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 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
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.
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.”
The day for Sandy Koufax bobblehead night is finallly here! Here is a picture of the BBH:
That will go nice next to my Koufax signed baseball
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/
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
When Lorena and I found out that there was going to be a Spring Traning Fanfest 3/3/12, we said “Let’s go!” Rosie, who we met on Twitter last year said “I want to go!” The original plan was to go for the day. We already had a Spring Training road trip planned for the St Patrick weekend so we thought a turnaround trip would be OK.
On Saturday 2/25 I get a text from Lorena that Amanda was joining. A few days later Lorena tells us her friend Priscila is also joining us. Our group had grown to FIVE.
After thinking it over, we thought the original plan was kinda crazy to drive from LA to AZ and come back the same night so we changed it stay Saturday night.
The buz at Camelback Ranch the day before we were to leave was that Sandy Koufax was there! Dodger fans were giddy with excitment.
Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Don Mattingly. Picture taken by Jon SooHoo.
Because of Sandy Koufax was at Camelback Ranch, our group grew to seven a few hours before we were scheduled to take off. Needless to say some of us hardly got any sleep or none at all.
The minivan arrived at my house about 2 AM. A few minutes later Rosie was dropped off at my house. Because of a mixup, Rosie did not bring anything but her purse. She thought we had changed back to making the trip a turnaround trip. She wanted to stay but we said “There is a Target, close by…. ” So off we went six women and a men in a Blue Minivan.
We arrived safely and it was off to taking pictures. The first one I took was with Gaylord Perry
The second one was with Javy!
Here is Rene and I talking with Jon SooHoo
This picture taken by Dodger main photographer Jon SooHoo, appeared in the Dodgers Photo Gallery. Thanks Jon! . Check out his MLB blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
With Manny Mota on his bicycle
Plenty of pictures were taking especially at Sattle Ranch where 3 of the group rode the mechanical bull but I’ll leave the pictures for another post or maybe I should check with the group if is OK to post.
I had a wonderful time on this trip. Can’t wait to be back at Camelback Ranch for St Patrick weekend. The only thing is I won’t be able to watch the game on Sunday as I am scheduled to work in NH the following week so I am taking a flight at noon.
Dodger Stadium turns 50 this year! It was April 10, 1962: Opening Day when Dodger Stadium opened its door for the first game. They hosted the Red. Dodgers lost the opener to the Reds 6-3. The first home run in Dodger Stadium was hit on Opening Day by Wally Post of the Cincinnati Reds. Box Score here: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=196204100LAN
Opening Day 2012 will on Tuesday April 10th. April 10, 1962 was also a Tuesday.
Back when Dodger Stadium used to have a gas station inside. Note the gas price is 1.99 cheaper. Now days is approaching $5.
A portion of the Left Field Pavilion
Ahhh I miss watching the sunset from Dodger Stadium
World famous Dodger Dogs!
Opening Day 1962
Old Union 76 sign. Look at the hills
Look at the final between Philadelphia & Chicago
I love this picture with Sandy Koufax. Look at a young Maury Wills
Look at DonDrysdale in the bullpen
Found this picture and what a surprise to find me there Top Deck against the wall, top right corner is my brother Vic then me.
The view of Downtown LA as we exit
Love the Opening Day 1962 ticket.
Don’t you just love the colors in this picture. The guy reading the program, the old style glass. Yes, is 1962! Opening Day
View from the Top Deck
Can’t wait to be back at our Blue Heaven on Earth, Dodger Stadium
The exterior honoring past players. This changes from year to year
Umpires room 🙂
Getting ready for Fireworks after the game
Vin Scully Press box
Sunset view from Dodger Stadium
The view from our seats
Beauty all around.
Happy Birthday our beloved Dodger Stadium!
Ref; Baseball fever.
For the last three years I’ve been maintaining this list keeping track of our old Brooklyn Dodgers. When I did last year’s post http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/09/honoring-the-brooklyn-dodger-players-alive-as-of-january-10th-2011/ on January 10, it started with a video of Duke Snider in the game show “What is my Line” Sad that in 2011, we lost nine of these players including the Duke.
