Saturday, October 31, 2009
Duke Snider was inducted into he Hall of Fame in 1980. This "one of one" card is a pretty sweet reminder of that.
In 1956, he lead the league in slugging with a .598 percentage.
You can't go wrong with a Campanella.
So, what college did Andre go to? Oh yhea! ASU.
Here is a little known fact. Johnny Podres was the first ever World Series MVP. The award was first awarded during the 1955 World Series where the Dodgers beat the Yankees for the first time. Podres pitched two complete games and gave up only two earned runs.
Friday, October 30, 2009
“It was a playoff game, but not the World Series. There was a TV timeout, and they had the usher walking down, and they had the Oakland A’s banner on a stick, and they passed it out to all of us. Charlie Finley stood up and turned around to all of us, and he said, `So, you see that TV (camera) down there? When that light comes on, on that TV, I want everybody standing up and waving that Oakland A’s banner.’ So we did. Some didn’t. I was a kid, so I was the first one up, but a bunch of the veteran guys said, `Shove it.’ The funny part about it was, now play starts, the camera turns and the usher came back and made us pass them all back.”Baseball history is filled with characters like this. Where have they all gone?
From Rich Hammond LA King Insider Blog. BTW, if your a Kings fan and don't already know of this blog go and check it out right away. It's a daily must read.
Here are videos of all 4 of the bombs found on YouTube through DodgerFilms.
June 6, 2009
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June 29, 2009
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August 6, 2009.
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September 15, 2009
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
For instance, Walter Alston's first true card came out in 1952 in the Parkhurst set featuring primarily Canadian Minor Leaguers. Parkhurst is famous for making hockey card sets.
Don Drysdale's first true card/collectible was a team issued photo from 1956.
Tommy's first card is a minor league issue from World Wide Gum called 1950 Big League Stars. The set features only players from the International League. I find it funny how they spelled his name back then.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
He got into 2 games, pitching 1.1 innings, facing only 7 batters and recorded 2 strikeouts. Mallette did not give up a run. After his playing days he joined the press and spent 15 years as a reporter and editor, and worked for the American Press Institute for 21 years. Iin 2002, he was elected into the North Carolina Journalism of Fame.
He writes to young Harry the following:
My career spanned seven season after my return from WWII. I retired at age 29 because arm surgery had taken away most of my fastball. After two excellent AAA seasons at Montreal it seemed likely that I would be recalled by the Dodgers. Good Luck.In those two great season with Montreal he won 23 games and lost 2.
Monday, October 26, 2009
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
- Tommy does have a dirty mouth.
- Jeff Kent, along with Vince Coleman, Steve Finley, Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, among other former players, participated in a vintage charity Base Ball game this past weekend in San Jose. Read all about it here.
The last play of the game was actually pretty cool. Stogies were down 15-14 and had runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. Dude ripped a ground ball that Jeff Kent stabbed at 2nd - it was the only hard grounder fielded all day. He flipped to SS just in time to get the out and save the game. He jumped for joy and was in no way kidding. He was totally excited to win a fake game of fake baseball.
- Here is a great custom made card by GCRL of a Rick Monday card that should have been made, but never was.
- I bet the cops who pulled over this guy on a motorized couch for a DUI couldn't stop laughing. More at the Star Tribune.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Old Hoss was one of those players that played the game like it was the grind. He was tough, surly, arrogant and vain. Charley would drink anyone under the table then beat you to a bloody pulp for not being man enough to take him down. He was difficult to like, but must have been a joy to see on the field.
"Old Hoss" was one of the best of all time on the mound. In 1884 he started 73 games and completed all of them. Yes, ALL OF THEM. He also won 59 games that year and pitched a total 678 2/3 innings. It took him only 11 seasons to win 300 games. His radiant personality, though, came out during games. In fact, he was suspended once for throwing at his own catcher and knocking him down. The catcher had committed the offense of dropping a third strike.
An interesting rumor about him is that it is said that the term "Charley Horse" originates from him and that the earliest known photo of someone showing the finger is of him. Unfortunately, I have yet to ever see this historical photograph. (UPDATE: I take that back, here it is.)
