Results tagged ‘ Sandy Koufax ’

Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch

I love that after the Safe At Home Foundation event at Nokia Theater in LA, Sandy Koufax flew back, yes back!  to Camelback Ranch!  

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What a thrill for the young and older (we are starting to have too many of those) players to have Sandy Koufax at the Ranch!

I love this posted by Scott from the Inside The White Sox blog in yesterday’s entry:

 

We couldn’t top the Dodgers “special coach” for today’s B Game … Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax was in attendance.

 

Mike:  Koufax was giving away the secrets of the Mets pitching staff.  Just kidding Mike!  

My schedule for the weekend, God wiling, is:

Friday at Camelback against the White Sox.  White Sox are the home team.  

Saturday at Camelback against the White Sox.  Dodgers are the home team. 

Sunday at Tempe against the Cubs. 

Monday at Scottsdale against the hated Jints.  

If anyone from the blogsphere is at any of these locations, let me know!  I love to meet baseball fans!

Weather forecast for Arizona:   

A shower of runs for the Dodgers and just a few scattered hits given up.    

 

2010 Road Trip: Camelback here I Come!

My first road trip of 2010 will be this Friday when my friends and I leave early Friday morning!   We will be back on Monday.  

The Dodgers will open Friday against the White Sox.  Padilla will start followed by Ortiz and Haeger plus relief candidates Luis Ayala, Scott Dohmann and former White Sox Jon Link.

The White Sox are scheduled to counter with announced Opening Day starter Mark Buehrle, followed by Jeff Marquez, Scott Linebrink, J.J. Putz, Santo Luis and Freddie Dolsi.

Former Dodger Juan Pierre is among the new White Sox.  A name that I had forgotten that is now a White Sox is Andruw Jones.   

I can’t wait!!!!!!   I was checking the weather report in Glendale and they are predicting rain for Sunday but who cares!  We get to see our boys in Blue! and guess what?  Sandy Koufax is there!!  Whoohoo!

This time we know where they have those cameras on the freeway so we are prepared!

 Congratulations to Jeff Weaver  who became a dad last Wednesday.  Son Drake weight in 8 pounds.  Congrats to the Weaver family including uncle Jered. 

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Luvthedodgers23:  Shall we look for Adrian Gonzales restaurant this time?    

We lost another Brooklyn Dodger player.

Some of you might remember my post about Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive, well, I am sorry to report that we lost another one. 

The second oldest living Brooklyn Dodger outfielder, George Cisar  passed away February 19, 2010 at the age of 99. Cisar played for the Dodgers in 1937, batting .207 in 20 games. 

Now there are 62 living former Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Rest in peace George

 

A Night to remember with Sandy Koufax !





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I don’t know where to start!  That was a once in a lifetime event and I loved every minute of the event!  

The event was put together to benefit the Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation to combat domestic abuse. 

I will never forget this night!   Thank you Sandy!  Thank you Torre, Thank you Simers and all that made the event posible!

I got home after the event and throughly enjoyed watching the playback!  

 

“It gave me goosebumps,” Torre said of the sold-out crowd of 7,100 at Nokia Theater, which included the likes of Ron Howard, Billy Crystal, Penny Marshall and Jon Lovitz and raised more than $750,000.

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LA Times sportwriter T.J. Simers started his questions with “Where’d you go,” “I went home,” Koufax said, later explaining that it was something his grandfather taught him that has kept him out of the limelight.

“Your most precious asset is time,” Koufax said. “Spend your money foolishly, spend your time wisely.” 

And the reason he came back?

“Joe Torre,” Koufax said.

“It’s about friendship, a very special friendship,” said Torre, 69, of Koufax, even though the two were never teammates

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Simers finally asked if it bugged Koufax that people perceived him as “soft.”

“Oh … no,” said Koufax. “That didn’t bug me at all.”

“Then what did bug you?” asked Simers.

“Sportswriters like you,” replied Koufax to a thunderous ovation

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At the John Wooden and Vin Scully, a kid was picked so that John Wooden would show him how to put his socks.  Mr. Wooden was very particular that no creases should be left from his players put on their socks before the shoes.  Well Simers wanted something similar to be done with Koufax.  So he said the crowd had been scanned and a tall skinny kid was spotted so he was summond to go up the podium. 

