Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Newcombe, Lopes, Reuss, Pederson, Johnstone, Verdugo and Bellinger

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


An Dodgers signing extravaganza is slated for this coming Saturday, December 3rd at The Day Family Classic Cards Auto Musem in Corona.  It'll features Don Newcombe, Davey Lopes, Jerry Reuss, Joc Pederson & Jay Johnstone signing autographs for fans (a pay event) and some great looking old cars to gawk at.  Go here for information.  The museum facebook page is here.  Below are some of the details:

2016 Panini Black Friday & Cyber Monday - All the Dodgers Cards

This past Thanksgiving weekend was not only a time for family and friends, but it's also our biggest shopping holiday of the year.  Stores, both brick & mortar and online advertise rock-bottom sales and incentives to drive crowds to spend.  Fortunately for the hobbyist, that ethic also extends to Baseball cards.

Panini America once again issued both Black Friday and Cyber Monday cards, and below are most of the Dodgers that are available.  Unfortunately, a complete checklist has not yet been provided by Panini (this is something that consistently irks me about all of their products), so what you see below is likely to be a work in progress.  If you happen to know of anything I don't list please let me know.

First of all, let's take a look at their Black Friday cards.  Go here for more information.  This was a promotion available at only participating hobby stores.  With a qualified purchase of particular products you would receive a promotional Black Friday pack of cards.  Below are the Dodger cards I am aware of.

2016 Panini Black Friday Cards


#15 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 11/30/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I've got spring training on the mind.  So much so that I actively seek out spring Baseball photos featuring Dodger players to share on this blog.  Case in point, check out the above vintage press photo, dated March 31, 1940, featuring Reds Manager Bill McKechnie and Brooklyn Dodgers Manager Leo Durocher shaking hands prior to a spring exhibition game at Tampa. (eBay Auction Link)

No doubt this is a friendly match between two rivals in the National League.  Unfortunately, one team far exceeds the other in talent on the field.  The Cincinnati Reds had won the pennant the prior season, and was destined for championship glory in 1940.   They defeated the Detroit Tigers later that fall to capture their second crown in their history.

As for the Dodgers, they would finish twelve games back of the Reds in second place.  Always the bridesmaid never the bride, I suppose.  On another note, ain't that jacket worn by Durocher keen? 

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1952, on a local NBC TV program, Jackie Robinson charged that the New York Yankees management is racist for its failure to scout, sign and bring up a black players. George Weiss of the Yanks denied the allegations, saying that the team welcomed black ballplayers, "good enough to make the team." (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12/1/1952, p. 11)  Elston Howard would become New York's first black player in 1955.
  • Happy Birthday, Clyde Sukeforth & Shane Victorino!