03 March 2015

i finally picked up a '52 andy pafko card!

yes, i now own a 1952 andy pafko card, but it's his bowman card,
not the iconic topps card.

this card is number 204 in the set,
not number 1.

still, it's progress!

02 March 2015

pee wee's patch

harold henry "pee wee" reese passed away on august 14, 1999 at the age of 81.  the dodgers quickly added a memorial patch to their uniforms, to be worn for the remainder of the season.  the patch, seen below
included the nickname "pee wee" and his retired jersey number, 1.

because it was relatively late in the season, examples of the patch on 2000 cards are fairly limited.  here's a 2000 upper deck mvp eric gagne card that shows the patch
it was placed on the left sleeve, above the dodger heroes patch worn by each player.  pee wee was included in the hero patch series, but i do not have a card of mark grudzielanek (who wore the reese hero patch) showing both patches.

this 2000 upper deck victory jeff shaw card
gives us another look at the memorial patch, including a close-up in the inset photo.

the patch is also visible on adrian beltre's 2000 fleer focus card
and the only other card i have that shows the patch is this 2000 pacific dodgers diamond leaders card
there's grudzielanek, but it's eric karros who is displaying the patch.  if only this getty images photo of chan ho park had found its way onto a card...
for the record, i have both the gagne and the diamond leaders card in my memorials binder.  i couldn't choose between the two, so they are both in there.

here are a couple of cards of pee wee himself, a 1992 ziploc card, 
and a 2003 mlb showdown 
i believe that this card is a promo, based on the foil stamp and the 'p51' numbering.  there's another version in the regular showdown set that lack the foil and is numbered 119.  kudos, by the way, to ziploc for using the older dodger logo on reese's card, although they coupled that brooklyn dodger logo with a photo of reese wearing a los angeles dodger cap.  sigh.

reese was the captain of the dodger teams of the 1950's, but he made his debut in 1940.  the following season, he became the dodgers' regular shortstop, and he helped the club win the pennant for the first time since 1920.  that marked the first of seven world series in which reese would play over the course of his career.  the dodgers faced the yankees in all of them, and won only the 1955 contest.

reese moved west with the dodgers in 1958, and was the starting shortstop for the los angeles dodgers' first game.  he played in only 58 more games that year, however, in what would be his last big league season.  reese was a 10-time all-star with 8 top ten mvp finishes over his 16-year career that spanned 19 years (3 seasons were lost to military service during world war ii).  he finished with 2170 hits and 1210 walks for an on-base percentage of .366.  although he later lamented the number of bases on balls he took ("if i had my career to play over, one thing i'd do differently is swing more. those 1200 walks i got…nobody remembers them."), his 1210 walks were within the top 15 career leaders at the time of his retirement and greatly contributed to his having scored as many runs as he did (1338) during his career. in 1984, reese was inducted into the hall of fame, and the dodgers retired his jersey as they do for their hall of fame players.

01 March 2015

sunday morning target dodgers

here are 15 more players from a sheet of cards that is part of the 1990 target dodger 100th anniversary set.

ray benge
ray benge knows what you did last summer, and i don't think he approves.  aside from having a disconcerting glare, i also know (thanks to baseball-reference) that benge pitched for the dodgers for three years - 1933 through 1935 - and amassed a record of 33-38 during that time.

ralph birkofer
birkofer joined the dodgers (along with cookie lavagetto) in a december, 1936 trade.  he pitched for brooklyn in 11 games (one as a starter) during the 1937 season, losing twice.

bruce brubaker
brubaker was a rule v draftee by the dodgers in november of 1966, and he made his big league debut with the club on april 15, 1967.  he replaced joe moeller with two outs in the 7th inning and struck out phil gagliano to end the inning.  pitching in the big leagues was just that easy!  not so fast - when bru came back out for the 8th inning, he allowed a double and a single, followed by a one-out, three-run lou brock home run.  he did strike out curt flood immediately after the homer, though.  that one appearance was the sum total of brubaker's dodger career, and he didn't return to the majors until he was with the brewers in 1970.

john douglas
here's a guy with two first names, plus a middle name of franklin.  douglas was 0 for 9 with 2 walks in his big league career, with all of his at bats coming in the 1945 season with the dodgers.

rube ehrhardt
ehrhardt spent the first five years of his career pitching for the robins from 1924-1928. he was used primarily as a reliever, although he did complete 21 of his 41 starts for brooklyn. overall, his record as a robin was 21-32 in 169 games pitched.