We have 44 surviving Brooklyn Dodger Players. Let’s see how the list look using WordPress. Before I had trouble copying an Excell worsheet into my blog.
|Name||Birthplace. Other info||Born|
|Mike Sandlock||Old Greenwich, CT. Golfer||10/17/1915|
|Ray Hathaway||Grinville, OH. Minor league manager||10/13/1916|
|Lee Pfund||ILL. His son was manager of Miami Heats||10/10/1919|
|Luis Olmo||Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico and Cuba||10/11/1919|
|Boyd Bartley||Chicago. Played in nine games in 1949||2/11/1920|
|Jean-Pierre Roy||Canada. Commentator for the Expos||6/26/1920|
|Pat McGlothin||Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher||10/20/1920|
|Andy Pafko||Boiceville, IL. Lives in Mount Prospect, IL||2/25/1921|
|Marv Rackley||Seneca, SC. Left fielder. Debut: April 15, 1947.||7/25/1921|
|Chuck Kress||Philadelphia. Lefty first baseman.||12/9/1921|
|Eddie Basinski||Buffalo, NY. Nickname: The Fiddler, Bazzoka||11/4/1922|
|Don Lund||Detroit, Mi. Part time Outfielder in 1945, 1947||5/18/1923|
|Tim Thompson||Coalport, PA. Full name: Charles Lemoine Thompson.||3/1/1924|
|George Shuba||Youngstown, OH. Nickname: shotgun.||12/13/1924|
|Ed Stevens||Gavelston, TX. Coach for the Padres in 1981||1/12/1925|
|Johnny Rutherford||Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc||5/5/1925|
|Wayne Terwilliger||Clare, Mi. Coach under Ted Williams||6/27/1925|
|Chris Haughey||Astoria, NY. Pitcher. Appeared in one game at 18||10/3/1925|
|Ralph Branca||Mount Vernon, NY. http://ww.ralphbranca.com||1/6/1926|
|Bob Borkowski||Dayton, OH. Traded for Joe Black||1/27/1926|
|Randy Jackson||Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Handsome Ransom”||2/10/1926|
|Dick Teed||Springfield, MA. One at bat in 1953||3/8/1926|
|Don Newcombe||Madison, NJ. Still working for the Dodgers||6/14/1926|
|Bobby Morgan||Oklahoma city. Infielder for the Dodgers||6/29/1926|
|Charlie Osgood||Sommerville, MA appeared in one game at 17||11/23/1926|
|Carl Erskine||Anderson, IN http://www.carlerskine.com/||12/13/1926|
|Preston Ward||Columbia, MO. APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.||7/24/1927|
|Rocky Bridges||Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr||8/7/1927|
|Tommy Lasorda||Norristown, PA. HOF. 61 years with the Dodgers||9/22/1927|
|Tommy Brown||Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs||12/6/1927|
|Joe Landrum||Columbia, SC. Pitcher. Given name: Joseph Butler||12/13/1928|
|Joe Pignatano||Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach||8/4/1929|
|Roger Craig||Durham, NC. Pitcher, coach and manager||2/17/1930|
|Ron Negray||Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies||2/26/1930|
|Glenn Mickens||Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA||7/26/1930|
|Don Zimmer||Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays||1/17/1931|
|Ed Roebuck||East Millboro, PA. relief pitcher and scout||7/3/1931|
|Fred Kipp||Iqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees||10/1/1931|
|Chico Fernandez||Cuba. SS. APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets||3/2/1932|
|Jim Gentile||San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers||6/3/1934|
|Don Demeter||Oklahoma City. CF. Now a Baptist minister||6/25/1935|
|Sandy Koufax||Brooklyn, NY. HOF Greatest Lefthander Pitcher||12/30/1935|
|Bob Aspromonte||Brooklyn, NY. Resides in Houston, TX||6/19/1938|
|Rod Miller||Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957||1/16/1940|
Here is to you guys! May you have a healthy happy 2012 from the oldest Mike Sandlock at 96 to the youngest Rod Miller turning 72 on January 16th. This Dodger fan salute you all!