I am getting back to honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers that are alive so here is #12 in my list from oldest to youngest.
Don Lund then
Donald Andrew Lund was a backup outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, St Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers. He was born in Detroit on May 18, 1931. He shares a birthday with my dear aunt Nora and my friend Sandi who is a St. Louis Cardinal fan.
From Baseball Reference.com:
Outfielder Don Lund earned nine letters at the University of Michigan and was also drafted by the Chicago Bears. After his playing career ended, he was a Detroit Tigers coach in 1957 and 1958. He was then the Tigers’ farm director in 1963, Scouting director in 1964, and director of player development from 1965 to 1970.
The young Lund attracted attention in 1947, a pennant-winning year for the Brooklyn Dodgers, when he went 6 for 20, slugging .700 with 2 doubles and 2 homers. He did not appear in post-season play. Lund was one of 11 players used in left field by the Dodgers that season, who never did pick a regular left-fielder in the late 1940s.
His year with the most major league at-bats was 1953, when he hit .257 in 421 at-bats with the Tigers. Al Kaline was an 18-year-old rookie that year, and the following year Kaline became a regular, while Lund was a backup.
checking the Dodgers media guide, Mr. Don Lund wore uniforms #8 #17 #25 #40. He was in 4 games in 1945, 11 games in 1947 and 27 games in 1948. He went to the Tigers in 1948.
Don Lund now.
I did not know that there is a SABR chapter called Don Lund Chapter! the Don Lund Chapter serves the Southeastern Michigan area. Very nice!
Also in 1997 SABR conference #27 in Louisville, Kentucky saw a player panel highlighted by Pee Wee Reese that also featured Ed Stevens and Don lund. Jim Bunning was the keynote speaker.
Found this book also about Don Lund:
James Robert Irwin
Saint James Books, 2009
From everything I read about Mr. Lund, he is another terrific person.
Ref: Baseballreference.com mgoblue.com, Annarbor.com
United States Presidents and Baseball
Happy Election Day!
To commemorate the election, SABR member Rick Smith prepared the trivia below and gave it to us at the SABR meeting November 3, 2012. Thanks Rick!
Each President listed below is an answer to a question, except Eisenhower, who is the answer to two.
A)William Taft, B) Woodrow Wilson, C) Calvin Coolidge, D) Herbert Hoover, E) Franklin Roosevelt, F) Harry Truman, G) Dwight Eisenhower, H) John F. Kennedy, I) Lyndon Johnson, J) Richard Nixon, K)Gerald Ford, L) Jimmy Carter, M) Ronald Reagan, N) George Bush, O) Bill Clinton, P) George W. Bush, Q) Barack Obama, (Fill in the blank on #18). \
1. This president only attended four games while in office, but he stayed nine innings each time. His brother has a stadium named after him ___
2. Upon meeting this president, babe Ruth said, “Hot as hell, ain’t it Pres.” ___
3. This president was not much of a baseball fan, but he enjoyed pitching slow pitch softball. In 1995 he said, “It’s time to forgive Pete Rose.” ___
4. Name the president who is credited with starting the tradition of standing for the seventh inning stretch? ___
5. This president holds the record of attending 16 games while in office. He is the first president to attend a night game, and a game on the Fourth of July. ___
6. Which pres. Threw out the first pitch at Cleveland’s brand new Jacob’s Field, and was in attendance when Cal Ripken played his 2,131st game. ___
7. Name the president who wrote the “Green Light” letter. ___
8. Babe Ruth grounded out as a pinch hitter in his first ever World Series appearance. Name the president who was in attendance that day. ___
9. This future president served as the team captain of the Yale Bulldogs. They made it to the final round of the very first College World Series. ___
10. Which president said? “when I was a boy growing up in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing. As we sat there in the warmth of a summer afternoon on a river bank, we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up. I told him I wanted to be a real major league baseball player like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish. ___
11. A reporter once asked this president to name his favorite players and he rattled off his favorite stars. A few days later he named four all teams; a team for each league, both before and after World War II. ___
12. HE was the first president to have played Little League Baseball. ___
13. This pres. Signed a bill allowing girls to play Little League Baseball. ___
14. This future president was employed to produce studio broadcasts of Cubs games, based on telegraph reports. ___
15. This president attended the first game ever played in the Astro Dome. ___
16. Which president said “Baseball is the greatest of American sports” ___
17. Name the president who sent a Secret Service agent to intercept Mickey Vernon on his way back to the dugout after he hit a walk off homerun to beat the Yankees. He simply wanted to congratulate him. ___
18. President Obama threw out the first pitch at the 2009 All Star Game. Which team jacket was he wearing? ______
update: Oops! I forgot to include the answers.
