Thursday, March 08, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Tommy Lasorda in Arizona on Saturday

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.


This is for fans in Arizona. Tommy Lasorda is scheduled to make an autograph appearance at McFadden Restaurant in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, March 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Go here for more information. This is a pay per autograph event. Also, there are trip packages that include tickets to that days game.
McFadden Restaurant
9425 West Coyote Boulevard
Glendale, AZ, 85305
(408)286-2151 or (623)872-0022 

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2018 Panini's Donruss - The Dodgers Base & Variation Cards

Panini America's flagship Baseball card brand, 2018 Donruss, is now in stores, and as you can see in the pic above Cody Bellinger is its spokes-model. He is prominently displayed on both boxes and packs. Go here for an complete checklist.

Below are all of the Dodgers' base & variation cards. I remain disappointed that the Diamond Kings subset no longer uses drawings/paintings like their vintage brethren from the 80's.

I do love the retro cards that use the 1984 Baseball set design - one of my all-time favorites. As a kid I remember riding around town in my poor excuse for a BMX bike searching for packs of these cards. Rarely did I see any, but that didn't stop me from spending hours searching for some. I so badly wanted that Don Mattingly rookie!

Complete Base Set

Diamond Kings
#14 Clayton Kershaw

Blok Kiosk: 3/8/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It's all about practice.

Featured above are Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges and catcher Roy Campanella stretching out to make a play during a spring workout at Vero Beach, dated Feb 26, 1952. (eBay auction link) Per the descriptor on the reverse:
TWO-WAY STRETCH---Vero Beach, Fla........Catcher Roy Campanella of the Brooklyn Dodgers tries to match the stretch of Gil Hodges at first nbase as they reach for a wide throw in spring training workout at the Dodgers camp in Vero Beach. The Flatbushers who were as close to the pennant as one minute to twelve last season say this is the year.".
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1941 teammates Joe Medwick and Pee Wee Reese wear protective headgear during a spring exhibition game in Havana, Cuba. They placed plastic inserts -- dubbed an  “Brooklyn Safety Cap” -- inside their hats. Both players had missed significant time the previous season due to head injuries; including a scare that sent Medick to the hospital for fear of a cracked skull. You can see a patent design for the cap on the right, via Baseball Hall of Fame. Click pic to embiggen. In 2011 former Dodger Assistant General Manager Kim Ng is named by MLB as the Senior Vice-President of its baseball operations, making her the highest-ranking woman in the major leagues.
  • Happy Birthday, Ollie O'MaraCarl FurilloAl GionfriddoDick TeedMarv BreedingWillard Hunter,  Dick Allen & Juan Encarnacion!