Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Below is a full size replica 1988 World Series Trophy. This was produced by Balfour and are much rarer than the ones more commonly seen.
Here is a actual Brooklyn street sign of Flatbush Avenue. This is the street where Ebbets Field once stood.
Again, I can't help but post this uniform style. Below is a 1944 Brooklyn Dodger full satin uniform once worn by Ray Hayworth. The coolest thing about this uniform is that it features number 32. A little over a decade later this number would be worn by Sandy Koufax.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I suspect this post could easily have been written with Kemp's name replaced and Jonathon Broxton or Chad Billingsley's put in. After all, at numerous points over the past couple of years fans and sports journalist alike have screamed about those players supposed failings and how trading them now would be better than watching them waste away like a Darren Dreifort nightmare.
The potential that exist in both Billingsley and Broxton, as well as, Matt Kemp, is still there. We know it has yet to be fully realized. I know that we fans can sometimes be impatient- wanting to have it now like a quick search on Google or a cafe late at the corner coffee shop. The simple fact is that they are still young and far from reaching their peak years. I, for one, am more than willing to ride out these tough patches.
One of the things I wanted to find out was why he was given such a undesirable nickname. After all, most Americans, at the time, despised the the German warmonger, so it must not have been very flattering to Wilhelm. It can't be just as simple as sharing a similar last name, can it? In a newspaper obituary at Deadball Era it indicates that his nickname was "Kize." So, it appears he may have disavowed the name later in life. If you happen to know the true story please pass it along.
Kaiser Wilhelm was a right handed hurler who had a couple of years of pure brilliance. In 1907, while with the Birmingham Barons of the Minor League Southern Association, he established the professional consecutive scoreless innings pitched record at 56 innings. Then in 1908, during his first year in Brooklyn, he won 16 games and lost 22 for a terrible team. His ERA was a tiny 1.87 (good enough for the third best ERA in Brooklyn history) with 6 shutouts and 33 complete games. Unfortunately, the following two years for Brooklyn were not as good. He lost 20 while only winning 6 games from 1909 to 1910, and his ERA ballooned by almost 3 runs. Wilhelm was subsequently sent back down to the minors until 1914 when he jumped ship to join the Baltimore Terrapins of the competing Federal League. As you may know, the Federal League was a competitor to the American and National Leagues, but failed to gain a foothold as it only survived for two seasons.
In 1917 the United States entered WWI and Wilhelm joined the effort by becoming a government inspector. By the end of the war, he was back in Baseball as he assisted "Wild Bill" Donovan when he managed the Phillies. Then, he became the manager himself from 1921 to 1922.
Well, below are those two bats. They stayed in the personal collection of those kids and are offered for the first time at Hunt's 2010 All-Star Game FanFest Auction.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Casey did not strike out. Instead, he blasted a two run homer in the eigth inning to propel the Dodgers to a 4 to 2 win over the hated Giants. On top of that, Chad Billingsley had a solid effort on the mound after a couple week stint on the DL.
This win was a nice thing to see after a homestand that had everyone in DodgerNation shaking their head.
BTW, leave Broxton alone. There is no need to panic. Broxton has been great all year long and I see no reason to jump the gun. Besides, he's our best option out of the bullpen, and I think it's doubtful the team will find anyone who is better.
Legend has it that Honus Wagner still refused to allow his portrait on a card to be released in packages of cigarettes. He even offered to compensate his newspaper friend with the amount promised to him by the tobacco company. Wagner sent a check of $10.00 to his friend, but it was promptly returned out of respect to the ballplayer. From there a legend was born as the card was removed from the printing presses (although a few did go out) and would soon become the most valuable Baseball card in the hobby.
Below is proof strip card featuring the rare Honus Wagner T206 card (second on the left) that is currently at auction at Hunt's 2010 LiveAuction at the All-Star Game Fanfest in Anaheim. It resided for many years within the collection of fabled hobbyist Barry Halper and is said to have come directly from the estate of Honus Wagner. It is believed it was presented to Honus by American Tobacco to convince him to sign on with them. Considering its condition and giant crease across Wagner's face, I think it's safe to say that he didn't hold it in great regard. My recollection is that it was found folded and stuffed in one of Wagner's suit pockets. It is expected to sell for over 6 figures.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
- Bob Lemke makes his own fantasy 1955 Bowman Sandy Koufax card.
- The Duke signs in the mail and a commenter shares a great personal story about Snider at 30-yr Old Cardboard.
- The "Don't Stop Believing" guy gets the last laugh, It's Time for Dodger Baseblog.
