Monday, April 26, 2010

Koufax's Last Game

Here is a nice collectible sure to make any Sandy Koufax collector happy. On eBay is a ticket stub from Sandy Koufax's very last regular season game and last win in the Major Leagues. It is from the last game of the 1966 season between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies on October 2nd. Sandy pitched the 2nd game of a doubleheader and recorded win number 27 of the year (165 for his career). He went all 9 innings while giving up only 2 runs and striking out 10. With the World Series match with the Baltimore Orioles just around the corner it looked like he was poised to dominate once again. Unfortunately, he would pitch only once more in a losing effort against Jim Palmer as the Dodgers would get sweeped in 4 straight.

T206 Brooklyn Dodgers: Joe Dunn

Here is my second installment of Brooklyn T206 players.  This time I around I feature catcher Joseph Edward Dunn.  He only had a two year Major League career from 1908 to 1909, all with the Brooklyn Superbas.  He was a backup catcher who only had an opportunity to get into 30 games.  He didn't have much pop in his bat and even had less of an arm behind the plate.  Dunn hit a career .169 and gave up 34 steals in 27 games as a catcher.  Overall, he spent 17 years in the minors, bouncing around primarily in the Midwest as a player til 1926.  He also managed a bit on various minor league clubs from 1915 to 1931.  Unfortunately, I don't know anything more about him.