Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 4/14/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic vintage photo featuring Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, along with a trolley car in the foreground. Photo via BaseballHistoryNut on twitter.

below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1931 47-year-old Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) hurler Jack Quinn becomes the oldest pitcher to start an Opening Day game. He would toss six innings, but give up six earned runs to lose to the Boston Braves, 7-4In 1964 Sandy Koufax threw a six-hit shutout, his ninth complete game without allowing a walk, to defeat the Cardinals, 4-0. This was also his only career Opening Day start. In 1993 Cardinal reliever Lee Smith set the National League record for career saves at 358 when he blanked the Dodgers in the 15th inning to secure a victory, 2-1.
  • Happy Birthday, Jack RadtkeGreg MadduxMike TrombleyBrad AusmusCarlos Perez!
  • Podcast: Alex Wood joined the Punt & Pass podcast to talk Baseball (podcast link)
  • Per Steven Zinger at Patch.com -- "The History of Ebbets Field Apartments Complex."
  • Wow! Per Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily -- "Model for All Others? Early Gehrig Bat Sold for Over $1 Million."
  • YouTube Video: Dave Roberts and Rockies' Bud Black team up to help San Diego during COVID-19 -- from San Diego Union-Tribune (Video Link).
  • In honor of his birthday, here's "7 legendary Greg Maddux stories," via Richard Justice at MLB.com. Several stories come from his time as a Dodger.
One day, Maddux approached a Dodgers front-office executive and held up a printout of his pitching logs.
“I’m not sure these are right,” he said. 
Former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Maddux ran a finger down one of the sheets representing thousands of pitches and points to one pitch in a game years earlier. 
“This one right here,” he said, “It says I threw [Tony] Gwynn a fastball. I’m pretty sure it was a changeup.”

“I hope we have some baseball this year,” Jarrín said. “I would go crazy without baseball for this year. And I don’t want the virus to stop my streak of 62 years in a row doing what I love to do, doing baseball. It’s fantastic.”
“I know it’s difficult to stay inside, but we have to do it,” Jarrín said. “We have to avoid the [spread] of the virus. That’s the most important thing. Everything else is secondary.”
I just don’t see that happening. I’m not going to be away from my family and not see them for four months. I just talked about how much Cooper(his newborn son) changes over one week, so to miss four months of his life right now, I’m just not gonna do it. 

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