What a great idea this year for the Dodger Caravan to make it a community event where the fans get to contribute along the Dodger current and past players! Today on Valentines Day, the first stop was the LA River cleanup.
Here are some of the current and past Dodger players waiting to get dirty. Rudy Law, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Tommy Davis, James Loney and Don Mattingly. In the background you can see the train tracks, where my commuter train goes by.
Andre Ethier was not there yet but he arrived a little later. He was coming straight from the airport.
Andre getting dirty
I am ready to work.
I had a pink wristband so I belonged to Don Mattingly’s group
Lorena & Erik. Erik gave us beautiful handmade Dodgers pins. Thanks Erik!
The trash bags collected
Afterwards, Tommy Lasorda giving some advice to Don Mattingly and James Loney.
My Loney has a first name, is J A M E S. My Loney has a second name is L O N E Y. Oh I love to see him everyday and if you ask me why I’ll say… ’cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G. That is what is in the back of Erik and my shirt. Loney was pointing it out to a sportscaster from Fox Sports so the guy was singing it as he read it.
I scraped my leg trying to pull a shopping cart that had some sharp wires, Christmas lights and whole bunch of stuff. I had rain boots but it happened above the rain boot.
When we left, we heard a “clump clump”. Erik asked me if I had someone in my trunk. It ended up that was my cellphone I had left on top of my trunk.
Even with scraping myself, alergies acting up and losing my cellphone, I enjoyed my day helping cleanup the LA river with Dodger players and Dodger fans.
It was great sharing this day with friends on Valentines Day! Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. I can’t wait to go to Santa Monica tomorrow to continue cleaning up with our Dodgers!
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.
Today January 6th, is the day of the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men.
The three kings were late to bring presents to baby Jesus. They finally arrived on January 6th. It is a day well celebrated in Latin America. Instead of believing that Santa Claus brings you presents, kids believe the three Kings bring them.
I got a present in the mail today from the three Kings!
Ok, so it was not the Three Kings that brought me a bottle of Tommy Lasorda wine. It was my friend Sandi who was here in the LA area visiting last week! Thank you Sandi! You shouldn’t have but I love it!!
After I picked up Sandi last week and we had lunch at Portos Bakery, guess where we went?
Here we are at Santa Barbara with Julie who is another Cardinal fan.
Coming back from Santa Barbara, we stopped at Jeff Suppan’s restaurant “Soup’s Grill”. jeff was the nicest person. He even gave us one of his baseball cards that he made specifically for the Grand Opening of his restaurant. Thanks Jeff! You rock! I hope you do sign with a team soon!
Sandi took a ton of pictures from the Rose Parade, the two wine tasting places, Soup’s Grill, the Equestrian Festival, the Griffith Observatory.
Thank you Julie for driving us to Santa Barbara. It was fun hanging with you two in Santa Barbara and Woodland Hills (Jeff’s restaurant & Trader’s Joes (Sandi had never been) Wine was good, company great and I loved Polo’s suggestion of going to the Santa Barbara Shell Fish Co. Is a small world that Polo suggested also to go to Surf Dog for a Dodger Dog. I know about Surf Dog because of Jane Heller.
Thank you Sandi! I loved having you here in LA and I got to go to places that I had not been to even if I am a local here.
Is great to hang with Baseball friends! The Rose Parade theme was just perfect: “Building values, friendships and memories.
visit Jeff’s Suppan restaurant at http://www.soupsgrill.com/ He has a ton of baseball memorabillia.
Today Tommy Lasorda turns 83!
And Sweet Lou turns 76!
When I was at the All-Star Fan-Fest in Anaheim, I went thru two boxes of baseball cards and found these baseball cards from Sweet Lou!
Here is the back of the cards
The second that has a pic of a farmer reads “I wus a Yanky farmer” Lou was in the Yank’s farm system in 1953.
from the back of th cards: Lou was a Kansas City Monarchs before the Cubs bough him in 1955…The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the hustling outfielder from the Detroit Tigers on April 9, 1964.. Lou led the Midwest Leauge with a lofty .365 batting average. He continued his fine hitting with LA and contributed to their great success in 1965.
Happy birthday Tommy and Sweet Lou!
come to Dodger Stadium to join in the birthday celebration and wish both gentlemen a happy birthday. Sweet Lou will do the honor of saying “IS TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!”
Talking about birthdays, I sent Emilio Navarro a happy birthday card. As I mentioned on a prior post, he turns 105 on Septermber 26th. I bought a 5 year-old card and squeesed the “10” infront. I also mailed with a Negro League baseball stamp .
