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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.
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)
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.
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.
If you know me, you know I am a little forgetful. Tuesday evening I realized that my season tickets were due last Friday January 10. Right away I tried to log on and pay online but I could not get my password and username to work. I selected “forgot password” to get an email but that did not work. I never got an email. Anyway, I fired an email Tuesday night to PLEASE CALL ME. The following day I called the STH number. I heard Vin Scully and Charlie Steiner call a play so many times that I kept call it along with them. I was afraid that because I had not paid my tickets on time, I had lost my two seats in the Top Deck. Needless to say I was relieved when the Dodgers confirmed my seats for another season.
The day only got better when it was announced that Kershaw and the Dodgers had come to an agreement! YES! Mr. Sunshine will continue to be a Dodger. The seven-year contract is worth $215 million.
I was reading Bill Shaikin this morning in the LA Times. BTW, I don’t read the paper on-line, my paper gets delivered before I leave the house so I read it on the train on my way to work but here is the link to the article http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-kershaw-shaikin-20140116,0,3972240.story#ixzz2qaGvF5r7
I like this from the article:
Walter declined to confirm the $215-million deal — the Dodgers are expected to make an announcement Friday — but he was succinct in explaining why he would even consider approving it.
“Greg Maddux,” Walter said.
In the 21 years since they let Maddux go, the Cubs have won one postseason series. In Walter’s first full year of ownership, the Dodgers won one postseason series.
Kershaw is coming off his second Cy Young Award, the first pitcher since Maddux to lead the major leagues in earned-run average in three consecutive years. Kershaw would have hit free agency next fall, at 26.
Great points by Bill Shaikin and the Silver Fox, Mark Walter.
For Throwback Thursday, here is Kershaw with the Loons in 2007, Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Loons
23 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training
65 days until Opening Day in Australia
74 days until the first Dodger regular season game in the US. (Padres Opening Night)
79 days until Opening Day in LA
I am ready for “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball”
Estoy lista para mirar a Los Dodgers.
p.s. This is my 600th post! February 13, it will be my five-year blog anniversary!
I barely uploaded all my pictures from the Rose Parade. With Vin Scully being the Grand Marshall in 2014, I made sure to get up early to go to the parade. The last time Vin had been to the parade was in 2008 when the Dodgers had this float:
Remember it? Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Nancy Bea, Fernando, Garvey, Nomah, Saito, Eric Karros, James Loney were on the parade. I remember it so well spending a few days and nights working on the parade. I was worry that it was not going to be done on time that after spending the day working on it, I went home for dinner and went back to work on it the night before on the 31st. I went back a few hours later to see it leave the place to the parade. Afterwards when It was going by on Colorado, I took off running next to it saying hi to the guys on the parade that were on my side of it. I did it without thinking until I could not go by any further due to the people on the side. When I stopped I realized I should not have done that. We had a good laugh about it with the two friends that followed me running along the float.
Here are the pictures of the parade. This time I stayed put watching all the floats and taking pictures until my battery went dead.
Vin Scully, Grand Marshal 2014
Jon Soo Hoo walking taking pictures.
A tribute to teachers!
One of the two cars carrying Vin Scully’s family.
Rosie the Riveter did not come out as clear. Note part of my Dodger crazy hat showing and my arm up in a fist.
I hope your dreams come true in 2014!
The first Dodger game in the US has been changed from Monday March 31, to Sunday March 30. I am so glad that my hotel reservations start on Sunday. Details of the changes from Jon Weisman here http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/01/09/dodgers-first-u-s-game-of-2014-season-march-30-in-san-diego/
From the link:
So to clarify the schedule:
- March 16 (1:05 p.m.) — final Cactus League game vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch
- March 17-21 — off
- March 22 (1 a.m. in Los Angeles, 7 p.m. in Sydney) — opening game vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
- March 22 (7 p.m. in Los Angeles, 1 p.m. March 23 in Sydney)—game two vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
- March 23-26—off
- March 27 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
- March 28 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
- March 29 (6:05 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Anaheim
- March 30 (5:05 p.m.) — regular season game vs. Padres at San Diego
- March 31 — off
- April 1 (TBD) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
- April 2 (7:10 p.m.) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
- April 3 — off
- April 4 (1:10 p.m.) — home opener vs. Giants at Dodger Stadium
I like that ESPN is showing some love for the Dodgers. The only thing is we won’t have Vin Scully on the call but since I have the best of both worlds listening to the best Dodger Broadcaster in English, Vin Scully and the best in Spanish with el maestro Jaime Jarrin and the loquacious Pepe Yniguez. Fernando Valenzuela does some analysis.
