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Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).
The evening is quickly turning into a dark night
watching game seven of the World Series
It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third
Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory
And just like that The Giants are World Champions
I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….
I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off and head to the fridge
Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?
It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.
The baseball season is really over
A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.
I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves
I was googling something about a tweet when I ran into this: Brooklyn Royal Giants. I did not know this team existed. Yeah, some might say I just crawled under a rock. Well, that is where I said I wanted to be when the Giants made it to the World Series. But Brooklyn Royal Giants sounds perfect for this World Series between the Giants and Royals which I hope the Royals win.
The Brooklyn Royal Gaints were a Negro League team.
I further found out that during a game against the Pirates on June 28 (my birthday), the Mets wore throwback uniforms which read ‘Royal Giants’ across the chest as a tribute to the Negro League team Brooklyn Royal Giants.
Who would have thought back in June that the Royals and Giants would be in the World Series.
During the 1910s the Royal Giants reigned as one the nation’s most powerful black clubs, winning multiple championships in the East. The team fell into somewhat of a decline during the 1920s while under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, and made a dismal showing during its five seasons in the Eastern Colored League (1923-27). While competing in the Eastern Colored League the club played its home games at Dexter Park in Queens.
After returning to independent play in 1928 the team’s roster was rebuilt, but the quality of play never matched that of its early championship seasons. By the mid-1930s the team was of no better than minor league quality, and as the 1940s came around the team had fallen to a semi-professional status. The team disbanded in 1942.
The Mets can play in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform next year.
Go Royals! World Series game 7 coming later on tonight.
It was 42 years ago today, October 24, 2014, that Jackie Robinson passed away.
Jackie Robinson was honored in a ceremony during the 1972 World Series. Two weeks later, on October 24, 1972, the legendary ball player died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut from a second heart attack.
Three days after Robinson’s death, Reverend Jesse Jackson gave a stirring eulogy to friends and family members who had gathered at the Cypress Hill Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
|Today we must balance the tears of sorrow with the tears of joy. Mix the bitter with the sweet in death and life.Jackie as a figure in history was a rock in the water, creating concentric circles and ripples of new possibility. He was medicine. He was immunized by God from catching the diseases that he fought. The Lord’s arms of protection enabled him to go through dangers seen and unseen, and he had the capacity to wear glory with grace.Jackie’s body was a temple of God. An instrument of peace. We would watch him disappear into nothingness and stand back as spectators, and watch the suffering from afar.The mercy of God intercepted this process Tuesday and permitted him to steal away home, where referees are out of place, and only the supreme judge of the universe speaks.|
|Jackie Robinson Eulogy by Reverend Jesse Jackson|
Here is a youtube video from the show “What’s My Line:
Thank you Mr. Jackie Robinson!
The Dodger schedule came out September 8 and I went over it making plans already but I like to have it here in my blog handy for quick reference. God willing I will continue to go to Spring Training, my usual road trips to San Diego and the annual SABR convention. This year’s SABR convention is in Chicago and it starts as the Dodgers play in Chicago on Getaway day. I am working on where else 2015 will take me.
