Tagged: Tommy Lasorda

Spring Training 2010: More Pictures

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.  

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 My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.  

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Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:

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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”!     

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I love my Shape-up shoes!    

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Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball

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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. 

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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.  

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Speaking of signs, here is the familiar sign Dodgers see at other ballparks
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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.   

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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. 

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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?

 

Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive

 

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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

Player name

Birthdate

Born in and other Notes

Tony Malinosky

10/5/1909

Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA. 

George Cisar **

8/25/1910

Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10

 

Mike Sandlock

10/17/1915

Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer. 

Ray Hathaway

10/13/1916

Grinville, OH.   Minor league manager

Bobby Bragan **

10/30/1917

***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010*** 

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

Puerto Rico.  Played for Mexico, Cuba.

Cliff Dapper

1/2/1920

Los Angeles, CA.  Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell

Boyd Bartley

2/11/1920

Chicago.  . Played in nine games in 1943. 

 Gene Hermanski

5/11/1920

Pittsville, MA.  Raised in New Jersey.

Jean-Pierre Roy

6/26/1920

Canada.  Commentor for the Expos.

Pat McGlothin

10/20/1920

Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher.

Johnny Schmitz

11/27/1920

Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there. 

Andy Pafko

2/25/1921

Boiceville, ILL.  lives in Mount Prospect, IL.

 

Johnny Van Cuyk

7/7/1921

Little Chute, WI.  Pitcher.  Passed away July 10,2010

Marv Rackley

7/25/1921

Seneca, SC.  Left fielder. 

Chuck Kress

12/9/1921

Philadelphia, PA.   Lefty First Baseman.   

**Morrie Martin

9/3/1922

Dixon, MO.  LP.   Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10

Eddie Basinski

11/4/1922

Buffalo, NY.   Nickname:  the Fiddler. Bazzoka.  

 Don Lund

5/18/1923

Detroit, MI.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.

Tim Thompson

3/1/1924

Coalport, PA.   Lives in Lewinston, PA.  

Clyde King **

5/23/1924

Goldboro, NC.  Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.  

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 @ 18.

Cal McLish

12/1/1925

Anadarco, OK.  Pitcher and pitching coach.  Died 8/26/10

Ralph Branca

1/6/1926

 Mount Vernon, NY.  Lives in Rye, NY.

 Bob Borkowski

1/27/1926

Dayton, OH.  Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black

Randy Jackson

2/10/1926

Little Rock, AR.  Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”  

Dick Teed

3/8/1926

Springfield, MA.   One at-bat in 1953.

Elmer Sexauer

5/21/1926

 St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher.  Lives in Florida.

Don Newcombe

6/14/1926

 Madison, NJ.  Currently works 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. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s

 Rocky Bridges

8/7/1927

 Refugio, TX.   Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.

Tommy Lasorda

9/22/1927

 Norristown, PA.  60 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. 

Ken Lehman

6/10/1928

 Seattle, WA.  Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.    

Joe Landrum

12/13/1928

Columbia, SC.  Pitcher

Joe Pignatano

8/4/1929

 Brooklyn, NY.   Catcher and coach.

Billy Loes ** 

12/13/1929

 Long Island, NY.  **passed away 7/15/2010

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 and L.A.

Chico Fernandez

3/2/1932

 Cuba. SS.  Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.

Danny McDevitt

11/18/1932

 NY, NY.  Pitched last game at Brooklyn.  

Jim Gentile

6/3/1934

 San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers.

Don Demeter

6/25/1935

 Oaklahoma City, OK. CF.  Now a Baptist minister.

Sandy Koufax

12/30/1935

 Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefthander 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. 

 

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

Happy Birthday Sandy Koufax! and Happy New Year!

Today December 30th, 2009, Sandy Koufax turns 74! Happy Birthday Sandy!

 

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!   

Here is Sandy with with Roseboro.  
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 This picture is from July 7, 1980… All-Star Game “Weekend”
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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

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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! 

How the West was Won or Lost: Dodgers vs Rockies Take two!

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. Nancy Bea and Husband.jpg\

 Here is a picture of the Tommy Lasorda plaque giveaway: 

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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  

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Lots of players that played for Tommy in attendance like Steve Sax, Leary, Karros, Monday, Landreaux, Charlie Hugh, etc.  All were wearing their jerseys. 

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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.    

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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!

Go Dodgers!!!

They may be bums, but they are my bums!!  Go Dodgers!!

 

I got a feeling, That tonight is gonna be a good  Night..

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! 


 

Dodgers Clinch Playoff Berth. Magic Number: 2

 

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 …..

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Here is Tommy now standing next to his portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington unveiled last week.     

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“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. 

 

Magic number: 8. Happy 82th Birthday Tommy Lasorda!

The magic number for the Dodgers is now 8!   When I think of #8, I think of John Roseboro

In 1958 Roseboro became the team’s regular catcher after Roy Campanella was paralyzed in an auto accident. He played on three Dodgers teams that won the World Series and was an All-Star three times with the Dodgers..

But he was known most of all for one of the most shocking incidents in baseball history.

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It came during a Dodgers-Giants game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on Sunday, Aug. 22, 1965.

It started in the top of the third inning. Juan Marichal, who’d surrendered runs in each of the first two innings, knocked down first Maury Wills and then clean-up hitter Ron Fairly with inside pitches. Marichal stepped up to the plate in the home third to pitch Dodgers’ pitcher Sandy Koufax,  who didn’t retaliate, so Roseboro took matters into his own hands. Two times on his return throws to Koufax, he deliberately threw the ball close to Marichal’s head.

Marichal turned on Roseboro the second time and struck him on the head with his bat. Marichal struck the catcher three times and opened a gash on his head that required 14 stitches to close. It also naturally ignited a brawl on the field.

Koufax, who otherwise was overwhelming during his eight innings of work in which he yielded only four hits and had eight strikeouts, momentarily lost his composure when play resumed, as he walked Jim Davenport and McCovey with two outs and then, uncharacteristically, hung a curveball to Willie Mays.

The great Giants center fielder would slam it over the left-field fence to give his team a 4-2 edge that would be enough, as the Giants emerged with a 4-3 victory.

But, oh, was it a bittersweet victory for the Giants.

Marichal would be suspended for eight days, meaning he missed two starts in an era when pitchers worked every fourth day.

His absence might have deprived San Francisco of the pennant.

The Dodgers (97-65) wound up winning it by two games over the Giants (95-67).

 

Today is Tommy’s 82nd Birthday!   

May you have many, many more healthy happy years!

CHAT LIVE WITH TOMMY LASORDA

Join Dodgers’ Special Advisor to the Chairman, former manager and all-around team legend Tommy Lasorda in a LIVE web chat today, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. PT on dodgers.com.

Be part of the conversation with Lasorda who celebrates his birthday today along with having his portrait unveiled at the National Gallery in the Smithsonian.

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