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Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Pat McGlothin

Pat McGlothin then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN 23

Ezra Mac “Pat” McGlothin was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  He pitched in 8 games during the 1949 and 1950 seasons.  His major league debut was April 24, 1949 and his final game on April 18, 1950. 

He spent time in the Minors with Mobile, St Paul and Montreal, pitching three career no-hitters in those venues.  The Dodgers had 26 farm clubs in those days.

In a heroic effort, Pat pitched 19 innings in a 5-4 game, knocked in three runs including the game-winner in the bottom of the 19th, and held Ted Williams without a hit in seven tries.  Pat had a hit to tie the score in the 17th before ending the contest in the 19th.

Pat McGlothin now

Pat McGlothin, owner of Mutual Insurance company has been serving customers in Tennessee  since 1954.   He enjoys exercising and watching baseball games.  

Pat showing his collection of baseballs:

ref.  www.govolsxtra.com , www.Baseball.Examiner, http://www.mutualinsurancetn.com/http://marksephemera.blogspot.com/

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Jean-Pierre Roy

Jean-Pierre Roy Then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Jean-Pierre Roy 06/26/1920 Montreal, Canada 34

I went straight to SABR to read about Jean-Pierre Roy because I had read the bio project in the SABR website http://sabr.org.   Rory Costello wrote this one two just like the prior one on Olmo.

What interesting lives these men have led.  They played in  the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and let’s not forget serving their country.    If they were not holding other jobs in the offseason they were off to play elsewhere in the Winter Fall, any time!

This French-Canadian played just three big-league games in his career but he like Rory Costello says “hopscotched” around Cuba, Mexico, Brooklyn and Montreal

I would like to read more about this Mexican magnate Jorge Pasquel and his brother who raided the American leagues luring players to jump to the Mexican leagues.   Roy jumped but he never played because he was not eligible.  But back in Cuba, other men were.  Guilty by association got him suspended from Organized Baseball in 1947.

For this “Ladies Man” it was joining and rejoining teams in Canada, US, Cuba (one of his favorite places), Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and even Panama.  From this SABR Biography project at:  http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/154a8e59

For the 1950 summer season, Roy rejoined Hollywood, where he went 2-2, 4.09. Off the field, he was also performing for a different crowd. The suave crooner’s nightclub act included numbers in English, Spanish, and French — “things like ‘Bésame Mucho,’ which was popular at the time, and ‘La Vie en Rose.'” Jean-Pierre recalled to Ronald King in 2004, “The manager, Fred Haney, didn’t like that. So I bought back my contract and went elsewhere.” [40]

Even Luis Olmo then Manager in Santiago, Cuba invited him but he slipped in the dugout and hurt his elbow.  He went back to Montreal where he made one last fling with the Provincial League in 1955. 

Jean-Pierre now

 

from the SABR article:  

In 1956, Roy did some TV broadcasting for the Royals on CBF-TV. [47] He’d previously noted his intention to continue his nightclub singing career. Perhaps it was on a related note that he moved to Las Vegas, where he spent roughly 10 or 11 years in jobs ranging from croupier to real-estate agent.

In 1968 when the Montreal Expos joined the National League, Jean-Pierre became an analyst on both radio and Television. 

From the same SABR Biography project on Roy:

Since retiring, the elder statesman of Montréal baseball has received several honors. In July 1995, he was inducted into the Expos Hall of Fame, and the Québec Sports Pantheon did likewise that September. In April 2001, the Québec Baseball Hall of Fame followed suit.

These days Roy spends his winters in Pompano Beach, Florida. He and his wife, Jane Duval Roy (his prior marriage ended with no children) head back north to Canada from May to October. There they live in the town of Nicolet, across the St. Lawrence from Trois-Rivières. Jean-Pierre has been working on an autobiography, and it will surely be a pleasure to hear this raconteur tell his own stories in full.

Read the rest of the Biography  Jean-Pierre Roy from SABR.   Is a fascinating read.  

ref: SABR.org

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Luis Olmo

Luis Olmo Then

Jackie Robinson, Senate president of Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz Marin and Luis Olmo.

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 Puerto Rico 21

I googled Luis Olmo and noticed I had an old post where I dedicated the post to Luis Olmo because my blog came in at #21 and in addition to Olmo wearing #21 it was his birthday that day.   I had posted the above picture.  