Here is is the preliminary schedule that MLB released on September 8, 2014:
April 6 Monday SD
April 7 Tuesday SD
April 8 Wednesday SD
April 10 Friday @ ARI
April 11 Saturday @ ARI
April 12 Sunday @ ARI
April 13 Monday SEA
April 14 Tuesday SEA
April 15 Wednesday SEA
April 17 Friday COL
April 18 Saturday COL
April 19 Sunday COL
April 21 Tuesday @ SF
April 22 Wednesday @ SF
April 23 Thursday @ SF
April 24 Friday @ SD
April 25 Saturday @ SD
April 26 Sunday @ SD
April 27 Monday SF
April 28 Tuesday SF
April 29 Wednesday SF
May 1 Friday ARI
May 2 Saturday ARI
May 3 Sunday ARI
May 4 Monday @ MIL
May 5 Tuesday @ MIL
May 6 Wednesday @ MIL
May 7 Thursday @ MIL
May 8 Friday @ COL
May 9 Saturday @ COL
May 10 Sunday @ COL
May 11 Monday MIA
May 12 Tuesday MIA
May 13 Wednesday MIA
May 14 Thursday COL
May 15 Friday COL
May 16 Saturday COL
May 17 Sunday COL
May 19 Tuesday @ SF
May 20 Wednesday @ SF
May 21 Thursday @ SF
May 22 Friday SD
May 23 Saturday SD
May 24 Sunday SD
May 25 Monday ATL
May 26 Tuesday ATL
May 27 Wednesday ATL
May 29 Friday @ STL
May 30 Saturday @ STL
May 31 Sunday @ STL
June 1 Monday @ COL
June 2 Tuesday @ COL
June 3 Wednesday @ COL
June 4 Thursday STL
June 5 Friday STL
June 6 Saturday STL
June 7 Sunday STL
June 8 Monday ARI
June 9 Tuesday ARI
June 10 Wednesday ARI
June 12 Friday @ SD
June 13 Saturday @ SD
June 14 Sunday @ SD
June 15 Monday @ TEX
June 16 Tuesday @ TEX
June 17 Wednesday TEX
June 18 Thursday TEX
June 19 Friday SF
June 20 Saturday SF
June 21 Sunday SF
June 22 Monday @ CHC
June 23 Tuesday @ CHC
June 24 Wednesday @ CHC
June 25 Thursday @ CHC
June 26 Friday @ MIA
June 27 Saturday @ MIA
June 28 Sunday @ MIA
June 29 Monday @ ARI
June 30 Tuesday @ ARI
July 1 Wednesday @ ARI
July 3 Friday NYM
July 4 Saturday NYM
July 5 Sunday NYM
July 6 Monday PHI
July 7 Tuesday PHI
July 8 Wednesday PHI
July 9 Thursday PHI
July 10 Friday MIL
July 11 Saturday MIL
July 12 Sunday MIL
July 14 Tuesday ASG @ CIN
July 17 Friday @ WSH
July 18 Saturday @ WSH
July 19 Sunday @ WSH
July 20 Monday @ ATL
July 21 Tuesday @ ATL
July 22 Wednesday @ ATL
July 23 Thursday @ NYM
July 24 Friday @ NYM
July 25 Saturday @ NYM
July 26 Sunday @ NYM
July 28 Tuesday OAK
July 29 Wednesday OAK
July 31 Friday LAA
August 1 Saturday LAA
August 2 Sunday LAA
August 4 Tuesday @ PHI
August 5 Wednesday @ PHI
August 6 Thursday @ PHI
August 7 Friday @ PIT
August 8 Saturday @ PIT
August 9 Sunday @ PIT
August 10 Monday WSH
August 11 Tuesday WSH
August 12 Wednesday WSH
August 13 Thursday CIN
August 14 Friday CIN
August 15 Saturday CIN
August 16 Sunday CIN
August 18 Tuesday @ OAK
August 19 Wednesday @ OAK
August 21 Friday @ HOU
August 22 Saturday @ HOU
August 23 Sunday @ HOU
August 25 Tuesday @ CIN
August 26 Wednesday @ CIN
August 27 Thursday @ CIN
August 28 Friday CHC
August 29 Saturday CHC
August 30 Sunday CHC
August 31 Monday SF
Sept. 1 Tuesday SF
Sept. 2 Wednesday SF
Sept. 3 Thursday @ SD
Sept. 4 Friday @ SD
Sept. 5 Saturday @ SD
Sept. 6 Sunday @ SD
Sept. 7 Monday @ LAA
Sept. 8 Tuesday @ LAA
Sept. 9 Wednesday @ LAA
Sept. 11 Friday @ ARI
Sept. 12 Saturday @ ARI
Sept. 13 Sunday @ ARI
Sept. 14 Monday COL
Sept. 15 Tuesday COL
Sept. 16 Wednesday COL
Sept. 18 Friday PIT
Sept. 19 Saturday PIT
Sept. 20 Sunday PIT
Sept. 21 Monday ARI
Sept. 22 Tuesday ARI
Sept. 23 Wednesday ARI
Sept. 24 Thursday ARI
Sept. 25 Friday @ COL
Sept. 26 Saturday @ COL
Sept. 27 Sunday @ COL
Sept. 28 Monday @ SF
Sept. 29 Tuesday @ SF
Sept. 30 Wednesday @ SF
Oct. 1 Thursday @ SF
Oct. 2 Friday SD
Oct. 3 Saturday SD
Oct. 4 Sunday SD
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.
