Lot 987: Shorty Laurice Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-phony Original Drum
Auction Date:11/30/2005 9:00 PM EST
Original Bass Drum from the Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-phony, the colorful group of fans who played for many years in the stands at Ebbets Field, to the absolute delight of all who heard them. Shorty Laurice was one of the founders of the group in the mid-1930’s. According to one tale, a ragtag group of fans arrived at a Dodger’s game with their instruments after plans for a picnic fell through. They weren’t allowed in, so they ditched their instruments briefly, went to the rear of Ebbets Field and hauled up their equipment by rope. Before long, Branch Rickey noted their popularity and humor, and gave them their own row - in Section 8, of course. The Sym-phony was “officially” named by Red Barber in 1939. The band was famous for serenading shell-shocked pitchers with “The Worms Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out” as they left the field, and for playing “Three Blind MIce” whenever they (frequently) disputed an umpire’s call. This wonderful historic item is sure to be the centerpiece of any collection of Dodger memorabilia. While not playable, since the original drumhead is torn and separated from the clamping ring, the instrument is a joy and wonder to behold. “B’klyn Dodgers / Shorty’s / Bums Band”. Made of wood with steel tensioners and cowhide, the drum measures 24 1/2” in diameter and is 13 1/2” deep. It dates at to least 1948, since Shorty Laurice passed away in that year. Condition is used and unrestored and historic, with tears and separation as mentioned above. An exciting and important piece of Dodgers’ lore. The most historic drum in baseball history!!!
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