Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blog Kiosk: 5/11/2011

I have to be honest. The McCourt saga and the recent revelation that a BK and/or business structure that might give Frank ownership of Dodger Stadium in the event of a sale of the team has me depressed for the Dodgers and increasingly disinterested in the season. Clearly, this is a very difficult time to be a Dodger fan. Of course, we are only 3.5 games out, and considering the mess that's not too shabby. Maybe the year isn't a loss. Can the Dodgers win in spite of McCourt?
  • For your pleasure, check out the National Jukebox at the Library of Congress- It features a massive audio archive including Sony's entire pre-1925 catalog. Just awesome! I didn't find anything Dodger specific (I will continue to look), but I did come across this 1913 recording of a song called "The Baseball Rag." (Hat Tip: TPM)

  • Here's a great story from about a teenage kid who did something remarkable for some Negro League players. (Hat Tip: SCD)
    Perron, a shaggy-haired 16-year-old with a shortstop’s lanky build, is one of the country’s most prolific researchers into the leagues that gave black ballplayers a professional option when they were banned from the bigs. From his bedroom in Arlington, Perron has created baseball cards for players who never had any, discovered evidence to help former players earn pensions, and reconnected teammates who hadn’t spoken in decades.
  • Upper Deck is coming out with a 2001 Marvel Beginnings card set that includes some unusual insert cards called "Ultimate Panel Focus." These cards feature actual cut-out panels from vintage classic comics (very poor condition versions). It's obviously a pretty cool concept and a natural consequence of what's been going on in the card hobby, but I wonder what comic collectors think? Vintage sports memorabilia collectors often cringe at the idea of cutting up a Babe Ruth jersey, do comic collectors feel the same way about a Spiderman #1 being cut up? See Upper Deck's story here, which includes a defense and some pics to gaze at.
  • Who says Dodger Stadium is the only place violence happens. One man had his Willie Mays bobblehead stolen at knife point in San Francisco, via Huffington Post.
  • Here's a great story about a Betty Page collector, via Collectors Weekly.
  • Meltdown. (Hat Tip: LGF)

MELTDOWN from Dave Green on Vimeo.

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