Thursday, May 24, 2018

Padres Series Starts Friday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Friday against the San Diego Padres. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

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Friday, May 25th at 7:10 PM
Ross Stripling vs Clayton Richard
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2018 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Baseball - All the Dodgers Cards

For the second consecutive year Topps has released their Target-exclusive 2018 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Baseball boxes, and below are all of the unique Dodgers' cards found within packs. BTW, these boxes will cost you $14.99 and you will get seven packs -- five Bowman retail packs (exactly like the packs released in April) and two exclusive Mega Box Chrome Bowman packs.

You will notice that the base cards found in the Mega Box Chrome Bowman packs all feature a unique and exclusive Refractor design dubbed "mojo" by many in the hobby. Go here and here for information.

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#BCP19 Johan Mieses           #BCP22 Yadier Alvarez

A Unique Collection of Dodger Pins Sold at Hake's Auctions


It's a little known fact that I'm a Dodger pin collector. I wouldn't say that it's a main focus of my collecting habits, but I do like to pick something up on a whim from time to time. For the most part, I'm more of a looker than an active buyer. I guess you can say that I strike when a deal is too good to pass up, or when that rare mood comes along that begs me to buy something. So, when Hake's opened up a pin-centric auction featuring the collection of pin aficionado Paul Muchinsky I had to take a look. Now that this auction is over, I thought I would catalog some of the more unique offerings that were available. BTW, I didn't win any of these pins unfortunately.

On another note, several of these pins in this post appear to be fairly modern. At the same time, they are rarely ever seen in the hobby. I suspect there's a treasure trove of some of these hiding somewhere -- maybe within stored-away boxes of ex-employees or fans who don't realize their value in the hobby.

Blog Kiosk: 5/24/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I think we're all feelin' it. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
After taking the rubber game of the series, the Dodgers are 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Rockies, their smallest deficit since April 10, and have won six of their last seven games. 
"You can see the energy in the clubhouse," said closer Kenley Jansen, who picked up his 10th save and fourth in the last five days. "Everybody's like, we're going to get out of this. Things are finally starting to go our way."
Photo above of Maeda via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 Carl Furillo hit a three-run pinch-hit first inning home run against the Phillies at Ebbets Field. The early pinch-hit at-bat only occurred because Philly manager Ben Chapman (yeah, that guy) chose to use his right-handed starting pitcher for Brooklyn's first two batters only -- Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. Then substituted in a lefty for the next three batters. In 1973 the Dodgers and Mets play a 19-inning marathon at Dodger Stadium that takes a then-club record five hours and 42 minutes to complete. The Dodgers lost, 7-3. Outfielder Willie Davis would collect six hits -- tying a NL record. In 2000 sixteen Dodger players and coaches are suspended (a total of 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches) for a fighting incident at Wrigley Field that resulted in numerous players jumping in the stands on May 16th.
  • Happy Birthday, Wilmer FontBilly OttersonFred JacklitschJoe OeschgerGus FelixClancy SmyresEllie RodriguezCarlos HernandezJason GrabowskiJae Weong Seo,  Brad Penny & Andrew Toles!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Puig and Wood!

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.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/23/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


There was never anything to worry about. This team is better than their record suggest. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
The victory pulled the fourth-place Dodgers to within 4 1/2 games of the first-place Rockies, their smallest deficit in the National League West since April 23. The Dodgers have won five of their last six games. 
"The series sweep in D.C. was huge for our confidence, and now we know we're a good team," Taylor said, referring to the weekend sweep of the Nationals. "We're going to turn things around eventually, and now we can go out there and play free and easy, the way we're capable of playing."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1944 the Dodgers and Giants play the first night time game in metro New York since 1941 at the Polo Grounds due to the easing of wartime restrictions. Brooklyn defeated Bill Voiselle and the Giants, 3-2In 1981 Ron Cey hit his 200th career home run. It was against the Reds in Cincinnati. In 2002 Shawn Green hit four home runs in one game against the Brewers in Milwaukee, and set a major league record for total bases at 19. Overall, Green went 6-for-6 with a single, double, six runs scored and seven RBI's. Watch highlights of his day here.
  • Happy Birthday, Zach WheatAugie GalanClyde King & Ramon Ortiz!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Writing to a Distraught Fan - O'Malley's Correspondence About Trade Rumors


After what was no doubt the most frustrating year in Dodger history, fans unsurprisingly lashed out following the 1951 Brooklyn Dodger season. They complained at the dinner table, they whined to their neighbors and ultimately they wrote about their deepest concerns to the Dodgers themselves. After all, you must be heard when your team gives up a 13 game cushion to lose the pennant. And to make matters worse, they lost it on the last day of the season.

