Thursday, October 13, 2016

Emmett Kelly as the Brooklyn Dodgers Bum at REA

Emmet Kelly and his depiction as the tragic clown "Weary Willie" is one of the more iconic figures in both the clown world and to Brooklyn Dodgers fans everywhere.  So, it is my pleasure to share with you a couple of vintage photographs of Emmett Kelly at Ebbets Field that are currently available on auction at REA.

Blog Kiosk: 10/13/2016 - Dodgers Links - Game 5 is Tonight!

I thought the above photo was worth noting.

The last time the Dodgers faced off against the Washington Nationals franchise in a Game 5 was 35 years ago.  It was 1981 and our opponent was known as the Montreal Expos.  Having never reached postseason play, the Expos leaned on two future Hall of Famers (potentially three if you consider Tim Raines) to take them to the promised land.  Unfortunately, they had the Dodgers to deal with... And Fernando Valenzuela... And Rick Monday.

As you surely know, Fernando pitched a gem.  He went 8 2/3 innings, recording six strike outs, three walks and allowed just one run.  Bob Welch came in to pitch a one out save.  The Dodgers offense was highlighted by a dramatic ninth inning home run off the bat of outfielder Rick Monday, as seen in the photo above.  Go here to watch Monday's home run.

So if history does repeat itself we just might see a young Mexican pitcher named Julio Urias, who's expected to pitch tonight, and an outfielder named Andre Ethier, who happens to wear Monday's number #16, do something incredible. 

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1938 Leo "The Lip" Durocher is named the new manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  In 1974 Dodgers closer Mike Marshall picked off A's designated runner Herb Washington to get the second out in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series.  He would eventually record a save to preserve the Dodgers only win in the series.  Oakland would win the title in Game 5.  You can watch the pick-off here.