Thursday, April 11, 2019

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

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

Friday, April 12th at 7:10 PM
Julio Urias vs Corbin Burnes
TV: SportsNet LA, KTLA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

A Fernando Valenzuela Pencil Holder

I love this thing.

What we have here is a wooden pencil holder that is shaped like a baseball resting on a bat and pedestal. Across the 'sweet spot' is the name Valenzuela -- no doubt in reference to Dodgers pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela. There are no other markings, other than 'Mexico' being scribbled on the underside of the base. Additionally, I'd find it surprising if this was licensed in any way. Instead, I think this was something an enterprising Mexican entrepreneur created to take advantage of the Fernandomania that had gripped much of the America's in the early-80's. Check out the item on eBay - (eBay Auction Link).

Seeing this makes me wonder how many other Dodgers-related trinkets like this -- likely unlicensed and sold at small curio/knickknack shops in both Mexico and Southern California -- exist out there?

There's got to be a bunch of weird stuff like this, and I'd love to see more.

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Blog Kiosk: 4/11/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a fantastic slide by 'Pistol' Pete Reiser against the Cardinals, 9/13/1946. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Action that had the Dodger fans gripping frantically at the edges of their seats is caught by the camera as the Dodgers' Reiser slides into the home plate to score one of the Dodgers' four runs in the first inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Ebbets Field today. Reiser scored from second on Stevens single. Slaughter heaved to Del Rice at the plate but Reiser beat the throw.
The above photo, taken by Herb Scharfman, is currently available on eBay, here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1959 Don Drysdale hits his second Opening Day home run to become the first pitcher with two career homers on Opening Day. Unfortunately, Don's homer would be the only run the Dodgers score this day as they lose to the Cubs, 6-1In 2000 the Dodgers and Giants play the inaugural game at San Francisco's Pac Bell Park. Dodger shortstop Kevin Elster celebrates the occasion by hitting three home runs to help defeat the Giants, 12-8In 2013 Zack Greinke breaks his left collarbone as a result of a melee on the field. Greinke had plunked Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, so he charged the mound. Zack would miss several weeks due to the injury.
  • Happy BirthdayPop CorkhillAl NixonRoy Gordinier & Kenta Maeda!