50 years ago: Ladies and gentlemen … the Beatles giveaway at Dodger Stadium

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It would be wonderful to have these pictures and tickets to along with them! Imagine!  Here is a picture of a ticket that Howard Cole, Director at Internet Baseball Writers Association of America and Writer at LA Weekly, posted:Photo: As a complement to the pic below, check Mark Langill Dodgers Insider blog here. http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/02/09/beatles-dodgers-john-paul-george-ringo-nicholas-volpe-1964-dodger-stadium/

 

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

beatles pixBy Mark Langill

The Beatles made their United States debut 50 years ago on this date in 1964 on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” By September, the Fab Four were appearing at Dodger Stadium in a promotion straight out of left field.

Stumbling in the 1964 standings and on their way to a sixth-place finish in the National League, the defending World Champions decided to jump on the Beatles bandwagon. To boost late-season box office interest, the team offered 12″ x 18″ portraits of the British singers by artist Nicholas Volpe, whose Union 76-sponsored illustrations of various Dodgers since 1959 had proved popular with Dodger fans and collectors.

The Beatles portraits were separated into four games – John Lennon (September 12), Paul McCartney (September 15), George Harrison (September 29) and Ringo Starr (October 3) – and distributed to “children through the ages of high school.” The Beatles would later perform their…

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Dodgers: Please bring back our Paper Season Tickets

One of the things I looked forward to every year is getting that special box from the Dodgers in the mail with my season tickets. I was always giddy with  anticipation when I got that call from home that a package had arrived from the Dodgers.  I would wonder “How do the tickets look like this year?”   Would they have current players pictures or past player pictures, pictures of Dodger past history?  No matter what the Dodgers picked, I liked them.  They were my special tickets!   One of the many themes I like are “Great Moments in Dodger History.”

The minute I got home I would grab the box look at it some more, shake it and hastily  opened it. Once the box was opened, I would smell the tickets just like in the movie “Fever Pitch”    “They smell like World Series to me” I would tell my brother Victor year after year.

Before I became a season ticket holder for a second time, I had a mini plan package with my friend Stephanie.  Once the tickets arrived, we would get together for dinner and spread the tickets on the table.  If she could not attend some games, I would give her a choice of another date.

Prior to home stands, my brother Victor would separate the tickets for the upcoming home stand.  He would hold a set in each hand and ask me ‘left or right?”   I always ended up with tickets with my favorite players either by choosing right or by bullying him.

Afterwards the tickets went  into our handy holder that the Dodgers would sell at Dodger Stadium.

With this no paper season, I need to either print my tickets or show my phone so the Dodgers can scan this virtual ticket.  I don’t like it.  I don’t have a printer at home.  All my printing I do it at work or at a library.   My brother does not have a phone so he needs to print the ticket.

I am old fashion, I like having actual tickets.  I like writing in back of them recording special occasions.  Every once in a while, for special occasions, I like having that ticket signed if the opportunity arises. I like to record a player’s debut, his first hit, his first home run.

One of the things I don’t like when I go on road trips is having to print my own tickets or scan them from my phone.   I was in Seattle when the Dodgers got no-hit.  I saved my printout but as I was leaving the stadium I noticed two tickets on the floor.  I was thinking “Why would anyone not want to keep such a special ticket to commemorate the no-hitter?   I picked up the tickets.

Below is my ticket from Opening Day 1981 when Fernando had to step in and replace Jerry Reuss as the Opening Day pitcher.    It is not on this picture, but Fernando signed it for me.

I also have my postseason season tickets from 1981.   I have my two season tickets from the Back to Back to Back to Back historical game on September 18, 2006.  Like that I have other ones saved separate from my other season tickets.    A long time ago, I used to toss them.  I wish I would have kept some of those tickets.

Another thing I do with the tickets is attach them to my scoresheet.

It is not going to be the same having to scan the ticket from my phone or printing those generic papers.

I was going to post some pictures of my tickets but they are at home and i am having a hard time uploading pictures.

Update:  Bill Roebuck has created a petition and a facebook page.  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Object.  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/  From the link:

In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot — like my husband’s juggling ball above, snapped on a beach on the north shore of Kauai. Or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo of one object.

On this day January 31, my object photo inspiration is this nine foot tall bust of Jackie Robinson outside the Pasadena City Hall.

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Jackie Robinson would have been 95 today.  Someone asked me why on the Eve of Superbowl, why I am wearing a Dodger baseball jersey.  I told this person I am commemorating the birthday of Jackie Robinson, a hero and an inspiration to us all.   Jackie Robinson paved the way for a change in American society that has continued since his debut at Ebbett’s Field on April 15th 1947.

