June 2013

The Dodgers Sweep the Giants! The Dodgers Sweep the Giants!

The Dodgers Sweep the Giants!  The Dodgers Sweep the Giants!

El Maestro Jaime Jarrin mentioned yesterday that the last time the Dodgers swept the Giants was in 2009!  April 13, 15, 16.   Hmm no game on April 14?

The winning pitchers  then were Billingsley 4/13, Broxton on 4/15 and Stults on 4/16.

This homestand the  winning pitchers:  6/24, Paco Rodriguez!  Anyone remembers this “Nobody says no to Paco” in the movie definitely Maybe?   Stephen Fife won the game 6/25 and last night the Golden Boy Clayton Kershaw won his 6th game.   It was a long time waiting for #6 but Kershaw finally won to complete the sweep and continue the winning streak at 5.

Now the Phillies are in town for a four game series.  It is going to be crazy at Dodger Stadium today with Sandy Koufax bobblehead giveaway.

Sandy Koufax Bobblehead

So off to the stadium I go!   for game #43!  I have not missed a game this year.

On the mound tonight:  Zack Greinke against Pettibone.  Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!

Tomorrow June 28, is my birthday!  so an early birthday present for tonight is a W

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers. Then and Now. Wayne Terwilliger

Wayne Terwilliger then and now.

Wayne Terwilliger then.

I love that picture with Maury Wills!

He signed his first professional baseball contract, with the Cubs, in September, 1948, one month after Babe Ruth died.  He reported to Des Moines Cubs.

In 1949, Twig reported to spring training with the Los Angeles Cubs of the Triple A Pacific Coast League. By August he was the Chicago Cubs starting second baseman.

Terwilliger played nine seasons with five major league teams, mostly as a second baseman. He also played for six minor league teams, and managed 11 minor league teams. During his 12 years as a coach in the majors, he received World Series rings from the Minnesota Twins in 1987 and 1991.

When Terwilliger was 18, he saw action with the Marines in the Pacific during World War II.

Wayne Terwilliger now

Wayne Terwilliger now (as of 2005)

In 2005, Twig became the second man ever to manage at age 80, led the Ft Worth Cats  to a league championship, posted a franchise record for wins, was Manager of the Year, got an earring (really?),  and published his autobiography “Terwilliger Bunts One”

From Www.Wayneterwilliger.com

Player: Cubs (1949-51), Dodgers (1951), Senators (1953-54), Giants (1955-56), KC Athletics (1959-60), and 6 teams in the minors. DETAILS

Coach: Senators (1969-71), Rangers (1972, 1981-85), Twins (1986-94), St. Paul Saints (1995-2002), Ft. Worth Cats (2006-2010). DETAILS

Manager: Managed 12 minor-league teams; 1,224-1,089 record including 2005 Central League championship

As with all the living Brooklyn Dodger players that I have been researching and writing the Then and Now, this was also lots of fun reading about  Twig.  At the same time I learning about our Boys of Summer.

Twig make a pact with Jim Hollars -the Cats’ chaplain, that if they won the championship, they’d both have their ears pierced.  Well Jim’s wife said “Not on your life” but  Twig said  his wife (Lin) had always joked about him getting his ear pierced.

If you like to get his book look on online or for  an autographed copy, send $20 to Terwilliger Bunts One, 1909 Clear Creek Drive, Weatherford, TX 76087

ref:  New York Times,  www.terwilliger.com

Pictures from New York

I had a wonderful time in New York in our Baseball trip.  There was five of us in our group, four women and a guy.  At Yankee Stadium we ran into friends

Here in the picture, George, Rosie, Lorena & me.  Natalie that we run into her in New York and Trinidad. 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS VS NEW YORK YANKEES

Everywhere we go, Yankee fans were saying how much they love Mattingly. 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS VS NEW YORK YANKEES

I love this picture taken by Jon SooHoo of Mattingly and Mariano Rivera.

Joe from Brooklyn in the white Dodgers shirt with his Brooklyn hat and his umbrella.  Also in the picture Turtledip & her boyfriend,  Bob Bacon, Serena and her dad Joe, Lorena.  If you know anyone else, please ID.  We saw Dodger fans walking by and we asked them to be in the picture like the guy with the sombrero. 

We visited Jackie Robinson’s grave.   At the entrance we met Mr. T who when we asked him where Jackie Robinson’s grave he said “Is a long way up there…I can give you a ride there so we squeeze the five of us plus Mr. T in his Jeep Cherokee. 

We lid a candle for the Dodgers at the Cathedral of St Patrick.  I bought a St. Christopher’s medallion and a chain for me plus some other souvenirs.  I looked for St. Rita’s medallion but they did not have it. 

