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Brooklyn Dodgers. Then and Now. Wayne Terwilliger

Wayne Terwilliger then and now.

Wayne Terwilliger then.

I love that picture with Maury Wills!

He signed his first professional baseball contract, with the Cubs, in September, 1948, one month after Babe Ruth died.  He reported to Des Moines Cubs.

In 1949, Twig reported to spring training with the Los Angeles Cubs of the Triple A Pacific Coast League. By August he was the Chicago Cubs starting second baseman.

Terwilliger played nine seasons with five major league teams, mostly as a second baseman. He also played for six minor league teams, and managed 11 minor league teams. During his 12 years as a coach in the majors, he received World Series rings from the Minnesota Twins in 1987 and 1991.

When Terwilliger was 18, he saw action with the Marines in the Pacific during World War II.

Wayne Terwilliger now

Wayne Terwilliger now (as of 2005)

In 2005, Twig became the second man ever to manage at age 80, led the Ft Worth Cats  to a league championship, posted a franchise record for wins, was Manager of the Year, got an earring (really?),  and published his autobiography “Terwilliger Bunts One”

From Www.Wayneterwilliger.com

Player: Cubs (1949-51), Dodgers (1951), Senators (1953-54), Giants (1955-56), KC Athletics (1959-60), and 6 teams in the minors. DETAILS

Coach: Senators (1969-71), Rangers (1972, 1981-85), Twins (1986-94), St. Paul Saints (1995-2002), Ft. Worth Cats (2006-2010). DETAILS

Manager: Managed 12 minor-league teams; 1,224-1,089 record including 2005 Central League championship

As with all the living Brooklyn Dodger players that I have been researching and writing the Then and Now, this was also lots of fun reading about  Twig.  At the same time I learning about our Boys of Summer.

Twig make a pact with Jim Hollars -the Cats’ chaplain, that if they won the championship, they’d both have their ears pierced.  Well Jim’s wife said “Not on your life” but  Twig said  his wife (Lin) had always joked about him getting his ear pierced.

If you like to get his book look on online or for  an autographed copy, send $20 to Terwilliger Bunts One, 1909 Clear Creek Drive, Weatherford, TX 76087

ref:  New York Times,  www.terwilliger.com

World Series Game 6, 2011 & 1981

What a game!  The Redbirds were on oxygen about to expire when they came back alive!   They fought back deficits of  1-0,   3-2  4-3,   7 -4 and 9-7.     This game had everything!   I really thought Texas had won it when the score was 7-4 in the seventh but the Redbirds went on to win it in the 11th with a final score of 10-9!  What a game 6!   Bring on Game 7!  

How about a caption?  

 I was watching the World Series game in Spanish on FOX Deportes with Manny Mota as color analyst.   When the game ended, they switched to Soccer so I switched the channel only to find that ESPN Classics was showing game 6th of the 1981 World Series!  What a treat for me!    I had forgotten that Howard Cosell  broadcasted the game.   The guys in the booth could not make up their mind who the World Series MVP was going to be.  They were saying “Ron Cey” Then they were saying Pedro Guerrero.    Finally they said both Cey & Guerrero.  As we know there were three MVPs with Cey, Guerrero & Yeager.    It was nice and sad to see Steve Howe on the mound.   Steve had a cocaine problem.   He was given so many opportunities by the Dodgers.

Who is that person next to Pedro Guerrero?

comvp.jpg

(Cardinal picture: Ezra shaw/getty Images. Pedro Guerrero picture from mblblogsbuzzblogs.files, 1981  MVP’s: Halloffamesports.com

Happy 50th Birthday Fernando!! Happy November!

Can you imagine Fernando Valenzuela turns 50 today November 1st?  50 years!   It does not seem like it was that long ago when I was watching him play.  I watched him pitched from his debut with the Dodgers in 1980.   

Oh how I wished Tommy Lasorda would have used Fernando instead of Dave Goltz that October 6th 1980 extra game to break a dead tied for the National League West against the Astros..  Yes, the Astros!  JoeNiekro and the Astros defeated my Dodgers 7-1

OK, back to 2010!   Happy 50th birthday Fernando!!   Ya te unistes al club de los cinquentones!! (you joined the 50’s club!) 

Caravan 020310 Fenarndo.jpg

Today is also All Saints Day and tomorow is

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS- DAY OF THE DEAD or ALL SOULS DAY when we celebrate the life of our dearly departed.      

For some wonderful colorful pictures from the weekend celebration in Los Angeles click on the LA Times link below

http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11/01/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-in-los-angeles/#/0

I am working in New Hampshire this week so I went from temperatures of 80’s LA to  30 to 40’s here.  But it is so beautiful here with all the wonderful colors of fall.   

Hard to get used to watching games so late but still I watched game 4 of the World Series hoping against hope that the Rangers would come back.     

AAUGH! Painful World Series for Dodger fans

Charlie_Brown_Aaugh.jpgThis is painful.   Haven’t we Dodger fans suffer enough with the dismal 2010 season the Dodgers had and the McCourt divorce?  

Now we have to put up with watching the Halloween team in the World Series.    Is painful, I tell you. 

Hopefully the hated Jints will play like the Charlie Brown team.    OK, OK, maybe it can be a little closer but with the Texas Rangers reigning supreme!  

 

 Does Bengie Molina have the inside scoop on the Giant pitching staff?   Well, read what he has to say in his MLB blog  htt://bengiemolina.mlbogs.com    This is part of what he wrote there on his blog post titled “Who Would have thought”   dated  10/23/10.  

Do I think my knowledge of the Giants will help me and the Rangers? I sure hope so. But I don’t think it will help to the degree people might think.

 I love that he keeps up with the blog.  His latest post entry was 10/26/10.  Here is how his lated post ends:

When we get back to Dallas, Yadier and Jose will be there. They’re in Puerto Rico right now but they’ll be there cheering me on for Games 3, 4 and, if we need it, 5. With me going to the World Series, now each of us Molina boys has been to two World Series each. Pretty amazing.

I’m going to try to post on the blog every day. So keep checking in!

 

Thanks Bengie!   Go Rangers!!

 

A Battle of the West for the 2010 World Series

 Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be seeing the AL West against the NL West in the World Series.  After all, it supposed to be the weakest divisions according to the experts, right?  

I certainly would not have picked those two.   But let’s see what the experts at SI picked back in April 

 

San Francisco was picked 3rd and the Padres last.  

In the East, well just look at the cover and the title at the top that said  “The Yanks will Repeat in the AL East:   

Roy Halladay Cover - Sports Illustrated April 05, 2010
 
In the AL West, The Angels were picked to win the division. 

 

 

Thanks to poster Lny4Loney at the ITD blog that told us we can go back to the SI vault and read any story ever published by SI at:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/    I actually went back and read articles from 1955 that were written by Roger Kahn.  I even went back to 1954 to see who was favored at the start of the season.    

Congratulations to both teams.    The Rangers have never won in their existence and the Giants have never won in San Francisco.  The last time the Giants won was in 1954 when they swept the favored Cleveland Indians.  

No respected Dodger fan should root for the hated Jints, so

GO RANGERS!  

 

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