The 1880s trade card to the left came up on eBay this week. I placed a bid but do not hold out much hope of snagging it. More important, it cast light on an old mystery that I referenced fifteen years ago in Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I wrote:
We have heard the stories all our lives, and we share them warmly with our children. But we come to the Baseball Hall of Fame to see, to see the instruments of glory, the stuff of legend, the tangible remains of departed heroes and forgotten fields. This is a museum like no other because it is about baseball, that singular American institution by which we mark our days. Not simply historical relics, these artifacts spur us to recall to life an image dormant in our brains for decades. They connect us not only to our own childhood and…
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Reading the LA Times newspaper this morning on the train, the obituary of Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney.caught my attention. She played a major role in the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. RIP Diane.
I noticed Diane’s husband’s name is Ron Miller. This made me think of Rod Miller, the Brooklyn Dodger that had only one at bat with the Dodgers. Also I thought , the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive. After reading the newspaper, I moved to my Iphone to catch up with more news. That is when I ran into the obituary of Rod Miller. Rod passed away on November 8, 2013, he was 73. Rest in peace Mr. Miller.
Here is the obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=Rod-Miller&pid=168087199#
The 17 year-old Miller was signed by the Dodgers out of Lynwood HS in SoCal on June 26, 1957. He was brought up to Brooklyn in September. He appeared in only one game facing the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28. Rodney Carter “Rod” Miller went swinging on his only major league at bat in 1957.
“Walter Alston was the classiest human being I’ve ever known giving me a chance to bat. That one at-bat opened more doors for me than I could ever have imagined.” – Miller in “Once Around the Bases”
Rest in peace Mr. Rodney Miller
With the passing of Rod Miller, the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive is Bob Aspromonte at 75, followed by Sandy Koufax who will be 78 on December 30.
Ref: Baseball Reference.
I love this interview! Hanley Ramirez being interviewed by Manny Mota. It happened early in the season. It is in Spanish so below the video I will put the translation.
Manny: When you were doing the stretching exercises, tell me how did you feel with the way the fans welcome you?
Hanley: Great, Great. One is here because of the organization and the fans. It fills me with great emotion and it gives me great energy to play this game.
Manny: Your first at bat was an out. Tell me about the second at bat, the homerun, that swing. It was the same swing that you connected in the Classic playing for the Dominican Republic.
Hanley: Well you know this game is of adjustments, of bettering each bad at bat. The 2nd time it was in my zone. If it is in my zone, I am going to swing.
Manny: Were you a little impatient, a little nervous in the first at bat?
Hanley: No, I don’t think it was nerves. It was the happiness I felt of being on the field.
Manny: There predictions when you would return but you came back earlier than anticipated. Why did you do it?
Hanley: That is what they said but we put an extra effort. The doctors and all involved did a great job. I thank God for that.
Manny: how did feel with the bobblehead giveaway and the homerun?
Hanley: Very happy. the fans since Spring Training have been telling me on Twitter that they were waiting with much anticipation this night. I was not looking for a homerun but it came out that way. It is a God blessing.
Jaime Jarrin (narrating the homerun) “La pelota se va se va, y despidala con un beso”
Manny: You used all the field and you went with the pitch. The double was to right field. When you doall that, you become the best hitter.
Hanley: You thought me that of using the whole field. It was the type of player you are. (this was said in such a respectful way using the “Usted.” The way Hanley was looking at Manny too was with such respect. Love it!)
eso me lo enseno usted de usar todo el terreno y con el tipo de pelotero que es us
Manny: You helped the DR team win. You will also help the Dodgers get to the World Series?
Hanley: That is the main thing. The was very nice helping the D.R. but the most important thing is here with the Dodgers.
Manny: How do you feel how the fans have treated you?
Hanley: Great, Great. I was talking with my agent that I want to stay here. The fans are incredible & I feel at home.
Manny: Ready to play everyday?
Hanley: Thanks to God, that is the mentality that we have and to help the team.
Manny: Thank you very much for the interview. Good luck. It is a pleasure having you here.
Hanley: Thank you so much.
Polo: Gracias a Manny and “I See You” Hanley Ramirez.
ref: Time Warner
Woo-Hoo! The Dodger promotional schedule is out!
