Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vintage Dodger Videos from the AP - Watch '63 Dodgers Sing in the Clubhouse

This afternoon I ran into a story, via Daniel Cooper at engadget (link here), that announced the recent downloading of over 550,000 vintage film reels onto youtube by the Associated Press.  Along with partner British Movietone they hope to create a "view-on-demand visual encyclopedia" for everyone to enjoy.   So, I figured I should take a moment and check it out.  After all, they likely have well over 100 years of unseen archives hidden within their vault.  Check out some of the vintage Dodger videos that I've discovered so far below:

Here is some color footage of an empty Dodger Stadium in October 1966 and practicing on the field are the American League pennant winning Baltimore Orioles preparing for the upcoming World Series against the Dodgers. 

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This next video is undated, but likely comes from the 1960's.  Watch a spring training video highlighting a visit by the Tokyo Giants to Dodgertown at Vero Beach.  It starts at about the 1:36 mark.

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Here's a bunch of soundless clips from the 3rd game of the 1963 World Series at Dodger Stadium.  You see the growing crowd, the admission and concession lines, fans in the stands, players warming up (including Berra and Drysdale) and some game play.  BTW, the Dodgers won 1-0.

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And here's the best of the bunch.  below is some B&W video inside the Dodger clubhouse after Sandy Koufax pitched a complete game gem to win the 1963 World Series against the Yankees.  Watch some of the celebration, Vin Scully interviewing Sandy and Walter Alston, and the Dodger players singing a version of the Mickey Mouse Club song but with mouse replaced with "Moose" (wha!!!).  It must be in reference to Dodger infielder Moose Skowron.  As you may know, Moose played for the Yankees nine years prior to his joining the Dodgers.

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Molly Knight, Tim Leary and Nancy Bea Hefley

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


You've heard of the book.  Now, you can meet the author.  Tonight, Molly Knight will be at Vroman's Bookstore to sign her new Dodger book for fans.  Go here for information.
Event date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:00pm
Vroman's Bookstore
695 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

This is probably the best Dodger autograph event of the year.  Nancy Bea Hefley will be signing autographs and her new bobblehead at Ultimate Pastime in Ontario.  Go here or here for information.
We are proud to announce that we have the EXCLUSIVE rights to the FIRST EVER Nancy Bea bobblehead! Not only does her HEAD bobble, but her HAND does too!! The Meet & Greet with Nancy will take place in Ontario, Ca. on Saturday, July 25, 2015! This will be an event you won't want to miss & will be fun for the WHOLE FAMILY!! Nancy has agreed to inscribe, "Take me out to the Ballgame" on the first 200 of these!!!! ***ONLY 1,200 bobbles are available. GOLD PACKAGE (VIP) - $79 ONLY The first 200!!! (Includes a Limited Edition, signed "Take me out to the ballgame" Bobble (#'d), A Photo-Op with Nancy, An Autographed 8x10 photo of Nancy, VIP line access, Food & Drinks & Memories to Last a Lifetime.) SILVER PACKAGE - $49 (Includes an Autographed Bobble, A Photo-Op with Nancy, Food & Drinks & Memories to Last a Lifetime. *** Bring your own items to be signed!!! Additional autographs will be available for only $19 & inscriptions for $10 each. *** This will be the ONLY time Nancy will be signing these. She will not sign this bobble at ANY other event.
Ultimate Pastime
1614 S Carlos Ave Suite K
Ontario, California

BTW, former Dodger Al Ferrara will also be there to sign free autographs for fans; starting at 10:00 AM.

1988 World Series Champion Tim Leary will be at Iguana's Bar in Pico Rivera on Sunday, July 26 from 12:00 PM noon to 2:00 PM.  Go here for information.
Iguana's Bar
8528 Rosemead Blvd
Pico Rivera, California 90660

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Blog Kiosk: 7/22/2015 - Dodger Links - Kendrick's Epic Rant

Check out the above epic rant by Dodger second baseman Howie Kendrick that he posted on instagram yesterday.  (Hat Tip: r/sgtjoo on reddit)  I say epic because... Well, I kind of like it when players, who are often treated like they are mere things that exist to only entertain us, come out of the shadows to show us how human they are.

Like just about anyone under the constant glare of the public, Howie often gets degrading and demeaning comments from anonymous idiots with nothing better to do.  Sure, he should just ignore them, but sometimes you just get sick of it.  Sometimes, you need to lash out.

BTW, I don't think he's ranting at all fans - just the nobs who are not nice.  In fact, I would be willing to bet some of those idiots think they're funny.  For the record, most of them aren't... Not by a long-shot... Oftentimes, they are just mean... And I've had enough of the schadenfreude so persistent on social media.

So Howie, you keep being you... And as a Dodger fan I will always root for your success.  And yes, I agree with you, the Dodgers are fine.  I do think we'll need some tweaking here and there, but for the most part I'm not unhappy with where we are.  Oh... I happen to like guns too.  So, feel free to continue enjoying your hobby.

Below are some links to check out:
Then when it became clear that McCourt was going to be forced to sell the team, I basically moved in with my sister in West Hollywood and continued reporting. I got tired of paying New York rent when I wasn’t there—and I needed a change of scenery for a variety of personal reasons. So in March, 2011 I basically sent for my stuff and continued covering all the craziness around McCourt. Then when he sold the team for $2 billion to this really interesting guy from Chicago, I became even more intrigued. But it wasn’t until the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke, honestly, that I thought about writing a book. And it was because a few Dodger players who knew me texted and said “Shit. We were bankrupt and now we have Greinke and Kershaw and we’re going to win a title. You should write a book.” That’s what happened.
  • The Dodgers on twitter shared an early peek at the Fernando Valenzuela bobblehead that they will be giving away on 9/16.  Check it out on the right.
  • Via the MLPAA, Joc Pederson has been named the Dodgers representative for the 2015 Heart & Hustle Awards.
  • Via Hugh Bernreuter at, "Dodgers prospect Tommy Bergjans takes long path back home."
"I was probably throwing around 85 or so when I got to college, but then it started to bump up to 87-88 my freshman year, then 89-90 after my sophomore year and in the 90s after my junior year," Bergjans said. "All of a sudden, I'm starting to think that maybe baseball won't be done after four years."
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