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Barbarroja Chad Billingsley. Cochito Cruz! Baseball Reliquary event

Barbarroja Chad Billingsley

Jaime Jarrin has nicknamed Chad Billingsley Barbarroja because his beard is coming out red.  Jaime said during one of his transmission that he told Billingsley that he calls him that.  Billz said he likes it.   

There is a Barbarroja beer in Argentina.  

Billingsley  record with the beard is  is 5-0 in his last five games with a 1.56 ERA

El Cochito Luis Cruz

Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez report that El Cochito Cruz talks to his dad every day about how he is doing.  His dad watches him on the internet.  He tells him “you did this right, you should open this way, you did this wrong.  Cochito cruz Sr. used to play in the Mexican League.   As I edit this Cochito Cruz just hit a homerun!

The Nickname:  Cochito

The nickname “Cochito” refers to “el Cochinito”  which means a little pig.  Luis Cruz Sr. was known by that last name so his son inherited the nickname. 

Back to Back to Back Homeruns

Congratulatios to the guys that hit the back to back to back   Hanley Ramirez, Loney and CochitoCruz.    If someone had told you that there were four homeruns in the Dodger game you would have figured that Kemp and Ethier were included in there but no.  There were four hits in the game and all four were homeruns. 

The Baseball Reliquary and “Not Exactly Cooperstown”

Watching the game and later I am heading to the the Pasadena Library for the screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown”    Tom Hoffarth has a Q&A with the filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis hhttp://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_21347428/sunday-q-tom-hoffarth-filmmaker-happy-reliquary-is  

Jon is a Giant fan but I don’t hold that against him but I want to see what he has to say about Melky.   Oh yeah, fans are encouraged to show up dressed in their baseball gear.  I think I will dress as Hilda Chester.  Still looking for my bag that says “Hilda is Here!”

Get away game for the Dodgers with the Braves then home to play three with the Giants.  Go Dodgers!

Happy birthday Roberto Clemente and Lorena. Civil Rights Game. Not Exactly Cooperstown film

Happy birthday Roberto Clemente!    Roberto would have been 78 today August 18, 2012.  In addition to heck of a player, he was a great humanitarian. 

Today is also my friend Lorena’s birthday.   Happy birthday kid!   That is nice that you share a birthday with the great one, Roberto Clemente. 

Dodgers in Atlanta.  Civil Right Game.  Don NewCombe

Dodgers at Atlanta.   They have lost two in a row.  Don Mattingly will start serving his two day suspension today.   It does not look like Matt Kemp will be suspended.   Angel Campos should not have ejected him for cheering for Andre Ethier.  Today is the Civil Right game.  

Today Don Newcombe received the Beacon of Hope Award.  Congratulations Mr. Newcombe!

 

Not Exactly Cooperstown

Tomorrow at the Pasadena Library is premier of the documentary “Not Exactly Cooperstown” by Jon  Leonoudakis. 

World Premiere:Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4066

Fans are encouraged to go dressed in their favorite baseball attire for a chance of a prize.     I am looking forward to it.   For more information go to http://notexactlycooperstown.com

ref: Pittsburgmagazine, Jon SooHoo, Baseball Reliquary, Jon Leonoudakis

Dodgers in Miami but here are some baseball related events in the Southland

The Dodgers start their 10 game road trip tonight with the Miami Marlins but no worries, there are some baseball related events in the Southland.  

Baseball Exhibition at LAFAM

The museum of Art & Folk located on 5814 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles  has a  baseball exhbition  from the private collection of Gary Cypres.  the exhibition runs until September 9, 2012.   I went last night to see the panel discussion on the history of community baseball in Los Angeles as put together by Terry Cannon, founder of the Baseball Reliquary. 

“Bad Moon Rising  Baseball and the Summer of ’68” A Baseball Reliquary exhibition at the Burbank Central Library. 

 The exhibition runs until September 27, 2012.   The Burbank Central Library is located at 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  Burbank, CA.

Little League Baseball in San Bernardino Saturday 8/11/2012 at 1: pm  

 

 The Grensham,  Oregon Little League team will play against the kids from Post Falls, Idaho Little League.  Fernando Valenzuela is throwing out the first pitch.  The location:

Little League Western Region Headquarters

6707 Little League Dr.

San Bernardino, Ca  92407

I will be at the Little League Western Region Headquarters tomorrow then is home to watch the Dodgers.

Dodgers win in Colorado! Skinnyswag Dee Gordon goes deep!

