Ok, so it took me a while to upload and release the second video I taped of Wes Paker at SABR41 but here it is. Wes talks about McCourt, Dodgers, World Series, Sandy Koufax, Drysdale and Clemente among other things.
Here is a fun video of Duke Snider in “What is my Line”
I started this list of Brooklyn Dodger players Alive. We had ten Brooklyn Dodger players that passed away in 2010, so here is the updated list.
no Player Birthdate Born in and other notes
- Tony Malinosky 10/5/1909 Illinois. Lives in Oxnard, CA
- Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich, CT. Golfer
- Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
- Cy Buker 2/5/1919 Greenwood, WI. Cyril was a pitcher
- Lee Pfund 10/10/1919 ILL. His son was MGR of Miami Heats
- Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 PR. Played for Mexico and Cuba.
- Cliff Dapper 1/2/1920 Los Angeles Traded for Ernie Harwell.
- Boyd Bartley 2/11/1920 Chicago. Played in nine games in 1949
- Jean-Pierre Roy 6/26/1920 Canada. Commentator for the Expos
- Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher
- Johnny Schmitz 11/27/1920 Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher.
- Andy Pafko 2/25/1921 Boiceville, IL. Lives in Mount Prospect, IL
- Marv Rackley 7/25/1921 Seneca, SC. Left fielder
- Chuck Kress 12/9/1921 Philadelphia. Lefty first baseman.
- Eddie Masinksi 11/4/1922 Buffalo, NY. Nickname: The Fiddler, Bazzoka
- Don Lund 1 5/8/1923 Detroit. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears
- Tim Thompson 3/1/1924 Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA
- George Shuba 12/13/1924 Youngston, OH http://www.georgeshuba.com/
- Ed Stevens 1/12/1925 Gavelston, TX. Coach for the Padres in 1981
- Johnny Rutherford 5/5/1925 Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc
- Wayne Terwilliger 6/27/1925 Clare, Mi. Coach under Ted Williams
- Chris Haughey 10/3/1925 Astoria, NY. Pitcher. Appeared in one game at 18
- Ralph Branca 1/6/1926 Mount Vernon, NY.
- Bob Borkowski 1/27/1926 Dayton, OH. Traded for Joe Black
- Randy Jackson 2/10/1926 Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Handsome Ransom”
- Dick Teed 3/8/1926 Springfield, MA. One at in 1953
- Elmer Sexauer 5/21/1926 St Louis County, MO. Pitcher
- Don Newcombe 6/14/1926 Madison, NJ. Still working for the Dodgers
- Bobby Morgan 6/29/1926 Oaklahoma City, OK. Infielder
- Duke Snider 9/19/1926 Los Angeles, CA HOF. The Duke of Flatbush!
- Charlie Osgood 11/23/1926 Sommerville, MA appeared in one game at 17
- Carl Erskine 12/13/ 1926 Anderson, IN. http://www.carlerskine.com/
- Preston Ward 7/24/1927 Columbia, MO. APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.
- Rocky Bridges 8/7/1927 Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr
- Tommy Lasorda 9/22/1927 Norristown, PA. HOF. 61 years working for the Dodgers
- Tommy Brown 12/6/1927 Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs
- Dick Williams 5/7/1928 St Louis, Mo. Lf, 3B, coach & Manager
- Joe Landrum 12/13/1928 Columbia, SC. Pitcher
- Joe Pignatano 8/4/1929 Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach
- Gino Cimoli 12/18/1929 San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS
- Roger Craig 2/17/1930 Durham, NC. Pitcher, coach and manager
- Ron Negray 2/26/1930 Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies
- Glenn Mickens 7/26/1930 Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA
- Don Zimmer 1/17/1931 Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays
- Ed Roebuck 7/3/1931 East Millboro, PA. relief pitcher and scout
- Fred Kipp 10/1/1931 Piqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees
- Bill Harris 12/3/1931 Canada. Pitched one game for Brooklyn & LA
- Chico Fernandez 3/2/1932 Cuba. SS. APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets
- Jim Gentile 6/3/1934 San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers
- Don Demeter 6/25/1935 Oaklahoma City. CF. Now a Baptist minister
- Sandy Koufax 12/30/1935 Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefhander Pitcher!
- Bob Aspromonte 6/19/1938 Brooklyn, NY. Resides in Houston, TX
- Rod Miller 1/16/1940 Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957.
ref: Baseball references, wikipedia, updated from my 2010 post in January.