Happy Birthday Jackie!

Dodger FanFest February 1, 2014

Dodgers are having the FanFest on Saturday February 1, 2014.   The autographs this year were available for purchase online for $10 with all proceeds going to benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).

Tickets went on sale Monday 1/27/14 at 10 AM for Season Ticket Holders and at noon for the rest of the fans.   The $10 included two players so the first one I selected was Yasiel Puig with Jaime Jarrin.  I was not lucky, by the time I selected those two, they were sold out.  I then tried for Orel Hershiser with Justin Sellers but that one was also sold out.  I had no luck selecting Nomar Garciaparra with Javy Guerra.   The same thing happened when I selected Fernando Valenzuela with Drew Butera.

I DID get autograph tickets for Brian Wilson with Al Ferrera.  YAY!   and I also got Alex Guerrero with Pepe Yniguez!  YAY.   But I was dissapointed that I did not get some of the other ones. With how early I logged on, I could not believe that many were already sold out.

Here is the lineup  as it was at 1 P.M. pacific time.

LINE 1

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

JAVY GUERRA

NOMAR GARCIAPARRA

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

SCOTT VAN SLYKE

TOMMY LASORDA

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

JUSTIN SELLERS

OREL HERSHISER

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DREW BUTERA

FERNANDO VALENZUELA

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

TIM FEDEROWICZ

STEVE YEAGER

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Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

KENLEY JANSEN

BOBBY CASTILLO

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 2

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

DAN HAREN

MICKEY HATCHER

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

HYUN-JIN RYU

NED COLLETTI

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

MATT KEMP

“SWEET” LOU JOHNSON

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

MATT MAGILL

RON CEY

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Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

MARK MCGWIRE

RICK MONDAY

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

NICK BUSS

ERIC KARROS

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 3

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

SETH ROSIN

SHAWN GREEN

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Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

TIM WALLACH

SHAWN GREEN

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

DEE GORDON

JERRY HAIRSTON JR

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DON MATTINGLY

CHARLIE STEINER

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

JARRETT MARTIN

MAURY WILLS

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Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

MIKE BAXTER

MAURY WILLS

Buy Tickets

LINE 4

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

PACO RODRIGUEZ

BILL RUSSELL

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

STEPHEN FIFE

JOHN VALENTIN

Buy Tickets

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

BRIAN WILSON

AL FERRERA

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

YASIEL PUIG

JAIME JARRIN

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

ALEX GUERRERO

PEPE YNIGUEZ

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

CARL CRAWFORD

KEN LANDREAUX

–SOLD OUT–

So there it is.

The Dodgers are also having the annual Community Service Caravan starting today Monday thru Thursday January 30.  Here is part of what Jon Weisman posted in the Dodgers.mlblogs blog:

This year’s caravan is making stops at the following locations and will be joined by these Dodger alums:

January 27 (Ron Cey, Kenny Landreaux, Matt Luke and Dennis Powell)

1 -4:30 p.m.: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

January 28 (Tommy Davis, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Tim Leary and Derrel Thomas)

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Moffitt Elementary School/Playworks in Norwalk

3:30-7:15 p.m.: McBride Teen Center Ice Skating at Dodger Stadium

January 29 (Al Ferrara, Dennis Powell, Wes Parker and Bill Russell)

8-10:30 a.m.: West Adams Preparatory High School, Los Angeles

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: L.A. Universal Preschool

January 30 (Billy Ashley, Ron Cey, Al Ferrara, Reggie Smith and Maury Wills)

10 a.m. – 12 noon: Operation Gratitude, National Guard Armory, Van Nuys

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

I just read this week’s Workpress Photo Challenge https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/photo-challenge-juxtaposition/comment-page-4/#comment-300964 and right away I thought of the pictures I took today at Dodger Stadium. The juxtaposition of the elements at Dodger Stadium with tonight’s hockey game.

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Hockey game at a Baseball Stadium?   Yes!  LA The Kings will meat the Anaheim Ducks.  The San Gabriel mountains in the background.

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pictures taken by me in the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium.  My Dodger purse showing

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Hockey sticks and other merchandise are being sold at Dodger Stadium to commemorate this historical hockey game.

 

Jaime Jarrin Recipient of the Art Gilmore Achievement Award

Thank you Brian for inviting me to the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasting Luncheon! I had a wonderful time!