No, I am not going to Sydney but I will be listening starting at 1. a.m. on Saturday March 22 and at 7:p.m. Sounds weird saying that.
Lorena and I in San Diego for Opening Day with the Dodgers. San Diego is always fun and we get to see our good friend, the big Padre fan, Mike.
Here is my annual post of updating this list of the Brooklyn Dodgers players alive. From the Brooklyn Dodger players, we lost Andy Pafko, Don Lund, Preston Ward and the youngest one, Don Miller.
We now have 38 surviving Broklyn Dodger players with Mike Sandlock who continues to be the oldest one. Mr. Sandlock will turn 99 on October 17. The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 75 on June 19.
Happy birthday to Ralph Branca who turns 88 today January 6, Dia de Los Reyes, Day of the Kings.
|Mike Sandlock||Old Greenwich, CT||10/17/1915||1, 4|
|Ray Hathaway||Grinville, OH||10/13/1916||22|
|Lee Pfund||Oakpark, IL||10/10/1919||14|
|Luis Olmo||Puerto Rico||10/11/1919||21|
|Pat McGlothin||Coalfield, TN||10/20/1920||23|
|Marv Rackley||Seneca, SC||7/25/1921||35|
|Chuck Kress||Philadelphia, PA||12/9/1921||5|
|Eddie Basinksi||Buffalo, NY||11/4/1922||3|
|Tim Thompson||Coalport, PA||3/1/1924||21|
|George Shuba||Youngstown, OH||12/13/1924||8|
|Johnny Rutherford||Ontario, CN.||5/5/1925||15|
|Wayne Terwilliger||Clare, Mi.||6/27/1925||34|
|Chris Haughey||Astoria, NY.||10/3/1925||14|
|Ralph Branca||Mount Vernon, NY||1/6/1926||13,20,28|
|Bob Borkowski||Dayton, OH||1/27/1926||27|
|Randy Jackson||Little Rock, AR||2/10/1926||2|
|Dick Teed||Springfield, MA||3/8/1926||37|
|Don Newcombe||Madison, NJ||6/14/1926||36|
|Bobby Morgan||Oklahoma city. OK||6/29/1926||2|
|Charlie Osgood||Sommerville, MA||11/23/1926||20|
|Carl Erskine||Anderson, IN||12/13/1926||17|
|Rocky Bridges||Refugio, TX||8/7/1927||9|
|Tommy Lasorda||Norristown, PA||9/22/1927||2,27,29|
|Tommy Brown||Brooklyn, NY||12/6/1927||9|
|Joe Landrum||Columbia, SC||12/13/1928||19|
|Joe Pignatano||Brooklyn, NY||8/4/1929||58|
|Roger Craig||Durham, NC||2/17/1930||38|
|Ron Negray||Akron, OH||2/26/1930||38|
|Glenn Mickens||Wilman, CA||7/26/1930||46|
|Don Zimmer||Cincinnati, OH||1/17/1931||23|
|Ed Roebuck||East Millboro, PA.||7/3/1931||37|
|Fred Kipp||Iqua, KS||10/1/1931||26|
|Jim Gentile||San Francisco, CA||6/3/1934||38|
|Don Demeter||Oklahoma City. OK||6/25/1935||2|
|Sandy Koufax||Brooklyn, NY||12/30/1935||32|
|Bob Aspromonte||Brooklyn, NY||6/19/1938||28. 34|
I recorded these videos back in the Summer when I went to the Dream Center. You can see the post I did back in August here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/09/10/dodgers-and-the-dream-center/
Looks like I had the camera upside down in the first video. haha.
Is that a pink underwear that you can see when Andre bents down? :-)
Here is another video. This one is a little longer.
It took me a while to upload the second video.
Andre was in LA recently volunteering at the Union Rescue mission. From the Dodgers website:
This is the sixth consecutive year that Ethier has volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission. The Dodger outfielder has also served food to the homeless at the Weingart Center on skid row in Los Angeles and has been active in the local community since joining the club in 2006, having made annual visits to the Union Rescue Mission,
What a treat for Christmas to have Vin Scully take over the Dodger account on Monday.
As everyone knows, Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshall at the 2014 Rose Parade.
