After the Dodgers got eliminated by the Cardinals, I was feeling very down. I had driven to work because I was planning attending the Baseball Reliquary event at the Burbank Library “Dock Ellis and the Swinging 70’s.” I drove feeling depressed and not sure if I wanted to be around people but I drove there getting there just before the event started.
From left to right, Baseball Reliquary Executive director, Terry Cannon with the panel of speakers of Jeffrey Radice, co-producer and director of “No No: A Dockumentary”; historian and journalist Dan Epstein; and former big leaguer Jim “Mudcat” Grant.
I am so glad I went! I could have listen to these speakers for hours, especially Jim Mudcat Grant Mr. Grant has a bank of stories to tell and he tells them with such charm. I was glad to go out to dinner afterwards because I ended up hearing more stories from Mr. Grant. He was telling me about his brother Julian playing in Monterey, Mexico and how everyone used to call him “Julio.” One time they got into a taxi, he was sitting in the front and his brother in the back. The taxi driver asked him “Are you Julio?” He said no, and pointed to his brother and the back. The taxi driver was driving with the windows open yelling to people “Hey, this is Julio!”
Mudcat told me about an exhibition games in the south, They had landed in New Orleans, where blacks were not permitted in the airport lobby or to wait for cabs alongside whites. They had to wait on a grassy hill to wait until a black cab would arrive. The luggage would invariably be brought to the white hotel. The black players would get to the homes where they could stay. They would draw straws on who would go to the white hotel to retrive their luggage. In once such incident, the Indians were playing the Boston Red Sox in New Orleans and Mudcat’s straw had come out short. When Grant went to retrieve the luggage, he was stopped by a hotel baggage handler who refused to allow him into the hotel. He told him that blacks had no business entering. While discussing the situation with him, Grant saw Ted Williams entering the lobby. Williams walked over to Grant and asked what was happening.
“Well, you know we cannot stay at this hotel,” said Grant.
“I know. It’s a terrible shame,” said Williams. ”This man will not let me come in to get my bags that were sent here,” said Mudcat.
Williams replied, “He’s right. You shouldn’t be going in to get those bags. He should get them and bring them out to you!”
Another of his stories was when he was in Cuba. He was in a car with Tommy Lasorda and another black players. The police stopped him and Tommy told them “Let me do the talking.” Well, Mudcat said that they ended up in jail! They jumped on Tommy in jail and asked him “What did you tell them??”
Here are pictures from the event:
Mudcat signed my baseball. Loved the hat he was wearing!
Part of the Baseball Reliquary exhibition at the Burbank Library
part of the pictures Mudcat was showing us. In the picture Mudcat, Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.
This week’s Photo Challenge is Humanity. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/humanity/
We are asked to share a photo.
Photos that comes to mind is when I went to Hiccups Payaso’s monthly Pizza Project to feed the Homeless in Lols Angeles Skid Row area. The exact location is 6th and Gladys. Visit Hiccups Payaso facebook page for more information.
Here is a picture of a homeless woman
We don’t aks but you wonder what is her story. Here she is with her slice of pizza and other goodies that are brought by voluntees like bottle of water, a cup cake and anything else that Hiccups is collecting for the month.
Here is another picture at another Pizza project. Here she is with Hiccups.
Yes, Hiccups is a Dodger fan. Many Dodger fans volunteer at the monthly pizza projects and we wear our Blue, Dodger Blue.
Shootout at the SF Corral! Wish I Was there! But I will watch the games at Home. I cant wait!
Dodgers Giants games! It does not get any better than that this weekend!
Friday: Ryu 14-6 3.16 ERA goes against Bumgarner 17-9 3.02 ERA.
Saturday: Greinke 14-8 2.73 against Hudson 9-10 3.12
Sunday: Cy Young Clayton Kershaw 18.3 1.67 ERA against Petit 5.3 3.62 ERA
It is going to he a wild ride!!
I have done haikus in the past but did not know about Tankas. Haikus are a three-line poem of 5/7/5 syllables. Tankas have two additional lines of 7 syllables so they are 5/7/5/7/7. I was reading the WordPress Monday writing challenge for this week to write a tanka or a set of tankas https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/full-tanka/
Here it is what I came up with during Clayton Kershaw masterpiece performance yesterday at Dodger Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw on the mound
Pederson playing center
Good omen this night
First Major League hit for Joc
A single in the second!