- New Mexico fan shares some awesome Isotopes created large size cards. How can I get me some of these?
- I am continually amazed at not only the cards, but the biographies Gary Joseph Cieradkoski writes about each player. Check out his recent Victor Starffin creation- who I count as one of the more fascinating players from Japanese Baseball.
- Trader Crack's opens up a couple of packs of Toy Story 3 cards with his kids on Father's Day.
- Gellman at SCU has a run down on other high priced Strasburg cards.
- Cardboard Junkie shares some 2010 World Cup Panini Stickers.
- A left field pavilion usher does a dance.
Friday, June 25, 2010
In 1906 he was drafted by Brooklyn and would pitch his first game for the borough in 1907. He instantly becoming their best hurler. Over his career he won 134 games, 38 by shutout, while recording a 2.42 ERA. Rucker's best year was in 1911 when he won 22 games. On September 5, 1908 he threw a no-hitter against the Boston Doves during the second game of a doubleheader. Nap Rucker would go on to spend his entire 10 year career with the Brooklyn Superbas, from 1907 to 1916.
Unfortunately, he would lose his fastball by 1913 and would hurt his arm in 1914. Rucker would have to get by on off speed stuff and a new pitch called the knuckleball. It is thought that he learned the knuckle from Eddie Cicotte, a teammate in Augusta and considered by many to be the pitches inventor. He retired after the 1916 season and went on to scout for the dodgers for over 15 years. Afterwords, Rucker became mayor of his hometown of Roswell, Georgia in 1935.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The World Champion New York Yankees starting this Friday at 7:10 p.m. In order to alleviate traffic congestion, offer fans the opportunity to watch the Dodgers and Yankees take batting practice and meet Dodger legends in Autograph Alley ticketholders will be able to enter earlier this weekend. will play a much anticipated series against the defending
Friday, June 25
Game Time: 7:10 pm
Auto Gates: 4:40 pm
Early Batting Practice: 4:40 pm
Stadium Gates: 5:10 pm
Autograph Alley: Bill Russell
Saturday, June 26
Game Time: 4:10 pm
Auto Gates: 1:40 pm
Early Batting Practice: 1:40 pm
Stadium Gates: 2:10 pm
Autograph Alley: Matt Luke
Sunday, June 27
Game Time: 5:00 pm
Auto Gates: 2:40 pm
Early Batting Practice: 2:40 pm
Stadium Gates: 3:10 pm
Autograph Alley: Steve Yeager
Fans are encouraged to arrive early, carpool and take the Dodger Stadium Express shuttle from Union Station to help alleviate parking congestion. The Dodger Stadium Express picks up fans at the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent to the east portal of Union Station and drops them off in the parking lot behind left/center field.
Dodger tickets will be honored as fare. Service is provided starting 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the games and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game. The Dodger Stadium Express runs every 10 minutes prior to the start of the game and run approximately every 30 minutes throughout the game.
Here is the Phineas and Ferb singing the Dodger Stadium Code of Conduct.
Ozo!!! This band rocks. Ozomatli's live shows are incredible.
I love fireworks; especially from Dodger Stadium. I only wish the camera-person focused on the fireworks full time. What a great view from the right field reserve section with the trees in the parking lot illuminated.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
When things aren't going right nothing goes your way. Fortunately, we still have over half the season to go, so there is more than enough time to right the ship. On the other hand, with our luck so far this year I can't blame someone for overreacting.
Keep this in mind, though, we didn't lose because of this play. There were plenty of other mistakes throughout the game that set this all up, and I can't help but think that we were destined to lose this one.
Not only that, the chap who bought the 2010 Bowman Superfractor for $16,403.00 just a few weeks ago has listed the card back on eBay. With a little over 5 days remaining it is already at $18,600.00- potentially garnering him a nice little profit. On the other hand, since it has a reserve floor value that has not been met yet it may not sell at all.
As I slap my forehead in utter disgust I wonder aloud, "what the hell is going on here?"
Dave LaRoche threw a high and hard one that caused Lopes to hit the deck. He got up in a hurry while hurling some dirt in LaRoche's direction. Davey walked towards the hapless pitcher as the benches cleared. No fight ensued, but considering the drubbing the Cubs received, 18 to 8, I think the message was clear. Don't mess with these Dodgers- especially Davey Lopes. Below is a pic from eBay memorializing the moment.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"ranks with the best receivers in modern baseball. He is an intelligent student of the points of a batsman, a true and fast thrower and is without a peer in judging and capturing foul flies."Billy ranks 8th all-time in catching base-runners and 9th all-time is assist by a catcher. Bergen also was 1st in fielding percentage for a catcher in 1908 and 1911. Unfortunately, as a hitter he is arguably the worst batsman to ever play the game.