Luis Francisco Rodríguez Olmo known as El Jíbaro – The Hillbilly,  was the second Puerto Rico to play in the Major Leagues.  The first one was Hiram Bithorn who played with the Cubs in 1942. 

El Jibaro played for the Dodgers from 1943 to 1945 then again in 1949.  Luis Olmo became the first Puerto Rican to play in a World Series, during which he hit a home run and three hits in one game

Olmo lead the National League in triples in 1945.  On May 18 of that year he hit a grand slam home run and a bases loaded triple in the same game.  No other player accomplished that feat in the 20th century.

Olmo jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 because one Mexican team owner offered a higher salary than what Branch Rickey Sr. was offering.   Olmo and several other jumpers were banned by MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler for going to the Mexican League.    For Olmo the suspension lasted three years.  Olmo returned to the Dodgers in 1949.

From the SABR bioproject by Rory Costello:

After his return in late June, Olmo got into 38 games for Brooklyn, batting .305/1/14 in 105 at-bats as he backed up Tommy Brown and Duke Snider. He got off to a hot start, getting 12 hits in his first 27 at-bats (.444), capped by a game-ending homer at Ebbets Field on July 17. Yet perhaps his most memorable contribution to the 1949 pennant winners was a sensational catch that he made at Ebbets on August 24 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Brooklyn was up 2-0 in the fifth inning, but St. Louis had the tying runs in scoring position, and at the plate was the feared batter whom Ebbets fans dubbed “The Man”Stan Musial. Olmo, always known as a fine outfielder, needed every foot of the old ballpark’s cozy dimensions, including the extra afforded by the corrugated exit gate in left field. He leaped and made the catch, snuffing out the rally, and the Dodgers went on to win, drawing to within one game of first. Brooklyn did not overtake St. Louis until late September, but the complexion of the race might have changed if the Cards had won that day. Baseball Digest wrote up the play in August 1961, and as late as 2009, it earned an entry in a book devoted to great outfield catches, Going, Going . . . Caught!

Olmo played for the Boston Braves in 1950 & 1951. In ’51 he only played in 21 games before being sent to the Triple-A Milwaukee Brewers.  There he concluded his US career.  

He joined Licey of the Dominican League.  The remainder of Olmo’s playin career consisted of four Winter season in Puerto Rico.   He was also scouting for the Braves.  He was manager for several teams in Puerto Rico.  The PRWL named him Manager of the year seven times. 

Luis Olmo now:

Luis Rodriguez Olmo celebrating 90 years.

from SABR biography by Rory Costello:

Olmo began playing golf since 1968 and in 2011 still got out on the links twice a week, one of the reasons he remained so fit in his 90s. At one point, though, he was carrying more weight than was good for him – he dropped 50 pounds on doctor’s orders.  In August 2009, after SABR’s Puerto Rican chapter and the Museum of Sports of Guaynabo celebrated his 90th birthday, Olmo said, “I just turned 90. I hoped to reach 80 and that has passed. I am playing extra innings. And I recall as if it were yesterday when I arrived in the majors. The baseball of today is the same as what I played. The only thing that has changed is the salaries.”   Four days after his 92nd birthday, I asked Luis to what he attributes his long life. He said simply, with a little chuckle, “I been lucky. Living good.”

ref: pic, Colleccion Luiz Munoz Marin,  baseball-fever, http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a26bda17

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Lee Pfund

Lee Pfund then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Lee Pfund 10/10/1919 Oak Park, IL 14

His full name is Le Roy Herbert Pfund.

1939 – 1941 Signed by the St. Louis Cardinal and sent to the Columbus, Ohio and Mobile, Alabama farm teams.  Played in the minor leagues for three seasons while teaching junior high and coaching during the off season.

1941 Broke into professional baseball in the Georgia/Florida League

1942 – 1943 During off season taught math at Longfellow Junior High School and coached grade school baseball teams

On November 1, 1944 he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1944 rule 5 draft, and played for the Dodgers in 1945.

Pfund made his debut against the New York Giants.  Playing for Leo Durocher he had a very successful first season. While with the Dodgers, Lee chose not to play on Sundays, citing religious convictions. As a pitcher, it was easy for the team to adjust the rotation to comply with this request.

