Chasing Rookies: Buckner, Concepcion and Rozema
In the sixth episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into our fourth box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of 1982-89 Donruss.
#133 Dave Rozema
Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1975, Rozema broke in with the Tigers in 1977 and won a World Series championship in 1984. A Grand Rapids native, the right-hander compiled a 60-53 overall record with a 3.47 earned run average and 448 strikeouts over his 10-year career. Rozema wrapped up his career with the Texas Rangers after signing as a free agent following the 1984 season.
#148 Dave Concepcion
The Venezuelan shortstop spent his entire 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, winning back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. A nine-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, Concepcion was originally drafted as a pitcher but became an outstanding shortstop, posting a .267 batting average, 2,326 hits, 101 home runs and 950 RBI. Concepcion is a member of the Reds Hall of Fame and had his No. 13 jersey retired.
#150 Larry Herndon
Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 1971 MLB Draft, Herndon appeared in 12 games with the Cardinals in 1974 before spending six seasons with the San Francisco Giants from 1976-81. An outfielder, Herndon was a member of the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers and finished his career with Detroit in 1988 with a .274 batting average, 107 home runs and 550 RBI. During his 1971 rookie season with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Herndon roomed with fellow rookie Randy Poffo, who would later turn to professional wrestling and become “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
#10 Rick Rhoden
A two-time All-Star and three-rime Silver Slugger Award winner, Rhoden spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1974-78), Pittsburgh Pirates (1979-86), New York Yankees (1987-88) and Houston Astros (1989). The right-hander was taken by the Dodgers in the first round of the 1971 MLB Draft and finished his career with a 151-125 record, a 3.59 ERA and 1,419 strikeouts. Following the conclusion of his baseball days, Rhoden became an accomplished golfer and played in several Champions Tour events.
#456 Bill Buckner
The 1980 National League batting champion and a 1981 All-Star, the first baseman was taken in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1968 MLB Draft. Buckner had a 22-year playing career and spent five seasons with the Boston Red Sox and eight apiece with the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. He is best remembered for a fielding error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. Buckner capped off his career in 1990 with a .289 average, 2,715 hits, 174 home runs and 1,208 RBI.