- Doug Rader was traded by the Houston Astros after he had a poor season in 1975 (.223 with 12 HR in 129 games). Rader was the NL Gold Glove winner at third base for five straight years (1970-1974)
- Rader played one full season with the San Diego Padres in 1976 (.251 with 18 HR).
- Doug split the 1977 season between the Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays. Rader was sold to the Blue Jays in early June. The Padres had hired Alvin Dark as their manager and the two didn't get along.
- Rader was released during spring training in 1978.
- If you have a nomination for 1976 Topps Card of the Year, please leave a comment on the linked entry. After the traded series is profiled we'll do it. :)