My MLB fan blog came in at #24 for the month of June! This is the second time since I started the blog three years ago that I get #24! Back then I dedicated it to Walter Alson and I posted a beautiful article written by Jim Murray about Walter Alston. http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/12/10/24-walter-alston-a-jim-murray-column/
Walter Alston managed the All-Star game in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960(1), 1960(2), 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1975.
1954 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. American League 11, National League 9. .
Looking at the 1954 All-Star roster, it stood out that all the players that represented the National League were born in the US. For the American League there were four players born outside of the US, There were Minie Miñoso from Cuba, Chico Carrasquel from Venezuela, Bobby Ávila from Mexico, and Sandy Consuegra from Cuba.
1956 at GRifith Stadium, Washington DC. National League won 7-3
Again the National League did not have a Latin player. The American League had Vic Power aka Victor Pellot from Puerto Rico.
1957 at Sportsman’s Park. St Louis. American League 6, National League 5.
Controversy surrounded the 1957 outing as the fanatical Cincinnati voters stuffed the ballot boxes and elected nearly their entire team (minus first baseman George Crowe & the batboy) onto the National League’s starting roster. This upset Commissioner Ford Frick greatly and he responded by removing Gus Bell and Wally Post from the starting nine. He also transferred the responsibility for All-Star voting to the players, managers and coaches the next year.
1960 LET’S PLAY TWO!!
1960. 1st game. Municipal Stadium. Kansas City, Mo. National League 5, American League 3.
The new format of two games were almost scheduled back to back on July 11 and July 13.
1960. 2nd Game. Yankee Stadium. National League 6, American League 0.
1964 Shea Stadium. New York. National League 7, American League 4.
Starting pitchers: Don Drysdale against Dean Chance. Drysdale went three scoreless innings. Juan Marichal won the game pitching the 9th inning. Sandy Koufax did not pitch. The National League came from behind to score 4 in the 9th.
1966 Bush Memorial Stadium. St Louis, Mo. National League 2, American League 1.
From Baseball Almanac:
The top story of the 1966 All-Star Game had nothing to do with baseball. It was the blistering one hundred five-degree game time temperature. Spectators in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium were passing out in the stands and smelling salts and oxygen were required in the dugouts. Despite these intense conditions, the game went on as scheduled, although no one wanted to spend much time on the field.
Game went 10 innings. Sandy Koufax started the game and Gaylord Perry won it. Joe Torre was the starting catcher.
Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente and Juan Marichal were in the starting lineup. Joe Torre was the starting catcher.
The game went 15 innings. This game went into the record books for both the longest All-Star Game as well as the first game in which home runs accounted for all of the scoring.
Tony Perez was the All-Star MVP.
1975 County Stadium. Milwaukee. National League 6, American League 3.
Starting pitchers: Vida Blue and Jerry Reuss. Steve Garvey and Jimmy Wynn lead off the second inning with back-to-back homeruns.
Bill Madlock and Jon Matlack became the first & only players to share the All-Star award.
Hall of Famer Walter Alston managed all these nine MLB All-Star games winning seven out of nine.
ref: Baseball-Almanac.com Sportslogos.net
With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning, Ryan Braun hit a shallow flyball. Kemp could have thrown the baseball better as it bounced twice. BUT
Nyjer Morgan was out.
Guerrier took the loss. Kameron Loes earns the win.
Dodgers now need to avoid the sweep. Early game tomorrow at 10:10 AM Pacific Time. Aaron Harang goes for the Dodgers against Ex Dodger Randy Wolf. I hope the Dodgers play better against the Brewers.
Dodgers then head to Houston for the weekend.
The next Dodger homestand brings the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals. Tuesday 4/24 will be
Sleeved Blanket night. Javy Guerra doing the commercial.
Saturday 4/28 will be Don Drysdale and Maury Wills bobblehead.
Sunday 4/29 will be Kids Clayton Kershaw replica jersey. Wish I could get one. I could get into the XL.
Ran into this billboard close to my house, one of many Dodger billboards this year with Dodgers celebrating 50 years.
Una Tradicion de LA solo en KTNQ (Fernando Valenzuela, Jaime Jarrin & Pepe Yniguez)
Twitter: Tomorrow at 2pm is the 1st #DodgersChat! Use #DodgerChats to ask Dodgers Team Historian Mark Langill any questions about Dodgers history at Dodger Stadium. Hmmm… what am I going to ask???
Dodger Stadium turns 50 this year! It was April 10, 1962: Opening Day when Dodger Stadium opened its door for the first game. They hosted the Red. Dodgers lost the opener to the Reds 6-3. The first home run in Dodger Stadium was hit on Opening Day by Wally Post of the Cincinnati Reds. Box Score here: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=196204100LAN
Opening Day 2012 will on Tuesday April 10th. April 10, 1962 was also a Tuesday.
Back when Dodger Stadium used to have a gas station inside. Note the gas price is 1.99 cheaper. Now days is approaching $5.
A portion of the Left Field Pavilion
Ahhh I miss watching the sunset from Dodger Stadium
World famous Dodger Dogs!
Opening Day 1962
Old Union 76 sign. Look at the hills
Look at the final between Philadelphia & Chicago
I love this picture with Sandy Koufax. Look at a young Maury Wills
Look at DonDrysdale in the bullpen
Found this picture and what a surprise to find me there Top Deck against the wall, top right corner is my brother Vic then me.
The view of Downtown LA as we exit
Love the Opening Day 1962 ticket.
Don’t you just love the colors in this picture. The guy reading the program, the old style glass. Yes, is 1962! Opening Day
View from the Top Deck
Can’t wait to be back at our Blue Heaven on Earth, Dodger Stadium
The exterior honoring past players. This changes from year to year
Umpires room 🙂
Getting ready for Fireworks after the game
Vin Scully Press box
Sunset view from Dodger Stadium
The view from our seats
Beauty all around.
Happy Birthday our beloved Dodger Stadium!
Ref; Baseball fever.
I have not created a new post since November 2nd when I posted about our three Dodgers -Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw winning Gold gloves.
What a happy day in Los Angeles yesterday when it was announced that Clayton Kershaw had won the NL Cy Young Award! I was anxiously waiting for the results on Thursday. I was busy with a Webinar at work with phone and computer busy but I was keeping an eye on my droid. Sure enough it started beeping with the good news. But in addition to the good news there was an email from the Dodgers inviting us season ticket holders to attend the conference on the field of Dodger Stadium. What was I to do when I had taken the train to work and I was still in the middle of the webinar? Good thing it ended promptly at noon and there were no further questions.
the email said the conference was to start promptly at 1:30 p.m and that fans could start arriving at 12:30 p.m. I called to see if the company car was available. I was lucky! It was available! I then headed to see my boss and told him I had an emergency and had to leave but would be back later on.
What a great day being back at Dodger Stadium! Clayton Kershaw was there with his wife Ellen. Matt Kemp and James Loney were also there. Maury Wills was also there. Prior CY Young award winners Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there. Dodgers who have won the Cy Young: Don Newcombe (1986) Don Drysdale (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963, ’65. ’66), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuel (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988), Eric Gagne (2003) and Clayton Kershaw (2011).
Congratulations Clayton Kershaw!
Ok, so it took me a while to upload and release the second video I taped of Wes Paker at SABR41 but here it is. Wes talks about McCourt, Dodgers, World Series, Sandy Koufax, Drysdale and Clemente among other things.