Featured above is a response to one of those irate letters to the club. It is written and signed by from Walter O'Malley to Dodger fan Robert Gray, and it is current available on auction at Hunt Auctions. In it O'Malley writes:
Dr. Mr. Gray, 
Please do not be disturbed about rumors of a trade in the papers. We have no intention of breaking up our fine team, which we regard as the best in the league, and we will make no deal unless it is a one-sided deal in our favor. 
I do hope that we can give faithful fans like yourself something to cheer about next year.
It's good to know that reporters have always wantonly thrown around baseless trade rumors.

As you know, this was the year Bobby Thompson hit his "shot heard 'round the world" that elevated the Giants over the Dodgers for the pennant. So, I imagine a rabble-rousing press corps in New York took the opportunity that winter to suggest that the Dodgers were ready to cut-bait after such a disappointing season.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. the team would instead stay the course and eventually win their only championship in the Brooklyn borough four years later.

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Welcome to the Blue, Erik & Tyler Goeddel!


It's taken me far too long to put this post up. Over the weekend I had read about a recent Dodger acquisition, reliever Erik Goeddel, but wanted to wait for pics of him in Dodger Blue to show up. That, for whatever reason, has yet to happen. So, I don't have a fantasy Baseball card of him in "Blue" to share with you. Instead, you'll get a Dodger fantasy card with Goeddel wearing Mariner dark blue and green. Per a Dodger press release:
Goeddel, 29, was claimed off of waivers yesterday from the Mariners and in five games out of the bullpen with Seattle, he went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA (1 ER/7.1 IP) while striking out nine. Prior to his promotion, Goeddel was 1-0 with four saves with 10 strikeouts in nine relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma this season. Goeddel signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on March 20 after beginning the 2018 campaign with the Rangers, who he signed with on Dec. 19, 2017.

Blog Kiosk: 5/22/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The kid was good. Not only that, he showed his mettle. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Even more than for firing a two-hitter for seven innings, Buehler earned peer respect for taking a 108 mph liner off the ribs and staying in the game to nearly overshadow a 2-1 loss to the Rockies that snapped the Dodgers' win streak at four.
"After taking that line drive off the ribs, I think he showed, not only myself but all the guys, what he's made of," said Chase Utley.
When "Dad" approves you know you're doing right.

On another note, last night was the kind of game the Dodgers need to start winning.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1949 Don Newcombe makes his first major league start, firing a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. He would go 17-8 with 19 complete games, five shut outs and an 3.17 ERA, and win both the Rookie of the Year award and the Cy Young. In 1987 the Dodgers traded the enigmatic reliever Tom Niedenfuer to the Orioles for John Shelby and Brad Havens. Shelby would go on to have a very impactful season for the World Series Champion Dodgers the next season.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill LohrmanTommy John!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 5/21/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The result from this past week is why you should never give up on the Dodgers. One week ago they were eight games back of the Diamondbacks. Now they are only five games behind following a weekend sweep of the Nationals. On top of that, Arizona is slumping badly. They are 1-10 over the past 11 games. Heck, if not for the poor showing against the Reds and Marlins -- both of whom are not considered contenders this season -- we'd be within spitting distance of first place.

Clearly, the Dodgers are far from done. Per Ben Standig at MLB.com:
"They've been busting their tails, and it just hasn't shown fruits, but now it's paying off," manager Dave Roberts said. "It's a byproduct of those at-bats, guys sticking together. It was a big series. It was good for the guys to win three here."
Photo above via Amanda Bowen/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rockies Series Starts on Monday - Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Monday against the Colorado Rockies. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

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Monday, May 21st at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Friday, May 18, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 5/18/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I want to believe things are turning around.

