I am reading the book about George Genovese titled “A Scout’s Report. My 70 Years in Baseball”. It is written with Dan Taylor. I had a chance to hear Mr. Genovese at a SABR event a few years back, then a couple a few weeks ago I went to his talk/book signing event at South Pasadena. It was an honor to hear him and his author. Mark Langill presented him. In attendance were Fred Claire who was a member of the Dodgers’ front office for 30 years And John Young who played for the Tigers in 1971 and founded RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). These two men along with some other people in the audience were there to pay tribute to Mr. Genovese based on what they had to say when they put their hand up. They did not ask a question, they praised Mr. Genovese.
I am fascinated with the book. What a trajectory! What a life! From his playing days in the minor league to playing with the Senators to managing in the minor league under the wings of Branch Rickey when Mr. Rickey was with the Cardinals and the Pirates, to when Mr. Rickey sent him to Mexico to managing in the Texas league for the Giants to being asked to scout in California because his eye for talent was unmatched, to working for the Dodgers.
From Peter Mancuso, Chairman of the Nineteen Century Committee, Society for American Research:
“this book is not just a biography, it is a Masters Degree inBaseball, it is a Masters Degree in Baseball, from how to play, manage, coach, inspire, understand, evaluate and enjoy our great National Pastime..”
I ran into an article from the LA Times When George Genovese was at Dodger Stadium. This part caught my attention:
” The ball soars into center field and Puig, flashing his speed, makes the catch. It reminds Genovese of a young Jose Cardenal or maybe Roberto Clemente starting out in Puerto Rico.
“The kid is so gifted” he says of Puig.”
I value the opinion of a man that has played, managed and still coaches, inspires, understands, evaluates and enjoys our great National Pastime.
I am heading to San Diego soon for my second trip there this year to see the Dodgers. I am excited to see Kershaw & Greinke pitch Friday and Saturday. The matchups this weekend are:
Friday: Kershaw against Despaigne
Saturday: Greinke against Kennedy. The game time on MLB says 7:10 & the same says on my ticket. Usually games on Saturday in San Diego start around 5.
Sunday: Bolsinger who had been a pleasant surprise fir the Dodgers with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 2.08 takes the mound. The pitcher for the Padres has not been announced.
Although there is a June gloom, I see the forecast as fun fun fun at Petco Park. Go Dodgers!!
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 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!
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!!
A reward is watching Clayton Kershaw throw again. A reward is getting an autograph from Dodgers future like shortstop Corey Seager
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!”
Where are you pointing Andre?
Matt Kemp shows up! Here is the bump!
and here are the three doing the bump:
The hand shake:
And another bump before leaving
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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Happy Presidents Day!
Jackie Roosevelt Robinson
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
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
Sixth anniversary and it is six days until Pitchers and Catchers report for the Dodgers!!22 players have worn #6 for the Dodgers. They are:Lefty O’DoulSam LeslieBuddy HassettJohnny HudsonTony GiulianiJoe MedwickCarden GillenwaterHal PeckCharlie DressenJohn BoilingBill HartCarl FurilloRon FairlySteve GarveyJolbert CabreraBrent MayneJason GrabowskiKenny LoftonTony AbreuJoe TorreAaron MilesJerry Hairston Jr.
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”
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.”
Mike Scioscia with Roy Campanella. Pic by Jon SooHoo.
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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