January 2013

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Luis Olmo

Luis Olmo Then

Jackie Robinson, Senate president of Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz Marin and Luis Olmo.

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 Puerto Rico 21

I googled Luis Olmo and noticed I had an old post where I dedicated the post to Luis Olmo because my blog came in at #21 and in addition to Olmo wearing #21 it was his birthday that day.   I had posted the above picture.  

Luis Francisco Rodríguez Olmo known as El Jíbaro – The Hillbilly,  was the second Puerto Rico to play in the Major Leagues.  The first one was Hiram Bithorn who played with the Cubs in 1942. 

El Jibaro played for the Dodgers from 1943 to 1945 then again in 1949.  Luis Olmo became the first Puerto Rican to play in a World Series, during which he hit a home run and three hits in one game

Olmo lead the National League in triples in 1945.  On May 18 of that year he hit a grand slam home run and a bases loaded triple in the same game.  No other player accomplished that feat in the 20th century.

Olmo jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 because one Mexican team owner offered a higher salary than what Branch Rickey Sr. was offering.   Olmo and several other jumpers were banned by MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler for going to the Mexican League.    For Olmo the suspension lasted three years.  Olmo returned to the Dodgers in 1949.

From the SABR bioproject by Rory Costello:

After his return in late June, Olmo got into 38 games for Brooklyn, batting .305/1/14 in 105 at-bats as he backed up Tommy Brown and Duke Snider. He got off to a hot start, getting 12 hits in his first 27 at-bats (.444), capped by a game-ending homer at Ebbets Field on July 17. Yet perhaps his most memorable contribution to the 1949 pennant winners was a sensational catch that he made at Ebbets on August 24 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Brooklyn was up 2-0 in the fifth inning, but St. Louis had the tying runs in scoring position, and at the plate was the feared batter whom Ebbets fans dubbed “The Man”Stan Musial. Olmo, always known as a fine outfielder, needed every foot of the old ballpark’s cozy dimensions, including the extra afforded by the corrugated exit gate in left field. He leaped and made the catch, snuffing out the rally, and the Dodgers went on to win, drawing to within one game of first. Brooklyn did not overtake St. Louis until late September, but the complexion of the race might have changed if the Cards had won that day. Baseball Digest wrote up the play in August 1961, and as late as 2009, it earned an entry in a book devoted to great outfield catches, Going, Going . . . Caught!

Olmo played for the Boston Braves in 1950 & 1951. In ’51 he only played in 21 games before being sent to the Triple-A Milwaukee Brewers.  There he concluded his US career.  

He joined Licey of the Dominican League.  The remainder of Olmo’s playin career consisted of four Winter season in Puerto Rico.   He was also scouting for the Braves.  He was manager for several teams in Puerto Rico.  The PRWL named him Manager of the year seven times. 

Luis Olmo now:

Luis Rodriguez Olmo celebrating 90 years.

from SABR biography by Rory Costello:

Olmo began playing golf since 1968 and in 2011 still got out on the links twice a week, one of the reasons he remained so fit in his 90s. At one point, though, he was carrying more weight than was good for him – he dropped 50 pounds on doctor’s orders.  In August 2009, after SABR’s Puerto Rican chapter and the Museum of Sports of Guaynabo celebrated his 90th birthday, Olmo said, “I just turned 90. I hoped to reach 80 and that has passed. I am playing extra innings. And I recall as if it were yesterday when I arrived in the majors. The baseball of today is the same as what I played. The only thing that has changed is the salaries.”   Four days after his 92nd birthday, I asked Luis to what he attributes his long life. He said simply, with a little chuckle, “I been lucky. Living good.”

ref: pic, Colleccion Luiz Munoz Marin,  baseball-fever, http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a26bda17

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Dodgers April 2013 Schedule

Here is the Dodgers April 2013 schedule courtesy of http://www.thelfp.com/blog/

Thanks to Rene for reminding me that the Dodger games at Baltimore are in April.  I had forgotten!