Here are the questions that Vin Scully answered:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A pleasure to be tweeting with you this morning. #AskVin
@weber_virginia yes, the Grand Marshal tosses the coin to start the game! No, I’ll be busy with the entire family who will be there #AskVin @LADodgerFans I called http://santascall.org and the grandkids are in for a big surprise with a call from Santa. #AskVin
@vincebase5 probably the ’55 World Series. That was the only one the #Dodgers ever won in Brooklyn. That was probably the most momentous. #AskVin what was your most memorable year
@clariceann__27 Certainly the 42-8 stretch was bordering on the miraculous. That was really amazing. #AskVin
@21AGM Clayton is on his way to joining the top 5. He just needs some more seasons. #AskVin
- On naming Public Enemy No. 1: It was the most electrifying curveball we had seen in some time.
Vin, do you have an iPhone and what apps do you use?
@Ruy24 I have a whole bunch — a dictionary, a history one, the stock market and a newspaper app. Those are a couple that I use. #AskVin @Dodgers Hi Vin. Merry Christmas! Do you have a favorite childhood memory from the holidays? The best gift you ever received as a boy?
@TBrownYahoo the best gift I ever received was a bicycle. I was about 8 years old. As a small boy we never had a Christmas tree. I’d go to bed and there would be no sign of Christmas in the apartment. I would wake up and rush into the living room and there would be a Christmas tree fully decorated. #AskVin
@LBthrowbackDUDE I did work on a movie, “For Love of the Game.” Perhaps because I was so involved in it. They built a press box in the studio and they showed the game on a huge screen. I broadcast what I saw. There was no script. #AskVin
@Geeman1026 It would be hard for me to leave the gathering at our house with 16 grandchildren. It will be quite a group. #AskVin #AskVin Where and when did “Pull up a chair…” originate?
@DJLBroker I don’t really know. It was just something that came out of my mouth some sixty odd years ago. I just picked it up. #AskVin
@jaredkaufer Enter the website, answer the questionnaire, and Santa gives three choices for times to call. #AskVin
@ErnieMontano It was at the Polo Grounds. Dodgers and the Giants. I would say it was 1939. In the bleachers and cost 55 cents. #AskVin
- I started calling games in my head when I was playing stickball with the boys. Then would holler a little play-by-play from my apartment.
@LAKingsSCC2012 Walter O’Malley introduced me to General Douglas MacArthur. He was a typical General — strong, quiet, austere. I lived in Ronald Reagan’s neighborhood and went to the White House for his 1st inauguration with my wife.That was really one in a million.
@sanjosegarber Babe Ruth. Great hitter, great pitcher. #AskVin
- Vin Scully on if he heard the
#Dodgers are doing a Babe Ruth bobblehead this season: No, but I want one. #AskVin
And to conclude:
- A heartfelt thanks to all, and as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one!” -Vin Scully
Thank you Vin for taking the time to answer questions on Twitter. See you at the Rose Parade! My question was favored by the Dodgers but it was not asked. I wanted to know what is Vin Scully reading in the offseason.
Nomar Garciaparra joins the Dodgers Broadcasting crew! The local boy from Whittier, California returns to the Dodgers!
Nomar is expected to do pre-and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts.
the Dodgers are also pursuing ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser to be an announcer and the future broadcasting face of the team, according to USA Today. Hershiser is also currently with ESPn, though is contract will soon expire.
Ref: La Times, USA Today.
Reading the LA Times newspaper this morning on the train, the obituary of Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney.caught my attention. She played a major role in the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. RIP Diane.
I noticed Diane’s husband’s name is Ron Miller. This made me think of Rod Miller, the Brooklyn Dodger that had only one at bat with the Dodgers. Also I thought , the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive. After reading the newspaper, I moved to my Iphone to catch up with more news. That is when I ran into the obituary of Rod Miller. Rod passed away on November 8, 2013, he was 73. Rest in peace Mr. Miller.
Here is the obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=Rod-Miller&pid=168087199#
The 17 year-old Miller was signed by the Dodgers out of Lynwood HS in SoCal on June 26, 1957. He was brought up to Brooklyn in September. He appeared in only one game facing the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28. Rodney Carter “Rod” Miller went swinging on his only major league at bat in 1957.
“Walter Alston was the classiest human being I’ve ever known giving me a chance to bat. That one at-bat opened more doors for me than I could ever have imagined.” – Miller in “Once Around the Bases”
Rest in peace Mr. Rodney Miller
With the passing of Rod Miller, the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive is Bob Aspromonte at 75, followed by Sandy Koufax who will be 78 on December 30.
Ref: Baseball Reference.