The Kid?  21 year old Clayton Kershaw! 

Here is Koufax  showing Kershaw how to throw the curball.  Kershaw said “OK, I’ll give it a try.”  

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Simers said “If you are good, I’ll get you a tryout with Arte Moreno.   Yep! Arte was in the audience.

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Look at the size of Koufax’s hand in comparison to Kershaw!

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Here is Mattingly after Simers said Donnie Baseball showed up because he thought Torre was announcing his reti
rement.

 
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Tommy Davis and Sweet Lou Johnson.  Sweet Lou got the only hit in Koufax perfecto. and got two homeruns in the  1965 World Series.  Koufax said Sweet Lou was a breath of fresh air.  

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Peter O’Malley got the biggest standing ovation after Koufax and Torre. 

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When Simers asked Koufax about the two homeruns that Torre hit off of him.  His response was “We Brooklyn kids stick together.” 
 

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“This man has been very special to me,” said Torre about Koufax. “We have never been teammates. We have played together on All-Star teams, but my first World Series, in 1996, when I walked into my office at Yankee Stadium, his was the first message on top, wishing me luck.”

“When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was just about the first guy who called me.

When I got off the plane after saying goodbye to the Yankees, he was the first guy to call. It has been a very special relationship and one that we don’t have to talk to each other every day.

“It’s something that I treasure, and I’m so touched, and my wife, Ali, is very touched, and our foundation certainly thanks you for being here.”

With that, the two friends for almost 50 years walked off the stage together to another ovation.


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There I am in wearing blue and with my White and Blue Dodger bag(third row from the left).  In the next aisle to my left is my friend Amber who is a ticket checker at Dodger stadium.          

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Pictures Taken From Dodger Stadium January 28, 2010


Today was my Select-a-Seat appointment at Dodger Stadium.   I went hoping that the two seats next to me were available.   The owner of those seats lives out of state so you always see different people there and I am always talking to my friends to the right over those two people.   Anyway, no luck, the seats were already renewed.  

There were alot of cars in the parking lot when I got there.   The Dodgers also have free Dodger Dogs, chips, sodas and bags of peanuts on those days.    As I was going up the escalator, I ran into Ben Platts from MLB.  I told him “I LOVE this place!”   He said “I know!”  LOL 

I went to the Top Deck so that I could sit in my seats!  Ahhh. take a look at the view from there.  So beautiful, so relaxing.   You can see a little snow in the mountains.

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Looking at another side from the Top Deck, you can see the Hollywood sign


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Here is a view of the Top Deck from the field level.  See the Dodger Logo?   to the right are my seats against that wall where I put the tag so stop by and say HI if you are at the stadium.    

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Here a view from the Club level and the row of pictures down the hall.  Here it starts with the Captain Pee Wee:

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Here is the Duke (pic size 444 because of his number)

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Vin Scully Press Box.  The door was open but NO!  I would not go in to sacred grounds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 One view from the Top Deck parking lot.  Between the two palms to the right you can see City Hall (pointy building) where scenes from Superman, Dragnet and Adam 12 were filmed.  It was built in 1923.    


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Top Deck Ticket office.  I love the mural. at the other side of the mural wall is the gift shop.  See the Dodger Logo?  Is on both sides.  Right there is elevator.  

 
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This to the right of mural.  I like the tree here.  Beyond you can see snow in the mountains.  This is one of the entrances for the media.   I am curious about that white wall and  the indentations.  I don’t know what is depicting.  

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from the dugout level.  Players pass here on their way to the clubhouse.  This wall has the name of every player that has played for the Dodgers.  Don’t remember up to what year.  Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson’s names  are on this part.    

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On the other side of the player’s names wall are some pictures.  Here is one of the longest playing infield of Ron Cey, Russell, Lopes and Garvey.  

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well, after all that I went to the gift shop!  Great bargains there!   The store has been having a 50% discount on the entire store since December.   Some stuff is even cheaper now.   Players  jerseys no longer wtih the team are $20 to $30.   I got other kind of t-shirts from $2.50 to $5.     