Ahhhh this is so cool!  Thanks Mike!

I want to go to Baltimore.  I have never been to Camden Yards. I have never been to Baltimore.  I think I have been at the airport but that does not count.

For Opening Day, well is a Holiday for me but I have already asked my boss for a vacation day!   He did give a hard time as is Fiscal Year-End closing at work but I reminded him I worked two days during the Holiday shutdown.   He says that is the reason why he approved it but like I said, he knows Opening Day is MY religious Holiday.

So anyone have any tips for Baltimore?

Update 1/26/13. I got the pocket schedule so here is the star breakdown:
1-Star = 3/29, 4/16, 4/29
2-STar = 4/2, 4/5, 4/6, 4/7, 4/15, 4/26, 4/28
3-Star = 4/3, 4/17, 4/27, 4/30
4-Star = 4/1

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Lee Pfund

Lee Pfund then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Lee Pfund 10/10/1919 Oak Park, IL 14

His full name is Le Roy Herbert Pfund.

1939 – 1941 Signed by the St. Louis Cardinal and sent to the Columbus, Ohio and Mobile, Alabama farm teams.  Played in the minor leagues for three seasons while teaching junior high and coaching during the off season.

1941 Broke into professional baseball in the Georgia/Florida League

1942 – 1943 During off season taught math at Longfellow Junior High School and coached grade school baseball teams

On November 1, 1944 he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1944 rule 5 draft, and played for the Dodgers in 1945.

Pfund made his debut against the New York Giants.  Playing for Leo Durocher he had a very successful first season. While with the Dodgers, Lee chose not to play on Sundays, citing religious convictions. As a pitcher, it was easy for the team to adjust the rotation to comply with this request.

1945 Rather than play in Baseball All-Star game, Lee played in a Red Cross charity game

Pfund compiled a 3-2 record with 2 complete games in 10 starts over 621/3 innings pitched. Returning to the minors in 1946, the right-hander never returned to the big leagues and his pro career ended in 1950.  A knee injury ended hsi career.

Pfund, a 1949 graduate of Wheaton College, his influence was dramatically more profound as a father, teacher and coach. Sons John, Kerry and Randy played basketball for him at Wheaton College, Randy becoming a longtime National Basketball Association executive and coach. All four men earned enshrinement in the Wheaton College’s Hall of Honor, Lee inducted in 1985.

From baseball reference:

Lee Pfund pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, but is more famous as a baskeball coach. He compiled a 362-240 (.601) career record as head coach at Wheaton College from 1951-75. During his tenure as head basketball coach he won five conference championships and captured the 1956-57 Small College National Championship while guiding Wheaton to a 27-1 record.

His son Randy Pfund is general manager of the NBA basketball team the Miami Heat. His sons John and Kerry were basketball stars at Wheaton College.

Lee Pfund was an assistant football and basketball coach in 1943-44 for Wheaton College. A knee injury kept him out of the service during World War II, and he pitched for the Dodgers with a “no Sunday” contract.

Lee Pfund now

At Dodger Stadium August 3, 2012 with Maury Wills

Here is Mr. Pfund again


Baseball References, http://athletics.wheaton.edu/sports/2010/10/25/pfund.  http://www.wheaton.lib.il.us/whc/Baseball_Greats_Players.htm, photos from Dodger Stadium from Jon SooHoo http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Ray Hathaway

Ray Hathaway Then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH 22

Ray Wilson Hathaway wore uniform #22 like our young Clayton Kershaw.

After three years in the minors and three more with Uncle Sam, Hathaway got his chance in the big leagues in 1945, when many players were still in the service.