1945 Rather than play in Baseball All-Star game, Lee played in a Red Cross charity game

Pfund compiled a 3-2 record with 2 complete games in 10 starts over 621/3 innings pitched. Returning to the minors in 1946, the right-hander never returned to the big leagues and his pro career ended in 1950.  A knee injury ended hsi career.

Pfund, a 1949 graduate of Wheaton College, his influence was dramatically more profound as a father, teacher and coach. Sons John, Kerry and Randy played basketball for him at Wheaton College, Randy becoming a longtime National Basketball Association executive and coach. All four men earned enshrinement in the Wheaton College’s Hall of Honor, Lee inducted in 1985.

From baseball reference:

Lee Pfund pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, but is more famous as a baskeball coach. He compiled a 362-240 (.601) career record as head coach at Wheaton College from 1951-75. During his tenure as head basketball coach he won five conference championships and captured the 1956-57 Small College National Championship while guiding Wheaton to a 27-1 record.

His son Randy Pfund is general manager of the NBA basketball team the Miami Heat. His sons John and Kerry were basketball stars at Wheaton College.

Lee Pfund was an assistant football and basketball coach in 1943-44 for Wheaton College. A knee injury kept him out of the service during World War II, and he pitched for the Dodgers with a “no Sunday” contract.

Lee Pfund now

At Dodger Stadium August 3, 2012 with Maury Wills

Here is Mr. Pfund again

Ref:

Baseball References, http://athletics.wheaton.edu/sports/2010/10/25/pfund.  http://www.wheaton.lib.il.us/whc/Baseball_Greats_Players.htm, photos from Dodger Stadium from Jon SooHoo http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Ray Hathaway

Ray Hathaway Then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH 22

Ray Wilson Hathaway wore uniform #22 like our young Clayton Kershaw.

After three years in the minors and three more with Uncle Sam, Hathaway got his chance in the big leagues in 1945, when many players were still in the service.

 His debut came April 20 at the Polo Grounds, when he threw one inning.  He gave up a two-run homer to Phil Weintraub and retired Mel Ott on a grounder to second baseman Eddie Stanky.
After sitting for 37 days, he got his only major league start May 28 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  In front of a crowd of just 3,709, Hathaway got off to a fast start.  “Stan Hack was the first man I faced, and he grounded out to me,”he said.  “I thought to myself, ‘(Heck), this is easy.’ But then all (heck) broke loose.”
 An error, a couple of walks and wild pitch helped the Cubs get three first-inning runs. Hathaway finished with five-plus innings, eight hits, two earned runs, five walks and the only three strikeouts he would record in the major leagues.
“My biggest (major league) thrill was walking into Ebbets Field (for the first time),”he said.

“We could get spaghetti for 19 cents, 29 cents with meatballs,” Hathaway said with a smile. “We lived on pasta.”

He pitched two other times in relief before being sent down to Montreal.   Of Jackie Robinson, Hathaway said “”He was an outstanding player.”   “After I saw him play the first game, I knew he was going to be a star. He fielded well, ran well and hit well.  I thought he was ready.  I thought he would be up in Brooklyn before the season was over.”

From Baseballhappening:

Of himself, he did not foresee a return to the major leagues.  “I had already been there, and I had arm trouble.  I saw the writing on the wall.”   At the end of Spring Training in 1947, he approached Branch Rickey about becoming a manager.   “We went to a game in Cuba.  Mr. Rickey was there.  I asked to speak to him.  About the 5th inning, he asked, “What’s on your mind?”  I told him I would like to manage.  He (Rickey) asked, “How do I know you can manage?”  I said “You don’t and neither do I.  All I can promise is that we’ll work.”  Rickey’s response was “If you are going to manage a team for me, be on my plane.  I’m leaving in the morning for Miami.”

Hathaway spent his early seasons as a player/manager  for the minor league affiliates of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  After 1952, Hathaway took himself out of the rotation to focus primarily on running the ballclub.  “The only time I pitched after that  (1952) was if the pitching staff was getting their butt beat.  I tried to save them.”

Hathaway managed many legends including Hall of Famers Dick Williams, Willie Stargell and Bill Sharman.

