Friday, June 24, 2011

Daily Conlon: 64 through 72

Here are the Daily Conlon cards numbered 64 through 72.

Brooklyn born Joe Judge, located at the center, spent a majority of his career with the Washington Senators, save a short stint with Brooklyn and Boston at the end of his career. He is regarded as one of the games greatest defensive 1st basemen. At one time he held the American League record for putouts, total chances and double plays before they were broken by Lou Gehrig. Joe Judge played in only 42 games with his hometown team in 1933, batting a lowly .214 during his only stint in the National League. He quickly left for the Red Sox, and the American League, mid-season and started to hit again at a .296 clip for them. By the next season he was out of the league and began his career as a coach. From 1936 to 1958 he coached the Baseball team for Georgetown University.

As always, click any pic to embiggen.

Auto Collection: Andy LaRoche

Here is a 2006 Bowman Originals autographed card of Andy LaRoche. I really hoped Andy would work out as our 3rd baseman of the future. He had the right pedigree, having a brother already in the Majors, and exhibited the kind of power and defensive prowess that might make us forget Adrian Beltre. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

Lelands: The Sal LaRocca Collection, Part 2

Continuing on my post from yesterday, here is part 2 of Lelands auction featuring items from the Sal LaRocca Collection. This auction ends tonight.

I just love this jacket. It is from the 1950's and is from Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. This jacket was designed for Dodgertown employees.

Here is a group of 1948 Montreal Royals pins. As you know, the Royals were a minor league affiliate for the Dodgers, and a final stop for players before heading to Brooklyn. These pins are very rarely seen. This lot includes Don Newcombe and former Rifleman actor Chuck Connors.

I never decline to have a chance to feature original drawings from Willard Mullin. Here are a couple of his drawings featuring the lovable Brooklyn Bum.

The first piece, featuring the Bum and Dodgers manager Walter Alston comes with the original page from the March 17, 1954 issue of The Sporting News in which it appeared. "Startin' ya own auter-biography, huh!" says the Bum. "O.K... Leave me read it ovah ya shouldah... But don't put in no big woids... and don't go writin' no LETTERS to nobody neither!"
The second piece shows the Brooklyn Bum with his arm around blanket-wrapped Indian captioned "Braves 0 and 11 with the Dodgers." The Bum is saying "Pals, huh, Patchy ol' buddy. I'd like t'take yez home an' keep yez all season... jus' f'r me-self!"