Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919. He passed away October 24, 1972.
Although he left us too soon, he left us all with some wonderful memories of his incredible life.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, in 1919. He grew up in Pasadena. Two decades later, Robinson, a top UCLA athlete, became the school’s first four-letter man. He excelled in basketball, football, track, and baseball.
He debuted with the Dodgers in 1947 and was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947.
I could say more, but I rather just share these pictures that I that I have taken from posters at Dodger Stadium, a billboard and a Time magazine from 1947.
This is on the wall when you head to the dugout level at Dodger Stadium. Yes, that is a Montreal jersey and hat.
This is in the club level. Love that Don Drysdale is also here. Don also passed away too young.
I saw this billboard when I was walking to the train station in Chatsworth. Although I was chancing missing my train, I stopped to take a few pictures.
from Time magazine September 22, 1947:
And if you were reading above, here is the end of the article so you would read:
“After Slaughter did his spiking job a …
Happy Birthday Jackie!
Today was my Select-a-Seat appointment at Dodger Stadium. I went hoping that the two seats next to me were available. The owner of those seats lives out of state so you always see different people there and I am always talking to my friends to the right over those two people. Anyway, no luck, the seats were already renewed.
There were alot of cars in the parking lot when I got there. The Dodgers also have free Dodger Dogs, chips, sodas and bags of peanuts on those days. As I was going up the escalator, I ran into Ben Platts from MLB. I told him “I LOVE this place!” He said “I know!” LOL
I went to the Top Deck so that I could sit in my seats! Ahhh. take a look at the view from there. So beautiful, so relaxing. You can see a little snow in the mountains.
Looking at another side from the Top Deck, you can see the Hollywood sign
Here is a view of the Top Deck from the field level. See the Dodger Logo? to the right are my seats against that wall where I put the tag so stop by and say HI if you are at the stadium.
Here a view from the Club level and the row of pictures down the hall. Here it starts with the Captain Pee Wee:
Here is the Duke (pic size 444 because of his number)
Vin Scully Press Box. The door was open but NO! I would not go in to sacred grounds!
One view from the Top Deck parking lot. Between the two palms to the right you can see City Hall (pointy building) where scenes from Superman, Dragnet and Adam 12 were filmed. It was built in 1923.
This to the right of mural. I like the tree here. Beyond you can see snow in the mountains. This is one of the entrances for the media. I am curious about that white wall and the indentations. I don’t know what is depicting.
from the dugout level. Players pass here on their way to the clubhouse. This wall has the name of every player that has played for the Dodgers. Don’t remember up to what year. Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson’s names are on this part.
On the other side of the player’s names wall are some pictures. Here is one of the longest playing infield of Ron Cey, Russell, Lopes and Garvey.
well, after all that I went to the gift shop! Great bargains there! The store has been having a 50% discount on the entire store since December. Some stuff is even cheaper now. Players jerseys no longer wtih the team are $20 to $30. I got other kind of t-shirts from $2.50 to $5.
Note: I am saving the pictures of Jackie Robinson to post on his birthday.
I’ve been working on a list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive. When I started the list, there were 63, but Thursday 1/21/10, Bobby Bragan passed away at the age of 92.
Below is the updated list.
It starts with Tony Malinosky, the oldest at 100 years old and Rod Miller who had a birthday on 1/16, the youngest at 70 years old. Sandy Koufax is the third youngest one.
Here is Duke Snider working with the young players at the Winter Workouts iat Dodger Stadium in 2009.
July 28, 2010: Sadly, the list is now down to 59 Brooklyn Dodger players.
November 7, 2010: Rest in peace Clyde King. He passed away November 2, 2010
Born in and other Notes
Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA.
George Cisar **
Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10
Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer.
Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
Bobby Bragan **
***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010***
Greenwood, WI. Cyril was a pitcher.
ILL. His son was MGR of Miami Heats.
Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico, Cuba.
Los Angeles, CA. Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell
Chicago. . Played in nine games in 1943.
Pittsville, MA. Raised in New Jersey.
Canada. Commentor for the Expos.
Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher.
Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there.
Boiceville, ILL. lives in Mount Prospect, IL.
Johnny Van Cuyk
Little Chute, WI. Pitcher. Passed away July 10,2010
Seneca, SC. Left fielder.
Philadelphia, PA. Lefty First Baseman.
Dixon, MO. LP. Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10
Buffalo, NY. Nickname: the Fiddler. Bazzoka.
Detroit, MI. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.
Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA.
