Monday, November 30, 2009
I'm sure that if you've ever golfed then you have either done this or thought about doing it. Babe Ruth tries to hit the ball in the corner pocket.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
- It's a small world. I have season tickets to the Kings up in the rafters at Staples and found out on Saturday that my seat neighbor has his own blog dedicated to the Kings. Go and check it out at LAKingsNews.com.
- Jose Contreras in Blue?
- Dodgerfan.net is following Matt Kemps Thanksgiving on twitter. Below is Matt's Thanksgiving plate.
- True Blue LA Remembers Pedro Guerrero.
- Ken Levine shares a Levine Family Thanksgiving tradition. Check it out and watch the video.
- GCRL Maury Wills TTM autograph success. Check his post here for more autos.
- Night Owl cards recently received a bunch of great Dodger cards. Check them out here.
- Check out some of the entries in the 2009 National Geographic International Photography Contest. Below is my favorite one.
"Kids take advantage of a rare concrete canyon in the densely packed city of Hong Kong. Making paper airplanes out of an IKEA catalog, then watching them spiral down the deep void."
- Custom Card Blog makes a 1987 Bo Jackson fantasy card.
- Dude!!! The Muppets are on YouTube! Check out their Bohemian Rhapsody below.
- A big thanks to Diamond for finding this great Holliday video.
Happy Birthday Guys!
Below is a collection of videos featuring Vin Scully.
Vin gives a graduation speech.
Vin Scully, the game show host. See part 2 here.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Now, we are given the opportunity to add more trophies to the mantle. The 2009 "This Year In Baseball" Awards are up for voting by the fans and the Dodgers have 3 capable winners in their corner. Apparently, this is the 8th year of these awards. Frankly, I don't remember the past 7. Nevertheless, any time you can celebrate a great year with accolades and gifts during a cold winter the warmer we become.
So, here are your contestants.
- For Closer of the Year, vote for Jonathon Broxton. Go here to vote. We have some strong competition to deal with in this category. Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan and Jonathon Papelbon may block the big mans path.
- Executive of the Year, vote for Ned Colletti. Go here to vote. I don't really want to tell how to vote on this one. After all, everyone seems to have their own opinion on the work of our GM. Nevertheless, he's gotten us to the playoffs several times and has, seemingly, put together a good team of veterans while maintaining the youth parade. In other words, he has built a competitive team without mortgaging our future. For that, I give a big thumbs up. Of course, if Carlos Santana ends up being a superstar I may not be so kind.
- Manager of the Year, vote for Joe Torre. Go vote here.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Below are a couple of nice photos of Baseball and Dodger legend Branch Rickey during his playing days with the Cardinals.
Here is a original Paul Thompson photograph of Hall of Famer and former Dodger Zach Wheat- from the days when the "Boys in Blue" wore pinstripes.
Charles Conlon produced the Nap Rucker photo below. It has to be from 1916 since it was the only year Rucker was on the team when they wore checkered uniforms.
From either 1916 or 1917, below is a Charles Conlon photograph of Chief Meyers. (Most likely from 1916, because of the little "B" on the chest.)
Once again, I can never get enough of Babe Ruth in a Dodger uniform. I think I like this photo the best since it shows Ruth in the 1st base coaches box during a game. This is a UPI Press Photo.
Hometown Piece for Messrs. Alston and Reese
"Millennium," yes; "pandemonium"!
Roy Campanella leaps high. Dodgerdom
crowned, had Johnny Podres on the mound.
Buzzie Bavasi and the Press gave ground;
the team slapped, mauled, and asked the Yankees' match,
"How did you feel when Sandy Amoros made the catch?"
"I said to myself"—pitcher for all innings—
"as I walked back to the mound I said, 'Everything's
getting better and better.' " (Zest, they've zest.
" 'Hope springs eternal in the Brooklyn breast.' "
And would the Dodger Band in 8, row 1, relax
if they saw the collector of income tax?
Ready with a tune if that should occur:
"Why Not Take All of Me—All of Me, Sir?")
Another series. Round-tripper Duke at bat,
"Four hundred feet from home-plate"; more like that.
A neat bunt, please; a cloud-breaker, a drive
like Jim Gilliam's great big one. Hope's alive.
Homered, flied out, fouled? Our "stylish stout"
so nimble Campanella will have him out.
A-squat in double-headers four hundred times a day,
he says that in a measure the pleasure is the pay:
catcher to pitcher, a nice easy throw
almost as if he'd just told it to go.