woody english
english was the shortstop on a couple of cub world series teams in the 1920's (he was also a bench player on the 1935 pennant winning cubs team) before joining the dodgers for the 1937 and 1938 seasons.  he was the dodgers' primary shortstop in 1937, hitting .238 in 129 games, but saw more action at third base than short in 1938.

gus felix
like john douglas above, this guy would have two first names if anyone named their kid felix these days.  felix played for the robins in 1926 and 1927, the last two seasons of his 5-year big league career.  he hit .273 in 264 games for brooklyn in that span.

pat hanifin
if you're looking for hanifin on baseball-reference, he's actually pat hannivan.  either way, he was a member of the 1897 brooklyn bridegrooms, for whom he hit .250 over 10 games. i thought that he may well have been one of the first canadian big leaguers (he was born in nova scotia), but closer inspection shows that there were over 50 canucks who appeared in the major leagues before him.

hugh hearne
hearne hit .283 for the superbas from 1901 through 1903. he was traded to baltimore during the 1903 season along with another hugh (jennings), but couldn't make it back out of the eastern league after that.

enos kirkpatrick
kirkpatrick broke into the majors with the dodgers in 1912, and played for them (the superbas, actually) again in 1913.  with brooklyn regardless of the team nickname, kirkpatrick hit .219 in a total of 80 games.  prior to the 1914 season, he moved to baltimore of the federal league and played there for two seasons.

ralph mauriello
there's no doubt which team nickname was being used when mauriello suited up for the franchise.  he was a member of the 1958 dodgers, earning a september call-up during their first season on the west coast. he pitched in three games that month, going 1-1 in his two starts, and having no decision in his lone relief appearance.  he remained in the minors after that before pulling the plug on his baseball career to put his electrical engineering degree from usc to use.  the 'pulling the plug' pun was intended, by the way.

kit mckenna
mckenna was 2-8 for the 1898 brooklyn bridegrooms, pitching 100.2 innings over 14 appearances. he pitched for baltimore in 1899, and thus finished his 2-year big league career.

art parks
not quite as good as rick waits or dave lopes, but parks' name does form a complete sentence.  he played for the dodgers in 1937 and 1939, but is better known as one of the players that was sent to the red sox in 1940 in the deal that secured pee wee reese for the franchise.

oscar roettger
roettger was the older brother of the more successful wally roettger, an outfielder with the 1931 world champion cardinals.  yet another example of the dodgers having (or keeping) the wrong brothers, the sax brothers excluded.  anyway, oscar played for the dodgers during the 1927 season, getting to the plate 6 times and reaching base twice - once on balls and the other by being hit by a pitch.

denny sothern
sothern finished his 5-year career with the robins in the latter part of the 1931 season.  he appeared in 19 games for brooklyn, hitting just .161 before calling it quits.

it's a good bet i'll be back next sunday with another sheet from this set. stay tuned...

28 February 2015

cards that made the writer's journey

i received a surprise envelope from jt at the writer's journey recently.  it made sense that two of the cards in the envelope were of eric the red - a 1993 topps card
and a 1993 upper deck card.  that particular card is one of my favorites, thanks to the great shot from dodger stadium that adorns the front, but i'll show the back since it is reminiscent of the topps card above
both feature davis in the pullover warmup with the sleeves turned up for maximum tattoo display.  plus, personalized wristbands!

here's a card from a simpler time that also made the trip - a 1983 donruss mike scioscia
the most interesting item sent was this rafael furcal postcard
the back indicates that it was printed in support of the dodgers dream foundation (now simply known as the los angeles dodgers foundation).  jt said he received it in a fan pack a few years ago (all i received in my most recent dodger fan pack was a mini pennant), so i'm calling it a circa 2010 dodgers dream foundation postcard.

all of the cards were found folded inside this page from a 2015 hall of fame calendar
that's some pretty good stuff to find in an unexpected envelope.  thanks jt!