El Maestro Jaime Jarrin received the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award. Congratulations Sr. Jaime!
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Pacific Pioneer Broadcasting Salutes Jaime Jarrin
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The program and the ticket.  Among the speakers were PPB President Chuck Street, Entertainment Chair Jeanne DeVivier Brown, Laura Diaz, Jorge Jarrin, Larry King, Michael Young and Vin Scully who presented PPB’s Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Jaime Jarrin.
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Mr. Vin Scully
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Mr. Jaime Jarrin
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The handsome award.
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Thank you Brian for inviting me!
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Jaime Jarrin’s wife Blanca.  Thank you Mrs. Jarrin for sharing your husband with all of his many faithful fans. Mauricio Jarrin, Jaime’s son also in the picture.
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Fernando Valenzuela & Jaime.  Pepe Yniguez was hiding.

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I have some videos but I have not downloaded yet.

Ride the Train to Dodger Stadium for Hockey Game

 

I saw this on the Metrolink website at http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/promotions_detail/title/stadium_series_2014

from the website:

Stadium Series – Kings vs. Ducks

Saturday, January 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. game time

Ride Metrolink from Orange County to Dodger Stadium

The National Hockey League is hosting a special Stadium Series hockey game between the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium.  Metrolink is promoting the use of either Amtrak or Metrolink from Orange County to LA Union Station to attend the game.  For Metrolink schedules, click here.

Metro will operate the Stadium Express shuttle with pick up on the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent  to the east portal of Union Station.  The bus will continue to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Blvd. and Cesar Chavez Avenue.  Service will be provided starting 90 minutes before the beginning of the game and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game.

The return trip back to Orange County is only available on Amtrak 796  departing from L.A. Union Station at 10:10 p.m..  For this game only, Amtrak will hold the train up to 45 minutes in the event the game goes into overtime.   If you ride Metrolink to L.A. Union Station, you must purchase a separate Amtrak ticket one-way for the return trip from the ticket vending machine.  One-way Amtrak tickets start from $12.  Visit amtrak.com for more information.

NOTE:  Amtrak does not stop at the Metrolink Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs, Buena Park, Orange, Tustin, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo or San Clemente stations.

Dodger Stadium Express

Metrolink riders can board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.

  • Service leaves L.A. Union Station every 10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game and operating every 30 minutes during the game.
  • You’ll be dropped off inside Dodger Stadium behind Center Field.
  • Return service on the Dodger Stadium Express runs until 45 minutes after the final period.  For details, click here.

Local Restaurants

For those fans who want to experience a pre-game dinner near Union Station, here is a list of restaurants within a 10-minute walking distance of the station.

Philippe – The Original
1001 N. Alameda Street
French dip sandwiches, soups, salads  $
philippes.com
Traxx
In Union Station
Modern American   $$$
Traxxrestaurant.com
El Paseo Inn
Olvera Street (across from Union Station)
Mexican cuisine   $$
Elpaseoinn.com
ABC Seafood
708 New High Street
Chinese, seafood, dim sum  $
213-680-2887

SportsNet LA, the Dodgers Sport Network

When the Dodgers announced their new Sport Network, I was wondering why the name did not have the word “Dodgers”

From this LA Times article: http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-time-warner-cable-mlb-tv-deal-20140115,0,5374663.story#ixzz2rFhZdVeq

The new SportsNet LA channel will use the Dodgers’ interlocking “LA” logo,  team co-owner Todd Boehly said. He said the Dodgers agreed to leave the team  name out of a channel name that is similar to TWC’s other local sports network,  Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.

“The decision was a Time Warner decision,” Boehly said. “That was something  they thought was really valuable to their brand. We have the flexibility to sit  down and evolve the name over time.”

Kasten said the Dodgers and TWC plan to air 75 games in Spanish this season — on a separate channel — with the goal of airing all games in Spanish in  future seasons.

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The Dodgers officially announced yesterday that the new Sport Network for the Dodgers called  SportsNet LA will launch on February 25.  You can follow the account @sportnetLA

From left to right. Orel Hershiser, Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela, Charlie Steiner, Jaime Jarrin, Vin Scully, Alanna Rizzo, Nomar Garciaparra, Rick Monday, Jorge Jarrin.  Missing in the picture are Jerry Hairston, John Hartung and Manny Mota.

From the Dodgers Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, CA - SportsNet LA, the exclusive new local TV home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, officially announced today that the network will launch on February 25, the night before the Dodgers’ first Spring Training game.

