Friday, September 21, 2018

Legends of Dodger Baseball to be Unveiled Next Season


This is really exciting.

For years folks have clamored for the Dodgers to expand their "Ring of Honor" by adding more retired player numbers. Frequently, fans mention names like Fernando Valenzuela, Don Newcombe and Steve Garvey as those that should be there, but tradition set many moons ago would not allow it. As you know, only Hall of Famers get their number retired by the Dodgers, with one lone exception being beloved longtime player and coach Jim Gilliam (#19) -- who died of a brain hemorrhage just days before the start of the 1978 playoffs.

So, what's a club to do when they have so many heroes under its wings?

Create something new, of course.

Blog Kiosk: 9/21/2018 - Dodgers Links - Welcome to the Blue, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss!


This bit of news just came out of left field yesterday. It was announced that a brand new addition has been made to the Dodgers ownership group. Tennis champions and longtime partners Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss are joining the franchise. Per a Dodger press release:
“As someone born, raised and educated in Southern California, it is an honor to be part of the Dodger ownership group,” King said. “Mark Walter and the entire Dodger organization are a first-class operation that have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field of play. We share a commitment to equality and inclusion, including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team’s efforts in those areas as we move forward together.” 
“I have been fortunate to work closely with Mark and Kimbra Walter on some projects, and I’m looking forward to being part of the Dodgers’ ownership group and helping the team expand its reach with new audiences,” Kloss added. “I hope to work with the team at a variety of levels and I share the organization’s proven commitment to excellence on the field and in the community.”
This just seems right. What other franchise in all of sports has done more to break down barriers?

Welcome to the Blue, ladies!

BTW, they will both be introduced to the fans prior to tonight's game against the Padres. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1934 Cardinals starter Paul "Daffy" Dean ho-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 3-0. In 1952 the Boston Braves play their last home game in Boston in a game against Brooklyn. Of the 8,822 fans on-hand most are rooting for the Dodgers. The Braves would move to Milwaukee the next season. In 1997 Mike Piazza becomes the first Dodger, and the first player in 25 years, to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium. He whacked it off Rockies pitcher Frank Castillo over the Left Field Pavilion, and it is said to have traveled 478 feet. Willie Stargell was the last player to do it before Piazza. You can watch the monstrous homer here.
  • Happy Birthday, Frank McManusMax Butcher & Manuel Barrios!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Padres Series Starts Friday - The Last Homestand - Autographs, Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next (and last) homestand starts on Friday against the San Diego Padres. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand; including numerous autograph opportunities. Below are some important links:


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Blog Kiosk: 9/20/2018 - Dodgers Links - Sweep!


The dazzling duo of Buehler and Puig handcuffed the Rockies last night, 5-2, as they completed a series sweep to give the club a 2.5 game lead in the NL West -- their largest lead of the season.  Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“This game, this series was emblematic of our ballclub — how many people had their hands in this series to help win three games,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Yasiel, to be able to put him in a leverage spot and to be prepared for that moment and to come through was huge, obviously.”
Yasiel hit a deciding three-run homer in the seventh inning to knock any air that remained against the sails of the quickly sinking Rockies vessel. Buehler put in six innings of work and struck out a career high 12 batters in the no-decision.

Photos above of Buehler and Puig via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1907 the Dodgers are no-hit by Pirates rookie Nick Maddox, 2-1. In 1959 the Dodgers and Giants play the last ballgame ever at San Francisco's Seals Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 8-2. The Giants would play at Candlestick Park the next season. In 1993 pinch-hitting machine Dave Hansen collected his 18th pinch-hit of the season to set a new franchise record. In 2011 Clayton Kershaw becomes the first Dodger twenty game winner since Ramon Martinez in 1990. He defeats the Giants 2-1. BTW, DodgerFilms was there and shared a video that you can watch here.
  • Happy BirthdayNelson GreeneVic Lombardi & Chuck Dressen!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #748 - CT3's 10th Inning Walk-Off


To no one's surprise Chris Taylor's epic walk-off last night earns a 2018 Topps Now card. Check it out above and below. Go here to check it out and order. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“He really epitomizes what we’re all about,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Loving the big moment, coming through with big hits, really making a huge sacrifice, but being prepared when called upon. And his work every day from the cage to taking grounders to taking fly balls in the outfield. This game honors you. It has a great way of doing that, and it couldn’t happen to a better teammate.”