I was coming out of work when I heard Dee Gordon hit a homerun. I stopped to double check that on MLB At Bat 12. Yep! is true! he hit one out! Of course I had to watch it too. He put it a few rows up. Congratulations @skinnyswag! Dee is in my baseball fantasy team. This time Dee could take his time running around the bases.
pic by Jon SooHoo

Pepe Yniguez wins the bet with Fernando Valenzuela. Pepe picked @skinnyswag Dee Gordon to hit a homerun this season. Fernando chose Mark Ellis. Dinner on Fernando.

Those two are not the only ones that had a bet going. About a month ago I was having dinner with friends Terry of http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ and Steve Seemayer of http://labluebum.com/. Terry bet Steve that Dee Gordon would hit a homerun this year. The bet: the big sum of $1. :-)

Dodgers were leading 4-0 in the first inning but as we all know, no lead is safe in Colorado. The score ended up being 7-6. Javy Guerra, yes, Javy Guerra saved the game! The snuggie curse on Javy has been lifted. Not posting another picture with the snuggie. I don’t want to upset the baseball gods or Santa Rita, the Baseball saint.
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I felt asleep adding this post. hit post before I was done so update below.

#20 MLB Fan ranking for April 2012. Don Sutton.
Thank you all that visit my blog! It came in at #20 for the MLB Fan blogs. #20 is Don Sutton retired number. I saw him briefly When Atlanta was at Dodger Stadium. I asked Don if I could have a picture with him. He asked for what. I said for my blog and he said no, something about a bad experience. I was OK with it so I told him “Have a great day!”

OK, so I don’t know what made me check this but did you know that Don Sutton never had a homerun?

Baseball Reliquary Exhibition -Bill Veeck- Now to May 24. “Veeckfest” May 19.

I am excited that this exhibition is close to me at the Arcadia library. This is from the Arcadia library:
Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, an exhibition which utilizes photographs, artworks, artifacts, and documents to chronicle the life and times of one of the most influential figures in baseball history. The owner of four teams – the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox (twice) – Veeck was a baseball impresario and innovator, an unflinching advocate of racial equality, and a visionary who spent a lifetime challenging baseball’s and society’s well-entrenched status quo.

“VeeckFest” — Saturday, May 19 – 1pm-5pm
http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/images/veeck__2.jpg> In conjunction with its exhibition, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, the Baseball Reliquary presents “VeeckFest,” an in-depth look at Bill Veeck, the transformational, visionary figure, whose life and imagination helped define the several eras he encompassed. This free event will include a film screening; book signing; and panel discussion featuring, among others, Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick; sportswriters John Schulian and Ron Rapoport, who covered Veeck for the Chicago Sun-Times and other publications; and screenwriter/filmmaker Ken Solarz, who owns the movie rights to Veeck’s 1962 autobiography, Veeck—as in Wreck. This will be a popular event so please come early. Space is limited to the first 150 people. Free admission. Further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (626) 821-5567 during library hours.

There is a Dodger game on 5/19 but I am heading to the “Veeckfest” then head to Dodger Stadium. Oh oh, this is the same day for the Dodger fanfest. Is going to be a busy day.

It did not rain enough last night at the game. It should have rained prior to the 9th inning when everything fell apart. Dodgers were leading 2-1 when Javy Guerra came in the 9th. He was getting hit then he got hit by a line drive that hit him on jaw. Mattingly should have taken him out then. Instead the Braves scored 3.

Off day today for the Dodgers so I am heading to the Arcadia library to take a look at the exhibition. Washington Nationals in town tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw on the mound!

ref: http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/home/index.asp?page=763#veeck

Dodgers White Sox First Spring Training Fan Fest

My friends Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I are waking up pretty early on Saturday to head to the Dodgers White Sox Spring Training Fanfest March 3rd.   Hmm, let’s see…gates open at 8;30, a six hour drive.  Man!  that is pretty early and this is a turnaround trip.  

Here is the information

DODGERS/WHITE SOX SPRING TRAINING FAN FEST

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION!!! Batting practice & autograph sessions:
Chicago White Sox batting practice 9-10:30am
Chicago White Sox autograph session 10:30-11am
Los Angeles Dodgers autograph session 11-11:30am
Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice 11:30am-1pm

Activities & Promotions:
Concourse Activities include the Free Agent Sports Marketing Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, speed pitch, fan photos, kids’ inflatables, a Phoenix Coyotes booth featuring Howler, a Glendale fire truck, and a Cactus League book signing with Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry.
Promotional items include bobbleheads (first 250 children 12 and under), Coyotes ticket drawing for the March 3rd game at neighboring Jobing.com Arena, spring training raffles, and other sponsored giveaways.
Arizona Sports 620 Radio will broadcast from the stadium during the event.
Concession stands and the Clubhouse Store will be open.
The ticket office will be open from 8:30am-4pm for fans to purchase game tickets.

