- Chris Jaffe at Hardball Times lets us know about a Dodger Anniversary.
On July 24, 1947, they won a game, their fifth in a row, topping the Reds 6-1. The win increased their lead in the NL to 5.5 games with a record of 55-36.
That’s nice, but like I said nothing special. In fact, it’s likely the Dodgers didn’t realize the significance of the day’s victory. (And if they had realized, they might not have cared much, having more pressing concerns in the midst of the annual pennant race).
But the win did something special for the franchise. That win boosted their all-time franchise record to exactly .500: 4,650 wins versus 4,650 losses. It was their first time at sea level in 38 years. They’ve been over .500 as a franchise ever since.
- Duke Snider also hit his 100th career home run today in 1951, and Shawn Green hit the Dodgers franchise 10,000th home run today in 2001. Via Chris Jaffe at Hardball Times.
- GCRL post up some 1984 Topps Rubdown cards of a couple of Dodgers.
- Via David Pinto at Baseball Musings, the Ryan Dempster wants to play for the Dodgers. He points to a story in FoxSports that indicates that this is the reason the trade with the Braves has been held up. Fancy that, the Dodgers are a wanted team!
- Puck Daddy keeps us informed of the Stanley Cups whereabouts. It was recently at the farm of Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.
- This is the funniest read in a long time. Gaslamp Ball reports on the 2 foot "Giant Slugger" hot dog being eaten at PetCo Park.
A few bites into the second quarter he began to slow and became drunk and angry on carbohydrates. He demanded to hear updates from the game. Gaslamp Baller gdarklighter fed him information quickly as if it were a giant wiener, but it wasn't detailed enough. Matt lost his temper yelling "I need to hear baseball game updates to get my throat to relax!" I took a mental note as I bit my lip.