Clyde King **
Goldboro, NC. Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.
Youngston, OH. http://www.georgeshuba.com/
Gavelston, TX Coach for the Padres in 1981.
Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc.
Clare, MI. Coach under Ted Williams.
Astoria, NY. Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.
Anadarco, OK. Pitcher and pitching coach. Died 8/26/10
Mount Vernon, NY. Lives in Rye, NY.
Dayton, OH. Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black
Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”
Springfield, MA. One at-bat in 1953.
St Louis County, MO. Pitcher. Lives in Florida.
Madison, NJ. Currently works for the Dodgers!
Oaklahoma City, OK. Infielder.
Los Angeles, CA. HOF. The Duke of Flatbush!
Sommerville, MA. Appeared in one game at 17.
Anderson, IN. http://www.carlerskine.com/
Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s
Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.
Norristown, PA. 60 years working for the Dodgers!
Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs.
St Louis, MO. LF, 3B, coach, Manager.
Seattle, WA. Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.
Columbia, SC. Pitcher
Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach.
Billy Loes **
Long Island, NY. **passed away 7/15/2010
San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.
Durham, NC Pitcher, coach and manager.
Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies.
Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA
Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays.
East Millboro, PA. Relief Pitcher and scout.
Piqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees.
Canada. Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.
Cuba. SS. Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.
NY, NY. Pitched last game at Brooklyn.
San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers.
Oaklahoma City, OK. CF. Now a Baptist minister.
Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefthander pitcher!
Brooklyn, NY Resides in Houston, Tx.
Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957.
I love you Boys of Summer!
What I have done after my baseball career and being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track and they become human beings again — means more to me than all the things I did in baseball. – Don Newcombe
Dodger Caravan has been announced!
Caravans are great! The best one was in 2008 at Panda Inn where James Loney and Andre Ethier were our waiters! It was AWESOME having them say to us “Is there anything else I can get you?’
My brother Vic, my nieces Krystal and Kirsten. Notice Kirsten putting some horns on Vic.
Kirsten now is also wearing glasses. I love you guys!
Vicente Padilla signs with the Dodgers for One Year.
the right-hander will get $4 million plus a $1-million signing bonus and could earn another $1 million in incentives. He was 4-0 for L.A. in the final stretch of the regular season.
And no, my brother Vic does not look like Vicente!
Rest in peace Bobby Bragan.
Robert Randall Bragan was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 30, 1917. He played parts of seven seasons from 1940-48 for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing mostly shortstop and catcher and batting .240 for his career. He missed the 1945 and ’46 seasons to serve in the U.S. military.
In 1947, he made his only plate appearance in a World Series game, delivering a pinch-hit double for the Dodgers.
I’ve been working on a post that is not ready yet but it has all the surviving Dodgers that played in Brooklyn. Now I got to update my list to drop Mr. Bragan. Down to 63 now.
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Everyone of our arbitration cases have been settled!
Here are the deals:
Andre Ethier – 2 years, $15.25m
Jonathan Broxton – 2 years, $11m
Russell Martin – 1 year, $5.05m
George Sherrill – 1 year, $4.5m
Hong-Chih Kuo – 1 year, $0.95m
I felt like
Ok, next a pitcher!
I owe a few fans pictures so I was looking at my old camera and found some pictures that I wanted to share
First of all, here are my nieces Kirsten and Krystal. I took them to the Kids corral where kids and adults too might get autographs if the kids ask nicely. It was a hot day in the middle of the summer.
I love you girls!
I was driving to work when I spotted this bus so I chased it down until I could take a picture. I have another picture that I wa closer but I like this one where you can see a little of a mountain in the background. It startled me that I got too close.. i
From the Viva Los Dodgers festival. “ESTA ES MI CIUDAD” means “THIS IS MY TOWN”, the theme for 2009.
This is Dee. Check out her Vin Scully tatoo! It was done by Trublue, a tatoo parlor owned by a die hard Dodger fan.
I ran across a list of MLB players that passed away in 2009. I added two columns: Born in and the list of teams they played for. Could not get it all into one line so I created two lists.
The youngest player was Nick Adenhart at the tender age of 22 and the oldest Bill Werber at the golden age of 100.