1 H, 2 C, 3 L, 4 A, 5 F, 6 O, 7 E, 8 B, 9 N, 10 G, 11 J, 12 P, 13 K, 14 M, 15 I, 16 D, 17 G, 18 White Sox.
One of the best things about SABR is meeting with friends you have made thru SABR. After meeting Abby and Kent last year at SABR41 in Long Beach, you would always see the three of us together. The three of us said we would keep in touch with each other. Less than a month later, Abby emailed us about a SABR/Baseball Prospectus event at Citi Field. Kent could not make the trip in August but I did. In addition to seeing Citi Field, Abby and I went to watch a Cyclone game.
Kent is a Dodger fan and a Red Sox fan. Abby is a Yankee fan and you all know I bleed Dodger Blue.
I was remembering that last year Kent wanted to try his first In-N-Out burger. Well, he asked the front desk how far was the closest In-N-Out. The shuttle did not make it that far so we took a taxi. Because we did not want to miss the next session, we had the taxi go thru the drive thru. We quickly ate at the hotel and headed to the next session.
The following day as the bus tour was heading to Lake Elsinore where we were going to catch the Storms against the Rawhides, I looked out the window and saw an In & Out place, I suddenly remembered that I had my car parked at the hotel! I turned to Kent and told him that I had remembered about my car a day late. I remember the taxi was not cheap. Funny I can remember baseball facts but had completely forgotten about my car.
I did not need a car in Minneapolis. I had been there the year before when the Dodgers played there 6/27/11 to 6/29/11. Both Abby and I arrived in Minneapolis in time to take the library tour and the tour of downtown that Brenda was given. This library has a piano! I love libraries!
To be continue… Pictures coming.
Checking back at the Dodger Open House last year http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/27/dodgers-select-a-seat-open-house-and-sabr-day/ it coincided with SABR Day. This year again Dodgers Open House coincides with SABR day (Saturday 1/28/2012) so why not have it at Dodger Stadium?
The Dodgers annual Select a Seat, an event for season ticket holders, started Thursday 1/26/2012 and it will conclude with the Open House on Saturday 1/28/2012. It is our first chance to have a Dodger dog at the stadium. Don’t they just taste better at the Stadium. The Dodgers sent us this picture of the sunrise at Dodger Stadium:
Although I was not feeling well, It was great seeing my Dodger fan friends there like William (Deuce’s dad), Dee, Sylvia and Jeanine to name a few. Also Darryl and Leslie who recently became season ticket holders. Jeanine and I met Darryl at the SABR Fall AFL conference. Darryl said that we convinced him to get season tickets. Welcome to the Dodger fan family Darryl & Leslie. Other friends like Lorena, Rosie and Rene will go to tomorrow. Will miss them.
SABR Day Saturday 1/28/2012. I was going to the SABR website at http://sabr.org/ when I ran into this picture! haha, that is me chatting with yes, SABR members, the most knowledgeable baseball fans. Down below in a Tiger hat is Max, another very knowledgeable fan.
If you can make it go SABR Day. There are many locations that are hosting SABR Day from Washington to Vermont to Toronto, to Puerto Rico. For more information go to http://sabr.org/sabrday:
SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The third annual SABR Day will be held on January 28, 2012. Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
In Seattle, SABR Day will be held in conjuction with the Mariners FanFest. In Minneapolis, the chapter will participate with the TwinsFest. in Arizona it will be at Tempe Diablo Stadium, in New York at the New York Public library. Check the site for more information. I counted 39 locations.
Looking forward to the event at La Habra library. I have never been to this library and I love visiting new libraries! From SABR:
Former Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall will be joining us for SABR Day at the La Habra Library. High school coach Eddie Alvarez will speak and Eric Dearborn will present photographs of final games at various ballparks. Authors Daryl Grigsby (“Celebrating Ourselves: African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”) and Ron Selter (on .400 hitters) will also speak.
(note to me: grr…second time Ido this post as I lost my original post).