January 2010

Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson

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.   

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This is in the club level.   Love that Don Drysdale is also here.  Don also passed away too young.

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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.

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 from Time magazine September 22,  1947:

Thumbnail image for time mag 1947 Jackie Robinson 1.jpgFrom Time magazine 1947

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And if you were reading above, here is the end of the article so you would read:

“After Slaughter did his spiking job a …

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Happy Birthday Jackie!

Pictures Taken From Dodger Stadium January 28, 2010


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.

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Looking at another side from the Top Deck, you can see the Hollywood sign


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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.    

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Here a view from the Club level and the row of pictures down the hall.  Here it starts with the Captain Pee Wee:

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Here is the Duke (pic size 444 because of his number)

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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.    


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Top Deck Ticket office.  I love the mural. at the other side of the mural wall is the gift shop.  See the Dodger Logo?  Is on both sides.  Right there is elevator.  

 
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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.  

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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.    

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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.  

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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.  

Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive

 

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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

Player name

Birthdate

Born in and other Notes

Tony Malinosky

10/5/1909

Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA. 

George Cisar **

8/25/1910

Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10

 

Mike Sandlock

10/17/1915

Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer. 

Ray Hathaway

10/13/1916

Grinville, OH.   Minor league manager

Bobby Bragan **

10/30/1917

***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010*** 

Cy Buker

2/5/1919

Greenwood, WI.  Cyril was a pitcher.

Lee Pfund

10/10/1919

ILL.  His son was MGR of  Miami Heats.  

Luis Olmo

10/11/1919

Puerto Rico.  Played for Mexico, Cuba.

Cliff Dapper

1/2/1920

Los Angeles, CA.  Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell

Boyd Bartley

2/11/1920

Chicago.  . Played in nine games in 1943. 

 Gene Hermanski

5/11/1920

Pittsville, MA.  Raised in New Jersey.

Jean-Pierre Roy

6/26/1920

Canada.  Commentor for the Expos.

Pat McGlothin

10/20/1920

Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher.

Johnny Schmitz

11/27/1920

Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there. 

Andy Pafko

2/25/1921

Boiceville, ILL.  lives in Mount Prospect, IL.

 

Johnny Van Cuyk

7/7/1921

Little Chute, WI.  Pitcher.  Passed away July 10,2010

Marv Rackley

7/25/1921

Seneca, SC.  Left fielder. 

Chuck Kress

12/9/1921

Philadelphia, PA.   Lefty First Baseman.   

**Morrie Martin

9/3/1922

Dixon, MO.  LP.   Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10

Eddie Basinski

11/4/1922

Buffalo, NY.   Nickname:  the Fiddler. Bazzoka.  

 Don Lund

5/18/1923

Detroit, MI.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.

Tim Thompson

3/1/1924

Coalport, PA.   Lives in Lewinston, PA.  

Clyde King **

5/23/1924

Goldboro, NC.  Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.  

George Shuba

12/13/1924

Youngston, OH.  http://www.georgeshuba.com/ 

Ed Stevens

1/12/1925

Gavelston, TX  Coach for the Padres in 1981.  

Johnny Rutherford

5/5/1925

 Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname:  Doc.

Wayne Terwilliger

6/27/1925

 Clare, MI.   Coach under Ted Williams.

Chris Haughey

10/3/1925

 Astoria, NY.  Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.

Cal McLish

12/1/1925

Anadarco, OK.  Pitcher and pitching coach.  Died 8/26/10

Ralph Branca

1/6/1926

 Mount Vernon, NY.  Lives in Rye, NY.

 Bob Borkowski

1/27/1926

Dayton, OH.  Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black

Randy Jackson

2/10/1926

Little Rock, AR.  Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”  

Dick Teed

3/8/1926

Springfield, MA.   One at-bat in 1953.

Elmer Sexauer

5/21/1926

 St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher.  Lives in Florida.

Don Newcombe

6/14/1926

 Madison, NJ.  Currently works for the Dodgers!

Bobby Morgan

6/29/1926

 Oaklahoma City, OK.   Infielder.

Duke Snider

9/19/1926

Los Angeles, CA.  HOF.  The Duke of Flatbush!

Charlie Osgood

11/23/1926

Sommerville, MA.  Appeared in one game at 17.  

Carl Erskine

12/13/1926

Anderson, IN.   http://www.carlerskine.com/

Preston Ward

7/24/1927

Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s

 Rocky Bridges

8/7/1927

 Refugio, TX.   Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.

Tommy Lasorda

9/22/1927

 Norristown, PA.  60 years working for the Dodgers!

Tommy Brown

12/6/1927

 Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs.

Dick Williams

5/7/1928

 St Louis, MO.  LF, 3B, coach, Manager. 

Ken Lehman

6/10/1928

 Seattle, WA.  Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.    

Joe Landrum

12/13/1928

Columbia, SC.  Pitcher

Joe Pignatano

8/4/1929

 Brooklyn, NY.   Catcher and coach.