Isn’t this a cool baseball card of Bill Werber?
|Player||Died In||Born In||Date of Death||Debut Year||Final Year|
|Nick Adenhart||Fullerton, CA||Silver Springs,MD||4/9/2009||2008||2009|
|James Atkins||Hanceville, AL||Birmingham, AL||2/28/2009||1950||1952|
|Del Bates||Spokane, WA||Seattle, WA||9/24/2009||1970||1970|
|Stan Benjamin||Harwich, MA||Framingham, MA||12/24/2009||1939||1945|
|Ed Blake||Swansea, IL||East St. Louis, IL||4/15/2009||1951||1957|
|Johnny Blanchard||Robbinsdale, MN||Minneapolis, MN||3/25/2009||1955||1965|
|Buddy Blattner||Chesterfield, MO||St. Louis, MO||9/4/2009||1942||1949|
|Nino Bongiovanni||San Jose, CA||New Orleans, LA||1/6/2009||1938||1939|
|Earle Brucker||El Cajon, CA||Los Angeles, CA||3/28/2009||1948||1948|
|Ron Cash||Tampa, FL||Atlanta, GA||4/22/2009||1973||1974|
|Jackie Collum||Grinnell, IA||Victor, IA||8/29/2009||1951||1962|
|Gene Corbett||Salisbury, MD||Winona, MN||1/28/2009||1936||1938|
|Frank Dasso||Seattle, WA||Chicago, IL||6/8/2009||1945||1946|
|Mike Derrick||Lexington, SC||Columbia, SC||1/14/2009||1970||1970|
|Dom DiMaggio||Marion, MA||San Francisco, CA||5/8/2009||1940||1953|
|Bob Dillinger||Santa Clarita, CA||Glendale, CA||11/7/2009||1946||1951|
|Alec Distaso||Macomb, IL||Los Angeles, CA||7/13/2009||1969||1969|
|Cal Ermer||Chattanooga, TN||Baltimore, MD||8/8/2009||1947||1947|
|Mark Fidrych||Northborough, MA||Worcester, MA||4/13/2009||1976||1980|
|Ben Flowers||Wilson, NC||Wilson, NC||2/18/2009||1951||1956|
|Herman Franks||Salt Lake City, UT||Price, UT||3/30/2009||1939||1949|
|Lonny Frey||Coeur d’ Alene, ID||St. Louis, MO||9/13/2009||1933||1948|
|Gabe Gabler||Overland Park, KS||Kansas City, MO||2/7/2009||1959||1961|
|Purnal Goldy||Denver, CO||Camden, NJ||9/21/2009||1962||1963|
|Preston Gomez||Fullerton, CA||CUBA||1/13/2009||1944||1944|
|Ray Hamrick||Nashville, TN||Nashville, TN||6/9/2009||1943||1944|
|Gene Handley||Tucson, AZ||Kennett, MO||4/12/2009||1946||1947|
|Woodie Held||Dubois, WY||Sacramento, CA||6/11/2009||1954||1969|
|Tommy Henrich||Dayton, OH||Massillon, Oh||12/1/2009||1937||1950|
|Ramon Hernandez||PUERTO RICO||PUERTO RICO.||2/4/2009||1967||1977|
|Jessie Hollins||Trinity River, TX||Conroe, TX||7/9/2009||1992||1992|
|Larry Jansen||Verboort, OR||Verboort, OR||10/10/2009||1947||1956|
|Roy Johnson||Campeche, Mexico||Parkin, AR||1/26/2009||1982||1985|
|George Kell||Swifton, AR||Swifton, AR||3/24/2009||1943||1957|
|Bill Kelso||North Kansas City, MO||Kansas City, MO||5/11/2009||1964||1968|
|Jim Kirby||Nashville, TN||Nashville, TN||7/17/2009||1949||1949|
|Bill Kirk||Lititz, PA||Coatesville, PA||10/26/2009||1961||1961|
|Jay Kleven||San Lorenzo, CA||Oakland, CA||6/30/2009||1976||1976|
|Ron Klimkowski||Plainview, NY||Jersey City, NJ||11/13/2009||1969||1972|
|Barry Lersch||Aurora, CO||Denver, CO||10/4/2009||1969||1974|
|Bill Lillard||San Luis Obispo, CA||Goleta, CA||6/9/2009||1939||1940|
|Jack Littrell||Louisville, KY||Louisville, KY||6/9/2009||1952||1957|
|Whitey Lockman||Phoenix, AZ||Lowell, NC||3/17/2009||1945||1960|
|Jack Lohrke||San Jose, CA||Los Angeles, CA||4/29/2009||1947||1953|
|Eddie Lyons||Winston-Salem, NC||Winston-Salem,NC||1/25/2009||1947||1947|
|Ron Moeller||Cincinnati, OH||Cincinnati,OH||11/2/2009||1956||1963|
|Danny Morejon||Miami, FL||Habana, CUBA||4/27/2009||1958||1958|
|Joe Pactwa||Hutchins, TX||Hammond, IN||3/10/2009||1975||1975|
|Gene Patton||Lancaster, PA||Coatesville, PA||6/25/2009||1944||1944|
|Len Perme||Hayward, CA||Cleveland, OH||1/24/2009||1942||1946|
|Jack Phillips||Chelsea, MI||Clarence, NY||8/30/2009||1947||1957|
