I am reading the book about George Genovese titled “A Scout’s Report. My 70 Years in Baseball”. It is written with Dan Taylor. I had a chance to hear Mr. Genovese at a SABR event a few years back, then a couple a few weeks ago I went to his talk/book signing event at South Pasadena. It was an honor to hear him and his author. Mark Langill presented him. In attendance were Fred Claire who was a member of the Dodgers’ front office for 30 years And John Young who played for the Tigers in 1971 and founded RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). These two men along with some other people in the audience were there to pay tribute to Mr. Genovese based on what they had to say when they put their hand up. They did not ask a question, they praised Mr. Genovese.
I am fascinated with the book. What a trajectory! What a life! From his playing days in the minor league to playing with the Senators to managing in the minor league under the wings of Branch Rickey when Mr. Rickey was with the Cardinals and the Pirates, to when Mr. Rickey sent him to Mexico to managing in the Texas league for the Giants to being asked to scout in California because his eye for talent was unmatched, to working for the Dodgers.
From Peter Mancuso, Chairman of the Nineteen Century Committee, Society for American Research:
“this book is not just a biography, it is a Masters Degree in Baseball, from how to play, manage, coach, inspire, understand, evaluate and enjoy our great National Pastime..”
I ran into an article from the LA Times When George Genovese was at Dodger Stadium. This part caught my attention:
” The ball soars into center field and Puig, flashing his speed, makes the catch. It reminds Genovese of a young Jose Cardenal or maybe Roberto Clemente starting out in Puerto Rico.
“The kid is so gifted” he says of Puig.”
I value the opinion of a man that has played, managed and still coaches, inspires, understands, evaluates and enjoys our great National Pastime.
This weekend I will be in San Diego but if I was not, I would definitely go to this event. From the back of the sport section of the LA Times:
LA Times Book Club names ‘Boys of Summer’ as its next selection
To celebrate this book, the joy of baseball, and our own Dodgers, we will be hosting an event at Jackie Robinson’s alma mater, UCLA, in their prestigious Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 26. Author Roger Kahn, Dodger great Maury Wills, LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke and Dodger alumni will be there in person for a great conversation about baseball in our community. Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and avid baseball fan, will moderate the conversation.
It looks to be a great event. Roger Kahn’s book about the Brooklyn Dodgers back when he covered the team was the second baseball book I read. It is one of my favorites
Twas the Night before Opening Day and all through Dodger town
Dodger fans anxiously waited for the final countdown
At the stadium the awnings were hung with much care
in hope that in October they will again be there
The fans all sleepy snuggled in their bed
while visions of World Series danced in their heads
after finishing blogging and loading the MLB at Bat
I went upstairs to take a long nap
when my alarm kept making such a clatter
I sprang out my bed to see what was the matter
Away to Dodger Stadium we left in a dash
drove up I-10 but had to stop for some cash
On the mound, Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw,
Goes against James Shield for the Opening Day show
On Kershaw, on Adrian, On Uribe, on Puig, on Rollins, on Ellis
Give us a win fellas!
Giddiness! Opening Day is the reason
Good luck to my Dodgers and to all fans a good season!
Happy Presidents Day!
Jackie Roosevelt Robinson
Here the complete list:
Adams, Terry 2000-01
Carter, Gary 1991
Carter, Lance 2006
Ford, Hod 1925
Grant, Jim 1968
Jackson, Edwin 2003-05
Jackson, Randy 1956-58
Johnson, Brian 2001
Johnson, Charles 1998
Johnson, Jason 2008
Johnson, Lou 1965-67
Johnson, Reed 2010
Johnson, Fred Ivy 1924
Johnson, Jimmy 1916-25
Kennedy, Adam 2012
Kennedy, Bob 1957
Kennedy, Brick Yard 1892-1901
Kennedy, John 1965-66
Nixon, Al 1915-16,18
Nixon, Otis 1997
Jackie Roosevelt Robinson 1947-1956
Theodore Roosevelt Lilly 2010-13
Taylor, Danny 1932-36
Taylor, Harry 1946-48
Taylor, Zack 1920-25, 35
Washington, Ron 1977
Wilson, Eddie 1936-37
Wilson, Hack 1932-34
Wilson, Robert 1958
Wilson, Steve 1991-93
Wilson, Tex 1924
Wilson, Tom 2004
An annual tradition in this blog is to update the list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive.
