Friday, November 25, 2011

Grey Flannel Auctions: The Al Campanis Collection

Earlier in the week, I highlighted a Game-Used Sandy Koufax jersey that is up for sale at Grey Flannel Auctions. If you haven't seen it you should definitely check it out.

Well, that jersey is not the only notable Dodgers memorabilia item to be found in Grey Flannel's recent offering. They have also secured the rights to sell memorabilia from the collection of former Dodgers player and General Manager Al Campanis.

Campanis was a fairly successful GM, having led the Blue Crew to 4 World Series and 1 championship. Also, before taking the top spot he was the scout who discovered a young Sandy Koufax. BTW, he is infamous for two other things. First, he traded Jim Campanis away- his own son! Second, he made the following unfortunate statement on Nightline in 1987 (the 40th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier):
African-Americans "may not have some of the necessities to be, let's say, a field manager, or, perhaps, a general manager"
The latter was a stain that would forever follow Campanis. After resigning two days after this interview he would never again work in organized Baseball.

Anyway, here are a handful of great items Dodger fans can gawk over. Below is his 1981 World Series Championship ring.

This isn't necessarily a Dodger bat, but it is very cool. This is a bat from Mexico with tribal art drawn on it. It is undated and scarcity is unknown, but it's a nice piece of folk art that I think would look cool on the wall.

This lot from the Campanis Estate is probably the most interesting of the bunch; especially for its historical value. It consist of a collection of Campanis awards, personal effects, and notes. The notes include
Interview notes between Ted Koppel and Campanis regarding “why is it that there are no Black managers, no Black General Managers, no Black Owners?”
This would probably make for some interesting reading.

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