January 2013

Happy 94th Birthday Jackie Robinson. What Happened to that Jackie Robinson autograph?

I got excited when I opened Google and saw the google doodle with Jackie’s picture

Happy 94th birthday Mr. Robinson

Summer 2011 J42

 At Citi Field in 2011.  Picture taken by Abby.

Gerry Goran: What Happened to his Jackie Robinson autograph?

Here is a video I recorded of Gerry where he explains what happened to his Jackie Robinson autograph. Jerry, his son James and James kids, Stew and William sit in the Top Deck. You can see a little of James in the video.

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Andy Pafko

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Andy Pafko 02/25/1921 Boyceville, Wi 22,48

Andy Pafko then

 

During a 17-year career Andy Pafko was one of the handful of players to appear in four World Series with three different teams, the 1945 Cubs, 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers, and the 1957 and 1958 Milwaukee Braves.

Andy’s first year with the Dodgers ended on a sad note. That’s him in left field, dwarfed by the huge wall at the Polo Grounds, looking up in vain at Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning home run off Ralph Branca. His luck changed in 1952, however, when he got into his second World Series, playing in all seven games for the Dodgers against the Yankees.

From Baseball- reference:

Notable Achievements

Andy retired as a player after 1959 and coached for the Braves from 1960 to 1962. He began his minor league managerial career the following year, and by 1968 he had skippered teams in New York, North Carolina, and Florida for the Braves organization. He did some scouting for the Braves for a few years after that and then he his wife moved to Chicago.

Andy Pafko now

From baseball savyy:

Widowed in 2002, Pafko is active at charity events, golf outings, baseball appearances and banquets, and is the 2005 President of the Chicago Old Timers Baseball Association. He attends Cubs games frequently and shuns the spotlight, but is usually hounded by fans and media. He recently found time to write the foreword for “Wrigley Field’s Last World Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant of 1945,”

Ref: Baseballsavvy, baseballreference

Dodgers FanFest and 42 at Dodger Stadium

The first thing I noticed when I got to Dodger Stadium were the incredible long lines. I said “If that is the line I need to get in I am leaving” but I was told there was another line to get into the Fanfest. That line was much smaller. I got in line and started talking to the fans around me when one told me that if you are a season ticket holder you can walk right in, “Ahhh”, I thought “much better” Still the lines inside to get autograph were already long so I walked around chit chatting with friends

Afterwards I looked for the food trucks. I ordered a

a pupusa stuffed with chicken, cheese and spinach that was very good. I washed that down with a mango drink with boba (tapioca balls).

I had not heard from Lorena and I could not find Rosie so I was contemplating leaving to SABR day at the La Habra library. I was actually mapping how to get there when I heard from Lorena. I was so glad to see her! I had not seen her since our last game where Lorena, Rosie and I sat in the dugout seats for the last game at Dodger Stadium. Afterwards Amanda showed up then I ran into Char who is also a member of the Baseball Reliquary. She is a big fan of Wes Parker so I turned around and said “look at this”

Wes Parker jersey

Char was telling me about the baseball exhibition at the end so we all walked there. I had seen Gary Cypres exhibition at the Folk Art museum twice before so I left them there to go see and listen to Vin Scully.FANFEST AT DODGER STADIUM

They caught up with me and we listened to Matt Kemp. I told them that I was going back to the baseball exhibition. I started taking some pictures when I saw Dodgers Historian Mark Langill. He introduced to the two men he was talking to, Randy Tivens of Let’s talk Dodgers and Gary Cypres, owner Sports Museum of Los Angeles. 

Photo: Great talking Dodger history with Randy Tivens, @Marklangill and Gary Cypres. Thank you gentlemen!

Randy Tivens, Mark Langill and Gary Cypres.

These three gentlemen made the day more enjoyable talking baseball and a little football was mixed in there too.   It was such a long chat that Mark was afraid he was going to faint.  I offered Mark one of the rice crispies they had at the Fanfest with the JCPenney logo made of sugar with sprinkles.  He was eating that when Jorge Martin stopped to say Hi. I told Jorge “I almost did not recognize Jorge, you look like a regular fan. Mark said “he is!” :-)

Jorge Martin, Emma and Mark Langill

Jorge Martin, Emma and Mark Langilll. pic by Randy.