In 2014, we lost the following Brooklyn Dodgers: Charlie Osgood, Charlie kress, Don Zimmer, Dick Teed, George Shuba, Pat McGlothin and John Pierre Roy.
We now have 31 surviving Broklyn Dodger players. Mike Sandlock is the oldest one. He will turn 100 on October 17. The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 76 on June 19. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Aspromonte at the SABR convention in Houston in 2014.
Here is the list of the 31 surviving Brooklyn Dodger players:
|Mike Sandlock||Old Greenwich, CT||10/17/1915||1, 4|
|Ray Hathaway||Grinville, OH||10/13/1916||22|
|Lee Pfund||Oakpark, IL||10/10/1919||14|
|Luis Olmo||Puerto Rico||10/11/1919||21|
|Marv Rackley||Seneca, SC||7/25/1921||35|
|Eddie Basinksi||Buffalo, NY||11/4/1922||3|
|Tim Thompson||Coalport, PA||3/1/1924||21|
|Johnny Rutherford||Ontario, CN.||5/5/1925||15|
|Wayne Terwilliger||Clare, Mi.||6/27/1925||34|
|Chris Haughey||Astoria, NY.||10/3/1925||14|
|Ralph Branca||Mount Vernon, NY||1/6/1926||13,20,28|
|Bob Borkowski||Dayton, OH||1/27/1926||27|
|Randy Jackson||Little Rock, AR||2/10/1926||2|
|Don Newcombe||Madison, NJ||6/14/1926||36|
|Bobby Morgan||Oklahoma city. OK||6/29/1926||2|
|Carl Erskine||Anderson, IN||12/13/1926||17|
|Rocky Bridges||Refugio, TX||8/7/1927||9|
|Tommy Lasorda||Norristown, PA||9/22/1927||2,27,29|
|Tommy Brown||Brooklyn, NY||12/6/1927||9|
|Joe Landrum||Columbia, SC||12/13/1928||19|
|Joe Pignatano||Brooklyn, NY||8/4/1929||58|
|Roger Craig||Durham, NC||2/17/1930||38|
|Ron Negray||Akron, OH||2/26/1930||38|
|Glenn Mickens||Wilman, CA||7/26/1930||46|
|Ed Roebuck||East Millboro, PA.||7/3/1931||37|
|Fred Kipp||Iqua, KS||10/1/1931||26|
|Jim Gentile||San Francisco, CA||6/3/1934||38|
|Don Demeter||Oklahoma City. OK||6/25/1935||2|
|Sandy Koufax||Brooklyn, NY||12/30/1935||32|
|Bob Aspromonte||Brooklyn, NY||6/19/1938||28. 34|
Gentlemen: May you have a healthy 2015!
A tradition in my blog on December 31 is to pay tribute to the Dodgers that passed away in 2014.
John Pierre Roy
One of my favorite Dodger slogans was “When did you fall in love?” Anyone remember it? It was in 2008 when the Dodgers were celebrating 50 years of Major League baseball in Los Angeles.
When you went to Los Angeles Union Station , you could see the walls of the long hallways lined with pictures of Dodger players and the words “When did you fall in love?”
I felt more in love with baseball in the last three games of the 1980 season when Dodgers had to play the last three games of the regular season with the Houston Astros. Dodgers had to win all three games to force a playoff game. They won all three games but felt way short on the extra playoff game that Monday. They broke my heart that Monday but that offseason I went to Dodger Stadium and purchased one season ticket for the 1981 season.
I wonder what the Dodger slogan will be for 2015.
When did you fall in love?