Marvin E. Rackley then
|Marv Rackley||07/25/1921||Seneca, SC||35|
At age 19, Marv Rackley was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1941. He played for the Valdosta Trojans, the Durham Bulls and the Dayton Ducks.
On October 5, 1942, Rackley entered the military service with the Army Air Force at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He spent the next three years in service.
Sergeant Rackley returned to the Dodgers organization in 1946. He joined the Montreal Royals where he played alongside Jackie Robinson. Rackley batted .305 with the Royals and was in the Dodgers line-up for the second game of the season in 1947. In 18 games as a pinch-hitter and runner he batted .222 before joining the St. Paul Saints where he batted .316.
In 1948, Rackley played 88 games with the Dodgers, batted .327, but with Hermanski, Reiser, Furillo, Snider, Shuba and Whitman all vying for outfield positions there was little room for him.
On May 18, 1949, Rackley was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for first baseman/outfielder Johnny Hopp plus $25,000. Rackley reported to the Pirates with a sore throwing arm. Pirates complained they had traded for a player who was unfit. Hopp was returned to the Pirates and Rackley went back to the Dodgers (wonder what happened to the 25K) where he played in 54 games, batted .291 and appeared in two World Series games against the Yankees.
Gene Hermanski, Pee Wee Reese, Marv Rackley and Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers base stealers of 1948
In October 1949, the 28-year-old was purchased by the Reds for $60,000 but appeared in just five games the following season, spending most of the year with the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. He spent most of 1952 with the Birmingham Barons and joined the Baltimore Orioles of the International League in 1952. 1953 he batted .320 in 111 games with the Orioles. 1954 he batted .328 with the Richmond Virginians. He ended his career with the Atlanta Crackers in 1955 when he also managed for part of the year.
Marv Rackley now
Marv Rackley still lives in his native South Carolina. I could not find a current picture of Marv Rackley.
I just noticed this is my blog post #500 !!
8 days till Pitchers & Catchers report!
21 days till the first Spring Training game!
50 days till Opening Day!
there are so many things that Baseball brings to us and in particualr our teams but another one has been the friends that I have made along the way! So a BIG THANK YOU to all that I have met in person and online, you have made me a better person.
Today was my Select-a-Seat appointment at Dodger Stadium. I went hoping that the two seats next to me were available. The owner of those seats lives out of state so you always see different people there and I am always talking to my friends to the right over those two people. Anyway, no luck, the seats were already renewed.
There were alot of cars in the parking lot when I got there. The Dodgers also have free Dodger Dogs, chips, sodas and bags of peanuts on those days. As I was going up the escalator, I ran into Ben Platts from MLB. I told him “I LOVE this place!” He said “I know!” LOL
I went to the Top Deck so that I could sit in my seats! Ahhh. take a look at the view from there. So beautiful, so relaxing. You can see a little snow in the mountains.
Looking at another side from the Top Deck, you can see the Hollywood sign
Here is a view of the Top Deck from the field level. See the Dodger Logo? to the right are my seats against that wall where I put the tag so stop by and say HI if you are at the stadium.
Here a view from the Club level and the row of pictures down the hall. Here it starts with the Captain Pee Wee:
Here is the Duke (pic size 444 because of his number)
Vin Scully Press Box. The door was open but NO! I would not go in to sacred grounds!
One view from the Top Deck parking lot. Between the two palms to the right you can see City Hall (pointy building) where scenes from Superman, Dragnet and Adam 12 were filmed. It was built in 1923.
This to the right of mural. I like the tree here. Beyond you can see snow in the mountains. This is one of the entrances for the media. I am curious about that white wall and the indentations. I don’t know what is depicting.
from the dugout level. Players pass here on their way to the clubhouse. This wall has the name of every player that has played for the Dodgers. Don’t remember up to what year. Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson’s names are on this part.
On the other side of the player’s names wall are some pictures. Here is one of the longest playing infield of Ron Cey, Russell, Lopes and Garvey.
well, after all that I went to the gift shop! Great bargains there! The store has been having a 50% discount on the entire store since December. Some stuff is even cheaper now. Players jerseys no longer wtih the team are $20 to $30. I got other kind of t-shirts from $2.50 to $5.
Note: I am saving the pictures of Jackie Robinson to post on his birthday.
Dodgers let the game get away on Sunday when they were leading by three runs in the 9th inning and Jonathan and errors gave the game to the Pirates.
Is Monday morning at 10:A.M. and I am listening to the game while at work. I want the Dodgers to wrap it today!
I am multi-tasking as I have lots to do and I will be at the last two games in San Diego. Although it would be so cool to watch them wrap it up in San Diego with Vin Scully at the mike, I rather they win today.
Dodgers losing 2-0 in the second inning and already three errors in the game! Two errors by the Pirates and one by the Dodgers. Dodgers already had some stooopid running blunders.
Magic number is our beloved Captain Pee Wee Reese
I love this statue of Pee Wee Reese putting his hand around Jackie Robinson! I hope someday to see it in person:
Oh oh, 4-0 Pirates. Make that 5-0. Oh brother.
Like Jaime Jarrin is saying right now. “No serian Los Dodgers si hicieran las cosas faciles” “They would not be Dodgers if they did things easy.”
See you in San Diego!