Dodgers are on the road on a 10 day road trip. They split the first two games in Colorado. Today the game is at 12:10. Nathan Eovaldi goes against Alex White. Then is on to Philadelphia for a four game series. They finish the road trip with a three day weekend in Seattle and that is where I will be with Lorena & Rosie. We leave Thursday morning.
Here is Lorena & Rosie from our trip to San Diego. We are cheering on the nice Dodger start at Petco Park. See you at the airport ladies!
I will also be going to the SABR convention in Minneapolis June 27 to June 30. I will be rooming with my friend Abby who I met last year at the SABR convention in Long Beach. After meeting Abby who is a Yankee fan and Kent who is a Red Sox fan, the three of us hang around together for the rest of the conference. Looking forward to seeing Abby, Kent and the rest of the SABR members attending.
I went last year to Minneapolis during the same days when the Dodgers played there. I spent my birthday there with Lorena, This year Abby and I will be celebrating our birthdays there.
I contacted SABR member Emily who I met last last year at the SABR convention in Long Beach. I also saw her at the SABR Fall League conference. She is a Mariner fan so I am hoping to see her at Safefo Field. Emily is the one with a soda drink. Her mom next to her. The lady in back has a teenage daughter that is so much into baseball & SABR.
I miss my boys in Blue. The last game at Dodger Stadium with the Brewers, I spent it in the Left Field Pavilion. I had a blast there with friends. Thanks Ernest for the ticket! Here is a picture that Jon SooHoo took a few days ago. Here is Deuce, brother Vic to the right of me and Ernest in the back. Deuce & Ernest sit in the LF pavilion.
Maybe in between Seattle & Minnesota I can sneak a quick trip to Oakland. Dodgers play there in the middle of the week middle of June.
In the meantime It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
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Jim Gilliam made his major league debut in 1953.
Quoting Jim Murray: They broke him in easy. All he had to do the first year was replace Jackie Robinson.
He proved capable, batting .278 with a team-leading 125 runs for the NL champions. His 17 triples led the NL, and remain the most by a Dodger since 1920; he was second in the league (behind Stan Musial) with 100 walks, and third in the NL with 21 stolen bases.
For his excellent season he earned NL Rookie of the Year honors, as well as The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award.
Gilliam played his entire 14 year career (1953 -1966) in a Dodger uniform
Junior was part of the first all switch hitting infield in Major League history, with Maury Wills, Wes Parker, and Jim Lefebvre.
Gilliam hit behind Maury Wills when he launched the modern stolen base era with 104 in 1962. He was the ultimate team player sacrificing himself for the good of the team.
Gilliam taught Jim Lefebvre how to bat behind a base stealer, as Lefebvre did behind Lou Brock in 1974, when he stole 118
Gilliam contributed to four World Series clubs and seven pennant winners.
His glove is on display in Cooperstown.
The Dodgers used him at every position in the field except for pitcher and catcher.
In 1965 he was replaced at third base and became a first base coach but after injuries and dismal hitting average at third, the Dodgers activated Gilliam who went on to contribute with his hitting.
Jim Gilliam passed away prior to the start of the 1978 World Series at which time his number was retired and the Dodgers wore a commemorative patch on their sleeve in his honor.
Los Angeles Times sports columnist Jim Murray penned a tribute for Gilliam, the versatile non-star. His effort to describe Jim’s end began with these words:
“I guess my all-time favorite athlete was Jim Gilliam. He always thought he was lucky to be a Dodger. I thought it was the other way around.”
I love reading old columns from Jim Murray.
In Colorado: Dodgers stop the losing streak by winning 6-2!
ref: SABR, Jim Murray’s columns, Truebluela, pics from Sport Illustrated & google
The LA Times Sport section has an article this morning titled “Icon to Icon” by Steve Dilbeck. This brought a smile to my face knowing that Magic Johnson reached out to Vin Scully. Quoting article “It was interesting,” Scully said. “When the phone rang and I picked it up, I recognized that voice. And, as I told him “If it’s possible, I can hear your smile.” Johnson tweeted on Thursday “Last night I reached out to Vin Scully & acted like an excited little kid speaking to the LA Icon.”
Future team president Stan Kasten also called Vin Scully. The next day Magic also tweeted this “Just spoke to legend & HOF Sandy Koufax. Thank you so mch fo taking the time to share some of your vast baseball knowledge.” IF I was part of a team buying the Dodgers, those two would have been on my list to call.
Look at this cake that Magic Johnson posted on hisWhoSay page on thursday 3/29/2012 saying “Thank you to AEG, Staples Center & the Lakers for this incredible Dodgers cake they made for me,”
More good news as reported by Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
Johnson has reached out to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson. He has invited her to take an active role with the Dodgers’ new ownership group, a person familiar with the discussions said Friday. The details of how Rachel Robinson — and the Jackie Robinson Foundation — would be involved with the Dodgers remain under discussion, the person said.
This is a quick post as I am getting ready to go to Ventura. I am meeting with friends for a Girls night out. We are staying Saturday night and coming back Sunday. These are some of my non-baseball friends, well with one of them I used to have a Dodger mini package in the field level for two years. In fact, after we stopped having the mini package and I started having season tickets, I would always invite her for Opening Day. Last two years she has not been able to to go. Anyway, they are understanding that once baseball starts I am not available. I tell them “look at a Dodger schedule to see if I am available” Even then, I might be on a road trip. The last time they invited me to a get together for “Poker night” back in January, it happened to be the Saturday for “National SABR Day” Looking forward to this trip and then get ready for the road trip to San Diego for the four game series!
