What does Bob Feller, Tony Gwynn & Jim Gilliam have in common?
They all wore
And their team have retired their number.
A total of five teams have retired uniform #19.
The players, Team and date the number were retired are:
Bob Feller (HOF) – Indians – December 28, 1956
Billy Pierce – White Sox – July 25, 1987
Tony Gwynn (HOF)– Padres – September 4, 2004
Jim Gilliam – Dodgers – October 10, 1978
Robin Yount (HOF) – Brewers – May 29, 1994
I dedicate my August blog ranking at #19 to all these fine gentlemen!
Bob Feller (HOF)
Bob Feller family farm in Iowa is in the National Register of Historic Places. It would be so cool to visit this place.
Billy Pierce looks so skinny. His height and weight: 5’10” 160 pounds.
During his 18-year Major League career, pitcher Billy Pierce tossed more than 3,300 innings. He won 211 games, and compiled a sterling 3.27 career ERA. He pitched for the Tigers, White Sox and Giants.
Pierce tossed 38 shutouts lifetime, 193 complete games and was All-Star seven times. I loved reading about his pitching days even if he pitched well against the Dodgers when he was a Giant.
Tony Gwynn (HOF)
I am glad I got to see Tony Gwynn play. He is the last hitter to get close to hitting .400.
I remember when Jim Gilliam passed away in October 1978, a few days shy of his 50th birthday.
I dedicated my post before to Jim Gilliam when my blog ranked #19 in May, 2012. Post here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2012/06/02/jim-gilliam-and-the-number-19/ Jim Gilliam is buried in the Inglewood Park cemetary. I was surprised to find many celebrities buried there.
Robin Yount (HOF)
Robyn Yount spent his entire 20 year baseball career withe the Milwaukee Brewers.
Very nice Q&A from Tom Hoffarth, columnist Inside SOCAL: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_17047393
From the article:
Robin Yount’s family moved from Indiana to Woodland Hills when his dad took a new job at the Rockewell Rocketdyne plant. Robin Yount was a 1-year-old at the time.
The Taft High Class of ’73 grad was the third overall draft pick that year, and the next April, took over as the Milwaukee Brewer’s starting shortstop at age 18
From the article I like the last sentence of Yount’s response to one of Tom’s questions:
“My dad and grandfather were big Reds fans. And, as bad as this is going to sound, and I certainly went through my share of scuffles over it, but I was really a Giants fan. I don’t know why. Maybe I liked the color of their uniforms better. I remember Mays, Cepeda, Marichal – they were cool guys. Not that the Dodgers didn’t have them, but something attracted me to the Giants. Maybe I was too little to know better”
Yeah, I liked the last sentence. 🙂
Dodgers at Arizona
Dodgers against the Diamond Backs at Phoenix. Kershaw & Kemp are back on this September 11th, a day that we will never forget.
ref: Baseballsavy, wikipedia, Baseball Almanac, deadball era. Insidesocal.com, Baseball.about.com
We checked out from our Presidential suite which we loved! and headed to Camelback Ranch to watch our boys in Blue practice.
Andre having a snack. Manny Mota’s bicycle in the background.
We could hear Davey Lopes chewing the guys for some of their running blunders.
Trayvon Robinson. I remember when I went to to an Inland Empire game at San Bernardino, he made a great catch.
Andre Ethier posing with us. He was so nice that he waited for Lorena to join us in the picture.
On to Goodyear Ballpark.
Caption: “Something stinks here”
I love this banner at Goodyear Ballpark remembering Bob Feller.
They were selling Bob Feller baseball cards with proceeds going to the Bob Feller Museum so I bought this one:
And Randy of http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ send this signed photo of Bob Feller! Thank you Randy!
I started this post on November 3rd and left it on draft but was so busy when I was in NH and when I got back to LA I was so tired with lots to do so here I am Sunday November 7th. Hey! at least we got an hour back (I still need to change all my clocks at home).
My post started with “get better Sparky” then I was so sadden when I heard the news on twitter while I was still in NH.
I remember this picture that Jon SooHoo of the Dodgers took back in May when Sparky made an appearance at Dodger Stadium when the Tigers were in town.
Rest in peace Sparky.
For more pictures of Sparky taken by Jon SooHoo, visit his blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/
My original post had a happy Birthday to Bob Feller. Happy belated Mr. Feller.
Bob Feller turned 92 years young
today last Wednesday. I still regret that I did not get his autograph when he was at the FanFest this year. Wasn’t he a cutie?
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood,” by Jane Leavy
Several years back (Has it been that long?) I enjoyed reading Sandy Koufax: “A Lefty Legacy” by Jane Leavy. When I saw the book about Mickey Mantle is by Jane Leavy, I immediately thought that it should be a good read. I also thought of Jane Heller .
I have never read any book about Mickey Mantle but after reading this review in the LA times by Zev Chafets, I could see me reading this book. Here is the book review
Currently I am reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. A friend at work in NH brought a bag a books to donate to the bookcase of books that is kept in the cafeteria so I picked that book. I am only 40 pages into the book, but I don’t think I want to see the movie. It just doesn’t seem to be a book that would translate well into a movie but maybe it will be worth it just to see Javier Bardem.
Took this picture back in December when we went to Dodger Stadium to do a little Christmas shopping. We thought it was funny finding these two t-shirts in the box.
Spring Training plans this year:
My friend LTD23 and I settled on the dates we will be at Camelback Ranch! We will be there the first weekend in March and the last weekend of March. YIPPY!!! I can’t wait!
We will see our beloved Dodgers against the White Sox on 3/6 and 3/7 and Monday at Scottsdale against the hated Giants. On 3/27, we will see our bums against Seattle at Camelback Ranch and Sunday we will travel to see them against Cincinnati and Monday travel to see them against Cleveland. I hope, I hope I hope I will see Bob Feller!
Get well Roberto.
Just found out that Roberto of from Vin Scully is my Homeboy is battling some health problems. He said he had about 6 blood tranfusions and the doctors don’t know what it is. My thoughs and prayers are wtih you Roberto. Hopefully the doctors will find what is wrong and you can get off the D.L.