Note:  I am saving the pictures of Jackie Robinson to post on his birthday.  

Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive

 

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I’ve been working on a list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive.  When I started the list, there were 63, but Thursday 1/21/10, Bobby Bragan passed away at the age of 92.  

Below is the updated list.

It starts with Tony Malinosky, the oldest at 100 years old and Rod Miller who had a birthday on 1/16, the youngest at 70 years old.  Sandy Koufax is the third youngest one. 

Here is Duke Snider working with the young players at the Winter Workouts iat Dodger Stadium in 2009.  

July 28, 2010:  Sadly, the list is now down to 59 Brooklyn Dodger players.  

November 7, 2010:  Rest in peace Clyde King.  He passed away November 2, 2010

Player name

Birthdate

Born in and other Notes

Tony Malinosky

10/5/1909

Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA. 

George Cisar **

8/25/1910

Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10

 

Mike Sandlock

10/17/1915

Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer. 

Ray Hathaway

10/13/1916

Grinville, OH.   Minor league manager

Bobby Bragan **

10/30/1917

***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010*** 

Cy Buker

2/5/1919

Greenwood, WI.  Cyril was a pitcher.

Lee Pfund

10/10/1919

ILL.  His son was MGR of  Miami Heats.  

Luis Olmo

10/11/1919

Puerto Rico.  Played for Mexico, Cuba.

Cliff Dapper

1/2/1920

Los Angeles, CA.  Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell

Boyd Bartley

2/11/1920

Chicago.  . Played in nine games in 1943. 

 Gene Hermanski

5/11/1920

Pittsville, MA.  Raised in New Jersey.

Jean-Pierre Roy

6/26/1920

Canada.  Commentor for the Expos.

Pat McGlothin

10/20/1920

Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher.

Johnny Schmitz

11/27/1920

Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there. 

Andy Pafko

2/25/1921

Boiceville, ILL.  lives in Mount Prospect, IL.

 

Johnny Van Cuyk

7/7/1921

Little Chute, WI.  Pitcher.  Passed away July 10,2010

Marv Rackley

7/25/1921

Seneca, SC.  Left fielder. 

Chuck Kress

12/9/1921

Philadelphia, PA.   Lefty First Baseman.   

**Morrie Martin

9/3/1922

Dixon, MO.  LP.   Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10

Eddie Basinski

11/4/1922

Buffalo, NY.   Nickname:  the Fiddler. Bazzoka.  

 Don Lund

5/18/1923

Detroit, MI.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.

Tim Thompson

3/1/1924

Coalport, PA.   Lives in Lewinston, PA.  

Clyde King **

5/23/1924

Goldboro, NC.  Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.  

George Shuba

12/13/1924

Youngston, OH.  http://www.georgeshuba.com/ 

Ed Stevens

1/12/1925

Gavelston, TX  Coach for the Padres in 1981.  

Johnny Rutherford

5/5/1925

 Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname:  Doc.

Wayne Terwilliger

6/27/1925

 Clare, MI.   Coach under Ted Williams.

Chris Haughey

10/3/1925

 Astoria, NY.  Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.

Cal McLish

12/1/1925

Anadarco, OK.  Pitcher and pitching coach.  Died 8/26/10

Ralph Branca

1/6/1926

 Mount Vernon, NY.  Lives in Rye, NY.

 Bob Borkowski

1/27/1926

Dayton, OH.  Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black

Randy Jackson

2/10/1926

Little Rock, AR.  Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”  

Dick Teed

3/8/1926

Springfield, MA.   One at-bat in 1953.

Elmer Sexauer

5/21/1926

 St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher.  Lives in Florida.

Don Newcombe

6/14/1926

 Madison, NJ.  Currently works for the Dodgers!

Bobby Morgan

6/29/1926

 Oaklahoma City, OK.   Infielder.

Duke Snider

9/19/1926

Los Angeles, CA.  HOF.  The Duke of Flatbush!

Charlie Osgood

11/23/1926

Sommerville, MA.  Appeared in one game at 17.  

Carl Erskine

12/13/1926

Anderson, IN.   http://www.carlerskine.com/

Preston Ward

7/24/1927

Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s

 Rocky Bridges

8/7/1927

 Refugio, TX.   Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.

