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Dodgers June 2013 Schedule

June is my birthday (6/28) and my boys in Blue will be playing against the Phillies.

Below is the June calendar schedule courtesy of Left Field Pavilion

Date Star breakdown
1-Star = 6/3, 6/5, 6/10, 6/12
2-Star = 6/4, 6/7, 6/9, 6/24, 6/26, 6/28, 6/30
3-Star = 6/6, 6/8, 6/11, 6/25, 6/27, 6/29

I am looking forward to the return of The Oldtimers game on 6/8! The Braves will be in town then. Also Sandy Koufax bobblehead is 6/27 ūüôā And let’s not forget a trip to Yankee Stadium, God willing.

Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!

Best news ever this morning!! Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!!!

Welcome back Sandy!

MLB‚ÄŹ@MLB

Ace up their sleeves: @Dodgers to be joined by Sandy Koufax at #SpringTraining: http://atmlb.com/XwT4pO

 

 

 

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers players Alive in 2013

We lost two Brooklyn Dodgers in 2012 so we have 42  Brooklyn Dodgers alive as of 2013.

Here is Mike Sandlock, the oldest Brooklyn Dodger holding a 1945 picture

Here is the updated list with a new column for Uniform number:

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich,CT 1, 4
Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH 22
Lee Pfund 10/18/1919 Oak Park, IL 14
Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 Puerto Rico 21
Jean-Pierre Roy 06/26/1920 Montreal, Canada 34
Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN 23
Andy Pafko 02/25/1921 Boyceville, Wi 22,48
Marv Rackley 07/25/1921 Seneca, SC 35
Chuck Kress 12/09/1921 Philadelphia, PA 5
Eddie Basinski 11/04/1922 Buffalo, NY 3
Don Lund 05/18/1923 Detroit, MI 40
Tim Thompson 03/01/1924 Coalport, PA 21
George Shuba 12/13/1924 Youngstown, PA 8
Johnny Rutherford 05/05/1925 Ontario, Canada 15
 Wayne Terwilliger 06/27/1925 Clare, MI 34
Chris Haughey 10/03/1925 Astoria, NY 14
 Ralph Branca 01/06/1926 Mount Vernon, NY 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski 01/27/1926 Dayton, OH 27
Randy Jackson 02/10/1926 Little Rock, AR 2
Dick Teed 03/08/1926 Springfield, MA 37
Don Newcombe 06/14/1926 Madison, NJ 36
 Bobby Morgan 06/29/1926 Oklahoma City, OK 2
Charlie Osgood 11/23/1926 Sommerville, MA 20
Carl Erskine 12/13/1926 Anderson, IN 17
Preston Ward 07/24/1927 Columbia, MO 36
Rocky Bridges 08/07/1927 Refugio, TX 9
 Tommy Lasorda 09/22/1927 Norristown, PA 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown 12/6/1927 Brooklyn, NY 9
 Joe Landrum 12/13/1928 Columbia, NC 19
 Joe Pignatano 08/04/1929 Brooklyn, NY 58
Roger Craig 02/17/1930 Durham, NC 38
 Ron Negray 02/26/1930 Akron, OH 38
Glenn Mickens 07/26/1930 Wilman, CA 46
 Don Zimmer 01/17/1931 Cincinnati, OH 23
 Ed Roebuck 07/03/1931 East Millboro, PA 37
 Fred Kipp 10/01/1931 Iqua, KS 26
 Chico Fernandez 03/02/1932 Cuba 3
Jim Gentile 06/03/1934 San Francisco, CA 38
 Don Demeter 06/25/1935  Oklahoma City, OK 2
Sandy Koufax    12/30/1935 Brooklyn, NY 32
Bob Aspromonte 06/19/1938 Brooklyn, NY 28,34
Rod Miller 01/16/1940 Portland, OR 50

ref:  SABR, Baseball Reference, 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers guide,  Pic from Greenwichtime.com

Happy 77th Birthday Sandy Koufax

On this day December 30, 1935 Dodger left-hander Sanford Braun is born in Brooklyn.

In his 12-year career, lefty Sandy Koufax will compile a winning percentage of .655 (165-87), whiff 300 batters or more in three seasons and fan 18 to set a major league mark for Ks in a single game.

Happy 77th birthday to our great Dodger Icon and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax!  

Here is a small collage of pictures I put together starting with the sidewalk plaque on Sunset boulevard close to Dodger Stadium to my Koufax statue and signed baseball!

Have You Ever Seen The Sunset Boulevard Sidewalk plaques in Echo Park?

Have you ever noticed the Sunset Boulevard sidewalk plaques in Echo Park?

 

 I first noticed them a  few years back when I was meeting friends at Barragans on Sunset boulevard on a Sunday before the Dodger game.  

The plaques are all sports related.   I took pictures back then but never used them in a blog post.    I asked several people  at the stadium, and other people like Terry Cannon but no one could tell me anything about them.  

  When did they started appearing?   Who put them there?  

