Monday, August 20, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 8/20/2012

Here is a great photograph shared this morning by Sports Illustrated Vault on twitter.  It is from April 1964.
  • Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts speculates that Rubby De La Rosa might be pitching in LA before the season is done.
  • Josh Suchon shares his interview with former Dodger Tim Belcher.
  • Jeff Kent will be on Survivor!  It is in the Philippines this time, and I for once might have to watch.  I'm hoping the cast will have to eat Balut.  Don't ask me what that is, you won't like the description.  (Hat Tip: Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts)  BTW, Topps made a Balut card for 2012 Allen & Ginter as a Culinary Curiosities insert card.  See it below.
  • The ballhawk Zach Hample was in Atlanta for the Civil Rights Game featuring the Dodgers and Braves, and he has a bunch of pics from the day.  He even snagged some commemorative Civil Rights Game balls.
  • Via eddieoaots on reddit, someone decided to edit Angel Compos' wikipedia page- he was the umpire involved in the recent Mattingly and Kemp ejections.
  • The Melky Cabrera suspension for PED just got weird.  Daily News has the story.
In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that caused a positive test under Major League Baseball’s drug program.
  • One, Two, Three, Four... I Declare a Twitter War!  The Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings are in the midst of a battle on twitter.  Check out Die Hard Sports for details.
  • If you haven't seen the Zeephus pitch then watch the video below.  Barry Zito threw the greatest change-up of all time.

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2012 Goodwin Champions - Dodgers Related Cards

As some you know, Upper Deck recently released their 2012 Goodwin Champions set, and although it doesn't directly include any Dodgers (save a 19th century player) it does have several players who are associated with the Dodgers.  Check them out below.

Since Magic Johnson is now a part owner I feel compelled to share any new cards made of him; especially if he is sporting a suit indicative of his business acumen. 

#5 Magic Johnson

Hey, Greg Maddux wore Blue for a little bit of time.  Besides, he isn't wearing a uniform of any team, so I figured we should claim him as our own.  Furthermore, the old master is shown throwing a wiffle ball which has awesome written all over it.

#22 Greg Maddux

He's our coach, our captain, and the only man who can make a gawd awful sweater look swank.

#84 Don Mattingly

Hall of Famer Ned Hanlon never actually played for the Dodgers, but he did manage them for a bit.  He steered the Brooklyn Superbas (as they where known back then) from 1899 to 1905.  Over that time he won two National League pennants, and had an overall record of 511 wins to 488 loses in Brooklyn.  He was also an owner of team.  After the 1898 season he bought shares of the Superbas and moved several of his players from the Baltimore Orioles to Brooklyn.  By 1905 he had wanted to move the Superbas to Baltimore, but was overruled when Charles Ebbets bought out his shares.

#163 Ned Hanlon

Here is the man who saved the Dodgers from moving to Baltimore.  In 1905 he bought out Ned Hanlon and kept the team in the New York borough.  In 1912 he built Ebbets Field which would become the iconic home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

#204 Charles Ebbets

Below is a 1888 Masterpiece Originals drawing that was inserted into packs.  This is a hand painted original art card emulating the original 1888 Goodwin Champions card. These cards are serial numbered to 10 and is one of the key cards from the set.  Bob Caruthers played for Brooklyn from 1888 to 1891, having won 110 games against 51 loses.

GMPS-4 Bob Caruthers


BTW, following up on my recent rants (here and here) regarding the cut-up pieces of the Union/ American flag that was placed in relic cards, Rob Ford at Upper Deck shares more details about their thinking and "state of repair" of the flag in question.  Check out what he wrote here


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eBay: 1966 Dodgers NL Champions Cardboard Pin


This pin is a first for me.  Shown here is 1966 National League Championship pin featuring a full team photograph.  It is large (6.5" in diameter), and is made of cardboard.  As you can see in the photo below, it has a strange looking clasp at the top.  I'm not exactly sure how this is suppose to attach itself to something.  Considering how unusual this is it sold for a rather lofty value on eBay at $115.50.

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