Early Free Agents
Former Dodger teammates Derrel Thomas (1951) and Terry Forster (1952) were born on this date. Forster and Thomas were among the early veterans signed from other organizations at the dawn of the free-agency era, each signing a five-year contract with the Dodgers. Forster (1978-82) was a relief pitcher who with L.A. went 11-13 in 150 games with 27 saves. Thomas (1979-83) played every position except pitcher with the Dodgers and in 522 games compiled a .257 batting average with 12 home runs, 100 RBI and 43 stolen bases.