Thursday, October 04, 2018

1988 World Series Dodgers Memorabilia at Goldin Auctions

I'm having a World Series fever dream. Everywhere I look I see a Dodgers World Series. For instance, today marks the 63rd anniversary of Game 7 of the 1955 Fall Classic -- the Dodgers first championship ever. It's also the 59th anniversary of the Los Angeles Dodgers very first postseason victory on the west coast -- defeating the White sox, 3-1, in front of 92,234 fans at the Coliseum. Now, as I peruse through the Goldin Auctions catalog, I ran into some memorabilia from the Dodgers historic 1988 run.

As you know, it is the 30 anniversary of the Dodgers last championship in 1988, so these items currently available are very timely. Featured above and below are original lineup cards from the series that are a part of the Tommy Lasorda collection and come directly from Lasorda's agent.

Here are the rosters for the NLDS

We are just a mere six hours, or so, away from the start of the NLDS, and we now get a first look at the rosters for each club. Check out the Dodgers roster above (via @Dodgers on twitter) and the Braves roster below (via @Braves on twitter).

There aren't a lot of surprises here for the Dodgers. Notable players missing include Ross Stripling, Chase Utley, Alex Verdugo, John Axford, Tony Cingrani, JT Chargois, Kyle Farmer, Zac Rosscup, Julio Urias, Andrew Toles. Additionally, it is my understanding that Chase Utley will remain in the Dodger clubhouse/dugout for this series and will travel with them to Atlanta. His poise and experience alone provides untold value to the club, so this bit of news is very welcome.

As for the Braves, they are missing their starting shortstop Dansby Swanson. He had been diagnosed with a "partial ligament tear" a few days ago and will likely miss the entire playoffs. In his place will be the very capable Charlie Culberson, and we all know he's not someone to scoff at. In my mind, he's a wildcard in this series, and I suspect he'll prove to be a tough out.

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Blog Kiosk: 10/4/2018 - Dodgers Links - March to 11 Victories

It'll take 11 wins for the Dodgers to capture a championship, and tonight's starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu, will have an opportunity to get things started right. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I’m very happy that the team trusted me, and I would like to say that I’m going to go full throttle from the very first pitch in the very first inning tomorrow, make sure that I get my job done as the starting pitcher and put the team in the position where it can win,” Ryu said.
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1955 the day Dodger fans had been waiting for finally happened. On this day the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series to win a championship for the very first time in its franchise's history. In 1959 the Dodgers won the teams very first playoff game in Los Angeles when they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 3-1.  92,234 fans attended the game at the LA Coliseum, setting a new record for attendance for a World Series game. This win put them up two games to one in the series.  They would win the World Series in the sixth game four days later. In 2006 the worst play in Dodgers playoff history happened (in my opinion) when two runners are thrown out at home plate on the same throw during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets. You can relive the horror here.
  • Happy BirthdayRip RipulskiJohn DuffieMike SharpersonDennis CookAdam RiggsTony Gwynn, Jr. & Stephen Fife!