February 2013

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Chuck Kress

Chuck Kress then

Charles Steven Kress was born in Philadelphia on December 9, 1921.  He wore uniform #5.  

Chuck Kress served in the U. S. Army from 1943 to 1945.   Kress was a first baseman 17 seasons from 1940 to 1959, four in the Major Leagues and 16 in the minors.

He played first base for the Cincinnati Reds in 1947 & 1949.  

With the Chicago White Sox from 1949 to 1950. 

Detroit Tigers  1954.

Charlie Kress.jpg

On 06-09-1954, The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Wayne Belardi to the Detroit Tigers for Ernie Nevel, Johnny Bucha and Chuck Kress.   Kress had 12 at bats with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and batted .083. 

Charlie Kress

Kress managed the following teams in the Minor Leagues:

1957:  The Erie Sailors from the New York-Pen League of the Detroit Tigers.

1958:  Durham Bulls from the Carolina Leagues of the Detroit Tigers.

1959:  Des Moines Demons of the Three-I Leagues of the Philadelphia Phillies

1960: Asheville Tourists of the South Atlanta League of the Philadelphia Phillies

1961:  Des Moines Demons of the Three-I Leagues of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Chuck Kress now

From Kentuckybaseball.blogspot as posted on November 2, 2009:

Chuck Kress, who played with the Reds, White Sox, Tigers and Brooklyn Dodgers responded to some questions for me.

He mentioned that his favorite team is the Mariners. His favorite recent player is Edgar Martinez.

Chuck did say that he had a lot of great memories relating to his time with that legendary Brooklyn team. Mr. Kress notes that he is proud of the fact that he got to play with Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snyder, and manager Walter Austin.

He does remember playing in Louisville when he was with Columbus of the American Association.

ref: baseball-fever.com, fangraph, kentuckybaseball.blogspot, baseball-reference, OOtbaseball, WalterOMalley.com, baseball-almanac

Mike Piazza Book Signings

Mike Piazza will be signing copies of his new book “Long Shot” at two Barnes and Noble locations in New York, at Norristown, PA and at Vroman’s in Pasadena, CA   Here is more information on the locations:

New York Locations:

Monday February 11th at 12:00pm Click Here For More Info Barnes & Noble 555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017 // 212-697-3048

Tuesday February 12th at 7:00pm Click Here For More Info Barnes & Noble 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514, 516-741-9850 Wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00 am on Tuesday, February 12. The former New York Mets catcher will be at Barnes & Noble Carle Place to sign copies of his autobiography, Long Shot. No memorabilia to be signed at this event.

Norristown, PA Location 

The book, available for purchase Feb. 12, is available for preorder on the Towne Book Center WebsiteWristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00 am on Thursday, February 14. No memorabilia to be signed at this event only copies of Long Shot purchased from Barnes & Noble in Carle Place. Four books per person.

Thursday February 14, 2013 7:00 PM

Country Glen Center

91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514, 516-741-9850

Mike Piazza will sign copies of his new book, “Long Shot,” at Towne Book Center in Collegeville on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

The Norristown-born, Phoenixville-bred catcher’s new autobiography tells his story of being selected in the 1988 baseball draft as a 62nd round “courtesy pick,” end eventually becoming the greatest-hitting catcher in the history of baseball.

In the book, Piazza discusses his local upbringing, his 2000 World Series with the Yankees, the steroid controversy, gay rumors, and the thrill of hitting the game-winning homerun on Sept. 21 2001, the first game in New York after Sept. 11, 2001, according to the book description.

The Towne Book Center, located in the Providence Town Center, is asking that customers RSVP by calling 610-454-0640.

Piazza will be available to sign books, but no memorabilia.

Pasadena, CA location (My neck of the wood)

695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Start:  02/20/2013 6:00 pm
Event Details: (updated 2/5/13) –  This is a signing only.  Mike Piazza will not be speaking. –  Tickets will be available at the Will Call department at the main store & at the Hastings Ranch location beginning Tuesday, February 12, the release date for the book. –  Mike will only sign copies of his new title, Long Shot, no memorabilia. –  Each customer can get up to 4 copies of Long Shot signed. –  No posed photos, but photos from the line are ok.  A Vroman’s employee will be present at the signing table to take unposed photos for customers while getting their book signed.
Last time I was at a baseball book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena was for Tommy Lasorda’s book “Is Good to Be Alive”   Is on my calendar.  I guess I need to drive to work that day so I can head to Pasadena afterwards.   It is on my way home.  I am glad this bookstore is still open.  They have very nice selection of books and magazines.  Also other nice merchandise upstairs.     

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Marv Rackley

Marvin E. Rackley then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Marv Rackley 07/25/1921 Seneca, SC 35

At age 19, Marv Rackley was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1941.  He played for the Valdosta Trojans, the Durham Bulls and the Dayton Ducks.

On October 5, 1942, Rackley entered the military service with the Army Air Force at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  He spent the next three years in service.

