Thursday, May 21, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 5/21/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a great photo of two old Brooklyn Dodgers -- Duke Snider and announcer Red Barber -- just prior to their appearance on ABC's Good Morning America on August 1, 1980 (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
New York: Duke of Brooklyn (and Los Angeles), Edwin Donald Snider (right), who will be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame August 3, reminisces with his old buddy, former Dodger announcer Red Barber, as they appear August 1 on ABC-TV's Good Morning America. Snider credited much of his success to teammate Pee Wee Reese and owner Branch Rickey. Barber was honored by the Hall of Fame in 1978.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1892 Brooklyn Bridgerooms/Dodgers second baseman George "Hub" Collins died unexpectedly of typoid fever. He had just fallen ill a week before. The 28-year old was considered a star, with many believing he was destined to be the greatest second baseman in Brooklyn history. In 1945 Leo Durocher (as a ballplayer) is officially released, so that he could concentrate all of his efforts on managing the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1952 the Dodgers scored a Major League record 15 runs in the first inning to handily defeat the Reds at Ebbets Field, 19-1. At one point in the first inning 19 consecutive Dodgers' reached base. Also, Pee Wee Reese got on base in each of his three at-bats during the first inning -- with a single, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. In 2000 MLB has its very first six grand slam day - Shawn Green & Adrian Beltre (Dodgers); Garret Anderson (Angels), J.T. Snow (Giants), Brian Hunter (Phillies) and Jason Giambi (A's).
  • Happy Birthday, Sandy McDougalCharlie LoudenslagerMace BrownElmer SexauerHank Webb & Tom Martin!
  • Per Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA -- "Cal League Cancels 2020 All-Star Game."
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue -- "Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy & Justin Turner Selected For ‘Hollywood Hills’ FOCO Bobblehead Series."
  • The Dodgers were named a finalist for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year from ESPN, in recognition of the work of the club’s official charity, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). The winning franchise will be announced during The 2020 ESPYS on June 21st.
“For Angelenos with limited access to education, sports, and healthcare, we strive to be a champion that increases the quality of life and confidence of the people we serve,” said Nichol Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. “We are honored by this recognition and the ability to use the historic Dodger brand and the power of sport to run and fund proven programs that impact the lives of those who need it most.”
“The fans are so different in New York than LA,” Strawberry said. “LA fans come late and leave early. New York fans come early and never leave. They wait until the end of the game, whether you win or lose, and I was used to that.
“I was just more used to the aggressive fans and playing in New York City and letting people be over the dugout and yelling at you running across the field. And when you suck, they tell you you suck. And you look at them like, ‘Yeah, I do suck right now. I need to get better.’”
  • Tracy Hackler at Panini's blog shares a bunch of preview pics from their upcoming 2020 Select Baseball brand. Cards of Cody Bellinger and Tony Gonsolin are below. Go here to see more pics. This set is slated to be released this coming Friday.
“Topps actually came to my art studio in New York last month to film me creating my Nolan Ryan, which was my first card, Jamieson said. “Just like verbally or over email Topps said, ‘You can basically do whatever you want. We don’t want you to change the team logos and try to have some type of homage to the original card. But besides that, do you.’
“I interpreted that as it was at face value and did a traditional Nolan Ryan. It was very close to the original card but just painted in my style. ”
  • Here's the newest episode of Off Air with Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser, via Joe's twitter, where they chat with hurler Walker Buehler:

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