Tuesday, February 2, 2010

1967 Topps John Werhas Los Angeles Dodgers

The nothing in the mailbox streak is up to four days, so again I jumped back in my collection of 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball cards to share one of my favorites. It is John Werhas, third baseman of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Card number 514 on the set of 609 cards.

John Werhas signed this card after I mailed it to him care of The Rock Community Church in Yorba Linda, California. John is the Senior Pastor at the church. I mailed him the card on September 8, 2009 and he graciously returned the card signed 13 days later with a great signature as well as "Best Wishes, Doug", "In Christ" and the Bible verse "John 3:16." "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." He also included a signed pamphlet from his church. What a great find in my mailbox and addition to the collection.

Johnny "Peaches" Werhas's baseball career in the Major Leagues did not live up to the potential that he had coming out of University of Southern California where he was a two-sport star. He was a 3 year letterman in baseball and basketball for the USC Trojans. He played parts of 3 years in the Major Leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. His career batting average was .173 and he hit 2 homeruns in limited action. His minor league statistics were more impressive, hitting 151 home runs and batting .281 in 12 seasons. In 1971, Werhas was involved in what was at the time a very unusual trade. Playing for the Taiyo Whales in Japan, he was dealt to the Hawaii Islanders (then in the San Diego Padres system) for Clete Boyer, said at the time to be the first trade between a Japanese and an American team.

To learn about Johnny Werhas, click on his name.

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