Billy Loes ** 

12/13/1929

 Long Island, NY.  **passed away 7/15/2010

Gino Cimoli

12/18/1929

San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.

Roger Craig

2/17/1930

 Durham, NC  Pitcher, coach and manager. 

 Ron Negray

2/26/1930

 Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies. 

Glenn Mickens

7/26/1930

 Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA

Don Zimmer

1/17/1931

 Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays. 

Ed Roebuck

7/3/1931

 East Millboro, PA.   Relief Pitcher and scout.

Fred Kipp

10/1/1931

 Piqua, KS.   Also pitched for the Yankees.  

Bill Harris

12/3/1931

 Canada.  Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.

Chico Fernandez

3/2/1932

 Cuba. SS.  Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.

Danny McDevitt

11/18/1932

 NY, NY.  Pitched last game at Brooklyn.  

Jim Gentile

6/3/1934

 San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers.

Don Demeter

6/25/1935

 Oaklahoma City, OK. CF.  Now a Baptist minister.

Sandy Koufax

12/30/1935

 Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefthander pitcher!

Bob Aspromonte

6/19/1938

 Brooklyn, NY  Resides in Houston, Tx. 

Rod Miller

1/16/1940

 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! Happy birthday dad.

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?’

Caravan ImageThe Los Angeles Dodgers will embark on their annual Dodgers Community Caravan presented by USC University Hospital on Monday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 3. The Caravan will kick-off with a stop at USC University Hospital with visits from Dodger Legends and broadcast personalities. On Tuesday and Wednesday the Caravan’s first visit each day will be the two hospitals that are partners in the ThinkCure effort, City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Each day will also provide fans with an up-close-and-personal opportunity to meet and hear from the Caravan members, participate in question-and-answer sessions, see demonstrations of professional baseball skills, procure autographs, win fabulous prizes, sign up for the free Kids Club Jr. Dodgers, purchase season ticket packages and Camelback Ranch-Glendale spring training tickets from the Dodgers ticket truck and, most importantly, take an offseason step toward getting ready for the 2010 Dodger season.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1:

  • USC University Hospital, Los Angeles – NOON – 2:00 p.m.. (Closed to the Public)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2:

Featuring: Andre Ethier and Hiroki Kuroda. More names to be added.

  • City of Hope, Duarte – 10:00 a.m. – NOON (Closed to the Public)
  • Trader Joe’s – Hastings Ranch, 467 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena – 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Dodger players and Legends will load up their grocery carts in 30 seconds with as many items as possible which will be donated on behalf of Trader Joe’s to LA Regional Food Bank. (Open to the Public but this is not an autograph signing event)
  • Dodgers Dreamfield Dedication Ceremony at Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, 2635 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles – 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Youngsters from the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club will be on hand for the dedication of the 9th Dodgers Dreamfield and will participate in the field’s first clinic with Dodger players and Legends on hand to instruct them in the fundamentals of baseball. (Open to the Public for Dedication Viewing Only – Clinic is closed to general public. This not an autograph signing event for the public)
  • ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE, Downtown Los Angeles across from Staples Center, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Featured Dodger players and Legends will be split into two autograph lines. Autographs available to the first 150 fans in each line. You are not guaranteed an autograph from all featured Dodgers. (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
  • Dodgers Dreamfield Dedication Ceremony at Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, 2635 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles – 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    First Eighty fans in line will have the option to have priority seating for dinner in the screening room where the autograph signing will be held. Guests will be seated in groups of four. If you choose the dinner seating each individual must spend $20 on food & beverages. You will receive a $25 game card to use at ESPN Zone @ L.A. Live and be first to get your autographs at 5:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3:

Featuring: Matt Kemp, James Loney, James McDonald, Ramon Troncoso and Fernando Valenzuela. More names to be added.

  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 10:00 a.m – NOON (Closed to the Public)
  • Roscoe’s, House of Chicken and Waffles, 5006 West Pico Blvd. (near La Brea)- 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Dodger players and Legends will enjoy a great lunch at Roscoe’s and afterwards say hi to customers. Dress in your favorite Dodger gear and enjoy lunch with your favorite Dodgers! This event is NOT an autograph signing event. (OPEN TO CUSTOMERS)
  • Best Buy, Westfield Culver City Mall, 6000 Sepulveda blvd. Ste. 1240, Culver City – 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Dodger players and Legends will be on hand to challenge you to some of the hottest video game action today – Rockband, DJ Hero, Super Mario and NBA Live 2010. Some Dodgers will also be signing autographs and taking photos with customers. Only limited number of customers will have the chance to play video games. We will cap it at about 5 minutes max per person. (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
  • 2010 Dodgers Rally at Olvera Street, East Cesar E Chavez Avenue & Olvera Street, Los Angeles – 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    Featured Dodgers will be split into two autograph lines. Autographs available to the first 150 fans in each line. You are not guaranteed an autograph from all featured Dodgers. (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Caravan Image*All featured guests are subject to change and times listed at the “Open to the Public” and “Open to Customers” events are ballpark timeframes which may vary slightly.

