The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Charlie Hough in the 8th round of the 1966 MLB Draft. He spent three years in low level minors before learning how to throw a knuckleball at spring training in 1970. He made his major league debut in 1970 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and pitched in a handful of games from 1970 to 1972 before becoming a regular in the Dodgers bullpen in 1973. Hough remained primarily a reliever for the Dodgers until early in the 1980 season when he was moved to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. His best season for the Dodgers was in 1976 where he saw action in 77 games and posted a 12-8 record with 18 saves and a 2.21 ERA.
In Texas, he spent a season and a half in the bullpen before moving into the starting rotation in 1982 and becoming the team's most reliable starting pitcher for the rest of the decade. He won 14 to 18 games in each season from 1982 to 1988 and 139 games in ten and a half seasons with the team. Hough became a free agent in 1991 and signed with the Chicago White Sox where he spent two seasons. He signed a deal with the expansion Florida Marlins as a free agent in 1993 and finished his career with the club after the 1994 season at 46 years of age. For his career, Hough went 216-216 with a 3.75 ERA.
Hough wore this red alternate jersey during the 1984 season and signed it on the back. The autograph matches those appearing on various Topps cards of Hough. This alternate red jersey was only used by the Rangers during the 1984 and 1985 seasons and is my favorite the club used. The team would scrap the blue and red jerseys in 1986 and move to a drab grey road uniform for several seasons as many clubs did during this period.