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#24 Walter Alston and the MLB All-Star Game

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/

I will again dedicate the #24 ranking to Walter Alston but this time emphasizing the nine All-Star games Walter Alston managed winning seven.

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.

From Baseball-Almanac:

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.

1967 Anaheim Stadium. National League 2, American League 1

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

Only 22 Perfect Games from 1880 to 2012 but two in 2012

With Matt Cain pitching a perfect game last night against the Astros, we already have two perfect games this year and is only June 14. There were also two perfect games in 2010. Are they turning out to be less rare?

Here is the list of the 22 MLB perfectos:

Worcester Ruby Legs LEE RICHMOND, JUNE 12, 1880, against the Cleveland Blues

The Providence Grays JOHN MONTGOMERY WARD, JUNE 17, 1880 against the Buffalo Bisons.

Boston Americans, CY YOUNG, MAY 5, 1904 against the Philadelphia A’s.

Cleveland Naps ADDIE JOSS, OCT. 2, 1908 against the Chicago White Sox.

Chicago White Sox CHARLIE ROBERTSON, APRIL 30, 1922 against the Detroit Tigers.

New York Yankees DON LARSEN, OCTOBER 8, 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Philadelphia Phillies JIM BUNNING, JUNE 21, 1964 against the Mets.

Los Angeles Dodgers SANDY KOUFAX September 9, 1965 against the Chicago Cubs

Oakland A’s, CATFISH HUNTER, MAY 8, 1968 against the Twins.

Cleveland Indians LEN BARKER, MAY 15, 1981 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

California Angels MIKE WITT, SEPT. 30, 1984 against the Texas Rangers

Cincinnati Reds TOM BROWNING, SEPT. 16, 1988 against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Montreal Expos DENNIS MARTINEZ, JULY 28, 1991 against the Dodgers

Texas Rangers KENNY ROGERS, JULY 28, 1994 defeated the Angels

Yankees DAVID WELLS, MAY 17, 1998. defeated the Twins,

Yankees DAVID CONE, JULY 18, 1999 against the Montreal Expos

Arizona Diamondbacks RANDY JOHNSON, MAY 18, 2004 against the Braves

Chicago White Sox MARK BUERHLE, JULY 23, 2009 defeated the Tampa Bay Rays,

Oakland A’s DALLAS BRADEN, MAY 9, 2010 defeated the Rays,

Phillies ROY HALLADAY, MAY 29, 2010 against the Marlins

Chicago White Sox PHILIP HUMBER, APRIL 21, 2012 against Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants MATT CAIN, JUNE 13, 2012 against Houston.

I guess Matt Cain does not believe on the 13th being a bad luck day.

The month with the most Perfect games is May with seven followed by June and July with four. None in the dog days of August.
Sandy Koufax
yes, that is my Sandy koufax baseball that I won at the Safe at Home event with Sandy Koufax at LA Live.

Congratulations to all that have pitched perfect games

‘ITwas the Night Before Opening Day

‘Twas the night before Opening Day, when all through the park
not a creature was stirring, not even a lark
The bats were hung by the helmets with care,
In hopes that the Dodgers soon would be there
The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of a parade danced in their heads;

While Lorena had tweeted that she was loading the MLB At Bat App
I settled down to take a short nap
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to Petco Park we flew like a flash,
Drove up I-5 almost near crashed.
The MLB Bloggers were blogging like there was no tomorrow
While Padre fans drank Coronas; drowning their sorrows,
When, my wondering eyes saw the mound and the bases
It was Clayton Kershaw, the CY Young of 2011 aces,

With a smooth young coach acting so calmly
I knew in a moment it must have been Mattingly.

More rapid than the Eagles his courses they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now Kemp! now, Ethier! now, Dee Gordon and Loney!
On, Javy, on Jansen! and hopefully Billingsley!

Can’t wait till Thursday; Opening Day is the reason
“Good luck to my Dodgers and to the fans a great-season.”

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IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!!

Do You Know Who Was the first Black Umpire in Major League Baseball?

Emmett Ashford MLB debut took place on April 11, 1966 Home Opener where the Washington Senator were playing Cleveland.  His first major hurdle was getting into the stadium.   Vice-President Hubert Humphrey was scheduled to throw out the first ball, and the service needed to be convinced that a black man was there to umpire the game.   Ashford was a colorful (no pun intended) man.  

Ashford was born in Los Angeles on November 23, 1914.  Ashford’s father abandoned the family so Emmett and brother Wilbur were raised by their highly motivated mother who worked as a secretary for the California Eagle, a black newspaper.  Ashford excelled at Jefferson High School, rising to co-editor of the school paper, the Jeffersonian, and becoming a teen journalist for the California Eagle.  When he graduated in 1933 he was the senior class president, the first black student so honored.

Ashford was 51 when he made his Major league debut as an umpire.  he told Ebony after the game. “Of course, I was a little nervous at first, but wild horses couldn’t have kept me out of there. I waited 15 years for this and now I’m finally there.”   When Ashford turned 55 in December 1969, he had reached the American League’s retirement age of 55 for its umpires, a rule occasionally bent.  he was given one more year, but after the 1970 season Ashford announced his retirement. 

His umpire career: Umpire in Southwest International League, July 1951-July 1952; Arizona-Texas League, August-September 1952; Western International League, 1953: Pacific Coast League, 1954-1965; American League, 1966-1970; All-Star Game, 1967; World Series, 1970.

Come and check out this event honoring Emmett Ashford presented by the Baseball Reliquary and Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena:

When:  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 3:00 PM

Where:  Allendale Branch Library, 1130 South Marengo ave., Pasadena, CA

Emmett Ashford’s daughter, Adrienne Cherie Ashford, will discuss her father’s extraordinary career and legacy; will sign copies of her biography, Strrr-ike!!: Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire; and will show video clips of her father working games in the 1970 World Series. Ashford’s biography will be available for $15.00 per copy.

I throughly enjoyed last Saturday’s Baseball Reliquary  event at the West Covina Library on the LA Blue Bum series by Stephen Seemayer.  I loved the Brooklyn Dodger trivia!  I also won the book  “The Unwritten Rules of Baseball.  Check out Steve’s exhibition at the West Covina Library. 

Looking forward to this Saturday’s event.   

ref:  www.baseballreliquary.org  www.sabr.org , Baseballblackheritage.com

Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a Dodger Bobblehead!!

I came back from my Pilates class here at work to the wonderful news that Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a bobblehead!   With Sandy Koufax also getting a bobblehead, this is year is the best year for Dodger bobbleheads!   Mike Scioscia is also getting a BBH.  I think is right since he only played for the Dodgers.  He was a favorite of mine back when he played.  I loved watching him block homeplate.    This will be Fernando’s 4th BBH I believe.   I think Fernando already had enough bobbleheads but if the Dodgers want to give another one, I’ll take it!

Here is the list of Bobbleheads for 2012

  • April 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #1 – Don Drysdale and Maury Wills
  • May 15, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #2 – Orel Hershiser
  • May 29, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #3 – The Infield, Garvey, Cey, Russell and Lopes
  • June 12, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #4 – Mike Scioscia
  • June 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #5 – Eric Karros   (On my birthday!) 
  • July 14, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #6 – Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston
  • July 31, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #7 – Kirk Gibson
  • August 7, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #8 – Sandy Koufax
  • August 21, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #9 – Fernando Valenzuela
  • August 30, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #10 – Vin Scully

My blog came in at #21 in 2011!  Thank you all that have visited my blog!  

When I think of #21,  I think of Roberto Clemente.  50th Anniversary

He signed with the Dodgers for $10,000, but never got to play a single game in Brooklyn or Los Angeles.   A rule back then in effect required that any player signed for more than $4000 had to stay on the parent club for a full season. The Dodgers attempted to keep Clemente’s profile low, but the keen eye of the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager knew Clemente and he was selected by the Pirates for $4,000 on Nov. 22, 1954.

ref:  Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Blogsphere,  Dodgerbobble.com Latinosportslegends.com, http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/category/latest-leaders/

Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs!

Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs!
“Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All good MLB bloggers and readers were clicking their mouse

They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
and now it was time to sit down and see
What everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.

A nice break to read a bunch of good bloggers
Was just what they needed, but Oh no! the buggers!

When they went to the MLB site, none could be found.
“Oh no, we’re afraid Mark went out of town
Is the server down the reason we cannot read?
How could he do this in our time of need?

The bloggers all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.

“Did we  misspell the link? Did we hit the wrong key?
Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key,
One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled.
And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids,
But it’s still such a mystery where the MLB links had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see?
Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list
And good MLB bloggers and readers he vows never to miss.

It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.

But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end,
They heard “Thanks for reading and writing with me,
Its great to read and write with baseball friends!”

I wish you peace and joy!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Happy New Year!

Best Downtown LA Villain

While I was at Union Station in Downtown LA yesterday waiting for some friends, I was reading the Los Angeles Downtown News.  I look forward to the yearly feature of “Readers Choice The Best of Downtown.”  But a picture and another article caught my eye.  

Best Downtown Villain” by  Jon Regardie.    

 

As he drags the Los Angeles Dodgers through bankruptcy, Frank McCourt has done something rare: He has managed to unite Los Angeles. Just about everyone hates him and wants him to lose the team. Photo by Gary Leonard.

 

How Frank McCourt Became the Most Hated Man in Los Angeles, and Why That’s a Good Thing

by Jon Regardie
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – He’s Hannibal Lecter, eating the hearts of fans and seeming to enjoy every bite.He’s Bernie Madoff, squirreling away a fortune, and we didn’t realize it until it was far too late.He’s Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-nemesis, apparently intent on destroying something — the Dodgers — that means so much to so many. We cringe, cry and seethe as he caroms into bankruptcy court, and he doesn’t care about what the rest of us hold dearly. We’re aghast that the greed of one mad man overwhelms the hopes and wishes of millions.He’s Frank McCourt.He’s the best villain in Los Angeles.No one else comes close. Not Charlie Sheen, who’s more of a nut job than a bad guy. Not Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s mainly a disappointment. Not Arnold Schwarzenegger, and come to think of it, is anyone actually surprised by Arnold?No, Frank McCourt is in a league of his own. His feats, if you can stand back and gape at them, are actually amazing. In the less than two years since he and Jamie split and opened Pandora’s Dodger-blue box, he managed to destroy the half century of fan dedication that the team built up. He’s managed to make the bad guy of the summer of 2010, the talents-taking LeBron James, look like Mother Teresa.

Great article Jon!  And yes, the Tribe has united and spoken!

To read the rest of the article go to  http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2011/07/21/news/doc4e20cbaf5d54e298748127.txt