Now here’s an odd kind of “Nickname of the 1970s” card I created today, one for former utility man Jim Dwyer aka “Pig Pen” from 1977:
Now, the reason this card is so odd is that Dwyer never actually played a
single game with the Chicago Cubs, but he did spend most of the 1977
season in the Minor League system, where he had a great year at the
On top of that, he actually DID see Big League time in 1977, but with
the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom he never even played a single Minor
League game for that year.
Really unique situation here!
In the Cubs system that year Dwyer hit .332 with 38 doubles, 12 triples
and 18 homers to go along with 108 walks, giving him a fantastic .459
You would THINK the Cubs of those days could have tried him out!
Nevertheless, he found himself in St. Louis by year’s end and played in
13 games for the Cardinals, hitting .226 over that short time.
So when I found this image of him at Wrigley, in Cubs gear, I knew it would make an interesting card to add to the collection!
Dwyer would go on to play 18 seasons in the Majors, hitting .260
generally as a guy off the bench for no less that seven teams: Orioles,
Cardinals, Twins, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Giants between 1973 and 1990.