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who had his number (#14) retired by his alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School, Wednesday at Phoenix. Tommy Lasorda was there in addition to Rick Monday who emceed the event.
My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.
Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:
Here is Elisa and I walking where the minor leaguers practice.
And no Bailey! I am not willing to trade Ethier from my baseball fantasy team “Locos Azules”!
I love my Shape-up shoes!
Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball
Maybe this guy drove all night to get to Camelback Ranch. We nicknamed him Sleeping Beauty. People kept coming by taking pictures with him or thowing peanuts aming for his mouth.
But Sleeping Beauty was wide awake the following day with this sign, except he was blocking our view. I yelled “Hey! you are blocking home plate” “Go back to sleep instead” to which the fans around laughed and applauded. Everyone remember the guy from the day before.
I like this sign better and I love the rainbow! Sign reads “is not about how you start. It is about how you finish.” picture taken while we were driving.
Here is another picture of the rainbow taken over the window of the car. There was a double rainbow but is hard to see here.
Padilla has been named the starter for the Opener at Pittsburgh and Kershaw the Opener at Dodger Stadium! Congratulations guys! I can’t wait to watch you pitch!
I laughed when I saw a poster posted this comment in mikesciosciatragicillness blog when Padilla was announced as the Opening Day starter.
jay_jaffe Why, did he shoot Kershaw and Billingsley?
I’ve been working on a list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive. When I started the list, there were 63, but Thursday 1/21/10, Bobby Bragan passed away at the age of 92.
Below is the updated list.
It starts with Tony Malinosky, the oldest at 100 years old and Rod Miller who had a birthday on 1/16, the youngest at 70 years old. Sandy Koufax is the third youngest one.
Here is Duke Snider working with the young players at the Winter Workouts iat Dodger Stadium in 2009.
July 28, 2010: Sadly, the list is now down to 59 Brooklyn Dodger players.
November 7, 2010: Rest in peace Clyde King. He passed away November 2, 2010
Born in and other Notes
Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA.
George Cisar **
Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10
Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer.
Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
Bobby Bragan **
***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010***
Greenwood, WI. Cyril was a pitcher.
ILL. His son was MGR of Miami Heats.
Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico, Cuba.
Los Angeles, CA. Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell
Chicago. . Played in nine games in 1943.
Pittsville, MA. Raised in New Jersey.
Canada. Commentor for the Expos.
Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher.
Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there.
Boiceville, ILL. lives in Mount Prospect, IL.
Johnny Van Cuyk
Little Chute, WI. Pitcher. Passed away July 10,2010
Seneca, SC. Left fielder.
Philadelphia, PA. Lefty First Baseman.
Dixon, MO. LP. Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10
Buffalo, NY. Nickname: the Fiddler. Bazzoka.
Detroit, MI. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.
Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA.
Clyde King **
Goldboro, NC. Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.
Youngston, OH. http://www.georgeshuba.com/
Gavelston, TX Coach for the Padres in 1981.
Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc.
Clare, MI. Coach under Ted Williams.
Astoria, NY. Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.
Anadarco, OK. Pitcher and pitching coach. Died 8/26/10
Mount Vernon, NY. Lives in Rye, NY.
Dayton, OH. Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black
Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”
Springfield, MA. One at-bat in 1953.
St Louis County, MO. Pitcher. Lives in Florida.
Madison, NJ. Currently works for the Dodgers!
Oaklahoma City, OK. Infielder.
Los Angeles, CA. HOF. The Duke of Flatbush!
Sommerville, MA. Appeared in one game at 17.
Anderson, IN. http://www.carlerskine.com/
Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s
Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.
Norristown, PA. 60 years working for the Dodgers!
Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs.
St Louis, MO. LF, 3B, coach, Manager.
Seattle, WA. Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.
Columbia, SC. Pitcher
Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach.
Billy Loes **
Long Island, NY. **passed away 7/15/2010
San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.
Durham, NC Pitcher, coach and manager.
Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies.
Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA
Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays.
East Millboro, PA. Relief Pitcher and scout.
Piqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees.
Canada. Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.
Cuba. SS. Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.
NY, NY. Pitched last game at Brooklyn.
San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers.
Oaklahoma City, OK. CF. Now a Baptist minister.
Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefthander pitcher!
Brooklyn, NY Resides in Houston, Tx.
Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957.
I love you Boys of Summer!
What I have done after my baseball career and being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track and they become human beings again — means more to me than all the things I did in baseball. — Don Newcombe
Back in 1955, Koufax was competing to make the Dodgers roster along with another left-handed pitcher, Tommy Lasorda. That is why Tommy always tells the story that it took the greatest lefthander to knock him off the roster!
