Tuesday, March 31, 2015


You know, before "Reader Jim" asked me to create a 1976 Topps Ivan DeJesus card, I never even realized he initially came up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and even "deserved" a card in the 1976 set!
Anyway, first up, here's the card:

Turns out DeJesus played in 63 games for the Dodgers in 1975, good for 99 plate appearances and 87 at-bats.
He hit .184 with a couple of doubles and a triple, with 10 runs scored and two runs batted in.
It really wasn't until 1977, now as a Chicago Cub, that he would become a full-time Major League player. 
By the time he retired as a player after the 1988 season, he played for the Dodgers, Cubs, Phillies, Cardinals, Yankees, Giants and Tigers over the course of 15 seasons, and finished with a .254 average with 1167 hits and 194 stolen bases.
Between 1977 and 1980 he had some solid seasons for the Cubs, even leading the National League in runs scored in 1978 with 104, and twice topping 40 stolen bases (in 1978 and 1980).
I just always figured he came up with the Cubs. Goes to show you learn something new every day!


  1. I'm trying to remember the trade that brought him to Chicago.

  2. He looks fantastic all printed out and next to Tom "Wimpy" Paciorek in his new look card from the '76 set.....oh - did I screw up a future post? Lol....!

    Great work Gio!!

  3. Hey Tony. I think it was the Rick Monday trade. I'll look it up.

    1. I looked it up...you're right! Basically it was the Bill Buckner for Rick Monday trade. Cubs also got DeJesus and Jeff Albert, and the Dodgers also got Mike Garman. Not that I know anything about Albert or Garman.

      Very nice card!

  4. Hey Giovanni, your work is amazing. I created the TOPPS TRADED 1975 PROJECT couple years ago. Your cards are awesome. My friends created a few 1976 Traded cards as well for our site. We should talk. Hit me up - djjordo@hotmail.com.

  5. Wasn't sure. I knew Ron Cey went to Chicago at some point to but I think it was later. Didn't think they were part of the same trade but was too lazy to look it up, lol.

  6. Ivan De Jesus' first card is in the 1976 SSPC set. Gary Roenicke's first card is also in that set. Topps wouldn't make card of Roenicke until 1980. Anyway, thumbs up!



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