Nomar Garciaparra (5) days till Dodgers Opening Day in San Diego!
Ron Cey(10) days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!
Checking back at the Dodger Open House last year http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/27/dodgers-select-a-seat-open-house-and-sabr-day/ it coincided with SABR Day. This year again Dodgers Open House coincides with SABR day (Saturday 1/28/2012) so why not have it at Dodger Stadium?
The Dodgers annual Select a Seat, an event for season ticket holders, started Thursday 1/26/2012 and it will conclude with the Open House on Saturday 1/28/2012. It is our first chance to have a Dodger dog at the stadium. Don’t they just taste better at the Stadium. The Dodgers sent us this picture of the sunrise at Dodger Stadium:
Although I was not feeling well, It was great seeing my Dodger fan friends there like William (Deuce’s dad), Dee, Sylvia and Jeanine to name a few. Also Darryl and Leslie who recently became season ticket holders. Jeanine and I met Darryl at the SABR Fall AFL conference. Darryl said that we convinced him to get season tickets. Welcome to the Dodger fan family Darryl & Leslie. Other friends like Lorena, Rosie and Rene will go to tomorrow. Will miss them.
SABR Day Saturday 1/28/2012. I was going to the SABR website at http://sabr.org/ when I ran into this picture! haha, that is me chatting with yes, SABR members, the most knowledgeable baseball fans. Down below in a Tiger hat is Max, another very knowledgeable fan.
If you can make it go SABR Day. There are many locations that are hosting SABR Day from Washington to Vermont to Toronto, to Puerto Rico. For more information go to http://sabr.org/sabrday:
SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The third annual SABR Day will be held on January 28, 2012. Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
In Seattle, SABR Day will be held in conjuction with the Mariners FanFest. In Minneapolis, the chapter will participate with the TwinsFest. in Arizona it will be at Tempe Diablo Stadium, in New York at the New York Public library. Check the site for more information. I counted 39 locations.
Looking forward to the event at La Habra library. I have never been to this library and I love visiting new libraries! From SABR:
Former Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall will be joining us for SABR Day at the La Habra Library. High school coach Eddie Alvarez will speak and Eric Dearborn will present photographs of final games at various ballparks. Authors Daryl Grigsby (“Celebrating Ourselves: African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”) and Ron Selter (on .400 hitters) will also speak.
(note to me: grr…second time Ido this post as I lost my original post).
What a great day in Los Angeles for us Dodger Fans! First we get the news that Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier win Gold Gloves! Congratulations guys!
Dodger fans are celebrating everywhere!
I am off to the SABR AFL conference in Arizona early tomorrow morning! details here http://sabr.org/latest/exciting-schedule-deck-sabr-arizona-fall-league-conference I am excited about attending and also to see Dustin Pedroia there. Maybe Ethier will also be there….
Love what John Thorn has to say about SABR here http://sabr.org/content/john-thorn-why-im-sabr-member That is the way I felt when I attended my first SABR convention this year. John just says so well. I was thrilled to meet him this year. Take a look at this baseball card from John Thorn. I got the set of Major League Writers from Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary:
People ask me all the time “Emma, what do you do when the baseball season is over?” or “What do you now that the Dodgers are not playing?” I tell them there is still baseball being played in the Fall League and there are baseball related events going on. For example I went to SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) meeting on Saturday October 1st. We had Wes Parker as our speaker. Afterwards a new president was elected and at the end we had a baseball books auction.
Saturday October 8, 2011, Thanks to the Baseball Reliquary, I found out about Greg Jezewski “High Ball” exhibition in Santa Monica. Take a look at this piece. I understand that Lasorda has not seen it
You see Greg is a Giant fan. He was sporting a Seals jersey at his exhibition. What he doesn’t know is that God IS a Dodger fan. Tommy always talks about the BIG Dodger in the sky. But despise Greg being a Giant fan, he has a nice baseball-themed kinetic sculptures and multi-media paintings at the exhibition in Santa Monica at Frank Pictures Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.
The next Baseball Reliquary event I am attending is this coming Saturday October 15, 2011 at the La Pintoresca Branch library, 1355 N. Raymond ave., Pasadena. The “Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles,” book signing and film screening is taking place from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The event is held in conjunction with the 13th Annual Latino Heritage parade and jamaica. I can’t wait for the event and I can’t wait to finally meet Richard Santillan co-author of the book. Richard and I have talked to each other on the phone and have emailed each other. Looking forward to meeting him and his wife. BTW, Richard is a Dodger fan and a season ticket holder. I am also looking forward to meeting some of the players from that era like Armando Perez. Here is a link to the event:
What a great day it was Friday night when Vin Scully announced that he is coming back next year for his 63rd year with the Dodgers! At the time of the announcement the Dodgers were losing 1-0. Next inning the Dodgers like if they knew, stared hitting.
Dodgers score 6 runs in the 7th with Matt Kemp launching his 30th home run to join Raul Mondesi as the only members of the 30-30 club. Matt Kemp now has 31 stolen bases.
After the game I just had to go tell Vin Scully thank you for making the decision to come back for one more season. We Dodger fans are blessed to have Vin Scully with us for 62+ years. Here is the short video that my friend Lorena taped:
Thank you Lorena!
Here is another video telling Vin we Love him.
Well I am off to Dodger Stadium early today as I am a volunteer for SABR today to recruit new members. Come stop by in the Reserved section.