Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 12/5/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Even ballplayers love chasing after autographs.

Featured above is a vintage, dated October 13, 1965, UPI press photo of Dodger outfielder "Sweet" Lou Johnson flagging down soon-to-be Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew for his John Hancock prior to game 6 of the World Series. (eBay auction link) Per the descriptor at the top:
Metropolitan Stadium: Autograph hunter is Dodger outfielder Lou Johnson's pregame role as he seeks signature of Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew here. Johnson had just entered the park and was en route to dressing room when he met Killebrew.
As you may know, the Dodgers would win this World Series the following day -- a game 7 match-up that saw Sandy Koufax throw a three-pitch shutout. BTW, Lou Johnson also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of that game 7 to score the eventual winning run. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1973 the Dodgers traded outfielder Willie Davis to the Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall.  Dr. Marshall, as he is known, went on to win the NL Cy Young Award that next season.  He pitched in 106 games, finished 83 of them and recorded a league high 21 saves as a reliever. In 2011 the Dodgers signed free agent utilityman Jerry Hairston to a two-year $6 million contract. He would soon thereafter retire and join the Dodgers broadcast crew.
  • Happy Birthday, Jamie McCourtGus MancusoDon PadgettSteve Rachunok, Raleigh AitchisonBilly Shindle & Ray Moss! 
  • Audio: Ned Colletti joins Petros and Money to weigh in on the Dodgers' chances of signing Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton. (audio link)
  • Audio: Eric Karros joined David Vassegh on the first episode of Offseason Dodger Talk to discuss Giancarlo Stanton, the team's World Series run and more. (audio link)
  • This past Saturday was Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Day and the very active blogger "Cat Loves the Dodgers" was there to record her day. Go here to check it out.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers reportedly meet with Ohtani."
  • Via JP Hoornstra at the Daily News; "Giancarlo Stanton, once close to becoming a Dodger, has a chance to come home."
Giancarlo Stanton might never become a Dodger, the team he rooted for growing up. He almost did a decade ago and he seems to have a chance now. The Marlins are trying so aggressively to trade him, some teams received permission from Major League Baseball to meet Stanton personally to discuss a potential deal. The Dodgers were not among those teams.
Still, Stanton’s connection to his home town remains strong. He lives in Southern California in the offseason. His immediate family lives in the area too. When the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were recently granted an audience with the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, the meetings were reportedly held in Los Angeles.

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