In a 11 year Major League career, including 8 years with Brooklyn, he batted a career .170 in 3228 at-bats. That is the lowest batting average for any player with over 2,500 chances at the plate. In fact, the next lowest batting average is .211- recorded by Davey Force who played in the 19th Century. His lifetime on-base percentage was an inept .194 and his slugging percentage was .201. In 1909 he set the longest hitless streak at 46 at-bats. (This record stands today if you don't include pitchers) No doubt, Bergen was the last person you wanted at the plate during a clutch situation.
Monday, June 21, 2010
First, here's a look at the crowd.
See Kobe. He's walking next to the Staples Center. I presume this is before the parade starts.
Pau Gasol lifts up the trophy.
Do I need to give an introduction.
Check out the auction right here. This is getting a little insane folks.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
- What a great story about former Dodger Jason Phillips. (Hat Tip: Baseball Think Factory)
- Goodness, is a Dodger dating this gal? Chad Moriyama guesses Reed Johnson, but I'll throw in John Ely. (Via Sports by Brooks, Hat Tip: MOKM) UPDATE: She now writes that she is not dating a Dodger. "Stop with the insanity."
- Smile or Die. Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking. (hat Tip: The Big Picture)
Here is another great video called.... I don't know what's it's called- it's in Russian. Maybe it is PacMan vs. Mario?
Friday, June 18, 2010
Last week, former Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords pitcher William "Willie" Pope passed away. He was a member of the 1948 Negro National League Champion Homestead Grays, the last team to win a championship in that storied league.
Here is an obituary online.
Hat Tip: Baseball Think Factory:
Dahlen was a phenomenal defensive infielder, playing both third base and short stop. But, he is more well known as one of the finest short stops to ever play the game. Currently, he is 4th all time with 8138 assist, ranks in the top 4 in both assist and putouts by a short stop all-time, and has the 6th best range factor at short stop. Ironically, he has the most errors of all-time at 975. Bad Bill could also swing the bat. In 1894 he hit safely in 42 consecutive games for the Chicago Cubs- a record that stood until broken by Wee Willie Keeler three years later. Currently, his 42 hits is 4th all-time. He finished with 2461 hits, 413 doubles, 163 triples, 1590 runs and 548 stolen bases.
Bill Dahlen finished off his Baseball career as manager of the Brooklyn Superbas from 1910 to 1913. He recorded a record of 241-355 for a .414 winning percentage.
Here is a silver plated presentation bowl from Roy Campanella Night at the Coliseum on May 7, 1959. It was given to only players and coaches at the game.
I wonder if anyone can use this? Below is Duke Snider's lifetime pass issued by Major League Baseball for any MLB event. A truly one of kind item of the "Duke."
Pedro Guerrero is apparently selling a good portion of his personal mementos. Here is his 1981 All-Star Game ring.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The topping on the cake, though, was his incredible month of June. Guerrero batted .344, drove in 26 runs and OPS'd an had incredible 1.297. He also slugged a LA Dodger record 15 home runs (also tying a franchise record with Duke Snider established in 1953). Below are three of those home run balls from June. They come directly from Pedro.
First is the homerun ball from 6/23/85-it was Pedro's 12th in the month of June and tied the Dodger's record set by Frank Howard in 1962. Second is from 6/24/85 and was his 13th homer of the month breaking the Dodger's record set by Frank Howard. Third is his 14th homerun ball of the month hit on 6/26/85.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Unfortunately, during the 1910 season, at the age of 31, he left the team due to some ailing knees. Then, controversy ensued. During the 1910 season, while dealing with the bad knees, he was released to the Toronto farm club in the Eastern League and on April 12, 1911 he sued Brooklyn for not making a satisfactory settlement with him. Jordan claimed that at the time of his release his knees where still in bad shape due to his play with the Superbas, and that he was due fair compensation as a result. He notified Toronto that he could not report in 1910 due to an upcoming surgery, but did play for them in 1911. A year later a court ruled that the Brooklyn Superbas were not responsible for the remainder of his salary in 1910, arguing that his incapacitation was not due to his play on the team that year. Brooklyn won and Tim Jordan lost.
Jordan would never again play in the Major Leagues even though he continued to hit home runs and bat well in the lower levels. In fact, you can argue that he was purposefully held back by Brooklyn. One news report indicated that he was highly sought after by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1912, but a deal could never be made. Tim Jordan finally retired from the game in 1920.