2018 Topps Heritage High Number - The Dodgers Insert Cards

Here is a look at all the Dodgers' inserts found in packs of 2018 Heritage High Numbers.

Real One Autographs

#ROA-CT Chris Taylor

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Kiké, D-Mountain, Colletti, Verdugo, Farmer and Jay Howell

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any), as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2018 - Dodgers Links - Walkoff Magic!


Thrilling!

It makes sense that on the 12th anniversary of the Dodgers' four-consecutive-homer/walkoff game would feature a walk-off victory in extras. Last night the oft-struggling Chris Taylor took out his big-stick and walloped a hanging breaking ball into the left field stands. Per Doug Padilla at MLB.com:
"I knew I got the barrel to it and had a petty good feeling it was going," Taylor said. "But I wanted to make sure. I was running kind of hard." 
Taylor has not been as solid at the plate like last season, but he sure has had his moments. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“There have been a lot of ups and downs. Kind of been a bit of a grind,” Taylor said of his year. “I think I’m speaking for a lot of guys on our team. This game humbles you very fast. It’s moments like this that you really have to take in and enjoy. But we’ve got another one tomorrow, so you have to have a short memory and enjoy it when it comes along.”
The Dodgers now hold 1.5 game lead over Colorado. Photo above via Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of causing a disturbance at a sporting event, and has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron during a May 30th game threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt. In 2014 Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season for the second time in his career. He is the first Dodger pitcher to win 20 game twice since Claude Osteen in 1969 and 1972.
  • Happy BirthdaySadie McMahonJack RyanRed BarkleyDuke SniderJoe FergusonScott Baker & Charlie Haeger!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 Topps Heritage High Number - The Dodgers Base Cards

Here is a look at all the Dodgers' base cards found in packs of Topps 2018 Heritage High Number brand. Unfortunately, this product does not include the more notable recent Dodger acquisitions.

There's no Machado. There's no Dozier. There's no Freese.

Instead, we get Cingrani and a player recently traded away -- Logan Forsythe.

There is, on the other hand, numerous Matt Kemp cards available (base, variations, etc.). So, it's got that going for it. Go here to see a complete checklist. I'll have pics of most of the inserts tomorrow, and those cards are far more interesting than the Dodger base cards.

Base

#520 Tony Cingrani              #621 Ross Stripling

Congrats, Quakes! Check Out Some Fantasy Custom Cards in Celebration


Following on the heals of some fantasy cards I made in celebration of the Tulsa Drillers championship victory this past weekend, I now have some Rancho Cucamonga Quakes custom marvels to look through. Check them out below. As you know, they swept the Visalia Rawhide to become the 2018 California League Champions.

Blog Kiosk: 9/18/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


On this team everyone takes their turn to lead. Yesterday, the combined efforts of Joc Pederson and Hyun-Jin Ryu resulted in an 8-2 victory over our rival Rockies. Pederson hit a leadoff homer in the first inning, then drove in two more when he hit his second home run of the evening in the fourth inning. Ryu threw seven scoreless four-hit innings to stymie Colorado. Per Jack Baer at MLB.com:
"Joc, he's just really gotten back to when he was really good," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Looking out and over, staying in the strike zone and using right-center field to left-center field. Today, that's what he did, took a ball off Gray to left-center and did the same thing against a lefty to right-center field."
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Link Here: "(Ryu's) always been a big-game pitcher and I've seen it from the other side," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "For him to be healthy and set the tone for this series, in complete command tonight. Stuff was really good. We fed off of him and it was good to see."
Photo above of Joc Pederson celebrating his homer with coach George Lombard via Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Congrats, Drillers! Here's Some Fantasy Custom Baseball Cards in Celebration


In celebration of the Tulsa Drillers -- the Dodgers Double-A club -- league championship victory over the weekend I made a bunch of fantasy cards featuring some of the players. Check them out above and below.

