Official Major League Baseball historian John Thorn give us a beautiful baseball history about a 19th century attempt to spread baseball around the world.
They set out from Chicago on October 20, 1888, and didn’t return to the United States until April 6, 1889. It was Albert Goodwill Spalding’s world tour, an attempt to spread the baseball gospel (and his sporting-goods empire) to the four corners of the known universe. Previously Spalding, Al Reach, and the Wright brothers had organized a midseason English tour in 1874 that pulled the Boston Red Stockings and Philadelphia Athletics out of league play for nearly two months. Cricket teams from Britain had toured the U.S. as early as 1859, and Harry Wright and Al Spalding wanted to return the favor. But when they got there, the Brits didn’t want to see baseball, they wanted cricket. The baseball players complied, and their unorthodox style of slugging won bemused praise.
The 1888 tour was comprised of the Chicago White Stockings, led by Cap Anson, who had…
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Thanks for the memories Matt Kemp. I will miss you. If you do stay in San Diego, I will see you there and when the Padres come to town. First Dee now you.
I know this is a business but it still hurts. We fans invest our money, time and feelings into the team. We get to see you day in day out at the stadium, at other ballparks and other Dodger events.
I have been going thru a lot of personal emotions plus seeing kids that I have followed since their minor league days. Come January I will filing for unemployment after 19 1/2 years at work. It is what it is in the IT department. I thought I would retire here in maybe 5 years.
On the Institute for Baseball Studies FB page, I was commenting on a 1984 picture where you could see the small TV with a Dodger on the mound. The photo is part of a collection of photos from Larry Sultan. I found myself googling Larry Sultan and seeing more of his photos. I ran into a Larry Sultan interview by Catherine Liu. This part is talking about his dad:
LS He began as a traveling salesman for Schick Razor, and then he became one of the Vice Presidents. When he was first hired, he was told that he was a team player on a smooth working team. It’s such a wonderful analogy to baseball because, in the beginning, you are a team player until you reach a certain age and then they trade you away. That’s the American story, when a corporation changes hands everyone on the top is let go, because you have to bring in a new team.
CL Disposable razors, disposable people.”
Yesterday I was sadden by the departure of Dee Gordon, today is Matt Kemp. I find myself remembering Bob Hope with “Thanks for the memories…”
Good luck Matt Kemp. Thanks for the memories kid.
Good luck Dee Gordon! I will miss you with the Dodgers. I will miss seeing you running the bases, your defense and hitting. I will miss your smiling face, seeing you in San Diego.
I will never forget the time I saw you in the lobby of the hotel and told you “Dee! I am so happy for you today! You did great!” You hugged me and said “Thank you ma’man!” Your mom raised you well. I will miss you kid! The last time I spoke with you I said “I can’t call you skinny Dee any more” You showed me your arm muscles then. Thank you for the memories. I wish you the best with the Marlins.
Gordon is coming off an All-Star year in which he stole 64 bases and hit 12 triples
In the trade: Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney, Kike Hernandez, Chris Hatcher and Austin Barnes. Didn’t Haren say that he would retire if he was not a Dodger?
Welcome to the Dodgers Jimmy rollins!!
Rollins, 36, had 2,306 hits in 15 seasons with the Phillies. He has been a member of the organization since June 4, 1996, the day the Phillies selected him with the 46th overall pick
Jimmy Rollins will return to Philadelphia on August 4, when the Dodgers visit Cititzen Bank Park.
Details of the trade are not in yet.
I saw this post on Natalie Firestone’s Facebook page and I thought it would be nice to document the list of parks I have visisted. It is a nice idea for a post so Thanks Natalie! I will follow your format.
Ballparks are listed alphabetical order with the city, State and year and or date (or approximate year) that I visited the ballpark. Italics used to highlight parks no longer in existence or no longer used for MLB games.
BALLPARKS THAT I’VE SEEN A GAME IN (AND/OR HAVE DONE A TOUR)
Angel Stadium -Anaheim, CA (2004*)
AT&T Park -San Francisco, CA (2005)
Bush Stadium – St Louis, MO (Summer 2006)
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ (Thursday July 29, 2004) Saw Edwin Jackson’s MLB Debut.
Citi Field – New York, NY (August 2011)
Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA (SABR Convention 2013)
Coors Field – Denver, CO (May 3, 2008)
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA (1977)
Fenway Park – Boston, MA (August 26, 2005)
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH (September 2012)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles, CA (2008)
Petco Park – San Diego, CA (2004)
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA (9/15/2008)
Qualcomn - San Diego, CA (2003*)
Roger Centre – Toronto, CN (April 2007)
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA (June 2012) Dodgers got no-hit.
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN (June 27, 2011)
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL (May 2009)
Yankee Stadium (Old) – New York, NY (Sept 14, 2008)
Yankee Stadium (New) – New York, NY (June 19, 2013)
TOUR OF BALLPARKS now defunt> (Thanks SABR for the tours!)
Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN (2012)
Colt Stadium – Houston, TX (2014)
Astrodome – Houston, TX (2014)
I could not find a picture of all the ballparks I have visited. I will look for some and update.
So good to see Ishii and Saito!!
I remember Ishii hitting a homerun in San Diego. The only run the Dodgers scored. Then remember Saito crying bc he gave up the go ahead the run in the back to back to back to back game 9/18/06
My favorite Kershaw moment was watching his masterpiece no-hitter at Dodger Stadium.