 His debut came April 20 at the Polo Grounds, when he threw one inning.  He gave up a two-run homer to Phil Weintraub and retired Mel Ott on a grounder to second baseman Eddie Stanky.
After sitting for 37 days, he got his only major league start May 28 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  In front of a crowd of just 3,709, Hathaway got off to a fast start.  “Stan Hack was the first man I faced, and he grounded out to me,”he said.  “I thought to myself, ‘(Heck), this is easy.’ But then all (heck) broke loose.”
 An error, a couple of walks and wild pitch helped the Cubs get three first-inning runs. Hathaway finished with five-plus innings, eight hits, two earned runs, five walks and the only three strikeouts he would record in the major leagues.
“My biggest (major league) thrill was walking into Ebbets Field (for the first time),”he said.

“We could get spaghetti for 19 cents, 29 cents with meatballs,” Hathaway said with a smile. “We lived on pasta.”

He pitched two other times in relief before being sent down to Montreal.   Of Jackie Robinson, Hathaway said “”He was an outstanding player.”   “After I saw him play the first game, I knew he was going to be a star. He fielded well, ran well and hit well.  I thought he was ready.  I thought he would be up in Brooklyn before the season was over.”

From Baseballhappening:

Of himself, he did not foresee a return to the major leagues.  “I had already been there, and I had arm trouble.  I saw the writing on the wall.”   At the end of Spring Training in 1947, he approached Branch Rickey about becoming a manager.   “We went to a game in Cuba.  Mr. Rickey was there.  I asked to speak to him.  About the 5th inning, he asked, “What’s on your mind?”  I told him I would like to manage.  He (Rickey) asked, “How do I know you can manage?”  I said “You don’t and neither do I.  All I can promise is that we’ll work.”  Rickey’s response was “If you are going to manage a team for me, be on my plane.  I’m leaving in the morning for Miami.”

Hathaway spent his early seasons as a player/manager  for the minor league affiliates of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  After 1952, Hathaway took himself out of the rotation to focus primarily on running the ballclub.  “The only time I pitched after that  (1952) was if the pitching staff was getting their butt beat.  I tried to save them.”

Hathaway managed many legends including Hall of Famers Dick Williams, Willie Stargell and Bill Sharman.

Here is this from MLB.com:

Ray Hathaway

Ray Hathaway was the manager of the 1961 Asheville Tourists, champions of the South Atlantic League with an 87-50 record and considered to be the best team in Asheville history. Hathaway’s managerial career started in 1947, when he guided the Santa Barbara Dodgers to the California League Championship Series, losing to the Stockton Ports. He won the Ohio-Indiana League title as skipper of the Zanesville Dodgers in 1948. His other managerial stints include the Pueblo Dodgers in the Western League (1949-50, 1956-57), Asheville Tourists in the Tri-State League (1951, 1953-54), Newport News Dodgers in the Piedmont League (1953), Elmira Pioneers in the Eastern League (1955), Tri-City Braves in the Northwest League (1958), Columbus/Gastonia Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1959), Savannah Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1960), Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League (1961-64), Gastonia in the Western Carolinas League (second half of 1964), Raleigh Cardinals in the Carolina League (1965), Lewiston Broncs in the Northwest League (1967), Arkansas Travelers in the Texas League (1969), Savannah Indians in the Southern League (1970), Jacksonville Suns in the Dixie Association (1971), Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League (1972) and the Wilson Pennants in the Carolina League (1973). Throughout his 25-year managerial career, Hathaway won 1,441 games.

Hathaway retired as a manager in 1973, settled in Asheville and worked construction.

Ray Hathaway Now
Mr Hathaway still enjoys watching  baseball on TV and marvels at the money players now receive.
And he savors his time in the game, even 36 years after he took off the uniform for the last time.

“I saw a lot, got to do a lot because of baseball,” he said with a wink.

Mr. Hathaway  lives in Weaverville. NC

ref:  Sportspool.com, citizen-times.com, Baseballhappening.com, Fairviewtowncrier.com, MLB

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Mike Sandlock

This year I decided to do a post for each of the Brooklyn Dodger players that are alive giving us a little history of their playing day and If possible, where they are now.

This is going to be fun and is a way for me to learn more about the Brooklyn Dodger players and at the same time pay tribute to them.

