December 2011

A Tribute to the Dodger players that passed away in 2011

Nine ex Dodger players passed away in 2011.  Rest in peace to these Boys of Summer.

1.  Tony Malinosky.  He played in 35 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937 as an infielder.   Born Oct 5, 1909 , in Collinsville, Ill., Malinosky moved to El Monte when he was in high school and attended Whittier College with future President Richard Nixon.  HE served in the Army during World War II  He passed away on Feb 8, 2011.  He was 101.

2.  Cliff Dapper.  Debuted April 19, 1942.  Mr. Dapper was involved in that unusual trade for announcer Ernie Harwell in 1948.  Mr. Dapper was born in Los Angeles on Jan 2, 1920  and played for the PCL Hollywood Stars.  He served in  World War II from 1943-1945.   He retired to Fallbrook, Ca, where, he and Snider had about 60 acres of ranch land.  He maintained it all, growing avocados and lemons and making a better living than he ever would have in baseball.  Debuted April 19, 1942.  Final game:  May 3, 1942.   He passed away Feb 8,  2011.  He was 91.

3.  Gino Cimoli.  A Dodger outfielder in Brooklyn and Los Angeles who was the first major league batter on the West Coast when the Dodgers and Giants moved to California in 1958.  Gino Struck out against Ruben Gomez (far right).   He also scored the Dodgers’ final run at Ebbets Field in a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 24, 1957.

4.  Hall-of-Famer Duke Snider,.  The last surviving regular of the 1950′s “Boys of Summer” Dodgers.  Linda Wilson wrote this wonderful piece after the Duke passed away.  I highly recomend it.  http://behindblueyes.mlblogs.com/2011/03/05/from-compton-to-cooperstown/

5.  Bill Harris Born Dec 3, 1931.  He pitched in one game for the  Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 and one game for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959.  but both games were in late September pennant games.

6 .  Elmer Sexauer.  Born May 21, 1926 in St Louis County.  Sexauer made his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 6, 1948 and appeared in his final game on September 12, 1948.   Both games were crucial pennant race games.   Passed away on June 27, 2011.  He was 85.

7.   Dick Williams was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ organization out of high school in 1947. joined the Dodgers in 1951, saw little action as a rookie, then separated a shoulder diving for a fly ball in left field in August 1952.   The HOF took three teams to the World Series (The Red Sox, A’s & the Padres).    He passed away July 7, 2011.   He was 82.

8.  Cy Buker  Born Feb 5, 1919 in Greenwood, Wisconsin.   Buker hurled 87 1/3 innings spread over 42 games. By mid-July, one New York Times story called him “Durocher’s fireman.”   He passed away Oct 7, 2011.  He was 92.

9.  Johnny Schmitz.  Nicknamed “Bear Tracks”, he was a left-hander pitcher.  Born November 27,  1920 in Wausau, WI.   Mr. Schmitz played 13 seasons between 1941 and 1956, missing 1943 to 1945 due to serving time overseas in World War II.  He made the All-Star twice.   He passed away Oct 1, 2011.  He was 90.

ref:  LA Times, HardballTimes, SFGate, The Aodeadpool, NY times, SABR.Org, Baseball Reference, Hall of Fame memorabilia, Examiner, wikimedia

Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs!

Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs!
“Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All good MLB bloggers and readers were clicking their mouse

They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
and now it was time to sit down and see
What everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.

A nice break to read a bunch of good bloggers
Was just what they needed, but Oh no! the buggers!

When they went to the MLB site, none could be found.
“Oh no, we’re afraid Mark went out of town
Is the server down the reason we cannot read?
How could he do this in our time of need?

The bloggers all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.

“Did we  misspell the link? Did we hit the wrong key?
Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key,
One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled.
And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids,
But it’s still such a mystery where the MLB links had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see?
Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list
And good MLB bloggers and readers he vows never to miss.

It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.

But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end,
They heard “Thanks for reading and writing with me,
Its great to read and write with baseball friends!”

I wish you peace and joy!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Happy New Year!

Neddy Got Run Over by a Reindeer

For Ned Colletti to  the tune of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTHxMjVivg

Neddy Got Run Over by a Reindeer  

Neddy got runned over by a reindeer
Walking from the bar  one Winter Eve. 
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Dodger fans, we believe

He’d  been overpaying too much dough
And we begged him to please forgo
but he likes them long in the tooth 
so he was booted  out the door into the snow

When they found him Christmas nornin
after he had his food and wine
he had hoof prints on his forehead
and incriminatin’ Claus marks on his behind. 

Neddy got runned over by a reindeer
Walking from the bar one Winter Eve. 
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Dodger fans  we believe.

Now we’re all so proud of Dodger fans
They been taking this so well
See them in there watching reruns
drinking beer and playin games with cousin Guido

It’s not Christmas without Neddy
All the Dodgers dressed in black
And we just can’t help but wonder
Should we keep his acquisitions or send them back?
SEND THEM BACK SEND THEM BACK! 

Now the squirrel  is on the table
and the pudding made of fig
and a blue and grey candle
that would  have just matched the hair in Neddy’s wig

I’ve warned all the MLB owners
“Better watch out for yourselves
They should never give a checkbook
To a man who wears boots and a toupee”

Feliz cumpleaños maestro Jaime Jarrin

Vin Scully is the Voice of the Dodgers and Jaime Jarrin es la Voz de Los Dodgers.  Jaime has been covering the Dodgers for the last 53 years!

Jaime Jarrin was born on December 10th, 1935 in  Ecuador.   Jaime Jarrin studied philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito in Ecuador.  He had been the announcer for the No. 1 program on HCJB, the ‘Voice of the Andes.’   Jaime recalls leaving for the U.S. in 1955 on a cargo boat loaded with 100,000 bunches of bananas.  When he came to Los Angeles on June 24, 1955, he had no job and he did not speak the language.   His first job was working putting together chain link fences.   He latched on at the only Spanish-language radio station in Los Angeles,  KWKW. He worked in a fence factory all day, then broadcasted boxing matches at the Olympic Auditorium at night.

At the time, he had never seen a baseball game but he was intrigued by the game seeing fans watching the World Series on TV and hearing it on the radio that he said ‘This must be a great sport.”   So over the next two years,  he attended as many Triple-A games as he could, seeing the Los Angeles Angels at old Wrigley Field in South L.A., or the Hollywood Stars at Gilmore Field, on the site of what is now Farmer’s Market and the Grove.

When the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to L.A., KWKW became the team’s Spanish-language station. Jarrin spent a year learning the game, then signed on as the play-by-play announcer in 1959. The Dodgers won the World Series that year and Jarrin has been in the team’s employ ever since. He never missed a game from 1962 to 1984, more than 4,000 in a row, and was the 1998 recipient of the Ford Frick award by the Hall of Fame.

To me, like Vin Scully, Jaime’s voice soothes me .  All is well listening to these two gentlemen.

Feliz Cumpleanos a nuestro maestro el senor Jaime Jarrin.  Que cumpla muchos pero muchos mas y que Dios nos lo conceda con mucha salud.   Muchas gracias por ser tan lindo con todos nosotros los aficionados!

Happy Birthday to our teacher Mr. Jaime Jarrin.  May you have many many birthdays and that God grant you plenty of health.  Thank you so much for always being so nice to us fans!

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