Tuesday, July 20, 2010

“Pistol” Pete Reiser Collection

The recently opened Huggins & Scott Auction includes a massive collection of "Pistol" Pete Reiser cards and memorabilia. Peter Reiser was one of the more heralded rookie ballplayers to ever put on a Brooklyn uniform in the early 1940's. He could hit for average, had some power, would play the outfield with speed and determination, and could swipe a few bases when desired. Pete was a 5-tool player.

Unfortunately, Pistol Pete was also very unlucky. As Vin Scully mentioned last night during the game against the Giants, Reiser was accident prone. I'll add that he was probably a little reckless too.
Reiser gave great effort on every play in the field, and was therefore very injury-prone. He fractured his skull running into an outfield wall on one occasion (but still made the throw back to the infield), was temporarily paralyzed on another, and was taken off the field on a stretcher a record 11 times. Pete was once given his last rites in the ballpark.
He either had balls of steel or knocked too many marbles around in his noggin. Anyway, here are some pics from the auction that includes 55 different vintage and scarce Pete Reiser cards.
(Huggins&Scott Auction Link)

Broxton: One of the Best Fastballs

Coming out soon, in Sports Illustrated newest issue, is a players poll asking "which pitcher has the best fastball."

Not surprisingly, Jonathan Broxton is second on the list. Sure, he has had some issues lately, but with a ERA of 2.50 and a phenomenal walk/strike out ratio of over 6 to 1, I think it is overkill to claim he isn't the right man to be the Dodger closer.


Here is a great eBay find of a vintage 1960's stadium give-away of a Dodger apron. A lovely lady fan proudly wears her cap and holds her flag declaring her devotion. She has decided to take the afternoon off and go to the game. It reads, "The heck with housework... Let's see the Dodgers play!" I've seen this great item in the past, but never in this condition.