Here is this from MLB.com:

Ray Hathaway

Ray Hathaway was the manager of the 1961 Asheville Tourists, champions of the South Atlantic League with an 87-50 record and considered to be the best team in Asheville history. Hathaway’s managerial career started in 1947, when he guided the Santa Barbara Dodgers to the California League Championship Series, losing to the Stockton Ports. He won the Ohio-Indiana League title as skipper of the Zanesville Dodgers in 1948. His other managerial stints include the Pueblo Dodgers in the Western League (1949-50, 1956-57), Asheville Tourists in the Tri-State League (1951, 1953-54), Newport News Dodgers in the Piedmont League (1953), Elmira Pioneers in the Eastern League (1955), Tri-City Braves in the Northwest League (1958), Columbus/Gastonia Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1959), Savannah Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1960), Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League (1961-64), Gastonia in the Western Carolinas League (second half of 1964), Raleigh Cardinals in the Carolina League (1965), Lewiston Broncs in the Northwest League (1967), Arkansas Travelers in the Texas League (1969), Savannah Indians in the Southern League (1970), Jacksonville Suns in the Dixie Association (1971), Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League (1972) and the Wilson Pennants in the Carolina League (1973). Throughout his 25-year managerial career, Hathaway won 1,441 games.

Hathaway retired as a manager in 1973, settled in Asheville and worked construction.

Ray Hathaway Now
Mr Hathaway still enjoys watching  baseball on TV and marvels at the money players now receive.
And he savors his time in the game, even 36 years after he took off the uniform for the last time.

“I saw a lot, got to do a lot because of baseball,” he said with a wink.

Mr. Hathaway  lives in Weaverville. NC

ref:  Sportspool.com, citizen-times.com, Baseballhappening.com, Fairviewtowncrier.com, MLB

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Mike Sandlock

This year I decided to do a post for each of the Brooklyn Dodger players that are alive giving us a little history of their playing day and If possible, where they are now.

This is going to be fun and is a way for me to learn more about the Brooklyn Dodger players and at the same time pay tribute to them.

We will start with Mike Sandlock who is the oldest one at 97.

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich,CT 1, 4

When I look at the uniform numbers Mr. Sandlock wore, I think of the retired numbers of #1, Pee Wee Reese & #4, Duke Snider.

Mike Sandlock Then

Mike Sandlock professional career began back in 1938 for the Huntington Bees of the Mountain State League. He spent 14 years in the minors and played parts of five seasons in the majors.

Mike made his major league debut as a September call-up for the Braves in 1942. He came in late in the game and collected his first big league hit, a single off of Giants reliever Bill McGee. Mike’s roommate in the Minors, Warren Spahn, was also called up that September.

In 1943 Mike missed the entire season due to his services in WW II.

On August 12, 1944, the Braves traded him to the Brooklyn Dodgers in exchange for minor league second baseman Frank Drews. Sandlock went back to the minors with their Triple-A affiliate in ST. Paul where he batted over .300 and added switch hitting to his offensive repertoire.

Sandlock, a catcher, was a shortstop early in the season, Pee Wee Reese was still in the Navy.  When Mickey Owen joined the service in May, the Dodgers were forced to use their backup catchers, but it wasn’t until July that they moved Sandlock back behind the plate and gave him regular playing time.

That 1945 season would end up being his best season in the majors. He played a career high 80 games, hitting .282 with 17 RBI’s in 195 at-bats.

His 1946 season would be his last in the majors for awhile.. He lasted with the Dodgers until July before he was sent to St Paul. Despite the fact he barely played and hit just .147 in 19 games, Sandlock has a funny story about that year. Here is the account as reported by John Dreker of http://blogs.piratesprospects.com:

The Dodgers had a young hard-throwing pitcher named Rex Barney at this time. He threw hard but it was anyone’s guess where the ball would go once it left his hands. Long after their retirement, Sandlock kidded Barney about how wild he was and Barney came back with “The reason the Dodgers got rid of you was because you couldn’t catch me.” Mike said that he couldn’t catch him because he never threw anything close to the plate. Yogi Berra once asked Mike what Barney threw, knowing he was his catcher for one season and Mike said ” I don’t know because I was never able to catch anything from him. I’ll let you know when I do.”

In 1947 Mike was the backup catcher for a young Roy Campanella, while playing for the Montreal Royals. He also met Jackie Robinson. They both shared a love for Golf.
With his time in Brooklyn done, Mike embarked on a career in the minor leagues that brought him to Hollywood for four years and many great memories.

