Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 11/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here is another original Willard Mullin drawing I ran into while pursuing the Heritage Auction catalog. (auction link) It dates to the 1956 season and prominently features mascots for the Dodgers, Giants, Braves and Reds.

The famed Brooklyn Dodger "Bum" is seen strutting his stuff while wearing a Sal Maglie button on his lapel. At the same time the NY Giants mascot is on the bottom right screaming "Sic Transit Gloria Fifty-One." In other words, our ol' foe is lamenting the prestige lost since their glorious 1951 season that saw Bobby Thomson hit a walk-off homer to win the pennant. After all, as the cartoon says, many of the players on that Giants team have now moved on -- Maglie to the Dodgers, Thomson to the Braves and starting pitcher Larry Jansen to the Reds.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1966 Sandy Koufax missed out on winning his second MVP award by ten votes to Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente.  As you know, this would be Koufax's last major league season. 
  • Happy Birthday, Joe StraussGlenn BurkeJulio Lugo!
  • Podcast: Reliever Brandon Morrow chats with David Aardsma and James the Greek on The Bullpen with DA (podcast link)
  • I hadn't seen this when it originally came out. That said, this is an excellent commentary. Per Tom Hoffarth at the Daily News; "Blowback on Vin Scully’s NFL stance a reminder about respecting opinions."
Whether the soon-to-be 90-year-old Scully knew that some blowback would come, as well as supporters coming out in his defense — or he expects more from explaining more context with additional remarks — it shouldn’t be the issue. 
Just as Colin Kaepernick decided it was worth taking a knee during the anthem to call attention to social injustice in the African American community, and subsequent NFL players have carried on the gesture in his absence even if the original intent seems to be lost, Scully deserves respect for sharing his opinion based on the good will and thoughtfulness he has banked over the last many decades.
  • ICYMI: Clayton Kershaw came in second behind Max Scherzer in Cy Young voting. Below is a graphic showing the voting, via Jon Weisman on twitter. As you can see, Kershaw came in second, Kenley Jansen in Fifth and Alex Wood in tenth.

  • Topps is bringing back their Gallery brand of Baseball cards -- last appearing in 2005. Coming out this week at Walmart stores near you (at least for now) are boxes of 2017 Topps Gallery. Check out preview cards of Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax below, via Blowout Buzz. Go here to check out more pics. With every 20-pack box you are guaranteed two autographed cards.

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