Friday, May 20, 2016

More Dodgers Goodies at Lelands Auctions - Erskine's No Hit Game Ball

Earlier this week I wrote a bit about a Brooklyn Dodger themed prayer/mass card that Lelands Auctions has available for sale (link here).  Now I take a look at some other notable Dodgers collectibles that are available.

Directly below is a 1977 Dodgers National League Championship pendant that was given to Jodie Doggett, the wife of longtime announcer Jerry Doggett. (Auction Link Here)

Even more thrilling is the below, dated October 4, 1949, vintage photograph featuring the Brooklyn Dodger players and front office personnel at the steps of Brooklyn's Borough Hall in celebration of their National League pennant. (Auction Link Here)  The next day they would face the Yankees for the first game of the World Series at Yankees Stadium.  As you know, the Dodgers would lose to the Bronx bombers four games to one.

Just over a week ago was the 60th anniversary of Carl Erskine's second career no-hitter.  It occurred against the New York Giants on May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field.  Below is the final out ball from the game.  (Auction Link Here)  Per the auction description:
Now you can own a piece of baseball history as this official National League (Giles) baseball wasn't simply used in the game, but it is actually the final out ball that Erskine fielded off the bat of Alvin Dark and fired to Gil Hodges to finish off the masterpiece. After the game, Erskine had some of his teammates sign the ball, and those signatures range from 2-8/10 and include Campy, Jackie, Snider, Gilliam, Amoros, Reese and Hodges among others, with most players having added their position after their signatures. Erskine also signed and notated the ball: "Sat. May 12, 1956 NY Giants 0-0-0 Dodgers." The ball comes from Erskine's personal collection, and he has signed an LOA attesting to this. The baseball shows nice use and comes with Type I photo from the game itself.

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