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 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.
These are Dodgers minor leaguers running during Spring Training. I like this picture because it depicts the minor leaguers fighting to make it to the Majors.
Like Cristina Saralegui says in that Cuban expression “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso” which means “Forward, don’t step back, not even to gain momentum (coud also be understood as “to get a running start”.)
That is my advice to the minor leaguers. Pa’lante muchachos! Spring forward!
First Spring Training game for the Dodgers today! Baseball is back! Pa’lante todos mis muchachos! Good luck to all the guys new ones, old ones and those struggling to make the team! Pa’lante!
My first time participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge with a theme. This week’s challenge is a picture that says FORWARD
photo by Jon SooHoo, Dodgers great photographer
My Valentine’s Day card from the the Dodgers.
thank to Lorena for showing me how to take a picture of a tweet! And to her niece Josie for showing me how to this on my iPhone. I need to take class so that I can learn more. Haha. We are on the road to Camelback. we just passed Morongo Casino. The Mafia girls are on their way to Spring Training!
Te traigo esta rosa azul porque no encontre palabras para describir mi amor.
I bring you this blue rose because I could not find words to describe my love.
Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E
Happy Valentines Day to all my boys and to all my friends and family
Love is Truly Blue
Happy Valentines to You
Bleeding blue so true!
are the baseball and hearts icons coming thru? I just see small rectangular and square signs.
February 13, is my fourth blogging anniversary. Yes, it was four years ago, a day before Valentine’s Day that I decided to start a blog. Four years later and 500+ blog posts, I am still here learning and blogging.
I have never tried before to write haikus but I decided to read about them and attempt to write some so here are three
Players report back to camp
Spring sure is coming!
Pitchers and Catchers
A sure sign of Spring Training
Warms my heart alright!
Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait
Dodgers reported to Spring Training.
Chad Billingsley looks good!
the kid Kershaw speaking to the media.
Good to see Belisario is already at Camelback Ranch. Here he is with Cochito Luis Cruz.
In addition to Pitchers and Catchers, other players are already in camp like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. Happy training boys! See you this coming weekend!
Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E
Happy Pitchers and Catchers! Happy Valentines to all my boys and to all my friends and family
pictures from Camelback Ranch by Jon SooHoo at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
Mike Piazza will be signing copies of his new book “Long Shot” at two Barnes and Noble locations in New York, at Norristown, PA and at Vroman’s in Pasadena, CA Here is more information on the locations:
New York Locations:
Monday February 11th at 12:00pm Click Here For More Info Barnes & Noble 555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017 // 212-697-3048
Tuesday February 12th at 7:00pm Click Here For More Info Barnes & Noble 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514, 516-741-9850 Wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00 am on Tuesday, February 12. The former New York Mets catcher will be at Barnes & Noble Carle Place to sign copies of his autobiography, Long Shot. No memorabilia to be signed at this event.
Norristown, PA Location
The book, available for purchase Feb. 12, is available for preorder on the Towne Book Center WebsiteWristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00 am on Thursday, February 14. No memorabilia to be signed at this event only copies of Long Shot purchased from Barnes & Noble in Carle Place. Four books per person.
Thursday February 14, 2013 7:00 PM
Country Glen Center
91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514, 516-741-9850
Mike Piazza will sign copies of his new book, “Long Shot,” at Towne Book Center in Collegeville on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
The Norristown-born, Phoenixville-bred catcher’s new autobiography tells his story of being selected in the 1988 baseball draft as a 62nd round “courtesy pick,” end eventually becoming the greatest-hitting catcher in the history of baseball.
In the book, Piazza discusses his local upbringing, his 2000 World Series with the Yankees, the steroid controversy, gay rumors, and the thrill of hitting the game-winning homerun on Sept. 21 2001, the first game in New York after Sept. 11, 2001, according to the book description.
The Towne Book Center, located in the Providence Town Center, is asking that customers RSVP by calling 610-454-0640.
Piazza will be available to sign books, but no memorabilia.
Pasadena, CA location (My neck of the wood)
- Event Details: (updated 2/5/13) - This is a signing only. Mike Piazza will not be speaking. - Tickets will be available at the Will Call department at the main store & at the Hastings Ranch location beginning Tuesday, February 12, the release date for the book. - Mike will only sign copies of his new title, Long Shot, no memorabilia. - Each customer can get up to 4 copies of Long Shot signed. - No posed photos, but photos from the line are ok. A Vroman’s employee will be present at the signing table to take unposed photos for customers while getting their book signed.
- Last time I was at a baseball book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena was for Tommy Lasorda’s book “Is Good to Be Alive” Is on my calendar. I guess I need to drive to work that day so I can head to Pasadena afterwards. It is on my way home. I am glad this bookstore is still open. They have very nice selection of books and magazines. Also other nice merchandise upstairs.
I got excited when I opened Google and saw the google doodle with Jackie’s picture
Happy 94th birthday Mr. Robinson
At Citi Field in 2011. Picture taken by Abby.
Gerry Goran: What Happened to his Jackie Robinson autograph?
Here is a video I recorded of Gerry where he explains what happened to his Jackie Robinson autograph. Jerry, his son James and James kids, Stew and William sit in the Top Deck. You can see a little of James in the video.
Best news ever this morning!! Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!!!
Welcome back Sandy!
I forgot to post this. My friend called me late last night and told me that the Dodgers offered Scott Rolen a one year contract. Scott wants two.
Interesting fact: Scort Rolen and Don Mattingly were both born in the same town of Evansville, Indiana. Here is another interesting fact that my friend told me. Scott Rolen step dad was a freshman at Van Nuys high school while Don Drysdale was a Senior.
Todd of http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com/ sent me this tweet and picture:
He twitted this to me:
@crzblue Tim had a baseball clinic today for his little league. See the guy standing in Blue? That’s #ChadBillingsley. pic.twitter.com/3Icu6hhv
Todd also said this: C&S @cookandsonbats
@crzblue FYI, he said this complex is where he does his offseason workouts.
Wish Todd would have asked how his progress is going.
Rest in peace Stan the Man! You were the man Mr. Stan Musial.
He was married to his wife Lillian for nearly 72 years before she passed away in May of 2012.
Rest in peace the Earl of Baltimore, Mr Earl Weaver.
Sad day in baseball with the passing of these two men.