We will start with Mike Sandlock who is the oldest one at 97.

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich,CT 1, 4

When I look at the uniform numbers Mr. Sandlock wore, I think of the retired numbers of #1, Pee Wee Reese & #4, Duke Snider.

Mike Sandlock Then

Mike Sandlock professional career began back in 1938 for the Huntington Bees of the Mountain State League. He spent 14 years in the minors and played parts of five seasons in the majors.

Mike made his major league debut as a September call-up for the Braves in 1942. He came in late in the game and collected his first big league hit, a single off of Giants reliever Bill McGee. Mike’s roommate in the Minors, Warren Spahn, was also called up that September.

In 1943 Mike missed the entire season due to his services in WW II.

On August 12, 1944, the Braves traded him to the Brooklyn Dodgers in exchange for minor league second baseman Frank Drews. Sandlock went back to the minors with their Triple-A affiliate in ST. Paul where he batted over .300 and added switch hitting to his offensive repertoire.

Sandlock, a catcher, was a shortstop early in the season, Pee Wee Reese was still in the Navy.  When Mickey Owen joined the service in May, the Dodgers were forced to use their backup catchers, but it wasn’t until July that they moved Sandlock back behind the plate and gave him regular playing time.

That 1945 season would end up being his best season in the majors. He played a career high 80 games, hitting .282 with 17 RBI’s in 195 at-bats.

His 1946 season would be his last in the majors for awhile.. He lasted with the Dodgers until July before he was sent to St Paul. Despite the fact he barely played and hit just .147 in 19 games, Sandlock has a funny story about that year. Here is the account as reported by John Dreker of http://blogs.piratesprospects.com:

The Dodgers had a young hard-throwing pitcher named Rex Barney at this time. He threw hard but it was anyone’s guess where the ball would go once it left his hands. Long after their retirement, Sandlock kidded Barney about how wild he was and Barney came back with “The reason the Dodgers got rid of you was because you couldn’t catch me.” Mike said that he couldn’t catch him because he never threw anything close to the plate. Yogi Berra once asked Mike what Barney threw, knowing he was his catcher for one season and Mike said ” I don’t know because I was never able to catch anything from him. I’ll let you know when I do.”

In 1947 Mike was the backup catcher for a young Roy Campanella, while playing for the Montreal Royals. He also met Jackie Robinson. They both shared a love for Golf.
With his time in Brooklyn done, Mike embarked on a career in the minor leagues that brought him to Hollywood for four years and many great memories.

Mike Sandlock joined the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1949, spending four seasons with the team before his return trip to the Majors with the Pirates.
Mike Sandlock playing for the Hollywood Stars
Mike playing for the Hollywood Stars.

Two people were very influential in getting Mike back to the Majors: The team manager, Fred Haney and knuckelball pitcher Johnny Lindell.

Mike developed a reputation for being an excellent receiver of knuckleball pitchers.  When Johnny moved to the Majors so did Mike.

The Pirates had 3 to 4 pitchers who threw knuckleballs.   Mike shared catching duties with Joe Garagiola and Heisman Trophy Winner Vic Janowicz. Late in the season the Pirates sold Lindell to the Phillies. the following year Sandlock was a Phillie but it was not to be for Mike as he was involved in a home plate collision during a Spring Training game.   Phillies shipped him to San Diego. That 1954 was his final year of his baseball career.

Mike Sandlock Now

Mike Sandlock, Brooklyn Dodger

Here is a video from Nick of Examiner.com

Mike still follows the game. Recently he said ” The Mets guy(R.A. Dickey) now, throws his harder, but Lindell’s broke more.”

Sandlock offered this advice to catchers trying to contain the knuckler “You have to have good reflexes to be a knuckleball catcher. You can’t go reaching for it, you have to wait for it.” but even he was quick to admit it was a difficult task “It was like catching flies, I called it a butterfly.”

Sandlock feels the modern game moves too slowly compared to when he played.

