Thursday, July 07, 2016
Take a brief step back with me to the Dodgers 1941 season. All year long they battled against St. Louis for National League supremacy. The Cardinals, having not played in a Fall Classic since they won the World Series in 1934, had quickly rebuilt their club into an resurgent second coming of the "Gashouse Gang."
The Dodgers, on the other hand, were not the picture of excellence. Being lead by the feisty Leo Durocher, who happened to be a member of the 1934 World Champion Cardinals, the franchise hadn't seen postseason play since 1920. BTW, Durocher had been named the manager of the club just a couple years back, and was aiming to prove that he can lead a moribund franchise like Brooklyn.
As featured in the "Dodger Doings" fan newsletter shown here, everyone realized early on that Brooklyn and St. Louis would lock heads all season long. Per the May 24th, Issue #2, newsletter:
Topps newest high-end Baseball card brand just hit the market. It is called Bowman Inception and every card available has been autographed. A box will give you five cards at a cost of $100. Go here for a complete checklist. Featured below are the Dodgers Prospect and Rookie autograph cards. I hope to have pics of all the other Dodgers cards soon. So stay tuned.
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Yesterdays game had it all. There was an opening inning homer by Justin Turner to give the Dodgers an early lead. The opposition mounted a vigorous comeback that included several big hits from former Angel Mark Trumbo. Although starting pitching was lackluster for both team, they ended up combining for a total of 36 strike outs on the day. BTW, nine innings was not enough to decide the game. They had to go to extras. All the while, Chase Utley, an aging 37-year old shortstop, thought to be already over the hill, hammered out six hits throughout the day. A feat last accomplished by Shawn Green in 2002. Per Jack Baer and Brittany Ghiroli at MLB.com:
"Just found some open ground out there," Utley said. "Overall it was a good game. Obviously, we're disappointed with the outcome, but we battled. Our relievers did a great job keeping us in the game. Had a lot of guys on base, a few big hits, could have used a couple more."Via Jack Baer at MLB.com:
"Chase has been great," manager Dave Roberts said. "He finds a way to compete, put the barrel on the ball, and he found some outfield grass today. He's just a pro. The way he conducts his at-bats, I think he got three two-strike hits. Just used the whole field today."Unfortunately, the exploits of Mr. Greybeard was not enough. In 14 innings the Orioles outlasted the Dodgers and won, 6-4. Go here to watch Dave Roberts talk about the game with Alanna Rizzo.
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1959 Don Drysdale pitches a perfect three innings during the All-Star game in Pittsburgh. In 2004 Kazuhisa Ishii tosses a one-hitter against the Diamondbacks to defeat Arizona 11-0.
- Happy Birthday, Jeff Shaw, Glenn Hoffmann and Brandon McCarthy!