There are not all baseball.¬† Here is Elgin Baylor’s plaque

Sandy Koufax

Jesse Owens

Among others are Wyomia Tyus who won the Gold in 1964 and 1968 in the 100 meter dash. 

Others are Boxer Jimmy McLarmin, Rafer Johnson, Jack Kramer, Bob Seager, John Longden, Bill Shoemaker, Glen Davis, Ellsworth Vines, Joe Louis, Parry O’Brien,Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Billy Jean King, and many others.¬†

But who put this together?  

Then I found this plaque

L Andrew Castle?   A photographer!   

Talking with my friend Lorena about the sidewalk plaques, she found this article from the LA Timeson October 10, 1985:   http://articles.latimes.com/1985-10-10/news/gl-15921_1_echo-park

From the article:

Castle happened to be the owner of both a small camera shop and a big dream.

His dream was to improve the struggling commercial center of Echo Park along Sunset Boulevard, maybe even transform it into a tourist attraction. With Dodger Stadium just a 10-minute walk up the hill, what better way to do that, he thought, than to shine some reflected glory of sports heroes down on the relatively unglamorous street of shoe stores, banks, bakeries and restaurants?

So, at Castle’s urging, the City of Los Angeles in 1974 declared the 10 blocks of Sunset Boulevard between Elysian Park Boulevard and Alvarado Street to be the Avenue of the Athletes, allowing sidewalks to be dotted with tablets bearing the names of superstar jocks. Castle himself hardly fit that image: At the time, he was a short, slow-moving, elderly man.

Castle worked at Dodger Stadium!

Castle, who also worked as a photographer for the Dodgers, got the team and other local merchants to back the project financially. The first plaques were laid in concrete in 1976 during what was supposed to be an annual ceremony.

But Castle died two years later and the Avenue almost died with him. The ceremonies stopped and the designs for the plaques were even lost for a while. It was not until 1980 that the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce was able to revive the project, which even its biggest boosters concede has yet to fulfill Castle’s dream.

 Fred Claire is quoted in the article :

“The most important thing is whether you are really going to try to improve the area,” said Fred Claire, executive vice president of the Dodgers and a member of the plaque committee. “Andy Castle dreamed that it could be clean, that it could be free of crime. What the reality is, I don’t know for sure. But his dream lives on.”

Castle gets his plaque:

To symbolize that, a plaque bearing Castle’s name was laid in concrete last week in front of the store he used to own at Logan Street and Sunset,¬† Castle’s shows a camera.

Koufax found wondering in the parking lot

Getting to the stadium early for batting practice you meet a lot of fans.¬†¬† Last night on Sandy Koufax bobblehead night,¬† after the 7th inning stretch we noticed Michael who we usually see during BP, was standing behind us.¬†¬†He was asking “Who did I miss during BP?¬†¬† We told him¬†“Maury Wills was signing”¬†¬† He has gotten Maury Wills autograph before.¬† We also told him Sandy Koufax did not appear to be at the stadium that night.¬†¬†He then started telling us why he was late.¬†¬† Here is his story:¬†¬†

“I got to the stadium early today (8/7) because it was not just a bobble head game, but the Sandy Koufax bobble head game. The most popular bobble head, right up there with the upcoming Vin Scully bobble head.

I was able to park on Stadium Way in front of the Barlow Hospital, and around 4:40pm, walked over to wait with the other fans at the Elysian Park entrance, where we would be let in at 5:10pm.

I saw three boys petting and playing with a young kitten who was just laying on the sidewalk just inside the Dodger Stadium parking gate. I asked if it was their kitten and they said no, they had just found it there. One of the boys was able to pick the kitten up and it seemed pretty tame. I picked the kitten up, and it appeared to be a boy and about eight weeks old. I went to the front of the line with the kitten and told the security guard about it. I said I wanted to take the kitten home, but wondered if someone at Dodger Stadium could keep it somewhere until the end of the game. The security officer said probably not, and pointed me to the main parking hut, where the security guards let people into the stadium. I told them my story, and they said they couldn’t help, but did offer me some water for the kitten.

My options seemed to be to have security call animal services and pick up the kitten, or leave the kitten in my car until the game was over some five or six hours later.

Neither opinion seemed reasonable, as I didn’t want the kitten taken to the pound, nor did I want to leave it in a car for hours when it was about 90 degrees out. I also didn’t think leaving the kitten where it was found was very safe, as it was next to the 10 lanes of traffic where people drive in and out of Dodger Stadium.

While my daughter Dianna kept the kitten company in the car, I went to the Barlow Hospital but they couldn’t help either. I called the Dodger Fan Assistance line and they also could not help me.

I ended up calling my wife Donna, and she drove from Sherman Oaks, while I drove to back to Griffith Park, so we could meet half way at the zoo parking lot, and I passed the kitten over to her so she could take him home.

We ended up making it back to the game and getting our bobble heads, but missed batting practice and the chance to get autographs. A small price to pay for saving a life. The kitten is doing fine. We’re going to call him “Koufax.”

Meet Koufax

Thanks Michael for sharing the story and the pictures of your kitty Koufax.   Thank you for giving  little Koufax a home.