Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Ron Fairly 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet

Here is another post featuring the 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet set.  Go here to see my past post showcasing this set; including complete scans of both the Vin Scully/Jerry Doggett and Don Drysdale booklets.  This time I share the Ron Fairly Booklet.

Ron Fairly was a local product.  He played college ball at USC under famed coach Rod Dedeaux, and was on the 1958 team that won the College World Series.  During that season he batted .358 with 9 home runs and 67 RBI's.  Soon thereafter, he signed a professional contract with the Dodgers and quickly found himself wearing Dodger Blue in September.  In that first month of Major League ball he played in 15 games, batting .283, with 2 home runs and had a slugging percentage of .415. 

In 1961, the season when this booklet was issued, he broke out.  Fairly batted a career high .322 in 111 games; as he bounced between 4 different positions.  The next year, he planted himself on the everyday roster as the Dodgers 1st baseman, hitting a respectable .278 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI's in 147 games. 

Ron Fairly continued to play regularly, but never equaled the promise he showed as a USC center fielder.  Nevertheless, he was a fierce competitor with a disciplined bat, and a key component of 3 World Series Dodger clubs.  Over his entire 21-year playing career, he walked 1,052 times and struck out only 877 times.  He also recorded 68 career pinch hits; hitting as many as 12 in 1975 as a Cardinal.

After his playing days were over, he entered the broadcast booth.  He called games for the California Angels, the SF Giants and most notably for the Seattle Mariners.  Fairly retired after the 2006 season. 

Below are complete scans of every page from Ron Fairly's 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet.  Click any pic to embiggen.

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2014 Topps Tribute Baseball - The Dodgers Autographed Cards

Here is my last post featuring Dodger cards from the 2014 Topps Tribute Baseball card set.  This time I feature the Dodgers' autographed cards.  Go here to check out my previous post on this set.

BTW, there are also Tribute Milestones Autographed Relics of both Yasiel Puig (#TMAR-YP) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (#TMAR-HJR), but they have yet to surface.  I suspect these are extremely limited, and may be "1 of 1's".

Autographed Cards

#TA-AG Adrian Gonzalez

#TA-CKE Clayton Kershaw

Tribute Traditions

#TT-AG Adrian Gonzalez

Tribute to the Past Time

#TPT-AG Adrian Gonzalez                      #TPT-SK Sandy Koufax

According to a checklist, there are at least 3 different Duke Snider and 2 different Johnny Podres autographed cards.  Unfortunately, I have yet to see them all.  At this point, I have only seen 2 of the Snider cards and a Podres card.  Check them out below.

Tribute to the Stars Autographed Cards

(#TSA-DS, #TSA-DS1 & #TSA-DS2) Duke Snider

(#TSA-JP & #TSA-JP1 Johnny Podres)

#TSA-SK Sandy Koufax

Timeless Tribute Autographed Cards

#TTRA-KK Sandy Koufax / Clayton Kershaw

UPDATE:  Here is a look at the Timeless Tribute dual autographed card of Koufax and Kershaw below.

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Blog Kiosk: 2/27/2014 - Dodgers Links - Guerrero's First Game, Chris Reed as a Reliever and AJ Ellis Sells Jerky

Both Davey Lopes and Mark McGwire look on during yesterdays Spring contest against the Diamondbacks, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014Go here to see more pics from him.
"He looked better at the plate his second at-bat," manager Don Mattingly said of Guerrero, who sat out last year before leaving Cuba. "It's his first Spring Training game. We're actually not judging off one game or two at-bats. I'm happy with what I saw.
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