Wheelock and Jerry Tabb instead.
That's OK, Topps. I have my Boog Powell card now. Thanks, Doc.