Friday, September 02, 2011

Blog Kiosk: 9/2/2011

Check that out. It's just as empty in Pittsburgh as it is in Los Angeles. (Pic Link: TwitPic Seth_Percy)
  • I want to extend a big Blue Heaven Congratulations to David Bugliari and Alyssa Milano on the recent birth of their son, Milo.
  • Fangraphs takes a look at how awesome Clayton Kershaw has been.
  • LFP makes an incredible 1975 Topps card for Steve Garvey. Then check out his 1972 Topps creations for Davey Lopes and Ron Cey.
  • Zach Hample was at Dodger Stadium recently to snag some balls.
  • Oldtimer's Game might be coming back to Dodger Stadium? Via Vin Scully is My Homeboy. I say WooHoo!
  • Are the Los Angeles Dodgers Really Worth $1.2 Billion? Via Business Insider.
  • BTW, if you haven't seen it yet here is the design for the 2012 Topps set.
  • Ted Williams is getting a postage stamp, via ESPN. Tom Bartsch at SCD has a preview pic.
  • From Mayor's Manor, check out the Staples Center as they make the ice for the upcoming Kings season. BTW, they kings buried 3 pennies into the ice for good luck, via Helene Elliot of the LA Times.

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Daily Conlon: 235 through 243

Here are the Daily Conlon cards numbered 235 through 243, and not a Dodger in the bunch. Fortunately, this page makes that up by introducing us to a fellow with quite possibly the funniest nickname around.

On the top row, far right is Zeke "Banana Nose" Bonura. If you take a close look at the action photo (you can click the pic to embiggen) you can see quite clearly why he was called that. He was also apparantly quite colorful, as well. From the Baseball Library:
A fans' delight and manager's nightmare, Bonura led AL first basemen in fielding in 1936 by refusing to become involved. As easy grounders bounded by untouched, Zeke waved his "Mussolini salute" with his glove. Known affectionately as "Banana Nose," the colorful and outspoken Bonura was the White Sox' first bona fide home run hitter, with 27 in his rookie year. He continued slugging, but his nonchalant fielding, aggravating annual hold-outs, and rumored interest in owner J. Lou Comiskey's daughter got him traded to Washington in 1938 in exchange for Joe Kuhel, the AL's top fielding first baseman.

The Sounds of the Dodgers: What is a Dodger by Vin Scully

Following up on my post from yesterday morning, here is a second recording from the 1963 LP The Sounds of the Dodgers.

Quite possibly the best of the bunch, sit back and enjoy Vin Scully's spoken word (shall I dare say hipsterish) recording called What is a Dodger?

"A Dodger is way of life."

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