My thoughts and prayers go to the people killed in Tucson, Arizona and to their family. Among the six killed was third-grader Christina-Taylor Green, daughter of Dodgers scout John Greene, and granddaughter of former Phillies pitcher and manager Dallas Greene.
A while back when the Dodgers got Uribe, I posted a question on Ozzie Guillen’s blog. He responded! Thanks Ozzie!
Q: Since the Dodgers have Juan Uribe and he played for the White Sox, what can you tell us about him?
A: Uribe is awesome. He may look like a little Buddha, but he is an amazing baseball player. I think he is so good because he is not afraid of the moment. He really is fearless, maybe because he has no idea how big the moments actually are! (haha) I only kid with him because that’s my boy, and he will be great for the Dodgers.
As I always say, keep the questions coming!
Until next time …
Haha. Ozzie is funny. If you want to sent Ozzie any question, go to his blog at http://ozzie.mlblogs.com/
Happy Birthday Sandy Koufax! Our Sandy turns 75 today December 30th?
I have a friend who is a big Cardinal fan in town so I’ve been busy.
Tuesday: We went to Portos in Burbank, Dodger Stadium, The San Antonio Winery, Philippes, Olvera Street, Union Station.
Wednesday: The Equestrian Fest in Burbank, lunch at a Honduran restaurant (Lempiras) and the Griffith Observatory.
Thursday: We are going to Santa Barbara with another Cardinal fan who has a blog here then coming back to Woodland Hills to go to Jeff Suppan’s restaurant “Soup’s Grill”
Friday: ???? Sandi: What are we doing Friday? Maybe help decorate a float and then ???
Saturday: The Rose Parade.
I started this post on November 3rd and left it on draft but was so busy when I was in NH and when I got back to LA I was so tired with lots to do so here I am Sunday November 7th. Hey! at least we got an hour back (I still need to change all my clocks at home).
My post started with “get better Sparky” then I was so sadden when I heard the news on twitter while I was still in NH.
I remember this picture that Jon SooHoo of the Dodgers took back in May when Sparky made an appearance at Dodger Stadium when the Tigers were in town.
Rest in peace Sparky.
For more pictures of Sparky taken by Jon SooHoo, visit his blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/
My original post had a happy Birthday to Bob Feller. Happy belated Mr. Feller.
Bob Feller turned 92 years young
today last Wednesday. I still regret that I did not get his autograph when he was at the FanFest this year. Wasn’t he a cutie?
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood,” by Jane Leavy
Several years back (Has it been that long?) I enjoyed reading Sandy Koufax: “A Lefty Legacy” by Jane Leavy. When I saw the book about Mickey Mantle is by Jane Leavy, I immediately thought that it should be a good read. I also thought of Jane Heller .
I have never read any book about Mickey Mantle but after reading this review in the LA times by Zev Chafets, I could see me reading this book. Here is the book review
Currently I am reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. A friend at work in NH brought a bag a books to donate to the bookcase of books that is kept in the cafeteria so I picked that book. I am only 40 pages into the book, but I don’t think I want to see the movie. It just doesn’t seem to be a book that would translate well into a movie but maybe it will be worth it just to see Javier Bardem.
When I went to the stadium on Tuesday August 3rd, I found out that Kern Burns was throwing out the first pitch! I was telling ushers and fans about it. One usher I always talk to from the dugout section (me on the other side of the short wall) was saying “Tell J.D. (another usher), he was just telling me that he was watching his baseball films.” J.D. and I were both excited to see Ken Burns there.
Here is Ken Burns waiting to throw out the first pitch
Not a good picture of him throwing out the first pitch
Here he is posing with Brad Ausmus
OK, so I could not get a picture with him so I said goodbye to friends in the field level and headed to my seat but to my surprise, as I was waiting for the elevator in the club level I ran into him! I told him how much I love his baseball films and how I felt in love with Buck O’Neill because of him. He was very nice and thanked me.
Here are some more pictures from August 4, 2010 with Joe Torre that Lorena sent me.
Afterwards Torre noticed I did not have my on the field pass correctly displayed. He said “Here let me fix this for you before the picture…” or something like that.
Ok, is my pass OK now? OH, you can’t see it here.