SportsNet LA will take fans behind-the-scenes and offer in-depth access into the Dodger organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content, and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. SportsNet LA will televise 24/7 Dodger content, including live and classic games, live studio shows, numerous original programs, all with expert commentary led by the network’s on-air talent team of Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Charley Steiner, Jerry Hairston, Alanna Rizzo and John Hartung.

16 days till Pitchers and Catchers report  (2/8/2014)

21 days  till first Full squad workout (2/13/2014)

 34 days till 1st ST game  (2/26/2014)

59 days till Opening Day in Australia  (3/22/2014)

66 days till Opening Night at Petco Park. (3/30/2014)

72 days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium  (4/4/2014)

SABR Day: January 25, 2013

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fifth annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 25, 2014.

I know I missed last year”s SABR Day because the date was same date as the Dodgers first FanFest at Dodger Stadium.  This year the date  coincides with the King s and Ducks breaking the ice at Dodger Stadium.  Update: I am going to SABR day but now realized I could have gone to both events. The hockey game is not until 6:30 but I did not get a ticket :-(

Here is a map from www.sabr.org on the locations where they are having SABR Day:

The red marks (Seattle and San Francisco) are holding theirs on Sunday January 26.  In addition, some chapters are holding their SABR Day meetings on   other days because of conflicts with team FanFests or availability of preferred venues.

The Allan Roth Chapter in Los Angeles will hold SABR day at the La Habra library.

Below are prior year highlights found at the SABR.org page for the Allan Roth Chapter:

Los Angeles, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 24 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library for SABR Day. Ed Hart discussed his brief career as the general manager of the  Fullerton Flyers of the Golden League. He mentioned the difficulty and  expense of starting a team from scratch and gave us nine rules for  success. Finding players was the easy part. He enjoyed working in  baseball and maintains a continuing friendship with manager Garry  Templeton. Dick Beverage auctioned off a box of Bob McConnell’s books, raising $70 for the chapter. Rick Smith presented a challenging trivia quiz entitled “Little Known  Facts About Hall of Famers.” Don Zminda had the high score. We each filled out a Hall of Fame ballot, and there were no blank  ballots. Mike Piazza and Craig Biggo were “elected”, and no one else  came close. Ron Selter presented a detailed talk about Negro League Ballparks. Barry Mednick reviewed 2012 Outliers. — Barry Mednick

2012 LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter):  46 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library as Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall (see picture at right) entertained for an hour with stories about his teammates and his career. We heard about spitballs, managerial moves, how Crandall aided Robin Yount’s career, and Crandall’s home run in Game 7 of the 1957 World Series. Crandall was a most engaging and delightful speaker. Chuck Polizzi described “The Big Game”, a movie he is working on, about the actual 1929 confrontation between the 12 Fredrickson brothers of Eidswold, Minnesota, and the House of David touring team. Daryl Grigsby challenged us with trivia from his book, Celebrating Ourselves: African Americans and the Promise of Baseball. High school coach Eddie Alvarez talked about the problems he faced trying to implement sabermetric concepts into the staid world of high school baseball.

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2011.  LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 1969 Mets outfielder Rod Gaspar spoke to about 30 people at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, and host Robert Wright recorded members talking about their most memorable baseball moments.  (note to me:  I never did hear the recording .    I remember I got a little emotional while Robert recorded me.  Having problem accessing the link)

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1969 Mets outfield Rod Gaspar talks to SABR members at the Allan Roth Chapter’s SABR Day gathering at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (California) on January 29.

 I was looking for pictures from pior SABR Days I have attended but I got to dig further. I did find these pictures from a meeting last year in June.

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june 2013 meeting George Genovese, the scout who first recommended Donnels, discussed his brief major league career with the Senators and his preference for the Pacific Coast League. He talked about how he had saved the careers of Jesus Alou and Bobby Bonds by assuring the Giants that these players had the talent to play.

Check out the SABR website and try to attend a SABR Day.

Ref: www.SABR.org

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

I want to get back to doing the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  I am going to pick it up from last week because I took a picture specifically for the challenge but did not have time to upload it.    Here is information and  the link to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Window http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/photo-challenge-window/

I love the picture in there.  I open up the link and went “Oh Wow!”  It looks like a completely different world from what you have inside.  My photo is a little different.  It is at work where I took off my glasses and was taking different pictures, but decided on this one

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I would have missed this picture if it wasn’t because of the Photo Challenge.  I removed my glasses to take the picture with my iphone.  I like the sunset in the background with the bare trees.  It is a little dark but a car was going by.

this one taken also at work.

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This flower blooms in January.  I don’t remember the name of it.  It looks like a orchids but they are not.   You can see the reflection of people working

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