As I was looking for a hotel at Camelback Ranch I saw this
You Could Win a Trip to LA for the 42 Premiere Screening!
And step up to the plate every day for a chance to win tickets to 42!
naturally I entered the contest.
Afterwards I saw the preview of the movie.
Man! I am going to need some kleenex when I go see the movie!
We can never thank Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey enough.
Go Dodgers! Heading to Camelback Ranch this weekend.
I am a little late posting for this week’s photo challenge
but here it is. I decided to do this based on my 45 mile commute to work. It is basically my two neighborhoods traveling from the San Gabriel valley to the other valley, the San Fernando Valley.
All pictures taken with my Iphone and I will start from work to home because in the morning I am always rushing to get to work.
Chatsworth, CA train station. My Metrolink train #118 is arriving on time. Lots of Western movies were filmed in Chatsworth.
Rainbow picture taken from the train thru the window at the Northridge train stop.
Final destination: El Monte station. Note the Lions theme at the top.
El Monte was the home of the Gay’s lion Farm. The infamous MGM lion shown at the beginning of MGM movies made in that era was kept here along with lions in Tarzan movies. Also one of the lions was also in Charlie Chaplin’s movie “The Circus.”
Funny that I have driven past this intersection numerous times and I have never noticed the bronze statue. When I found out about it today I missed again and only saw it on my way back. Thanks to the photo challenge I learned more about my neighborhood.
Baseball related. Tony Malinosky who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers was a resident of El Monte and attended El Monte High School. Also Fred Lynn went to El Monte High School. Both Tony and Fred were born in Illinois.
3/11/13-Something Cool-Kemp Hosts Private Screening of 42-A True Story of An American Legend by Jon SooHoo
Trey Hillman and family Jose Vizcaino,Franklin Stubbs, Maury Wills and Rick Ehoden Dodgers players, staff and family at private screening Jose Vizcaino loads up Don MattinglySTEVE BRENER!!!!!!
Kemp Moylan and Kemp Maury Wills and Kemp Kemp and Puig Kemp visitsKemp speaks before the private screening
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 was watching the Spanish broadcasting of the WBC game between Mexico & Canada when the nasty brawl broke out. Here is the video I took:
Is unfortunate that this happened. Someone could have gotten injured real bad. Poor Aceves was used as a punching bag or as a pinata. You know when the pinata is low on candy and someone holds it from the string while a kid just knocks all the candy out.
I am watching USA against Italy right now. USA is leading 6-2 after a grand slam by David Wright. Seeing Joe Torre walk to the mound to take the pitcher out, I thought I was back to watching a Dodger game.
I was surprised that again I came in at #14 for the month of February in the latest MLBBlog latest leaders.
Great! Thank you those that visit my blog and those that found it while searching something I had here!
Last month when I came in at #14 for the month of January I dedicated the post to Gil Hodges.
This time I will dedicate it to #14 Mike Scioscia!
A skinny Mike Scioscia with a skinny Tommy Lasorda
I got this signed by Mike prior to a game.
Mike was the best blocking home plate! I sat behind home plate in the Loge level for two years (1981 & 1982) watching him play.
Here ist to you Mike! Wish you were still with the Blue!
I am missing my lemonade from Camelback Ranch
Again, thank you everyone that stops by here. Thank you Mark for doing the Latest Leaders list.
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.
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
I started reviewing my pictures to see what I could use for this week’s Photo Challenge: Lost in the Detail
I found these pictures when I took a road trip to Seattle with friends Lorena & Rosie to see the Dodgers last year.
We were taking pictures of the Chihuly Garden and glass
I am afraid of bees but I stayed there taking the picture.
I also took this picture aiming low at the reflection of Lorena and I taking pictures.
Vin Scully is back ~
is going to be AWESOME ~
Watch out for those quotes!
the Dodger family is complete with Sandy Koufax and now Vin Scully at Camelback!
Welcome back Vin!
Like Hilda Chester used to tell you
VIN SCULLY I LOVE YOU!
Dodgers against the Cubs at Camelback Ranch! Wish I was there.
Billingsley starts against Barney.
I am skipping my Pilates class at noon (we have classes at work at noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) to listen to the game.
Vin Scully quote about Billinglsey giving out already a single, a home run and two doubles ”Sure, you hate to be lather…”
Juan Uribe is the first baseman for this game.
Mike Piazza is at Camelback Ranch. DylanHearnandez reported that Mike said of Vin Scully: ”I’d love to see him” I hope to apologize.