He feels too much time is spent today with pitchers walking around the mound, the catcher going to the mound then the entire infield going to the mound and guys constantly adjusting their batting gloves and stepping out of the batter’s box.

He attended a Yankee game recently when Freddy Garcia was on the mound and said he could not wait to leave because of how long Garcia took to deliver each pitch.

“Do you see how slow he goes?” he asked. “He gets the ball, walks around the whole mound then throws a pitch, gets the ball back and it’s the same damn thing. There is no desire.”

Mr Sanlock was honored at Citi Field when the Dodgers were playing the Mets last July, 2012

Mike Sandlock with Don Mattingly at Citi Field.   Mr. Sandlock still lives in the place where he was born.  As of last year, Mike was still playing Golf once a week .

ref: http://Examiner.com,http://blogs.piratesprospects.com/, http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/, http://baseballinwartime.blogspot.com/

How to Make Cool Baseball Bracelets

A friend at work who knows I love everything baseball, emailed me a link from Pinterest on how to make baseball bracelets from a baseball. I loved the idea!

Looking at the picture dates, I worked on this on December 30, but I finally found time to upload the pictures. As you can see I selected an old baseball
Baseball making bracelet

but maybe I should have picked something newer as it was harder to pull apart and the thread shows signs of wear and tear. But I think the two bracelets that I got out of the baseball show ‘character’ I like them! the bracelet comes out twisted but I soaked them in water with a little dish soap because my baseball was old. Afterwards I just kept stretching them.

Historical 2013. No Player Selected into HOF since 1996

Were you surprised that NO ONE made it into the Hall of Fame this year?  I was afraid this would happen.  And who was the one that voted fro Aaron Sele?  I saw Aaron Sele trending on Twitter and I was like “what happened?”  Then I noticed that someone had one vote for him.   There were two votes for Shawn Green and four for Steve Finley.  I guess some writers were out there to make a statement.  I feel bad for the Cooperstown merchants that look forward to the crowds.  I feel bad for the guys that get dropped after this

Here is the list from

http://bbwaa.com/13-hof-ballots/ and a quote:

Voters are not required to make their Hall of Fame ballots public, but this is an aggregation of BBWAA members who chose to share their ballots here. Some include links to pieces they wrote explaining their decisions. The list is sortable and searchable.

