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32 Days – Sandy Koufax

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This makes me want to dance!! WOO-HOO!!!! ūüíÉūüíÉūüíÉūüíÉ

Originally posted on Grand Openings:

Sandy Koufax

April 14 will mark the 50th anniversary of Sandy Koufax‚Äės only Opening Day start in a Hall of Fame career, and today we celebrate No. 32 as the countdown continues to Dodgers vs. D-backs on March 22 in Sydney, Australia.

Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax poses for a portrait in 1962. (Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos)

Don Drysdale had generally handled the Opening Day assignment for the Dodgers in that era of their 1-2 domination on the mound following the club’s move from Brooklyn. The big right-hander started on Opening Day in 1958-61, ’63 and ’65. Johnny Podres had started it in ’62, the first game at Dodger Stadium. For Koufax, ’64 was his turn and his time.

Koufax had been named Most Valuable Player of the 1963 World Series, leading the Dodgers to a sweep of the Yankees and then receiving a unanimous Cy Young Award as well as National League…

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2/15/14-Something Current-Los Angeles Dodgers Workout by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers

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Thanks for the picture Jon SooHoo! With Lorena & Rosie. Also Mancha fam. Deuce & Levi looking so cute!!

Originally posted on Dodgers Photog Blog:

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Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World turns 5

February 13, 2009, I decided to start my blog.¬† I picked the day before Valentine’s Day to pay tribute to my beloved Dodgers.¬† Yes, today is my

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So here is a look at pictures from the last five years.  These are only pictures that are saved in the blog.

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The Vin Scully 65th Anniversary Microphone

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Said :-( I will be out of town for this game, but since I have season tickets, I will make sure my brother gets me the microphones.

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

Vin Scully Microphone MOCK

By Josh Tucker

The Dodgers 2014 promotional calendar launched with a Vin Scully 65th Anniversary Commemorative Item. Today, the item officially becomes the Vin Scully 65th Anniversary Microphone.

We only have the initial sketch, but this immediately becomes one of the most unique and meaningful Dodgers promotional items in recent memory.¬†The microphone will include a voice chip for fans to press a button and hear Vin. We have a feeling those words will be, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs time for Dodger baseball!‚ÄĚ The Hall of Fame broadcaster will have his name inscribed on the base.

Get tickets to Vin Scully 65th Anniversary Microphone giveaway night. For the entire 2014 promotional calendar, click here.

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Traveling Exhibit of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Lorena told me about the Traveling Exhibit of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Gardena.   We both went on Sunday.   Too bad I did not hear about it before or I could have gone before when Maury Wills was there on February 1st.    Here are some pictures I took:

Jackie Robinson.

Buck O’Neil

These were the books in the exhbit but there were some others ones like “42” for sale.

A very young Don Newcombe

Roy Campanella

I love the exhibition!  Here is a picture of the three women that played baseball in the Negro Leagues.  In the middle is Toni Stone, to the right is Connie Morgan, to the left is Mamie (Peanuts) Johnson, the only one that is alive.  She is on the Baseball Reliquary list as one that we can vote for to be enshrined into the Hope of the Eternals.   I am voting for her among others on the list.

Here is the Negro League Baseball Museum hat I bought with six team patches.

I am glad I got to go see this traveling exhibit and glad to be posting about it especially during Black History month

The exhibition in Gardena is there until Thursday February 13.  The address is Nakaoka Community Center.  1670 W. 162nd Street. Admission is free.

The Negro League Baseball museum link is http://www.nlbm.com/¬† I went there and bought me the poster “The Beauty of the Game”¬† The poster of the three women playing baseball.

The Baseball Reliquary link is http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ if you want to join.

Dodger Baseball is Back!

Seeing all the pictures from Spring training at Camelback Ranch

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

brings a BIG SMILE to my face

I can’t wait to be there Saturday!!

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

hearing that beautiful  sound of the ball going by and hitting the glove.

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Looking at those crispy Dodger Blue and White uniforms.

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Even Don Mattingly looks slim.  I wish I too can report to Spring Training all skinny.

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Fans turn into kids.  Watching the morning workouts.  Across chain link fence.

See you this weekend Dodgers!

photos by Jon SooHoo.

