The All-Star game is in New York on 7/16. Yankees come to Dodger Stadium 7/30 & 7/31 and Dodgers travel to Toronto 7/22 to 7/24. I’ve been to Rogers Centre when in 2007 I was sent to Toronto for a few days. The Blue Jays were in town playing against the Red Sox so I went to a game and saw Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch.
Dates Star breakdown:
1-Star = none
2-Star = 7/12, 7/13, 7/14, 7/26, 7/27, 7/28
3-Star = 7/11, 7/25
4-Star = 7/30, 7/31
My MLB fan blog came in at #24 for the month of June! This is the second time since I started the blog three years ago that I get #24! Back then I dedicated it to Walter Alson and I posted a beautiful article written by Jim Murray about Walter Alston. http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/12/10/24-walter-alston-a-jim-murray-column/
Walter Alston managed the All-Star game in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960(1), 1960(2), 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1975.
1954 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. American League 11, National League 9. .
Looking at the 1954 All-Star roster, it stood out that all the players that represented the National League were born in the US. For the American League there were four players born outside of the US, There were Minie Miñoso from Cuba, Chico Carrasquel from Venezuela, Bobby Ávila from Mexico, and Sandy Consuegra from Cuba.
1956 at GRifith Stadium, Washington DC. National League won 7-3
Again the National League did not have a Latin player. The American League had Vic Power aka Victor Pellot from Puerto Rico.
1957 at Sportsman’s Park. St Louis. American League 6, National League 5.
Controversy surrounded the 1957 outing as the fanatical Cincinnati voters stuffed the ballot boxes and elected nearly their entire team (minus first baseman George Crowe & the batboy) onto the National League’s starting roster. This upset Commissioner Ford Frick greatly and he responded by removing Gus Bell and Wally Post from the starting nine. He also transferred the responsibility for All-Star voting to the players, managers and coaches the next year.
1960 LET’S PLAY TWO!!
1960. 1st game. Municipal Stadium. Kansas City, Mo. National League 5, American League 3.
The new format of two games were almost scheduled back to back on July 11 and July 13.
1960. 2nd Game. Yankee Stadium. National League 6, American League 0.
1964 Shea Stadium. New York. National League 7, American League 4.
Starting pitchers: Don Drysdale against Dean Chance. Drysdale went three scoreless innings. Juan Marichal won the game pitching the 9th inning. Sandy Koufax did not pitch. The National League came from behind to score 4 in the 9th.
1966 Bush Memorial Stadium. St Louis, Mo. National League 2, American League 1.
From Baseball Almanac:
The top story of the 1966 All-Star Game had nothing to do with baseball. It was the blistering one hundred five-degree game time temperature. Spectators in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium were passing out in the stands and smelling salts and oxygen were required in the dugouts. Despite these intense conditions, the game went on as scheduled, although no one wanted to spend much time on the field.
Game went 10 innings. Sandy Koufax started the game and Gaylord Perry won it. Joe Torre was the starting catcher.
Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente and Juan Marichal were in the starting lineup. Joe Torre was the starting catcher.
The game went 15 innings. This game went into the record books for both the longest All-Star Game as well as the first game in which home runs accounted for all of the scoring.
Tony Perez was the All-Star MVP.
1975 County Stadium. Milwaukee. National League 6, American League 3.
Starting pitchers: Vida Blue and Jerry Reuss. Steve Garvey and Jimmy Wynn lead off the second inning with back-to-back homeruns.
Bill Madlock and Jon Matlack became the first & only players to share the All-Star award.
Hall of Famer Walter Alston managed all these nine MLB All-Star games winning seven out of nine.
ref: Baseball-Almanac.com Sportslogos.net
I spent Wednesday at Anaheim going to the orientation session in order to volunteer for the FanFest.
I have the second shift noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday. I will try to change Sunday to the 1st shift of 9 a.m. to Noon so that I have time to make it to the game on Sunday.
I left Saturday open since is Photo Day at Dodger Stadium followed by the game. Saturday is also the Poster Day for the Big Blue Wrecking forum.
I am looking forward to meeting PastorKyle and seeing the rest of the posters of the forum. There will be other people there as part of the group for those BBWC posters that could not make it.
Thank you BabyToes for putting this together. Babytoes is also volunteering at the FanFest. Here is Babytoes next to the All-Star Mickey Mouse:
Linda (behindblueeyes) is also volunteering. Here she is also posing with the All-Star Mickey Mouse.
The Cubs are at Dodger Stadium for a four game series. Today is All-Star Andre Etheir action figure. This is figure two (first one was Matt Kemp). The last one will be of Manny Ramirez. It is only for kids 14 and under but let’s see how I can get a hold of one.
They did a video at the stadium of Matt Kemp and the action figure. I can’t wait to see the one with Andre tonight.
And I can’t wait to see Andre at the All-Star game. I will be in the right field side, upper deck.
Let’s Go Dodgers! Is Cub hunting season again!
All-Star FanFest in the works. This guy with the Strasburg jersey is also volunteering.
More All-Star FanFest in the works
Wednesday when I went to Jury Duty in Downtown LA, I noticed that there is this Pittsburg Pirate Mickey Mouse at Union Station. I had seen one at Anaheim Stadium when I went there for the All-Star FanFest interview. I did not have my camera that day but Friday I made sure I had it with me.
After googleing about the the Mickey Mouse, I read that there are 36 varieties of statues including designs for all 30 clubs to celebrate the All-Star game here in Anaheim. I learned that there are three in the Los Angeles.
After work I made my rounds. First Union Station:
After taking a few pictures at Union Station, I walked to the Music Center in Dowtown. The walk is uphill. I should have taken a bus but it was worth it to see the DODGER Mickey Mouse !
In back of that fountain there was a huge group of people dancing with an instructor on stage teaching Indian (from India) dancing. Yep! I joined in!
Here is another picture of the Dodger Mickey Mouse
Here is the back of of the Dodger Mickey Mouse
OK, so after doing some dancing (or trying to follow the instructor with the dance moves), I headed to the third Mickey Mouse that is in LA.
ESPN LA Live has the Yankee Mickey Mouse
The LA Live is next to the Staple Center, home of the 2010 World Champion Lakers! A few blocks away from there is the Convention Center where they are having the Anime convention. I’ve never seen so many costumes! I took a picture with this guy
It was sad to read that the Red Sox Mickey Mouse that was somewhere in Anaheim, was vandalized. His arm is being repaired.
I’ll try to go take pictures of the ones that are in Hollywood sometime this weekend. They have Royals, Reds, Indians, Mariners and Phillies. I have pictures of the the Pirate and Yankee Mickey Mouses also if anyone likes me to post them, let me know.
Contratulations to Gibby on his first win as a manager. Now Dodgers go take the next two!
Let’s Go Dodgers!
Thank you all that read my blog and comment! I made #17! Woohoo! When I think of #17, I think of Carl Erskine! I admire Oisk! That is why a few years back I purchased a baseball with his signature at Dodger Stadium. On the baseball he wrote the date of his no-hitters.