Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 1/17/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

You do not often see a vintage action photo featured Tommy Lasorda as a player, so when you do it's worthy of sharing. Featured above is a June 1955 press photo that was formerly a part of "The George Michael Collection". Per the descriptor on the reverse (eBay auction link):
Cards Wally Moon safe at home on passed ball. Dodgers Pitcher Tommy Lasorda spoke on the play left the game. Umpire Augie Donatelli. Cards won 1st game 9-4, Dodgers 2nd 10-6.
Below are more links to check out:
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) today announced 2017 cumulative grant donations of over $1.5 million to 66 local nonprofit organizations, which impacted one million underserved youth in some of the most challenged neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
  • Per Blowout Buzz, "Topps reveals who gets Rookie Card nods in 2018 Topps Series 1 packs." Two Dodgers are included on the list -- Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo.
  • Via Amalie Benjamin at; "O'Ree making impact 60 years after breaking NHL color barrier: First black player in League living example of how game is open to everyone."
"I took the train up to Montreal, met the team, met Milt Schmidt the coach, and we sat down," said O'Ree, now 82 years old. "He said, 'Willie, we brought you up because you could add a little something to the team.' He said, 'Don't worry about anything else. The Bruins organization is behind you 100 percent. Just go out and play your game.'"
O'Ree did. He played the game he grew up playing and loving, obsessing over it as the youngest of 13 children growing up in Fredricton, New Brunswick. He started dreaming of playing hockey professionally at 14, but it wasn't until later that the NHL had entered his mind, not until after multiple coaches told him he had the skill and talent to move up to the highest ranks, though, they warned, there had never been a black player. Not yet.
"I was thrilled," said O'Ree, who added that he didn't think about breaking the color barrier until he read about it in the newspaper the next day. "I had played against the Montreal Canadiens in exhibition games. They played in the Forum. I had played against the Montreal Junior Canadiens in the Forum. I played against the pro team in Montreal, the Montreal Royals, in the Forum. 

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