LA Times Book Club “Boys of Summer” Event at UCLA

This weekend I will be in San Diego but if I was not, I would definitely go to this event. From the back of the sport section of the LA Times:

LA Times Book Club names ‘Boys of Summer’ as its next selection

To celebrate this book, the joy of baseball, and our own Dodgers, we will be hosting an event at Jackie Robinson’s alma mater, UCLA, in their prestigious Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 26.  Author Roger Kahn, Dodger great Maury Wills, LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke and Dodger alumni will be there in person for a great conversation about baseball in our community.  Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and avid baseball fan, will moderate the conversation.

It looks to be a great event.   Roger Kahn’s book about the Brooklyn Dodgers back when he covered the team was the second baseball book I read.   It is one of my favorites

Twas The Night Before Dodgers Opening Day 2015

Twas the Night before Opening Day and all through Dodger town

Dodger fans anxiously waited for the final countdown

At the stadium the awnings were hung with much care

in hope that in October they will again be there

The fans all sleepy snuggled in their bed

while visions of World Series danced in their heads

after finishing blogging and loading the MLB at Bat

I went upstairs to take a long nap

when my alarm kept making such a clatter

I sprang out my bed to see what was the matter

Away to Dodger Stadium we left in a dash

drove up I-10  but had to stop for some cash

On the mound, Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw,

Goes against James Shield for the Opening Day  show

On Kershaw, on Adrian, On Uribe, on Puig, on Rollins, on Ellis

Give us a win fellas!

Giddiness!  Opening Day is the reason

Good luck to my Dodgers and to all fans a good season!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward. Spring Training

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”  I am a baseball junkie. I LOVE Baseball!!  What better reward to a baseball junkie like me  who had a long winter than to watch her Boys in Blue return?  Spring Training is our fix!!imageimage

A reward is watching Clayton Kershaw throw again. A reward is getting an autograph from Dodgers future like shortstop Corey Seager

The Reunion: Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp greet Juan Pierre

crzblue:

Good luck to JUAN Pierre on his retirement and wonderful career. This is an old post from Spring Training in 2010 I called “The Reunion” with Juan Pierre, Kemp and Ethier

Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:


I actually missed taking the pictures because I went looking for food. Lucky for me my friend LuvtheDodgers23 stayed so she took all these pictures. When I saw them I went “ahhh, how cute!”

The shake:

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Where are you pointing Andre?

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Friends chatting

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Matt Kemp shows up! Here is the bump!

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and here are the three doing the bump:

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The hand shake:

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And another bump before leaving

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A tough week for LA Sports fan this week.

I mentioned this on facebook but not here.Last week we mourn two LA sports figures in Willie Davis and Merlin Olsen.

Willie Davis who still holds the all-time L.A. Dodgers records for the hits, extra-base hits, total bases, plate appearances, triples, and for the longest hitting streak, at 31 games. The last time I saw Willie Davis was at the RBI(Reviving Baseball in Inter-cities) dinner last year.

Merlin Olsen. As a Los Angeles…

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Dodgers with Presidential Names

Happy Presidents Day!

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This was fun looking up all the Dodger players who have “Presidential” names.  In the list, there are three Hall of Famers.
Gary Carter

Gary Carter

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Jackie Roosevelt Robinson

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Hack Wilson.

Here the complete list:

Adams, Terry  2000-01

Carter, Gary  1991

Carter, Lance  2006

Ford, Hod  1925

Grant, Jim  1968

Jackson, Edwin  2003-05

Jackson, Randy  1956-58

Johnson, Brian  2001

Johnson, Charles  1998

Johnson, Jason  2008

Johnson, Lou  1965-67

Johnson, Reed  2010

Johnson, Fred Ivy  1924

Johnson, Jimmy  1916-25

Kennedy, Adam  2012

Kennedy, Bob  1957

Kennedy, Brick Yard  1892-1901

Kennedy, John  1965-66

Nixon, Al  1915-16,18

Nixon, Otis  1997

Jackie Roosevelt Robinson  1947-1956

Theodore Roosevelt Lilly  2010-13

Taylor, Danny  1932-36

Taylor, Harry  1946-48

Taylor, Zack  1920-25, 35

Washington, Ron  1977

Wilson, Eddie  1936-37

Wilson, Hack  1932-34

Wilson, Robert  1958

Wilson, Steve  1991-93

Wilson, Tex  1924

Wilson, Tom  2004

Sixth Blogging Anniversary. Six Days until Pitchers and Catchers Report

On this day February 13, 2009, I decided to start a blog.   It has been a labor of love.  I always remember the day because it was a day before Valentines Day.  So this is my

Pitchers and Catchers Report

Pitchers and Catchers Report.  What Do these beautiful four words mean?

I asked Pepe Yniguez (Dodger Spanish Broadcaster for the last 18 years) what does it mean to him “Pitchers and Catchers report” He said “To me it means that It’s time for Dodger Baseball! That the 2015 season is around First Base”

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To me it marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.   It means palm trees and the sound of batted baseballs. It means sun screens.  It means mornings of hearing from beat writers about workouts on dewy grass outfields.  It means batting cages and practice mounds.  It means we finally will start getting baseball news everyday!

Getting daily baseball news about Pitchers and Catchers reporting brings me such freshets of pleasure.

We baseball fans await with much anticipation baseball news and that special sense of the upcoming season that feed our eternal hopes every Spring.   We  soak-up all the quotes from our  grizzled Pitchers and Catchers.

