23 Brooklyn Dodger signatures on yellow legal pad sheet. Exceptional item with all the key signatures from the heartbreaking year that ended when Bobby Thompson of the New York Giants hit the "Shot heard round the World" off Ralph Branca in the game that decided the National League Pennant Race. The 1951 Dodgers will best be remembered for their late season swoon that saw the New York Giants erase a 13-game lead and force a best-of-three series. The signatures are dark and boldly written, spaced evenly between the lines on the paper, and include: Chuck Dressen, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Ralph Branca, Dan Bankhead, Erv Palica, Don Newcombe, Eddie Miksis, Bruce Edwards, Cal Abrams, Cookie Lavagatto, Rocky Bridges, Preacher Roe, Hank Edwards, Carl Erskin and Pee Wee Reese. The sheet has been archivally set into a diamond-cut double blue mat with a white interior border to 8" X 9", with a second opening containing a 1951 team picture of the Brooklyn Dodgers to 9 1/2" X 7 1/2", and placed in a burgundy and black bordered wood frame to 17" X 25", with Tru Vue Museum Glass. A beautiful piece.
Cookie Lavagatto rightfully appears on this sheet as a Coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He finished up his baseball career with the Oakland Seals in 1950, and when Manager Chuck Dressen left the Seals the same year to skipper the Dodgers %u2013 he took Lavagatto with him. The case with Hank Edwards is different. He started the season with the Brooklyn Dodgers but was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in June. This is by far the best signature sheet we have ever encountered which suggests it was most likely created for a member of the team or perhaps an executive of the Brooklyn Dodger organization. The clarity and penmanship are remarkable. The spacing of the signatures was deliberate and carefully formulated