Monday, June 01, 2020

2020 Topps Project 2020 -- Jackie Robinson by Joshua Vides -- #98

Joshue Vides, known worldwide for his monochromatic hand-drawn line illustrations, is the fifth artist to tackle Jackie Robinson's 1952 Topps card. See it above.

Originally from Rialto, Vides began his career as a street culture influencer, artist and entrepreneur designer with the famed The Hundreds, while having his own brand called CLSC. But today's success came, like with a lot of folks in the scene, with sneakers -- Nike Air Jordan 1's to be exact. Per Mallory Chin at Hypebeast:
But it wasn’t until Vides posted a pair of hand-painted Air Jordan 1s on his IG that his phone quickly blew up. “I posted those shoes near the end of the day. As soon as I woke up I had all these new followers and mentions; all my friends were hitting me up,” Vides says excitedly. But how does he feel to be called a “professional” artist now? “I’ve studied art for a long time and I like crafting things with my hands. I’m really good at building things and molding things with clay. I put up a pair of shoes on social media and it just blows up,” Vides states. “My mom was like, ‘you’ve been doing this all your life and now people are calling you an artist?’”

2020 Topps 'Turn Back the Clock' -- Duke's Big Day

This days Turn Back the Clock Topps online exclusive card makes note of Duke Snider's outstanding day at the plate in 1955. Against the Milwaukee Braves he pummeled the club to the tune of three home runs, a double and six RBI. On top of that, the Dodger overall hit six homers -- establishing a new club record for homers in a game. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
June 1, 1955 -- Duke put on a show for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, clubbing three home runs as part of a four-hit game with six RBI. Duke went yard in his first at-bat, before launching blast in consecutive at-bats later in the game. The monstrous performance led the Dodgers to an 11-8 victory over the Milwaukee Braves.

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Here's a fun photo that is currently available on auction through RMY (link here). It features what looks like the entire Brooklyn team surrounding the piano, while singing a tune. Skipper Burt Shotton is on the piano bench and Jackie Robinson is on the far right -- standing behind Duke Snider. Unfortunately, the pic isn't dated, but it's thought to be from the 1947 season -- primarily because Shotton was known to not wear the typically manager uniform when he managed the club that year.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1955 the Brooklyn Dodgers set a franchise record when they hit six home runs in a game during their victory over the Milwaukee Braves at Ebbets Field. Duke Snider hit three homers in the contest (becoming the first Dodger to do it twice), to go along with home runs by Jackie RobinsonPee Wee Reese and Roy CampanellaIn 1962 Don Drysdale defeated the Philadelphia Phillies for the 13th consecutive time - a streak that began in 1958. I remember this next incident so well. In 1997 Wilton Guerrero shattered his bat during an at-bat and immediately scrambled to pick up the bat pieces instead of running to first base. Obviously, home plate umpire Steve Ripley got suspicious and subsequently searched the remains. Ripley found cork, ejected Guerrero and then the league suspended for eight games.
  • Happy BirthdayOtto MillerTy TysonRay MooreChuck TempletonKen McMullen Derek Lowe!