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1975 Topps #547 Von Joshua

Von Everett Joshua

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In a ten-year career, Von Joshua went from being a backup player for the Los Angeles Dodgers to a regular outfielder for the San Francisco Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers, to again being a backup for the Dodgers and finally for the Padres.

After appearing in the 1974 World Series for the Dodgers, his most impressive season was 1975, when he hit .318 for the Giants, with 10 triples.

When Joshua came back to the Dodgers in 1979, after being gone five years, he found that the five Dodger infielders were exactly the same as in 1974, while the three outfielders were totally different people. He shared outfield playing time in both seasons with Joe Ferguson, the catcher/outfielder who was also traded away from the Dodgers and then returned.

In 1978, while playing in the Mexican League, he was briefly player-manager of the Cardenales de Tabasco.

In 1989, Von Joshua played for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. Joshua batted .349 in 21 games.

He went on to be hitting coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers' system from 1984 to 1992, the Chicago White Sox chain from 1993 to 2001, the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and was in the Chicago Cubs' chain starting in 2003. He was a coach for the South Bend White Sox in 1993, the Chicago White Sox from 1998 to 2001 and the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx of the Southern League in 2003-2005. Beginning in 2006, he was a coach for the Iowa Cubs. In June 2009, he replaced Gerald Perry as the Chicago Cubs' hitting coach. In 2010-2011 he was back in Iowa.

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