27 February 2015

the day's third post of turning two

just a few more double play cards to show off, including a couple of nefarious 9 cards.  of course, i am still looking for a second copy of this 2014 topps update justin turner camo parallel
for the double play binder, but i've taken the card off of the most wanted list.

here's a 1994 donruss barry larkin card
along with the special edition parallel
how about a 1994 topps stadium club kevin stocker card?
it comes with a nice leg whip courtesy of some nefarious padre player.

here's a 2002 fleer box score mike moriarty card
second base shows up just to the left of his right foot. since he was primarily a shortstop, i am choosing to believe that he swiped the bag with his foot and is setting up for the throw to first to complete the dp.  

this one is more obvious - 2011 topps chrome elvis andrus
here's the other former nefarious 9 card - 2014 topps alex guerrero target red parallel
i can't wait for some 2015 dodger double play cards!

since you've made it through these fairly mindless double play posts today, i'll let you know that i'm heading to the local card show tomorrow.  need anything?

turning two in front of signs

here's former twin denny hocking turning two on his 1995 upper deck electric diamond parallel card
two things strike me on this card, aside from the pivot at second base.  first, that's the big hurt sliding in, and second, there is an ad for a florida (either fort myers or sarasota) liquor store on the outfield fence in the background.

likewise, there is a big ol' hot dog in the background of roberto alomar's 1997 upper deck collector's choice orioles team set card
that distracts from the play at hand.

the outfield wall at the oakland coliseum shows up on homer bush's 1998 pacific online card
the red ball and blue 's' is part of the sports channel ad in right-center.

nothing much to see in the background of this 2003 topps orlando cabrera card
so let's move on to michael young's 2005 upper deck first pitch card
sean casey is sliding in hard to break up the turn, which is nice to see.  the ad on the wall in the background here is for a wyler car dealership somewhere in the greater ohio area.

this 2008 upper deck brendan harris card
runs on dunkin'.

not sure who let this edgar renteria card, also from 2008 upper deck,
in this post with nothing but green growing things in the background.

here's a 2009 topps stephen drew card two ways - base
and gold parallel
with a scoreboard in the background

at least on troy tulowitzki's 2011 topps card
we have a partial ad (although not a static sign) to go along with a partial scoreboard.

i'm not sure if that's an ad or a partial logo on the wall behind sean coyle on his 2011 topps heritage minors card
but i am pretty sure it's a replica of the green monster that the thing is hanging on.  i believe most of the red sox minor league affiliates play in stadiums that replicate the fenway park experience.

meanwhile, though he's not in fenway, here's dustin pedroia turning two on his 2014 topps stadium club card
sportscenter may be up next, but i prefer mlb tonight on the mlb network.

a mish-mash of double play turns

i've allowed a number of new to the blog/collection double play turns to accumulate in my scanned folder, so today will be all about the pivot.

1984 topps traded tony bernazard
now granted this image is pre-pivot, but i consider second basemen waiting for the throw while standing at the base to be a double play turn. i remember waiting for these throws and wondering if i had enough time to turn and throw and not get bowled over.

1995 topps bret boone
ditto.

1992 topps stadium club manny lee
sorry - he goes by manuel here.  this is where i am thankful for others who collect double play cards, particularly jeff at 2x3 heroes and nick at dime boxes.  they will show off dp cards that they receive in the mail, and then i go and dig in my collection to see if i have those cards.  such was the case with this manuel lee card.  one of them showed it, and i didn't have it, so i went and bought it on sportlots for 18 cents.  this particular card shows a play from the first inning of a game played on june 30, 1991. harold reynolds has grounded to the first baseman (john olerud), who threw to second to force the lead runner (edgar martinez).  manuel lee is preparing for the relay throw, but reynolds is safe at first. thanks baseball-reference!

1982 o-pee-chee tim foli
not only was foli traded from the pirates to the angels (creating a team and text variation), but he's about to throw to first to complete a spring training double play.  i doubt that he's on the second base side of the bag for any other reason, so this is a double play turn.  now i just need another copy of his 1982 topps card for the dp binder.

1992 leaf mariano duncan
and 1992 leaf mariano duncan black gold
plus the back of another 1992 leaf card, that of terry shumpert
the photo on the shumpert back is very similar to the back of his 1992 fleer card.

my double play collection sometimes runs on duncan - here's his 1995 topps stadium club card
plus jody reed's card from the same set
nice junior griffey cameo, too.  i had previously shown a 1st day issue parallel of the reed card, but not the plain ol' base.

here's another couple of cards that have sort of been shown before - 1997 topps stadium club carlos garcia
i previously showed the members only parallel, which is really only different on the back due to some watermark text, and 1995 score rafael belliard
of which i have previously shown the gold rush parallel version.

last card of this post is brent gates' 1996 score card
thanks again to nick for showing this one on his blog. i couldn't believe that there was a brent gates double play card that i was missing.