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Part Two of Six Women and a Men

Before I head back to CamelbackRanch this weekend, I wanted to post more pictures from my first trip so here they are:

The seven of us with Manny Mota.  Too bad the kid taking the picture did not get us all in the picture.   Good thing Rosie had another picture.  

Sneaking in with Tommy Lasorda.  Tommy had signed a ball for me back in 2010 but the ink was getting lighter (no, I did not originally use a blue  pen)  so he signed it again.  He also signed my Mark Langill book.  He started looking at the pictures in the book commenting about the rookies of the year on the opposite page where he signed.   Thanks Tommy!   Love you! 

Everyone stopped to watch Kershaw pitch in the intersquad game. 

Kershaw had a good outing.

It was time for us to head out but before that we spotted Pepe Yniguez with Bill DeLury.  Mr. DeLury has been with the Dodgers since 1950, mostly as Traveling Secretary.   He started with the Dodgers as a 17-year- old office boy.  Evan of Opinion of Kingman’s Performance did a wonderful job in interviewing  Mr. DeLury.  Here is the link  http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2011/06/second-longest-tenured-dodger-employee.html

Lorena with Pepe Yniguez.  Pepe has been broadcasting Dodger games en Espanol since 1999.  

Pepe also teams up with Manny Mota calling some games on TV on Time  Warner cable channel 858

Javy Guerra got a kick of Rosie bringing the Rookie Hazing picture of Javy dressed as a Taco.  

Javy when he saw me that I sporting my Javy batting practice jersey, he turned me around to show another player  and said “See?  she is my number ONE fan!”   🙂

I was playing photographer.   Here is Priscy with Javy

Here is Amanda with Javy

Here is Tony Jackson, Beat Writer for ESPN Los Angeles.   I like his long hair. 

Taking a well deserved rest before we go inside Margaritaville

After food and drinks we headed next door to Saddle Ranch for some tequila shots and to ride the mechanical bull

The bull kicks Rene

Priscy is next

She gets knocked out but she gets back on the bull

She is having a bull, I mean a ball  lol

Nice going Desiree!  Even falling, you fall with grace. 

Time to head back to LA.  I am going going  back to Cali Cali…..  

Next Trip:  Leaving Thursday night  with Lorena and her niece Elisa.  Lorena will be driving.  They will drive back to Cali.  I on the other hand need to head to NH to work there the following week so I will miss Sunday’s game as my flight leaves at noon.   I can’t wait for Thursday night!

Six Women and a Men Went to Camelback Ranch to see the Dodgers in a Dodger Blue Minivan

When Lorena and I found out that there was going to be a Spring Traning Fanfest 3/3/12,  we said “Let’s go!”  Rosie, who we met on Twitter last year said “I want to go!”  The original plan was to go for the day.   We already had a Spring Training road trip planned for the St Patrick weekend so we thought a turnaround trip would be OK.  

On  Saturday 2/25 I get a text from Lorena that Amanda was joining.   A few days later Lorena tells us her friend Priscila is also joining us.   Our group had grown to FIVE.

After thinking it over, we thought the original plan was kinda crazy to drive from LA to AZ and come back the same night so we changed it stay Saturday night.

The buz at Camelback Ranch the day before we were to leave was that Sandy Koufax was there!   Dodger fans were giddy with excitment.  

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Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Don Mattingly.  Picture taken by Jon SooHoo.

Because of Sandy Koufax was at Camelback Ranch, our group grew to seven a few hours  before we were scheduled to take off.  Needless to say some of us hardly got any sleep or none at all.  

The minivan arrived at my house about 2 AM.   A few minutes later Rosie was dropped off at my house.  Because of a mixup, Rosie did not bring anything but her purse.  She thought we had changed back to making the trip a turnaround trip.   She wanted to stay but we said “There is a Target,  close by…. ”  So off we went six women and a men in a Blue Minivan. 

Here is Rene practicing hitchhiking just in case we left them behind.  The perfect place would have been here

We arrived safely and it was off to taking pictures.   The first one I took was with Gaylord Perry 

The second one was with Javy!

Here is Rene and I talking with Jon SooHoo

This picture taken by Dodger main photographer Jon SooHoo, appeared in the Dodgers Photo Gallery.  Thanks Jon!   .  Check out his MLB blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

With Manny Mota on his bicycle

Plenty of pictures were taking especially at Sattle Ranch where 3 of the group rode the mechanical bull but I’ll leave the pictures for another post or maybe I should check with the group if is OK to post.  

I had a wonderful time on this trip.  Can’t wait to be back at Camelback Ranch for St Patrick weekend.  The only thing is I won’t be able to watch the game on Sunday as I am scheduled to work in NH the following week so I am taking a flight at noon.

Black History Month: Women Baseball Players of the Negro League

Three Women played with the men in the Negro League.  They were:

TONI STONE, and accomplished athlete from Minneapolis, who was contracted to play second base in 1953 and took over for Hank Aaron when Aaron left the Indianapolis Clowns for the majors.

MAMIE “PEANUTS” JOHNSON, a right-hander pitcher from Washington D.C., was the second female signed.   she was a pitcher for the Clowns. 

CONNIE MORGAN, from Philadelphia, became the third woman to be signed to a Negro Leagues contracts when Toni Stone was traded in 1954 to the Kansas City Monarchs.  

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Toni Stone
. (January 21, 1921  – November 2, 1996) was born in West Virginia and spent her childhood in St Paul, Minnesota

Her married name was Marceni Lyle Stone Alberga.   Alberga, a man 40 years her senior, like her parents was not in favor of Stone playing professional baseball.   “He would have stopped me if he could,” Stone later said.  “But he couldn’t.”   

