Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 12/4/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another great moment from the Dodgers first ever championship in 1955. Featured is outfielder Sandy Amoros crossing home plate after hitting a two-out, two-run homer to give Brooklyn an opening lead in Game 5 of the World Series that they would not relinquish. It was taken by legendary photographer Herb Scharfman. Per the descriptor on the bottom:
Sandy Amoros is greeted at the plate by Gil Hodges (14) and the Dodger bat boy after hitting a two run homer over the rightfield wall in the second inning.
I believe the bat boy is the famed Charlie "The Brow" DiGiovanna. He is well known in the collector world for being the ghost signer (secretarial signature) for many of the Brooklyn Dodger players (something that is very common throughout the league). In fact, a Brooklyn Dodger team signed ball known to be signed by his hand sell decently well -- even when you know they aren't real. You can find the above via via eBay (link here). Below are more links to check out:
If there is a true historical catalyst for today‘s celebration of Robinson, it lies in one of baseball‘s most embarrassing moments. On April 6, 1987, Dodgers executive Al Campanis appeared on a Nightline program commemorating the 40th anniversary of Robinson‘s debut and told a national television audience that the reason baseball did not have any black managers, general managers or owners in the game at the time was that “they may not have some of the necessities.” Campanis, who had been the Dodgers‘ GM for close to two decades, resigned two days later, but now the secret was out, for he had officially revealed what black people passed over for jobs had already known: Front offices did not believe they were qualified and had no intention of hiring minority managers.

  • Once again, the rumor mill swirls with stories of a potential trade between the Dodgers and their Spring Training neighbor Chicago White Sox. For the second year in a row outfielder Joc Pederson is the subject of the talks. I suspect, like last year, that nothing will come of it. Via Vinnie Duber/NBC Sports at Yahoo:
The rumors have returned for a second straight offseason, the ones linking the White Sox to a trade for the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. This time, it's USA Today's Bob Nightengale reporting that the White Sox and Dodgers have "engaged in preliminary trade talks" involving Pederson, the same guy the South Siders were reportedly after last winter but obviously didn't land.
  • The Cardboard Connection shares a bunch of preview pics from an upcoming set called '2019 Leaf Flash Baseball', and it includes a photo of a Gavin Lux autographed card (see that on the right). Go here for more information. BTW, this set isn't coming out until the Spring of 2020, so Leaf once again forgets what year it is.
  • Culberson's available. Per AJC Sports at WSB-TV -- "Braves non-tender Charlie Culberson, two others." He's a great bench and utility guy, so he'll find himself playing for someone.
  • I support this point of view. Per Craig Calcaterra at NBC Sports/Yahoo -- "The Hall of Fame Case for Lou Whitaker."
Whitaker had a career WAR of 75.1, which is seventh all time for second basemen. The six men in front of him — Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, Napoleon Lajoie, Joe Morgan, Rod Carew, and Charlie Gehringer — are all Hall of Famers. Many behind him, including Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Almoar, Craig Biggio, Nellie Fox, Joe Gordon, and Bobby Doerr are Hall of Famers. 

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