Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Frank Howard's Ring, Jerry Doggett's Ring and Sandy's Batting Helmet and SCP

SCP's Summer Premier Auction is about to get underway, and there are some nice Dodger related items to gaze at.  The auction officially opens tomorrow.

The item below comes directly from the Helms Athletic Foundation/LA84 Collection.  Learn more about them here.  Below is a scarce early 20th century pocket mirror that celebrates the Brooklyn Base Ball teams home field, Ebbets Field.  It says,
"Ebbets Field, The Home of the Brooklyn Base Ball Club, is the Most Beautiful, Modern, Perfectly Appointed and Conveniently Located Base Ball Field in the World."
This item is rarely ever seen.  On the reverse is a mirror.  See the auction here.
(Auction Link)

Mr. Tiger Blood himself, Charlie Sheen, once owned this Sandy Koufax game-used batting helmet.  The helmet dates to the 1960's and is well worn.  Also, I'm totally fascinated by the "LA" emblem.  It looks like it has been haphazardly drawn on the helmet.  What's the deal with that?  There's got to be a story about it.  Anyway, check out the auction here.  It has been authenticated by Grey Flannel - a trusted game-used apparel authenticator. 
(Auction Link)

All old-time Dodger fans remember Jerry Doggett.  He spent 32 years in the Dodger broadcast booth along side Vin Scully, and was just as recognizable.  Doggett would regularly call the middle three innings of the ballgame while Scully announced the first and last three innings.  He retired from broadcast in 1987; which ended to longest running broadcast partnership ever in baseball.  Featured here is his 1981 World Championship ring.
(Auction Link)

This next World Series championship ring once belonged to Frank Howard.  This is for the Dodgers 1963 championship over the Yankees.  Per the auction description:
In the World Series vs. the New York Yankees, Howard batted .300 to help the Dodgers beat the Yankees in four straight games.
(Auction Link)

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2014 Bowman Platinum Baseball - The Dodger Autograph and Relic Cards

Featured here are the Dodger autograph and relic cards available in 2014 Bowman Platinum Baseball packs.  Go here to check out all of my previous post on this set. 

Unfortunately, several cards are only available via a redemption card; including an autographed relic card of outfield prospect Joc Pederson (#AR-JP) and a Triple Autographed card with Julio Urias, Joc Pederson& Zach Lee (#TA-LPU).  Also, there are a couple of scarce "1 of 1" cards of Corey Seager (Prospect Bat Plate Set: #PBP-CS) and Yimi Garcia (Purely Platinum Autographs Se: #PP-YG) that have yet to be found.

Autographed Prospects Set
#AP-AG Alexander Guerrero                    #AP-SSC Scott Schebler

#AP-YG Yimi Garcia

Bowman Black Set

#BB-YG Yimi Garcia

Cutting Edge Stars Relics Set

#CESD-YP Yasiel Puig (#/50)

Triple Autographed
#TA-LPU Julio Urias, Joc Pederson & Zach Lee 

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Blog Kiosk: 8/5/2014 - Dodger Links - Awards for Kemp & Kershaw, and a Graphic of the Most Hated MLB Teams

The only highlight from last nights game was Carlos Frias' Major League debut in relief of Zack Greinke in the 8th inning.  He was spectacular.  After allowing a hit to Albert Pujols, Frias proceeded to get the next 6 Angel batters out.  I don't know if he's going to be a solution to our problems in the bullpen, but I like what I've seen so far.  Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014Go here to see more photos from Jon from yesterday's game.
  • ICYMI: Matt Kemp has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending August 3rd.  Congrats, Matt!  Via a Dodgers press release:
(graphic via @Dodgers on twitter)
In six games last week, Kemp was tied for the Major League lead with five home runs and nine RBI while pacing the N.L. with a 1.091 slugging percentage and ranking second in the League with 24 total bases. The 29-year-old hit .409 (9-for-22), which was the N.L.’s fourth-highest mark last week, and he compiled a .458 on-base percentage, which was good for sixth. Kemp added a stolen base and six runs scored as his division-leading Dodgers won four of six contests.
  • Also, Clayton Kershaw was his 2nd-in-a-row National League Pitcher of the Month for July 2014.  Via a press release:
(graphic via @Dodgers on twitter)
In five outings last month, Kershaw was 4-0 with a N.L.-best 1.07 ERA, allowing just five earned runs in a League-high 42.0 innings of work. The southpaw tossed a Major League-high three complete games last month and tied for first in the N.L. in wins, while posting the second-lowest opponents’ batting average (.165) among qualifying N.L. pitchers. Kershaw fanned 43 during the month, which was good for fourth in the Senior Circuit, while walking only four.
Dodgers assistant hitting coach John Valentin revealed that Kemp has changed the way he stands at the plate, and video evidence confirms it.

“He actually has straightened his stance,” Valentin said. “It used to be locked. What that created was a difficulty to have the freedom to stay through the baseball. This offers a clear path to hit balls in and away.”
  • Eric Avakian at Dodgers Nation has highlights from Ned Colletti's appearance on ESPN LA Now with Mark Willard on Monday.  He speaks about the development of prospect Joc Pederson.
  • I saw this graphic on Reddit, via /u/kmhokies35, and figured I needed to share it here.  I kinda got a chuckle out of it.  Hilariously, Australia hates us.  I guess playing some games there earlier this season and kicking some DBack butt did not win us many friends.  Unsurprisingly, much of the western part of the US hates us.  BTW, this was hardly a scientific study - it's just based on a survey of Baseball fans on Reddit.

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