The crowd is roaring
Kershaw wheeling and dealing
Cy Young performance
reached 200 K’s tonight
5th straight time in his career
Kershaw can hit too
With a single in the fifth
Daring base running
after a single by Dee
broke open the scoreless game
With Crawford on base Woo-Hoo!
score four to zero
but in the fifth Bryce homered
Only run Kershaw allowed
Kershaw 8 innings
3 hits, 1 earned run allowed
2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Kershaw wins his 17
pictures by Jon SooHoo
7/1/14-Someone Awesome-Photo Tribute to Bobby Castillo-Photography by Jon SooHoo,Juan Ocampo and Larry Goren/LA Dodgers
Wonderful photo tribute by Jon SooHoo, Juan & Larry. Sniff. Rest in peace Babo.
Originally posted on Dodgers Photog Blog:
Yesterday the Los Angeles Dodgers mourned the loss of one of their favorites…Bobby Castillo..Here is my photo tribute to Bobby from all of the many events we did together. Rest in Peace my friend…
2012 Throwing out the first pitch in 2012 w/ KT Fighting the elements to hand out hams to local families with Tommy and Matt Luke w/ Rudy Law and pumpkin pie at Boys and Girls Club near the ballpark in 2010 on Dodgers Caravan in 2012 breaking bread at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton in early 2012 helping out Habitat for Humanity with Fernando getting in deep cleaning and the LA River in 2011 at my middle school Thomas Star King Jr High in 2011 and of course golfing at the Dodgers Golf Tournament at Trump National in Palos Verdes in 2011 w/ KT and Manny At Manny Mota’s golf tournament in 2006 w/Maury Wills…
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Josh Beckett and Adam Wainwright put on a show last night here at Chavez Ravine.
Brian Wilson on his Bobblehead night picked up his first win and Kenley Jensen picking up his 24th save. Final score 1-0.
Second game Hyun-jin Ryu against Carlos Martinez who got his first hit tonight
Currently Dodgers losing the game 3-1 at the bottom of the 5th, but In the meantime the Giants are losing 5-0 against the Reds with Cueto against Bumgarner going to the 6th
Let me get back to the game
go Dodgers!! Orale!!!!
I love this! Alanna Rizzo tweeted this:
Baseball players are soccer fans too! CRO vs MEX. Gonzalez in his Mexico jersey. pic.twitter.com/8bqZhr6SXr
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 23, 2014
I love these two guys!
On Saturday when we saw Yasiel Puig as he was going one way and us another, I called his name, Yasiel turned around and recognized me. He came over to give me a hug then I told him this time Rosie was with us (If you read the post from Viva Los Dodgers he asked “where is the 3rd one?” :-)) . He said he looked for us. he then asked us if we had eaten _We had just had a big breakfast so we told him we did and that we were on our way to a church. He said “I can’t pray on an empty stomach” lol.
Yesterday after the game we went to say goodbye to the players as they boarded the bus that took them to the airport. Some fans got Adrian’s attention that they had a Mexican flag in support of Mexico playing on Monday in the World Cup. Adrian opened his backpack showing us that he was carrying his Mexico jersey.
Mexico won 3-1. Now Boys in Blue go take care of the Royals!
Greinke on the mound against Guthrie at Kauffman Stadium.
We had a wonderful time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential library. I met up at the library with Lorena, Rosie, George, Anglia and Shelly. It was an enchanted evening. We did not get to see the baseball exhibition as there was a very long line. But It was a good thing we went into the auditorium early to look for seats. There were quite a lot of rows of seats reserved and the place was already filling up when Lore and I got there about an hour and half before Vin was scheduled to talk.
I was glad to see Peter O’Malley and his sister Terry in attendance. Peter got a huge applause when he was introduced. Of course, Vinny got a louder ovation:
Here is the video I found on Youtube. I did get to ask Vin a question. Thanks Anglia for helping me get John’s attention.
I am excited that tonight at the Ronald Reagan Presidental and Foundation Library, I am attending this event:
Reagan Forum with Vin Scully
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. lecture
7:00 p.m. dinner
In honor of our Baseball exhibition, we invite you to join us for a Reagan Forum featuring Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully. Tickets to the event are $48 per person and include dinner following the lecture. The tickets also include tours of Baseball! Celebrating Our Great American Pastime between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
This year, Vin Scully is announcing an unprecedented 65th season for the Dodgers organization. Scully calls all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona.
When Scully first began broadcasting in 1950, the Dodgers had yet to win a single World Series and were known affectionately as “Dem Bums.” Three years later, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game and in 1955, he had his most memorable moment behind the microphone, as he called the Dodgers’ first and only championship in Brooklyn.
Event is SOLD OUT and the wait list is full.
I am meeting with friends Lorena, Rosie and Anglia. I can’t wait!
anyone remembers this: