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Los Angeles Sport Museum: More pictures

Here are more pictures from my visit to the Los Angeles Sport museum where the SABR local chapter had a meeting:

Tri-MVP 81

1981 World Series Tri-MVP’s Ron Cey, Steve Yeager & Pedro Guerrero

Fernando mustache

Fernando Valenzuela with a mustache.  Jijiji.

strike 81 daily news tvweek

Who remembers when we used to get a TV guide in the newspaper?  This from the Los Angeles Daily News in 1981.

Brooklyn movie poster

movie poster Whistling in Brooklyn.

Records u76

I never knew these records existed from Union 76.

Sandy Fernando & Orel

Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela & Orel Hershiser

Orel

Orel Hershiser memorabilia

Mini W.S. throphies

Dodgers Mini World Series trophies.

program & fan support

I love this picture.  the fan’s shirt says “LA Fan Support”

Dodger memorabilia U76

Union 76 pins.  I used to collect these.  Other Dodger memorabilia.

Duke

Duke Snider wall.

Ebbets ticket prices Seat made of bats quilt

Ebbets Field ticket prices.   bench made of bats.

JRroom

Another view of Brooklyn Dodger memorabilia & Jackie.

Sizemore Scorecard

I love this scorecard.  The Dodgers used to sell individual scorecards.  Now they don’t but see them at other stadiums.  I wish they would bring this back.

IDS & Retired #

Dodger Stadium and the retired Dodger numbers.  Oops! sorry Drysdale, I cut out part of your 53 number.

Dodger apron

Isn;t this Dodger apron great?  It says “The Heck with Housework.  Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”  Yep, that is what I say…;-)

DS & penants Red Sox sweater

Dodger Stadium replica.  A Red Sox jacket to the right.

Broklyn Bum the provervial brideman

I love this picture.  On top it says “The proverbial Brideman”

Dodger Sym-phony Jackie signing

Dodgers band Sym-Phony.   Jackie Robinson signing his contract.  Leo Durocher in the picture.

TOTTB

Dodgers Take me Out to the Ballgame.

Ebbet wall

The Dodger collection wall going up the stairs.

Roogies Bump movie poster

The other side of the above Dodger collection wall.

Joe Final uni & Babe pointing

Joe’s final uni and the Babe pointing

Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnston SABR speaker that Saturday.

Jay Johnstone speaker

Jay Johnston speaking with a Yankees memorabilia in the background.

It was a great event.  Jay Johnstone made us laugh.  He had his book signed available for $20 including a picture of him signed and authenticated.  Funds went to a charity .  I already had his book but I bought another copy.

Andy McCue had a great presentation that day on the history of the Angels and Dodgers when the Angels were the Dodgers tenants at Dodger Stadium.

Rick followed with a presentation of his top baseball movies and also Barry’s top 10.  Also a comparison of actors and the baseball players they were portraying on how close they resembled the players.  After both presentation we only had an additional 30 minutes to view the museum.   I had a great time that day.  I only wished I had more time to spend at the museum.   If you have chance, check it out but it is a private museum.  For more info go to http://www.sportsmuseumla.com/  For more information on SABR go to http://sabr.org/

Brawl at the WBC game between Mexico & Canada

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.

United States Presidents and Baseball

United States Presidents and Baseball

Happy Election Day!

To commemorate the election,  SABR member Rick Smith prepared the trivia below and gave it to us at the SABR meeting November 3, 2012.   Thanks Rick!

Each President listed below is an answer to a question, except Eisenhower, who is the answer to two.

A)William Taft, B) Woodrow Wilson, C) Calvin Coolidge, D) Herbert Hoover, E) Franklin Roosevelt, F) Harry Truman, G) Dwight Eisenhower, H) John F. Kennedy, I) Lyndon Johnson, J) Richard Nixon, K)Gerald Ford, L) Jimmy Carter, M) Ronald Reagan, N) George Bush, O) Bill Clinton, P) George W. Bush, Q) Barack Obama, (Fill in the blank on #18). \

1.  This president only attended four games while in office, but he stayed nine innings each time.  His brother has a stadium named after him ___

2.  Upon meeting this president, babe Ruth said, “Hot as hell, ain’t it Pres.” ___

3.  This president was not much of a baseball fan, but he enjoyed pitching slow pitch softball.  In 1995 he said, “It’s time to forgive Pete Rose.” ___

4.  Name the president who is credited with starting the tradition of standing for the seventh inning stretch? ___

5.  This president holds the record of attending 16 games while in office.  He is the first president to attend a night game, and a game on the Fourth of July.  ___

6.  Which pres. Threw out the first pitch at Cleveland’s brand new Jacob’s Field, and was in attendance when Cal Ripken played his 2,131st game. ___

7.  Name the president who wrote the “Green Light” letter. ___

8.  Babe Ruth grounded out as a pinch hitter in his first ever World Series appearance.  Name the president who was in attendance that day.  ___

9.  This future president served as the team captain of the Yale Bulldogs.  They made it to the final round of the very first College World Series. ___