Now check out some of his awesome twits below.
- In 1884 I occasionally took days off from hurling. How? By playing right field. Or short stop. Today's players are poncy, preening scum.
- I hear many good things about this P. Hughes fellow. I don't see it. I knew 16-year old grenadiers in Guam with more mettle than that lad.
- This Jepsen lad reminds me of my old 'mate Jerry "Twain" Denny. Both had faces that looked like a crotch.
- The Dodgers are leaving men on base like we left Reb corpses at Antietam.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
In fact, take a good look at the Blake DeWitt card featuring some cut jerseys fashioned with the words "5 NLCS RBI." In 2008 he started at 2nd base and hammered in 5 RBI's during the series. We could have used some of that this time around. In fact, I'm willing to make the early call that he should be the heir apparent to the 2nd base job in 2010.
I'm not surprised that card was made. Hollywood with Kemp, Manny and Russell Martin featured.
How cool is this- Matt Kemp the Bison!
This reminds us that Manny is a 12 time All Star. Some good that did for us this year. On the other hand, that is a really cool patch on the left side. What is that of?
Just Manny Being Manny.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
For the Dodgers I have nothing but thanks and gratitude for a phenomenal year. 2009 was filled with so much promise and, for the most part, this team met my expectations. We just ran into a team that refused to be beat.
All I can say is, "wait til next year!"
Both postcards feature Baseball as a central theme on the front, and have some very true statements written on the reverse.
The first card is a comic themed postcard, circa 1914, that perfectly encapsulates Baseball fandom.
"He wants his meals to be serv'd hot,The best part is written on the reverse by the sender.
If not he'll start to scold,
Yet he sits for fourteen innings
And lets his meals get cold"
"This is better than farming"So true, so true.
Here is another postcard I'm selling that expresses a similar sentiment. On the front is old Yankee Stadium, circa 1949, but on the reverse is a longing to stay in New York watching Baseball.
"Yup, we wuz here. Having a grand time, better than carrying the mail"This is only more proof that throughout American history, Baseball is better than most things- even warm food, producing food and work.
Now, it is obvious the umpire screwed up. The replay clearly shows that. I wonder, though, why Mike Scioscia did not play under protest. Isn't this a protestable play? Read Section 4.19 from MLB Rules:
"Each league shall adopt rules governing procedure for protesting a game when a manager claims that an umpire's decision is in violation of these rules. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment decisions by the umpire. In all protested games, the decision of the League President shall be final. Even if it is held that the protested decision violated the rules, no replay of the game will be ordered unless, in the opinion of the League President, the violation adversely affected the protesting team's chances of winning the game. Whenever a manager protests a game because of alleged misapplication of the rules, the protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch is made or a runner is retired. A protest arising on a game ending play may be filed until 12 noon the following day with the League Office."So as long as the umpires ruling does not adhere to league rules and was not a judgment call then it should be protestable. This game should have been played under protest.
Now, Tim McClelland, the umpire in questions, states that he thought Robinson Cano was on third base; therefore making him the safe player on the base paths. Is that considered a judgment call by the umpire, or non-adherence to the rules? Does anybody know the answer?
Monday, October 19, 2009
The above 1992 Leaf card of Rob Deer was one of my favorites from the set. It shows both his mighty swing and the disappointment of a splintered bat in his palms. In fact, you can say that it epitomized his career. He was a "feast or famine" hitter. His powerful swing was evident for all to see, but, ultimately, it was all for naught.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It may have something to do with this.
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UPDATE: This comes directly from Tommy's blog.
I called the front office of the Phillies and told them how I felt. They can play with kids in the stands, but running over the dummy was simply wrong, and that kids would get the wrong impression. Apparently, they didn’t care.
The next time we were in Philadelphia, I confronted the Phanatic. I told it not to use my jersey anymore, and so the next time he did, I was forced to act. I went right up to it and body slammed it to the turf.
I often wondered how it got my jersey, and then I found out how. Steve Sax would give it the jerseys because my players thought it was a funny thing to do.
That is so great. Steve Sax is my new hero.
