Hake's Auctions, a large Americana seller, has a new auction up that is filled with some Baseball rarities. They, once again, have a bunch of items from the Richard Merkin Collection of Negro League scarcities that includes several vintage Dodger players. I'll have a post featuring those items early next week. For today, though, I wanted to focus on an illustration Hake's has for sale that was drawn by my favorite sports artist Willard Mullin.
This particular drawing was published in the NY World Telegram on September 20, 1956, and is titled "Down the Drain". The Brooklyn "Bum" is seen digging sand out of hourglass and shoveling it in face of Milwaukee Braves mascot. At the time of this publishing, the Dodgers were just a half game back of the Milwaukee Braves. It had been a year long struggle to catch up to 1st place as the Braves held on to the top billing for most of the season. Now, with just 9 games remaining in the year, the Dodgers find themselves closer to another World Series berth.
It appears this original drawing was given by Mullin to an adoring fan. On the lower right it says, “Willard Mullin-With Best Wishes To Mrs. Anna Wooley…A True Dodger Fan.”