Friday, February 07, 2020

2020 Topps Baseball Flagship, Series 1 -- The Dodger Short Prints

As always, there are numerous 'short-printed' cards available in the base set to chase after. For this years Series 1 installment there are eight Dodger cards available in packs -- Cody Bellinger and Gavin Lux each have two a piece. See them all below Go here for a complete checklist of 'short-printed' cards.

BTW, the Koufax 'short-print' shows him shaking hands with another Baseball legend -- Yankee Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. That photo was originally taken on October 1, 1963 -- the day prior to Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees. Sandy and Whitey would face off against each other on that day, and as you likely know Koufax came out the victor. He pitched a six hit complete game to defeat the Yankees, 5-2. The Dodgers would eventually win the series by sweeping the Bronx Bombers.

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#50 Cody Bellinger SP

Blog Kiosk: 2/7/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a great vintage action photograph taken by AP one June day. It features Pee Wee Reese attempting to snag a poorly thrown ball (eBay auction link)
Dodger Steamroll Temporarily Halted -- Tommy Glaviano (12), Cardinals' erstwhile right fielder, legs it pellmell into second for successful steal on bad throw to Dodgers' shortstop Pee Wee Reese in 5th inning of St. Louis-Brooklyn game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn June 7. Ball (lower center) got away from the Dodger captain and rolled out into short center field. Glaviano took third and later scored on Cards' shortstop Stan Rojek's single. Scorer credited Glaviano with steal and charges Dodgers' catcher Roy Campanella with an error on his throw. All this went for nought as Dodgers won 2-1 to make a sweep of 3-game series over cards. 6/7/1951.
The photo was also part of the George Michael Collection of vintage press photos of ballplayers sliding. For those who don't know, George Michael was the host of a nationally syndicated weekend sports show before the days of cable TV and the internet. It was how I, and many other sports fans, received our weekly sports news. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1958 the Dodgers officially became the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc. In 2006 the Dodgers signed Japanese pitcher Takashi Saito to a free agent minor league contract. Saito made the Opening Day roster and would quickly become a fan favorite. That first season he would record 24 saves with an 2.07 ERA, 1.87 FIP and come in 8th place in Cy Young voting.
  • Happy BirthdayTom DalyMel AlmadaCy MooreArt JonesJohnny Werhas & Burt "Happy" Hooton!