50 years ago: Ladies and gentlemen … the Beatles giveaway at Dodger Stadium

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It would be wonderful to have these pictures and tickets to along with them! Imagine!  Here is a picture of a ticket that Howard Cole, Director at Internet Baseball Writers Association of America and Writer at LA Weekly, posted:Photo: As a complement to the pic below, check Mark Langill Dodgers Insider blog here. http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/02/09/beatles-dodgers-john-paul-george-ringo-nicholas-volpe-1964-dodger-stadium/

 

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

beatles pixBy Mark Langill

The Beatles made their United States debut 50 years ago on this date in 1964 on ‚ÄúThe Ed Sullivan Show.‚ÄĚ By September, the Fab Four were appearing at Dodger Stadium in a promotion straight out of left field.

Stumbling in the 1964 standings and on their way to a sixth-place finish in the National League, the defending World Champions decided to jump on the Beatles bandwagon. To boost late-season box office interest, the team offered 12″ x 18″ portraits of the British singers by artist Nicholas Volpe, whose Union 76-sponsored illustrations of various Dodgers since 1959 had proved popular with Dodger fans and collectors.

The Beatles portraits were separated into four games ‚Äď John Lennon (September 12), Paul McCartney (September 15), George Harrison (September 29) and Ringo Starr (October 3) ‚Äď and distributed to ‚Äúchildren through the ages of high school.‚ÄĚ The Beatles would later perform their‚Ķ

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Dodgers: Please bring back our Paper Season Tickets

One of the things I looked forward to every year is getting that special box from the Dodgers in the mail with my season tickets. I was always¬†giddy¬†with ¬†anticipation when I got that call from home that a package had arrived from the Dodgers.¬† I would wonder “How do the tickets look like this year?”¬†¬† Would they have current players pictures or past player pictures, pictures of Dodger past history?¬†¬†No matter what the Dodgers picked, I liked them.¬† They were my special tickets!¬†¬†¬†One of the¬†many themes I like are “Great Moments in Dodger History.”

The minute I got home I would grab the box look at it some more, shake it and hastily ¬†opened it. Once the box was opened, I would smell the tickets just like in the movie ‚ÄúFever Pitch‚Ä̬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúThey smell like World Series to me‚ÄĚ I would tell my brother Victor year after year.

Before I became a season ticket holder for a second time, I had a mini plan package with my friend Stephanie.  Once the tickets arrived, we would get together for dinner and spread the tickets on the table.  If she could not attend some games, I would give her a choice of another date.

Prior to home stands, my brother Victor would separate the tickets for the upcoming¬†home stand.¬†¬†He would hold a set in each hand and ask me ‚Äėleft or right?‚Ä̬†¬† I always ended up with tickets with my favorite players either by choosing right or by bullying him.

Afterwards the tickets went  into our handy holder that the Dodgers would sell at Dodger Stadium.

With this no paper season, I need to either print my tickets or show my phone so the Dodgers can scan this virtual ticket.  I don’t like it.  I don’t have a printer at home.  All my printing I do it at work or at a library.   My brother does not have a phone so he needs to print the ticket.

I am old fashion, I like having actual tickets.  I like writing in back of them recording special occasions.  Every once in a while, for special occasions, I like having that ticket signed if the opportunity arises. I like to record a player’s debut, his first hit, his first home run.

One of the things I don’t like when I go on road trips is having to print my own tickets or scan them from my phone.   I was in Seattle when the Dodgers got no-hit.  I saved my printout but as I was leaving the stadium I noticed two tickets on the floor.  I was thinking “Why would anyone not want to keep such a special ticket to commemorate the no-hitter?   I picked up the tickets.

Below is my ticket from Opening Day 1981 when Fernando had to step in and replace Jerry Reuss as the Opening Day pitcher.    It is not on this picture, but Fernando signed it for me.

I also have my postseason season tickets from 1981.   I have my two season tickets from the Back to Back to Back to Back historical game on September 18, 2006.  Like that I have other ones saved separate from my other season tickets.    A long time ago, I used to toss them.  I wish I would have kept some of those tickets.

Another thing I do with the tickets is attach them to my scoresheet.

It is not going to be the same having to scan the ticket from my phone or printing those generic papers.

I was going to post some pictures of my tickets but they are at home and i am having a hard time uploading pictures.

Update:  Bill Roebuck has created a petition and a facebook page.  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Object.¬† http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/¬† From the link:

In this week‚Äôs challenge, I‚Äôd like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot ‚ÄĒ like my husband‚Äôs juggling ball above, snapped on a beach on the north shore of Kauai. Or you can¬†get creative and find other ways to feature your object ‚ÄĒ the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo of one object.

