Pitchers and Catchers Report. What Do these beautiful four words mean?
I asked Pepe Yniguez (Dodger Spanish Broadcaster for the last 18 years) what does it mean to him “Pitchers and Catchers report” He said “To me it means that It’s time for Dodger Baseball! That the 2015 season is around First Base”
To me it marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. It means palm trees and the sound of batted baseballs. It means sun screens. It means mornings of hearing from beat writers about workouts on dewy grass outfields. It means batting cages and practice mounds. It means we finally will start getting baseball news everyday!
Getting daily baseball news about Pitchers and Catchers reporting brings me such freshets of pleasure.
We baseball fans await with much anticipation baseball news and that special sense of the upcoming season that feed our eternal hopes every Spring. We soak-up all the quotes from our grizzled Pitchers and Catchers.
I can more or less go into a cave during the Winter but I come out all giddy with excitement when I hear those words “Pitchers and Catcher report.”
Mike Scioscia with Roy Campanella. Pic by Jon SooHoo.
What a great picture and video seeing Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley together. This year September 9, will be the 50 year anniversary of Sandy Koufax perfect game.
By Jon Weisman
“On a Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, the crafts of pitching and broadcasting came as close to perfection as we’ll ever see,” said Tom Verducci at Saturday’s Baseball Writers Association of America dinner as he introduced the Willie, Mickey & the Duke Award, going to the Cubs’ Bob Hendley and the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Vin Scully in recognizing the historical significance of the September 9, 1965 night that Scully broadcast Koufax’s perfect game beating Hendley’s one-hitter.
“The broadcast of the game, we’ve heard it a lot – at least I have,” Koufax said, “and Vinny was so special, it’s probably more exciting listening to him than it was doing it that night.”
Hendley, who joined Koufax in accepting the award, noted that Saturday was the first time he had actually met Koufax. He also charmingly pointed out that five days after the perfect game, he outdueled Koufax with a four-hitter in…
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Congratulations to Cooperstown Class of 2015
Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.
Randy Johnson. In 618 appearances (603 starts), he posted a career record of 303-166 with an ERA of 3.29. He struck out 4,875 batters and averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He won five Cy Young awards — one with the Mariners in 1995 and four straight with the Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2002. He was also named to 10 all-star teams.
Pedro Martinez. Martinez posted a 219-100 record in 476 career appearances (409 starts) with a 2.98 ERA in 18 big-league seasons. He won three Cy Young awards (two in the AL and one in the NL) and was named to eight all-star teams
John Smoltz. From 1988 to 1999, he was dominant starter on one of the best rotations in all of baseball. During that time he was 157-113 with 356 starts, including 14 shutouts.He sat out the 2000 season because of elbow surgery and returned in 2001. He made just five starts that season and then moved to the bullpen to serve as the Braves’ closer, notching 10 saves that season.From 2002 to 2009, he pitched as a closer, notching 144 saves, including 55 saves in the 2002 season. He is the only pitcher with more than 200 career wins (213) and 150 career saves (157).
Craig Biggio. Biggio missed out on induction by 0.2 percentage points last season, getting 74.8 percent of the vote last season (75 percent is needed). He spent his entire career with the Astros, converting from catching prospect to all-star second baseman. He played in 2,850 games and posted a .286/.363/.433 slash line, including 3,060 hits. He was a seven-time all-star who won five Silver Sluggers and four Gold Gloves.
This was the largest induction class in since 1955. Who were inducted in 1955?
ref: baseballhall.org, Seattletimes.com
An annual tradition in this blog is to update the list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive.
In 2014, we lost the following Brooklyn Dodgers: Charlie Osgood, Charlie kress, Don Zimmer, Dick Teed, George Shuba, Pat McGlothin and John Pierre Roy.
We now have 31 surviving Broklyn Dodger players. Mike Sandlock is the oldest one. He will turn 100 on October 17. The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 76 on June 19. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Aspromonte at the SABR convention in Houston in 2014.
