Tuesday, January 08, 2019

1958 Packard Bell Dodgers Regional Set - The Dodger Cards

I was recently checking out the current Lelands Winter Classic auction and came across the above 1958 Packard-Bell poster advertising "pictures" of three Dodger players. (Auction Link) Featured are skipper Walter Alston, beloved player and future coach Jim Gilliam and should-be Hall-of-Famer Gil Hodges.

As you know, 1958 was an important year for the club. It marked the franchise's first season in Los Angeles, and as you can imagine it fueled plenty of interest throughout the Southland. West coast baseball fans without a Major League hometeam to root for came out of the woodwork, so businesses were eager to latch their name/product to the team. The poster featured above is an example of one those early efforts.

Blog Kiosk: 1/8/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Is that bugler in the background an old Brooklyn "Sym-Phony" band member?

Featured above is a September 30, 1963 AP wire photo (eBay link here) of Sandy Koufax arriving at LaGuardia airport in preparation for the upcoming World Series against the Yankees.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1956 Jackie Robinson is awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for his strong support of civil rights initiatives. Martin Luther King Jr. was given the honor the prior year.
  • Happy Birthday, Chauncey FisherBrian Johnson Derek Thompson!