From there Mark went to get something to eat and Randy and I went to have our first Cool-A-Coo of 2013!

From Gary Cypres collection:

 Photo

1910 Chicago Cubs field sweater

1920’s New York Yankees field sweater

1920’s St Luis outer jacket

Movie 42 at Dodger Stadium

Randy, Mark, Gary and I were talking about the upcoming movie 42, Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford and Branch Rickey.  I told Mark “they should show the movie at Dodger Stadium” to which he responded “We are”   :-)  Randy said “there you go Emma, exclusive!.  haha.

Dodgers July 2013 Schedule

The All-Star game is in New York on 7/16. Yankees come to Dodger Stadium 7/30 & 7/31 and Dodgers travel to Toronto 7/22 to 7/24. I’ve been to Rogers Centre when in 2007 I was sent to Toronto for a few days. The Blue Jays were in town playing against the Red Sox so I went to a game and saw Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch.

Dates Star breakdown:

1-Star = none
2-Star = 7/12, 7/13, 7/14, 7/26, 7/27, 7/28
3-Star = 7/11, 7/25
4-Star = 7/30, 7/31

ref:  TheLFP.com

Dodgers June 2013 Schedule

June is my birthday (6/28) and my boys in Blue will be playing against the Phillies.

Below is the June calendar schedule courtesy of Left Field Pavilion

Date Star breakdown
1-Star = 6/3, 6/5, 6/10, 6/12
2-Star = 6/4, 6/7, 6/9, 6/24, 6/26, 6/28, 6/30
3-Star = 6/6, 6/8, 6/11, 6/25, 6/27, 6/29

I am looking forward to the return of The Oldtimers game on 6/8! The Braves will be in town then. Also Sandy Koufax bobblehead is 6/27 :-) And let’s not forget a trip to Yankee Stadium, God willing.

Dodgers May 2013 Schedule

Here is the Dodger May 2013 schedule courtesy of http://www.thelfp.com/blog/

I got a pocket schedule today at the FanFest. Instead of the light blue showing the home games, now we have colors showing the breakdown of prices between 1-star to 4 stars. Here are the dates star breakdown:

1-Star = 5/1, 5/6, 5/8, 5/13, 5/15
2-Star = 5/7, 5/10, 5/11, 5/24, 5/26
3-Star = 5/12, 5/14, 5/25, 5/27, 5/28

Note: I added the cdates star breakdown for April http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/01/18/dodgers-april-2013-schedule/

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Pat McGlothin

Pat McGlothin then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN 23

Ezra Mac “Pat” McGlothin was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  He pitched in 8 games during the 1949 and 1950 seasons.  His major league debut was April 24, 1949 and his final game on April 18, 1950. 

He spent time in the Minors with Mobile, St Paul and Montreal, pitching three career no-hitters in those venues.  The Dodgers had 26 farm clubs in those days.

In a heroic effort, Pat pitched 19 innings in a 5-4 game, knocked in three runs including the game-winner in the bottom of the 19th, and held Ted Williams without a hit in seven tries.  Pat had a hit to tie the score in the 17th before ending the contest in the 19th.

Pat McGlothin now

Pat McGlothin, owner of Mutual Insurance company has been serving customers in Tennessee  since 1954.   He enjoys exercising and watching baseball games.  

Pat showing his collection of baseballs:

ref.  www.govolsxtra.com , www.Baseball.Examiner, http://www.mutualinsurancetn.com/http://marksephemera.blogspot.com/

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Jean-Pierre Roy

Jean-Pierre Roy Then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Jean-Pierre Roy 06/26/1920 Montreal, Canada 34

I went straight to SABR to read about Jean-Pierre Roy because I had read the bio project in the SABR website http://sabr.org.   Rory Costello wrote this one two just like the prior one on Olmo.

