Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 1/25/2016 - Dodgers Links - Press Conference, Quakes New Logo and an Mysterious Vintage Cap

Here is one last item from the current Lelands Auction that I thought was worth mentioning.  Featured above is a vintage photograph of the empty stalls within the Dodgers clubhouse.  As you can see, Roy Campanella's uniform is prominently displayed among throngs of Dodger flannels on wire hangers.  Check out the auction here.

Initially, I assumed that this photo was taken in the Brooklyn Dodgers clubhouse -- pre-1958.  But now, I'm not so sure. I say this because of a certain ball-cap above Campy's jersey.  Do you see it?

That's a "LA" hat with the "L" crossed with the "A" just like the current Dodgers logo, but the color scheme is all wrong.  The "L" is a dark color (unsure which considering this is an B&W pic) and the "A" is clearly white.  Heck, it almost looks like the caps the old Los Angeles Angels of the PCL wore before the Dodgers came to town, but again the color scheme is wrong.  Those hats, if I remember correctly, had a white "L" and a red "A". 

So, what the heck is that hat?  Were did it come from?  And, was this photo actually taken in the Dodgers clubhouse in the Coliseum?  Best yet, is this photo from Roy Campanella Day at the Coliseum -- when 93,000 fans jammed the stadium in 1958?

I dunno, and I don't know if we'll ever find out.  Unfortunately, the photograph itself has no relevant markings on the reverse to let us know.  If you happen to have any insight please pass that along.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1981 in Game 5 of the World Series the Dodgers won their thrid straight game against the Yankees to take 3-2 series lead.  Pedro Guerrero and Steve YEager hit back-to-back homers, and Jerry Reuss pitched a 2-1 complete game for the victory.
  • Happy Birthday, Pedro Martinez!
  • Video:  Several of the stories below directly relate to the Dodgers press conference held yesterday afternoon with Manager Dave Roberts and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.  Go here to watch it all yourself.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers' coaching staff expected back in '17: 'I'm excited to move on to year two,' Roberts says."
"We don't see any changes," Roberts said. "With the coaches to come together as a first year together, I thought the work ethic, the willingness, eagerness to teach, the energy was consistent all year long. For a first year, us trying to get to know one another and getting to know the players, we did that. So I'm excited to move on to year two."
  • Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "As Dodgers ponder changes, a position switch for Corey Seager is not one of them."
Asked if Corey Seager might switch to third base next season, especially with the possibility that Justin Turner leaves via free agency, an emphatic “no” was the reply.

“I don’t anticipate it,” president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.

Said manager Dave Roberts: “That’s not even on our radar.”
“Kenley’s had a tremendous career as a Dodger that we hope will continue,” Friedman said Monday. “He obviously set the Dodgers save record this year, he’s been a big part of our past success, we hope he’s a part of our future success. It’s well-documented what he has meant to his organization.”
The logo, a mix of the team's contemporary look with hints of its previous branding, will anchor the club's ongoing recognition and be featured on marketing tools and promotional items. Designed by San Diego based firm Brandiose, the logo incorporates the customary 'cracked' font developed throughout the team's look, and includes accents of teal and silver as a nod to the original team colors and the hue traditional to a 25th anniversary, respectively.

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