Last night the Dodgers convincingly routed the Marlins, 7-0. Kenta Maeda was fantastic as he threw eight shutout innings; allowing only two hits and striking out eight. Best yet, Justin Turner lead the offense with three hits; including two doubles, to drive in five runs. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I felt good the last couple days,” Turner said to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “My timing’s right, seeing the ball good.”
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On Kenta: “Just outstanding,” Turner said of Maeda’s performance. “That was fun to watch. Hopefully, build some momentum going up to D.C.”
It's discouraging that they could only win one of seven games against two of the worst teams in Baseball -- Reds and Marlins -- but that's where we are. We're a club that has looked lost all season long, and one can only hope that as players return from the DL they find a way to right the ship. As much as I see, read and hear that the Dodger season is doomed I know that deep down inside that they still have a chance -- albeit a quickly diminishing opportunity.

Photo above via Manny Fernandez/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger HistoryIn 1929 the Brooklyn Dodgers out-slugged the Phillies, 20-16. Hilariously, Dodger hurler Ray Moss allowed ten earned runs and still recorded his first win of the season. In 1931 Dodger outfielder Babe Herman hits for the cycle against the Reds at Ebbets Field.
  • Happy Birthday, Bob ClarkCy BargerDon Lund & Eric Young!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Jerry Reuss

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.

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Former Dodger hurler Jerry Reuss is scheduled to sign autographs for fans on Saturday, May 19th  from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Harry's Dugout in Montebello. Go here for more information. This is a pay per autograph event.
Harry's Dugout
1435 North Montebello Boulevard
Montebello, CA, 90640
(310)606-1548

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Blog Kiosk: 5/17/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


There's nothing better than a talking horse to distract you from the season. Featured above is Mr. Ed, his straight-talking co-star Alan Young and the great Sandy Koufax at Dodger Stadium in 1963.

As you know, the Dodgers were special guest of the show that year in an episode called,  "Leo Durocher Meets Mister Ed". You can check out highlights from that episode here.

The above photo via an eBay listing, here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 then Pirates slugger Hank Greenberg reached out to Jackie Robinson during a game at Forbes Field. While standing on first base he asked Jackie if he was hurt during a collision with him earlier in the game and then says, "Stick in there. You're doing fine. Keep your chin up." Knowing that Greenberg knew first hand the difficulties he had been facing, due to his own Jewish heritage, Jackie named him his "diamond hero." In 1978 Dodger slugger Lee Lacy hit his third consecutive home run as a pinch-hitter -- becoming the first player to have ever done so.
  • Happy Birthday, Al MaysRube VickersElmer SteeleHarry Riconda & Dick Smith!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Orel Hershiser 1990 Upper Deck Painting


I can't believe my luck.

I just took possession of what might be not only my favorite, but arguably best Dodger item in my collection. Featured above is the original Vernon Wells Sr. painting of Orel Hershiser that was used to create his 1990 Upper Deck team checklist card.

Over the years I've slowly become a baseball card painting/art collector -- not that I know anything about the subject.

What I do know is that art is about not only about what you like, but what moves you. And it doesn't hurt if it happens to be pleasing enough to look at every day.

Clearly, having baseball card art on the wall satisfy's all of those things.

Overall, this is my fourth card painting in my collection.

Blog Kiosk: 5/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I just can't get enough of these vintage action photos -- even if it doesn't show the most desired result. Featured above is a 1955 United Press pic, dated June 1st, of Jackie Robinson being tagged out at the plate. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Jackie Robinson of the Dodgers is tagged out at home by Milwaukee Catcher Del Crandall in the second inning of the night game at Ebbets Field June 1st. Robinson tried to score on Junior Gilliam's short fly to second baseman Hank Aaron, who threw to Crandall. Umpire is Dusty Boggess.
I don't think you can be too angry about being beat by a great play from future Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. BTW, this pic is on auction at Memory Lane (link here). Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1970 a fourteen year old fan named Alan Fish was struck by a batted baseball at Dodger Stadium and would unfortunately die four days later. This marked the first fatality of a fan from a batted ball in a Major League game. Tom Hoffarth provides more detail about the terrible incident hereIn 2000 was the infamous fight at Wrigley Field that started when Dodgers catcher Chad Kreuter, sitting in the Wrigley exposed bullpen, was hit in the back of the head and had his hat stolen by a unruly fan. Several players and coaches jumped into the stands during the ensuing melee. 
  • Happy BirthdayWatty ClarkRube WalkerRick RhodenMitch Webster & Eugenio Vélez!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 5/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here is one of what must have been numerous different conceptual drawings put together by architects for the O'Malley's. The drawing above, recently shared by MLB Cathedrals on twitter, is dated 1957 and was created by a local father and son duo of Stiles and Robert Clements.