Tommy Lasorda

9/22/1927

 Norristown, PA.  60 years working for the Dodgers!

Tommy Brown

12/6/1927

 Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs.

Dick Williams

5/7/1928

 St Louis, MO.  LF, 3B, coach, Manager. 

Ken Lehman

6/10/1928

 Seattle, WA.  Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.    

Joe Landrum

12/13/1928

Columbia, SC.  Pitcher

Joe Pignatano

8/4/1929

 Brooklyn, NY.   Catcher and coach.

Billy Loes ** 

12/13/1929

 Long Island, NY.  **passed away 7/15/2010

Gino Cimoli

12/18/1929

San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.

Roger Craig

2/17/1930

 Durham, NC  Pitcher, coach and manager. 

 Ron Negray

2/26/1930

 Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies. 

Glenn Mickens

7/26/1930

 Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA

Don Zimmer

1/17/1931

 Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays. 

Ed Roebuck

7/3/1931

 East Millboro, PA.   Relief Pitcher and scout.

Fred Kipp

10/1/1931

 Piqua, KS.   Also pitched for the Yankees.  

Bill Harris

12/3/1931

 Canada.  Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.

Chico Fernandez

3/2/1932

 Cuba. SS.  Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.

Danny McDevitt

11/18/1932

 NY, NY.  Pitched last game at Brooklyn.  

Jim Gentile

6/3/1934

 San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers.

Don Demeter

6/25/1935

 Oaklahoma City, OK. CF.  Now a Baptist minister.

Sandy Koufax

12/30/1935

 Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefthander pitcher!

Bob Aspromonte

6/19/1938

 Brooklyn, NY  Resides in Houston, Tx. 

Rod Miller

1/16/1940

 Portland, OR.   He played in one game in 1957. 

 

I love you Boys of Summer!

What I have done after my baseball career and being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track and they become human beings again — means more to me than all the things I did in baseball.  – Don Newcombe

OMG! Sandy Koufax at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

 



Thumbnail image for Honoree-Sandy-Koufax.jpgA friend on the train was reading the L.A. Times sport section before me and he tells me “Emma, did you know that Sandy Koufax will be at the Nokia Theatre?”    I was like “OMG! OMG!”   Yeah.. they looked at me weird.  Well, I told them, you could get excited about a concert.  I can get excited about this! 

18 months ago (before I started this blog), there was similar  event at the Nokia Threatre put together by T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.  The speakers were Vin Scully and John Wooden.   The minute I found out about it, I purchased my ticket for that event!   It was a night that I will never forget.    

Once again, T.J. Simers will moderate a conversation, this time with Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre.   

 As soon as  I got to work, I ordered my ticket for this event on Saturday February 27.   Actually, there was an email waiting for me  that I could purchase tickets prior to the general public sale because I had purchased the the Scully/Wooden event.

Sandy Koufax!  OMG!    The money raised will go to Safe At Home, Torre’s foundation to end the cycle of domestic abuse.    Ticket prices go from $25 to $200.  

Joe Torre who is in shock that Sandy accepted said “I didn’t think he would,”   “This really is a friend indeed.  He said he would do it for me and I’ touched.”

I am so looking forward to this! 

p.s.  I was preparing to blog about something else, but it can wait, besides is taking a little longer to prepare that cause I have to look into a lot of MLB players bio. 

 Sandy Koufax!   OMG!  

article from T.J. Simers

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers13-2010jan13,0,3541072.column 

Happy Birthday Sandy Koufax! and Happy New Year!

Today December 30th, 2009, Sandy Koufax turns 74! Happy Birthday Sandy!

 

Back in 1955, Koufax was competing to make the Dodgers roster along with another left-handed pitcher, Tommy Lasorda.   That is why Tommy always tells the story that it took the greatest lefthander to knock him off the roster!   

Here is Sandy with with Roseboro.  
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 This picture is from July 7, 1980… All-Star Game “Weekend”
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From left to right: Frank Sinatra, Sandy Koufax, Buzzie Bavasi and Dean Martin stand at the head table for a C.C. Banquet.  December 4, 1963

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I have some other pictures of Sandy from the last time the Dodgers went to Fenway Park but they are at work and I don’t go back to work until January 4th, 2010!! 

