I really love this Upper Deck original art card being inserted into their 2012 Goodwin Champion set. All 50 cards of the original 1888 set have been reproduced with actual drawings. Above is the "Parisian Bob" Caruthers card who played for the Brooklyn team that would eventually be called the Dodgers. See other art cards from the set here. BTW, they called him "Parisian Bob" due to a contract negotiation he conducted in 1885-86 while in Paris.
- Check out Steven's contest at Zim's Autographs for a free Steve Garvey signed mini-bat. I love this guy's enthusiasm for the autograph hobby.
- Former DodgerTalk co-host Josh Suchon has a new Dodger book coming out called, "Miracle Men," via Out of Ink. It's about the 1988 Dodgers, and it will come out in 2013.
More than a book about the players and games, the author will track down fans who left early and missed Gibson's famed home run, including some future major leaguers. It will be argued this game forever branded Dodgers fans for “arriving late and leaving early.” The history of the baseball that Gibson hit will be detailed by the (many) people who claim to own it.
- Todd Coffey shows us his post Tommy John surgery elbow on twitter. See it on the right. Click on the pic to embiggen, if you dare.
- Clayton's Texas BBQ and HoeDown is this coming Thursday, August 2nd. There is still enough time to sign up and help out a great cause. Go here for more details.
- The Dodgers Dream Foundation's Bowling Extravaganza hosted by James Loney is on August 23rd. This is the 8th annual event and many current and former Dodgers are expected to attend. Go here for details.
- Former pitcher John D'Acquisto writes in In Stream Sports about the perils of being traded.
“What do you mean you got traded,” my new wife said to me as I entered the house with a plane ticket in my hand, “Where are you going? What does this mean for us?”
“I’m going to Canada, and I have to leave now.” It was a very, very tough conversation, especially when you’re packing two suitcases through it all. She’s in shock because forty minutes ago we were all set to spend the day at the beach together as a couple and now she’s going to her mother’s house wondering what the next two months of her marriage will be like and I’m heading out on a flight to Montreal. Remember, I was born in San Diego, my wife and I had our friends and family all around us. It’s the part of this game, most sports really, that few fans ever consider. When you call up a sports radio station and discuss a trade, you rarely consider or say “I think Hanley Ramirez should go to L.A. because he just spent the last four months interviewing pre-schools with his wife and there’s a number of quality Goddard locations,” or “A certain outfielder can’t be traded to the Rockies because his son has asthma and can’t really handle the Colorado atmosphere.”
- Here's a great pic from the "Keeper of the Cup," via twitter @keeperofthecup. Check out Lord Stanley and Wilson.