Two shutout by Dodger pitchers in the last two nights! and tonight is the 55 since ’55 Poster Night featuring Vin Scully! I am very excited about getting this poster and about the festivities tonight!
Here is what is in stored as reported in the Daily News at http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_15585735
The first 20,000 fans entering Dodger Stadium will receive a poster featuring the team’s celebration and a picture of a young Vin Scully and the words of his call of the final out. Scully will also utter his familiar, “It’s time for Dodger baseball,” live from the broadcast booth to the crowd, a role usually filled by a celebrity or child.
Don Newcombe, who won a team-high 20 games for the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch, with a home plate from Ebbets Field, the Dodgers’ home from 1913-57, used for the ceremony.
In another nod to the past, organ music performed by Nancy Bea Hefley will be played almost exclusively for the entire game, according to Josh Rawitch, the team’s vice president of communications.
Ralph Mauriello, a Brooklyn-born pitcher on the 1958 Dodgers, will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”
Fans sitting in the My Town section will receive Dodgertown Brooklyn T- shirts, with the “55 after 55” patch the Dodgers have worn on their uniforms this season, and eat from an all-you-can-eat menu including Polish sausage sandwiches and soft pretzels.
the matchup: Santana against Padilla. Don’t you love that 50’s miles an hour curveball that Padilla throws! You can hear the stadium crowds when he throws it.
Let’s Go Dodgers!
The 55 since ’55 also reminded me of this wonderful post from Mike:
My first road trip of 2010 will be this Friday when my friends and I leave early Friday morning! We will be back on Monday.
The Dodgers will open Friday against the White Sox. Padilla will start followed by Ortiz and Haeger plus relief candidates Luis Ayala, Scott Dohmann and former White Sox Jon Link.
The White Sox are scheduled to counter with announced Opening Day starter Mark Buehrle, followed by Jeff Marquez, Scott Linebrink, J.J. Putz, Santo Luis and Freddie Dolsi.
Former Dodger Juan Pierre is among the new White Sox. A name that I had forgotten that is now a White Sox is Andruw Jones.
I can’t wait!!!!!! I was checking the weather report in Glendale and they are predicting rain for Sunday but who cares! We get to see our boys in Blue! and guess what? Sandy Koufax is there!! Whoohoo!
This time we know where they have those cameras on the freeway so we are prepared!
Congratulations to Jeff Weaver who became a dad last Wednesday. Son Drake weight in 8 pounds. Congrats to the Weaver family including uncle Jered.
Luvthedodgers23: Shall we look for Adrian Gonzales restaurant this time?
We lost another Brooklyn Dodger player.
Some of you might remember my post about Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive, well, I am sorry to report that we lost another one.
The second oldest living Brooklyn Dodger outfielder, George Cisar passed away February 19, 2010 at the age of 99. Cisar played for the Dodgers in 1937, batting .207 in 20 games.
Now there are 62 living former Brooklyn Dodgers.
Rest in peace George
I ran across a list of MLB players that passed away in 2009. I added two columns: Born in and the list of teams they played for. Could not get it all into one line so I created two lists.
The youngest player was Nick Adenhart at the tender age of 22 and the oldest Bill Werber at the golden age of 100.
Isn’t this a cool baseball card of Bill Werber?
|Player||Died In||Born In||Date of Death||Debut Year||Final Year|
|Nick Adenhart||Fullerton, CA||Silver Springs,MD||4/9/2009||2008||2009|
|James Atkins||Hanceville, AL||Birmingham, AL||2/28/2009||1950||1952|
|Del Bates||Spokane, WA||Seattle, WA||9/24/2009||1970||1970|
|Stan Benjamin||Harwich, MA||Framingham, MA||12/24/2009||1939||1945|
|Ed Blake||Swansea, IL||East St. Louis, IL||4/15/2009||1951||1957|
|Johnny Blanchard||Robbinsdale, MN||Minneapolis, MN||3/25/2009||1955||1965|