Name Affiliation Ballot
Peter Abraham The Boston Globe Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell
Jeff Horrigan Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Morris, Palmeiro, Piazza, Schilling, Sosa
Bruce Miles Daily Herald Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smith, Trammell
Gerry Fraley Dallas Morning News Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Trammell
Bill Christine Honorary Bagwell, Martinez, Mattingly, Piazza
Ray Ratto CSN BayArea Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Piazza, Raines, Schilling
Michael Martinez Honorary (FoxSports.com) Biggio, Mattingly
Jesus Ortiz Houston Chronicle Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Smith, Sosa
Frank Clines Honorary Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Palmeiro, Piazza, Smith, Sosa, Trammell
Rob Maaddi The Associated Press Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Murphy, Palmeiro, Piazza, Schilling, Smith, Sosa
Ken Fidlin Toronto Sun Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Piazza, Raines, L.Walker
Steve Wilstein Associated Press Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Piazza, Schilling, Sosa
John Perrotto Baseball Prospectus Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Palmeiro, Piazza, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Paul Doyle Hartford Courant Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, McGwire, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell
Jeff Fletcher Orange County Register Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Piazza, Raines, Schilling
Bill Madden New York Daily News Biggio, McGriff, Morris, Schilling
Steve Aschburner Honorary Biggio, Morris, Raines, Smith, Trammell
Mike Dyer Honorary Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Palmeiro, Piazza, Raines, Sosa, T.Walker
Tom Haudricourt Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Smith, Sosa
Lynn Henning Detroit News Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Piazza, Raines, Trammell
Joe Henderson Tampa Bay Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, McGriff, Piazza
Dave Cunningham Honorary Bonds, Clemens, Mattingly, Piazza, Trammell
Ken Gurnick MLB.com Morris
Michael Silverman Boston Herald Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, McGwire, Piazza, Raines, Schilling
Peter Botte NY Daily News Bagwell, Martinez, McGriff, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling
Jim Hawkins Honorary Biggio, Martinez, Morris, Raines, Schilling, Trammell
Bob Kuenster Baseball Digest Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, Morris, Raines, Schilling
Mike Imrem Daily Herald Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Lofton, McGwire, Morris, Piazza, Schilling, Smith, Sosa
Steve Buckley Boston Herald Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, McGriff, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling
Ken Davidoff New York Post Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Lofton, Martinez, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Richard Griffin Toronto Star Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, L.Walker
Tracy Ringolsby At Large Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Trammell, L.Walker
Mike Kiley Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Smith, Sosa
Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, McGriff, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines
Joe Rutter Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Piazza
Gerry Fraley Dallas Morning News Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Trammell
Michael Knisley Honorary (ESPN.com) Biggio, Martinez, Piazza, Smith
Troy Renck The Denver Post Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell
Rob Rains Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Raines, Smith
David Wilhelm Belleville News-Democrat Bagwell, Biggio, McGriff, Morris, Raines, Smith
Steve Gietschier Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, McGriff, Murphy, Piazza
Dave Albee Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Piazza
Ken Rosenthal FOXSports.com Bagwell, Martinez, McGriff, Raines, Smith, Trammell
Geoff Baker Seattle Times Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Raines, Schilling, Trammell
Bob Hille Sporting News Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Palmeiro, Piazza, Smith, Sosa, Trammell
Carl Steward San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Smith, Trammell
Marcos Breton Sacramento Bee Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Piazza
Lowell Hickey Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Schilling, Smith
Ron Chimelis Springfield (Mass.) Republican Bagwell, Biggio, McGriff, Morris, Raines
Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune Bagwell, Biggio, Mattingly, Raines, Schilling, Smith
Jack Magruder FOX Sports Arizona Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Palmeiro, Piazza, Raines, Sosa, Trammell, L.Walker
Tony Massarotti Boston Globe Bonds, Clemens, Martinez
Larry Stone Seattle Times Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Ken Gurnick Honorary (MLB.com) Morris
Jim Caple ESPN.com Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Trammell
Mike Lefkow Contra Costa Times Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Palmeiro, Piazza, Smith
