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What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium! All Opening Days are special. We await them with so much anticipation. What an Opening act with Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch and Orel Hershiser catching him.
Magic walks to the mound to throw out the first pitch
But wait! Here comes Mattingly to lift Magic for Sandy Koufax
A beautiful view of Sandy on the mound
Orel Hershiser said on Twitter: “What a day! To have Sandy throw the first pitch. To catch it and Thank him for all he taught me, was a moment I will never forget”
Sandy into his windup, here is the pitch….
Got to say Vin Scully still enjoys baseball.
Standing room only
El nino de oro after rounding the bases
El nino de Oro taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0. Kershaw hit the first pitch of reliever George Kontos.
Final score Dodgers 4, Giants 0. Kerhsaw with a complete game.
We went into Dodger Stadium with big smiles. We came out still smiling after that incredible Opening game. I did not even mind the long wait for the shuttle after the game.
Icing on the cake: I have Clayton Kershaw in my Baseball Fantasy team Los Locos Azules play in the TwitterMaffiaLeague.
Ref: pictures from Jon SooHoo. check out his blog at
I know this is old but I still would like to put it here. The video where Vin Scully interviews Sandy Koufax is a classic!
Besides, Mark our fearless leaders here at the MLB Blogsphere reminded us that we can post videos here. I keep forgetting that so Mark, I am listening to you. Let’s see if this works
Vin Scully interviewing Sandy Koufax.
Yes! it works!
Unfortunately Sandy was only at Camelback Ranch for 10 days. He will return to the team in June.
I have been very busy at work and I am dying to go back to Camelback Ranch. Not sure if I will go back but if not, there are 25 days till Opening Day! Counting the days.
My boss is going on vacation for a week and a day starting tomorrow. When I asked him where he was going he said “Arizona” Is OK, listening to the games and pictures from JonSooHoo I can wait till the boys come home.
Vin Scully is back ~
is going to be AWESOME ~
Watch out for those quotes!
the Dodger family is complete with Sandy Koufax and now Vin Scully at Camelback!
Welcome back Vin!
Like Hilda Chester used to tell you
VIN SCULLY I LOVE YOU!
Dodgers against the Cubs at Camelback Ranch! Wish I was there.
Billingsley starts against Barney.
I am skipping my Pilates class at noon (we have classes at work at noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) to listen to the game.
Vin Scully quote about Billinglsey giving out already a single, a home run and two doubles ”Sure, you hate to be lather…”
Juan Uribe is the first baseman for this game.
Mike Piazza is at Camelback Ranch. DylanHearnandez reported that Mike said of Vin Scully: ”I’d love to see him” I hope to apologize.
When the Dodgers posted the first picture of Sandy Koufax suit up in Dodger Blue, I got excited! I had seen him Sunday at Camelback Ranch with a white long sleeve t-shirt and jogging pants. Unfortunately we had to leave Sunday so we did not get to see him Monday all dressed in Dodger Blue. But that is OK, just seeing the pictures, I got super excited. I could not wipe a big smile off my face while I work on President’s Day.
The pictures below are from Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo who does an excellent job. check out all the photos here:
Sandy Koufax working with Josh Beckett
Sandy Koufax greeted with applauses in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch
Matt Kemp, Sandy Koufax and Stan Kasten
Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda
Sandy Koufax and Traveling Secretary Scott Akasaki
Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh. This last picture is my favorite because Sandy looks happy.
We are smiling and laughing with joy seeing Sandy back wearing Dodger Blue.
ref: Jon SooHoo pictures from htpt://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
June is my birthday (6/28) and my boys in Blue will be playing against the Phillies.
Below is the June calendar schedule courtesy of Left Field Pavilion
Date Star breakdown
1-Star = 6/3, 6/5, 6/10, 6/12
2-Star = 6/4, 6/7, 6/9, 6/24, 6/26, 6/28, 6/30
3-Star = 6/6, 6/8, 6/11, 6/25, 6/27, 6/29
I am looking forward to the return of The Oldtimers game on 6/8! The Braves will be in town then. Also Sandy Koufax bobblehead is 6/27 And let’s not forget a trip to Yankee Stadium, God willing.
Best news ever this morning!! Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!!!
Welcome back Sandy!
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:
|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|
|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
On this day December 30, 1935 Dodger left-hander Sanford Braun is born in Brooklyn.
In his 12-year career, lefty Sandy Koufax will compile a winning percentage of .655 (165-87), whiff 300 batters or more in three seasons and fan 18 to set a major league mark for Ks in a single game.
Happy 77th birthday to our great Dodger Icon and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax!
Here is a small collage of pictures I put together starting with the sidewalk plaque on Sunset boulevard close to Dodger Stadium to my Koufax statue and signed baseball!
Have you ever noticed the Sunset Boulevard sidewalk plaques in Echo Park?