Mike Sandlock joined the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1949, spending four seasons with the team before his return trip to the Majors with the Pirates.
Mike Sandlock playing for the Hollywood Stars
Mike playing for the Hollywood Stars.

Two people were very influential in getting Mike back to the Majors: The team manager, Fred Haney and knuckelball pitcher Johnny Lindell.

Mike developed a reputation for being an excellent receiver of knuckleball pitchers.  When Johnny moved to the Majors so did Mike.

The Pirates had 3 to 4 pitchers who threw knuckleballs.   Mike shared catching duties with Joe Garagiola and Heisman Trophy Winner Vic Janowicz. Late in the season the Pirates sold Lindell to the Phillies. the following year Sandlock was a Phillie but it was not to be for Mike as he was involved in a home plate collision during a Spring Training game.   Phillies shipped him to San Diego. That 1954 was his final year of his baseball career.

Mike Sandlock Now

Mike Sandlock, Brooklyn Dodger

Here is a video from Nick of Examiner.com

Mike still follows the game. Recently he said ” The Mets guy(R.A. Dickey) now, throws his harder, but Lindell’s broke more.”

Sandlock offered this advice to catchers trying to contain the knuckler “You have to have good reflexes to be a knuckleball catcher. You can’t go reaching for it, you have to wait for it.” but even he was quick to admit it was a difficult task “It was like catching flies, I called it a butterfly.”

Sandlock feels the modern game moves too slowly compared to when he played.

He feels too much time is spent today with pitchers walking around the mound, the catcher going to the mound then the entire infield going to the mound and guys constantly adjusting their batting gloves and stepping out of the batter’s box.

He attended a Yankee game recently when Freddy Garcia was on the mound and said he could not wait to leave because of how long Garcia took to deliver each pitch.

“Do you see how slow he goes?” he asked. “He gets the ball, walks around the whole mound then throws a pitch, gets the ball back and it’s the same damn thing. There is no desire.”

Mr Sanlock was honored at Citi Field when the Dodgers were playing the Mets last July, 2012


Mike Sandlock with Don Mattingly at Citi Field.   Mr. Sandlock still lives in the place where he was born.  As of last year, Mike was still playing Golf once a week .

ref: http://Examiner.com,http://blogs.piratesprospects.com/, http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/, http://baseballinwartime.blogspot.com/

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers players Alive in 2013

We lost two Brooklyn Dodgers in 2012 so we have 42  Brooklyn Dodgers alive as of 2013.

Here is Mike Sandlock, the oldest Brooklyn Dodger holding a 1945 picture

Here is the updated list with a new column for Uniform number:

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich,CT 1, 4
Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH 22
Lee Pfund 10/18/1919 Oak Park, IL 14
Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 Puerto Rico 21
Jean-Pierre Roy 06/26/1920 Montreal, Canada 34
Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN 23
Andy Pafko 02/25/1921 Boyceville, Wi 22,48
Marv Rackley 07/25/1921 Seneca, SC 35
Chuck Kress 12/09/1921 Philadelphia, PA 5
Eddie Basinski 11/04/1922 Buffalo, NY 3
Don Lund 05/18/1923 Detroit, MI 40
Tim Thompson 03/01/1924 Coalport, PA 21
George Shuba 12/13/1924 Youngstown, PA 8
Johnny Rutherford 05/05/1925 Ontario, Canada 15
 Wayne Terwilliger 06/27/1925 Clare, MI 34
Chris Haughey 10/03/1925 Astoria, NY 14
 Ralph Branca 01/06/1926 Mount Vernon, NY 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski 01/27/1926 Dayton, OH 27
Randy Jackson 02/10/1926 Little Rock, AR 2
Dick Teed 03/08/1926 Springfield, MA 37
Don Newcombe 06/14/1926 Madison, NJ 36
 Bobby Morgan 06/29/1926 Oklahoma City, OK 2
Charlie Osgood 11/23/1926 Sommerville, MA 20
Carl Erskine 12/13/1926 Anderson, IN 17
Preston Ward 07/24/1927 Columbia, MO 36
Rocky Bridges 08/07/1927 Refugio, TX 9
 Tommy Lasorda 09/22/1927 Norristown, PA 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown 12/6/1927 Brooklyn, NY 9
 Joe Landrum 12/13/1928 Columbia, NC 19
 Joe Pignatano 08/04/1929 Brooklyn, NY 58
Roger Craig 02/17/1930 Durham, NC 38
 Ron Negray 02/26/1930 Akron, OH 38
Glenn Mickens 07/26/1930 Wilman, CA 46
 Don Zimmer 01/17/1931 Cincinnati, OH 23
 Ed Roebuck 07/03/1931 East Millboro, PA 37
 Fred Kipp 10/01/1931 Iqua, KS 26
 Chico Fernandez 03/02/1932 Cuba 3
Jim Gentile 06/03/1934 San Francisco, CA 38
 Don Demeter 06/25/1935  Oklahoma City, OK 2
Sandy Koufax    12/30/1935 Brooklyn, NY 32
Bob Aspromonte 06/19/1938 Brooklyn, NY 28,34
Rod Miller 01/16/1940 Portland, OR 50

