Tagged: Scott Akasaki

What does Wes Parker and Robin William have in common?

They both studied at  Claremont McKenna  College.  

A friend told me that there was going to be a discussion on the business of Baseball  with Wes Parker, Jim Colborn and Scott Akasaki on Monday November 19.     I checked Google map to see how long it was going to take me to get there.  Google map said 1:15  minutes in current traffic.  I did not believe it as it takes me 1:10 minutes to get home which is 45 miles away.  From Chatsworth to Claremont there are 61 miles.    It actually took me TWO HOURS & 45 MINUTES!   Several times I thought about turning back and going home.

I am glad that I Char parked next to me as I probably would have wasted more time looking for the place on campus.    The event was already in progress  and Dodgers traveling manager, Scott Akasaki was speaking.

Before Scott introduced Wes Parker he asked “Who hit for the cycle after Wes Parker had done it for the Dodgers?”   Scott picked Char to answer the question.  She immediately said “Orlando Hudson”   Scott rewarded her with a Wes Parker signed baseball.   She was ecstatic!

After the event was over Char shared a cute story wtih Wes Parker.   She said that when she was 12 she wrote a snail mail to Wes with questions for a career assignment and he replied.  She said she lost the index sized postcard, but the answers were neatly typed.   Mr. Parker said “Oh yeah!  I replied to all my fan mail!’   Love Wes!   Here he is with his old coach!

Scott gave a lot of baseballs.   There were more signed baseballs from Wes Parker.

Who was the Brewers first 20 game winner?

Jim Colborn.  Jim asked that question.   Jim Colborn has a  a good sense of humor.   He had us believing that Tommy Lasorda was in attendance.     Jim also threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals.

There were a few signed baseballs by Jim Colborn.  Scott at one point asked “Anyone here from San Francisco?”  They got a signed baseball from Jeff Kent.   There was a signed baseball also from Andre Ethier.

Scott had a box full of signed baseballs!   One of the questions he asked “Anyone  Cuban descendant or from the Caribbean?”   I put my hand up that I was from Central America so I got Yasiel Puig signed baseball!

It was a long day but I am glad I went.  Thanks Char!

John Schulian, Scott Akasaki, Wes Parker and Jim Colburn

Last Saturday I went to see John Schulian speak at the Allendale library.   Terry Cashman of the Baseball Reliquary introduced him.  He talked about Boxing, Basketball, Football and baseball.  He read from his columns in the book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand.”   I immediately liked his quick-witted style and good nature sarcasm.

Terry did a word association with Schulian.  On Pete Rose, John said “so-so gambler.  Should be in the Hall of Fame.”   Billy Martin “A mouse waiting to be a rat.” (great line)   Howard Cossell “Not my favorite guy.”   Others who he think should be in the Hall of Fame:   Barry Bonds, yes. Roger Clement, yes.  Mark McGuire, no.   Of Kobe Bryan he said “Is going to be fascinating to watch him grow old.”

Afterwards I got in line to buy his book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hands.”  When it got to be my turn, Terry told John that I am a big Dodger fan.  John wrote in my book “For Emma, the Queen of Dodger Stadium  -John Schulian 11/10/12”  😉

Terry usually sets other baseball books related to the speaker or topic at the library.   I checked out  “The Sporting World of Jim Murray” by Jim Murray, and “What A Time It Was  The Best of W.C. Heintz on Sports”

Discussion on “The Business of Baseball”  Claremont, CA

Char Ham posted the following on the Baseball Reliquary page:

This Tuesday, November 20, there is a free discussion on “The Business of Baseball” at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum at 6:45 p.m. Speakers include host Dodger Scott Akasaki, Claremont College alum and Dodger alum Wes Parker, and Cub alum Jim Colburn.
Address is 385 E. Eighth St. In Claremont.When I was 12, I wrote a snail mail to Wes Parker with questions for a career assignment, and he replied. I lost the pink index sized postcard, but the answers were neatly typed. I have never met him so when I go, I will tell him about it.
Nice story on Wes Parker.   I am going to see if I can make it to this event.
On another note: what happened to Our Latest Leaders post from Mark?  We did not have one for October.  Is not too late Mark.