I am oftentimes drawn to the unique. So when I first saw the above blueprint I was smitten. Featured above, via Goldin Auctions current summer offering (auction link here), is a circa 1952 seating diagram of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. In fact, it includes two different drawings, one on each side, showing both the lower and upper tiers of seats.
According to the auction description it was originally found within the collection of a local NY tavern owner who counted many Brooklyn players as patrons, and was acquired by the consignor from a legendary dealer named Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen. Many of us old-timers will remember that fellow for his grandiose declarations of wealth - kind of like a hobby version of a Donald Trump without the baggage of racist underpinnings and numerous corporate bankruptcies.
This blueprint would look fantastic in a nice frame, and would be even cooler if it were double-sided. That way you could flip it around whenever you wanted a different look on the wall.
As a final goodbye to All-Star weekend I thought I'd put up this fantastic vintage photograph of Jackie Robinson congratulating Stan "the Man" Musial on the plate after hitting an homer in the first inning of the 1949 All-Star Game in Brooklyn. The photo was originally tweeted by @OTBaseballPhotos.
The American League eventually bested the National League, 11-7. Jackie was 1-4 with a walk, a double and three runs scored. Pee Wee Reese went an unheralded 0-5 with a walk. Gil Hodges batted 1-3 with a run scored. Roy Campanella would go 0-2 with a walk. Preacher Roe pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Lastly, Don Newcombe took the loss, as he threw 2.2 innings, gave up two runs on three hits and recorded one walk. He did not strike out a batter, though, Don did get an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Check out the boxscore here.
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This Day in Dodger History: In 1955 Dodgers hurler Don Newcombe hit his sixth home run of the season as a pitcher, tying a National League record. He would eventually finish the year with seven home runs. In 1995 rookie pitcher Hideo Nomo won his seventh straight decision in a game against the Florida Marlins. In 2004 Eric Gagne set the Dodgers career mark for saves with 130 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.