Sun April 6 vs Giants Kids’ Yasiel Puig Fathead^
Tue April 8 vs Tigers zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt++
Sat April 19 vs D-Backs Welcome mat++
Tue April 22 vs Phillies Fleece Blanket++
Thu April 24 vs Phillies Clayton Kershaw “Cy Young” Bobblehead
Sun April 27 vs Rockies Kids’ Replica Jersey^
Thu May 8 vs Giants Inflatable Chair++
Sat May 10 vs Giants Pennant++
Sun May 11 vs Giants Mother’s Day Clutch++
Tue May 13 vs Marlins Yasiel Puig Bobblehead
Mon May 26 vs Reds Memorial Day BBQ Apron++
Tue May 27 vs Reds Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobblehead
Thu May 29 vs Pirates Fan vote T-Shirt++
Sun Jun 1 vs Pirates Kids’ Batting Helment^
Tue Jun 3 vs White Sox Hello Kitty Mini Bobblehead
Sat Jun 14 vs D-Backs Tommy Lasorda Bobblehead
Sun Jun 15 vs D-Backs Father’s Day Sports Bag++
Tue Jun 17 vs Rockies Autograph Baseball++
Thu Jun 26 vs Cardinals Fan Vote Bobblehead
Sun Jun 29 vs Cardinals kids’ Replica Jersey^
Tue July 1 vs Indians Adult Don Newcombe Replica Brooklyn jersey++
Thu Jul 10 vs Padres Hello Kitty Item
Sat Jul 12 vs Padres Pee Wee Reese & Roy Campanella Bobblhead
Sun Jul 13 vs Padres Portable Speaker++
Tue Jul 29 vs Braves Vin Scully 65th Anniv. Commemmorative item++
Thu Jul 31 vs Braves 30 HR Same Season Bobblehead
Sun Aug 3 vs Cubs Kids’ Back to School Backpack^
Mon Aug 4 vs Angels Cap+
Tue Aug 5 vs Angels Cap+
Sun Aug 17 vs Brewers Kids’ Lunch Box^
Wed Aug 20 vs Padres Zack Greinke Bobblehead
Sun Aug 24 vs Mets Figurine++
Tue Sep 2 vs Nationals Magic Johnson Bobblehead
Sat Sep 6 vs D-Backs Headphones++
Tue Sep 9 vs Padres Babe Ruth Bobblehead
Tue Sep 23 vs Giants Sleeved Blanket++
Sat Sep 27 vs Rockies La Gran Fiesta -Viva Los Dodgers
Sun Sep 28 vs Rockies Fan Appreciation Day
- ++ First 40,000 fans
- + First 20,000 fans
- ^ First 15,000 ticketed kids 14 & under in attendance
Looking forward to this bobblead of Pee Wee Reese & Roy Campanella, the Babe Ruth one too and I wonder who will get “the Fan vote bobblehead.” on June 26, two days before my birthday. the All Times’ Game will be on Saturday May 10
The 30 club of Garvey, Reggie Smith, Baker and Cey get a bobblehead.
Remember back in March of this year when Clayton Kershaw was on the cover of Sports illustrated this year?
some fans thought it would be bad luck. I remember back in March hunting down for the magazine. Some had a different cover but I found copies in Northridge for myself, Lorena and Rosie. Well it was not bad luck for Kershaw to be on the cover. With a record of 16-9, and an ERA of 1.83, he won the National League Cy Young Award. Congratulations Mr. Sunshine.
When Kershaw won the award in 2011, he had a record of 21-5 with an ERA of 2.28. After the announcement in 2011, the Dodgers invited Season Ticket holders to join in the celebration on the field. I had taken the train to work but when I got the email, I borrowed the work company car and I went to the event. What a fun day at the stadium that was! Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there.
Only Sandy Koufax and Kershaw have won more than one Cy Young award with the Dodgers. Sandy did it in 1963, 1965 & 1966.
The first recipient of the Cy Young award was Don Newcombe in 1956. For the first eleven years (1956 – 1966) only one winner from Major League Baseball was selected.
Don Newcombe went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 1956 to capture the Cy Young
Ref: MLB, Dodgers, LA Times, ESPN, SABR
I have been very busy that I have not updated my blog lately. I hope to get back on track. I may not be posting as often but I am always thinking Blue and following any baseball news. I am currently reading the book “It Pays to Steal” by Mauy Wills.
I drove to work Monday because the traffic was going to be lighter on Veterans Day and because I had made an appointment to cut my hair and color it. Since I was going to be there a little longer than just getting a haircut, I took the book with me. Well, I forgot the book there. I had rented the book from the Los Angeles Central library. I had to drive the following day (I usually take the train to work) to go pick up the book.