What interesting lives these men have led.  They played in  the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and let’s not forget serving their country.    If they were not holding other jobs in the offseason they were off to play elsewhere in the Winter Fall, any time!

This French-Canadian played just three big-league games in his career but he like Rory Costello says “hopscotched” around Cuba, Mexico, Brooklyn and Montreal

I would like to read more about this Mexican magnate Jorge Pasquel and his brother who raided the American leagues luring players to jump to the Mexican leagues.   Roy jumped but he never played because he was not eligible.  But back in Cuba, other men were.  Guilty by association got him suspended from Organized Baseball in 1947.

For this “Ladies Man” it was joining and rejoining teams in Canada, US, Cuba (one of his favorite places), Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and even Panama.  From this SABR Biography project at:  http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/154a8e59

For the 1950 summer season, Roy rejoined Hollywood, where he went 2-2, 4.09. Off the field, he was also performing for a different crowd. The suave crooner’s nightclub act included numbers in English, Spanish, and French — “things like ‘Bésame Mucho,’ which was popular at the time, and ‘La Vie en Rose.'” Jean-Pierre recalled to Ronald King in 2004, “The manager, Fred Haney, didn’t like that. So I bought back my contract and went elsewhere.” [40]

Even Luis Olmo then Manager in Santiago, Cuba invited him but he slipped in the dugout and hurt his elbow.  He went back to Montreal where he made one last fling with the Provincial League in 1955. 

Jean-Pierre now

 

from the SABR article:  

In 1956, Roy did some TV broadcasting for the Royals on CBF-TV. [47] He’d previously noted his intention to continue his nightclub singing career. Perhaps it was on a related note that he moved to Las Vegas, where he spent roughly 10 or 11 years in jobs ranging from croupier to real-estate agent.

In 1968 when the Montreal Expos joined the National League, Jean-Pierre became an analyst on both radio and Television. 

From the same SABR Biography project on Roy:

Since retiring, the elder statesman of Montréal baseball has received several honors. In July 1995, he was inducted into the Expos Hall of Fame, and the Québec Sports Pantheon did likewise that September. In April 2001, the Québec Baseball Hall of Fame followed suit.

These days Roy spends his winters in Pompano Beach, Florida. He and his wife, Jane Duval Roy (his prior marriage ended with no children) head back north to Canada from May to October. There they live in the town of Nicolet, across the St. Lawrence from Trois-Rivières. Jean-Pierre has been working on an autobiography, and it will surely be a pleasure to hear this raconteur tell his own stories in full.

Read the rest of the Biography  Jean-Pierre Roy from SABR.   Is a fascinating read.  

ref: SABR.org

Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!

Best news ever this morning!! Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!!!

Welcome back Sandy!

MLB@MLB

Ace up their sleeves: @Dodgers to be joined by Sandy Koufax at #SpringTraining: http://atmlb.com/XwT4pO

 

 

 

Hot Stove. La Estufa Caliente. Scott Rolen & Chad Billingsley

I forgot to post this. My friend called me late last night and told me that the Dodgers offered Scott Rolen a one year contract. Scott wants two.

Interesting fact: Scort Rolen and Don Mattingly were both born in the same town of Evansville, Indiana. Here is another interesting fact that my friend told me. Scott Rolen step dad was a freshman at Van Nuys high school while Don Drysdale was a Senior.

Chad Billingley
Todd of http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com/ sent me this tweet and picture:


He twitted this to me:
@crzblue Tim had a baseball clinic today for his little league. See the guy standing in Blue? That’s #ChadBillingsley. pic.twitter.com/3Icu6hhv

Todd also said this: C&S ‏@cookandsonbats
@crzblue FYI, he said this complex is where he does his offseason workouts.

Wish Todd would have asked how his progress is going.

Rest in peace Stan the Man! You were the man Mr. Stan Musial.

He was married to his wife Lillian for nearly 72 years before she passed away in May of 2012.  

 
Rest in peace the Earl of Baltimore, Mr Earl Weaver.

Sad day in baseball with the passing of these two men.

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