2018 Bowman High Tek - All the Dodgers Insert Cards

Here's a look at all the Dodgers' insert cards found in packs of 2018 Bowman High Tek. Go here to check out the base cards.

1st Bowman Tek (#/99)

#FBT-JK Jeren Kendall       #FBT-KR Keibert Ruiz

Blog Kiosk: 9/17/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

During the Dodgers impressive victories this weekend in St. Louis -- that brought the Dodgers within half-a-game of the Rockies in the NL West and a tie for the last Wild Card playoff spot -- the Dodgers' farmclubs in Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga won their respective league titles.

Congrats, Drillers! Congrats, Quakes!

Hopefully this is an omen, not only for this season, but for the future of the franchise.

Craig Minami at True Blue LA provides a nice write-up on both victories, here. Check out the Drillers boxscore here. Check out the Quakes boxscore here.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1912 Brooklyn outfielder and future Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel made his Major League debut. He collected four hits, drove in two runs and swiped a pair of stolen bases. In 1979 Dodger catcher Joe Ferguson hit his 20th homer of the season against the Atlanta Braves, which gave the team their fifth player with at least 20 homers on the year for the first time in franchise history. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela ties a Major League record for shutouts by a rookie at eight when he defeated the Atlanta Braves, 2-0In 1996 Hideo Nomo threw the Dodgers 20th no-hitter in franchise history. He defeated the Colorado Rockies, 9-0. Watch the last out of this game here.
  • Happy Birthday, Butts Wagner (older brother of Honus Wagner), Maury KentErnie KoyDan Haren!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Rockies Series Starts Monday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Monday against the Colorado Rockies. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

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Monday September 17th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2018 Topps Now - #732 - Puig's Homer Surge


Yasiel Puig is red hot and he's using his fire to punish the Cardinals. On Saturday afternoon his efforts lead to a career day that included going 3-for-6 at the plate with three home runs and seven RBI's -- both of which are new highs for Puig. Per David Wilhelm at MLB.com:
"I feel good at the plate," said Puig, batting .272 with 21 homers and 58 RBIs. "I'm looking for good pitches to hit and trying to hit the ball in the air like all of my teammates and coaches talk to me about every day. They tell me, 'Hit the ball in the air and stop hitting ground balls.' God blessed me with these two games."

2018 Topps Now - #729 - Buehler's Fantastic Night


Walker Bueher is transforming into an ace right before our eyes. On Friday he continued his dominance over the Cardinals by leading the Dodgers to a shutout victory, 3-0, and a tie for a National League Wild Card spot. Per David Wilhelm at MLB.com:
"Sometimes there's just teams you match up well against," Buehler said. "It's hard to explain. That's baseball. There's teams that absolutely kill guys and there's teams that don't throw that good and the line looks good. It's the way the game works. Tonight, that worked out. 
"It's a big game. We're trying to make the freakin' playoffs. That's what baseball in September is about. This stuff is fun, and that's what this game is about."

Friday, September 14, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 9/14/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


It was great to witness the Dodgers offense explode last night. It was also equally distressing that our pitching was largely ineffective. Fortunately, the Dodgers eked out a victory anyway, 9-7. Per David Wilhelm at MLB.com:
"We did everything we needed to do," Machado said. "We had runners in scoring position and got the runs in. We want to continue doing what we've got to do. Hopefully, we can repeat it."
Machado went 3-for-4 with a double and solo homer in the 7th inning to lead the Dodgers charge.

Pic of Manny Machado above via Marcus Wright/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1945, during an overnight trip between St. Louis and Chicago, the Brooklyn Dodgers train rammed into an gasoline truck, sending flames everywhere. The train engineer and a firefighter were killed. The Dodgers survived without serious injury because the momentum of their section carried it through the burning remains. I had previously written about this incident hereIn 1993 Mike Piazza hit home runs no. 29 and 30 to break the Major League record for homers by a rookie catcher. In 2002 Dodger infielder Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues. He would get a pinch-hit walk and score on a double by Mike Kinkade.
  • Happy BirthdayJohn DouglasStan Williams, Tim Wallach & Jerry Doggett! Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider wrote a great piece celebrating Doggett's 100th birthday a couple of years ago (link here).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

2018 Bowman High Tek - The Dodgers Base Cards

Released this week is the always fun and fascinating Bowman High Tek brand. This set features acetate (plastic) baseball cards rather than cardboard. So, chances are very high every card you pull will be in mint condition. On top of that, there are ten different background patterns/parallels available for each base card. In other words, this set can be both a player-collectors dream or nightmare. Go here for a complete checklist.

