Friday, December 09, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 12/9/2016 - Dodgers Links - Valentine, Urias, Turner and Sandy Koufax

Once upon a time, Sandy Koufax moonlighted as an actor.  He wasn't a particularly good one, mind you, but he did get quite a few Hollywood roles; especially after leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series Championship in 1959. Heck, he and many of his teammates suddenly became the toast of the town, and producers quickly came knocking on their doors.

(Koufax with Dorothy Provine)
Featured above is a vintage 1959 ABC promotional photograph that shows Sandy playing a cavalry officer named Johnny in the TV western Colt .45. (eBay Auction Link)  Koufax had a short scene in the episode, titled "Impasse", that resulted in his untimely death.  Jeff Katz, the Mayor of Cooperstown and lover of Baseball, writes on his blog:
Not a very lengthy role, Koufax dies in the opening scene, before the TV critics could get a handle on his acting chops. The quick-witted Koufax gave his own review, “I’ve gone out quicker in some games.” True before 1960, not so true after. The Brooklyn-born lefty was willing to give acting a go. Cognizant that it was his ball playing skills providing him with small screen opportunity, Sandy thought these small chances could lead to more. “I don’t know if I have any acting talent, but if anybody wants to take a chance it’s O.K. with me. If there’s a career for me in acting, fine. I want to go as far as my capabilities will carry me. At 23, I’ve got to think about what I’m going to do after leaving baseball.” He couldn’t imagine that day would come so quickly. For his role as Johnny, credited to “Sanford Koufax,” he was pleased that he didn’t “have to ride a horse, just die.”
On the right is another publicity photo that shows him with actress Dorothy Provine.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1981 the traded Jack Perconte and Rick Sutcliffe to the Indians for Jack Fimple, Jorge Orta and Larry White.  In 1992 the Dodgers signed free agent closer Todd Worrell.  In 2012 the Dodgers signed Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six-year, $36 million contract.
  • Happy Birthday, Joe Kelley, Enos Kirkpatrick, Juan Samuel, Mat Latos & Eric Stults!
  • Audio:  Listen to Tony Gwynn Jr. speak with Darren Smith of the Mighty 1090 about the the MLB winter meetings, the Dodgers challenges if they don’t re-sign Kenley Jansen and what kids can look forward to in his upcoming baseball camp. (Link Here)
  • Via Ken Gurnick at; "Plan in place as Urias strives for peak fitness."
"The player is taking the initiative to get in the best shape possible," said general manager Farhan Zaidi. "With his frame, there's always the potential to put on more pounds, and he's aware of it.

"He hasn't really had a season where he's pitched all the way through. Last year, there were periods of being shut down. The year before that, he had eye surgery. This is the first time the hope and expectation is six months-plus. He's only 20, and his body is evolving. He's going through physical maturity, and the body's filling out. We're aware of it and he's aware of it, and he wants to pitch a full season."
  • Panini America shares some preview images of their upcoming 2016 Elite Extra Edition Baseball set; including the Jordan Sheffield card on the right.  This set hits the market next week.  Go here to check out more pics.
  • I think I can get behind this.  Via Liz Roscher at Big League Stew; former Dodger "Bobby Valentine reportedly being considered for U.S. Ambassador to Japan."
  • I couldn't agree more with this assessment.  The Dodgers have the prospects, so let's start bringing them into the fold.  Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA; "Dodgers have two (very) inexpensive closer options." 
Tucked away in the Dodgers farm system are two very capable potential future major league closers – right-handers Joe Broussard and Josh Sborz – both of whom enjoyed tremendous success during the 2016 season.
  • Join Justin and friends for his 2nd annual Justin Turner Golf Classic on January 23, 2017 at the Sherwood Country Club.  It benefits the Justin Turner Foundation.  Go here for more information.

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