Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jackie Robinson Foundation Auction at Goldin's

Following on the heals of the nationally celebrated Baseball holiday, Jackie Robinson Day, comes Goldin's Spring Premium Auction that features numerous collectibles that will directly benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The coolest item, without a shadow of a doubt, is the above 1951 game-used Brooklyn Dodger home jersey. (Auction Link) Per the auction description:
1951 was an excellent season for Jackie, as he had his second-highest career batting average of .338, which only trailed Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Richie Ashburn at seasons end. Robinson also had solid power numbers that included 19 home runs and 88 RBI as he helped the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 97-60 record. The Dodgers and Giants both finished with a 96-58 record, which forced a best-of-three series to decide the National League pennant and was ultimately won on the Giants’ Bobby Thomson’s famous “Shot Heard Round The World” walk-off home run in the deciding third game.

Blog Kiosk: 4/23/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic, circa 1950's, photograph taken by Barney Stein of the Brooklyn Dodgers "Sym-Phony" Band that is currently available at RMY Auctions.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1946 Dodgers righty Ed Head threw a no-hitter against the Boston Braves, 5-0. He said after the game: “I knew I had it all the time – don’t ask me how, but I knew it.” (boxscore) It was his first appearance after returning from the military. In 1958 Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges hit his 300th career home run on the same day that Pee Wee Reese played his 2,000th career game. In 1999 Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two grand slams in one inning when he did it against Chan Ho Park at Dodger Stadium, 12-2. You can watch it here.
  • Happy BirthdayJames MulveyDolph CamilliBob O'Brien & Andruw Jones!