The open to the public events provide the best opportunities to meet players and receive autographs. Fans should keep in mind, however, that even though the Dodgers will limit the number of autographs a fan can receive to ensure that as many are accommodated as possible, the club cannot, of course, guarantee everyone an autograph, as attendance will determine the number of fans the Dodgers can accommodate. The Dodgers will also hand out a limited quantity of Dodger promo items and ticket vouchers to fans in attendance at Trader Joe’s, Dodgers Dreamfield Dedication Ceremony at Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE, Roscoe’s, House of Chicken and Waffles, Best Buy and Olvera Street.

2008 Caravan Gallery 2

 
Happy birthday dad.  My dad Pedro would have been  79 today January 23rd.   He passed away 5 years this June.   My mom passed away when I was three.  How hard it must have been for dad to lose her with two kids to take care.   I had this picture painted from black and white pictures.   The painter did an incredible job.    
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Vicente Padilla signs with the Dodgers. R.I.P. Brooklyn Dodger Bobby Bragan.

 

My brother Vic, my nieces Krystal and Kirsten.   Notice Kirsten putting some horns on Vic. 

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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.

Playoff performance

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. 

Please Join MLB & UNICEF to Help Haiti ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Dodgers Avoid Arbitration!

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Kudos to Ng!  You rock! 

Everyone of our arbitration cases have been settled! 

Here are the deals:

Andre Ethier – 2 years, $15.25m

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Jonathan Broxton – 2 years, $11m

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Russell Martin – 1 year, $5.05m


George Sherrill – 1 year, $4.5m

James Loney – 1 year, $3.1m
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Hong-Chih Kuo – 1 year, $0.95m

 I felt like

 

 Ok, next a pitcher!

Looking back at some more pictures from 2009

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!

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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..  iThis is my Town with Loney.jpg

 

From the Viva Los Dodgers festival.  “ESTA ES MI CIUDAD” means “THIS IS MY TOWN”, the theme for 2009. 

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This is Dee.  Check out her Vin Scully tatoo!  It was done by Trublue, a tatoo parlor owned by a die hard Dodger fan.   

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MLB Players who died in 2009

 

bill_werber_autograph.jpgI like to read the obituaries in the paper.  That is how I read about some of the baseball players that have passed away to the Big Ballpark in the sky.   

 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

Player Played for
Nick Adenhart Angels
James Atkins Red Sox
Del Bates Phillies
Stan Benjamin Indians, Phillies
Ed Blake Reds. Redlegs, KC Athletics
Johnny Blanchard Yankees, KC Athletics, Braves
Buddy Blattner Cardinals, Giants, Phillies
Nino Bongiovanni Reds 
Earle Brucker Philadelphia Athletics
Ron Cash Tigers
Jackie Collum Cardinals, Redlegs, Cubs, Dodgers, Twins,Indians
Gene Corbett Phillies
Frank Dasso Reds
Mike Derrick Red Sox
Dom DiMaggio Red Sox
Bob Dillinger Browns, PA Athletics, Pirates, White Sox 
Alec Distaso Cubs
Cal Ermer Senators 
Mark Fidrych Tigers
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
Purnal Goldy Tigers
Preston Gomez Senators 
Ray Hamrick Phillies
Gene Handley PA Athletics
Woodie Held Yankees, Atletics, Indians, Senators, Orioles, Angels, WhiteSox  
Tommy Henrich Yankees
Ramon Hernandez Braves, Cubs, Pirates, Red Sox.  
Jessie Hollins Cubs 
Larry Jansen Giants, Redlegs 
Roy Johnson Expos
George Kell PA Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles
Bill Kelso Angels, Reds
Jim Kirby Cubs
Bill Kirk KC Athletics
Jay Kleven Mets
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
Eddie Lyons Senators 
Ron Moeller Orioles, Angels, Senators
Danny Morejon Redlegs
Joe Pactwa Angels
Gene Patton Boston Braves,
Len Perme White Sox
Jack Phillips Pirates
Brian Powell tigers, Astros, Giants, Phillies
Luis Quintana Angels
Herman Reich Senators, Indians, Cubs
Tommy Reis Phillies, Boston Bees
Dusty Rhodes Giants
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
Johnny Schaive Senators
Bob Scherbarth Red Sox
Howie Schultz Brooklyn Dodgers, Phillies, Reds
Craig Stimac Padres, 
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
Elmer Weingartner Indians
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
Ed Wolfe Pirates
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.  

 

ref: baseball-almanac  

OMG! Sandy Koufax at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

 



Thumbnail image for Honoree-Sandy-Koufax.jpgA 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

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers13-2010jan13,0,3541072.column 

Dodgers Damaged Goods… Spring Training plans! Get Well Roberto.

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.  

Manny and Schmidt Damaged shirts.jpg

 

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.     

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