First of all, I’ve been on the DL for about three days with food poisoning. I am feeling better now but my stomach muscles are still sore. I think I lost five pounds but I rather take the pounds back than to go thru that. Is a good thing this did not happen the night before I got my Sandy Koufax baseball.
So my friend Lore and I met Jeff Kliewer, the Director of Development of Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation by the main office. We were scheduled to meet him at 4:30 so we could go down the field and watch batting practice standing on the field! We both were very excited for that opportunity!
When we got there Joe Torre was having his daily meeting wiht the media where they gather around with their mikes and notebooks around the dugout.
We set to checkout BP and all the view from there.
Afterwards Joe Torre came over and hand me my baseball!
Joe said that is one of the best signatures he’d seen on a baseball.
Chatting with the skipper.
Afterwards Joe said he needed go get back to work so he headed to the cage.
I got a picture with Andre:
Next I got a picture with Matt Kemp and he signed the picture I have with him from the Bluetopia movie premier.
Jorge Bahaia who was there to throw out the first pitch, came from El Salvador wtih 50 of his family and friends. Jorge and his wife Elsy have been attending a homestand since 1945 and have never missed a World Series at home or on the road. WOW! and impressive record. I had thought I had taped an interview with him but I was very sorry that it did work. I did not know that they were attending a whole homestand until I read it afterwards in Jon Weisman’s blog.
if when you come back to Dodger Stadium, I would love to talk to you more about the old Dodgers that you got see play!
Jorge Bahaia showing the ceremonial baseball he was going to throw. It reads “Los Angeles Dodgers Ceremonial First Pitch Dodger Stadium 2010.”
The shirt that the family and friends of the Jorge and Elsy Bahaia were sporting:
Here is part of the Bahaia family:
James Loney was signing for the Bahaia family when I told him I had something to show him.
James said “OH wow!” “You should get him to sign it.” “Here let me sign it first.” It is a picture of his dad and I at Fenway Park this year when I happen to see Mr. Loney before he crossed the street to get into Fenway. Lore happen to capture this picture.
Here is Jeff of the Safe At Home Foundation
Here is Lore enjoying being on field. She has more pictures that she took.
Here is my pass to watch BP on the field.
Well, it was time now to leave and go to our seats.
We ended up sitting in the family section in the Loge area.
Here is Mr. Jorge Bahaia throwing out the first pitch:
I was excited because Padilla had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning.
A friend of mine that knows I keep score had texted me that if it happened, he wanted a copy of my scoresheet. I told him “Absolutely” We did not mention what it was so we did not jinxed it.
Padilla pitched a great game giving out two hits, striking out nine and getting two hits! I love watching the “soap bubble” like Vin Scully calls that slow pitch Padilla throws.
August 4, 2010 was a very special day for me, one that I would never forget! Thank you Joe Torre, Thank you Jeff Kleiwer, thank you Safe At Home Foundation and thank you Sandy Koufax!
The first inning looked promising with seven pitches given by Kuroda-san with the three outs being handled by the second baseman.
Three consecutive hits by the Dodgers and you would think the Dodgers would have scored but no, like Vin Scully said “Leave it to the Dodgers”.
Vin was very encouraging in the first inning saying that no lead is safe in August. He pointed out that in August of 1951, the Dodgers lead the pennant by 13 1/2 and lost it. He sited 1964 when the Phillies lead the pennant by 6 1/2 games in September and it got away! On August 23, 1942 the Dodgers led by 7.5 and lost it. Vin made me feel much better but as the game progressed and Vin left me (he only does the first three inning), I felt despair watching the Dodgers out-hit the Padres and lose the game.
Yes, Kemp had a running blunder when he should have scored on the third hit. He ended up going 5/5 short of a triple for the cycle. He apologized after the game that he should have run faster. I accept his apology and I believe he will not do it again. I forgive Kemp because he admitted his mistake and as the saying goes “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”
The pitching plus two errors gave up 10 runs with Weaver giving up five runs. With the two errors last night, the Dodgers now have 77 to the Padres 44.
Remember my post He Pitched a perfect game, I get a perfect ball? Well, for one reason or another it had to be postponed but I finally get my baseball signed by Joe Torre and Sandy Koufax tomorrow night! I am super excited! Also in addition I and a guest get to watch BP ON THE FIELD! My friend Lorena and I will be there early! I can’t wait!