Here is the 2012
I came in at #22 in the 2012 Top 100 MLB Blogs in the Fan category! I dedicate the number to #22 Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw and to his organization http://www.kershawschallenge.com/
Behind a great guy is a great woman: Ellen Kershaw
Kershaw hard at work:
Give $100 to Kershaw’s Challenge & receive a signed 8×10 Photograph – Plus a Dodger blue, Kershaw shirt to wear to games this season
Thank you to Mark and all from the MLB Blogs for doing the Top 100 MLB Blogs every year. Thank you to commenters, readers and anyone else that stumbles on my blog! Thank you to Clayton & Ellen Kershaw for their wonderful work giving back to the community. Is no wonder that Clayton Kershaw was the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award winner.
p.s. lost my original post here so I had to redo this. No problem, learned something.
Here is my annual post, a tribute to all the Dodgers that have passed away. I am glad that we do not have as many players as we had in 2011. (nine). Here is the post from last year:
Gary Carter (04-08-1954 – 02-16-2012) Nicknamed “The kid” A local Southern California kid. He was born in Culver City, CA. I saw him play with the Montreal Expos. He played for the Dodgers in 1991.
Ed Stevens (01-12-1925 – 07-12-2012) Played for the Dodgers 1945-1947)
From the New York Times:
Ed Stevens played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 60 runs, and he came to spring training the following year expecting to be one of the key figures in the lineup.
“I had no animosity toward Jackie,” Stevens wrote in his memoir, “The Other Side of the Jackie Robinson Story” (2009). “Branch Rickey was my object of anger.
Ed was a coach for the Padres in 1981.
Bill Skowron (12-31-1933 to 4/27/2012) The Yankees first baseman from 1955 to 1962. A World Series hero for the Yankees in 1958, came to the Dodgers in 1963 but he was not the slugger he was with the Yankees. Still the Dodgers won the World Series in 1963. He finished his career with a .282 average, 211 homers and 888 RBI.
Ken Rowe. Born December 31, 1933. Died November 22,2012. Ken Rowe played three seasons in the Major Leagues and worked in the Indians’ player development system for more than two decades.
Rowe made 26 career big league appearances from 1963-65, posting a 3.57 ERA in 45 1/3 innings. In all, Rowe coached for 35 years in the Appalachian League, Northern League, Minors and Majors.
Rowe spent over 50 years in the game of baseball. He pitched professionally for 15 seasons from 1953-1968 and spent time with the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963 and the Baltimore Orioles in 1964 and 1965. In 1964 while with the Dodger’s Triple-A affiliate, he pitched in a then-record 94 games, finishing with a record of 17-11 as a relief. He missed the 1957 season while serving in the United States Army.
Boyd Bartley (02-11-1920 to 12-21-2012) He was 92. See my post on Boyd Bartley here: http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2012/12/23/rest-in-peace-boyd-bartley/
You have gone to the Big Dodger in the Sky Boys of Summer but you are not forgotten. Rest in peace.
I compared all 76 major league players passed away in 2012 to double check who was a Dodger. From Howie Koplitz that passed away on 01/02/2012 to Ryan Freel on 12/22/2012. In alphabetical order from Herb Adams to Eddie Yost. From Frank Pastore who was killed very close to my house, two exits away on the 210 freeway. Mr. Pastore was riding his motorcycle on his way home from work.
There were four that passed away outside of the United States: Jack Pierce in Monterey, Mexico; John Kralick in Sinaloa, Mexico; Roberto Rodriguez in Maracay, Venezuela and Pascual Perez in the Dominican Republic.
Hope you all are playing a good game up there. Rest in peace.
ref: New York Times, Examiner.com LA Times, Basebal-reference, Deadball era, baseball almanac and my handy Dodger 2012 guide.
For the last three years I’ve been maintaining this list keeping track of our old Brooklyn Dodgers. When I did last year’s post http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/09/honoring-the-brooklyn-dodger-players-alive-as-of-january-10th-2011/ on January 10, it started with a video of Duke Snider in the game show “What is my Line” Sad that in 2011, we lost nine of these players including the Duke.
