Gifts from Magic another perk of job for Dodgers

Gifts from Magic another perk of job for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ownership partner Magic Johnson surprised players and coaches with signed memorabilia before Wednesday's series finale against the Giants.

A Hall of Fame point guard with the Los Angeles Lakers, Johnson gave autographed basketballs, baseballs and Lakers jerseys to each player and coach.

"It's pretty cool," said outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr., who listed Johnson as his second favorite basketball player behind Michael Jordan. "I'm going to put it in my theater room at home."

Wednesday was not the first time Johnson provided the club with autographed keepsakes.

"I think last year he gave us two jerseys," manager Don Mattingly said. "One was for us and one was to give to charity. I think with Magic and the whole [ownership] group, part of their message was to be involved in the community and help out. I think the Dodgers have always been great in that way."

Johnson has been visibly involved with the Dodgers ever since Guggenheim Partners purchased the club for $2.15 billion nearly a year ago.

"He has an infectious personality," Hairston said. "You can see why he's been successful in everything he's done."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.