Wednesday, June 29, 2011

SCP Auctions: Dodger Drawings

SCP is currently running an auction that ends next month, July 13th. It features a bunch of items related to Red Auerbach and his time as coach for the Boston Celtics. Since this is a SoCal blog I won't highlight those items, but if the Celtics are your sweet spot then I suggest going over there now. For this blog, I'll stick with a bunch of Dodger related original cartoons featured in their catalog.

First, here is a original drawing made by Karl Hubenthal, whose mentor was none other than Willard Mullin. He drew extensively for the Los Angeles Examiner for over 30 years. In this drawing he shows the Brooklyn Bum jumping from location to location looking for a home. At one point, the "Bum" wonders, "Could it be I should of stood in Brooklyn?"

The gems of this auction feature a whole bunch of original cartoons from Willard Mullin. In fact there are so many of them available I just can't post them all. So, I will feature some of my favorites below. As always, click any pic to embiggen.

Originally printed on September 1, 1962 in The Sporting News, this cartoon wonders aloud about how many potential 20 game winners there may be in Baseball that season. Don Drysdale is prominently features as the first 20 game winner as he direct Jeeves to set up a table for poker with some of his soon-to-be comrades.
Here, Mullin points to former Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser as the main factor in the Dodgers chances at a pennant that year. The Brooklyn Bum is being queried by a reporter,
"Is this our year? Or ain't it?
Ya gonna run those Cards outa th' league?
Tromple th' Jints?
Ruin th' rest of 'em?
Hang up th' flag at Ebbets Field?
How about it?"
Th' "Bum" jus' don't know.

In this drawing Mullin waxes poetically about how great and under-rated Dixie Walker is.
"Poor old second string Dixie!... He only led the league in RBI last year, and in hitting the year before"
Still, he's
"Not my kind of ballplayer,"
says Branch Rickey.

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