Guide to the Ronald Gabriel Collection of Baseball Memorabilia
NMAH.AC.1178
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1178
Creators:
Gabriel, Ronald L., 1941-2009
Dates:
circa 1912-2009
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 cubic feet
7 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
The collection consists of newsletters
Dodgers Line Drives
,
Brooklyn Dodgers Fan Club Newsletter
, and
Gabe-o-gram
, albums of trading cards and Hall of Fame postcards, many of which have been autographed. There are also photographs of teams, individual players, and a photograph of Ronald Gabriel with Babe Ruth. There is a large scrapbook containing over 1000 autographs and several items of baseball ephemera, including placemats, magnets, scorecards, team schedules, programs, and posters.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The collection includes baseball memorabilia acquired over Ronald Gabriel's lifetime as a fan, especially of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Series 1, Newsletters, 1944-2008
, includes newsletters for the
Dodgers Line Drives
which Gabriel published, as well as the
Brooklyn Dodgers Fan Club
, which he founded in 1975. He also authored a newsletter called the
Gabe-o-gram.
The Brooklyn Bums
was a newsletter to which Gabriel subscribed.
Series 2, Photographs, circa 1947-2006
, consists of one oversize photo of Babe Ruth, a folder containing collectible photographs, and five packs of team photographs of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Notably in this series is the photograph of Ronald Gabriel as a child standing with the "Great Bambino," Babe Ruth.
Series 3, Baseball Ephemera, 1912-1990
, contains five subseries: Subseries 1, Trading Cards; Subseries 2, Postcards; Subseries 3, Scrapbook; Subseries 4, Posters; and Subseries 5, Ephemera. There are two albums of baseball trading cards dating from 1912 to 1973 and two albums of autographed Hall of Fame postcards. The scrapbook contains 144 pages and over 1000 autographs acquired by Gabriel as a boy. There are oversize posters documenting Duke Snider Restaurant & Bar (autographed by Duke Snider), 1989 and "Catch Baseball Fever," undated. The ephemera includes game tickets, a letter from Dodgers' long timeradio broadcaster Vin Scully, advertising, product packaging, baseball placemats, programs, team schedules, programs, scorecards, magnets, and several other small items.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is organized into 3 series.
Series 1, Newsletters, 1944-2008
Series 2, Photographs, circa 1947-2006
Series 3, Baseball Ephemera, 1912-1990
Subseries 1, Trading Cards, 1912-1973 (Bulk, 1940-1954)
Subseries 2, Postcards, undated
Subseries 3, Scrapbook, undated
Subseries 4, Posters, 1955-1982
Subseries 5, Ephemera, undated

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Ronald Gabriel (1941-2009) grew up in Brooklyn, just two miles from Ebbets Field, home of the Dodgers. He quickly became engrossed in the baseball atmosphere around his home and developed a passion for the sport that would shape his entire life. He regularly wrote letters to baseball teams asking for player autographs. As a result he compiled a massive collection of signatures, including those from Joe DiMaggio, Warren Spahn, Mickey Mantle, Leo Durocher, Bob Feller, and hundreds more. He continued collecting baseball memorabilia for the rest of his life. The Dodgers were his team. He was born in 1941, just in time to watch the Dodgers become one of the greatest franchises in baseball history, winning pennants in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953. Finally, after losing to the New York Yankees in their previous five World Series, Ronald Gabriel witnessed the Brooklyn Dodgers win the 1955 World Series.
Even after his team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958 Gabriel remained passionately devoted to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He published a newsletter called
Dodgers Line Drives
that lasted until 2009 and started the "Worldwide" Brooklyn Dodgers Fan Club in 1975 in honor of the twentieth anniversary of their World Series victory. He was also a guest speaker at George Washington University for a class called Race, Sports, and the American Dream, where he talked about Jackie Robinson. His baseball knowledge extended far beyond the Dodgers. He became a widely known baseball historian, acted as vice-president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and established the Washington Metro Chapter of the SABR. Later in his life Gabriel was honored by the Dodgers when they inducted him into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame, an honor not usually given to fans. Gabriel was an important part of the Dodger community. He became close friends with a number of widows of former players and visited them often. Ronald Gabriel died in July, 2009 at the age of 68.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Josiah Gould (intern), March, 2011; supervised by Vanessa Broussard, archivist.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Josiah Gould
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collection bequeathed to the National Museum of American History by Ronald Gabriel through Tom Cholis, October 15, 2008.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from the Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Preferred Citation note
Ronald Gabriel Collection of Baseball Memorabilia, circa 1912-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use note
Collections items available for reproduction but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproudction permission from the the Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.

Related Archival Materials note
Materials in the Archives Center
Archives Center Sports Memorabilia Collection, circa 1970 to present, #796
Ronald S. Korda Collection of Sports and Trading Cards, 1952-1996, AC0545
Lebanon Valley Baseball League Collection, 1936-1963, AC0067
Eleanor Linkous Washington, D.C. Sports Memorabilia Collection, 1925-1956, AC0774
Lou Newman Collection of Baseball Memorabilia, 1895-1999, AC0696
Sioux City Ghosts Collection, 1920s-1983, AC0634
Stall and Dean Company Records, 1898-1998, AC0669

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu