Friday, August 28, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 8/28/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends!

As you surely know by now, Vin Scully has consigned a whole bunch of his personal memorabilia to Hunt Auctions, and frankly it's overwhelming. There's a ton of stuff, and bids are starting to reach lofty heights -- after being open for just a day or two.

I have yet to go through the entire catalog, but so far I think the cream of the crop might be his 1955 World Series ring. That's right folks! His championship ring is on the block and right now it sits at $13,750.00 -- with the possibly it'll reach six figured before it's all said and done. Wow! See the ring on the right. Go here to check out the entire auction, and do a search for Vin Scully

BTW, next week I plan on writing and sharing a bunch of his stuff on this blog, so stay tuned for that. I suspect next week will be Vin Scully week here.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1942 the oft-injured outfielder Pete Reiser enters the hospital with a torn thigh ligament. In 1945 Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson meet to discuss plans for integrating Baseball. During the three hour meeting Rickey berates Robinson with a flurry of racial epithets to test his mettle and willingness to 'turn the other cheek.' Also on this day, 17-year old Brooklyn shortstop Tommy Brown becomes the youngest person to steal home in Major League history. In 1952 the Brooklyn Dodgers set a National League record when they hit into a double play in their 23rd consecutive game. In 2002 Eric Gagne recorded his 45th save of the season, setting a franchise record and earning a bottle of Dom Perignon autographed by his Dodger teammates. 
  • Happy BirthdayRyan Madson, Joe YeagerGoody Rosen & Darren Lewis!
  • ICYMI: Walker Buehler is on the 10-day injured list with a blister on his right hand, and they have recalled right-handed pitcher Mitch White. 
  • FYI: Today is the last day to bid on game-used jerseys from the Dodgers August 14th, 2020 7-4 win against the Los Angeles Angels. Jerseys include Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, and Kike Hernandez. Go here to check them out.
—No. 3 prospect Brusdar Graterol made his 12th appearance in the team’s shutout win over the Giants in the second game of a doubleheader, averaging 99 mph on his sinker and allowing a hit in a scoreless inning. The 22-year-old righthander is 0-2, 3.09 with seven strikeouts and one walk in 11.2 innings.

It's hard to imagine Betts regrets leaving Boston and signing long-term in L.A., because the Dodgers showed the power of having a teammates' back. The Red Sox? They can say what they want, but they're more comfortable turning theirs.
“I saw the anger among the people,” he remembered from his home in San Marino. “They were protesting the war. They were protesting the draft. They believed that the government was trying to [prevent] Chicano youth to go into universities.”
But the Chicano Moratorium would prove to be among the most memorable — and harrowing — events he covered after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, responding to a possible disturbance at the Green Mill liquor store, fired tear gas as part of an aggressive move to break up the marchers. Before day turned to night, stores had been burned, more than 200 people had been arrested and journalist Ruben Salazar had been killed. Two others were wounded and died days later.
“She was probably arrested close to 10 times during sit-ins and marching and protesting. So, super, super brave, brave woman,” Lombard said. “It’s emotional talking about her and all the things she sacrificed when she didn’t have a dog in the fight. Here’s a white woman that had this life paved out for her to stay in the Northeast where she had a bunch of aunts and uncles who went to Harvard. And she could have easily lived that lifestyle, but instead she went right down to Atlanta, got in the inner-city and just wanted to voice her opinion for equal rights.”
  • Panini America's blog shared a bunch of preview pics of their 2020 Immaculate Baseball brand. Check them out below. Go here to see more. These cards are now available to collector -- both online and at your local card shops.

  • Here's a weird story tangentially related to the Dodgers. Per an AP report at NBC4 -- "FBI Reassigns Top LA Agent After 2018 Dodgers Game Buffet."
Despite being among other people at the game, the agent discussed topics sensitive enough for FBI officials to ask for some of them to be deleted from the inspector general's public report. The meeting was initially framed as part of the FBI’s security presence at the game.
WTF! They were in public when discussing matters of national importance. 
  • From noted Baseball artist Graig Kreindler, via his twitter:

  • Check out the newest Jackie Robinson Day spot from @MLB, narrated by Mookie Betts, below:

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