On this day January 31, my object photo inspiration is this nine foot tall bust of Jackie Robinson outside the Pasadena City Hall.

Jackie

Jackie Robinson would have been 95 today.  Someone asked me why on the Eve of Superbowl, why I am wearing a Dodger baseball jersey.  I told this person I am commemorating the birthday of Jackie Robinson, a hero and an inspiration to us all.   Jackie Robinson paved the way for a change in American society that has continued since his debut at Ebbett’s Field on April 15th 1947.

Happy Birthday Jackie!

Dodger FanFest February 1, 2014

Dodgers are having the FanFest on Saturday February 1, 2014.   The autographs this year were available for purchase online for $10 with all proceeds going to benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).

Tickets went on sale Monday 1/27/14 at 10 AM for Season Ticket Holders and at noon for the rest of the fans.   The $10 included two players so the first one I selected was Yasiel Puig with Jaime Jarrin.  I was not lucky, by the time I selected those two, they were sold out.  I then tried for Orel Hershiser with Justin Sellers but that one was also sold out.  I had no luck selecting Nomar Garciaparra with Javy Guerra.   The same thing happened when I selected Fernando Valenzuela with Drew Butera.

I DID get autograph tickets for Brian Wilson with Al Ferrera.  YAY!   and I also got Alex Guerrero with Pepe Yniguez!  YAY.   But I was dissapointed that I did not get some of the other ones. With how early I logged on, I could not believe that many were already sold out.

Here is the lineup  as it was at 1 P.M. pacific time.

LINE 1

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

JAVY GUERRA

NOMAR GARCIAPARRA

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

SCOTT VAN SLYKE

TOMMY LASORDA

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

JUSTIN SELLERS

OREL HERSHISER

-SOLD ¬† OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DREW BUTERA

FERNANDO VALENZUELA

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

TIM FEDEROWICZ

STEVE YEAGER

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Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

KENLEY JANSEN

BOBBY CASTILLO

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 2

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

DAN HAREN

MICKEY HATCHER

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

HYUN-JIN RYU

NED COLLETTI

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

MATT KEMP

“SWEET” LOU¬†JOHNSON

-SOLD ¬† OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

MATT MAGILL

RON CEY

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Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

MARK MCGWIRE

RICK MONDAY

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

NICK BUSS

ERIC KARROS

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 3

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

SETH ROSIN

SHAWN GREEN

Buy Tickets

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

TIM WALLACH

SHAWN GREEN

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

DEE GORDON

JERRY HAIRSTON JR

-SOLD ¬† OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DON MATTINGLY

CHARLIE STEINER

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

JARRETT MARTIN

MAURY WILLS

Buy Tickets

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

MIKE BAXTER

MAURY WILLS

Buy Tickets

LINE 4

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

PACO RODRIGUEZ

BILL RUSSELL

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

STEPHEN FIFE

JOHN VALENTIN

Buy Tickets

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

BRIAN WILSON

AL FERRERA

-SOLD ¬† OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

YASIEL PUIG

JAIME JARRIN

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

ALEX GUERRERO

PEPE YNIGUEZ

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

CARL CRAWFORD

KEN LANDREAUX

–SOLD OUT–

So there it is.

The Dodgers are also having the annual Community Service Caravan starting today Monday thru Thursday January 30.  Here is part of what Jon Weisman posted in the Dodgers.mlblogs blog:

This year’s caravan is making stops at the following locations and will be joined by these Dodger alums:

January 27 (Ron Cey, Kenny Landreaux, Matt Luke and Dennis Powell)

1 -4:30 p.m.: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

January 28 (Tommy Davis, ‚ÄúSweet‚ÄĚ Lou Johnson, Tim Leary and Derrel Thomas)

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Moffitt Elementary School/Playworks in Norwalk

3:30-7:15 p.m.: McBride Teen Center Ice Skating at Dodger Stadium

January 29 (Al Ferrara, Dennis Powell, Wes Parker and Bill Russell)

8-10:30 a.m.: West Adams Preparatory High School, Los Angeles

10:45 a.m. ‚Äď 12:30 p.m.: L.A. Universal Preschool

January 30 (Billy Ashley, Ron Cey, Al Ferrara, Reggie Smith and Maury Wills)

10 a.m. ‚Äď 12 noon: Operation Gratitude, National Guard Armory, Van Nuys

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