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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Notice the retired numbers of Newk, Campy and Jackie.
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.
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
Born in and other Notes
Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA.
George Cisar **
Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10
Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer.
Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
Bobby Bragan **
***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010***
Greenwood, WI. Cyril was a pitcher.
ILL. His son was MGR of Miami Heats.
Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico, Cuba.
Los Angeles, CA. Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell
Chicago. . Played in nine games in 1943.
Pittsville, MA. Raised in New Jersey.
Canada. Commentor for the Expos.
Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher.
Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there.
Boiceville, ILL. lives in Mount Prospect, IL.
Johnny Van Cuyk
Little Chute, WI. Pitcher. Passed away July 10,2010
Seneca, SC. Left fielder.
Philadelphia, PA. Lefty First Baseman.
Dixon, MO. LP. Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10
Buffalo, NY. Nickname: the Fiddler. Bazzoka.
Detroit, MI. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.
Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA.
Clyde King **
Goldboro, NC. Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.
Youngston, OH. http://www.georgeshuba.com/
Gavelston, TX Coach for the Padres in 1981.
Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc.
Clare, MI. Coach under Ted Williams.
Astoria, NY. Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.
Anadarco, OK. Pitcher and pitching coach. Died 8/26/10
Mount Vernon, NY. Lives in Rye, NY.
Dayton, OH. Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black
Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”
Springfield, MA. One at-bat in 1953.
St Louis County, MO. Pitcher. Lives in Florida.
Madison, NJ. Currently works for the Dodgers!
Oaklahoma City, OK. Infielder.
Los Angeles, CA. HOF. The Duke of Flatbush!
Sommerville, MA. Appeared in one game at 17.
Anderson, IN. http://www.carlerskine.com/
Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s
Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.
Norristown, PA. 60 years working for the Dodgers!
Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs.
St Louis, MO. LF, 3B, coach, Manager.
Seattle, WA. Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.
Columbia, SC. Pitcher
Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach.
Billy Loes **
Long Island, NY. **passed away 7/15/2010
San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.
Durham, NC Pitcher, coach and manager.
Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies.
Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA
Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays.
East Millboro, PA. Relief Pitcher and scout.
Piqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees.
Canada. Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.
Cuba. SS. Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.
NY, NY. Pitched last game at Brooklyn.
San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers.
Oaklahoma City, OK. CF. Now a Baptist minister.
Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefthander pitcher!
Brooklyn, NY Resides in Houston, Tx.
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
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!
Here is the ballpark. Note the retired numbers for Newk, Campy and Jackie.
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.