On my way home I was thinking… They don’t know I am a big Dodger fan and a baseball fan. I don’t think they follow the game. What did they think when they read the book title “It Pays to Steal.” I know I had the bookmark on chapter 9 “Formula for success”…. Maybe when I go back I will ask Carmen what they thought when they read the title.
The Dodgers Holiday tour starts Saturday November 16! Woohoo! The closest locations to me are the Santa Anita mall & the West Covina mall.
Here is the Dodgers Press Release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour starts Saturday, November 16 at Westfield Culver City with Steve Yeager and Maury Wills
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour will be visiting Southern California malls for the second consecutive year in order to encourage fans to give the gift of Dodger baseball. Starting Saturday, November 16 at Westfield Culver City, Dodger alumni Steve Yeager (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and Maury Wills (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will be on hand for a meet-and-greet and autograph session. Westfield Culver City is located at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, 90230. Complete details and the most up to date information on the Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour can be found by visiting http://www.dodgers.com/malltour.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour featuring Dodger alumni, will continue on Black Friday, November 29 (Westfield Promenade Woodland Hills), November 30 (Westfield West Covina), December 7 (Westfield Santa Anita), December 14 (Westfield Century City) and December 21 (Del Amo). Dodger alumni scheduled to participate: Steve Sax (November 29), Steve Garvey (November 29, November 30, December 7) and Fernando Valenzuela (December 7).
The Dodgers will be on site at each location from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Autograph session timings will vary and will be announced prior to each stop. All appearances are subject to change. There will also be crafts for kids and other family friendly activities.
Holiday gifts including 2014 mini plans and season tickets starting at just $5 per seat per game will be available for purchase. Information can be found at http://www.dodgers.com/seasontickets or by calling 323-DODGERS. Fans that purchase a mini plan or season tickets will receive a gift with purchase
Here are more pictures from my visit to the Los Angeles Sport museum where the SABR local chapter had a meeting:
1981 World Series Tri-MVP’s Ron Cey, Steve Yeager & Pedro Guerrero
Fernando Valenzuela with a mustache. Jijiji.
Who remembers when we used to get a TV guide in the newspaper? This from the Los Angeles Daily News in 1981.
movie poster Whistling in Brooklyn.
I never knew these records existed from Union 76.
Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela & Orel Hershiser
Orel Hershiser memorabilia
Dodgers Mini World Series trophies.
I love this picture. the fan’s shirt says “LA Fan Support”
Union 76 pins. I used to collect these. Other Dodger memorabilia.
Duke Snider wall.
Ebbets Field ticket prices. bench made of bats.
Another view of Brooklyn Dodger memorabilia & Jackie.
I love this scorecard. The Dodgers used to sell individual scorecards. Now they don’t but see them at other stadiums. I wish they would bring this back.
Dodger Stadium and the retired Dodger numbers. Oops! sorry Drysdale, I cut out part of your 53 number.
Isn;t this Dodger apron great? It says “The Heck with Housework. Let’s see the Dodgers Play!” Yep, that is what I say…;-)
Dodger Stadium replica. A Red Sox jacket to the right.
I love this picture. On top it says “The proverbial Brideman”
Dodgers band Sym-Phony. Jackie Robinson signing his contract. Leo Durocher in the picture.
Dodgers Take me Out to the Ballgame.
The Dodger collection wall going up the stairs.
The other side of the above Dodger collection wall.
Joe’s final uni and the Babe pointing
Jay Johnston SABR speaker that Saturday.
Jay Johnston speaking with a Yankees memorabilia in the background.
It was a great event. Jay Johnstone made us laugh. He had his book signed available for $20 including a picture of him signed and authenticated. Funds went to a charity . I already had his book but I bought another copy.
Andy McCue had a great presentation that day on the history of the Angels and Dodgers when the Angels were the Dodgers tenants at Dodger Stadium.
Rick followed with a presentation of his top baseball movies and also Barry’s top 10. Also a comparison of actors and the baseball players they were portraying on how close they resembled the players. After both presentation we only had an additional 30 minutes to view the museum. I had a great time that day. I only wished I had more time to spend at the museum. If you have chance, check it out but it is a private museum. For more info go to http://www.sportsmuseumla.com/ For more information on SABR go to http://sabr.org/