Spring training in New York.
During WWII it was thought unwise to hold spring camp anywhere near the eastern coast. After all, German U-boats where known to hug the American coastline in an attempt at disrupting supply lines to the European front. So, the Dodgers spent several March's in Bear Mountain, NY.
Featured above is an International News press photo, dated March 20, 1945, of seven members of the Brooklyn Dodger pitching staff showing off their follow-through at the preseason facility. (eBay Auction Link) Per the descriptor on the reverse:
DODGERS PITCHING STAFF. Bear Mountains, N.Y.....Photographed at the Dodgers spring training camp at Bear Mountains, is team's pitching staff. (l. to r.) Joe Belmaier, Vic Lombardi (only southpaw in the camp of pitchers), Hal Gregg, Curt Davis, Fred Wells, Otho Nitcholos, and Ben Chapman.Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1957 the Dodgers, Walter O'Malley, purchased a 44-passenger twin engine airplane for $775,000. They would be the first team to own their own plane. In 1977 the Dodgers received catcher Johnny Oats from the Phillies in exchange for infielder Ted Sizemore. In 2001 the Dodgers signed free agent reliever Giovanni Carrara. In 2006 the Dodgers received Tim Hamulack and Jae Weong Seo from the Mets in exchange for Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.
- Happy Birthday, Tommy Corcoran, Bart Shirley, Charlie Manuel & Ted Lilly!
- One of the Baseball card hobby's greatest researchers and advocates, Bob Lemke, passed away yesterday, via a Facebook post by SCD. He was a giant in the hobby. To this day I use a card catalog/book edited by him for many of my post.
- Filed under, "I'll believe it when it happens," apparently we will finally be getting a resolution to Brian Dozier trade rumors. Via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors; "Resolution On Dozier Trade Talks Expected Within Week."
- Via the Catalina Islander; "Loving ‘Dodger Blue:’ Yasiel Puig takes time to make a young Avalon boy happy."
- As I indicated yesterday former Dodger Daryl Spencer passed away on Monday. Bob Lutz at The Wichita Eagle passes along some great quotes about him:
“Dad was a Giant at heart,” Vosburgh said. “When he was traded to the Dodgers, he told us that he sat outside that locker room for 15 minutes before he could go inside. But then he met Sandy Koufax and the other players and it was fine.
“He did hate (Dodgers manager) Walter Alston, though. He thought he was an idiot.”
- Via Ruth Ruiz at TC Palm; "O'Malley keeps Historic Dodgertown moving forward."
"The Dodgers need a reconnection with the community, and I think I can re-establish that connection as well as anybody else," O'Malley said in January of 2012. "I want to help bring back the stature of the Dodgers to where it was when we were responsible for the team.
- Ryu is aiming to make an impact in 2017. Per Yoo Jee-ho at Yonhap News Agency; "Rehabbing Dodgers' pitcher to train in Japan."
Seoul-based A-Spec Corp. said Ryu will depart for Okinawa on Friday to set up camp with his former Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) teammate, Hanwha Eagles' right-hander Jang Min-jae.
"Ryu will be working out on his own for three weeks," the agency said. "He wants to get into better form before leaving for Arizona in late January."
- This is the first I've heard of this. Via Mark Armour at SABR Baseball Cards; "The 1967-68 Player Boycott of Topps."
In early 1967 Miller suggested to the players that they stop renewing their individual Topps contracts and boycott Topps photographers. This was the only way, Miller advised, that they could get Topps to deal with them. Although the action was voluntary, Topps was able to take no more than a handful of photos during the 1967 season, and, with the dispute unresolved, none at all in 1968.
- Adrian Gonzalez has reached the one million club, via his twitter:
Thanks for getting me to 1 Million followers, appreciate every single one of you! #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/JWCx70pWFQ— Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) January 3, 2017
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