Monday, April 27, 2009

1976 Topps #54 - Dave Rader

Dave Rader was a catcher for five teams (mostly the Giants) from 1971-1980. He had f0ur at-bats with the Giants in 1971, then became their regular catcher in 1972. Dave hit .259 in 459 at bats and was second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting. He tailed off in 1973 (.229), then had two straight .291 seasons. He didn't have much power--his highest HR total was nine in 1973.

After batting .263 in 1976, Dave was traded with Mike Caldwell and John D'Acquisto to the St. Louis Cardinals for Willie Crawford, John Curtis and Vic Harris. After playing for the Cardinals in 1977, Dave did some bouncing around He played for the Cubs in 1978, the Phillies in 1979, and the Red Sox in 1980. Dave was with the Angels for the beginning of the 1981 season but was released on April 20 before getting into any games.

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