Magic number: 8. Happy 82th Birthday Tommy Lasorda!

The magic number for the Dodgers is now 8!   When I think of #8, I think of John Roseboro

In 1958 Roseboro became the team’s regular catcher after Roy Campanella was paralyzed in an auto accident. He played on three Dodgers teams that won the World Series and was an All-Star three times with the Dodgers..

But he was known most of all for one of the most shocking incidents in baseball history.


It came during a Dodgers-Giants game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on Sunday, Aug. 22, 1965.

It started in the top of the third inning. Juan Marichal, who’d surrendered runs in each of the first two innings, knocked down first Maury Wills and then clean-up hitter Ron Fairly with inside pitches. Marichal stepped up to the plate in the home third to pitch Dodgers’ pitcher Sandy Koufax,  who didn’t retaliate, so Roseboro took matters into his own hands. Two times on his return throws to Koufax, he deliberately threw the ball close to Marichal’s head.

Marichal turned on Roseboro the second time and struck him on the head with his bat. Marichal struck the catcher three times and opened a gash on his head that required 14 stitches to close. It also naturally ignited a brawl on the field.

Koufax, who otherwise was overwhelming during his eight innings of work in which he yielded only four hits and had eight strikeouts, momentarily lost his composure when play resumed, as he walked Jim Davenport and McCovey with two outs and then, uncharacteristically, hung a curveball to Willie Mays.

The great Giants center fielder would slam it over the left-field fence to give his team a 4-2 edge that would be enough, as the Giants emerged with a 4-3 victory.

But, oh, was it a bittersweet victory for the Giants.

Marichal would be suspended for eight days, meaning he missed two starts in an era when pitchers worked every fourth day.

His absence might have deprived San Francisco of the pennant.

The Dodgers (97-65) wound up winning it by two games over the Giants (95-67).


Today is Tommy’s 82nd Birthday!   

May you have many, many more healthy happy years!


Join Dodgers’ Special Advisor to the Chairman, former manager and all-around team legend Tommy Lasorda in a LIVE web chat today, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. PT on

Be part of the conversation with Lasorda who celebrates his birthday today along with having his portrait unveiled at the National Gallery in the Smithsonian.



  1. crzblue2

    Sandy was afraid of hurting someone with his fastball. Ugh, the Bobby Thompson shot. Ever see that episode of M.A.S.H where they feature that year?

  2. Jane Heller

    You know what I always find interesting about that horrible incident between Roseboro and Marichal? That they became friends later in life. Talk about being able to forgive and forget and move on. At least it had a happy ending.

  3. crzblue2

    That is right, Roseboro and Marichal did become friends and even Marichal eulogized him at his funeral.
    Dgirl55, thanks again. Here is a quote from Tommy from the old days:
    ” “When we win, I’m so happy I eat a lot. When we lose, I’m so depressed, I eat a lot. When we’re rained out, I’m so disappointed I eat a lot.” lol.

  4. bluedog98

    Dear Emma,
    Nice post like always !,That says alot about two great men to put aside their differences and became very good friends.I’d like to wish happy birthday to Tommy Lasorda an authentic hero of our beloved Dodgers !.I did not know that John Roseboro wore #8.

  5. crzblue2

    Hey Bluddog98!
    you are right that it does say a lot about those two. I think I will go see Juan Marichal at that Latin event. Even though he is/was a JINT, it would be interesting if get to talk to him.

  6. jimmylosanto

    Great Blog Emma!

    I admire your dedication and love of the Dodgers.

    I wish we had Torre back with the Yanks though. I miss him.

    I would love a Dodgers/Yankees World Series.

    1977….1978…1981….. It’s been too long.

  7. crzblue2

    Thanks! We like how Torre handles all the players personalities. I too would love to see a Dodgers/Yankees W.S. Ouch, don’t remind me of 1977 & 1978 but 1981! how sweeet that was! I got to go to all those W.S. games at Dodger Stadium

  8. thinkingblue

    EMMA…I am glad ANDRE made the last out…MR. WALK-OFF. The regular season in over…sniff sniff. But the playoffs ar ON! LET’S GO DODGERS! I can not wait for the first game. We have homefield advantage and I hope our boys take advantage. GOOOOO DODGERS….WOOOOOHOOOOO!

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