Here is another edition of vintage correspondence with an old-time Dodger player. USC graduate and former Dodger pitcher Ralph Mauriello writes to Roy and shares his main career highlights.
My career highlights were two:Ralph only had a opportunity to pitch for the Blue Crew in three games in 1958, two of them starts. In 11.2 innings he struck out 11 (not too bad), but yielded 8 walks and 10 hits. Unfortunately, his lack of control with the big club meant a short Major League career. Nevertheless, he did find success on the diamond at one time. In 1955 with the AA Champion Mobile Bears, a Brooklyn farm club, he went 18-8 with a 2.76 ERA.
- My first (and only) major league win against Chicago, September 1958.
- Being a member of the Dixie Series Champions of 1955, the Mobile Bears. We were in last place on July4.
- Will Ohman has bee released. His option with the Dodgers for 2010 has been declined and his contract was bought out.
- Great pic of a Dodger fan from twitter: @DodgerLadies.
- I'm hoping for a quick recovery for rising soccer star Charlie Davies after a deadly car crash this past week.
- Zack Hample visited the MLB Network and has pictures to prove it.
- Here's a nice story about Josh Gibson in the NY Times. (Hat Tip: Vin Scully is My Homeboy) Below is his one and only known vintage Baseball card, a 1950-1951 Toleteros from Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, it came out several years after his death. There is no known card produced during his playing days. Vintage collectors still hope one will show up from his playing days in the Mexican Leagues, Puerto Rico, Cuba or the Dominican Leagues.
- The Topps Archives introduces us to the 1956 Topps Western Round-Up non-sport set.
- Giving credit when credit is due. T.S. O'Connell writes a great commentary about the disappointment of not getting the Olympics in Chicago.
- Check out these never before seen photos of the 1969 Miracle Mets.
- College phenom, Stephen Strasburg, pitches 3.1 innings in his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League.
- A Brazilian paint fight.
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Yhea, I'm a geek. Stormtroopers reminisce about the Death Star.
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Friday, October 16, 2009
It's only appropriate that both starters have true blue credentials. Pedro was born with a blue bonnet on and Vicente comes to town hoping to revive his career with the team known for cultivating great pitchers. It seemed that both were channeling the ghost of Dodger pitchers past in the home that Koufax and Drysdale built.
The only mistake was a curveball left high in the strike zone to Ryan Howard that he belted into the outfield stands. As is the case with these type of games it was decided by the bullpen and the late inning heroics that have been commonplace to us fans.
If you make a mistake the Dodgers will capitalize. They did it against the Cardinals when Holliday dropped that last out in game two of the NLDS, and they did it today when Utley couldn't complete a double play.
What a game!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Oh, by the way, the Rally Towels are back!
Although this is the first time I've heard of the Sandy Koufax Fan Club I'm not surprised by its existence. Here is a vintage patch that probably comes form the 1960's.
This is one of the more unusual Dodger schedules I've ever seen. It comes from a local dry cleaner and features the Dodger schedule from 1967. It is designed to go into the shirt pocket and stick up like a handkerchief.
Check out these great vintage beer coasters featuring the Brooklyn Dodger broadcaster Red Barber on WOR sports talk radio.
I get a great kick from this photo of Milton Berle and Leo Durocher.
Forget tickets, how about a season pass to the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1956 season.
"I guess my idol would have to be Lou Gehrig. What a small guy he was. When he passed away, I though I had lost a great friend, although he was in the American League.Babe Phelps was one of the more colorful Dodgers to ever play the game. Read all about him here in his SABR biography.
We use to have a lot of talks? together while we were in Spring Training and I sure did appreciate it."
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I remember him as a Hulk Hogan antagonist, and as a peddler of a 900 number. Watch the video below to see if it shakes out some old memories.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
One comment from a reader indicated that it is probably from the 1974 World Series, but if that is so, then why is a Cardinal player standing behind DiMaggio? Not only that, DiMaggio was only a part-time coach for the A's from 1968 to 1970. So, it can't be from 1974.
Can anyone figure out when this was taken, and for what event?
UPDATE: It has been solved. It is from March 28, 1970 at a Martin Luther King Charity All-Star Game. Thanks Bob!