By Jon Weisman
In the crowning individual recgonition of a stupendous season, Clayton Kershaw has become the 11th Dodger to win the National League Most Valuable Player award and the first NL pitcher to do so since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Kershaw had 18 first place votes and 355 points overall, topping Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (eight, 298) and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (four, 271).
Finishing seventh in the balloting was Adrian Gonzalez, while Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon also received top-10 votes.
What was your favorite part of Kershaw’s season?
- June 18 no-hitter with no walks and 15 strikeouts
- 41-inning scoreless streak
- Behind-the-back fielding, tripling in the tying run…
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Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on winning his 3rd Cy Young Award!! WOO-HOO!! Way to go kid!!
I remember when Clayton Kershaw won his first Cy Young award. The Dodgers issue a last minute invite to Dodger Season Ticket Holders for the Clayton Kershaw Cy Young News Conference and I got to go!
From the Dodgers Newsletter to STH back in November 2011:
This is what it says:
SEASON TICKET HOLDER EMMA AMAYA GOT AN EXCLUSIVE INVITE TO DODGER STADIUM FOR THE CLAYTON KERSHAW CY YOUNG NEWS CONFERENCE
Dodger Season Ticket Holder Emma Amaya was constantly checking her phone on Nov. 17 while in a company webinar. She knew this was the day that the National League Cy Young Award winner would be announced. So every pocket of time she could find during the webinar at her company office in Chatsworth, she’d keep checking the news and her email. The news came around 11 a.m. that Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award. Then, moments later, an email came through from the Dodgers inviting her, as a Season Ticket Holder, to come down for the news conference behind the mound at Dodger Stadium.
Without a car and still at work, she asked her Human Resources department if she could leave and take the company car because she had “an emergency.” Luckily for Emma, they allowed her to do both and she made her way to Dodger Stadium for a first-of-its-kind invitation extended only to Season Ticket Holders.
Mixed in with the media, Dodgers Matt Kemp and James Loney, legends like Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela and Don Newcombe, and other Season Ticket Holders, Emma sat with the group for a rare experience. Kershaw stood in front of a podium as media asked questions. Then Emma stood up and asked her own question of the 23-year-old lefty. After the Q&A broke up, she took pictures with Kemp, Loney and Valenzuela and chatted all of them up.
“It was awesome being back there to be part of such a special day,” Emma said. “We were so excited, so happy to share it with Clayton. It was incredible — a day we’ll never forget.”
The 2012 season will mark Emma’s eighth consecutive year as a Season Ticket Holder. She proudly cheers from her seat in Section 3 on the Top Deck. But it’s not just during the season that she can be on hand for special Dodger moments.
“All of us felt very special,” she said of taking part in the Kershaw event. “We felt privileged.”
No invitation this time but that is OK! Enjoy your third award kid!
From Ken Gurnick:
opens March 4 with a home game against the White Sox at their shared facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.
The schedule of 30 games concludes with a Freeway Series against the Angels on April 2-4 — the games on Thursday and Friday night in Anaheim, the Saturday game at Dodger Stadium — with all game times to be announced.
The club has at least one home game during each of the four Cactus League weekends. There will be four scheduled split-squad doubleheaders.
The Dodgers will play the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on March 9 at Scottsdale and March 27 at Camelback Ranch.
Here is the Dodger 2015 schedule I copied from a calendar version that I can’t copy
Wed 3/4 CWS 1:05 p.m.
Thu 3/5 @CWS.
Fri 3/6 SEA(ss) 1.05 p.m. @MIL (ss) Maryvale
Sat 3/7 @CLE Goodyear
Sun 3/8 MIL 1.05 p.m.
Mon 3/9 @SF Scottsdale
Tue 3/10 COL 1.05 p.m.
Wed 3/11 @CHI Cubs Park
Thu 3/12 @SD Peoria
Fri 3/13 CIN 7.05 p.m.
Sat 3/14 CLE 1.05 p.m.
Sun 3/15 @SEA Peoria
Mon 3/16 OAK 1.05 p.m.
Tues 3/17 @TEX Surprise
Wed 3/18 CHI 1.05 p.m.
Thu 3/19 LAA 1.05 p.m.
Fri 3/20 @OAK (ss) Hohokam Stadium . @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio
Sat 3/21 @COL(ss) Salt River Fields. @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio
Sun 3/22 CLE 1.05 p.m.
Mon 3/23 ARI 1.05 p.m.
Tues 3/24 No game
Wed 3/25 SD 1.05 p.m.
Thu 3/26 @CWS
Fri 3/27 SF 7.05 p.m.
Sat 3/28 @LAA Tempe
Sun 3/29 TEX (ss) 1.05 p.m. @SF (ss) Scottsdale
Mon 3/30 @ARI Salt River Fields
Tue 3/31 CWS 1.05 p.m.
Wed 4/1 @KC Surprise
Thu 4/2 @LAA Anaheim TBD
Fri 4/3 @LAA Anaheim TBD
Sat 4/4 LAA Dodger Stadium TBD
11/12/15 Update: The Dodgers will play two games in San Antonio, the home of their Double-A team from 1977 -2000. I always wanted to visit San Antonio. I hear it is a beautiful city. The Dodgers will take a split squat team March 20-21 to play the Texas Rangers. The two games will be played at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio. Tickets go on sale Friday here http://www.bigleagueweekend.com/buy-tickets.html
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Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).
The evening is quickly turning into a dark night
watching game seven of the World Series
It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third
Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory
And just like that The Giants are World Champions
I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….
I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off and head to the fridge
Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?
It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.
The baseball season is really over
A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.
I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves