Tagged: Don Newcombe

Dodger Pitchers and Catchers and then some have reported!

Happy New Season everyone!   Pitchers and Catchers have reported!!  Woohoo!!!

Now is a new count!   11 day and 20 hours before the first Spring Training game!

Yesterday I was going to go to MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton but I got sick :-(.   Southern University (Baton Rouge, La) was playing against my sister college Cal State Northridge.  And in the second game  Bethune-Cookman University was playing against UCLA.   Anyone catch the games on MLB Network? 

Rod Carew, Don Newcombe and Frank Robinson threw out the first pitches. 

kid-480.jpg

Today it will be

1 p.m.: Cal State Northridge vs. UCLA
2 p.m.: Southern University vs. Bethune-Cookman

Yesterday it was a beautiful day and today is still a beautiful day after rains last night and this morning.  

Here is a picture from Jon Soo Hoo.  His caption:  What awaits the Dodgers at the end of the rainbow this season?    

Here is another pic:   “Catchers and Catchers reporting”   Russell Martin and Brad Ausmus are looking good!!!!   I LOVE IT!!!!

Thank you Jon!  You are the best!!

 

So this transplanted Red Sox fan at work wanted to bet me that Manny will show up late to Spring Training.  Guess what?  He is already reported so come Monday I will collect on the bet!!

 

The pitcher that is late reporting is Ron Belisario as he again has trouble with his visa.    

Happy P&C Day!  Happy Sunday!  

Black History Month: Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella

This is part from my post last June when I went to Nashua, NH. 

In 1946 when Branch Rickey signed Don Newcombe & Roy Campanella   He had to send them to A Ball because of their history as Negro League stars. 

When a Midwestern league made it clear that blacks were not welcome, Rickey contacted Buzzy Bavasi, then a young general manager with the Nashua Dodgers. Bavasi made it clear that his only interest was in a player’s ability.

Roy Campanella (left) and Don Newcombe (right) at Nashua's Holman Stadium, 1946. Historical New Hampshire cover image courtesy of the Boston Globe.

Nashua holds another first in the history of the desegregation of major league baseball. When Nashua manager Walter Alston was ejected from a game that year, he left the team in the hands of Roy Campanella, who became the first African-American to manage an affiliated major league game. The Nashua Dodgers beat the Lawrence Millionaires 7-5. 3 That year the team won the New England League Championship.

There is another interesting note to the 1946 season. A local poultry farmer, Jack Fallgren, offered 100 baby chicks for every home run hit by a Nashua player. At the end of the season, Campanella shipped 1400 chicks to his father, who started a chicken farm outside of Philadelphia.

Holman Stadium has also been home to three other minor league teams, the 1980s Eastern League affiliates of the California Angels (1983) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1984-86), as well as the short-lived independent Nashua Hawks (1995-96).

Very nice plaque.

may june 09 059.jpg

Notice the retired numbers of Newk, Campy and Jackie. 

may june 09 060.jpg

 After Roy Campanella’s car accident he would require a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.  He worked in Vero Beach mentoring and coaching young catchers for the Dodger organization. 

In 1978 he moved to  California  and took a job as assitant to the Dodgers’ director of community relations and longtime friend Don Newcombe. 

Don Newcombe was promoted to Special Advisor to the Chairman.    

 

Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive

 

 Duke Snider 2009.jpg

 

I’ve been working on a list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive.  When I started the list, there were 63, but Thursday 1/21/10, Bobby Bragan passed away at the age of 92.  

Below is the updated list.

It starts with Tony Malinosky, the oldest at 100 years old and Rod Miller who had a birthday on 1/16, the youngest at 70 years old.  Sandy Koufax is the third youngest one. 

Here is Duke Snider working with the young players at the Winter Workouts iat Dodger Stadium in 2009.  

July 28, 2010:  Sadly, the list is now down to 59 Brooklyn Dodger players.  

November 7, 2010:  Rest in peace Clyde King.  He passed away November 2, 2010

Player name

Birthdate

Born in and other Notes

Tony Malinosky

10/5/1909

Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA. 

George Cisar **

8/25/1910

Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10

 

Mike Sandlock

10/17/1915

Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer. 

Ray Hathaway

10/13/1916

Grinville, OH.   Minor league manager

Bobby Bragan **

10/30/1917

***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010*** 

Cy Buker

2/5/1919

Greenwood, WI.  Cyril was a pitcher.

Lee Pfund

10/10/1919

ILL.  His son was MGR of  Miami Heats.  

Luis Olmo

10/11/1919

Puerto Rico.  Played for Mexico, Cuba.

Cliff Dapper

1/2/1920

Los Angeles, CA.  Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell

Boyd Bartley

2/11/1920

Chicago.  . Played in nine games in 1943. 

 Gene Hermanski

5/11/1920

Pittsville, MA.  Raised in New Jersey.

Jean-Pierre Roy

6/26/1920

Canada.  Commentor for the Expos.

Pat McGlothin

10/20/1920

Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher.

Johnny Schmitz

11/27/1920

Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there. 

Andy Pafko

2/25/1921

Boiceville, ILL.  lives in Mount Prospect, IL.

 

Johnny Van Cuyk

7/7/1921

Little Chute, WI.  Pitcher.  Passed away July 10,2010

Marv Rackley

7/25/1921

Seneca, SC.  Left fielder. 

Chuck Kress

12/9/1921

Philadelphia, PA.   Lefty First Baseman.   

**Morrie Martin

9/3/1922

Dixon, MO.  LP.   Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10

Eddie Basinski

11/4/1922

Buffalo, NY.   Nickname:  the Fiddler. Bazzoka.  

 Don Lund

5/18/1923

Detroit, MI.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.

Tim Thompson

3/1/1924

Coalport, PA.   Lives in Lewinston, PA.  

Clyde King **

5/23/1924

Goldboro, NC.  Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.  

George Shuba

12/13/1924

Youngston, OH.  http://www.georgeshuba.com/ 

Ed Stevens

1/12/1925

Gavelston, TX  Coach for the Padres in 1981.  

Johnny Rutherford

5/5/1925

 Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname:  Doc.

Wayne Terwilliger

6/27/1925

 Clare, MI.   Coach under Ted Williams.

Chris Haughey

10/3/1925

 Astoria, NY.  Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.

Cal McLish

12/1/1925

Anadarco, OK.  Pitcher and pitching coach.  Died 8/26/10

Ralph Branca

1/6/1926

 Mount Vernon, NY.  Lives in Rye, NY.

 Bob Borkowski

1/27/1926

Dayton, OH.  Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black

Randy Jackson

2/10/1926

Little Rock, AR.  Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”  

Dick Teed

3/8/1926

Springfield, MA.   One at-bat in 1953.

Elmer Sexauer

5/21/1926

 St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher.  Lives in Florida.

Don Newcombe

6/14/1926

 Madison, NJ.  Currently works for the Dodgers!

Bobby Morgan

6/29/1926

 Oaklahoma City, OK.   Infielder.

Duke Snider

9/19/1926

Los Angeles, CA.  HOF.  The Duke of Flatbush!

Charlie Osgood

11/23/1926

Sommerville, MA.  Appeared in one game at 17.  

Carl Erskine

12/13/1926

Anderson, IN.   http://www.carlerskine.com/

Preston Ward

7/24/1927

Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s

 Rocky Bridges

8/7/1927

 Refugio, TX.   Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.

Tommy Lasorda

9/22/1927

 Norristown, PA.  60 years working for the Dodgers!

Tommy Brown

12/6/1927

 Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs.

Dick Williams

5/7/1928

 St Louis, MO.  LF, 3B, coach, Manager. 

Ken Lehman

6/10/1928

 Seattle, WA.  Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.    

Joe Landrum

12/13/1928

Columbia, SC.  Pitcher

Joe Pignatano

8/4/1929

 Brooklyn, NY.   Catcher and coach.

Billy Loes ** 

12/13/1929

 Long Island, NY.  **passed away 7/15/2010

Gino Cimoli

12/18/1929

San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.

Roger Craig

2/17/1930

 Durham, NC  Pitcher, coach and manager. 

 Ron Negray

2/26/1930

 Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies. 

Glenn Mickens

7/26/1930

 Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA

Don Zimmer

1/17/1931

 Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays. 

Ed Roebuck

7/3/1931

 East Millboro, PA.   Relief Pitcher and scout.

Fred Kipp

10/1/1931

 Piqua, KS.   Also pitched for the Yankees.  

Bill Harris

12/3/1931

 Canada.  Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.

Chico Fernandez

3/2/1932

 Cuba. SS.  Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.

Danny McDevitt

11/18/1932

 NY, NY.  Pitched last game at Brooklyn.  

Jim Gentile

6/3/1934

 San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers.

Don Demeter

6/25/1935

 Oaklahoma City, OK. CF.  Now a Baptist minister.

Sandy Koufax

12/30/1935

 Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefthander pitcher!

Bob Aspromonte

6/19/1938

 Brooklyn, NY  Resides in Houston, Tx. 

Rod Miller

1/16/1940

 Portland, OR.   He played in one game in 1957. 

 

I love you Boys of Summer!

What I have done after my baseball career and being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track and they become human beings again — means more to me than all the things I did in baseball.  — Don Newcombe

Don Newcombe & Roy Campanella played here!

I happen to be staying in Nashua, NH for business and after reading a little history on Holman Stadium, I was looking forward to visiting this ballpark.   The  American Defenders of New Hampshire play in this historic park.  Last time I visited N.H, the Nashua Prides played there.   

Back in the old days, one of the Dodgers minor league teams played at this ballpark in Nashua, NH.   

What a thrill to be at this historic stadium and see the plaque dedicated to the achievements of Don Newcombe & Roy Campanella!   Thank you Nashua, NH for permitting these two baseball players to play here. 

A very happy 83rd Birthday Newk who was born on June 14, 1926.  It is such a pleasure and honor to see you at Dodger Stadium!

may june 09 059.jpg

 

Here is the ballpark.  Note the retired numbers for Newk, Campy and Jackie. 

may june 09 060.jpgdlldlld

may june 09 061.jpg

 

may june 09 063.jpg

 Guess what I found out?  Eric Gagne has signed with the Quebec Capitales.  Quebec will play a three game series at Holman Stadium June 29 to July 1st.