Friday, November 03, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 11/3/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

"Baseball is something like a war."

No truer words have ever been said about the game, and few photos exist that best exemplifies it. So, it's with great delight that I share the above vintage 1948 Associated Press photo that does just that.  (RMY Auction link)

As you can see, both infielder Benny Zientara and Jackie Robinson are sprawled  along the first base line. Per the description attached to the reverse:
Benny Zientara  (left), Cincinnati Reds second baseman, and Jackie Robinson (right), Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman, are prone on the ground and out back of first base in Cincinnati, May 13, after collision. Robinson plowed head-on into Zientara at first while trying to beat out a bunt. Zientara was unconscious for about five minutes and had to leave the game. The Brooklyn player continued in the game. Dodgers won, 9-3.
Players gave life and limb to win the game. This photo recently sold for $484. Below are more links to check out:

  • In case you're interested, the Tulsa Drillers, the Dodgers Double-A club, just announced their schedule for the 2018 season. Check that out here.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at; "Honeycutt uncertain of future with Dodgers."
"I just want to take a couple days and get in touch and see what they're thinking and talk to my family and see what they're thinking," the 63-year-old Honeycutt said. "In a lot of ways, I never want to take off the uniform. I love what I do, love working with the guys. That part is always in you. I definitely enjoy all that. Parts of it you don't like, the travel and stuff. We'll talk. I'll consider it again. We'll see where everybody's at."
  • Via Mark Newman at; "Wyman reflects on bringing Dodgers to LA: City councilwoman convinced O'Malley to move club from Brooklyn in '57."
"Sixty years ago, I signed the legislation," Wyman, 87, said. "I was a young 27-year-old city councilwoman, got elected at 22, and I said, 'A city never grows if we don't have major league sports and major league arts. So therefore, I went out and never thought I'd end up with the Dodgers. That was the best sports team in America at that time, in any sport.
"[Brooklyn Dodgers owner] Walter O'Malley was a real New Yorker, and I knew that. Nobody believes this today, but he would have stayed in New York if he had done that deal with Robert Moses, who blocked the sale of the land for the Brooklyn Dodgers to build a new stadium. But in my first letter I sent O'Malley, he wouldn't even see me.
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue; "Kenley Jansen Calls For Dodgers To Remember Heartache From Game 7 Loss, Prepare For Bigger Target In 2018."
“We came up short. We didn’t get those big hits, but I’m proud of every single guy in this clubhouse,” Jansen said after the Dodgers’ Game 7 loss.
“We came a long way. It’s a great group of guys. I just told my guys, don’t take this for granted, because next year there’s going to be a bigger target on us. Everybody will probably want to get a piece of us. 
“We’ve just got to make sure we’re motivated by this pain. We let this pain last year against Chicago motivate us. We wanted to celebrate. We’ll be back here.”
  • As a hockey fan I enjoy booing at refs like anyone else. As a life-long fan I know that referee Kerry Fraser was one of the best. Sure, I hated some of his calls - actually, I hated a lot of them. But I never doubted his expertise and professionalism. Now we learn that Fraser is in a battle for his life. Check out his story at; "Kerry Fraser: My battle with cancer: Retired NHL referee shares story of diagnosis with rare blood disorder, desire to join League in fight for common cause."

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