 

Happy Birthday Sandy!  

Everyone here at the MLBlogsphere, have a wonderful new year! 

Sandy into his windup….

Today September the 9th 2009 is the 44th universary of Sandy Koufax perfect game on September 9, 1965.  

“Two and two to Harvey Kuenn,  one strike away. Sandy into his windup, here’s the pitch: swung on and missed, a perfect game! On the scoreboard in right field it is 9:46 p.m. in the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, and a crowd of twenty-nine thousand one-hundred thirty nine just sitting in to see the only pitcher in baseball history to hurl four no-hit, no-run games.”    Vin Scully broadcasting the last inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game at Dodger Stadium on September 9, 1965:

Sandy Koufax throws a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, becoming the first major -league pitcher to throw four no-itters, surpassing the records held by Cy Young, bob Feller and Larry Corcoran.  

Here is Vin’s broadcast of the 9th inning of Sandy Koufax perfect game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uozLFsEPu8

In that game there was the possibility of a double no hitter as Bob Hendley was pitching the game of his life.  He said it was an honor to lose to Sandy.

Here is the line Score:

Team  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Chicago

 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Los Angeles

 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 1 0

Hearing that 9th inning again gets me misty.    

If you’d like to read a transcription of the Scully/Koufax call it is located here:
http://www.salon.com/people/feature/…scully_koufax/
 
 
 
 

The final batter of the game was Harvey Kuenn who struck out. Did you know that on May 11, 1963 Sandy Koufax threw his second no-hitter  and the final batter retired during that gem was also Harvey Kuenn?  Unluckly guy.    

Bob Hendley  allowed only one hit during the game which set up a record for least amount of hits during a nine inning game by both teams.

 
Happy Anniversary Sandy!!   Shall I say “Hight Nine!”  
 
Dodgers won yesterday with a come from behind win!
 
Tonights game is a good one with Haran against Jon Garland. 
 
Let’s Go Dodgers!
 
Happy 9/9/09 everyone!
 

 

2008: It was a very good year…

Looking back at my camera and all the pictures I have taken, it reminds me of baseball seasons from beginning to end! 2008 was a very good year! Baseball season started a little earlier for us Dodger fans from the volunteering to decorate this

 

 

for the Rose Parade.  We worked until our fingers were numb filling out little vials of water, then we moved to glue flowers, then to glue peanuts, then we worked with so many flowers to start giving shape to the design of the float.

We got up early to go to the parade and then I did a crazy thing without thinking!. I followed the Dodger float running along side and my friends followed me!. Dodger players and ex-players were seated in the dugout seats made on both sides of the float.

As i was running I waived at the players and yelled “HI GARVEY!”  “HI FERNANDO!” “HI NOMAH!” HI PENNY”  “HI SAITO-SAN”. they looked at me and waived back. I remember a security guard just smiled at me. At one point we could no longer get thru so we stopped. At that point, one of my friends said “OMG! We could have been arrested! I did not know that you could get arrested for doing that! The three of us laughed about it afterwards.

Fast track to Caravan day where I got up very early to go to the stadium to see the equipment truck leave the stadium. The words in the side of the big wheel were “VERO BEACH OR BUST.” I noticed boxes of this 

The days activities continued to the Panda Inn event where my friends and I already had reservations. The Panda Inn event was out of this world having our boys in Blue act as our waiters. We had James Loney and Pepe Yniguez as our waiters. James became one of my favorites that day! When we started a chant “LET’S GO DODGERS! LET’S GO!!” from our table, Tommy Lasorda came over to our table and gave one of his inspirational speeches. It was a good thing we had already finished eating as spit started flying. WE LOVE YOU TOMMY!

Vero Beach was great as usual. I attended the WIN baseball clinic there. I got to talk to my favorite player Jeff Kent who said he remembered me attending the WIn events at Dodger Stadium. i talked to D. Lowe also. I told him “I might draft you again in my baseball fantasy team.” to which he replied “No, don’t do that. I am not good with numbers.” :-).