|Brian Powell||Tallahassee, FL||Bainbridge,GA||10/5/2009||1998||2004|
|Luis Quintana||Lake Park, FL||PUERTO RICO.||7/27/2009||1974||1975|
|Herman Reich||Fallbrook, CA||Bell, CA||10/22/2009||1949||1949|
|Tommy Reis||Ocala, FL||Newport, KY||11/6/2009||1938||1938|
|Dusty Rhodes||Las Vegas, NV||Mathews, AL||6/17/2009||1952||1959|
|Dave Roberts||Short Gap, WV||Gallipolis, OH||1/9/2009||1969||1981|
|Humberto Robinson||Brooklyn, NY||Colon, PANAMA||9/29/2009||1955||1960|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||PUERTO RICO||PUERTO RICO.||3/6/2009||1973||1979|
|Freddy Rodriguez||Miami, FL||Havana, CUBA||6/11/2009||1958||1959|
|Bob Roselli||Rocklin, CA||San Francisco, CA||11/5/2009||1955||1962|
|Johnny Schaive||Springfield, IL||Springfield, IL||5/11/2009||1958||1963|
|Bob Scherbarth||Presque Isle, WI||Milwaukee, WI||1/31/2009||1950||1950|
|Howie Schultz||Chaska, MN||St Paul, MN||10/30/2009||1943||1948|
|Craig Stimac||San Marino, Italy||Oak Park,IL||1/16/2009||1980||1981|
|Tom Sturdivant||Oklahoma City, OK||Gordon, KS||2/28/2009||1955||1964|
|Joe Tepsic||Bald Eagle, PA||Slovan, PA||2/23/2009||1946||1946|
|Don Thompson||Asheville, NC||Swepsonville, NC||9/28/2009||1949||1954|
|Ted Uhlaender||Atwood, KS||Chicago Heights, IL||2/12/2009||1965||1972|
|Elmer Weingartner||Elyria, OH||Cleveland, OH||3/15/2009||1945||1945|
|Bill Werber||Charlotte, NC||Berwyn, MD||1/22/2009||1930||1942|
|Carl Willey||Ellsworth, ME||Cherryfield, ME||7/21/2009||1958||1965|
|Davey Williams||Farmer’s Branch, TX||Dallas, TX||8/17/2009||1949||1955|
|Frank Williams||Vancouver Is. CN||Seattle, WA||1/9/2009||1984||1989|
|George Williams||Detroit, MI||Detroit, MI||5/14/2009||1961||1964|
|Ed Wolfe||Modesto, CA||Los Angeles, CA||3/8/2009||1952||1952|
|Hal Woodeshick||Houston, TX||Wilkes-Barre, PA||6/14/2009||1956||1967|
|James Atkins||Red Sox|
|Stan Benjamin||Indians, Phillies|
|Ed Blake||Reds. Redlegs, KC Athletics|
|Johnny Blanchard||Yankees, KC Athletics, Braves|
|Buddy Blattner||Cardinals, Giants, Phillies|
|Earle Brucker||Philadelphia Athletics|
|Jackie Collum||Cardinals, Redlegs, Cubs, Dodgers, Twins,Indians|
|Mike Derrick||Red Sox|
|Dom DiMaggio||Red Sox|
|Bob Dillinger||Browns, PA Athletics, Pirates, White Sox|
|Ben Flowers||Red Sox, Tigers, Cardinals, Phillies|
|Herman Franks||Cardinals, Dodgers, PA Athletics, Giants|
|Lonny Frey||Brooklyn Dodgers, Cubs, Red, Yankees, Giants|
|Gabe Gabler||Yankees, Senators|
|Gene Handley||PA Athletics|
|Woodie Held||Yankees, Atletics, Indians, Senators, Orioles, Angels, WhiteSox|
|Ramon Hernandez||Braves, Cubs, Pirates, Red Sox.|
|Larry Jansen||Giants, Redlegs|
|George Kell||PA Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles|
|Bill Kelso||Angels, Reds|
|Bill Kirk||KC Athletics|
|Ron Klimkowski||Yankees, Oakland Athletics|
|Barry Lersch||Phillies, Cardinals|
|Bill Lillard||PA Athletics,|
|Jack Littrell||PA & KC Athletics, Cubs|
|Whitey Lockman||Giants, Cardinals, Orioles, Reds|
|Jack Lohrke||Giants, Phillies|
|Ron Moeller||Orioles, Angels, Senators|
|Gene Patton||Boston Braves,|
|Len Perme||White Sox|
|Brian Powell||tigers, Astros, Giants, Phillies|
|Herman Reich||Senators, Indians, Cubs|
|Tommy Reis||Phillies, Boston Bees|
|Dave Roberts||Padres, Astros, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Mariners, Mets|
|Humberto Robinson||Milwaukee Braves, Indians, Phillies|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||Brewers, Royals|
|Freddy Rodriguez||cubs, Phillies|
|Bob Roselli||Milwaukee Braves, White Sox|
|Bob Scherbarth||Red Sox|