ref:  SABR, Baseball Reference, 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers guide,  Pic from Greenwichtime.com

MLB Blog Latest Leaders for Oct & Nov. 20/20 for me

Our fearless leader Mark was  a month late sending us the October MLB Blog ranking.  That is OK, Mark, we waited patiently, right?  December 4th, Mark posted two blog posts with the latest MLB Blog leaders, one for October and one for November.    I came in at #20 for both months!

I did not know this rule on wine:

The 20/20 rule is an easy way to remember:

  • Chill White Wine in the the refrigerator  and pull it out 20 minutes before serving.
  • Put your Red Wine in the the refrigerator  20 minutes before serving.

article here:http://www.sterlingwineonline.com/articles/article/4555825/20-20-rule-wine-serving-temperature.htm

I also found this :-)

Article here http://myrouseseveryday.com/index.php?/articles/wine_and_spirits/top_20_wines_under_20

Haha, OK,  enough of wine, let’s dedicate this post to two Dodgers that wore #20

#20 Don Sutton!  

My!  What big hears you have Mr. Sutton!

Don Sutton had 12 seasons with 15 or more wins, 20 seasons with 200+ innings, and 21 seasons with 100+ strikeouts.  He was  elected to the HOF in 1998 in his fifth year of eligibility.

 #20 Charles Benjamin Osgood

Charles Osgood was born in Massachusetts on November 23, 1926.  At the age of 17, he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on June 18, 1944  in a road doubleheader  against the Philadelphia Phillies.   He pitched three innings of relief in one of the games, allowing six baserunners but only one  earned run.

OK, I have searched high and low for a picture of Charles Benjamin Osgood but I came up empty! Nada!   I only find the other Charles Osgood.

Why am I honoring the number 21? And why Luis Olmo

Why am I honoring #21?   

Well because  my blog came in at 21 in the July ranking.  Thank you all that read my blog! 

Why am I also honoring Luis Olmo?  

Yes, because he worn unform #21 for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Why else?

Because he is part of the suviving Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Why else?

Because  today August 11, 2012, Luis Olmo is having a birthday!   He is turning 93. 

Happy birthday Mr Olmo!

Luis Olmo played for the Dodgers froom 1943 to 1945 then again in 1949.  He played in the ’49 World Series. 

Olmo lead the National League in triples in 1945.  On May 18 of that year he hit a grand slam homerun and a bases loaded triple in the same game.  No other player accomplished that feat in the 20th century. 

Olmo jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 because one Mexican team owner offered a higher salary than Major League teams were paying.  Olmo and several others were banned by MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler.   For Olmo the suspension lasted three years.  Olmo returned to the Dodgers in 1949 and played for the Boston Braves in 1950 & 1951 before calling it a career. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Olmo! 

Jackie Robinson, Senate president of Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz Marin and Luis Olmo. 

ref: pic, Colleccion Luiz Munoz Marin,  baseball-fever.

Excited to be going to see a Little League game in San Bernardino.

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodger players alive as of January 12, 2012

For the last three years I’ve been maintaining this list keeping track of our old Brooklyn Dodgers.   When I did last year’s post   http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/09/honoring-the-brooklyn-dodger-players-alive-as-of-january-10th-2011/  on January 10, it started with a video of Duke Snider in the game show “What is my Line”    Sad that in 2011, we lost nine of these players including the Duke.

