Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hey, Yhency is Back

Welcome back Yhency.Above is a original painting for the 2005 Donruss Diamond King card.

Story Link: Inside the Dodgers:

Welcome to the Team Tony

Our future 2nd baseman is here to show us a little bit of our future.
Abreu brings momentum. He batted .347 at Las Vegas with a .397 on-base percentage and .503 slugging percentage. If he performs well, Abreu eventually could supplant Juan Pierre and his subpar on-base percentage at the top of the batting order.

"Reports from scouts within and outside our organization said he was one of the best players in the [Pacific Coast League], if not the best player," Little said.
Story Link: LA Times:

Auction Wins: Brooklyn Dodgers Youth Belt & Dodger Triple Play Photo

I just received some goodies in the mail. Below are pics of two items I recently won in the Hunt Auctions monthly Internet/Phone auction.
The belt above is something I've been searching for a long time. It is a circa 1950's children's Brooklyn Dodgers beaded belt. They rarely come up for sell and are usually in very poor condition. This belt is well worn with some rusting on the buckle and yellowing in the beaded area. Nevertheless, it's a great vintage item. Above is a press photograph featuring Brooklyn Dodgers Gene Hermanski, Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges. It was taken after they completed a triple play on 4/26/1949. Note that this was the last triple play the Brooklyn Dodgers would ever complete.

From SABR:

4/26/1949 NL Brooklyn Dodgers vs NL Boston Braves Ebbets Field

Top 3 INNING Score 1 - 1 PLAY SEQUENCE: 7*-4*-3* Source: From NYT & TSN

2 Men On: First Eddie Stanky Second Johnny Sain Third

Alvin Dark (BSN) is the batter with a ?-? count. He hits a twisting fly to short left center. The LF (Gene Hermanski) raced in and snared the ball with a last desperate reach (OUT 1)

LF remaining upright from his extraordinary catch makes a quick lobbing throw to the 2B (Jackie Robinson) to double up the runner caught off second, Johnny Sain (OUT 2)

2B fires the ball to the 1B (Gil Hodges) well ahead of the runner from first, Eddie Stanky's return to first (OUT 3)

SABR Link: Triple Play:

MIlton Bradley Tours the Negro League Museum

As soon as I find my self in Kansas City I plan on making this museum the first thing I do.

"It's about education and inspiration," said Bob Kendrick, the museum's director of marketing who gave Bradley his walk-through. "The story is what they did to overcome the adversity, not necessarily the game itself. It's America at its worst, but it's also America at its triumphant best."
Read the rest of story here. There are a handful of stories including a mention of a game in 1925 between a black Baseball team, the Monrovians, and a Klu Klux Klan Baseball team. Who would have thunk it.

Story Link: Sac Bee: (reg. required)
Hat Tip: Net54 VBCF: