January 2012

Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson!

Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium Jackie RobinsonToday is Jackie Robinson’s birthday!
Here is my post two years ago on Jackie Robinson’s birthday:

http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/01/30/happy-birthday-jackie-robinson-2/

Happy Birthday Jackie!
Read about the new Jackie Robinson movie in the works
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110601&content_id=19885520&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

I love the old game show “What Is My Line”  Here is  Jackie Robinson on “What is My Line.” can’t seem to be able youtube so I am just including the link. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvsSxxPoAHU&feature=player_embedded

 

Dodgers Select a Seat Open House and SABR Day.

Checking back at the Dodger Open House last year http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/27/dodgers-select-a-seat-open-house-and-sabr-day/ it coincided with SABR Day.  This year again Dodgers Open House coincides with SABR day (Saturday 1/28/2012)  so why not have it at Dodger Stadium?  

The Dodgers annual Select a Seat, an event for season ticket holders,  started Thursday 1/26/2012  and it will conclude with the Open House on Saturday 1/28/2012.   It is our first chance to have a Dodger dog at the stadium.  Don’t they just taste better at the Stadium.   The Dodgers sent us this picture of the sunrise at Dodger Stadium:

 

Although I was not feeling well, It was great seeing my Dodger fan friends there like William (Deuce’s dad), Dee, Sylvia and Jeanine to name a few.    Also Darryl and Leslie who recently became season ticket holders.  Jeanine and I met Darryl at the SABR Fall AFL conference.  Darryl said that we convinced him to get season tickets.  Welcome to the Dodger fan family Darryl & Leslie.   Other friends like Lorena, Rosie and Rene will go to tomorrow.  Will miss them. 

SABR Day Saturday 1/28/2012.  I was going to the SABR website at http://sabr.org/ when I ran into this picture!  haha, that is me chatting with yes, SABR members, the most knowledgeable baseball fans.  Down below in a Tiger hat is Max, another very knowledgeable fan. 

If you can make it go SABR Day.  There are many locations that are hosting SABR Day from Washington to Vermont to Toronto, to Puerto Rico.  For more information go to  http://sabr.org/sabrday:

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The third annual SABR Day will be held on January 28, 2012. Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.

In Seattle, SABR Day will be held in conjuction with the Mariners FanFest.  In Minneapolis, the chapter will participate with the TwinsFest.    in Arizona it will be at Tempe Diablo Stadium, in New York at the New York Public library.   Check the site for more information.  I counted 39 locations.  

Looking forward to the event at La Habra library.  I have never been to this library and I love visiting new libraries!   From SABR:

Former Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall will be joining us for SABR Day at the La Habra Library. High school coach Eddie Alvarez will speak and Eric Dearborn will present photographs of final games at various ballparks. Authors Daryl Grigsby (“Celebrating Ourselves: African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”) and Ron Selter (on .400 hitters) will also speak. 

(note to me:  grr…second time Ido this post as I lost my original post).

Vin Scully in Movies

My aunt Nora calls me from Texas to tell me “I saw a young Vin Scully in the movie “Bachelor in Paradise,”   I started googleing the movie.  It was made in 1961 and It was shot in Woodland Hills, CA.  Not too long from where I work.   I love the picure above with the 50’s decor and the clothing.  I can’t wait to see it.  I also started gogleing what other movies Vin Scully has made appearances.  I knew of “For the Love of the Game” but not many of the other ones.   Here is the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SinofLeYpU

Here is the list of movies where Vin Scully makes an appearance:

1.  Wake me when is Over (1960) Ernie Kovacks, Don Knotts, Dick Shawn, Don Knotts.   

2.   Bachelor in Paradise (1961).   Bob Hope, Lana Turner.  With Bob Hope you know is a romantic comedy.

3.  Experiment in Terror (1962)  Glen Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Don Drysdale., Wally Moon

4.  Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)  Jay North, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel.

5.   Fireball 500 (1966)   Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian

6.  The Party (1968)  Peter Sellers, Gavin MacLeod

7.  For Love of the Game (1999)  Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, Steve Lyon.  Jose Mota, Jim Colborn.

8.  Game 6 (2005)  Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Roger Clemens

9.  The Bucket List (2007) Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman portray two terminally ill men  on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket.” 

I have only seen “For Love of the Game”, so I have a mission to see these movies in 2012.

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodger players alive as of January 12, 2012

For the last three years I’ve been maintaining this list keeping track of our old Brooklyn Dodgers.   When I did last year’s post   http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/09/honoring-the-brooklyn-dodger-players-alive-as-of-january-10th-2011/  on January 10, it started with a video of Duke Snider in the game show “What is my Line”    Sad that in 2011, we lost nine of these players including the Duke.

We have 44 surviving Brooklyn Dodger Players.  Let’s see how the list look using WordPress.  Before I had trouble copying an Excell worsheet into my blog.