Willy Mays should be a Dodger. He should—
a lad for Roger Craig and Clem Labine to elude;
but you have an omen, pennant-winning Peewee,
on which we are looking superstitiously.
Ralph Branca has Preacher Roe's number; recall?
and there's Don Bessent; he can really fire the ball.
as for Gil Hodges, in custody of first—
"He'll do it by himself." Now a specialist versed
in an extension reach far into the box seats—
he lengthens up, he leans, and gloving the ball defeats
expectation by a whisker. The modest star,
irked by one misplay, is no hero by a hair;
in a strikeout slaughter when what could matter more,
he lines a homer to the signboard and has changed the score.
Then for his nineteenth season, a home run—
with four of six runs batted in—Carl Furillo's the big gun;
almost dehorned the foe—has fans dancing in delight.
Jake Pitler and his Playground "get a Night"—
Jake, that hearty man, made heartier by a harrier
who can bat as well as field—Don Demeter.
Shutting them out for nine innings—a hitter too—
Carl Erskine leaves Cimoli nothing to do.
Take off the goat-horns, Dodgers, that egret
which two very fine base-stealers can offset.
You've got plenty: Jackie Robinson
and Campy and big Newk, and Dodgerdom again
watching everything you do. You won last year.
- © Marianne Moore, 1956
Sunday, November 22, 2009
- Chris at DodgerFan.net wonders if Ben Sheets is in our future.
- Here is another great vintage Baseball photo at Shorpy Blog. It features 3 Washington National players- Jacinto Calvo, Germany Schaefer and Merito Acosta.
- Sign the online petition started by the Slanch Report to get the MLB Network to show Doc Ellis's LSD induced no-hitter in 1970.
- Check out this great photographic video featuring the last game of the 2009 World Series. There are 12,000 photos in total; including a view of ice melting on dogs at Yankee Stadium. It's majestic. From the NY Times.
- This is probably the greatest autographed baseball I've ever seen. Check out Sports Lockers great post here about a 1980 World Series baseball signed by both Pete Rose and Bob Boone, and inscribed with notes about an important defensive play.
- Sports Collectors Daily does a nice writeup on the history of the vintage Sporting Life Baseball cards.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Legendary Auctions current offering includes various items bearing his name. Below is his 1948 Montreal Royals (the Dodger AAA Minor League club at the time) Governor's Cup Champions ring. It sold for $2,200.00.
This is the neatest item of all. Below is a George Sosnak painted ball featuring Chuck Connors. Now you should know why Sosnak artworks are highly prized within the collector community. This ball is stunning. It sold for $4,000.00.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In my opinion, the best vintage photos you can get come directly from the fans. Below is a fan created photo of Brooklyn Dodger first base coach Jake Pitler. With the palm trees in the background I would be willing to bet that this is a Spring Training photo. He was a coach for the Brooklyn team from 1947 to 1957 (their last year in the borough). Later on he continued his employment with the Dodgers as a scout.
I have never played or even heard of this vintage Baseball card game. It is called Big League Manager and below is the team set for the 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers. I love the cartoon drawing of the old Brooklyn "Bum."
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
- Lemke shows off his recent creation of a 1969 Steve Garvey rookie card.
- How did I miss this? Night Owl Cards made a great post back in August celebrating Hideo Nomo's birthday. He shows off a bunch of Nomo cards. It's awesome.
- Sully writes a great story featuring unlikely pitchers to finish a World Series.
- Follow GCRL as he tries to complete a signed 1978 Dodgers Topps team set. He just received a signed Elias Sosa card.
- Here is a video of the Twins new ball field, Target Field.
- An amazing turn of events. After a 53 year run, Topps will no longer be making football cards. They recently lost their license with the NFL Players Association.
- Check out some of these great photos on Boston.com from Veterans Day.
- In honor of Veterans Day, ESPN is running a series of articles featuring prominent athletes who also served in the Armed Forced. Ralph Kiner writes about his own experiences.
- Rinku and Dinesh, winners of the $1,000,000.00 Arm in India and subsequent professional contract with the Pirates, returns home for the Winter to rousing applause. Check it out here. (Hat Tip: Baseball Musings)
- Pigeon Impossible.
Hat Tip: The Big Picture:
- The video below is some funny and entertaining stuff.
