Monday, November 04, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 11/4/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Above is a fantastic Sport Magazine press photo, dated to 1965, of Don Drysdale and Ron Fairly (eBay auction link).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1966 Maury Wills leaves the Dodgers while he is touring with the club in Japan, complaining that his injured right knee needs immediate treatment. He is then traded less than a month later to Pittsburgh for Bob Bailey and Gene Michael.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill McCarrenEarl MattinglyEddie BasinskiEric Karros!
  • A must watch! Via a PR Report -- "LA's Baseball History Celebrated with New Documentary DODGERS STORIES: 6 DECADES IN LA Premiering on PBS SoCal and KCET Thanksgiving Night."
PBS SoCal, and KCET, announced today the debut of a new documentary DODGERS STORIES: 6 DECADES IN LA. The special is a look back at the colorful history of the team through the eyes of the fans, as well as the players. Through archival footage, interviews and historical photos, the program will explore the rich saga of the team that has been in LA since 1958. The program premieres this Thanksgiving on Thurs., Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal and will also air at 8:30 p.m. on KCET. Following the broadcast, the film will be available for streaming exclusively on PBS Passport, the member-supported streaming service.
  • Congrats! Cody Bellinger has been named the 2019 Rawlings National League Gold Glove award winner for right field. Per a Dodger press release:
He is the first Dodger to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since Zack Greinke (P) in 2015 and first Dodger outfielder to win the award since Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp both won in 2011. He joins Ethier (2011), Kemp (2011), Steve Finley (2004), Raul Mondesi (1995, 1997), Dusty Baker (1981), Willie Davis (1971-1973) and Wally Moon (1960) as Dodgers’ outfielders to receive the award. 
In his third season with the Dodgers, Bellinger, 24, led the National League with a .990 fielding percentage among right fielders, making two errors in 210 chances. He was among the National League right field leaders in innings played (911.1, 7th), assists (10, 2nd), Ultimate Zone Rating (9.5, 2nd), range runs or RngR (5.6, 2nd), Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games (15.3, 1st) and Defensive Runs Saved (19, 1st).

When Piniella brought in Stan Williams – a former Fairly teammate on the Dodgers – to be his pitching coach, Fairly bombarded me with stories about how mean he was during his pitching career. About how Williams would tape a mug shot of Hank Aaron to his locker and then toss a ball right at it, telling his teammates, “Practicing.”
And about how Williams would keep a black book with the name of every player in the league. When a player did something to cross Williams, and they all did eventually, he’d put down a star. After five stars, he’d draw a skull and crossbones.
(Pic via Union Los Angeles)
Teaming up with New Era and the MLB, Chris Gibbs, who owns Union Los Angeles, designed a six-piece capsule that brings a streetwear spin to sports merch and embraces the Los Angeles ethos via classic Dodgers iconography. After over a decade, he also reintroduces Union's OG "frontman" logo—an emblem that was originally used at Union NY where Gibbs got his start.
"Don’t get it twisted. I know everyone talks about the Lakers and for sure the Lakers are huge here, but this is a Dodgers town," says Gibbs. "The Dodgers have the most democratic following and loyal following and they quite frankly, 'Keep It Real.' So when this opportunity came up, I jumped at it."
  • Musician Wiz Khalifa's son plays for the Dodgers - in Little League. Per Morgan Brinlee at -- "Wiz Khalifa Shares Why Coaching His Son’s Baseball Team Is "Super Important."
And although many would instantly recognize Khalifa as a rapper behind "Black and Yellow," "Young Wild & Free," and "See You Again," he told Clarkson he'd managed to keep his celebrity status relatively hidden from the other coaches until just recently. "It's crazy but one of the coaches actually came up to me — he's a fireman — and he just told me this yesterday, he was like, 'I was watching TV and I saw this interview with you on there and I was like, 'What the heck is the Dodgers' coach doing on TV?'' He didn't even know I was a rapper," Khalifa said. "It's cool becauseI felt like maybe I'm doing such a good job as a coach he didn't even know I'm a rapper."
  • Justin Turner shaved for his Halloween costume, and it's scary. Via his Instagram:

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