I first noticed them a few years back when I was meeting friends at Barragans on Sunset boulevard on a Sunday before the Dodger game.
The plaques are all sports related. I took pictures back then but never used them in a blog post. I asked several people at the stadium, and other people like Terry Cannon but no one could tell me anything about them.
When did they started appearing? Who put them there?
There are not all baseball. Here is Elgin Baylor’s plaque
Others are Boxer Jimmy McLarmin, Rafer Johnson, Jack Kramer, Bob Seager, John Longden, Bill Shoemaker, Glen Davis, Ellsworth Vines, Joe Louis, Parry O’Brien,Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Billy Jean King, and many others.
But who put this together?
Then I found this plaque
L Andrew Castle? A photographer!
Talking with my friend Lorena about the sidewalk plaques, she found this article from the LA Timeson October 10, 1985:
From the article:
Castle happened to be the owner of both a small camera shop and a big dream.
His dream was to improve the struggling commercial center of Echo Park along Sunset Boulevard, maybe even transform it into a tourist attraction. With Dodger Stadium just a 10-minute walk up the hill, what better way to do that, he thought, than to shine some reflected glory of sports heroes down on the relatively unglamorous street of shoe stores, banks, bakeries and restaurants?
So, at Castle’s urging, the City of Los Angeles in 1974 declared the 10 blocks of Sunset Boulevard between Elysian Park Boulevard and Alvarado Street to be the Avenue of the Athletes, allowing sidewalks to be dotted with tablets bearing the names of superstar jocks. Castle himself hardly fit that image: At the time, he was a short, slow-moving, elderly man.
Castle worked at Dodger Stadium!
Castle, who also worked as a photographer for the Dodgers, got the team and other local merchants to back the project financially. The first plaques were laid in concrete in 1976 during what was supposed to be an annual ceremony.
But Castle died two years later and the Avenue almost died with him. The ceremonies stopped and the designs for the plaques were even lost for a while. It was not until 1980 that the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce was able to revive the project, which even its biggest boosters concede has yet to fulfill Castle’s dream.
Fred Claire is quoted in the article :
“The most important thing is whether you are really going to try to improve the area,” said Fred Claire, executive vice president of the Dodgers and a member of the plaque committee. “Andy Castle dreamed that it could be clean, that it could be free of crime. What the reality is, I don’t know for sure. But his dream lives on.”
Castle gets his plaque:
To symbolize that, a plaque bearing Castle’s name was laid in concrete last week in front of the store he used to own at Logan Street and Sunset, Castle’s shows a camera.
Getting to the stadium early for batting practice you meet a lot of fans. Last night on Sandy Koufax bobblehead night, after the 7th inning stretch we noticed Michael who we usually see during BP, was standing behind us. He was asking “Who did I miss during BP? We told him ”Maury Wills was signing” He has gotten Maury Wills autograph before. We also told him Sandy Koufax did not appear to be at the stadium that night. He then started telling us why he was late. Here is his story:
“I got to the stadium early today (8/7) because it was not just a bobble head game, but the Sandy Koufax bobble head game. The most popular bobble head, right up there with the upcoming Vin Scully bobble head.
I was able to park on Stadium Way in front of the Barlow Hospital, and around 4:40pm, walked over to wait with the other fans at the Elysian Park entrance, where we would be let in at 5:10pm.
I saw three boys petting and playing with a young kitten who was just laying on the sidewalk just inside the Dodger Stadium parking gate. I asked if it was their kitten and they said no, they had just found it there. One of the boys was able to pick the kitten up and it seemed pretty tame. I picked the kitten up, and it appeared to be a boy and about eight weeks old. I went to the front of the line with the kitten and told the security guard about it. I said I wanted to take the kitten home, but wondered if someone at Dodger Stadium could keep it somewhere until the end of the game. The security officer said probably not, and pointed me to the main parking hut, where the security guards let people into the stadium. I told them my story, and they said they couldn’t help, but did offer me some water for the kitten.
My options seemed to be to have security call animal services and pick up the kitten, or leave the kitten in my car until the game was over some five or six hours later.
Neither opinion seemed reasonable, as I didn’t want the kitten taken to the pound, nor did I want to leave it in a car for hours when it was about 90 degrees out. I also didn’t think leaving the kitten where it was found was very safe, as it was next to the 10 lanes of traffic where people drive in and out of Dodger Stadium.
While my daughter Dianna kept the kitten company in the car, I went to the Barlow Hospital but they couldn’t help either. I called the Dodger Fan Assistance line and they also could not help me.
I ended up calling my wife Donna, and she drove from Sherman Oaks, while I drove to back to Griffith Park, so we could meet half way at the zoo parking lot, and I passed the kitten over to her so she could take him home.
We ended up making it back to the game and getting our bobble heads, but missed batting practice and the chance to get autographs. A small price to pay for saving a life. The kitten is doing fine. We’re going to call him “Koufax.”