Ken Lechtanski The Brockton Enterprise Biggio, Morris, Schilling
Art Davidson MetroWest News Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Morris
Bill Griffith Honorary Martinez, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smith, Trammell
Tony DeMarco NBC Sports.com Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, Morris, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Murray Chass Honorary Morris
Mark Saxon ESPNLosAngeles.com Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Piazza, Raines, Smith
Pete Caldera Bergen Record Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Piazza, Schilling
Mark Zuckerman CSNWashington.com Bagwell, Biggio, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, L.Walker
Bill Ballou Worcester Telegram & Gazette Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Piazza
Joe Christensen Minneapolis Star Tribune Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Morris, Palmeiro, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell
Phil Rogers Chicago Tribune Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Mike Nadel Honorary Biggio, Morris, Raines, Schilling
Yasushi Kikuchi Kyodo News Biggio, Franco, Schilling, B.Williams
David Lennon New York Newsday Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling
Steve Goldman Ashtabula Star Beacon Bagwell, Biggio, McGriff, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smith, Trammell
Bill Plunkett Orange County Register Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, McGriff, Morris, Piazza, Schilling, L.Walker
Jayson Stark ESPN.com Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Sosa
Marc Topkin Tampa Bay Times Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGriff, McGwire, Piazza, Smith
Glenn Schwarz Honorary (mlb.com) Biggio, Morris, Smith
Danny Knobler CBSSports.com Morris, Raines, Trammell
Steve Simmons Toronto Sun Bagwell, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Smith, L.Walker
Rob Biertempfel Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Raines, Schilling, Smith
Gordon Edes ESPN Boston Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Joe Posnanski Sports on Earth Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Paul Sullivan Chicago Tribune Biggio, Raines, Smith
Scott Miller CBSSports.com Biggio, McGriff, Morris, Murphy, Raines, Trammell
Mike Fine The Patriot Ledger Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Murphy, Palmeiro, Raines, Smith, L.Walker
Jill Painter Los Angeles Daily News Biggio, Green, Lofton, Martinez, Mattingly, B.Williams
Phil Pepe Honorary Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Morris, Piazza
Jim Alexander Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise Morris, Raines, Smith, Trammell
La Velle E. Neal III Minneapolis Star Tribune Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smith, Trammell
Chris Haft Honorary (MLB.com) Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, Morris, Murphy, Smith
Ann Killion San Francisco Chronicle Raines, Smith
Mark Purdy San Jose Mercury News Biggio, Morris, Raines, Smith
Marc Lancaster The Washington Times Bagwell, Martinez, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, L.Walker
Jeffrey Flanagan Honorary (Fox Sports Kansas City) Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Morris, Palmeiro, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smith, Sosa
Susan Slusser San Francisco Chronicle Bagwell, Biggio, Piazza, Schilling
Rob Rains Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Morris, Raines, Smith
Mark Camps Honorary Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Mattingly, Morris, Murphy, Piazza, Raines
Paul Hoynes Cleveland Plain Dealer Bagwell, Biggio, Lofton, Martinez, McGriff, Morris, Raines, Smith, Trammell
Mike Bass St. Paul Pioneer Press Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, Morris, Piazza, Schilling
Mike Vaccaro New York Post Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Morris, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, L.Walker
Roger Mooney Tampa Tribune Bagwell, Biggio, Martinez, McGriff, Morris, Raines, Schilling, Smith, Trammell, L.Walker
Andrew Baggarly CSN Bay Area Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Piazza, Raines, L.Walker
Paul Gutierrez Honorary (CSN Bay Area) Biggio, Martinez, Murphy, Piazza, Raines, Smith
Stan McNeal Sporting News Bagwell, Biggio, Piazza, Raines, Schilling
Name Votes (Pct.) Yrs on ballot
Craig Biggio 388 (68.2%) 1
Jack Morris 385 (67.7%) 14
Jeff Bagwell 339 (59.6%) 3
Mike Piazza 329 (57.8%) 1
Tim Raines 297 (52.2%) 6
Lee Smith 272 (47.8%) 11
Curt Schilling 221 (38.8%) 1
Roger Clemens 214 (37.6%) 1
Barry Bonds 206 (36.2%) 1
Edgar Martinez 204 (35.9%) 4
Alan Trammell 191 (33.6%) 12
Larry Walker 123 (21.6%) 3
Fred McGriff 118 (20.7%) 4
Dale Murphy 106 (18.6%) 15
Mark McGwire 96 (16.9%) 7
Don Mattingly 75 (13.2%) 13
Sammy Sosa 71 (12.5%) 1
Rafael Palmeiro 50 (8.8%) 3
Bernie Williams 19 (3.3%) 2
Kenny Lofton 18 (3.2%) 1
Sandy Alomar Jr. 16 (2.8%) 1
Julio Franco 6 (1.1%) 1
David Wells 5 (0.9%) 1
Steve Finley 4 (0.7%) 1
Shawn Green 2 (0.4%) 1
Aaron Sele 1 (0.2%) 1
Jeff Cirillo 0 (0%) 1
Royce Clayton 0 (0%) 1
Jeff Conine 0 (0%) 1
Roberto Hernandez 0 (0%) 1
Ryan Klesko 0 (0%) 1
Jose Mesa 0 (0%) 1
Reggie Sanders 0 (0%) 1
Mike Stanton 0 (0%) 1
Todd Walker 0 (0%) 1
Rondell White 0 (0%) 1
Woody Williams 0 (0%) 1

