Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 10/1/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here is another fantastic press photo, originally from the George Michael Collection, featuring a close play at the plate, dated 9/16/1951 (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Chicago: Dodger catcher Roy Campanella puts the ball on Ransom Jackson as the Cub infielder tries to score from third on Chuck Connors' fourth inning grounder to first baseman Gil Hodges who fumbled the ball, but Jackie Robinson grabbed it and threw Jackson out. Brooklyn won 6-1.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1946 the very first playoff series to determine a league champion is played between the Dodgers and Cardinals. Today is Game 1 of a three game set and is played in St. Louis. Unfortunately, Brooklyn would lose Game 1, 4-2, and lose the series a couple of days later at home, 8-4In 1974 Dodger reliever Dr. Mike Marshall set a Major League mark when he made his 106th appearance of the season. In 1993 Mike Piazza set a Dodgers new record for RBI's in a season for a rookie when he plated his 107th run during an 8-5 victory over the Astros.
  • Happy Birthday, Duster MailsJim RussellFred Kipp & Roberto Kelly!
  • FYI: The first original employement contract between the Dodgers and Vin Scully -- that I wrote about here -- recently closed at auction through SCP for an amazing $76,193. 
  • This is worth your time to check out while we wait for a playoff opponent. Per David Kagan at The Hardball Times -- "The Challenge of Explaining the Home Run Explosion." (Hat Tip: David Pinto at Baseball Musings)
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts -- "The return of October’s great and terrible Clayton Kershaw." 
  • Former Dodger histting coach Turner Ward has just been let go, via a tweet from C. Trent Rosecrans:

“I was talking to my wife the other day. I don’t know how I made it this far. Physically. … In a lot of ways,” said Freese reflectively. “It just comes down to selfishly pushing and also the people around me. You put that together and you’ve got a chance.”
"I just wanted to do something for Madison," Bochy said. "With all he's done, I just said there can't be a better script right now with Clayton on the mound. They've battled so many times, not just pitching against each other, but how they compete against each other with the bat."
"That's what makes baseball fun, little tidbits like that that you get to see throughout the year," catcher Buster Posey said. "I thought it was really cool how Kershaw pitched him. He went right after him and challenged him. Those two have been going at it for a decade now and there's hopefully more to come, we'll see."
Clayton Kershaw added this, via Bill Plunkett at OC Register/Pasadena Star News:
 “I actually made a joke about it before the game — ‘He’s probably going to pinch-hit against me’ — and it happened,” Kershaw said.
Both he and Roberts denied that the matchup between the two aces had been pre-arranged. 
“It was cool,” Kershaw said. “Once he saw that he wasn’t pitching today, some way to let the fans appreciate what he had done here — that was a good way to do it. Get him in there against a left-hander he has a few homers against. It was a fun moment. He meant so much to this organization. He’s going to keep playing but most likely not here so it was a great way to honor that.”

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