We visited the statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese at the site where the Brooklyn Cyclones play

We went to visit the former site of Ebbets Field.

I had to take a picture with Hilda Chester, the original Dodger fan. 

Met  a Giant fan that wanted for us to take a picture putting up our dukes.

I became a member of the Hall of Fame museum so I got my ticket free after paying $40 for membership, a $10 discount offered while we there.

We visited Citi Field where the Mets were playing the Cubs.
In the picture is Miss Puiggy who is traveling with me now.  She has visited Citi Field, Yankee Stadium and now Petco Park and of course Dodger Stadium is her home stadium. 

I was going to include the pictures of San Diego but I’ll wait for more pictures from Sunday and besides I forgot my camera at home but I do have my i-phone.  Lorena will share some pictures.

Dodger Road Trip! Cooperstown then Dodgers and Yankee Series

I arrived at 7 a.m. in the Big Apple. I have done plenty of walking and with lack of sleep I just waiting for Lorena to show up so that I can go to the room and rest.   Oh, I also forgot the laptop power adapter.  I was able to find one at Staples.   I do need it as although I am on vacation, I am also on call and will be doing some work from here.

I ran into one of the MLB Big Apples statues for the upcoming MLB All-Star game here in New York.   Funny that it happened to be the Red Sox apple I ran into.   It is located at the Party City store.  I forget exactly where, 33rd street?

Boston Red Sox 2013 All-Star Game Apple Figurine - MLB.com Shop

Now I want to see where the Dodger apple is located.

Here is a picture I found online of the Dodger apple

Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Tomorrow:  Cooperstown.  We stay a night and then is back to New York City.

I am waiting waiting  for Lorena and Maria who arrived yesterday morning and headed  to Atlantic City.  Tonight Rosie and her brother George arrive.    Yay! Lorena and Maria are here!   Bye!

MLB NL Player of the Week in his first week: Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig had an unbelievable week! In his first week in the Majors, he batted .464 (13 for 28), hit four homeruns which included a grand slam, and got 10 RBI in the leadoff spot. Oh and what can we say of that cannon of an arm? It is just incredible! We don’t expect him to do that every week but what a joy to watch this 22 year old Cuban!

Yasiel Puig’s 13 hits through his first seven games are the most for any Dodger player since 1916. Even in the 8-1 Dodger loss to the Braves on Sunday he managed to go 3 for 5 and make another rocket throw from the outfield. I was at the stadium just saying “WOW!” “Amazing!”

The minute the Puig shirts were in the Dodger stores, people were buying them and you could see them everywhere at the stadium. The Puig jersey hit the store on Sunday or at least is when I saw them in the club level store. Puigmania is in full force at Dodger Stadium.

The prior MLB players of the week for both the American League and National League are

National LeagueApril 1-7
Clayton Kershaw, LA
April 8-14
Matt Harvey, NYM
April 15-21
Carlos Gomez, MIL
April 22-28
Russell Martin, PIT
April 29-May 5
Tim Hudson, ATL
May 6-12
Jean Segura, MIL
May 13-19
Joey Votto, CIN
May 20-26
Domonic Brown, PHI
May 27-June 2
Domonic Brown, PHI

American LeagueApril 1-7
Chris Davis, BAL
April 8-14
Prince Fielder, DET
April 15-21
Andrew Bailey, Mike Napoli, BOS
April 22-28
Josh Donaldson, OAK
April 29-May 5
Ryan Raburn, CLE
May 6-12
Evan Longoria, TB
May 13-19
Justin Masterson, CLE
May 20-26
Jason Castro, HOU
May 27-June 2
Chris Davis, BAL

And this week of June 3 to June 9 is Yasiel Puig!!!

WOO-HOO!! Congratulations Yasiel!

pictures by the great Jon Soo Hoo.

Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive. Updated List with new data

Thankfully the list of Brooklyn players alive is still the same number as when I updated the list as of January 2013. The only thing is that I updated the list to include the years the players played for the Dodgers. I got a comment asking me if I knew who of the Dodger players that are alive played with Jackie Robinson in 1947. Robert knew Ralph Branca did, but he wanted to know who else. The other two are Don Lund and Marv Rackley.