Top 100 MLB Blogs for 2012. #22 Dedicated to Kershaw

Here is the 2012

Top 100 MLB.com Blogs.

Top 100 MLB.com Blogs

I came in at #22 in the 2012 Top 100 MLB Blogs in the Fan category!   I dedicate the number to  #22 Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw and to his organization http://www.kershawschallenge.com/

Behind a great guy is a great woman:  Ellen Kershaw


Kershaw hard at work:


From Kershawschallenge.com:

Give $100 to Kershaw’s Challenge & receive a signed 8×10 Photograph – Plus a Dodger blue, Kershaw shirt to wear to games this season

Thank you to Mark and all from the MLB Blogs for doing the Top 100 MLB Blogs every year.  Thank you to commenters, readers and anyone else that stumbles on my blog!   Thank you to Clayton & Ellen Kershaw for their wonderful work giving back to the community.   Is no wonder that Clayton Kershaw was the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award winner.

p.s. lost my original post here so I had to redo this.  No problem, learned something.

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers players Alive in 2013

We lost two Brooklyn Dodgers in 2012 so we have 42  Brooklyn Dodgers alive as of 2013.

Here is Mike Sandlock, the oldest Brooklyn Dodger holding a 1945 picture

Here is the updated list with a new column for Uniform number:

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich,CT 1, 4
Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH 22
Lee Pfund 10/18/1919 Oak Park, IL 14
Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 Puerto Rico 21
Jean-Pierre Roy 06/26/1920 Montreal, Canada 34
Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN 23
Andy Pafko 02/25/1921 Boyceville, Wi 22,48
Marv Rackley 07/25/1921 Seneca, SC 35
Chuck Kress 12/09/1921 Philadelphia, PA 5
Eddie Basinski 11/04/1922 Buffalo, NY 3
Don Lund 05/18/1923 Detroit, MI 40
Tim Thompson 03/01/1924 Coalport, PA 21
George Shuba 12/13/1924 Youngstown, PA 8
Johnny Rutherford 05/05/1925 Ontario, Canada 15
 Wayne Terwilliger 06/27/1925 Clare, MI 34
Chris Haughey 10/03/1925 Astoria, NY 14
 Ralph Branca 01/06/1926 Mount Vernon, NY 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski 01/27/1926 Dayton, OH 27
Randy Jackson 02/10/1926 Little Rock, AR 2
Dick Teed 03/08/1926 Springfield, MA 37
Don Newcombe 06/14/1926 Madison, NJ 36
 Bobby Morgan 06/29/1926 Oklahoma City, OK 2
Charlie Osgood 11/23/1926 Sommerville, MA 20
Carl Erskine 12/13/1926 Anderson, IN 17
Preston Ward 07/24/1927 Columbia, MO 36
Rocky Bridges 08/07/1927 Refugio, TX 9
 Tommy Lasorda 09/22/1927 Norristown, PA 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown 12/6/1927 Brooklyn, NY 9
 Joe Landrum 12/13/1928 Columbia, NC 19
 Joe Pignatano 08/04/1929 Brooklyn, NY 58
Roger Craig 02/17/1930 Durham, NC 38
 Ron Negray 02/26/1930 Akron, OH 38
Glenn Mickens 07/26/1930 Wilman, CA 46
 Don Zimmer 01/17/1931 Cincinnati, OH 23
 Ed Roebuck 07/03/1931 East Millboro, PA 37
 Fred Kipp 10/01/1931 Iqua, KS 26
 Chico Fernandez 03/02/1932 Cuba 3
Jim Gentile 06/03/1934 San Francisco, CA 38
 Don Demeter 06/25/1935  Oklahoma City, OK 2
Sandy Koufax    12/30/1935 Brooklyn, NY 32
Bob Aspromonte 06/19/1938 Brooklyn, NY 28,34
Rod Miller 01/16/1940 Portland, OR 50

ref:  SABR, Baseball Reference, 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers guide,  Pic from Greenwichtime.com