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1950s Brooklyn Dodgers Souvenir Lot of (3) With 1952 Season Pass and 1957 Letter Announcing Move to Los Angeles

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Brooklyn Dodgers enthusiasts will appreciate this trio of Flatbush keepsakes. Headlining the lot is a 1957 typewritten letter composed by Buzzie Bavasi announcing the club’s abrupt decision to move to Los Angeles. Included are a severance pay stub and original envelope. Also included are a 1952 season pass and a 1955 team-issued Christmas card. More on our website.

1952 Brooklyn Dodgers Season Pass: a thick stock yellow identification card measuring approximately 3-3/4 x 2-1/2” (unevenly trimmed along the right edge), this pass grants its bearer (former employee Barbara Graeter) access to Ebbets Field for the entirety of the 1952 season. The keepsake features the facsimile signature of president Walter O’Malley and has instructions for entrance at “Turnstile A – Press Gate.” The piece presents nicely with some nearly indiscernible creases.

1955 Team-Issued Christmas Card: measuring 10x7 (when unfolded), the white thick stock greeting card features a Christmas motif of the front, with likenesses of the club’s first-ever world championship ring. On the unfolded center, a black-and-white team photo shows the heroic Dodgers in a uniform pose. On the reverse, factory printed achievements span the club’s season-long exploits. This one is in absolutely amazing condition!

1957 Letter/Severance Pay Stub: dated “November 20, 1957,” the typewritten correspondence has a list of (11) recipients who are later cited as those not wishing to make the transition from New York to Los Angeles. Composed and signed by club vice president E.J. Bavasi, this letter has incredible content (tear-jerking, if you’re a Brooklyn fan), which reads (in full):

I am leaving for California tonight and will probably not return until sometime in the middle of December. I will want you to know, however, what our plans for the office are.

We intent to close this office permanently as of December 31. It is my understanding that none of the above mentioned wish to make the transition from New York to California. We are all sorry to hear this as we had hoped that some of you might like to make the change, However, if any of you change your minds, would you please let your respective department heads know on or before December 1.

We know that none of you will have difficulty in securing positions here in New York, nevertheless, all of you will receive severance pay at the rate of one month’s salary for every year you have been with us.

I am sorry that I have not has a chance to talk with you personally but we did not make this decision until late this afternoon.


(signed) Buzzie

E.J. Bavasi
Vice President

Bavasi’s black-ink signature projects (“9”) strength

Accompanying is a severance pay stub drawn from the “Brooklyn National League Baseball Club, Inc.” account, as well as the original envelope, with remains crisp and appears to have been hand-delivered (no post office markings). This is without question one of the last-ever Brooklyn Dodgers artifacts of any kind!

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