Since this is a Bowman product nothing but prospects can be found. Featured is outfielder Alex Verdugo. High rising prospects in the minors include Ibandel Isabel, Jeren Kendall, Keibert Ruiz and Mitchell White. Take a look at all the Dodgers' base cards and base autographs below.

Base - Rookies

#RHT-AV Alex Verdugo

Blog Kiosk: 9/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


We Won! I can't believe we beat the Reds. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“These guys had our number all year,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Credit to those guys. … Just to get out of here with a win, with where we were at, is a good thing.”
The offense finally woke up against the red menace when they hammered out eight runs against Cincinnati yesterday afternoon -- including a three-RBI night for both Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal (boxscore). The Dodgers now sit at 1.5 games back of the Rockies with 16 games to go.

This thing is going down to the wire, and a part of me is loving it. Sure, it would've been great to have clinched already. Nevertheless, I find this race to the finish enthralling. It's like I'm on the edge of my seat watching an exciting movie. Everyday this month I've found myself screaming at the television while my heart races with the beat of the season. This is why Baseball is the greatest game in the world.

Photo above of Justin Turner via John Minchillo/AP Photo at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1925 future Brooklyn Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance no-hit the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 10-1. In 1977 outfielder Dusty Baker set a franchise record by recording five RBI's in a single inning -- during the second inning against the Padres. His hits include a two-run double and a three-run homer. In 2005 Dodgers futility was at it's best. During the second inning against the Padres all three Dodger outfielders (Ricky Ledee, Jose Cruz Jr. and Jason Werth) committed errors that contributed to the scoring of six runs and a loss, 6-4.
  • Happy BirthdayHarry RedmondDutch RuetherJohn KelleherSam CraneOtho NitcholasMorrie AderholtRick DempseyAndy LaRoche & Zach Lee!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: World Series Hero Scott Spiezio and Rams Legend Youngblood

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any), as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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Blog Kiosk: 9/12/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


To commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks yesterday the entire league wore special patches on their caps. Above is Cody Bellinger helpfully providing a nice view of the patch. As for the game... Well, I'll let Dave Roberts do the talking, via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"They pretty much beat us in every facet of the game," said manager Dave Roberts. "Our guys understand these games are important to win, but we just can't get a win here."
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"I don't think it's a matter of complacency. If anything, it might be a matter of trying too hard," said Roberts. "If you look at the grinding of at-bats versus going out of the strike zone, the games we don't score it's more a matter of going out of the strike zone. It's not about just rolling out the baseballs and expecting to win. I just don't think that's the case."
Photo of Cody Bellinger above via Katie Hanson/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1930 Dodger catcher Al Lopez hit the last Major League bounced home run. It was off Ray Kolp at Ebbets Field. Prior to the rule change any hit ball that bounced over the outfield walls was ruled a homer. Now, it'll be a ground-rule double. In 1963 the NY Mets hold a pregame ceremony in honor of Brooklyn favorite Duke Snider - "I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn." In 2000 Dave Hanson broke former Dodger Johnny Frederick's record for pinch-hit home runs during a season when he hit his seventh pinch-homer of the year against Curt Schilling of the Diamondbacks. BTW, Johnny Frederick set his record of six pinch-homers on this exact same date in 1932.
  • Happy BirthdayJohn GochnaurMasao Kida & Franquelis Osoria!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 9/11/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


These Reds are frustrating. They sit at the bottom of the Central Division; yet, they seem to have the Dodgers number. In five contest so far against them the Dodgers have won none. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"I wouldn't expect for our club to be 0-5 against anyone," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "That first time around they really pitched us well. We still can't figure a way to get Gennett out, and that was apparent again."
Last nights 10-6 loss dropped the club to 1.5 games back of Colorado with 18 games to play.

