Watching The 1952 World Series On The MLB Classics YouTube Channel

Did you know about this?  I didn’t know about this!

The other day I stumbled across the fact that there’s an MLBClassics YouTube channel (part of the MLB Advanced Media group) and it has a nice selection of complete TV broadcasts of postseason games, All-Star games and no-hitters.

I immediately got sucked into the game they have featured right now, game 7 of the 1952 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.  Here’s the 1970 Fleer Laughlin World Series card for that year…

1970 Fleer World Series 49 Yankees Dodgers

1970 Fleer World Series 49 Back

I love to watch footage of baseball games from before I started to follow baseball… Naturally I enjoy watching players I’d never seen on a field before, but a big part of the appeal is just watching to see how the game has changed in the past 62 years, and how much of it was different even from when I started watching baseball in the 1970’s.

One thing I found really interesting was that they raised the flag while playing the National Anthem. I don’t remember having seen that before, I’ve always seen the flag flying when I enter a ballpark. I wonder if it was some sort of logistical change brought about by the big multi-purpose stadiums (sheer conjecture on my part).
52 WS G7 Flag being raised
The 48-star American flag, which most of us have never seen in use, looks really, really odd flying in Ebbets Field.  Even for a middle-aged guy like me, the flag has always had 50 stars.

If nothing else, you should watch the first 10 minutes to see the “pre-game show” and see all of the warm-up activity, the views of Ebbets Field, the two starting pitchers warming up near home plate, plus one of the groundskeepers putting down lines in a way that I that went out of style sometime before I started following baseball.
52 WS G7 Pre Game Home Plate
In this screen grab, you’ve got Yankees starting pitcher Eddie Lopat on the far left, Dodgers starting pitcher Joe Black on the far right, and the other guys are all groundskeepers.

At this point in the video I smiled because the “without the express consent of the Commissioner” legal disclaimer is very similar to what you hear today.

Here’s a cool dugout shot of Jackie Robinson and Steve Garvey!
52 WS G7 J Robinson and Furillo
Rightfielder Carl Furillo is the guy wearing #6 for the Dodgers, but when I see Dodgers & “6” on a jersey, my mind immediately goes to Garvey.

Here’s something I thought was fascinating… The broadcast was pretty primitive, especially by today’s standards, but they did some neat tricks that weren’t needed as technology advanced. With a runner on first, they did a sort of “double-exposure” in order to show the pitcher and batter on the left, as well as the runner and first baseman on the right.
52 WS G7 picture in picture
When the pitcher threw over to first, the path the ball seems to take is disconcerting.

Duke Snider hit a foul ball that skipped in front of the stands on the first base side. That happens today and people are doing everything they can to get the ball without technically going out on the field.
52 WS G7 Snider Foul ball
In this game, there’s the one guy in the lower right you see who made any kind of effort, another guy made a quick swipe without bending over much, and everybody else pretty much ignored the ball.

The Ebbets Field dugouts had posts supporting the roof, and Casey Stengel figured the post wouldn’t mind supporting him as well.
52 WS G7 Casey Stengel

Anyway, I could go on for hours… Do yourself a favor and check this out.  They’ve got entire broadcasts of no-hitters, perfect games, World Series, All-Star games and League Championship games from every decade since the 1950’s.

Quick update:  I went back and watched more of the game and noticed that a foul ball into the right field corner got much more of an effort out of the fans.  Perhaps the VIP’s down the first base line are too distinguished to be going after foul balls.

Also, I noticed that the P.A. announcer for the Dodgers announced the Yankees catcher as “Larry Berra”, although Mel Allen calls him “Yogi”

Oddball du Jour: 1982 Cracker Jack “Old-Timers”

Night Owl recently wrote about a copy of Baseball Cards magazine he has, and that issue had an article about “regional issues”… a.k.a. oddballs.  One of the sets featured in the article was the 1982 Cracker Jack set put out by Topps.

I own this set – which is actually 2 uncut sheets of 9 cards each – and had scanned the sheets over a year ago, but never got around to posting them.  I figured that Night Owl’s post is a sign to get off my lazy butt and do something.

