Sunday, April 19, 2009

1976 Topps #44 - Doug Rader

Doug Rader played third base for Houston from 1967-1975. He went to San Diego before the 1976 season and played for the Padres for 1 1/2 years. He finished his career in 1977 with Toronto. He was released early in spring training in 1978 and didn't catch on with another team.
Rader managed in the minors from 1980-1982. He managed the Rangers from 1983 to 1985, the White Sox for two games in 1986, and the Angels from 1989-1991. Doug won five Gold Glove awards (1970-1974) and struck out over 100 times in eight seasons.
Rader was known to be quite a character when he played. My first memory of him was seeing a line drawing in a mid-70s baseball magazine of a naked (privates obscured) Doug Rader pulling some prank in the locker room.
Here is a 1989 Sports Illustrated article about Doug about 2/3 through the 1989 season (his first season managing the Angels). Things went sour for the Angels after the '89 season and Rader was let go toward the end of the '91 season.

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