Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 6/25/2019 - Dodgers Link - Some Odds and Ends

Please meet Mrs. Myrt Power. At the time this photo was taken, dated on the reverse at June 15, 1956, she was probably just as famous as the two gentlemen at her sides -- Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider. So, who is she?

Myrt Power was the 1950's equivalent of Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer with a twist of Dodger love. Still confused?

In the summer of 1955 she was on a WCBS-TV quiz show called “The $64,000 Question,” and on that show she won $32,000 due to her knowledge of Baseball. Additionally, she decided to not attempt the next level prize of $64,000 because she didn't want to win a championship before her beloved Dodgers did. BTW, the day after her appearance on the show the Dodgers and Yankees faced each other for the 1955 World Series - a series the Dodgers won!

Thank you, Myrt!

On a side note, for her efforts she given a parade and a key to the city of Buford, Georgia (her hometown). Photo found on eBay (auction link).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1968 Giants rookie Bobby Bonds hit a grand slam against Dodger righty John Purdin in his third at-bat of his first major league game -- becoming only the second player to have ever done so. In 1984 infielder Bill Russell played his 1,953rd game to become the LA Dodgers' all-time leader in games played. He would finish his career in Blue with a total of 2,181 games played -- second best all time in Dodger history. Hall of Famer Zack Wheat best him with 2,322 games played as a Dodger.
  • Happy BirthdayBarney WhiteDon DemeterAlejandro PeñaAaron SelePaul Maholm!
  • Dan Mullen at ESPN provides an "Illustrated voting guide to MLB All-Star Starters Election."
  • Audio: Will Smith joins the Petros and Money show to talk about his walk-off home run and how much fun it was (Audio Link).
  • Per Eileen Frere at ABC7.com -- "'Everything went dark' - teen Dodgers fan details getting struck by foul ball."
She says she was getting up from her seat during the first inning to go to the restroom when she was struck by the line drive off Cody Bellinger's bat.
"When I was blinking, everything went dark," Salazar recalled. "And then came out in dark and light." 
"It all happened fast."
  • Netting is coming! Here's a response from the Dodgers from yesterday afternoon, per a press release:
“Fan safety is of the utmost importance to the Dodgers and during the offseason, we began the process of studying how the netting at Dodger Stadium could be configured to provide better protection for our fans. Once this study is completed, the team will implement the recommended changes and extend the netting at Dodger Stadium. The team will provide more information on the project timeline and scope when available.”
Via Jack Baer at Yahoo Sports-- "Dodgers to extend stadium netting after young fan struck in head by foul ball, team president says."
Kasten said the timing of the installation of additional netting has not been determined yet but it seems “likely” the Dodgers will be able to do the project before the end of this season.
“I can’t say that for sure although I think it’s likely,” Kasten said. “For sure, something is going to be done. As for the exact timing, I don’t know that yet.”
  • Via Liz Roscher at Yahoo Sports -- "Cody Bellinger wants fans to stop running on the field to hug him: 'I’m just trying to play a game'"
"I’m just trying to play a game. I don’t think I should have to worry about who’s gonna come on the field and whatnot,” Bellinger told Pedro Moura of The Athletic. “I think it could be dangerous, although it’s innocent right now."

  • Ryu with the boys! Via his Instagram:
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