Hat Tip: Big League Stew:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
In fact, I am going to start this post by featuring a one-of-a-kind drawing from Curt Flood of Tommy Lasorda. As some of you know, Flood is an accomplished artist. He initially started painting for other ballplayers, but soon became well known outside that community. A look through this catalog online or in book form will give you a nice peek at some of his work. Check out this incredible painting of Bob Gibson.
Another very popular Baseball artist is George Sosnak.
Self-taught as an artist, Sosnak (1924-1992) had devoted his life to the game as a fan, player and minor league umpire, even when that meant holding a day job as well. His best-known works are actual manufactured baseballs intricately decorated for a special occasion with India ink and then hand colored.He painted about 800 baseballs. Below is something a little different from him. It is a 5x8 envelope that has been converted into a canvas and then subsequently mailed in 1988 to a relative. It is a great painting featuring Kirk Gibson's game winning home run blast against Dennis Eckersley during the 1988 series.
The final two items are just incredible. Being made available for the first time are a pair of game-used vintage jerseys from the 1948 Brooklyn Dodger season that were worn by Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. They came directly from a former coach of one of the Dodger farm teams. Apparently, at the end of each season the big club would hand down old jerseys, pants and caps. Then, they would have the minor league coaches wear them when meeting new incoming players. Afterwards, everything was either sold or just given away.
Below is Pee Wee Reese's jersey. Click on the photo to see a larger view.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
For Matt this is his first Gold Glove award, and I suspect it won't be his last. From the press release:
"Kemp led all Shane Victorino and Nate McLouth. The Oklahoma native made just two errors on the season. " fielders and ranked third among all big league outfielders with 14 outfield assists. His .995 was third among NL center fielders, behind Gold Glove winnerWay to go Bison! Past Dodger winners of a Gold Glove in centerfield include Steve Finley in 2004 and Willie Davis (3 times) from 1971 to 1973.
For Orlando Hudson, who most likely will not be wearing Blue next year, he won his 4th Gold Glove award. From the press release:
"In 145 games at second base, Hudson made just eight errors and posted a .988 fielding percentage (T-4th, NL), which ranked fifth on the franchise’s single-season list by a Baseball America as the best defensive second baseman in the publication’s annual tools issue. ", behind Jody Reed (.993, in 1993), (.992 in 1951), (.989 in 1959), and (.989 in 2002). In September, the 2009 All-Star was named byHudson is the 3rd Dodger to win the award at 2nd base. The other two were Davey Lopes and Charlie Neal.
Also, please check GCRL great post where he shares a homemade card he made of former Dodger Roy Gleason. He fought in Vietnam and was the only Baseball soldier to have been wounded in action. He even sent a copy to Roy and received a nice note back. Go and check it out.
Monday, November 09, 2009
This afternoon Los Angeles Kings left winger Luc Robitaille was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Below is his induction speech.
Anyone got some incense and patchouli? How about some veggie egg rolls and grilled cheese sandwiches?
Gordon won the honors in the Single-A Mid-Season Minor League All-Star team for all levels of play and to the league’s mid-season and postseason All-Star teams. The 21-year-old ranked among the leaders for all full-season ’s minor league players in steals (second), in triples (tied for eighth), in hits (11th), and in runs (15th) in his second year in professional baseball after being selected in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft., batting .301 with a league-leading 73 steals and 12 triples for the . Gordon also earned the as the Dodgers’ Minor , Prospect of the Year, and league co-Most Valuable Player. He was also selected to
Cavazos-Galvez claimed the award for the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League, batting .322 with a league-leading 18 homers for the Ogden Raptors. Cavazos-Galvez, 22, won the league’s and was named to the league All-Star team after being selected in the 12th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of New Mexico . He also led the circuit with 97 hits, 50 extra base hits, 59 runs, and 29 doubles, and also ranked second in the league with 63 RBI. Brian’s father, Balvino Galvez, played eight seasons in the Dodger organization, pitching in 10 games for the Dodgers in 1986, his lone .
Sunday, November 08, 2009
"On the lighter side, the good thing about me is I never had a step (quick move up ice), so I never lost it," he said. "That's why, maybe, I was able to play 19 years."
- Here is a great photo of a very young Jerry Doggett and Vin Scully, via If Charlie Parker was a Gunslinger...
- The #5 Type Card Collector introduces us to the 1978 Post Cereal Steve Garvey Baseball Tips set.