 Vero Beach WIN Baseball clinic.  See how close fans were to the media area (where you can see clock)?

VB 2007 028.jpgThe exhibition event/game against the Red Sox at the Coliseum was wonderful. I wish I would have had a chance to meet Carl Erskine (Oisk), but the lines were huge. Too bad Sandy Koufax was not in attendance but he did show up for Opening Day! Who would have thought seeing Manny at the Coliseum that he would end up in L.A? During BP at the Coliseum, I yelled to D.Lowe, “D.LOWE! I GOT YOU IN MY BASEBALL FANTASY”. To which he yelled back “I TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THAT.” Some fans around me were laughing at his response :-).

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What an incredible day Opening Day it was! I’ll never forget Duke Snider slowly walking from center field and all the players that kept coming from both bullpens and from the Dodgers dugout. The last person to show up was Sandy Koufax. All thru this event, our venerable Vin Scully was at his booth doing us the honor of introducing each player. Carl Erskine , Sandy Koufax and Don Newcombe threw out the first ball. The catchers were Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and one of the bat boys. Kent hit a 2 run HR and Penny got the win against Zito for a score of 5 -0. King of Cali: Do you remember :-?

Along with attending games, I attended several events like the WIN Baseball clinic hosted by Jeff Kent. Thank you Jeff for being such a great host these past 4 years! I will miss you :-(. Other events were the “Carne Asada with Nomah”. This year is going to be hosted by Andre Ethier. There were also events for the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s with players of each decade attending the event. I missed the 90’s event since the WIN baseball clinic was scheduled for the same day.. I talked to players from Wes Parker of the 60’s to 80’s players like Bobby Welch. Yankee fans might remember Bobby Welch as the rookie that struck out Reggie Jackson in the 1978 World Series.

A roller coaster took us thru some ups and downs. I missed three games during the season but I attended a few road games. I made two trips to San Diego and Arizona, one trip to Anaheim, San Francisco, Colorado and the last one to Pittsburgh that also included a trip to see Yankee Stadium for the first and last time. As I sat at Yankee Stadium, I remembered when I watched the 1981 WS games on TV, in particular when Kenny Landreaux caught the last out and Steve Howe (RIP) jumped up and down.

We won the NL West, we swept the Cubs and then got eliminated by the Phillies. At least we got eliminated by the team that won the World Series.! Yes, like Frank Sinatra says in his song “it was a very good year”.

 

Jeff Weaver & the Boys of Summer

 

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 First of all, welcome back home Jeff Weaver! I know you’ve had some good games but also some rough times since you left the Dodgers, but I will always remember the game you pitched at Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers were honoring the Boys of Summer. It was….August 28, 2005 and the Dodgers were celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers winning the World Series. I had a friend from Delaware who was in L.A. just for this event and 3 other friends from San Diego that had been looking forward to that day. . Needless to say I could hardly wait to get to the stadium that day.
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From the time that I walked into Dodger Stadium, I could hear Vin Scully practicing over the mike for all the introductions he was going to be making. Afterwards the surviving members from the 1955 team were seated around the infield while in the background “The Boys of Summer” was playing. Vin Scully took his place introducing the players giving brief descriptions of career highlights. When he got to Sandy Koufax, well, Vin knew he would not be able to say much without having people applauding thru it so he said ” “Do I really have to go through this list of extraordinary achievements, or should I just let you show your appreciation?” Koufax, of course, got a standing ovation. Sandy, the humble man that he is, was gesturing “please, stop it”
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Carl Erskine, one of the 1955 Dodgers pitchers, played “God Bless America” and the National Anthem on his harmonica just prior to the start of the game.  Johnny Podres, hero of the 1955 World Series who shut out the Yankees in Game 7, threw out the first pitch to Roy Campanella II, son of the late, great Dodgers catcher.
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What followed was a classic pitching duel, scoreless baseball for 7 1/2 innings of play as Roger Clemens then with the Astros battled L.A.’s Jeff Weaver. Finally, the Dodgers were able to push a run across the plate in the bottom of the 8th inning.
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Jeff: You rose to the occasion that day!! I hope you rise again to the occasion and have a great 2009!

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