Stiles Clements is famous for his art deco and streamline moderne styles in Los Angeles. He designed the El Capitan Theater Building, the Mayan Theater, Adamson House in Malibu, Samson Uniroyal Tire Factory (present day Citadel Outlets mall), the Wiltern Theatre and Jefferson High School. His son, Robert, had designed more than 110 buildings on Wilshire Boulevard alone.

BTW, Dodger Stadium was designed by New York based architect and civil engineer, Emil Praeger. Below are more links to check out

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #208 - Mother's Day Card with Yasiel Puig


If the Dodgers aren't playing well enough to earn their own 2018 Topps Now cards then I guess you gotta settle for one of these.

Featured is the newest 2018 Topps Now card to include a Dodger. Instead of a card highlighting some remarkable feat (like a combined no-hitter) we instead get a look at Yasiel Puig in Mother's Day pink. Go here to check it out and order.

One thing of note, the photo used for Puig is not from yesterdays game. There was no special Mother's Day "Pink" jerseys for ballplayers to wear.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 5/14/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


(Lasorda & Gibson, via Jon SooHoo)
At the least the Dodgers couldn't lose the Alumni/Old-Timers Game this weekend. Featured above is the 1988 World Champion Dodgers in attendance at this past Saturdays game. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“It’s been a rush for me, because I think back so fondly about 1988,” (Ricky) Horton said. “It was such a special thing. You realize and remember it’s not about what you did, but about the people you did it with. This kind of deal reminds you, and you just jump right back into the relationships with Jay Howell and Orel Hershiser and John Tutor and guys I spent … every day with, doing something that was pretty darn cool. I’m very thankful the Dodgers included me in this. The Dodgers are such a classy organization and they’re doing it right.”
Photo above and on the right via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1968 Don Drysdale shutout the Cubs at Dodgers Stadium, 1-0. This victory was the first of six straight shutouts thrown by Drysdale that would eventually lead to him setting a consecutive scoreless streak at 58 2/3 innings. On a side note, on this day Walter Johnson sees his consecutive scoreless streak come to an end at 55 2/3 innings in 1913. This was the record Drysdale broke 55 years later. In 2011 hard-luck pitcher Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers lose a tough one to the Diamondbacks when they give up just one run on one hit to lose, 1-0. This is the first time the club has lost when giving up only one hit since 1914.
  • Happy Birthday, Tony SmithJohnny BabichChink Zachary!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

2018 Topps Now - Dodgers 'Road to Opening Day' Set

What now feels like a long time ago, during spring training I ordered the 2018 Topps Now Dodgers' "Road to Opening Day" 15-card set. I figured, "what the heck. Right?" I've started to grow more comfortable with the exclusive online card sale concept, and besides these cards look cool; especially when you consider they will only be using pics from this spring. So, I won't have to suffer through a stack of cards using photos I've seen a hundred times before.

Now that we're nearly a quarter into the season the set has finally arrived, and I've prepared scans of each one to share here. Check them all out below. Click on any pic to embiggen.

BTW, the print run for this set is 528 sets.

#OD-408 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 5/10/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Sometimes you need just need a little bit of help from the Baseball gods.

