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Today Tommy Lasorda turns 83!
And Sweet Lou turns 76!
When I was at the All-Star Fan-Fest in Anaheim, I went thru two boxes of baseball cards and found these baseball cards from Sweet Lou!
Here is the back of the cards
The second that has a pic of a farmer reads “I wus a Yanky farmer” Lou was in the Yank’s farm system in 1953.
from the back of th cards: Lou was a Kansas City Monarchs before the Cubs bough him in 1955…The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the hustling outfielder from the Detroit Tigers on April 9, 1964.. Lou led the Midwest Leauge with a lofty .365 batting average. He continued his fine hitting with LA and contributed to their great success in 1965.
Happy birthday Tommy and Sweet Lou!
come to Dodger Stadium to join in the birthday celebration and wish both gentlemen a happy birthday. Sweet Lou will do the honor of saying ”IS TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!”
Talking about birthdays, I sent Emilio Navarro a happy birthday card. As I mentioned on a prior post, he turns 105 on Septermber 26th. I bought a 5 year-old card and squeesed the ”10″ infront. I also mailed with a Negro League baseball stamp .
Back in 2008, a friend from the InsidetheDodgers blog asked me if I knew if Sweet Lou Johnson had recovered his World Series Ring.
I’ll tell you all about the ring, but first let me give you a little history on Sweet Lou.
Sweet Lou Johnson was born September 22, 1935 in Lexington, Kentucky.
He played in the Negro Leagues in 1955 with the Indianapolis Clowns and The Kansas City Monarchs.
Sweet Lou was a journeyman outfielder, promoted from the Dodgers triple-A Spokane at the age of 30, only when Tommy Davis broke his ankle early in the 1965 season.
1965 Sweet Lou and Koufax.
- He hit the decisive home run in Game 7 of the World Series against the Minnesota Twins with Koufax on the mound.
- he collected the only hit in the 1-0 perfect game thrown by Dodger ace Sandy Koufax on September 9, 1965.
- He hit only 12 home runs that year–but that was enough to tie for the team lead!
He played three more seasons but never equaled the magic of 1965.
Losing and Recovering his World Series Ring.
Two years after he retired in 1969, desperate for a cocaine fix, Johnson gave his World Series ring to a Seattle drug dealer as collateral.
He drove across town for the money
When he returned two hours later, the drug dealer and the ring were gone.
One day in 1980, Johnson had two phone numbers written on a piece of paper. One belonged to Don Newcombe.
Johnson intended to dial the other number but, under the influence, mistakenly called Newcombe, who had kicked his own alcohol problems and was working for the Dodgers as a counselor.
Newcombe arranged for Johnson to attend, at the Dodgers’ expense, a treatment center. Johnson became clean on Nov. 9, 1980, and after he completed the program, Newcombe arranged for him a job in the organization.
For the past 30 years, Johnson has worked in community relations, speaking to schoolchildren about his experiences and acting as a goodwill ambassador for the team.
And he hasn’t slipped once.
Here is Sweet Lou working with kids from Sober College in Woodland Hills, CA.
“Don Newcombe told me, ‘If you ever take another drink, I’ll break your legs,’ and they ain’t broke yet,” Johnson said with a laugh. “What the Dodgers did was they put some pride back in my life.”
They also got his ring back. It was discovered in an unclaimed safety deposit box and was being auctioned on the Internet. Johnson didn’t have the $3,500 to buy it, so the Dodgers bought it for him.
The ring made Johnson complete again when it was returned in 2001, 30 years after he lost it, an act that further indebted Johnson to a Dodgers organization he credits for saving his life.
Sweet Lou: You are very dear to us Dodger Fans!
Ref: Daily News (los Angeles), Bill Plaschke of the LA Times.
Dodgers score two touchdowns while the Nationals settle for a safety.
Hard to believe that with 14 runs, there was only one homerun (Casey Blake)
Maybe this was the game that Billingsley should have started!
Congratulations to Kuroda-san and the Dodgers on the win!
Dodgers magic number is
Seven is my lucky number!
Happy Birthday to our own Sweet Lou! Sweet Lou Johnson turned 75, September 22nd. I love seeing your smiling friendly face at the stadium Sweet Lou!
Johnson is most well known for his home run off Jim Kaat in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series that gave the Dodgers a lead they would never relinquish against the Twins.
Johnson also played a key role in another memorable win by Sandy Koufax that year.
During Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs, on September 9, 1965, Johnson was the only batter from either team to reach base. He walked off Bob Hendley to start the fifth, advanced to second on a Ron Fairly sacrifice bunt, then stole third and scored when catcher Chris Krug’s throw went into left field. Johnson also doubled in the seventh inning, breaking up Hendley’s no-hitter.
Happy 25th Birthday to our centerfielder, The Bison, Matt Kemp!
We love you Matty!
Matt is having a fabulous year! He is batting .307, has 25 homeruns, 97 RBIs and has 34 stolen bases.
Sources: Baseball ref. Trubluela.com