 Phone: (623) 302-5000
Event url: www.camelbackranchbaseball.com
Here is a picture from last March at Camelback Ranch.  Andre Ethier, Margie, Lorena and I.  
Spring Training 2011 076  Andre Ethier .jpg
 
Had a great time at the Baseball Reliquary event last Saturday.  I purchased the book “Strrr-ike!! Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire” by Adrienne Cherie Ashford, daughter of Emmett.   I checked out two  books from the library, one on the Negro League and the other is  “A Strong Right Arm”  the story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.” 
 
I also won another book.  “Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees by Matthew McGough.  Matthew was in the audience so he signed my book.  He was there with his two beautiful young kids.  Even though I have the book I will attend the Baseball Reliquary when he will be speaking about his book and having a book signing.   My friend Abby who is a huge Yankee fan, said is a fun read.   Thank you Abby for the two Dodger books you have sent me!   Let me know if there is anything I can send your way.  
 
I plan on getting the Gaylord Perry book too.  So many books to read, so little time.  I plan on reading on my way to Camelback Ranch. 
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ref:  http://events.kpho.com/?404

Do You Know Who Was the first Black Umpire in Major League Baseball?

Emmett Ashford MLB debut took place on April 11, 1966 Home Opener where the Washington Senator were playing Cleveland.  His first major hurdle was getting into the stadium.   Vice-President Hubert Humphrey was scheduled to throw out the first ball, and the service needed to be convinced that a black man was there to umpire the game.   Ashford was a colorful (no pun intended) man.  

Ashford was born in Los Angeles on November 23, 1914.  Ashford’s father abandoned the family so Emmett and brother Wilbur were raised by their highly motivated mother who worked as a secretary for the California Eagle, a black newspaper.  Ashford excelled at Jefferson High School, rising to co-editor of the school paper, the Jeffersonian, and becoming a teen journalist for the California Eagle.  When he graduated in 1933 he was the senior class president, the first black student so honored.

Ashford was 51 when he made his Major league debut as an umpire.  he told Ebony after the game. “Of course, I was a little nervous at first, but wild horses couldn’t have kept me out of there. I waited 15 years for this and now I’m finally there.”   When Ashford turned 55 in December 1969, he had reached the American League’s retirement age of 55 for its umpires, a rule occasionally bent.  he was given one more year, but after the 1970 season Ashford announced his retirement. 

His umpire career: Umpire in Southwest International League, July 1951-July 1952; Arizona-Texas League, August-September 1952; Western International League, 1953: Pacific Coast League, 1954-1965; American League, 1966-1970; All-Star Game, 1967; World Series, 1970.

Come and check out this event honoring Emmett Ashford presented by the Baseball Reliquary and Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena:

When:  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 3:00 PM

Where:  Allendale Branch Library, 1130 South Marengo ave., Pasadena, CA

Emmett Ashford’s daughter, Adrienne Cherie Ashford, will discuss her father’s extraordinary career and legacy; will sign copies of her biography, Strrr-ike!!: Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire; and will show video clips of her father working games in the 1970 World Series. Ashford’s biography will be available for $15.00 per copy.

I throughly enjoyed last Saturday’s Baseball Reliquary  event at the West Covina Library on the LA Blue Bum series by Stephen Seemayer.  I loved the Brooklyn Dodger trivia!  I also won the book  “The Unwritten Rules of Baseball.  Check out Steve’s exhibition at the West Covina Library. 

Looking forward to this Saturday’s event.   

ref:  www.baseballreliquary.org  www.sabr.org , Baseballblackheritage.com

Dodger Pride Night. The Baseball Reliquary and The Blue Bum

I went to the Kings Game yesterday as it was Dodger Pride Night.  Here is a picture of my friends and I at the game.  In the picture Enrique, Ernest, Dee, William, Deuce, Sylvia, Rosie, Lorena & I. 

 

Steve Yeager was at the game!  

I like this shirt that Ron (Fansince53) was sporting at the game. 

Ned Colletti and King’s mascot Bailey.