Name Birthplace.  Other info Born
Mike Sandlock  Old Greenwich, CT.  Golfer 10/17/1915
Ray Hathaway  Grinville, OH.  Minor league manager 10/13/1916
Lee Pfund    ILL.  His son was manager of Miami Heats 10/10/1919
Luis Olmo       Puerto Rico.  Played for Mexico and Cuba 10/11/1919
Boyd Bartley   Chicago.  Played in nine games in 1949   2/11/1920
Jean-Pierre Roy Canada.  Commentator for the Expos 6/26/1920
Pat McGlothin  Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher 10/20/1920
Andy Pafko                    Boiceville, IL.  Lives in Mount Prospect, IL 2/25/1921
Marv Rackley                Seneca, SC.  Left fielder.   Debut: April 15, 1947.  7/25/1921
Chuck Kress                 Philadelphia.  Lefty first baseman. 12/9/1921
Eddie Basinski             Buffalo, NY.  Nickname:  The Fiddler, Bazzoka 11/4/1922
Don Lund       Detroit, Mi.  Part time Outfielder in 1945, 1947  5/18/1923
Tim Thompson   Coalport, PA.  Full name: Charles Lemoine Thompson.   3/1/1924
George Shuba  Youngstown, OH.  Nickname: shotgun.   12/13/1924
Ed Stevens    Gavelston, TX.  Coach for the Padres in 1981 1/12/1925
Johnny Rutherford  Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname: Doc  5/5/1925
 Wayne Terwilliger  Clare, Mi.  Coach under Ted Williams 6/27/1925
Chris Haughey   Astoria, NY.  Pitcher.  Appeared in one game at 18   10/3/1925
 Ralph Branca   Mount Vernon, NY.  http://ww.ralphbranca.com  1/6/1926
Bob Borkowski    Dayton, OH.  Traded for Joe Black 1/27/1926
Randy Jackson   Little Rock, AR.  Nickname:  “Handsome Ransom” 2/10/1926
Dick Teed    Springfield, MA.  One at bat in 1953 3/8/1926
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ.  Still working for the Dodgers 6/14/1926
 Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city.  Infielder for the Dodgers  6/29/1926
Charlie Osgood  Sommerville, MA  appeared in one game at 17 11/23/1926
Carl Erskine   Anderson, IN   http://www.carlerskine.com/ 12/13/1926
Preston Ward    Columbia, MO.  APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A. 7/24/1927
Rocky Bridges     Refugio, TX.  Infielder, coach & minor league mgr 8/7/1927
 Tommy Lasorda    Norristown, PA.  HOF.  61 years with the Dodgers 9/22/1927
 Tommy Brown       Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs 12/6/1927
 Joe Landrum         Columbia, SC.  Pitcher. Given name: Joseph Butler   12/13/1928
 Joe Pignatano    Brooklyn, NY.  Catcher and coach 8/4/1929
Roger Craig          Durham, NC.  Pitcher, coach and manager 2/17/1930
 Ron Negray           Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies  2/26/1930
Glenn Mickens         Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA  7/26/1930
 Don Zimmer             Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays 1/17/1931
 Ed Roebuck        East Millboro, PA.  relief pitcher and scout 7/3/1931
 Fred Kipp             Iqua, KS.  Also pitched for the Yankees        10/1/1931
 Chico Fernandez     Cuba. SS.  APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets  3/2/1932
Jim Gentile      San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers    6/3/1934
 Don Demeter     Oklahoma City.  CF.  Now a Baptist minister    6/25/1935
Sandy Koufax       Brooklyn, NY.  HOF Greatest Lefthander Pitcher  12/30/1935
Bob Aspromonte        Brooklyn, NY.  Resides in Houston, TX  6/19/1938
Rod Miller      Portland, OR.  He played in one game in 1957 1/16/1940

Here is to you guys!  May you have a healthy happy 2012 from the oldest Mike Sandlock at 96 to the youngest Rod Miller turning 72 on January 16th.   This Dodger fan salute you all!

Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a Dodger Bobblehead!!

I came back from my Pilates class here at work to the wonderful news that Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a bobblehead!   With Sandy Koufax also getting a bobblehead, this is year is the best year for Dodger bobbleheads!   Mike Scioscia is also getting a BBH.  I think is right since he only played for the Dodgers.  He was a favorite of mine back when he played.  I loved watching him block homeplate.    This will be Fernando’s 4th BBH I believe.   I think Fernando already had enough bobbleheads but if the Dodgers want to give another one, I’ll take it!

Here is the list of Bobbleheads for 2012

  • April 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #1 – Don Drysdale and Maury Wills
  • May 15, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #2 – Orel Hershiser
  • May 29, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #3 – The Infield, Garvey, Cey, Russell and Lopes
  • June 12, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #4 – Mike Scioscia
  • June 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #5 – Eric Karros   (On my birthday!) 
  • July 14, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #6 – Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston
  • July 31, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #7 – Kirk Gibson
  • August 7, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #8 – Sandy Koufax
  • August 21, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #9 – Fernando Valenzuela
  • August 30, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #10 – Vin Scully

My blog came in at #21 in 2011!  Thank you all that have visited my blog!  

When I think of #21,  I think of Roberto Clemente.  50th Anniversary

He signed with the Dodgers for $10,000, but never got to play a single game in Brooklyn or Los Angeles.   A rule back then in effect required that any player signed for more than $4000 had to stay on the parent club for a full season. The Dodgers attempted to keep Clemente’s profile low, but the keen eye of the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager knew Clemente and he was selected by the Pirates for $4,000 on Nov. 22, 1954.

ref:  Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Blogsphere,  Dodgerbobble.com Latinosportslegends.com, http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/category/latest-leaders/

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