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Position: C      Born: Sep 19, 1946      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

A hard-throwing catcher from San Francisco, Joe Ferguson bounced around the Dodgers' farm system before landing with the big club to stay in 1973, when he led all NL backstops with only three errors in 757 chances, got 88 RBI and 25 HR.

He lost his starting job to Steve Yeager the following year, but in the 1974 Fall Classic he played right field and drew five walks, scored three runs, and drove in two in the four-game series. His two-run homer in Game 2 off Vida Blue gave the Dodgers their only victory of the Series.

In 1976 he was shipped to St. Louis, who in turn sent him to Houston in exchange for Jerry DaVanon and Larry Dierker. In 1977 he hit 16 HR and caught 122 games for the Astros.

After arguing with manager Bill Virdon about plate-blocking technique, he rejoined the Dodgers in 1978, where he helped them to another NL pennant. In the 1980 playoff against the Astros, he kneed Alan Ashby in a nasty home plate collision, breaking one of Ashby's ribs, which caused Ashby to miss most of the 1980 NLCS against the Phillies.

Retiring after the 1983 season as a California Angel, he later became a coach for the Dodgers.