Monday, May 18, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 5/18/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's an April 18, 1967 AP press photo featuring Sandy's return to Dodger Stadium -- after retiring from the game after last season (eBay auction link).
And on the Mound, Sandy Koufax -- Sandy Koufax, now a sports broadcaster for NBC, throws the opening "pitch" as the Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds opened the Los Angeles home season at Dodger Stadium tonight.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1929 the Brooklyn Dodgers out-slugged the Phillies, 20-16. Hilariously, Dodger hurler Ray Moss allowed ten earned runs and still recorded his first win of the season. In 1931 Dodger outfielder Babe Herman hits for the cycle against the Reds at Ebbets Field. Herman would hit his second cycle of the season on July 24th. In 1942 all night games in New York are banned for the duration of WWII. The city would not host a night game until 1946. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela finally loses, 4-0 (boxscore). It was against the Phillies. Valenzuela now has an 8-1 record to start the season.
  • Happy BirthdayBob ClarkCy BargerDon Lund & Eric Young!
  • YouTube Video: Walker Buehler came on the Talkin' Baseball show for a deep dive on him and Clayton Kershaw's routines, throwing a combined no-hitter, his first All-Star Game, his time at Vanderbilt, and much more. (video link)
  • Tragedy. Via Robert Gearty at Fox News -- "Drowning at Houston home of former Dodger Carl Crawford leaves woman, 5-year-old boy dead: reports."
  • Per Will Thorne at Variety -- "Houston Astros Cheating Scandal Docuseries From LeBron James’ Uninterrupted Coming to Quibi."
  • This is about Glenn Burke. Via Spencer Thompson at -- "It Is Designed To Break Your Heart: The Superstar in the Making Outed, Blackballed and Forgotten by Baseball."
Burke had been a tremendous athlete all his life. So enveloped with sports was Burke he didn’t realize he was gay until he was twenty-three and on the verge of his Major League career. He thought sports were his escape from the pressure of having to date a girl. Turned out he just didn’t want to.
He must have really wanted to avoid those dates, because Burke showed promise as a multi-sport athlete. As gifted as he was, there was no doubt about his true love, the sport he’d play the rest of his life if he could help it.
He was probably a little bold in what he said but we’ve already made a pay concession. We’re going to get paid prorated based on the shortened season and I thought that was what we decided as a union. Obviously, not having fans changes things for some owners but we’re still playing the same game.
  1. Zito no longer plays for the Giants, so it really doesn't matter whose hat he wears.
  2. Zito attended Los Angeles Pierce College and the University of Southern California, and he lived in LA at one point during his playing days.
Ultimately, Los Angeles presented Harper with an intriguing offer of a reported four-year deal worth $180 million that would have paid him $45 million annually. That contract was turned down as he elected to sign with the Phillies on then a record-breaking deal.
“Your weekly special guest [Dave Roberts] tells me all the time, ‘Hey man, when I’m done managing this team, I want you to take over,”‘ Turner said. “So that’s a lot of pressure.”

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