Today Tommy Lasorda turns 83!
And Sweet Lou turns 76!
When I was at the All-Star Fan-Fest in Anaheim, I went thru two boxes of baseball cards and found these baseball cards from Sweet Lou!
Here is the back of the cards
The second that has a pic of a farmer reads “I wus a Yanky farmer” Lou was in the Yank’s farm system in 1953.
from the back of th cards: Lou was a Kansas City Monarchs before the Cubs bough him in 1955…The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the hustling outfielder from the Detroit Tigers on April 9, 1964.. Lou led the Midwest Leauge with a lofty .365 batting average. He continued his fine hitting with LA and contributed to their great success in 1965.
Happy birthday Tommy and Sweet Lou!
come to Dodger Stadium to join in the birthday celebration and wish both gentlemen a happy birthday. Sweet Lou will do the honor of saying “IS TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!”
Talking about birthdays, I sent Emilio Navarro a happy birthday card. As I mentioned on a prior post, he turns 105 on Septermber 26th. I bought a 5 year-old card and squeesed the “10” infront. I also mailed with a Negro League baseball stamp .
Some of you might know that I am a member of the SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). I love their publications!
Lots of great reads in the publications including reports from the Negro League conference, good book reading suggestions and much much more but I’ll just share a couple of things.
Negro Leagues Baseball Stamps
In case you have not seen it, here is the Negro Leagues Baseball stamp that was released in July. The stamp was designed by award winning artist Kadir Nelson (author of We are the Shift). These are the stamps I bought after reading it in the publication.
September Birthdays from players that played in the Negro League
3rd – Rev. Bill Greason – 86
4th – Jose Santiago – 82
5th – Billy Ray Haggins – 81
7th – Ricky Maroto – 78
9th – Jim Proctor – 75
11th – Clyde Parris – 88
16th – Ollie Brantley – 79
19th – Stanley “Doc” Glenn – 84
21st – Louis Clarizio – 79
22nd – Sweet Lou Johnson – 76 Our own Dodger Sweet Lou !
26th – Emilio Navarro – 105 WOW Mr. Mellito! I blogged about Mr. Mellito back in February of 2009.
27th- Mamie “Peanut” Johnson – 75 I blogged about the remarkable “Peanut” Johnson in February of 2010.
28th – William Deck – 95
29th – Harold Gould – 86
30th – Archie Young – 80.
Here is my old post on Mamie “Peanut” Johnson
And here is a picture I found with her posing with her Wheaties Box. Wish I had that box!
Here is my old on post on Emilio Navarro https://mlblogscrzblue.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/early20sept20201020002-thumb-425×318-2413451.jpgarchives/2009/02/oldest_living_explayer_in_mlb.html
If you like to send Emilio Navarro a birthday card, here is the address:
Torres Street #97
Ponce, PR 00730
Reference: SABR 3rd quarter 2010 publication (www.sabr.org)
Peanut Johnson pic: www. photographybywashington.com
Emlio Navarro’s pic: Experience.org.com
I always read the L.A Times obituaries in the California section. When last month I read that Bill Werber the oldest living former MLB player and a teammate of Babe Ruth has died at age 100 I was asking myself “who is now the oldest living former MLB player?” Well, after much research I found out the answer is Tony Malinosky. He is 99, born October 5, 1909 and he briefly played with the Dodgers! Tony played in only one season, 1937, in 34 games total. He lived in Whittier, CA and attended Whittier college in the 30’s.
BTW, Bill Werber had the distinction of being the first player to bat in the first televised major league game, leading off for the Reds in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on Aug 26, 1939. Occasionally he would write letters to Bud Selig telling him that he did not think women should sing the national anthem, that games today take too long and that he was disgusted with the long hair on modern players. Wonder what he thought about the steriod scandals.
3 weeks ago I was switching channels when I heard as part of highlights of a show in Spanish TV station “Univision” that they were going to cover the oldest living professional player that played in the Negro League. Toward the end of the show they showed Emilio Navarro.
Here is Emilio being honored. Our beloved Newk is aplauding.
He is 103, born September 26, 1905 in Puerto Rico. He still looks healthy doing his morning exercises. He reminded me of Buck O’Neill, so upbeat, happy, friendly and with a wonderful look on life. his highlight for him was throwing out the first ball at Yankee Stadium last year. Pudge Rodriguez caught him. The world needs more people like Buck O’Neill & Emilio Navarro.
This Dodger fan and baseball fan salute you gentlemen! I hope that the two of you get the oportunity to throw out the first ball at Dodger Stadium this year! s