Three of the Dodgers first four runs scored last night came from some unlikely plays: two wild pitches and a hit-by-pitch. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"We were gifted some runs," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "It wasn't ideal, but we'll take it. There was really no rhythm and it was kind of funky. But I thought the energy was really consistent. We're fighting. We realize the situation we've put ourselves in, that an urgency has got to be there."
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"Sometimes," said Jansen, "you've just got to be lucky."
Pic above of Taylor getting hit via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger HistoryIn 1955 Don Newcombe threw a complete game shutout against the Cubs while facing the minimum of 27 batters, 3-0. He allowed just one hit, to second baseman Gene Baker, who would subsequently be caught stealing. In 1966 the Dodgers sent 1955 World Series hero Johnny Podres to the Tigers as part of an conditional deal. In 1968 the Dodgers signed free agent infielder Ken Boyer. At the age of 37 the aging All-Star would slash .271/.317/.403/.720 with 60 hits, six home runs and 41 RBI's that season. In 1996 Tommy Lasorda managed his 3,000th major league game. It was against the Cardinals, and the Dodgers defeated them in twelve innings, 3-2
  • Happy Birthday, Bill DavidsonJim Hickman & John Cummings!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Reds Series Starts on Thursday - Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

It is Alumni Weekend at Dodger Stadium and the club will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1988 World Series championship. This coming Saturday is the Alumi/"Old-Timers" Game, and throughout the weekend numerous former Dodgers' will be greeting fans. In fact, starting on Friday (and through til Sunday), fans can enjoy pregame autograph and photo opportunities with Alumni at Dodger Stadium entrances on the Left Field Plaza, Right Field Plaza, Club Level, Stadium Club and Left Field Reserve.

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Thursday, May 10th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Three Laker Legends -- Worthy, Scott and Thompson

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.

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Lakers legends James Worthy, Byron Scott and Mychal Thompson are scheduled to sign autographs at the Sports Authentics store at the Puente Hills Mall on Saturday, May 12 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Go here for more information.
Sports Authentics - Puente Hills Mall
1600 South Azusa Avenue
Rowland Heights, CA, 91748
(909)590-3713

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Blog Kiosk: 5/9/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The old-timers are already starting to gather for Alumni Weekend.

Photo above via Dennis Powell on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1947 the infamous photo between Phillies manager Ben Chapman and Jackie Robinson is taken before the start of that afternoons game in Philadelphia. As you know, Chapman spearheaded a vicious verbal assault on Robinson during their previous series in Brooklyn. In 1983 Ron Cey returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since being traded to the Chicago during the offseason. Cey went 3-for-4 with three singles and a run scored but his Cubs lost, 4-3.
  • Happy Birthday, Alex Farmer & Aaron Harang!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Dodgers 60th Anniversary Sets - The First Two - #1 to #14

It's about time I put up pics of these cards.

As you know, the Dodgers have been giving away limited edition 60th Anniversary Collector Card Sets to fans. Six different sets are available, and so far only the first two sets have been given out. The third set is being released at today's game. Unfortunately, I hadn't attended either of the first two prior giveaway games. Thankfully, fellow blogger and fanatic Dodger fan Andy from the Stadium Fantasium blog was there, and he was kind enough to pass along the first two sets.

Thanks, Andy!

Below are complete scans of the first two sets. As you can see, the first set celebrates the 50's and 60's and borrows the vintage design of the 1965 Topps Baseball card set. The second set focuses on the 70's and uses the 1977 Topps Baseball card design.

As for the players in the set, I do find it unusual that the first six cards in both sets feature the exact same players -- Bellinger, Turner, Seager, Jansen, Taylor and Utley. The seventh card is of a Dodger star from the era the set celebrates: Koufax from the 60's and Sutton from the 70's. I wonder if the set being given out today will include Hershiser, Valenzuela or Gibson as the seventh card in the set.

Below are pics of each card in both set.

Set 1 - The 50's & 60's


#LAD-1 Cody Bellinger

Monday, May 07, 2018

Diamondbacks Series Starts on Tuesday - Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts this coming Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

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Tuesday, May 8th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 5/7/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Fernando was the only choice to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to begin the Mexico Series between the Padres and Dodgers. Per Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com:
"Fernando deserved to throw out the first pitch and many more things because of who he is," said Jarrin, who famously served as Valenzuela's interpreter. "He's so popular in Mexico and he's so popular in this city. People still scream his name in Los Angeles when they show his image, and he's so beloved everywhere he goes. It is the perfect way to start this series."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