We have 44 surviving Brooklyn Dodger Players.  Let’s see how the list look using WordPress.  Before I had trouble copying an Excell worsheet into my blog.

Name Birthplace.  Other info Born
Mike Sandlock  Old Greenwich, CT.  Golfer 10/17/1915
Ray Hathaway  Grinville, OH.  Minor league manager 10/13/1916
Lee Pfund    ILL.  His son was manager of Miami Heats 10/10/1919
Luis Olmo       Puerto Rico.  Played for Mexico and Cuba 10/11/1919
Boyd Bartley   Chicago.  Played in nine games in 1949   2/11/1920
Jean-Pierre Roy Canada.  Commentator for the Expos 6/26/1920
Pat McGlothin  Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher 10/20/1920
Andy Pafko                    Boiceville, IL.  Lives in Mount Prospect, IL 2/25/1921
Marv Rackley                Seneca, SC.  Left fielder.   Debut: April 15, 1947.  7/25/1921
Chuck Kress                 Philadelphia.  Lefty first baseman. 12/9/1921
Eddie Basinski             Buffalo, NY.  Nickname:  The Fiddler, Bazzoka 11/4/1922
Don Lund       Detroit, Mi.  Part time Outfielder in 1945, 1947  5/18/1923
Tim Thompson   Coalport, PA.  Full name: Charles Lemoine Thompson.   3/1/1924
George Shuba  Youngstown, OH.  Nickname: shotgun.   12/13/1924
Ed Stevens    Gavelston, TX.  Coach for the Padres in 1981 1/12/1925
Johnny Rutherford  Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname: Doc  5/5/1925
 Wayne Terwilliger  Clare, Mi.  Coach under Ted Williams 6/27/1925
Chris Haughey   Astoria, NY.  Pitcher.  Appeared in one game at 18   10/3/1925
 Ralph Branca   Mount Vernon, NY.  http://ww.ralphbranca.com  1/6/1926
Bob Borkowski    Dayton, OH.  Traded for Joe Black 1/27/1926
Randy Jackson   Little Rock, AR.  Nickname:  “Handsome Ransom” 2/10/1926
Dick Teed    Springfield, MA.  One at bat in 1953 3/8/1926
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ.  Still working for the Dodgers 6/14/1926
 Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city.  Infielder for the Dodgers  6/29/1926
Charlie Osgood  Sommerville, MA  appeared in one game at 17 11/23/1926
Carl Erskine   Anderson, IN   http://www.carlerskine.com/ 12/13/1926
Preston Ward    Columbia, MO.  APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A. 7/24/1927
Rocky Bridges     Refugio, TX.  Infielder, coach & minor league mgr 8/7/1927
 Tommy Lasorda    Norristown, PA.  HOF.  61 years with the Dodgers 9/22/1927
 Tommy Brown       Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs 12/6/1927
 Joe Landrum         Columbia, SC.  Pitcher. Given name: Joseph Butler   12/13/1928
 Joe Pignatano    Brooklyn, NY.  Catcher and coach 8/4/1929
Roger Craig          Durham, NC.  Pitcher, coach and manager 2/17/1930
 Ron Negray           Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies  2/26/1930
Glenn Mickens         Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA  7/26/1930
 Don Zimmer             Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays 1/17/1931
 Ed Roebuck        East Millboro, PA.  relief pitcher and scout 7/3/1931
 Fred Kipp             Iqua, KS.  Also pitched for the Yankees        10/1/1931
 Chico Fernandez     Cuba. SS.  APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets  3/2/1932
Jim Gentile      San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers    6/3/1934
 Don Demeter     Oklahoma City.  CF.  Now a Baptist minister    6/25/1935
Sandy Koufax       Brooklyn, NY.  HOF Greatest Lefthander Pitcher  12/30/1935
Bob Aspromonte        Brooklyn, NY.  Resides in Houston, TX  6/19/1938
Rod Miller      Portland, OR.  He played in one game in 1957 1/16/1940

Here is to you guys!  May you have a healthy happy 2012 from the oldest Mike Sandlock at 96 to the youngest Rod Miller turning 72 on January 16th.   This Dodger fan salute you all!

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