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Lot 359

Five Significant Awards. Lot of five significant awards honoring Jim Gilliam.
The first two awards are linked and honor Gilliam the Dodger both at the height of his career and posthumously -- The Charles Di Giovanna Memorial Trophy, presented to Jim Gilliam in 1964 and 1978. The 1964 award, a trophy with a swinging batter mounted on a black base, features a plaque honoring James Gilliam as "The Player Who Most Typifies Dodger Tradition". Although the batter on the trophy is missing his bat (it is taped to the base) and there is some finish wear, this award is in very good condition. The second Di Giovanna award is a 1978 plaque featuring Gilliam's likeness and the name of the award, in very good condition. The next honor, a typescript certificate with official City of Los Angeles seal, dated February 13, 1965, honors Jim "Junior" Gilliam on his appointment as coach to the Dodgers. Signed by Councilmen from the 8th and 9th district. Presented in a blue folder which shows some wear and there is one faint spot near the seal. Otherwise, this piece is in very good condition. A wooden plaque presented by the Masquers on February 2, 1966, is the next item. Inscribed "You Will Always Be In Our Hall of Fame" with the Masquer's emblem. A few scratches to the plaque and wood, in good condition.The final award was presented by the Carson Black Heritage Association and is a section of a tree with a plaque affixed. The 1979 Achievement Award, which may have been presented posthumously, recognizes excellence in sports and is in very good condition.

This lot reminds us of Gilliam's importance to his community and fans -- although he is never mentioned for Hall of Fame recognition, he was an important part of the Dodger organization and Major League Baseball for many years and his contributions are remembered.
Estimated Value $250 - 350.
From the Estate of James "Junior" Gilliam.

Realized $207

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