I can more or less go into a cave during the Winter but I come out all giddy with excitement when I hear those words “Pitchers and Catcher report.”
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Koufax back in his element with Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw with Sandy Koufax.(AP photo)

 Mike Scioscia with Roy Campanella.  Pic by Jon SooHoo.

Video: Scully, Koufax and Hendley honored

crzblue:

What a great picture and video seeing Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley together. This year September 9, will be the 50 year anniversary of Sandy Koufax perfect game.

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

By Jon Weisman

“On a Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, the crafts of pitching and broadcasting came as close to perfection as we’ll ever see,” said Tom Verducci at Saturday’s Baseball Writers Association of America dinner as he introduced the Willie, Mickey & the Duke Award, going to the Cubs’ Bob Hendley and the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Vin Scully in recognizing the historical significance of the September 9, 1965 night that Scully broadcast Koufax’s perfect game beating Hendley’s one-hitter.

“The broadcast of the game, we’ve heard it a lot – at least I have,” Koufax said, “and Vinny was so special, it’s probably more exciting listening to him than it was doing it that night.”

Hendley, who joined Koufax in accepting the award, noted that Saturday was the first time he had actually met Koufax. He also charmingly pointed out that five days after the perfect game, he outdueled Koufax with a four-hitter in…

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Cooperstown Class of 2015

Congratulations to Cooperstown Class of 2015

Peter C. Bjarkman's photo.

Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

Randy Johnson.  In 618 appearances (603 starts), he posted a career record of 303-166 with an ERA of 3.29.   He struck out 4,875 batters and averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.  He won five Cy Young awards — one with the Mariners in 1995 and four straight with the Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2002. He was also named to 10 all-star teams.

Pedro Martinez.  Martinez posted a 219-100 record in 476 career appearances (409 starts) with a 2.98 ERA in 18 big-league seasons. He won three Cy Young awards (two in the AL and one in the NL) and was named to eight all-star teams

John Smoltz.   From 1988 to 1999, he was dominant starter on one of the best rotations in all of baseball. During that time he was 157-113 with 356 starts, including 14 shutouts.He sat out the 2000 season because of elbow surgery and returned in 2001. He made just five starts that season and then moved to the bullpen to serve as the Braves’ closer, notching 10 saves that season.From 2002 to 2009, he pitched as a closer, notching 144 saves, including 55 saves in the 2002 season. He is the only pitcher with more than 200 career wins (213) and 150 career saves (157).

Craig Biggio.  Biggio missed out on induction by 0.2 percentage points last season, getting 74.8 percent of the vote last season (75 percent is needed). He spent his entire career with the Astros, converting from catching prospect to all-star second baseman. He played in 2,850 games and posted a .286/.363/.433 slash line, including 3,060 hits. He was a seven-time all-star who won five Silver Sluggers and four Gold Gloves.

This was the largest induction class in since 1955. Who were inducted in 1955?

Joe DiMaggio

Ted Lyons

Dazzy Vance


Gabby Hartnett

 

ref:  baseballhall.org,  Seattletimes.com

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers Alive as of January 3, 2015

An annual tradition in this blog is to update the list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive.

In 2014, we lost the following Brooklyn Dodgers:  Charlie Osgood, Charlie kress, Don Zimmer, Dick Teed, George Shuba, Pat McGlothin and John Pierre Roy.

We now have 31 surviving Broklyn Dodger players.   Mike Sandlock is the oldest one.  He will turn 100 on October 17.   The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 76 on June 19.  I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Aspromonte at the SABR convention in Houston in 2014.

Here is the list of the 31 surviving Brooklyn Dodger players:

Name Birthplace.   Born Uni#
Mike Sandlock Old Greenwich, CT 10/17/1915 1, 4
Ray Hathaway Grinville, OH 10/13/1916 22
Lee Pfund Oakpark, IL 10/10/1919 14
Luis   Olmo Puerto Rico 10/11/1919 21
Marv   Rackley Seneca, SC 7/25/1921 35
Eddie   Basinksi  Buffalo, NY 11/4/1922 3
Tim Thompson Coalport, PA 3/1/1924 21
Johnny Rutherford Ontario, CN. 5/5/1925 15
Wayne Terwilliger Clare, Mi. 6/27/1925 34
Chris Haughey Astoria, NY. 10/3/1925 14
Ralph Branca Mount Vernon, NY 1/6/1926 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski Dayton, OH 1/27/1926 27
Randy Jackson Little Rock, AR 2/10/1926 2
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ 6/14/1926 36
 Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city.  OK 6/29/1926 2
Carl Erskine Anderson, IN 12/13/1926 17
Rocky Bridges   Refugio, TX 8/7/1927 9
 Tommy Lasorda   Norristown, PA 9/22/1927 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown    Brooklyn, NY 12/6/1927 9
 Joe Landrum    Columbia, SC 12/13/1928 19
 Joe Pignatano    Brooklyn, NY 8/4/1929 58
Roger   Craig    Durham, NC 2/17/1930 38
 Ron   Negray    Akron, OH 2/26/1930 38
Glenn   Mickens    Wilman, CA 7/26/1930 46
Ed   Roebuck    East Millboro, PA. 7/3/1931 37
 Fred   Kipp     Iqua, KS 10/1/1931 26
 Chico Fernandez    Cuba 3/2/1932 3
Jim Gentile    San Francisco, CA 6/3/1934 38
 Don Demeter    Oklahoma City.  OK 6/25/1935 2
Sandy Koufax      Brooklyn, NY 12/30/1935 32
Bob Aspromonte    Brooklyn, NY 6/19/1938 28. 34

Gentlemen:  May you have a healthy 2015!

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