Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dodgers Diamond Anniversary Gets a Special Patch

The marriage between the City of Los Angeles and Dodgers will be 60 years strong this season, so naturally a commemorative patch is in order. This afternoon the team unveiled that patch. Check out an graphic of it above. Below is a look at the real thing on a Kenta Maeda jersey.

As you can see it features Los Angeles City Hall, and is filled with symbolism. Per a Dodgers press release:
The focal point of the logo is Los Angeles’ iconic City Hall building, which was the tallest building in the city when the Dodgers moved west in 1958. The Dodgers celebrated their first Opening Day with a ceremony at City Hall and a parade through Los Angeles that ended at the Coliseum, the team’s temporary home from 1958 to 1961 before Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. The ten stars around the logo’s border represent the Dodgers’ 10 National League pennants won in Los Angeles, and include five silver stars to denote their World Series championships since 1958. The stars are six pointed, signifying the Dodgers’ six decades in Los Angeles.
I happen to have an old Dodger jersey that I've recently been filling up with Dodger patches from the past, so I'll have to find one of these to add to my growing collection.

Additionally, the original unveiling took place at LA City Hall this afternoon. Steve Garvey, Fernando Valenzuela, Ron Cey and Steve Yeager, and Charley Steiner made the presentation.

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