Stone was quite proud of the fact that the male players were out to get her. She would show off the scars on her left wrist and remember the time she had been spiked by a runner trying to take out the woman standing on second base. ‘He was out,’ she recalled. 

 

 

 

When Pollack, the owner of The Clowns asked her to play in a skirt,  she refused!  She also would not consent to play in shorts and made it clear that she would dress in the same uniforms as her male teammates did. 

The highlight of Stone’s career came during her first season with the Clowns when she got a single off legendary pitcher Satchel Paige during an exhibition game in Omaha.   Stone was almost as surprised as Paige.  The clean single over second base was “the happiest moment of my life,” she said. 

 

 

She was delighted in 1985 to be inducted into the Women’s Sports Foundation International Sports Hall fo Fame. 

Toni Stone died of heart failure at age 75, in Alameda California.   A baseball field in her hometown of St. Paul was dedicated in her memory in 1997.  

We salute you Toni Stone!

 

 

next:  Mamie “Peanuts” Johnson.

p.s.  I am having fun learning about these female baseball players!   

SIx days ’till Pitchers and Catchers report for the Dodgers!

ref:  African American National Biography, MLB.com   

 

The Last Regular Games at Dodger Stadium

I am getting sad that is the next to the last game at Dodger Stadium.   No matter what like Frank Sinatra’s song said “It was a good year”    Dodgers have new owners and will put a good product on the field.

This year my friends and I went to Spring Training for the first FanFest there.   It was six women and a guy in a van.  What fun hat trip was!

pictures from that trip here:  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/?s=six+women+and+a+man

Three of us returned to Spring Training to watch a few games.   We went to the four game series in San Diego that started with Opening Day there.   San Diego is always a lot of fun.

Lorena, Rosie and I headed to Seattle.  We saw the Dodgers get no hit by six pitchers but the Dodgers took the series.    Rosie and I went to see our Bums at Cincinnati, a new stadium for the two of us.   In between I went to the SABR convention in Philadelphia, haha I am thinking of next year.  I meant Minnesota where I met up with more friends there and made some new ones.

There were some frustrating losses but win or lose, we love our Boys in Blue!   Last night Rosie, Lorena Pricilla and I were reminiscing about our road trips and hanging out at Dodger Stadium.   There were more good times than bad times.  Maybe I am just remembering the good times.

What a fun game last night!   Boys played like they are capable of playing but now they are running out of time.   Here are some of my pictures from last night’s game.  Some of the pictures Lorena took.   Some days she just says “Give me your camera Emma”  She knows I get busy keeping score and miss some pictures opportunities.

I have not met Cochito Cruz yet.  I don’t have his autograph or a picture with him but maybe tomorrow!  Today I will be at the stadium by game time. (I hope I hope).

Bottom of the 9th, Herrera batting for the pitcher.

Herrera at the plate

Herrera came with this record:

Cochito left him without a shirt?  that is Ok, Cochito gives him his jersey

Boys celebrating the victory over the Giants

Cochito eyeing Herrera being interviewed

Bam!  got you!

Dodgers Win!

Fun fun game!

Oh and prior to the game, I  got interviewed by Ben Platt of MLB 🙂  for the MLB Blogs.    I was a tiny little nervous.   The interview took place   of the Dodger Dugout.  Thanks Ben!!  Thanks Mark!!

Let’s Go Reds!   Letg’s go Dodgers!

Splurging on Dugout seats for Wednesday’s game. 

Tomorrow Lore, Rosie, Ilda and I splurged buying dugout seats.  We are going to be behind enemy lines but we will be there.   Our friend Jeanine suggested we try some Santeria, voodoo dolls to bring bad luck to the Giants.  haha.

Snow expected in the LA Area? One more day to head to the Ranch

Is raining here in the LA area and the news are full of snow forecast at 1000 feet.   With the Academy Awards coming Sunday, they are talking that there might be snow at the Hollywood sign which is 899 feet.   So tonight is the biggie IF it happens.   My Droid is showing 45/34 for Saturday with a picture of light snow. 

What I am might miss in LA on Sunday is not the Academy Awards (On TV) but this event:

Vin Scully to be honored at Beverly Hills Wine Fest    I would much prefer to hear Vin Scully than any speech from the Academy Awards.  

 Looking at the weather here in the LA area and in Arizona with thunderstorms, I am thinking of the song “Riders On the Storm”  which made me think of “LA Woman”    Three LA women will be heading on the road early Saturday morning, hopefully no snow on the road but most likely rain.  

 Remember Camelback Ranch Grand Opening in 2009?   I had taken the Southern California Auto club magazine Westways with me.   They have a section in the magazine titled “Picture This”  where they feature travelers showing the magazine at their vacation destination.  That year I took the magazine, submitted the picture and it made the magazine in 2009.   

 

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Dodgers Flashback Uniform.  

Fans were given an option to vote for their favorite Brooklyn Uniforn out of three so that the winner uniform could be worn at the Dodgers Flashback days.    The votes were counted and the winner is …..  

 
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My choice was the 1911 jersey, but the guys (Andre Either, Clayton Kershaw & Matt Kemp) make any uniform look good!   I like the 1940’s uniforms!    The uniforms will be worn for six midweek games with half price food & drinks.   Also there will be half price tickets.        

 

Flashback uniform picture from Jon SooHoo.