- Here is a great read about Maury Wills in the Washington Post. (Hat Tip: Inside the Dodgers)
- Read a little bit about a recent find of some vintage soccer cards in Canada.
- The Olympic medals for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver are very cool looking. Not only that, each medal is unique from any other medal that will be given out. See the video here about how they were conceived and made. (Hat Tip: Bit Rebels)
- Sports Locker meets the men of Easy Company and gets their autos at a book signing.
- Wow. Check out these pics of the Martian landscape at Boston.com.
- Someone pulled the Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker autographed card! (Hat Tip: Wax Heaven)
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Not only is Dodger scout, Gary Nickels, being inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame in a couple of days, but he also has had an illustrious career as a print advertising pitchman for State Farm. Check it out above. Also, check out the press release below provided by the Dodgers this afternoon. One thing of special note is that he was the mentor to our guru of scouting, Logan White.
Dodger Midwest Scouting Supervisor Gary Nickels will be inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame on November 7 and the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame on November 14.
“ Gary is the most professional, punctual, organized and thorough baseball man I know,” said Dodger Assistant General Manager of Scouting Logan White. “I have had the good fortune to have been hired and mentored by this man when I was a young scout, and he is the epitome of a class act in all facets of life.”
The 2009 season is Nickels’ 38th as a scout, and seventh in his current position. Notable current Dodgers drafted under his supervision include , Clayton Kershaw, Scott Elbert, , Cory Wade, and A.J. Ellis. His scouting territory includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and .
The Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame induction will occur at the Midwest Scouts Association Banquet at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. He will be inducted along with Mike Radcliff of the Minnesota Twins and Bill Bryk of the during the event’s dinner at 7:00 p.m.
The Mid Atlantic Scouts Association (MASA) Hall of Fame induction will take place at its annual banquet at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen , Maryland . Nickels’ name will also be added to the Hall of Fame plaque which hangs permanently at in Baltimore, Maryland .
Nickels worked for four clubs prior to joining the Dodgers in 2003. From 1999-2002, he served as the San Diego Padres’ Pro Scouting Director following nine years in Baltimore as the Orioles’ Scouting Director (1991-98) and Midwest Supervisor/Crosschecker (1989-90). He also was the ’ Midwest Region Supervisor from 1982-88 and got his start in baseball as an Administrative Assistant, Scouting (1972-75) and Area Scout (1976-81) for the .
We get word today that the Dodgers have declined Jon Garland's 2010 mutual option. Read about it here.
That's too bad. Garland has always been a dependable innings eater. Since 2002, he has never pitched less than 191 innings. Hopefully, the Dodgers can find some way to ink him to a new deal.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
He wrote the following.
I spent 8 seasons in professional Baseball over a period of 10 years. I was a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. Pitched in 15 games (10 starts) before injury to my right knee ended my career there. It happened in the Red Cross Benefit game played in Wash. D.C. vs. the Senators. That year was the only year there had been no All-Star game scheduled since 1933. I was the starter and got hurt in the 2nd inning while fielding a swinging bunt on a wet field.His youngest Son, Randy Pfund, is currently the GM of the Miami Heat. Also, an important note is that when he played for the Dodgers he pitched with a "no Sunday" contract.
Since 1949 til 1975 I coached Baseball and basketball at Wheaton College in Illinois. I resigned from coaching that year to become the Executive Director of the schools Alumni Association. I have just retired as of December 31, 1987.
I have a keen interest in footbal, basketball, Baseball and golf. We have three sons. One with Bank of America in Calif., one in a men's clothing business in Wheaton and the youngest an assistant coach with the LA Lakers.
Keep well, enjoy the game and read the bible regularly.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
O'Malley and a whole cadre of Dodger fans from the old borough of Brooklyn cheer on the Dodgers before the 1963 World Series against the Yankees. The old Brooklyn cheer must have been magic since the Dodgers swept the Yankees that year.
Walter Alston goes through a range of emotions during the 1961 pennant race. Unfortunately, the Dodgers ended up 4 games back of the Reds.
Below is a Sport Magazine original photo of Duke Snider taking his whacks in the batting cage.
An argument and fight ensues after Don Drysdale throws a "duster" at Joe Cunningham. Dated September 4, 1959.
Nice wheels Sandy.
Out at home! June 1, 1955; Jackie Robinson is tagged out at by Del Crandall. This photo was featured in a September 1962 Sport Magazine issue.