Sergeant Rackley returned to the Dodgers organization in 1946.  He joined the Montreal Royals where he played alongside Jackie Robinson.  Rackley batted .305 with the Royals and was in the Dodgers line-up for the second game of the season in 1947.  In 18 games as a pinch-hitter and runner he batted .222 before joining the St. Paul Saints where he batted .316.

In 1948, Rackley played 88 games with the Dodgers, batted .327, but with Hermanski, Reiser, Furillo, Snider, Shuba and Whitman all vying for outfield positions there was little room for him.

On May 18, 1949, Rackley was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for first baseman/outfielder Johnny Hopp plus $25,000.  Rackley reported to the Pirates with a sore throwing arm.  Pirates complained they had traded for a player who was unfit.  Hopp was returned to the Pirates  and Rackley went back to the Dodgers (wonder what happened to the 25K) where he played in 54 games, batted .291 and appeared in two World Series games against the Yankees.

Gene Hermanski, Pee Wee Reese, Marv Rackley and Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers base stealers of 1948

In October 1949, the 28-year-old was purchased by the Reds for $60,000 but appeared in just five games the following season, spending most of the year with the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League.  He spent most of 1952 with the Birmingham Barons and joined the Baltimore Orioles of the International League in 1952.  1953 he batted .320 in 111 games with the Orioles.  1954 he batted .328 with the Richmond Virginians.  He ended his career with the Atlanta Crackers in 1955 when he also managed for part of the year.

Marv Rackley now

Marv Rackley still lives in his native South Carolina.  I could not find a current picture of Marv Rackley.

I just noticed this is my blog post #500 !!

ref:  baseballinwartime.blogspot.

MLB Blog Latest Leaders for January 2013. #14 Dedicated to Gil Hodges

February 13 is my MLB Fan Blog 4th anniversary.   During these four years my blog has ranked between #16 to #52 in the monthly ranking.   I was surprised that I came in at #14 for the month of January 2013!  

Thank you everyone that visits my blog and if you just happen to stumbled up on it well welcome! 🙂

I dedicate my blog coming in at #14 to Gil Hodges

 Hodges was the Major League premier first baseman making  eight career All-Star teams.

He had 370 career home runs, which by 1962 ranked second all-time for right-handed hitters behind Jimmie Foxx.

From 1949 to 1959 he averaged 30 homeruns and 101 RBI’s

The only players in his time to drive in 100 runs in seven straight season.

He had five straight season with 30 homeruns and eleven straight with 20 homers tying a league record.

He had at least 23 doubles and 23 homeruns  for nine straight years. 

For the 1950s, he ranked second in the majors in homers and RBIs behind Duke Snider, and third in total bases behind Snider and Stan Musial.

Hodges was the recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1959, the perfect credential for a Hall of Fame member.

He ranked in the top 10 in runs, hits, and walks

He also received the first three Gold Glove awards given to a first baseman

he helped the Dodgers capture seven pennants and two world titles.

Hodges’ managed the Miracle Mets and in 1969, led them all the way to the World Series Championship.

His managerial career was prematurely cut short when, while golfing in Florida, he suffered a massive heart attack two days before his 48th birthday.

Vin Scully said this about Gil Hodges:

“I can’t understand why Gil Hodges isn’t in the Hall of Fame.”

Ref:  http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2012/10/gil-hodges-and-the-elusive-hall-of-fame

From Mark Langill, Dodger historian:  http://dodgershistory.mlblogs.com/2012/07/18/gil-hodges-and-the-hall-of-fame/comment-page-1/

Dodgers September 2013 Schedule

Ok, so here is the final scratch that.  the last of the regular season schedule:

1-Star =9/1  SD, 9/10 AZ, 9/11 AZ
2-Star = 9/15 SF, 9/27 COL, 9/29 COL
3-Star = 9/9 AZ, 9/12 SF, 9/13 SF, 9/14 SF, 9/28 COL
4-Star = none

A trip to San Diego for the weekend 9/20 to 9/22 would be nice.

Thank you Mike from www.theLFP.com for the calendar!

Dodgers August 2013 Schedule

I learned something new to me.  If I create a category you can have all the related posts together so if you go to the right to category “Dodgers Schedule” I can scroll down to all the the Dodgers Schedules here.  Haha  Silly me,  should have realized that sooner.

1-Star = 8/12 NYM, 8/26 CHC
2-Star =8/9 TB, 8/11 TB, 8/14 NYM, 8/28 CHC, 8/30 SD
3-Star = 8/10 TB, 8/13 TB, 8/27 CHC, 8/31 SD
4-Star = 8/23, 8/24, 8/25  BOS.

Ref:  www.theLFP.com   that guy Mike is talented guy

They are giving me a hard time at work because I have my Jackie Robinson jersey on (only day I can wear casual clothes)   This guy tells me “Is Super Bowl weekend and lots of people at work are wearing Football gear but not Emma”  “She could wear football or hockey but noooo….”    I do have my purple and gold Dodger hat🙂