Photo above of Kike Hernandez doing his best to stop last nights slide, via Ryan Meyer/MLB at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1959 the Dodgers defeated reliever Elroy Face and the Pirates, 5-4; thereby, ending Face's consecutive win streak at 22. He finished the season going 18-1 (as a reliever, mind you) with a 2.70 ERA, 2.60 FIP and a 3.2 WAR. In 1998 Kevin Malone is named the Dodgers GM, replacing Tommy LasordaIn 1983 RJ Reynolds squeezed home Pedro Guerrero in the ninth for an improbably walk-off victory against the Atlanta Braves.  The Dodgers scored four runs in the ninth to win. Tommy Lasorda called his decision to call for the squeeze his most "daring" of his career. UPDATE: I just found video highlights/footage of the ninth inning. Watch it here.
  • Happy BirthdayCon DailyFrank Kitson & Eddie Miksis!

Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 Topps Luminaries - All the Dodgers Cards

Following on the heals of their super high-end brand "Diamond Icons", Topps released another high-end product called 2018 Luminaries last week. A box includes a single pack with one encased, signed and numbered card to 15 or less for a bit over $200. Go here for a complete checklist.

Below is a checklist, as well as, several pics of some of the Dodger cards. Unfortunately, it appears both Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax cards all come with a redemption. Furthermore, the directly below Mike Piazza "Home Run King" autograph cards come in two different versions, and I am uncertain which card numbers correspond to which card.

Home Run Kings Autograph (#/15)

  • #HRK-MP Mike Piazza
  • #HRK-MPI Mike Piazza
Both of the Mike Piazza cards (card numbers unknown)

Blog Kiosk: 9/10/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Weekend Odds and Ends


The Dodgers gained some ground over the weekend, and we have Justin Turner to thank for that. Yesterday afternoon he went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and two RBI's to lead the club to a 9-6 victory over Colorado. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"J.T. led the charge, he's such a pro," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "[His value] is hard to quantify. When you're watching how he's grinding at-bats, that's contagious. He's been fantastic."
The Dodgers are now just half a game back of Colorado after taking the weekend series against them. There are only 19 games remaining in the season.

Photo above of Turner via Matt Kelley/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: I had no idea about this until now. In 1992 a report came out about a "security check" that revealed serious issues with two members of a buying group interested in purchasing the Giants and moving them to Florida. One of the investors mentioned was Vince Piazza -- father of recently called-up catcher Mike Piazza of the Dodgers. The deal falls apart, and MLB settles with the group for $6MM (which includes a letter of apology to Vince Piazza).
  • Happy Birthday, High Pockets KellyTerry WellsDanys BaezChad HermansenNick Green!

Friday, September 07, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 9/7/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


"Tested. Unselfish. Focused"

These were the words spoken by skipper Dave Roberts, via Mike Lupica at MLB,com, and it embodies the entire Dodger season. Now, they have to follow through and finish the job as they enter divisional rival territory in Colorado tonight. They begin a three-game set, and clearly the entire season is at stake.

Photo above of Roberts and Matt Kemp via Jon SooHoo/la Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1889 the most controversial game in American Association history is held in Brooklyn. The St. Louis Browns hold a 4-2 lead in the ninth over the Bridegrooms, and claim it is too dark to continue. They light candles in front of their bench to emphasize this, but umpire Fred Goldsmith becomes determined to finish the game -- no matter what. When the game ends, several St. Louis players are hit with bottles by fans as they leave the grounds. The Browns will forfeit the game the next day because they fear for their safety. In 1903 the Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers and the NY Giants play a two-stadium, same-day doubleheader. The first game began at 10:30 AM at Brooklyn's Washington Park (Giants won, 6-4), and the second game got underway later that afternoon at the Polo Grounds (Brooklyn won, 3-0). In 1924 the pennant race between the Dodgers and Giants gets crazy. So much so, a cavalcade of fans with crowbars stormed the Ebbets Field gates to watch the already sold out game. 200 officers were called, but an estimated 7,000 fans got in anyway. In 1962 Maury Wills stole four bases against the Pirates to break the modern National League record for stolen bases at 82. In 2001 Shawn Green hit two homers against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium to eclipse a Dodgers franchise record for home runs in a season. Green would finish the season with 49 home runs.
  • Happy Birthday, Dave WallaceDave FoutzEd PooleLew RitterCurt DavisEddie WilsonWillie Crawford & Brent Cookson!