10.  Which president said?  “when I was a boy growing up in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing.  As we sat there in the warmth of a summer afternoon on a river bank, we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up.  I told him I wanted to be a real major league baseball player like Honus Wagner.  My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States.  Neither of us got our wish. ___

11.  A reporter once asked this president to name his favorite players and he rattled off his favorite stars.  A few days later he named four all teams; a team for each league, both before and after World War II. ___

12.  HE was the first president to have played Little League Baseball.  ___

13.  This pres. Signed a bill allowing girls to play Little League Baseball.  ___

14.  This future president was employed to produce studio broadcasts of Cubs games, based on telegraph reports. ___

15.  This president  attended the first game ever played in the Astro Dome. ___

16.  Which president said “Baseball is the greatest of American sports”  ___

17.  Name the president who sent a Secret Service agent to intercept Mickey Vernon on his way back to the dugout after he hit a walk off homerun to beat the Yankees.  He simply wanted to congratulate him. ___

18.  President Obama threw out the first pitch at the 2009 All Star Game.  Which team jacket was he wearing?  ______

update:  Oops!  I forgot to include the answers.

1 H,  2 C,  3 L,  4 A,  5 F,  6 O,  7 E,  8 B,  9 N,  10 G,  11 J,  12 P,  13 K,  14 M,  15 I,  16 D,  17 G,  18 White Sox.

Dodgers with the best record in baseball (23-11) face the Diamond Backs at Dodger Stadium

It was a great weekend for Los Angeles! Lakers, Clippers & Dodgers win! The Dodgers swept the Rockies. The last game did not start well with Lilly on the mound. Then when Matt Kemp had to come out of the game with a sore hammy and then Ethier got kicked out of the game, things did not look good, but AJ Ellis said “no worries” Here I am! Boom! Homerun by AJ Ellis to clear the bases. BTW, Abreau is doing great since joining the Dodgers from the Angels. I believe he has three doubles now. I saw him at second base with a big smile :-).
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Now here are the Snakes and Dodgers ex-Dodgers VP of Communications, Josh Rawtich returns to Dodger Stadium with his new team the D-Backs. I miss you Josh!

Matt Kemp is out of the lineup today. Rest and Get betterMatt!

Dodgers are in first place and so are my fantasy baseball team, Los Locos Azules.

No batting practice for me today but I am now leaving work and heading to the Ravine. Clayton Kershaw faces Ian Kennedy.

Tomorrow I will be sure to leave early since is Orel Hershiser Bobblehead. BTW, I saw fans get mad yesterday because they did not get an Andre Ethier bag. It said the first 20,000 fans so Dodgers ran out before the game. Get there early for giveaways especially when the number of giveaways is limited.
Go Dodgers!

Meet Baseball Dreamin Robert “RJ” Breisacher

Meet RJ Breishaer

Breishaer is a United State Army veteran who had a dream to travel to all 30 ballparks. Here is part of what he says in his blog:
“My dream is rather simple. I want to see every major league baseball park in the US and Toronto. I want to drive from park to park experiencing all that the US has to offer. I want to see the country I’ve spent two years of my life defending. I come from a small town on Michigan Ohio border and haven’t really seen too much of the US.”

To read more of his blog and the parks he has already visited go to
http://baseballdreamin.blogspot.com/

Breishaer had posted in Baseball-fever asking in as many team’s forums who wanted to be a “tour guide” in their own city. I checked the date (May 9, 2012), checked his blog, found him on Twitter and told him that if he did not have anyone for Dodger Stadium that I could be his “tour guide” He twitted back “the job is yours”

I am looking forward to meeting RJ Breisacher. His dream is ambitious of visiting all 30 stadiums in 2 months! Breishaer is a huge baseball fan and a Tiger fan. His trip started at Comerica Park on Opening Day and will end there. Last time I checked he was in Arizona. He got a speeding ticket. Should have warn him about AZ as some of you know that I got 4 tickets there during Spring Training a couple of years back.

Here is a picture of Breisacher at Cleveland (from DTTWLN)

update: fixed link. Don’t know why it was not working before.

Patron Saint of Baseball

Recently I was asked  “is there a Patron saint of Baseball?”   Hmmm.  Interesting question.  I found the reference to

Saint Rita of Cascia (1381 – May 22, 1457)  Italian Augustinian saint.

From www.answers.yahoo.com I found this:

“If there has been a run on St. Rita medals and holy cards at Catholic shops over the past few weeks, blame it on a family film released in April entitled “The Rookie.” Based on a true story, and starring Dennis Quaid, it’s a baseball tale that opens with a couple of nuns sprinkling rose petals from a basket while praying to St. Rita over the site of an oil well near the little town of Big Lake in west Texas in the 1920s.

According to the story’s narrator, the nuns invested money in an oil well scheme that started to turn sour. When the nuns couldn’t get their money back a Catholic priest advised them to pray to St. Rita, the patron St. of the impossible, and sprinkle rose petals on the well site. The Santa Rita well, named for its patron, not only produced oil but also (according to the film) a couple of major league baseball players. During the 21 months it took for the well to start spouting oil the Santa Rita crew built a baseball field near the well, and played baseball to while away the hours. Some of the crew got to be very good ball players.

