yesterday was vin scully's 85th birthday. i celebrated by opening my mail and finding this card waiting for me. first, i'll show the back
i was so pleased to see scully included in the 2012 panini cooperstown release, i quickly picked one of his cards up on ebay. here's the front
anyway, there are several dodgers in the set that i also picked up over at sportlots. i believe the only dodger i am missing is duke snider (can you help a blogger out?), although there are a number of hall of famers who played for the dodgers that may be featured in a dodger uniform. because panini had to remove all indications from the unis, maybe rickey henderson is shown from his time as a dodger. heck, maybe the duke of flatbush is really a met on his card. i am guessing, though, that panini tried to match the image with the team that each player is enshrined under in cooperstown. that would leave jim hunter hatless.
it's easy to know what team is represented on these cards. walter alston
i believe lasorda got special dispensation from the hall which is why he was inducted without the usual 5-year waiting period following retirement. alston up there had to wait until 1983 (7 years after he retired) to get in.
don sutton had a longer wait
roy campanella was only ever a dodger in the big leagues
pee wee reese
here's jackie robinson
during that stretch, zach wheat
the dodgers (and robins) wore pinstripes for much of the 1910's and 20's which would have covered the time that both wheat and grimes played for brooklyn. here's a 1983 donruss hall of fame heroes card of grimes showing the 1964 veterans committee inductee in a robins uniform, circa 1919.
i like this panini set. it reminds me of the cramer legends sets from the early 1980's which i collected (at least the first 3 sets - there might be a 4th i am missing). i won't chase the whole set, but i definitely am looking for the snider and the barber insert.
happy bday vin; i can't wait to hear you say 'dodger baseball is on the air' in 2013.