Let me tell ya, those gas executives are insidious folks. They knew parents couldn't resist the screams of a youthful rabid Dodger fan like myself.
In the late '80's to early 90's, my favorite promo of all-time came out. They were the Dodgers historical pins, and over the next coming weeks I'll share every pin they made. Today, we look at the 1987 Unocal pin set.
From what I remember, you could buy one pin with the purchase of eight or more gallons of gas at Unocal 76 gas stations. A total of 6 different pins were available. Check them all out below.
BTW, this pin promotion ran for 7 years, and 6 pins were released each year. They are very affordable today, and can be purchased for just a few bucks a piece on eBay.
Now, on to the pins.
Pin #3 - 1st Game at Dodger Stadium Pin - Dodger Stadium opened its doors fot eh first time on April 10, 1962. A crowd of 52,664 fans witnessed the inaugural game as the Reds behind Bob Purkey beat Johnny Podres and the Dodgers 6 to 3.. Cincinnati's Wally Post hit the first home run at Dodger Stadium. Duke Snider go the Dodgers first hit - a single in the 2nd inning.
Pin #4 - 7 Pennants in 25 Years Pin - No Major League club has won more pennants than the Dodgers' seven during the past 25 years. Under Walter Alston, the Dodgers captured titles in 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1974. Tommy Lasorda piloted the Dodgers to NL pennants in his first two years of managing: 1977 and 1978, and again in 1981.
Pin #5 - Baseball in the Olympics Pin - Baseball's greatest involvement in the history of the Olympics took place at Dodger Stadium in 1984 as teams from eight countries competed. More than 385,000 fans viewed the eight day tournament as Japan took the Gold Medal, USA the Silver and Chinese Taipei the Bronze.
Pin #6 - All-Star Game Pin - July 8, 1980 - Dodger Stadium was the site of baseball's 51st All-Star Game. Dodger All-Stars in 1980 were Bill Russell, Reggie Smith, Bob Welch, Steve Garvey, Jerry Reuss and Davey Lopes. The National League won the game 4 to 2 before 56,088 fans with Reuss as the winning pitcher.BTW, below is an example of what the complete pin packaging looks like. I have not personally kept the cardboard backing for my collection, so I took the below photo from eBay. As you can see, pins were attached to cardboard backing with a description of each pin.
|(1987 Unocal Pin Set)|
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