  

Funny that I have seen the movie “The Rookie” and I own it but I had to watch the beginning of the movie to remind of this.   Saint Rita is also the saint of impossible dreams.   Dodgers could use saint Rita’s help.  

Here is the medal:

Happy 83rd Birthday Vin Scully!

Vin Scully!  We love you!   Have a wonderful 83rd birthday!   I can’t wait till I hear you again saying “Is time for Dodger Baseball!”  

 

God bless you Vin and thank you so much for all that you have given us Dodger and Baseball fans.

 

Here is Erik and I wishing Vin Scully a good night on a cold night at Dodger Stadium.  

Happy Birthday also to Ross Porter who shares a birthday with Vin.  Ross broadcasted with Vin Scully for 28 years.  

Baseball and the Simpsons

First of all, Congratulations to the Phillies and Yankees on advancing.   Reds and Twins just look like innocent bystanders.    Is a shame, because I wanted to see closer series.  

Did you all catch the Simpsons episode Sunday night titled “Moneybart”?    I thought it was funny.  Bill James voice says “I made baseball as fun as doing your taxes”    Mike Scioscia’s voice is also in the show.  He is riding a roller coaster with Bart when he shows him his three World Series rings, he loses one and says “that is OK, I’ll get another one.”   

Lisa has taken the added responsibiliy of managing  “The Isototes”  to get extra curricular actitiy.  Bart doubts his sister can manage.  Lisa anticipating that says “There have been plenty of females managers in baseball:  Connie Mack, Sandy Alomar, Terry Francona, Pinky Higgins.” 

This reminded me of John, a friend that used to sit in front of me in the Top Deck at Dodger Stadium.  He told me once “Didn’t the Dodgers used to have a woman that broadcasted Dodger games in Brooklyn?.”   I told him no.   Then he said “yes they did, her name was Connie Desmond.”   Linda(BBE) and I started laughing so hard when John said that.     

Yeah, Sandy alomar never managed in the big leagues.  

Here is a link of the episode if you have not seen it. 

http://www.hulu.com/watch/184048/the-simpsons-moneybart

 

 

Dodgers Lose, Dodgers Win. Check out this MLB All-Star FanFest Special!

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I did not want to blog after the Dodgers lost that heartbreaker in the 9th to the Yankees.   We all left the stadium so demoralized

Hey Torre:  Did you fall asleep in the 9th?  

But we won last night against the hated ones on my birthday!!   YEAH!!

Young John Ely goes tonight against Cain.  Let’s see what this game brings us.   Truebluewill was reminding me of the Dodgers record against the NL West!  19-5!    We swept the Padres earlier in the year so yeah let’s play the NL West!

 

MLB All-Star FanFest  Special courtesy of Pepsi!


MLB Fan-Fest Special from Pepsi.jpgI went to the Vons and noticed this special last Sunday.   Checkout the voucher!

If you spend $20 in qualifying Pepsi products, you can earn two free tickets to the MLB All-Star FanFest.    The tickets cost $30 each so this is a pretty good deal.   Thanks Pepsi!

I don’t care for Pepsi, but I bought products made by Pepsi like Gatorade and Aquafina water If they don’t call me to volunteer for the Fan-Fest, then I already have a voucher for tickets.   

Woohoo!!  I just got the email that says “Congratulations!’  You have been accepted to the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star  FanFest Volunteer Team!   

I Do Not Condone Steroid Use

Today walking around Dodger Stadium I noticed some fans wtih t-shirts saying “Free Manny” or “I Support Manny”    Someone asked where they got the t-shirts and they said someone outside the stadium was selling them for $5.  I was left wondering if those people bought the t-shirts because it was $5 or because they think is OK to cheat with steioids.   I don’t condone steroid use, to condone it would be to say “is OK to cheat.”   Is it OK for kids to cheat on their exam?   No!  Is unfair for those that have worked hard to take those exams.  

It is unfair for those players that have stayed clean and continue to stay clean even with all the steroids being used around them.  It reminded me of what Jeff Kent said during his retirement speech when asked what he thought about this whole steroid issue.  He said “The integrity of the game has been jeopardized for so many years, and I’m embarrassed about the steroid era.”  He also said “I saw it around me what could I do but work harder to compete.”

If you have read my post you know that I met Manny and found him to be so nice.   But just because he was nice to my friends and I does not mean he gets a pass with me.  It also bothers me that he has not addressed his teammates.  If he needs more time for that, Ok take it but do address your teammates.

I gave Barry Bonds and all involved with steroids a hard time and Manny is not getting a free pass with me just because he is a Dodger.  I also hate that only after players get caught using steroids is when they apologize and they say how sorry they are.  Are they truly sorry or sorry that they got caught?   I am disgusted with all the players that have cheated this great game but especially with those that already had great abilities.   

Is a sad day in baseball but like Vin Scully said today in his broacast “no one man stops baseball.”  

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