|Buddy Blattner||Chesterfield, MO||St. Louis, MO||9/4/2009||1942||1949|
|Nino Bongiovanni||San Jose, CA||New Orleans, LA||1/6/2009||1938||1939|
|Earle Brucker||El Cajon, CA||Los Angeles, CA||3/28/2009||1948||1948|
|Ron Cash||Tampa, FL||Atlanta, GA||4/22/2009||1973||1974|
|Jackie Collum||Grinnell, IA||Victor, IA||8/29/2009||1951||1962|
|Gene Corbett||Salisbury, MD||Winona, MN||1/28/2009||1936||1938|
|Frank Dasso||Seattle, WA||Chicago, IL||6/8/2009||1945||1946|
|Mike Derrick||Lexington, SC||Columbia, SC||1/14/2009||1970||1970|
|Dom DiMaggio||Marion, MA||San Francisco, CA||5/8/2009||1940||1953|
|Bob Dillinger||Santa Clarita, CA||Glendale, CA||11/7/2009||1946||1951|
|Alec Distaso||Macomb, IL||Los Angeles, CA||7/13/2009||1969||1969|
|Cal Ermer||Chattanooga, TN||Baltimore, MD||8/8/2009||1947||1947|
|Mark Fidrych||Northborough, MA||Worcester, MA||4/13/2009||1976||1980|
|Ben Flowers||Wilson, NC||Wilson, NC||2/18/2009||1951||1956|
|Herman Franks||Salt Lake City, UT||Price, UT||3/30/2009||1939||1949|
|Lonny Frey||Coeur d’ Alene, ID||St. Louis, MO||9/13/2009||1933||1948|
|Gabe Gabler||Overland Park, KS||Kansas City, MO||2/7/2009||1959||1961|
|Purnal Goldy||Denver, CO||Camden, NJ||9/21/2009||1962||1963|
|Preston Gomez||Fullerton, CA||CUBA||1/13/2009||1944||1944|
|Ray Hamrick||Nashville, TN||Nashville, TN||6/9/2009||1943||1944|
|Gene Handley||Tucson, AZ||Kennett, MO||4/12/2009||1946||1947|
|Woodie Held||Dubois, WY||Sacramento, CA||6/11/2009||1954||1969|
|Tommy Henrich||Dayton, OH||Massillon, Oh||12/1/2009||1937||1950|
|Ramon Hernandez||PUERTO RICO||PUERTO RICO.||2/4/2009||1967||1977|
|Jessie Hollins||Trinity River, TX||Conroe, TX||7/9/2009||1992||1992|
|Larry Jansen||Verboort, OR||Verboort, OR||10/10/2009||1947||1956|
|Roy Johnson||Campeche, Mexico||Parkin, AR||1/26/2009||1982||1985|
|George Kell||Swifton, AR||Swifton, AR||3/24/2009||1943||1957|
|Bill Kelso||North Kansas City, MO||Kansas City, MO||5/11/2009||1964||1968|
|Jim Kirby||Nashville, TN||Nashville, TN||7/17/2009||1949||1949|
|Bill Kirk||Lititz, PA||Coatesville, PA||10/26/2009||1961||1961|
|Jay Kleven||San Lorenzo, CA||Oakland, CA||6/30/2009||1976||1976|
|Ron Klimkowski||Plainview, NY||Jersey City, NJ||11/13/2009||1969||1972|
|Barry Lersch||Aurora, CO||Denver, CO||10/4/2009||1969||1974|
|Bill Lillard||San Luis Obispo, CA||Goleta, CA||6/9/2009||1939||1940|
|Jack Littrell||Louisville, KY||Louisville, KY||6/9/2009||1952||1957|
|Whitey Lockman||Phoenix, AZ||Lowell, NC||3/17/2009||1945||1960|
|Jack Lohrke||San Jose, CA||Los Angeles, CA||4/29/2009||1947||1953|
|Eddie Lyons||Winston-Salem, NC||Winston-Salem,NC||1/25/2009||1947||1947|
|Ron Moeller||Cincinnati, OH||Cincinnati,OH||11/2/2009||1956||1963|
|Danny Morejon||Miami, FL||Habana, CUBA||4/27/2009||1958||1958|
|Joe Pactwa||Hutchins, TX||Hammond, IN||3/10/2009||1975||1975|
|Gene Patton||Lancaster, PA||Coatesville, PA||6/25/2009||1944||1944|
|Len Perme||Hayward, CA||Cleveland, OH||1/24/2009||1942||1946|
|Jack Phillips||Chelsea, MI||Clarence, NY||8/30/2009||1947||1957|
|Brian Powell||Tallahassee, FL||Bainbridge,GA||10/5/2009||1998||2004|
|Luis Quintana||Lake Park, FL||PUERTO RICO.||7/27/2009||1974||1975|
|Herman Reich||Fallbrook, CA||Bell, CA||10/22/2009||1949||1949|
|Tommy Reis||Ocala, FL||Newport, KY||11/6/2009||1938||1938|
|Dusty Rhodes||Las Vegas, NV||Mathews, AL||6/17/2009||1952||1959|
|Dave Roberts||Short Gap, WV||Gallipolis, OH||1/9/2009||1969||1981|
|Humberto Robinson||Brooklyn, NY||Colon, PANAMA||9/29/2009||1955||1960|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||PUERTO RICO||PUERTO RICO.||3/6/2009||1973||1979|
|Freddy Rodriguez||Miami, FL||Havana, CUBA||6/11/2009||1958||1959|
|Bob Roselli||Rocklin, CA||San Francisco, CA||11/5/2009||1955||1962|
|Johnny Schaive||Springfield, IL||Springfield, IL||5/11/2009||1958||1963|
|Bob Scherbarth||Presque Isle, WI||Milwaukee, WI||1/31/2009||1950||1950|
|Howie Schultz||Chaska, MN||St Paul, MN||10/30/2009||1943||1948|
|Craig Stimac||San Marino, Italy||Oak Park,IL||1/16/2009||1980||1981|
|Tom Sturdivant||Oklahoma City, OK||Gordon, KS||2/28/2009||1955||1964|
