Monday, July 23, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 7/23/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

In honor of Pee Wee Reese' 100th Birthday today I thought I'd put up this fantastic portrait of him as an aspiring 21-year old infielder. This photo recently sold at RMY Auctions at $59.35. Per the description on the reverse:
Harold (Pee Wee) Reese, infielder brought up from Louisville who is expected to fill the shortstop position should manager Le Durocher stay on the bench, pictured at the Brooklyn Dodgers' Spring Training camp.
Below are more links to check out:
“That’s when they had told me I had been traded,’’ Machado said. “They said they pretty much had a deal done. They just wanted to wait until after the break to get all of the medical stuff done.
“They kept me up to date as much as they could, but they wouldn’t tell me where I was going. Only that I was going somewhere.’’
  • Congrats! Via ABC7; "Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda, 90, receives lifetime achievement award."
The 90-year-old Hall of Famer received a lifetime achievement award at Dodger Stadium during the 37th annual "Dodger Salute" sponsored by the Hollenbeck Police Business Council and the Inner City Games.
"We going to come back this year and we're going to get in that Fall Classic and we're going to give a winning team to all our wonderful fans," Lasorda said.
  • This past Friday's FanGraphs Fringe Five by Carson Cistulli profiled Dodger pitcher Tony Gonsolin.
  • Famed Baseball artist Dick Perez, known for his drawings for Donruss, is selling various Indigo Art Posters featuring some of the greats of the game; including Jackie Robinson (as seen on the right). Go here to check them all out. They measure 20" x 26" and are $37.00 each. 
  • You learn something new everyday. Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times (subs. req.); "1968: Dodgers relent as players find power to precipitate change." I hadn't realized that there was a controversy surrounding Opening Day and the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. And I certainly didn't know about the East-West Major League Baseball Classic charity game in benefit of the King memorial center and for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held at Dodger Stadium the next year. Wow!
On the morning of April 9, O’Malley met with Bavasi, and shortly thereafter the team announced that the opener would be postponed. The Phillies would not show up, and they would not relent.
“There is no sense bumping our heads against a stone wall,” Bavasi told The Times. 
Times columnist John Hall wrote: “These are particularly difficult and sensitive days, and Bavasi, innocently enough, may have been mistaken.”
  • Per Stacie Wheeler at Dodgers Digest; "Gavin Lux considers the Dodgers’ reluctance to trade him a ‘confidence booster’"
  • This has nothing to do with Baseball or the Dodgers, but it is about an auction that I think is worth checking out -- even if you're not going to be a buyer. Heritage Auction will be auctioning Neil Armstrong's private collection -- the first man to walk the moon. Go here for more information. This auction goes live in early November.
  • Blowout Buzz shares a bunch of preview pics from the upcoming 2018 Topps Dynasty card set; including pics of the Koufax and Kershaw cards below. Go here to check out more. This brand hits stores in early November.
"I hate to say it, but I wasn't completely surprised," Astore says. "But I was disgusted by it. Patriotic displays, they mean a lot more to me when they're spontaneous. But to learn that these had been paid for — that corporate teams, teams owned by billionaires, basically, were collecting money from the military. Paid for, obviously, by you and me, by the American taxpayer. Well, it was sad."

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