Getting back to my project of doing a post on all the surviving Brooklyn Dodgers.
This one is #12 of 42 going from oldest to youngest.
Tim Thompson then
Charles Lemoine Thompson (Tim) was a catcher. He was born in Coalport, PA on March 1, 1924. His debut was on April 20, 1954 and his final Game April 27, 1958. He wore uniform #21.
Thompson was finally called up to Ebbets Field with the Dodgers for the first time at age 30 in 1954. He talked about his big league debut. “My first game was the only time I ever played in the outfield. It was in St. Louis. Dick Williams was ejected, and I was the only one left on the bench. Steve Bilko lined a single and I thought I nailed Dick Schofield at the plate with a good throw, but he slid between Roy Campanella’s legs to score. I kidded Campy that if he had blocked the plate I would have been a hero.”
Tim, who had just two base hits in 13 at-bats for the Dodgers would spend the rest of the year with the Montreal Royals hitting .305 in 75 games. He spent 1955 with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, hitting .313 and catching 121 games. This got him traded to the Kansas City Athletics on April 16, 1956 for Tom Saffell, Lee Wheat and cash. Thompson spent 1956 and 1957 with the Kansas City Athletics and would finish out his major league run with he Detroit Tigers in 1958 with a career .238 batting average in 187 games. He also finished with a fine fielding percentage of .990.
Thompson would spend the remainder of his active baseball career with the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs retiring from active play after 1962 with a 14 year minor league career .293 batting average in 1,426 games and a fielding percentage of .991.
Tim Thompson now
Following a few years as a player-coach and manager at Toronto, he was a scout and later a supervisor of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1964 to 1994. He spent the rest of the 1990s in the Dodgers organization as a scout and since 2000 he has worked in the same capacity for the Baltimore Orioles. As of last notice he was residing in Lewiston, Pennsylvania. Note: I could not find a current picture of Mr. Thompson.
me: “Quick! Do the Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress before Friday!”
Here is the link to the Weekly Photo Challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/photo-challenge-lunchtime/#comment-165232
I took this picture last Friday before I devoured the fish tacos.
Fish tacos with orange and jicama slaw. One co-worker came back complaining that they had run out of the fish tacos. I will definitely make the orange jicama slaw.
Today I had a spinach salad with quinoa, carrots, cranberries, chick peas, edamame, pumpkin seeds and carrot ginger miso dressing. It was yummy! I bought it from Trader Joe’s. I love that place.
Enjoying my spinach salad while I check some facts in the 2012 Dodgers guide.
First picture I had it on Instagram and I was having dificulty copying it. The second picture I had uploaded it to Twitter.
Last year I went to Camelback Ranch for the St Patrick’s weekend with friends Lorena and Elisa.
This year the three of us headed that way again. Lore and I talked that we should make it a tradition to spend St Patrick’s Day watching the Dodgers every year.
After we ran into Pat and Norma. I seem like I always ran into them on the road.
We ran into Cochito! haha, a different cochito
After we ran into Pat and Norma. I seem like I always ran into them on the road.
Looking for a pic of the birthday girl Margie but I could not find one. Also of Randy from Let’s Talk Dodgers and Mary and Art from our Top Deck family.
Relaxing at the game
Elisa’s beautiful panoramic pictures. She showed me how to take them too. That is me walking with my Trayvon Robinson green jersey and my floppy hat
I like this picture with Lore and I walking
Elisa titled this picture “the person behind the hat, Crzblue” Yeah, me and my floppy hats. I forgot the blue one that I purchased a year ago on St Patrick’s Day so I took that one that I purchased a month before when we were in Arizona for the Dodgers workouts.
Speaking of traditions, I was disappointed that Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez & Fernando Valenzuela were not broadcasting the game in Spanish for St Patrick’s Day. Our Irish poet Vin Scully was there so why not our Spanish poet Jaime? I asked Mr. Jarrin when was the last time he missed a St Patrick’s game. He said:
@crzblue Emmita: nunca perdí un S.Patricio desde 59 hasta el 2008. En ùltimos 6 años he perdido uno en camelback Ranch. Abrazos.
ref; Dee’s picture, Elisa’s panoramic pictures, Lorena’s pictures and mines.
As I was looking for a hotel at Camelback Ranch I saw this
You Could Win a Trip to LA for the 42 Premiere Screening!
And step up to the plate every day for a chance to win tickets to 42!
naturally I entered the contest.
Afterwards I saw the preview of the movie.
Man! I am going to need some kleenex when I go see the movie!
We can never thank Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey enough.
Go Dodgers! Heading to Camelback Ranch this weekend.
I am a little late posting for this week’s photo challenge http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/my-neighborhood/ but here it is. I decided to do this based on my 45 mile commute to work. It is basically my two neighborhoods traveling from the San Gabriel valley to the other valley, the San Fernando Valley.
All pictures taken with my Iphone and I will start from work to home because in the morning I am always rushing to get to work.
Chatsworth, CA train station. My Metrolink train #118 is arriving on time. Lots of Western movies were filmed in Chatsworth.
Rainbow picture taken from the train thru the window at the Northridge train stop.
Final destination: El Monte station. Note the Lions theme at the top.
