Thursday, May 23, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/23/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Today is Brooklyn Hall of Famer Zack Wheat's 131st birthday, so in celebration I thought I would put up the above Charles Conlon photograph of Wheat from 1925. The photograph can be found in the book "Baseball's Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon, 1993" and the above copy was sold at MEARS in 2011 for $65. It is a Type II photograph -- meaning it's a modern photograph from the original glass plate negative.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1944 the Dodgers and Giants play the first night time game in metro New York since 1941 at the Polo Grounds due to the easing of wartime restrictions. Brooklyn defeated Bill Voiselle and the Giants, 3-2In 1981 Ron Cey hit his 200th career home run. It was against the Reds in Cincinnati. In 2002 Shawn Green hit four home runs in one game against the Brewers in Milwaukee, and set a major league record for total bases at 19. Overall, Green went 6-for-6 with a single, double, six runs scored and seven RBI's. Watch highlights of his day here.
  • Happy BirthdayZack WheatAugie GalanClyde King & Ramon Ortiz!
  • Video: Cody Bellinger joined Dan Patrick yesterday to talk about chasing .400 and other things (YouTube Video Link).
  • Per Eric He at Yahoo Sports -- "Rich Hill is not a fan of the shift and he let everyone know." 

Lux had a four-hit day from the leadoff spot for Double-A Tulsa. He hit two doubles and smacked a solo home run in the eighth inning. The Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect has compiled an impressive nine game hit streak, driving in seven RBIs while hitting two home runs during that span.
But, as Ms. Leavy relates, “Nothing was as infuriating as the case of the Baby Ruth candy bar.”
How many of us have heard the cock-a-nanny story that the Baby Ruth candy bar was named after President Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth? That was the “official” version, cleverly, but deceitfully, concocted by Curtiss Candy founder, Otto Schnering. It was a version that effectively cut Babe and his descendants out of millions of dollars of royalties.   
Jane Leavy does her best to sort out the confusing details. Suffice it to say that the Curtiss Candy Company, and subsequent owners and subsidiaries, made millions from the Baby Ruth candy bar. The Babe’s cut? As Ms. Leavy so succinctly put it: 
“The product with which he is most identified is also the one from which he never earned a nickel…”

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