Friday, February 10, 2017

Some Dodgers Memorabilia at Heritage Auction

Here is another vintage sports auction from Heritage Auctions, and it includes several fantastic Dodger memorabilia items.  My favorite might be the above 1957 Brooklyn game-used road jersey of Pee Wee Reese.  (Auction Link)  This is from the Dodgers last year at Ebbets Field.

Above is Roger Craig's 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Championship ring.  (Auction Link)  It comes directly from Roger himself, and is in pristine condition.  As you know, the Dodger rookie pitched Game 5 of the World Series; going six innings, striking out four, allowing just four hits and yielding only two earned runs to win the game.

Below is a 1987 Albuquerque Dukes, the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate at the time, Pacific Coast League Championship ring.  (Auction Link)  It appears to have originally been given to a Dodger coach named Brent Strom, based on markings on the side.  As you may know, Strom worked within the Dodgers system after retiring from the game in 1981, and is currently the Houston Astros pitching coach.  BTW, Brent Strom was the second player ever to have undergone Tommy John Surgery.  Per Bryant Tagart at
"Let's hope it wasn't 'Brent Strom Surgery,' because then you'd get 22 wins instead of 288," said Strom, in his first year as the Astros' pitching coach.
"Obviously, (Dr. Frank Jobe) impacted me in the fact that I can still throw a baseball at age 65," Strom said. "I wasn't able to get back to the level of proficiency that Tommy John was, but he had more skills that I did. I had been released by the Padres and opted to take on this chance to make a comeback, and it got me back to Triple-A."

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