From left to right: Frank Sinatra, Sandy Koufax, Buzzie Bavasi and Dean Martin stand at the head table for a C.C. Banquet. December 4, 1963
I have some other pictures of Sandy from the last time the Dodgers went to Fenway Park but they are at work and I don’t go back to work until January 4th, 2010!!
Happy Birthday Sandy!
Everyone here at the MLBlogsphere, have a wonderful new year!
My Friday evening started very nice with Tommy Lasorda being honored. Before I went to the field level I ran into Nancy Bea (Dodger organist) and her husband. They are so sweet. I run into them every once in a while in the club level. I have a picture with her from a while back this time I wanted a picture with both of them. \
Here is a picture of the Tommy Lasorda plaque giveaway:
Isn’t this a nice plaque? this one is #5271 of 60K.
The Tommy celebration was wonderful. Lots of filmage of his manager years. There was this film of the Phillie Phanatic making fun of Tommy with a look-like Tommy inflatable doll where the Phllie Phanatic starts beating it up
Lots of players that played for Tommy in attendance like Steve Sax, Leary, Karros, Monday, Landreaux, Charlie Hugh, etc. All were wearing their jerseys.
As everyone knows, Dodgers are still looking for that illusive win. They have lost five in a row for the first time. Manny struck out FOUR TIMES, all with runners in scoring position. Casey Blake, who returned to the lineup also struck out FOUR TIMES.
The Dodgers 3-6 hitters were 0-14 with 9 strickouts. Ouch!
Here is hoping and praying that the Dodger bats wake up from their long long slumber zzz.
Can they do it? Tomorrow will be the best chance with Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers. Can Manny bounce back after a miserable week which has seen him go 0/10 with 8 strikeouts including his last six time at bat.
C’mon Keshaw! I want to see that public enemy number pitch working!
They may be bums, but they are my bums!! Go Dodgers!!
I got up this morning super excited about tonight! I started singing Black Eye Peas song “I got the feeling, that tonight is gonna be a good night” I was singing it in the car and was still singing it when I got to work One of my co-workers said “Slow down girl.” I can’t slow down. I am
Dodgers gonna get it done tonight! I can feel it! Randy Wolf is gonna get it done! We’re ready to party at our Magic Castle that is Dodger Stadium.
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
that tonight’s gonna be a good night
that tonight’s gonna be a good good night ooh hoo (x4)
Tonight’s the night night
Let’s live it up
I got my money
Let’s spend it up
go out and smash it
like oh my god
Jump off that sofa
Let’s get get crunk
I know that we’ll have a ball
if we get down
and go out
and just loose it all…..
Tonight is also Tommy Lasorda 60th Season day!
Congratulations Tommy on your 60th anniversary wtih the Dodgers!
The first 50K fans will get a Tommy Lasorda replica Hall of Fame plaque
Also Lasorda’s official Hall of Fame plaque from Cooperstown will be on display in Autograph Alley!
Also the Dodgertown sections will become Tommytown. Fans in Dodgertown, Italia, will receive Dodgertown, Italia, T-shirts that read “This Is My Town” in Italian, as well as an all-inclusive menu featuring marinated artichokes, Tuscan-style barbecued chicken and grilled Italian sausage, as well as Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks.
Wait..there is more…A Lasorda wine tasting will be held in the My Town, Italia, section, as all Lasorda Wine comes from Italy
Matchup for tonight: Jimenez for the Rockies versus Randy Wolf!
Let’s go Dodgers!
The Dodgers clinched a postseason berth for the third time in four years with an 8-4 comeback win over the Pirates!
Randy Wolf was on the mound but he did not get the win. He was winning when he left the game so yet another no-decision by Randy. That was no-decision #16 for Randy but you know what? That is OK, the team won!
Did you all know that Randy Wolf has never been to the playoffs?? He was interviewed and he said he is happy that this time he will not be at home watching it. Ahhhh..
Randy left the following teams after they made the playoffs: Padres, Astros, Dodgers, Phillies.
Randy is hungry like a wolf! haha, now I want to sing that song.
Congratulations to Randy and the Dodgers!
Magic Number is …..
Here is Tommy now standing next to his portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington unveiled last week.
“Somebody out there asked me what’s next for you?” Lasorda said. “I said, ‘heaven.’ “
This morning I got an email that my playoff tickets have been shipped with a two day delivery! Woohoo! I put my aunt on alert to receive the package.
My friend LTD23 and I will be in San Diego for the final two road game! It is fitting that we close the series there since we went to the Opening series, the setup series and now the closer series in San Diego! I made the hotel reservation for one night, LTD23 got tickets for Wednesday but we still need tickets for Tuesday. Are you reading this LTD23? haha.