Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 3/31/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

The look of despair is palpable. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Rough Afternoon in Brooklyn, NY ...
Brooklyn rightfielder Carl Furillo wipes his brow after watching Elston Howard's home run sail over the right field scoreboard in the fourth inning of the final World Series game here Oct. 10th, to increase the Yankee lead to 5-0. New York went on to take the series with a 9-0 rout, as Yogi Berra clouted two consecutive homers, and Bill Skowron slugged a grand-slammer, while young Johnny Kucks blanked the Brooks with three hits.
From the 1956 World Series. The above United Press photo is available on eBay here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1948 the Dodgers played their very first Major League exhibition game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. They competed against their top farm team, Montreal Royals, and defeated them 5-4. Jackie Robinson hit a first inning home run. Per  HistoricDodgertown.com:
Florida Governor Millard Caldwell threw the ceremonial first pitch at so-called “Ebbets Field No. 2.” A sign reading “You Are Now Entering Dodgertown” welcomed a strong showing of some 6,000 fans, paying $1.25 in the grandstands and bolstered the idea of more games being played on base in the future. Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler, who had suspended Manager Durocher one year earlier, shook hands with “The Lip” and wished him good luck. Vero Mayor Merrill P. Barber looked on and a contingent of the Brooklyn National Guard, who had traveled to Florida to watch the Dodgers, was introduced and went home with a “load of oranges presented to them by the Vero Beach Jaycees.”
“I know that I’m going to get criticized for taking care of these kinds of guys, but it’s essential to their livelihoods,” ElAttrache told the Chronicle. “If you have somebody’s career at stake and they lose two seasons instead of one, I would say that is not a nonessential or unimportant elective procedure.”
The Dodgers signed a total of 11 future big leaguers from that draft class who combined for more than 235 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and five others who had at least ‘a-cup-of-coffee’ in the Major Leagues. Six of the players signed by the Dodgers would go on to become MLB All-Stars for a total of 23 Mid-Summer Classic appearances
Growing up, Pete Reiser excelled at any sport he tried. Besides baseball, he earned $50 a game playing soccer against professional players and was a talented football player with a dream of becoming a star player with Notre Dame. He was a skillful bowler and proficient at ice skating. Perhaps his greatest strength was that he was truly ambidextrous.
“But I had been establishing myself; I had been building a career in the NBA. I said no. He didn’t want me to just do it instead of the Hawks; he wanted me to do it in addition to the Hawks. I said, ‘No, Ted, that’s not right. It can’t be done.’ He said, ‘Oh, come on, you can definitely do it. You’ll be the first one running two teams, isn’t that right?’ I said, ‘Yeah, Ted. Do you know why that is? It’s such a bad idea.’
“But Ted and I had this understanding; when he and I disagreed on something, we just did things his way. That’s how I became the president of the Braves.”

  • Clayton Kershaw issues a challenge to teammate Cody Bellinger, via his Instagram:

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