Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 7/18/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) of the 1943 Monterrey Industriales of the Mexican League featuring future Dodger backstop and Hall of Famer Roy Campanella (on the far left). To the right is a closer look at the 21-year old catcher. It is currently on auction at RMY Auctions, and I suspect it will sell for a bunch. The auction listing states that this is the earliest known Campanella cardboard collectible.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1939 the Dodgers receive shortstop Pee Wee Reese from the Red Sox in exchange for $35,000, three minor leaguers and a player to be named later. It is later discovered that a poor scouting report filled out by then current Boston shortstop Joe Cronin purposefully downplayed Reese's abilities for fear of losing his job. In 1949 Jackie Robinson testified in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities to express his disagreement with actor Paul Robeson's assertion that African-Americans would not fight a war against Russia due to America's history of racial animus. In 1957 Gil Hodges hit his 12th career grand slam to tie a National League record held by both Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.
  • Happy Birthday, Johnny Hopp!
  • This is just great. Janet Marie Smith, the Dodgers Senior Vice President of Planning & Development, spent some time at the recent SABR convention to discuss Dodger Stadium and the renovations oversaw by her. Check it out here. It is the first presentation listed under Thursday, June 29th. The discussion is called "Dodger Stadium Redux." BTW, there is also a panel discussion on old Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City -- host of 15 Brooklyn Dodger games in the mid-50's and the location of Jackie Robinson's first professional ballgame.
  • Per Mirin Fader at the OC Register; "Former coach: Dodgers’ Justin Turner showed motivation, leadership at Cal State Fullerton."
“Leadership,” (George) Horton said. “He’s a very, very knowledgeable baseball player. He drank the Titan Kool-Aid, so to speak. He was totally invested in our style of play and our culture and he grew up wanting to be a Titan. He was a Titan, and he just conveyed that to everyone around him.”
“Not only was he a good player but he made other players around him better,” Horton said. “He was a great leadership guy, a guy that was like having another coach on the field when he played for me at Cal State Fullerton.”
“I think the thing that really impresses [about Ruiz] is his poise,” Quakes manager Drew Saylor said, after his young backstop had been with the team all of three days. “Being 18 in the California League – I think the league average is almost 23 years old right now – to even just think about that, a high school senior going up against a possible gray-shirt senior in college, that’s a huge jump. Just the poise, just the feel that he has a calmness about him, there’s not a lot of moments that go by that have sped up [for him]. It’s only been a short couple of days but just the poise he has shown has been incredible for me.”
Now, America’s third-oldest MLB venue is looking to defy MLB’s legacy as the most traditional sport even more aggressively by selling naming rights to the field in Chavez Ravine, home to the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1962. Numerous industry sources tell us that Dodger Stadium’s field — thus, it would be X Corp. Field at Dodger Stadium — has been on the market since early spring with an asking price of $12 million per season.
  • These are awesome! Per Kelly McLaughlin at the Daily Mail; "Before the scandal hit: Colorized images show the 1917 Chicago White Sox World Series winning team two years prior to players being banned for LIFE for game-throwing disgrace."
  • Per an MiLB report; "MiLB hosts its first-ever diversity Think Tank: Four-day event brings outsider perspective to business of baseball" at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida last month.
The purpose of the event was to engage in dialogue geared toward advancing diversity and inclusion in the game of baseball. The attendees were placed into an environment where open discussion was encouraged in an effort to analyze the game and business of baseball.
The program included a tour of Historic Dodgertown, open discussion, and a variety of workshops. Topics included unconscious bias training, the unintended impact of advertising, the optimization of partnerships, and diversity and inclusion issues in both baseball and society. The representatives received hands-on unconscious bias training from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and an overview of the Minor League Baseball Diversity Initiative.

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