Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 9/17/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another fantastic "action" press photo from the famed George Michael Collection featuring Jackie Robinson stealing second base against the Cardinals, dated July 25, 1949 (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Jackie Robinson steals second base in the 4th inning. Cards Red Schoendist makes late tag, ump Frank Dascoli safe sign. Game called after 9th, 4-4 tie, due to travel.
This is one of the more unusual reasons to end a game in a tie -- travel. Strangely, It doesn't appear that they ever played a make-up game, which seems weird since the Dodgers ended up besting the Cardinals' by only one game to win the pennant. Anyone know what happened here? Did they play a make-up game and my dense-self can't figure out what game that was? Here a link to the boxscore for this game. 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 in four at-bats, drove in two runs and swiped a pair of 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 BirthdayButts Wagner (older brother of Honus Wagner), Maury KentErnie Koy & Dan Haren!
  • That didn't end the way we wanted. Via the Tulsa Drillers at MiLB.com -- "Amarillo Stuns Drillers with Ninth-Inning Rally to Win Title."
For eight innings Sunday afternoon, the Tulsa Drillers seemed headed to back-to-back Texas League Championships for the first time in franchise history. But, Amarillo had other plans as things quickly unraveled for the Drillers bullpen. 
  • Per Eric Stephen at SB Nation -- "The story of the ’89 Dodgers and one of the most grueling weekends in MLB history: 53 innings in 3 days."
“I just remember knowing that the game could end with one swing, guys like Glenn Davis on their team,” Hershiser remembers.
Saturday would have been Hershiser’s day to throw a bullpen session in preparation for his scheduled Monday start. But per common practice at the time, he waited to see how the game played out first. 
“It was a side-work day. Our staffs in those days didn’t have all these bodies, there were a lot thinner staffs,” Hershiser explains. “There were days when [pitching coach] Ron Perranoski or Tommy would say to me, ‘Hey could you hold your side work in case we need you today?’”

CBS Pittsburgh KDKA has more on the story here.

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