|Howie Schultz||Brooklyn Dodgers, Phillies, Reds|
|Tom Sturdivant||Yankees, KC Athletics, Red Sox, Senators, Pirates, Tigers, Mets|
|Joe Tepsic||Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Don Thompson||Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Ted Uhlaender||Twins, Indians, Reds|
|Bill Werber||Yankees, Red Sox, PA Athletics, Reds, Giants|
|Carl Willey||Milwaukee Braves, Mets|
|Davey Williams||NY Giants|
|Frank Williams||Giants, Reds, Tigers|
|George Williams||Phillies, Colts .45s, KC Athletics|
|Hal Woodeshick||Tigers, Indians, Senators, Colts .45s, Astros, Cardinals|
Four of these players played for the Brooklyn Dodgers: John Tepsic, Loney Frey, Don Thompson and Howie Shultz. Preston Gomez played for the Senators but he was the third-base coach for the Dodgers in 1965 when the Dodgers won the World Series. He passed away last year January 13th due to a car accident.
77 MLB players passed away in 2009. Rest in peace gentlemen.
A friend on the train was reading the L.A. Times sport section before me and he tells me “Emma, did you know that Sandy Koufax will be at the Nokia Theatre?” I was like “OMG! OMG!” Yeah.. they looked at me weird. Well, I told them, you could get excited about a concert. I can get excited about this!
18 months ago (before I started this blog), there was similar event at the Nokia Threatre put together by T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. The speakers were Vin Scully and John Wooden. The minute I found out about it, I purchased my ticket for that event! It was a night that I will never forget.
Once again, T.J. Simers will moderate a conversation, this time with Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre.
As soon as I got to work, I ordered my ticket for this event on Saturday February 27. Actually, there was an email waiting for me that I could purchase tickets prior to the general public sale because I had purchased the the Scully/Wooden event.
Sandy Koufax! OMG! The money raised will go to Safe At Home, Torre’s foundation to end the cycle of domestic abuse. Ticket prices go from $25 to $200.
Joe Torre who is in shock that Sandy accepted said “I didn’t think he would,” “This really is a friend indeed. He said he would do it for me and I’ touched.”
I am so looking forward to this!
p.s. I was preparing to blog about something else, but it can wait, besides is taking a little longer to prepare that cause I have to look into a lot of MLB players bio.
Sandy Koufax! OMG!
article from T.J. Simers
Took this picture back in December when we went to Dodger Stadium to do a little Christmas shopping. We thought it was funny finding these two t-shirts in the box.
Spring Training plans this year:
My friend LTD23 and I settled on the dates we will be at Camelback Ranch! We will be there the first weekend in March and the last weekend of March. YIPPY!!! I can’t wait!
We will see our beloved Dodgers against the White Sox on 3/6 and 3/7 and Monday at Scottsdale against the hated Giants. On 3/27, we will see our bums against Seattle at Camelback Ranch and Sunday we will travel to see them against Cincinnati and Monday travel to see them against Cleveland. I hope, I hope I hope I will see Bob Feller!
Get well Roberto.
Just found out that Roberto of from Vin Scully is my Homeboy is battling some health problems. He said he had about 6 blood tranfusions and the doctors don’t know what it is. My thoughs and prayers are wtih you Roberto. Hopefully the doctors will find what is wrong and you can get off the D.L.