Friday, May 06, 2016

Dodgers Vintage Jersey's and Editorial Cartoon Artwork at Grey Flannel

Grey Flannel has their summer auction up and I couldn't help but notice a few items.  In fact, one is quite a gem.  Featured above is an original sports editorial cartoon drawn by Amadee Wohlschlaeger, and he does his best to skewer the Yankees and their owner George Steinbrenner for their play in 1981 (Auction Link Here).  As you surely know, the Dodgers defeated the Yankees in the World Series that season in six games.  This drawing originally appeared in an issue of The Sporting News, and as you can see it shows a muscular Dodgers arm knocking out the bewildered Yankees owner.

For 70 years Amadee Wohlschlaeger drew sports cartoons for various newspapers and periodicals; including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  His artwork is famed for its wit and intelligence, and he is well known for being one of only six artist to draw the Post-Dispatch Weatherbird.  Wohlschlaeger was also a bit of a goofball.  Per Michael D. Sorkin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   
Longtime friend (Red) Schoendienst recalled a fishing trip with Amadee during spring training in Florida. Schoendienst finally caught a fish, only to watch it swim away before he could reel it in.

When the same thing happened again, he checked and found that Amadee had cut the barb off the hook; he could catch fish, but they wouldn’t stay caught.
Amadee recently passed away in 2014 at the age of 102.

Since this is a Grey Flannel Auction there would no doubt be several fantastic vintage Dodgers jersey's to look at.  Above is a 1952 game jersey of Roy Campanella (Auction Link Here).  Below is a 1949 gamer worn by Gil Hodges (Auction Link Here).  Of note, the Hodges jersey does not include red numbers on the front.  That didn't happen until 1952.

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