Vintage sculpture joins Club Level artifact collection
By Mark Langill
Among the new historical displays in the corridor between the Club Level elevators and the Vin Scully Press Box that you can visit on Opening Day is a sculpture inspired by one of the first sluggers in Dodger Stadium history.
Artist Daniel Gluck drew from his memories of Frank Howard when he began creating the California Championship Trophy, also known as the Governor’s Trophy, which was presented to the “best professional team in baseball” in California from 1971-94. The award was originally unveiled at a Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association luncheon, and Gluck received a congratulatory letter from Governor Ronald Reagan.
The Dodgers received the award 10 times, followed by the Athletics (8), Angels (3), Giants (2) and Padres (1).
Howard, who played for the Dodgers from 1958-64, was the only player between 1962 and 1996 to hit a home run on the Loge Level at Dodger Stadium. Howard’s blast occurred in Game 4 of the 1963 World Series against the New York Yankees.
“I remember Frank Howard was so strong,” Gluck said of the 6-foot-7, 255-pound outfielder who won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1960. “I wanted a powerful looking hitter at the plate.”