If any of you want a break from the playoff, head over to the Burbank Library. Here is what Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary posted about the event:
I am way behind in doing this post on the SABR44 convention in Houston. I did posted pictures from the event on Tweeter, IG and Facebook but I did not do a blog post.
I had a marvelous time in Houston. Weather was not too bad either. The hotel was away from Downtown but it all worked out. I am sorry that I missed going to see the minor league team “the Sugarland Skeeters”
This year I debated whether to go to the convention because I’ve known for a few months now that I will be out of job soon, but I am glad I did go. Once you go to one of the SABR conventions, it is hard to stay away. It is always a big pleasure seeing fellow SABR members and meeting new ones. Also of course I enjoy the lineup of speakers, going to see an MLB and a minor league game if possible. Also I try to attend as many baseball sessions as possible realizing that it is impossible to attend all.
The local chapters always do a great job of hosting and organizing the convention. In Houston it was hosted by the Larry DierkerChapter and greatly assisted by the Horsny Chapter.
This was my fourth convention in a row. I enjoyed every one of them. My first one was the Long Beach convention where I volunteered with our local Chapter, the Allan Roth Chapter. Hopefully I can make it next year to Chicago for SABR45.
Here are some pictures from the SABR convention:
panel of former Astros players Alan Ashby, Larry Dierker and Art Howe
Eddie Robinson, longtime player, general manager and baseball executive;
Bob Aspromonte signing my baseball. Picture from RyanPollack.com
Marie “Red” Mahoney. The only women from Houston to play in the AAGPBL.
It was great chatting with Larry Dierker prior to the panel discussion.
Lesley Heaphy selected as Bob Davis award winner!
A SABR member was so nice giving me this baseball card so that Enos could sign it for me.
A kid took this picture of Jose Cruz and myself. It is a little blury.
Dodgers Jim Wynn and Bob Aspromonte signed my baseball.
Buck Martinez, broadcaster of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Max Kates dressed like Charlie Finley, had a presentation titled “The Bikers Beat the Boys Scouts”: Facial Hair and the 1972 World Series. I think his dress attire helped him get Roger Clemens to sign his book.
Selfies with Roger Clemens in the background.
The Toy Cannon, Jim Wynn.
Brooklyn Dodger Bob Aspromonte. Also a Colt .45 .
We got this huge book free.
Vivian L Smith, statue on the outside of the Astrodome. The plaque reads “She loved the Astros”
Jose Cruz and Enos Cabell
Art Howe. I talked with both Jose Cruz and Art Howe on how debasted I was that Monday extra playoff game in 1980 between the Dodgers and Astros. I told him I cried that Monday. Art (or was it Jose) said “Better you than us.”
I can’t read this signature. Hmm. Roger Clemens?
Selfie at Minute Maid Park with Astro in the background.
Since SABR42 in Minnesota, we (Norm, Kent, Abby and I) have been taking a picture at a stadium with the team’s mickey mouse. This year Abby could not make it so we invited Evelyn to post with us.
These are only a part of the pictures I took at SABR44. It is always so much fun attending the convention. I hope to make it to SABR45.
Sidenote: Today Wednesday, September 24, I can’t wait to head to Dodger Stadium to see Clayton Kershaw go for win #21 against the Giants and clinch the National League West! Go Dodgers!
This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Endurance. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/endurance/
I started scanning the pictures in my iphone to see what I could use. I came across a picture and a little video I took of an oldtimer Dodger fan with a very old Dodger baseball cap. I heard him talking with an usher about his hat so I asked if I could take a picture.
His name is Paul. I caught him just before the elevator in the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium came. I knew I had a short window to do a quick little video.
Dave got the hat on August 31, 1959. This is the second year the Dodgers played at the Coliseum. He says in the Video that Sandy Koufax piched that day against the Giants. He had gone with his future father in law. At that time, the lady with him was his girlfriend. They were to marry the following week.
Dave could not remember who pitched for the Giants but I looked it up. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN195908310.shtml
Jack Sanford pitched for the Giants. The Dodgers with Sandy Koufax on the mound won the game 5-2.
Dave did remember that Wally Moon hit one of his famous moonshots. Dave also remembers Willie McCovey hitting a homerun off Koufax.
Some endurance that LA Dodgers hat has withstood!The hat is 55 years old and he still wears to Dodger Stadium.
Dave’s hat, marraige and his his love lasting 55 years years and still going.
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.