2018 Topps Now - #171 - The Combined No No


On Friday the Dodgers did something remarkable. Not only did they hammer out nine hits for four runs (a rarity these days), but also threw their very first franchise combined no-hitter -- just the 12th ever in Major League history and 23rd no no in Dodgers' franchise history.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 5/4/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


This weekends games in Monterrey, Mexico against the Padres are likely to feel like home games to the 'Boys in Blue'. Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times:
"It's going to be awesome," Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said. "The Dodger fans, the majority of them, are Mexicans. No disrespect to any other people. 
"They are die-hard fans. No matter how we are doing, they will always be supportive."
Photo above via MLB México on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1919 Brooklynites attend the very first major league game played on a Sunday in Brooklyn due to a new law passed by the NY Legislature called the "Sunday Baseball Bill." The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field, 6-2. In 1966 Willie Mays hits his 512nd career home run off of Dodgers hurler Claude Osteen at Candlestick Park. The homer breaks the NL All-Time home run mark held by Mel Ott. In 1976 it is declared Rick Monday Day in Illinois. The then Cubs outfielder is presented with the flag he saved from an on-field burning attempt at Dodger Stadium. In 2009 the Dodgers win their 11th straight game to start the season -- breaking a NL record. In 2012 the Dodgers signed free agent outfield Bobby Abreu to a one-year $9 million contract.
  • Happy Birthday, Sid Gautreaux!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Jon Weisman Book Signing and Q&A -- Forsythe, Barnes, Hernandez and Russell Early Next Week

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.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/3/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Can't anyone stay healthy. This is starting to get beyond frustrating.

As you know, Hyun-Jin Ryu left last nights game during the second inning after experiencing a left groin sprain. Weirdly, the strain occurred after he threw a 64 MPH curveball (per JP Hoornstra on twitter). BTW, he's going to have an MRI. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It doesn't feel good," Ryu said through an interpreter. "This seems to be worse than the ones in the past. Definitely very disappointed. I came into the season very healthy and had very good performances in the season. At this point, I'm very frustrated and very disappointed."
Pic on the right via Dodger Insider/Matt York/AP Photo. Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

You Too Can Own the Dodgers



Are you in the market for 2,398 shares of the Dodgers franchise?

Well, I've got some good news for you. Featured is a 1948 stock certificate originally issued to Marie McKeever Mulvey for the Brooklyn National League Baseball Club. (Auction Link)

Marie, or Dearie as she was known to friends, was the daughter of construction contractor Stephen McKeever. As you may know, Stephen and his brother Ed partnered with Charles Ebbets to build Ebbets Field; taking a significant ownership stake in the process. Together with Ebbets they continued to operate the franchise until Charles Ebbets died in 1925. Then a week later Ed McKeever died from the flu after contracting a cold during Charles Ebbets funeral. Thereafter, brother Stephen became the primary operator of the club until his death in 1938.

At that point, Dearie and her husband, became an owner of the team; along with the Brooklyn Trust Company (handling the estate of Charles Ebbets). She maintained ownership in the club until her death in 1968, at which time her husband took control until he sold the family's final shares to O'Malley in 1975.  BTW, her husband was James Mulvey, who was once President of Samuel Goldwyn Productions.

Obviously, this stock certificate is no longer outstanding. So, it's just a nice memento of the past.

I do wonder, though, if I could somehow show this to the Guggenheim folks and finagle my way into the ownership box.

Do you think they'd be fooled?

Yeah, I don't think so either.

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Wake up! Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It doesn't matter what month it is," said Kershaw. "If you're 10 games out, you better start playing well."
Photo above via Joe Cortez at Dodger Insider/MLB.com. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History: In 1928 Giants manager John McGraw does the unusual. In that afternoons game against the Dodgers he calls for an intentional walk with the bases loaded and two outs to drive in a run in the ninth inning to make the score 2-1. Giants starter Larry Benton then struck out the next batter, Harry Riconda, to get the victory. In 1975 the Dodgers traded Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon to the Cubs for starting pitcher Burt HootonIn 1995 Hideo Nomo made his first major league start. He would pitch five innings of one-hit ball against the Giants in a no-decision. The Dodgers would eventually lose the game in the 15th inning, 4-3
  • Happy Birthday, Larry Cheney!