|Joe Tepsic||Bald Eagle, PA||Slovan, PA||2/23/2009||1946||1946|
|Don Thompson||Asheville, NC||Swepsonville, NC||9/28/2009||1949||1954|
|Ted Uhlaender||Atwood, KS||Chicago Heights, IL||2/12/2009||1965||1972|
|Elmer Weingartner||Elyria, OH||Cleveland, OH||3/15/2009||1945||1945|
|Bill Werber||Charlotte, NC||Berwyn, MD||1/22/2009||1930||1942|
|Carl Willey||Ellsworth, ME||Cherryfield, ME||7/21/2009||1958||1965|
|Davey Williams||Farmer’s Branch, TX||Dallas, TX||8/17/2009||1949||1955|
|Frank Williams||Vancouver Is. CN||Seattle, WA||1/9/2009||1984||1989|
|George Williams||Detroit, MI||Detroit, MI||5/14/2009||1961||1964|
|Ed Wolfe||Modesto, CA||Los Angeles, CA||3/8/2009||1952||1952|
|Hal Woodeshick||Houston, TX||Wilkes-Barre, PA||6/14/2009||1956||1967|
|James Atkins||Red Sox|
|Stan Benjamin||Indians, Phillies|
|Ed Blake||Reds. Redlegs, KC Athletics|
|Johnny Blanchard||Yankees, KC Athletics, Braves|
|Buddy Blattner||Cardinals, Giants, Phillies|
|Earle Brucker||Philadelphia Athletics|
|Jackie Collum||Cardinals, Redlegs, Cubs, Dodgers, Twins,Indians|
|Mike Derrick||Red Sox|
|Dom DiMaggio||Red Sox|
|Bob Dillinger||Browns, PA Athletics, Pirates, White Sox|
|Ben Flowers||Red Sox, Tigers, Cardinals, Phillies|
|Herman Franks||Cardinals, Dodgers, PA Athletics, Giants|
|Lonny Frey||Brooklyn Dodgers, Cubs, Red, Yankees, Giants|
|Gabe Gabler||Yankees, Senators|
|Gene Handley||PA Athletics|
|Woodie Held||Yankees, Atletics, Indians, Senators, Orioles, Angels, WhiteSox|
|Ramon Hernandez||Braves, Cubs, Pirates, Red Sox.|
|Larry Jansen||Giants, Redlegs|
|George Kell||PA Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles|
|Bill Kelso||Angels, Reds|
|Bill Kirk||KC Athletics|
|Ron Klimkowski||Yankees, Oakland Athletics|
|Barry Lersch||Phillies, Cardinals|
|Bill Lillard||PA Athletics,|
|Jack Littrell||PA & KC Athletics, Cubs|
|Whitey Lockman||Giants, Cardinals, Orioles, Reds|
|Jack Lohrke||Giants, Phillies|
|Ron Moeller||Orioles, Angels, Senators|
|Gene Patton||Boston Braves,|
|Len Perme||White Sox|
|Brian Powell||tigers, Astros, Giants, Phillies|
|Herman Reich||Senators, Indians, Cubs|
|Tommy Reis||Phillies, Boston Bees|
|Dave Roberts||Padres, Astros, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Mariners, Mets|
|Humberto Robinson||Milwaukee Braves, Indians, Phillies|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||Brewers, Royals|
|Freddy Rodriguez||cubs, Phillies|
|Bob Roselli||Milwaukee Braves, White Sox|
|Bob Scherbarth||Red Sox|
|Howie Schultz||Brooklyn Dodgers, Phillies, Reds|
|Tom Sturdivant||Yankees, KC Athletics, Red Sox, Senators, Pirates, Tigers, Mets|
|Joe Tepsic||Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Don Thompson||Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Ted Uhlaender||Twins, Indians, Reds|
|Bill Werber||Yankees, Red Sox, PA Athletics, Reds, Giants|
|Carl Willey||Milwaukee Braves, Mets|
|Davey Williams||NY Giants|
|Frank Williams||Giants, Reds, Tigers|
|George Williams||Phillies, Colts .45s, KC Athletics|
|Hal Woodeshick||Tigers, Indians, Senators, Colts .45s, Astros, Cardinals|
Four of these players played for the Brooklyn Dodgers: John Tepsic, Loney Frey, Don Thompson and Howie Shultz. Preston Gomez played for the Senators but he was the third-base coach for the Dodgers in 1965 when the Dodgers won the World Series. He passed away last year January 13th due to a car accident.
77 MLB players passed away in 2009. Rest in peace gentlemen.
Here is to you Mr Johnny Podres!! I dedicate my #45 ranking to you sir! I hope you are wearing a halo around your head!
.Here here are some of the lyrics to “Johnny Podres wears a halo ’round his head” that was written after the 1955 World Series.
“Johnny brought the crown to Ebbets Field at last,
No more ‘Wait ’til Next Year’! Now ‘next year’ has passed! Casey’s mighty men struck out,
You could hear old Brooklyn shout,
Johnny Podres has a halo ’round his head (I could kiss him!)
Johnny Podres has a halo ’round his head!
(Pinch me, I’m dreaming!)”
Wish I had the 45′ record!
link to card taken from https://www.gfg.com/cardimg/124/27690.jpg