Wednesday, November 04, 2015

A Fantastic Vintage Dodgers' Scrapbook on eBay

This might be one of the coolest things I've seen on eBay.  Check it out here.  Featured is a vintage scrapbook put together by an fanatic Brooklyn Dodger fan, circa 1936 to 1948, and it's filled with a whole bunch of fantastic news clippings.  I grabbed all the photos from the auction in this post.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

There is everything from player photos and biographies to news stories about brawls during a game, fans in the stands, the loss of Leo Durocher and the emergence of Jackie Robinson.  Unfortunately, we can't perfectly read all of the clippings, but in one there appears to be mention of a potential league-wide players strike, instigated by members of the St. Louis Cardinals, against Jackie Robinson.  This incident even necessitated a personal meeting by NL President Ford Frick to those players who was reported to have told them,
"If you do this you will be suspended from the league.  You will find that the friends you think you have in the press box will not support you, that you will be outcasts.  I do not care if half the league strikes.  Those who do it will encounter quick retribution.  And will be suspended, and I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years.  This is the United States of America, and one citizen has as much right to play as another."
Those are some very strong words during an tumultuous time.  BTW, on that same page is another story titled, "Good Conduct by Negro Fans Urged."  As if they were the problem... Ugh!

Anyway, check out all of the pics below. 

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Adrian Gonzalez's 1st Annual Bat 4 HOPE Celebrity Softball Game

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


For those of you yearning for the return of some Dodger Baseball maybe this event will suffice.  This Saturday is Adrian Gonzalez's 1st Annual Bat 4 HOPE Celebrity Softball Game at Dodger Stadium.  It benefits the PADRES Contra El Cáncer.  Players from the LA Dodgers, athletes and celebrity supporters will all come together to raise awareness for childhood cancer and fundraiser for PADRES' vital programs and services. Go here for information and to get tickets


Several retired football players will be at Frank & Sons this coming Saturday.  Check out the flyers below.  Go here for information.
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91748

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Blog Kiosk: 11/4/2015 - Dodger Links - Zack Greinke, Dave Roberts and Kiké Hernandez

What do you do when you know that you'll be going under the knife soon?

You go to Disneyland, of course!

Last night we learned that banana-loving infielder-outfielder Kiké Hernandez would be having right shoulder surgery today, via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider.  So, the 24-year old, who we all know is just a big kid at heart, spent this past weekend running around the Magic Kingdom with his mother.  Just check out the photo tweeted by Kiké above as proof.

There's no word yet on the extend of the injury or the exact procedure being perfomred by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, but Jon wrote that it's minor.  Hopefully, this does nothing to derail a promising future with the Dodgers.

Below are more links to check out:
Nancy Bea is a beloved part of Dodger tradition, and I believed the new front office was working to go back to the true Blue way. But eliminating Nancy Bea’s music degrades the Dodger fan experience at the ballpark. Her music, like Scully’s voice, lent another dimension to the game-watching experience, a component that few other professional sports teams have.
  • Via One Nacion at ESPN, "Call it a comeback, Adrian Gonzalez already working on 2016."  AGon has returned to his offseason boxing routine.
  • To the surprise of no one, Bud Black to interview with the Dodgers, via a tweet from Ken Rosenthal.  It also appears a decision about a new manager will not be decided for quite a while:

  • I'm not sure what to make of this, but I would definitely welcome it.  Via Bill Plaschke at the LA Times, Dave Roberts is apparently on top of the Dodgers' list of candidates.
He showed up last week to interview for the Dodgers' managerial vacancy, he aced the interview, and he's now apparently the favorite.
You hire Dave Roberts because a team of underachievers needs to be prodded by an overachiever, a team of chill needs a manager whose career could never withstand even one day of complacency. You hire Dave Roberts because, if his popular Dodgers tenure is any indication, his ego wouldn't be too big to embrace new ideas, full front-office communication, and holdover pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.
I hate agreeing with Plaschke.
  • Guess who else will be interviewed by the Dodgers - Kirk Gibson.  Via a tweet by Jim Bowden:

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