We have 44 surviving Brooklyn Dodger Players. Let’s see how the list look using WordPress. Before I had trouble copying an Excell worsheet into my blog.
|Name||Birthplace. Other info||Born|
|Mike Sandlock||Old Greenwich, CT. Golfer||10/17/1915|
|Ray Hathaway||Grinville, OH. Minor league manager||10/13/1916|
|Lee Pfund||ILL. His son was manager of Miami Heats||10/10/1919|
|Luis Olmo||Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico and Cuba||10/11/1919|
|Boyd Bartley||Chicago. Played in nine games in 1949||2/11/1920|
|Jean-Pierre Roy||Canada. Commentator for the Expos||6/26/1920|
|Pat McGlothin||Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher||10/20/1920|
|Andy Pafko||Boiceville, IL. Lives in Mount Prospect, IL||2/25/1921|
|Marv Rackley||Seneca, SC. Left fielder. Debut: April 15, 1947.||7/25/1921|
|Chuck Kress||Philadelphia. Lefty first baseman.||12/9/1921|
|Eddie Basinski||Buffalo, NY. Nickname: The Fiddler, Bazzoka||11/4/1922|
|Don Lund||Detroit, Mi. Part time Outfielder in 1945, 1947||5/18/1923|
|Tim Thompson||Coalport, PA. Full name: Charles Lemoine Thompson.||3/1/1924|
|George Shuba||Youngstown, OH. Nickname: shotgun.||12/13/1924|
|Ed Stevens||Gavelston, TX. Coach for the Padres in 1981||1/12/1925|
|Johnny Rutherford||Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc||5/5/1925|
|Wayne Terwilliger||Clare, Mi. Coach under Ted Williams||6/27/1925|
|Chris Haughey||Astoria, NY. Pitcher. Appeared in one game at 18||10/3/1925|
|Ralph Branca||Mount Vernon, NY. http://ww.ralphbranca.com||1/6/1926|
|Bob Borkowski||Dayton, OH. Traded for Joe Black||1/27/1926|
|Randy Jackson||Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Handsome Ransom”||2/10/1926|
|Dick Teed||Springfield, MA. One at bat in 1953||3/8/1926|
|Don Newcombe||Madison, NJ. Still working for the Dodgers||6/14/1926|
|Bobby Morgan||Oklahoma city. Infielder for the Dodgers||6/29/1926|
|Charlie Osgood||Sommerville, MA appeared in one game at 17||11/23/1926|
|Carl Erskine||Anderson, IN http://www.carlerskine.com/||12/13/1926|
|Preston Ward||Columbia, MO. APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.||7/24/1927|
|Rocky Bridges||Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr||8/7/1927|
|Tommy Lasorda||Norristown, PA. HOF. 61 years with the Dodgers||9/22/1927|
|Tommy Brown||Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs||12/6/1927|
|Joe Landrum||Columbia, SC. Pitcher. Given name: Joseph Butler||12/13/1928|
|Joe Pignatano||Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach||8/4/1929|
|Roger Craig||Durham, NC. Pitcher, coach and manager||2/17/1930|
|Ron Negray||Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies||2/26/1930|
|Glenn Mickens||Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA||7/26/1930|
|Don Zimmer||Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays||1/17/1931|
|Ed Roebuck||East Millboro, PA. relief pitcher and scout||7/3/1931|
|Fred Kipp||Iqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees||10/1/1931|
|Chico Fernandez||Cuba. SS. APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets||3/2/1932|
|Jim Gentile||San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers||6/3/1934|
|Don Demeter||Oklahoma City. CF. Now a Baptist minister||6/25/1935|
|Sandy Koufax||Brooklyn, NY. HOF Greatest Lefthander Pitcher||12/30/1935|
|Bob Aspromonte||Brooklyn, NY. Resides in Houston, TX||6/19/1938|
|Rod Miller||Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957||1/16/1940|
Here is to you guys! May you have a healthy happy 2012 from the oldest Mike Sandlock at 96 to the youngest Rod Miller turning 72 on January 16th. This Dodger fan salute you all!