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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/

Brooklyn Dodgers. Then and Now: Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca then

Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca was born on January 6, 1926 in Mount Vernon.   He was the fifteenth of seventeen children.   He was signed by the Dodgers after a local tryout.

Ralph’s  father, John Branca,  came to America from Italy.  Ralph’s mother, Katherine Berger, was born in Hungary.  Ralph married Ann Mulvey in 1951.  Her parents owned a share of the Dodgers, and her maternal grandfather had been president of the Brooklyn Club.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Branca out of the New York University in 1943, when he was just seventeen years old.

In 1947 the twenty-one-year-old Branca became the second-youngest National Leaguer to win 20 games.

Branca was involved in two of the biggest moments in baseball history.   One was the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson in 1947, and the other was as the man who threw the pitch hit for a home run by Bobby Thompson that won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants.

In January 2001, joshua Praeger, a reporter for the Wall Street journal published the details of a sign-stealing scheme the Giants rigged in the Polo Grounds.  The scheme involved a telescope from windows in the center-field clubhouse, a buzzer rigged under dirt in the bullpen, and a reserve catcher positioning his body and equipment to tip-off the batter as to which pitch was coming.

Branca said  his friendship with Jackie Robinson continued after baseball.  They played golf together when they worked in Manhattan and saw each other a lot while Jackie was with Chock Full of Nuts.

Ralph Branca now

Check out Ralph’s website at http://www.ralphbranca.com/  and his book:

Ref:  SABR.org, book:  ‘The Team that forever Changed Baseball and America  The 1947 Brooklyn dodgers”   Note:  I am loving this book!

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