Here is the list of the 31 surviving Brooklyn Dodger players:
|Mike Sandlock||Old Greenwich, CT||10/17/1915||1, 4|
|Ray Hathaway||Grinville, OH||10/13/1916||22|
|Lee Pfund||Oakpark, IL||10/10/1919||14|
|Luis Olmo||Puerto Rico||10/11/1919||21|
|Marv Rackley||Seneca, SC||7/25/1921||35|
|Eddie Basinksi||Buffalo, NY||11/4/1922||3|
|Tim Thompson||Coalport, PA||3/1/1924||21|
|Johnny Rutherford||Ontario, CN.||5/5/1925||15|
|Wayne Terwilliger||Clare, Mi.||6/27/1925||34|
|Chris Haughey||Astoria, NY.||10/3/1925||14|
|Ralph Branca||Mount Vernon, NY||1/6/1926||13,20,28|
|Bob Borkowski||Dayton, OH||1/27/1926||27|
|Randy Jackson||Little Rock, AR||2/10/1926||2|
|Don Newcombe||Madison, NJ||6/14/1926||36|
|Bobby Morgan||Oklahoma city. OK||6/29/1926||2|
|Carl Erskine||Anderson, IN||12/13/1926||17|
|Rocky Bridges||Refugio, TX||8/7/1927||9|
|Tommy Lasorda||Norristown, PA||9/22/1927||2,27,29|
|Tommy Brown||Brooklyn, NY||12/6/1927||9|
|Joe Landrum||Columbia, SC||12/13/1928||19|
|Joe Pignatano||Brooklyn, NY||8/4/1929||58|
|Roger Craig||Durham, NC||2/17/1930||38|
|Ron Negray||Akron, OH||2/26/1930||38|
|Glenn Mickens||Wilman, CA||7/26/1930||46|
|Ed Roebuck||East Millboro, PA.||7/3/1931||37|
|Fred Kipp||Iqua, KS||10/1/1931||26|
|Jim Gentile||San Francisco, CA||6/3/1934||38|
|Don Demeter||Oklahoma City. OK||6/25/1935||2|
|Sandy Koufax||Brooklyn, NY||12/30/1935||32|
|Bob Aspromonte||Brooklyn, NY||6/19/1938||28. 34|
Gentlemen: May you have a healthy 2015!
A tradition in my blog on December 31 is to pay tribute to the Dodgers that passed away in 2014.
John Pierre Roy
Merry Christmas to All!! Feliz Navidad! Happy Holidays!!
It was a Night before Christmas
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All baseball fans were clicking their mouse
They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
And now it was time to sit down and see what everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.
A nice break to read what friends had posted was just what they needed but they frowned!
When they went to click on the websites, none could be found!
Oh no! we’re afraid everyone is out of town!
Is the internet down the reason we cannot read?
How could this happen in our time of need?
The users all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.
“Did we misspell the links? Did we hit the wrong key? Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key, One…
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I had purchased the book “The Soul of Baseball. A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s america” some time ago but only recently I started reading it. I knew about the book from other friends that have read it before so it came highly recommended.
Like so many people, I had seen Buck O’Neil from Ken Burns Documentary series titled “Baseball.” Buck O’Neil captivated me there. I fell in love with his humanity, his humbleness, his positive attiture, his passion for the game and his devotion supporting the Negro League museum making sure that we did not forget the contribution by the Negro Leagues players. His voice made me feel that all was OK with the world.
Reading Joe Posnanski’s book traveling for more than a year with Mr. O’Neil was like taking a ride with them. It brought me joy, some laughs but also some tears. Mr. O’Neil was 93 when Joe Posnanski traveled with him. Buck had a lot of energy. He was truly an inspiring person. You can’t help but feel his positive attitude.
Buck O’Neil’s quotes when he did not make it into the HOf:
“Don’t shed any tears. You think about this: Here I am, the grandson of a slave. And here the whole world was excited about whether I was going into the Hall of Fame or not. We’ve come a long ways.”
I regret that I did get to shake Buck O’Neil’s hand. I would have worn a red dress in his honor (mind you, I don’t like to wear red).
In New York, Buck had told Joe “Son, in this life, you never walk by a red dress.”
Joe Posnanski quote on his interpretation of this quote “I think Buck meant that we should never pass up the opportunity to live life. We should not rush by the red dresses, the baseball games, the street musicians, or the sweet smell of dessert. We should not stifle or smother our craziest dreams.”
Buck O’Neil when he was the starting first baseman of the 1946-47 Almendares team that swept Habana, Cuba.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Yellow.”
I look around for a picture and there it was!
It made me think of the song from Basia “A New Day for You”. Here are some of the lyrics:
“It’s gonna be a new day for you.
A new day for you.
The stars have played their part
The past is gone and done
Have more faith in love
the best is yet to come.”
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
One of my favorite Dodger slogans was “When did you fall in love?” Anyone remember it? It was in 2008 when the Dodgers were celebrating 50 years of Major League baseball in Los Angeles.
When you went to Los Angeles Union Station , you could see the walls of the long hallways lined with pictures of Dodger players and the words “When did you fall in love?”
I felt more in love with baseball in the last three games of the 1980 season when Dodgers had to play the last three games of the regular season with the Houston Astros. Dodgers had to win all three games to force a playoff game. They won all three games but felt way short on the extra playoff game that Monday. They broke my heart that Monday but that offseason I went to Dodger Stadium and purchased one season ticket for the 1981 season.
I wonder what the Dodger slogan will be for 2015.
When did you fall in love?
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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