So here is the updated list with what years each of these players played for the Dodgers.
Clike on the following link to open the worksheet.
Brooklyn players Alive as of Jan 2013 New.xls

the list was not lining up correctly here so I added the link but if anyone can’t open the above link, here is the way is showing up here:
Name Birthplace. Born Uni# Played for Dodgers
Mike Sandlock Old Greenwich, CT. 10/17/1915 1,4 1945 – 1946
Ray Hathaway Grinville, OH. 10/13/1916 22 1945
Lee Pfund Oak Park ILL. 10/10/1919 14 1945
Luis Olmo Puerto Rico. 10/11/1919 21 1943-1945.1949
Jean-Pierre Roy Canada. 6/26/1920 34 1946
Pat McGlothin Coalfield, TN. 10/20/1920 23 1949-1950
Andy Pafko Boiceville, IL. 2/25/1921 22,48 1951-1952
Marv Rackley Seneca, SC. 7/25/1921 35 1947-1949
Chuck Kress Philadelphia. 12/9/1921 5 1954
Eddie Basinksi Buffalo, NY. 11/4/1922 3 1944-1945
Don Lund Detroit, Mi. 5/18/1923 40 1945,1947-1948
Tim Thompson Coalport, PA. 3/1/1924 21 1954
George Shuba Youngstown, OH. 12/13/1924 8 1948-1950,1952-1955
Johnny Rutherford Ontario, CN. 5/5/1925 15 1952
Wayne Terwilliger Clare, Mi. 6/27/1925 34 1951
Chris Haughey Astoria, NY. 10/3/1925 14 1943
Ralph Branca Mount Vernon, NY. 1/6/1926 13,20,28 1944-1953, 1956
Bob Borkowski Dayton, OH. 1/27/1926 27 1955
Randy Jackson Little Rock, AR. 2/10/1926 2 1956-1958
Dick Teed Springfield, MA. 3/8/1926 37 1953 One At Bat
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ. 6/14/1926 36 1949-1951, 1954-1958
Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city. 6/29/1926 2 1950, 1952-1953
Charlie Osgood Sommerville, MA 11/23/1926 20 1944
Carl Erskine Anderson, IN. 12/13/1926 17 1948-1959
Preston Ward Columbia, MO. 7/24/1927 36 1948
Rocky Bridges Refugio, TX. 8/7/1927 9 1951-1952
Tommy Lasorda Norristown, PA. 9/22/1927 2,27,29 1954-1955
Tommy Brown Brooklyn, NY. 12/6/1927 9 1944-1945. 1947- 1951
Joe Landrum Columbia, SC. 12/13/1928 19 1950, 1952
Joe Pignatano Brooklyn, NY. 8/4/1929 58 1957-1960
Roger Craig Durham, NC. 2/17/1930 38 1955-1961
Ron Negray Akron, OH. 2/26/1930 38 1952, 1958
Glenn Mickens Wilman, CA 7/26/1930 46 1953
Don Zimmer Cincinnati, OH. 1/17/1931 23 1954-1959, 1963
Ed Roebuck East Millboro, PA 7/3/1931 37 1956-1958, 1960-1963
Fred Kipp Iqua, KS. 10/1/1931 26 1957-1959
Chico Fernandez Cuba. SS. 3/2/1932 3 1956
Jim Gentile San Francisco, CA 6/3/1934 38 1957-1958
Don Demeter Oklahoma City. OK 6/25/1935 2 1956, 1958-1961
Sandy Koufax Brooklyn, NY. 12/30/1935 32 1955-1966
Bob Aspromonte Brooklyn, NY. 6/19/1938 28, 34 1956, 1960-1961
Rod Miller Portland, OR. 1/16/1940 50 1957 One at Bat

P.S. The next Brooklyn Dodger from this list that I will post about is Wayne Terwilliger.

Fun Times have returned to Dodger Stadium

Oh is so much fun being at Dodger Stadium with Yasiel Puig there. I know we have to be cautious but the last two days have been fun fun fun with Cuban missile Yasiel Puig.

Monday 6/3/13 – I was so looking forward to his debut. He got two hits in the first game and in the 9th inning he used his powerful and accurate right arm to complete a game-ending double play, catching the San Diego Padres off guard in a 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. He sent us fans happy.

The catch

SAN DIEGO PADRES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

and the throw

Tuesday 6/4/13- What did he do for an uncore for this second start? He hit not one but TWO homeruns!  Here is Yasiel Puig showing off his two homerun balls.

SAN DIEGO PADRES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

We want to see more of these balls and this

SAN DIEGO PADRES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

and this

SAN DIEGO PADRES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

How sweet to see Quentin making the last out!  We dd not want to leave the stadium after the game so we hang around watching the highlights on the big screens THEN we exited the stadium.    Fun fun times at Dodger Stadium.  Let the party continue!  Clayton Kershaw on the mound tonight!

Good to see Randy of Let’s Talk Dodgers last night. We saw a heck of a game!

Dodger lineup:

Yssiel Puig RF

Schumaker 2B

Gonzales 1B

Ramirez SS

Ethier CF

Van Slyke RF

Uribe 3B

Federowicz C

Kershaw P

 

I can’t wait to leave work and head to Dodger Stadium! IS 5 o’ clock here yet?

pictures s by Jon SooHoo

 

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