Friday, May 05, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 5/5/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Fans will do just about anything to get a glimpse of their favorite players, and if the events unfolding on the field reaches epic proportions then a lot of fans will risk life and limb to get a gander.

Featured above is an instance of some Brooklyn rooters doing just that. It is late in the 1924 season, and both the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) and New York Giants are battling for the pennant. Naturally, the stands were filled to the brim, so you had to be a bit creative and athletic if you wanted to witness history. As you can see, these fanatics decided that they must scale this wall to watch the game. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Over the top to see the greatest game of the season as the Robins and the Giants battled at Ebbets Field.

Fans scaling the bleachers wall in their last effort to see the greatest game played by the Brooklyns and the Giants.
The above United Newspicture press photo is stamp dated to September 23, 1924 on the reverse, but that doesn't make much sense. (RMY Auction link) The Dodgers and Giants had played their last game of the season in Brooklyn on September 7th. Likely, the date reflects some sort of internal recording keeping system - date received into their archives, maybe?

As for the game played on September 7th... Well, that was an exciting one. At the start of the day Brooklyn was only a half game behind New York, so the game was an important one. The Dodgers and Giants battled all afternoon and eventually found themselves locked in a three run tie going into the eighth inning. Then the Giants broke it open by scoring five runs to take a commanding lead. Brooklyn however, would not quit. They scored a run in their half of the eighth and put together a big rally the following inning to make it close. Unfortunately, they fell one run short and lost to the Giants, 8-7.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1976 the Dodgers hit seven home runs against the Cubs at Wrigley Field -- winning the match 14-12. Chicago hit two homers of their own. The Dodger home run hitters were Bill Russell, Ed Goodson, Ron Cey, Henry Cruz (2), Steve Yeager and Bill Buckner. The seven homers set a Dodgers team record for dingers in a game.
  • Happy Birthday, George Dockins, Johnny Rutherford & Reggie Williams!
  • Via Jaymes L at Brew Crew Ball; "Milwaukee Brewers trade former 1st-rounder Victor Roache to Dodgers." It was in exchange for either a player to be named later or cash.
His run with the Brewers organization eventually stalled out in Double-A, largely due to injury. He played in just 51 games last year, and was off to a terrible start this year (.176/.238/.230). Now in his age 25 season and behind a large logjam of outfield prospects, Roache just didn’t have an opportunity to advance any further in the Brewers’ minor league system.
“Shoulder feels great, finger held up well,” Hill told reporters after his abbreviated outing. “Obviously it is disappointing in the fact that it was only two-thirds of an inning, but getting the work in and everything like that was a success from a finger standpoint. We reached our pitch limit and then from there it was just the matter of finishing up in the bullpen and getting everything done out there.”
Few minor leaguers have been as hot of late as Rios. In the past 10 games, Rios is 16-for-35, and that includes two homers Thursday as Double-A Tulsa beat Arkansas (Mariners) 3-2. Rios drove in all three runs and now has six homers. The physical lefthanded hitter is now slashing .380/.414/.663 
The craziest part about it all? The game went on. And the fans didn’t even seem to care. Not even the 13-year-old boy who went to the game with the victim:

“Standees fought over Doyle’s empty seat as medics carried the dead man away,” reported the New York Daily News. Even Flaig, Doyle’s compatriot, seemed more upset that the incident caused him to miss the game than that his neighbor had been killed before his eyes.

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