Monday, August 26, 2019

National Baseball Card Day -- All the Dodger Cards

Earlier this month Topps and much of the Baseball world celebrated National Baseball Card Day with free baseball cards. Participating stores gave away free packs of cards from a 30-card retail set and every team in the league handed out exclusive 10-card team sets (some teams only had as little as five cards available) to fans in attendance at a specified game. So, there are actually two different sets for fans to chase after. There's the 30-card retail set and a regional team set (consisting of a total 274 cards) available. Go here for a complete checklist.

Directly below is a look at the only Dodger found within the 30-card retail set. It is of Clayton Kershaw. I've also included a pic of an unopened Dodger team set that was given away to fans on Saturday, August 10th on the right.

Retail Base 

#14 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 8/26/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

There's obviously room for improvement as the Dodgers lose the Yankees series. Per Ken Gurnick at
“They definitely mirror our club,” said manager Dave Roberts. “It’s a fun team to compete against and they got the best of us this series. I think we match up well.”
“I don’t think this series changed my thought that these are two very good ballclubs,” said Roberts, "but we both have a lot of work to do if there is a potential [World Series] matchup.”
This was a great match-up, and I wouldn't be surprised if we face each other again.

Photo above via Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers BaseballIn 1939 a Major League game is broadcast for the first time on television, and it features a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds at Ebbets Field. It is telecast on W2XBS and it includes a doubleheader -- which the teams split (Game 1 - Lost 5-2; Game 2 - Won 6-1). Additionally, a special ceremony is held between games to honor Alexander Cartwright with a Hawaiian-themed celebration to mark the centennial anniversary of baseball. In 1947 righty Dan Bankhead became the first African-American to pitch in Major League Baseball, and it did not go well (boxscore). He pitched 3.1 innings in relief -- yielding ten hits and eight runs. On the flip side, Dan did hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat. Notably, Bankhead also threw an inside fastball that hit Pirate outfielder Wally Westlake that some in the stadium feared would lead to a riot -- it didn't. Westlake said the following about that (per Baseball Happenings):
“It was like the fans held their breath waiting for the reaction,” the now 94-year-old Westlake wrote in a 2008 letter. “He was just another dude trying to get me out and I was trying to whack his butt.” 
“I think I disappointed the rednecks,” he said.