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 9/6/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


We're dropping the ball. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"I didn't think we played good defense behind Hyun-Jin and I thought the way he threw the baseball was better than the linescore," said manager Dave Roberts. "When you're facing a guy like Wheeler, you've got to play good baseball. We just didn't give ourselves a chance today. 
"There were plays we usually make, you could just look around the diamond. Whether it's added pitches or a run that scores that shouldn't or whatever. For us, at this point in time, we've got to play better baseball. This was one of those games where we just didn't execute defensively."
Dammit! This just can't happen anymore!

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1943 the Dodgers signed 19-year old amateur free agent Gil Hodges out of  St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN. In 1950 Don Newcombe started both ends of a doubleheader against the Phillies at Shibe Park. In Game 1 he threw a complete game three-hit shutout. In Game 2 he left the game behind by two runs in the seventh inning. The Dodgers would eventually win that game on a three-run single in the ninth inning by Gil HodgesIn 1953 Giants manager and Dodger-traitor Leo Durocher is heard yelling "stick it in his ear" before pitcher Ruben Gomez struck Dodger outfielder Carl Furillo on the wrist with a pitch. As Furillo took first base he suddenly sprinted to the dugout to get at Durocher. In the subsequent melee Furillo fractures a finger -- ending his season. In 1976 catcher Steve Yeager is injured in the on-deck circle when a jagged end of Bill Russell's broken bat struck him in the throat. It pierced his esophagus, necessitating surgery. Soon thereafter, Dodger trainer Bill Buhler invented a device that hung down from a catchers mask to protect a players throat. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela threw his seventh shutout as a rookie -- tying a National League record. In 1996 the ever-popular Brett Butler defied the odds to return to the field for the first time after being diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils, having surgery and intensive radiation therapy earlier in the year.
  • Happy Birthday, Oyster BurnsPete GilbertGeorge Hildebrand & Del Bissonette!

2018 Topps Now - #686 - Justin Turner is Player of the Month


Once again I'm a bit late in announcing this newest Dodgers' Topps Now card. Shown is the Player of the Month card for August featuring Justin Turner -- and some guy from Boston. As much as this honor for good play is appreciated, I suspect being named the Dodgers' nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award on the same day is more important to him. Per a Dodger press release:
"Being nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award is not something that I take lightly, and I'm extremely proud and honored to be included among this special group of nominees from around the league," said Dodger third baseman Justin Turner. "My wife Kourtney and I realize how blessed we are to have this platform, and are determined to use it to give back to the community and fans that have been so supportive of us."

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

2018 Topps Diamond Icons - All the Dodgers Cards

The super high-end Topps Diamond Icons brand is now in stores. Available at roughly $1,500 a box for one pack of ten cards, this product is not for the squeamish. Each ten card pack includes seven on-card autographs and a couple of relics. Go here for a complete checklist.

Below is a listing of all the Dodgers' that are available. For the most part, Clayton Kershaw is found throughout the checklist.

Base Autographs (#/25)

  • #AC-SK Sandy Koufax -- Redemption Card
#AC-CKE Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 9/5/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


It was nice to see Austin Barnes hit a home run last night. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
Barnes became the sixth Dodger catcher since 1908 and the first since Russell Martin in 2008 to hit a home run, steal a base and knock in three runs in the same game. His teammates took it from there, as the Dodgers matched their largest deficit overcome in a win this season. 
“It’s been obviously a frustrating little funk I’ve been in — not really little — but it was nice to contribute,” Barnes said. “To finally put a good AB together and get us back in the game, it felt good, for sure.”
They handily routed the Mets, 11-4, to stay .5 games behind Colorado. This coming weekend they'll be facing the Rockies in another must-win series.

Photo above via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out: