Friday, March 11, 2011

eBay: Frank Robinson as a Dodger

It's east to forget that Frank Robinson was a Dodger once. For photographic proof check out a couple of press photos on ebay that originally came from the archives of The Sporting News, above and below. He only played one season with the Blue Crew in 1972, during the late stage of his career. He batted just .251, hit 19 home runs and had 59 RBI's.

Day 23 Spring Training Report

My thoughts and prayers go out to Takashi Saito, Hiroki Kuroda and other ballplayers as they seek out family and friends in Japan.Here is this afternoons Dodger lineup against the A's: Gwynn LF; Gibbons RF; Ethier DH; Kemp CF; Gimenez 1st; Miles 2nd; DeJesus SS; Ellis C; Sellers 3rd; Billingsley SP.

Below are Day 23 Spr4ing Training notes from the Dodgers:
  • A 3-2 BACKDOOR SLIDER: The Dodgers begin a tough weekend stretch with five games in five cities over three days with this afternoon’s contest against the Athletics. Over the three-day weekend, the club will send squads to Phoenix, Surprise, Scottsdale, Glendale and Las Vegas.

  • ROSTER ROUNDUP: Today, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Luis Vasquez to minor league camp, reducing the number of players in big league camp to 57 (27 pitchers, 30 position players).

  • FLASHBACK: Yesterday, the Dodgers dropped an 8-2 decision to the Padres at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Clayton Kershaw continued to sparkle, allowing an unearned run on four hits over 4.1 innings in his third Spring Training start. Juan Uribe stroked an RBI double in the first inning and Marcus Thames doubled and scored in the second inning to account for the Los Angeles scoring.

  • BILLS ON THE HILL: Chad Billingsley takes the mound for his third Spring Training start today. The right-hander has posted a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/6.2 IP) and a .231 opponents’ batting average (6-for-26) with only one walk in 6.2 innings this spring. Billingsley will be followed by the stingy bullpen trio of RHP Blake Hawksworth, RHP Kenley Jansen and RHP Javy Guerra, who have combined to allow just one run in 8.2 innings this spring (1.04 ERA). The Athletics will counter with left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

(Broxton looking for the strikeout!)
  • START ME UP: Through 14 Cactus League games, Dodger starters have posted a miniscule 0.92 ERA (4 ER/39.0 IP). The Dodgers’ projected front four starters of Clayton Kershaw (0.00 ERA, 11.1 IP), Chad Billingsley (1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP), Ted Lilly (2.70 ERA, 3.1 IP) and Hiroki Kuroda (4.15 ERA, 4.1 IP) have posted solid springs with Kershaw tying for the Cactus League ERA lead. In three appearances (two starts), John Ely has tossed 6.0 scoreless frames and held the opposition to a .095 batting average (2-for-21) with seven punchouts. Non-roster hopeful Tim Redding has made the most of his spring opportunities and has yet to allow a run in 8.0 innings over three games (two starts) this spring.

  • WHAT HAPPENS HERE, STAYS HERE: The Dodgers announced a renewed partnership with The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) just in time for Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. showdown with the Cubs at Cashman Field. Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will get the start against the Cubbies with projected Opening Day starters Rod Barajas, Rafael Furcal, Jay Gibbons, Matt Kemp and James Loney expected to make the trip. Sunday marks the Dodgers’ second straight season playing a Spring Training game in Las Vegas and sixth overall appearance (2001-03, 2006, 2010) in the city. The Las Vegas 51s were the farm club of the Dodgers for eight seasons from 2001-08. Sunday’s game will be called by Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully as part of a triple-header featuring the Dodgertown Classic on PRIME TICKET and the regular Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch.
(Pic Link: TwitPic ChitownStu)
  • THE NEWEST DODGER: Congratulations to Juan Castro and his wife Yadira on the birth of their second child last night. The sure-handed infielder has been given the day off and is expected back at Camelback Ranch tomorrow.

  • GONE CAMPING: Registration for the 2011 Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp presented by Kaiser Permanente is now live at The camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 7-12, will feature daily instruction by members of the Major League coaching staff with special guest appearances by current and former Dodger players. Two separate four-day sessions will be offered (July 5-8 and July 25, 26, 27 and 29) with all proceeds benefitting the Dodgers Dream Foundation.

eBay: Pee Wee Reese Lanes

I so wish I ran into this auction before it closed. To me, this is a great example of the kind of memorabilia I love to chase after. It's oddball and has got to be limited in number. After all, how many of these could have possibly survived the decades. To top that off, it's affordable. This particular item sold for only $10.82 on eBay.

What we see here is a vintage key fob from Pee Wee Reese Lanes in Louisville, Kentucky. On one of the sides is a notation about the 200 Club. Likely, this was a prize if you were to score that high. I've seen many other items from Pee Wee's old business before, but this is the first time I've seen this. There are glass cups celebrating the 230 Club at Pee Wee Reese Lanes, as well as, menus, matchbooks, playing cards and pens.