Later on today I am heading to  The Baseball Reliquary Presents “Occupy Chavez Ravine:  The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer.  

“The Last Day of This World?” by Stephen Seemayer (24” x 24,” aerosol enamel, latex, and photo collage on wood panel)

“The Last Day of This World?” by Stephen Seemayer (24” x 24,” aerosol enamel, latex, and photo collage on wood panel). Created for Dodgers/Padres series of September 23-25, 2011. On display in the exhibition, Occupy Chavez Ravine: The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer.

The exhibition at the West Covina Library has been there since February 4th and will be there until March 29, 2012.   Steve is part of the Top Deck Season ticket holder family.   Go see the exhibition and become a member of the Baseball Reliquary.   Information about event here:  http://www.baseballreliquary.org/OccupyChavezRavine.htm   Also check out Steve’s website here http://www.labluebum.com/

Location: West Covina Library
Address: 1601 West Covina Parkway, West Covina, California
 I love all these events at the libraries!    Here is a picture of Terry Cannon, the President and founder of the Reliquary and Stephen Seemayer.  We are the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at the Doheny Library, USC.  

Another picture of Terry’s exhibition of the Baseball Reliquary at the Doheny Library.  Let’s see if I can find my Baseball Reliquary t-shirt like the one in the picture. 

Baseball Reliquary membership:  $25.  Here is Terry Cannon with Benito

One of Steve’s paintings with Haiku from a game against the Angels:

Come and check out the exhibition today and meet Steve or go to the West Covina another day to check it out.

Dodgers get some Gold and the McCourts are Out of Here! Woohoo!

What a great day in Los Angeles for us Dodger Fans!  First we get the news that Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier win  Gold Gloves!  Congratulations guys!

The next news I received yesterday was that Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers! 

 Dodger fans are celebrating everywhere!

I am off to the SABR AFL conference in Arizona early tomorrow morning!  details here http://sabr.org/latest/exciting-schedule-deck-sabr-arizona-fall-league-conference  I am excited about attending and also to see Dustin Pedroia there.  Maybe Ethier will also be there….

Love what John Thorn has to say about SABR here http://sabr.org/content/john-thorn-why-im-sabr-member  That is the way I felt when I attended my first SABR convention this year.  John just says so well.  I was thrilled to meet him this year.  Take a look at this  baseball card from John Thorn.  I got the set of Major League Writers from Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary:

Greg Jezewski Exhibition and the Baseball Reliquary

A Giant fan and a Dodger fan can get along

People ask me all the time “Emma, what do you do when the baseball season is over?” or “What do you now that the Dodgers are not playing?”  I tell them there is still baseball being played in the Fall League and there are baseball related events going on.  For example I went to SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) meeting on Saturday October 1st.  We had Wes Parker as our speaker.   Afterwards a new president was elected and at the end we had a baseball books auction.   

Saturday October 8, 2011, Thanks to the Baseball Reliquary, I found out about Greg Jezewski “High Ball” exhibition in Santa Monica.  Take a look at this piece.  I understand that Lasorda has not seen it

 

You see Greg is a Giant fan.  He was sporting a Seals jersey at his exhibition.   What he doesn’t know is that  God IS a Dodger fan.   Tommy always talks about the BIG Dodger in the sky.  But despise Greg being a Giant fan, he has a nice baseball-themed kinetic sculptures and multi-media paintings at the exhibition in Santa Monica at Frank Pictures Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. 

Here is the link to the  gallery website and photos of the work in display http://frankpicturesgallery.com/artists/GregJ/gregj.html  Check it out, is on display until November 10th.    I had a wonderful time there looking at the exhibition and talking to Greg and Terry & Mary Cannon.    Terry is the Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary.   I had so much fun talking to Terry & Mary.  
 

The next Baseball Reliquary event I am attending  is this coming Saturday October 15, 2011 at the La Pintoresca Branch library, 1355 N. Raymond ave., Pasadena.  The  “Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles,”  book signing and film screening is taking place  from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  The event is held in conjunction with the 13th Annual Latino Heritage parade and jamaica.  I can’t wait for the event and I can’t wait to finally meet Richard Santillan co-author of the book.   Richard and I have talked to each other on the phone and have emailed each other.   Looking forward to meeting him and his wife.    BTW, Richard is a Dodger fan and a season ticket holder.   I am also looking forward to meeting some of the players from that era like Armando Perez.   Here is a link to the event:

http://www.lib.csusb.edu/SpecialCollections/La_Pintoresca.pdf

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