El Monte was the home of the Gay’s lion Farm. The infamous MGM lion shown at the beginning of MGM movies made in that era was kept here along with lions in Tarzan movies. Also one of the lions was also in Charlie Chaplin’s movie “The Circus.”
Funny that I have driven past this intersection numerous times and I have never noticed the bronze statue. When I found out about it today I missed again and only saw it on my way back. Thanks to the photo challenge I learned more about my neighborhood.
Baseball related. Tony Malinosky who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers was a resident of El Monte and attended El Monte High School. Also Fred Lynn went to El Monte High School. Both Tony and Fred were born in Illinois.
3/11/13-Something Cool-Kemp Hosts Private Screening of 42-A True Story of An American Legend by Jon SooHoo
Trey Hillman and family Jose Vizcaino,Franklin Stubbs, Maury Wills and Rick Ehoden Dodgers players, staff and family at private screening Jose Vizcaino loads up Don MattinglySTEVE BRENER!!!!!!
Kemp Moylan and Kemp Maury Wills and Kemp Kemp and Puig Kemp visitsKemp speaks before the private screening
I received an email from SABR Chapter titled “Statues” What an incredible work this is! Here is part of what the email said:
World’s first database of baseball’s statues compiled by UK researchers
The first ever database of statues commemorating baseball’s biggest stars has been compiled by researchers from the University of Sheffield, UK.
From ballparks to sports bars, museums to city squares and schools to cemeteries, life-size bronze depictions of men, women and children enjoying the national pastime can be found all across the US and Canada.
The striking database, at http://www.sportingstatues.com, records over 200 baseball statues currently across the continent, featuring information on when the statues were unveiled, who sculpted them and the inscriptions on plinths or plaques, as well as images of each statue and links to location maps. 35 US states feature a baseball statue, with 70 per cent of statues located at or close to a major or minor league ballpark.
Dr Chris Stride, a statistician from the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield and Ffion Thomas, a graduate student from the University of Central Lancashire, have worked on the project for the past 18 months.
Checking the website, Jackie Robinsoon has been commemorated in five states and Canada with seven statues, the most of any player.
Robinson, Jackie 27/4/1985 Ellis, Richard Jackie Robinson Stadium, UCLA, CA
Robinson, Jackie 16/5/1987 Lasalle, Jules Parc Olympique, Montreal, Canada
Robinson, Jackie 15/9/1990 Lasalle, Jules Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Daytona, FL
Robinson, Jackie 25/2/1998 Wagner, Susan Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ
Robinson, Jackie 15/10/1999 Jeffries, Maceo Jackie Robinson Memorial Park, Stamford, CT
Robinson, Jackie 1/11/2005 Behrends, William Brooklyn Cyclones, Cyclone Park, Brooklyn, NY
Robinson, Jackie 1/11/2008 Bleifeld, Stanley National Baseball HOF Museum, Cooperstown, NY
I have only seen two of these statues, the one at UCLA and the one in Brooklyn. I hope someday to see the rest and that some day the Dodgers will have one at Dodger Stadium.
This awesome site also has a interactive map. Check out the website. I know I will be back to check more statues.
I was watching the Spanish broadcasting of the WBC game between Mexico & Canada when the nasty brawl broke out. Here is the video I took:
Is unfortunate that this happened. Someone could have gotten injured real bad. Poor Aceves was used as a punching bag or as a pinata. You know when the pinata is low on candy and someone holds it from the string while a kid just knocks all the candy out.
I am watching USA against Italy right now. USA is leading 6-2 after a grand slam by David Wright. Seeing Joe Torre walk to the mound to take the pitcher out, I thought I was back to watching a Dodger game.
I was surprised that again I came in at #14 for the month of February in the latest MLBBlog latest leaders.
Great! Thank you those that visit my blog and those that found it while searching something I had here!
Last month when I came in at #14 for the month of January I dedicated the post to Gil Hodges.
This time I will dedicate it to #14 Mike Scioscia!
A skinny Mike Scioscia with a skinny Tommy Lasorda
I got this signed by Mike prior to a game.
Mike was the best blocking home plate! I sat behind home plate in the Loge level for two years (1981 & 1982) watching him play.
Here ist to you Mike! Wish you were still with the Blue!
I am missing my lemonade from Camelback Ranch
Again, thank you everyone that stops by here. Thank you Mark for doing the Latest Leaders list.
I know this is old but I still would like to put it here. The video where Vin Scully interviews Sandy Koufax is a classic!
Besides, Mark our fearless leaders here at the MLB Blogsphere reminded us that we can post videos here. I keep forgetting that so Mark, I am listening to you. Let’s see if this works
Vin Scully interviewing Sandy Koufax.
Yes! it works!
Unfortunately Sandy was only at Camelback Ranch for 10 days. He will return to the team in June.
I have been very busy at work and I am dying to go back to Camelback Ranch. Not sure if I will go back but if not, there are 25 days till Opening Day! Counting the days.
My boss is going on vacation for a week and a day starting tomorrow. When I asked him where he was going he said “Arizona” Is OK, listening to the games and pictures from JonSooHoo I can wait till the boys come home.