This set was produced to promote a Cracker Jack-sponsored “Old-Timers’ Classic” baseball game played in RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

1982 Cracker Jack NL

I got these in 1982 through a mail-in offer involving proofs-of-purchase from boxes of Cracker Jack.  Regardless of what I might sing during the 7th inning stretch, I’m not a fan of Cracker Jack, so buying and eating a number of boxes was something of a sacrifice for me.  Don’t buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, you can just buy me a brat and a Coke, thanks so much!

…Yes, a hot dog will do just fine.

The design of the set borrowed as much from prior Topps designs as Upper Deck Vintage did!  Check it out… You’ve got the script team name borrowed from the 1978 set, the little pennant-y box that the name and position go in are lifted directly from 1979 Topps.  Hey, they paid good money for those designs, they’re gonna recycle them!

1982 Cracker Jack AL

Many of the photos used appeared on other cards, like the 1953 Ralph Kiner and Bob Feller, and the 1958 Larry Doby.

Here is the back of the AL Sheet… The card in the middle plugs the Old-Timers classic.
1982 Cracker Jack AL Back

For a better look at the design of the cards, I cropped the image to highlight just the Brooks Robinson card.  The photo used here is the same one used in the 1969 Deckle Edge set (except that one was in black & white, of course).
1982 Cracker Jack Brooks Robinson
Brooks Robinson is wearing the only Orioles home uniform which didn’t feature “Orioles” in script… This style was worn from 1963 to 1965.

Here’s the back of Brooks…
1982 Cracker Jack Brooks Robinson Back

…and since I got my inspiration from Night Owl, the least I can do is feature the Duke Snider card from the sheet.

1982 Cracker Jack Duke Snider

Now that I look at it closely for the first time in a bunch of years, it’s kind of odd that they airbrushed a Brooklyn Dodgers cap on him.  I didn’t think too much about it at the time, but now I wonder if the photo is from Duke’s time with the Mets.  I’d also considered if it might be from when he was a coach with the Expos, but I think he had some 70’s sideburns when he was in Montreal.

1970 Fleer World Series Cards: 1955, “Behind Podres, Dodgers Finally Win”

This is another card I got at the National, and one all the Dodgers bloggers should have… I had this card as a kid, but it disappeared over the years.

I just found out that Johnny Podres pitched for the Padres. I’ve gotta get this card:

1969 Topps #659 - Johnny Podres - Courtesy of

1969 Topps #659 – Johnny Podres – Courtesy of

National Show & Tell: Haute Coture

Aside from being a collector, I’m also a uni-nerd… I’m fascinated by sports uniforms, and I love to see the authentic examples on display at the National.  I featured a 1967 Tom Seaver uniform on Monday, and thought I’d share a few more examples (Auction house listed in parentheses).

1973 Padres Road Jersey (Mears)  I put this one first because it’s the most eye-catching of the bunch – not necessarily a good thing.

St. Louis Brown’s uniform (I think this might be Heritage Auctions, but I’m not 100% sure.).

Ichiro & Sadaharu Oh jerseys  (Heritage Auctions).  The Ichiro jersey is from Jackie Robinson night in 2009, and he was wearing it when he tied Isao Harimoto for the Japanese career hits record.

1972 Cubs road jersey (Mears)

1938 Babe Ruth Jersey, from his season as a coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers (Memory Lane Auctions)

Baby, Baby, Where Did My Cards Go? Part 1: 1970 Fleer World Series cards

I was pleasantly surprised to find this card in a box of random “I don’t know what to do with these” cards.  When I was a kid I had a handful of these, which came to me through friends, my brother’s friends and so on.  I spent a lot of time poring over these cards, because I was like a sponge when it came to baseball history.

I recently read an article about these “Laughlin” sets in Sports Collectors Digest – the cards were designed and illustrated by Robert G. Laughlin, and the set was printed and distributed by Fleer – and that got me wondering where my cards had gotten to.  Although my collection’s something of a mess, these cards are among the few where I had no idea where they’d gotten to.  I had made a mental note to re-acquire the cards I used to own, so finding this one was a nice experience.

The 1970 set was 66 cards, one for each World Series to that point (but not counting 1904, when there wasn’t a World Series).  There was a second set in 1971 which had all different illustrations and a different logo, but I don’t have any examples of those to share.