Thursday, July 18, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 7/18/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Jackie and Pee Wee had a little bit of fun during their 1949 pennant run.
Bear Mountain, NY - August 15, 1949 - Jackie to Pee Wee but Nobody on Base -- With coach Herman Hickman and his Eastern College All-Stars in pursuit, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson (left) whip pass to his baseball teammate Pee Wee Reese (right) at training session of the footballers for game with the New York Giants at Polo Grounds, Sept. 1. The Baseballers, guests of the New York baseball writers at an outing, dropped in on training session nearby. 
Photo found on eBay (link here) Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1939 the Dodgers receive shortstop Pee Wee Reese from the Red Sox in exchange for $35,000, three minor leaguers and a player to be named later. It is later discovered that a poor scouting report filled out by then Boston shortstop Joe Cronin had purposefully downplayed Reese's abilities for fear of losing his job with the team. In 1949 Jackie Robinson testified in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities to express his disagreement with actor Paul Robeson's assertion that African-Americans would not fight a war against Russia due to America's history of racial animus. In 1957 Gil Hodges hit his 12th career grand slam to tie a National League record held by both Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.
  • Happy BirthdayJohnny Hopp!
  • FYI, this mornings game will be broadcast live on YouTube -- starting at 9:30 AM PT. Go here to watch it. Furthermore, Orel Hershiser will be a pat of the broadcast. BTW, there will be an exclusive interview with Clayton Kershaw following the game here:
  • BTW, Caleb Ferguson has been recalled this morning. Right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • Video: Per The Jim Rome Show -- Tony Luftman says scouts told him Bellinger is most complete athlete since Bo Jackson (Video Link).
  • Via Cris Cwik at Yahoo Sports -- "Kirk Gibson apologized to Dennis Eckersley for famous hobbled home-run celebration."
A few years ago, Gibson reportedly apologized to Oakland Athletics pitcher Dennis Eckersley for the way Gibson celebrated the hit, former Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo told Chad Finn of the Boston Globe.
Gibson “is unloading . . . to people he wants to apologize to,” recalls Orsillo, “and he apologizes to Eck for showing him up running around the bases. He says, ‘I never got the chance to tell you, I wasn’t showing you up, I was just reacting emotionally.’ Eck says, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. I never thought of that once. You know how many people I pointed at after I struck them out? I would have been dancing going around the bases!’” 
Eckersley handled it well, telling Gibson he would have celebrated too.
  • Via an AP story at Yahoo -- "Dodgers' Roberts surprised Jansen changed mind on injury."
"I think I do a very good job of being honest with my guys," Roberts said. "We're all trying to win, we're all trying to compete. But when you give certainty that you're not compromising yourself for the team, then I'm going to trust it. So to then go back and say, 'I should've come out of the game,' it's a little bit tough to swallow."
  • Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA sings the Dodgers praises for their handling of Julio Urias -- "Dodgers Brass Got This One Right." The kid is going to be good - very good.
  • ICYMI: Per an ESPN report -- "Phils' Neris banned 3 games for hitting Freese."
  • Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts takes us on a trip to Cooperstown -- "Visiting the Hall of Fame Part 1: Brooklyn memories."
  • The Dodgers are sneaky. They just stole a 2019 draftee from the Mets. Via a tweet from Jacob Resnick:

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