Thursday, March 29, 2012

It Was Always Meant To Be

From Jon at Dodgers Thoughts:

Rachel Robinson to join Dodgers Board of Directors. Link

She is not only on the Board. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is also a partner in the purchase. Wow!

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/White House/Eric Draper)

1947 World Series Press Photos - Yankees vs Dodgers

Do you know what's better than a vintage press photo featuring your favorite team in the World Series? How about a grouping of press photos of that same event.

Recently, I ran into several auctions on eBay featuring numerous press photos from Acme Newspictures that centered on the 1947 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers. There were a whole bunch to look through, but I wanted to focus on just a handful. See them below.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor, date dated Oct 2, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "HUDDLE AT THE PLATE, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Six umpires go into a huddle with coaches Chuck Dressen of New York and Ray Blades (face hidden) of Brooklyn to confer on ground rules at the start of the third stanza of the World Series at Ebbets Field on October 2. Catcher Bruce Edwards of Brooklyn warms up at left".
This was the first World Series where 6 umpires were used on the field. In the past, they used the customary 4 umpires around the diamond for the October Classic with 2 umpires available for emergencies.

This is from a very tough first inning from Game 4 of the World Series for the Dodgers.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor, date dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "DECISION REVERSED, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Peewee Reese, Dodgers shortstop drops the ball for an error on what should have been an easy force out on Tommy Henrich at second base in the first inning of the fourth game of the World Series, at Ebbets Field, Oct. 3. Umpire Babe Pinelli first called Henrich out and then safe".
Bases now loaded for Joe Dimaggio.

The game has not started out the way the Dodgers had hoped. It's still the first inning of the game and the Dodgers are trying to minimize the damage. The Yankees lead 1-0 and still have the bases loaded. Time for some relief?
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (attached), dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "ELEVEN PITCHES AND OUT, New York.: Singles to George Stirnweiss and Tommy Henrich, and error on Larry Berra's hit to second, and a walk to Joe DiMaggio - all of which took place in eleven pitches by Dodger hurler Harry Taylor - resulted in Mr. Taylor's going to the showers early, in the Yankees-Dodgers fourth World Series game at Ebbets Field, October 3. Here's the conference on the mound as Taylor gets word he's leaving the game in the first inning without retiring a Yank. PeeWee Reese (#1), Bruce Edwards (#10), Hal Gregg, relieving pitcher (left), Coach Clyde Sukeforth, Harry Taylor (right) and Jackie Robinson in rear."
This has got to be one of the earliest hooks ever. Hal Gregg in to pitch.

Here, Pee Wee Reese turns an inning ending double play to end the first inning. Hal Gregg has done his job. Heck, he would go a strong seven innings to keep the Dodgers in the game.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (detached but included), dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "KILLING A RALLY, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees is out at second as Ed stanky of the Dodgers whips the ball to first to get Billy Johnson on a fast double-play which retired the side in the first inning of the fourth game of the World Series at Ebbets Field, Oct. 3. The Yankees had the bases loaded with none but were only able to score once, the run being forced in on a walk to DiMaggio."
This is probably my favorite photo of the bunch.

Still Game 4, Jackie beats out Yogi to the base.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (attached), dated Oct 3, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "ROBBIE WINS, New York.: Jackie Robinson likes to beat the batter to first base when he hits a ball hit down his way. He's shown here outrunning Yogi Berra, Yank catcher, in the third inning of the Yanks-Dodgers World Series game at Ebbets Field, October 3. Umpire is Bill McGowan."

This is from Game 6 of the 1947 World Series. The Dodgers are in a must win situation if they want to win the series.
Stamped "Acme Newspictures" Press Photo with descriptor (attached), dated Oct 5, 1947, of the New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series. "CUT DOWN AS DODGERS SCORE, New York.: Jackie Robinson is forced at second by Phil Rizzuto, who fielded Dixie Walker's grounder, stepped on second threw to first to Jack Phillips, in the first inning of the sixth WORLD SERIES game at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 5. Eddie Stanky from third on the play and Rizzuto was hurt. Snuffy Stirnweiss is at left."
This is a great action photo of Jackie taking out Rizzuto. The Yanks did turn the double play, but had to give up a run to do it. Eddie Stanky scored. Reese would later cross the plate on a pass ball.

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training- Game 27

Throughout Spring Training the Dodgers PR department sends out helpful daily notes from Camelback Ranch, and I am happy to pass them along.

Chicago White Sox (11-15) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (12-10-4)

Thursday, March 29, 2012 – 1:05 p.m., Camelback Ranch - Glendale

RHP Aaron Harang vs. LHP Chris Sale

Spring Game 27/Home Game 13

Todays Starting Lineup:
Dodgers: SS, M Ellis 2B, CF, Rivera 1B, Ethier RF, Fields LF, Uribe 3B, C, Harang RHP
White Sox: De Aza CF, Lillibridge 1B, Rios RF, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Viciedo LF, Beckham 2B, Escobar 3B, Sale P.
Upcoming Spring Training Schedule:

  • GET OUT THE BROOMS?: The Dodgers and White Sox complete their five-game Cactus League series with an afternoon tilt at Camelback Ranch – Glendale today. The Dodgers have won all four contests, including a 17-4 victory in in Tucson that benefitted the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. Los Angeles has outscored its Glendale roommates 37-17 this spring. The two squads will meet again during the regular season from June 15-17 at Dodger Stadium.

  • HURLERS: Dodger right-hander Aaron Harang will make his fifth start of the spring this afternoon and is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP) in his first Spring Training with the Dodgers. The 6-7, 230-pound Harang last pitched on Friday in Surprise against the Royals and gave up just one run over 5.0 innings. The San Diego native and resident is coming off one of the best seasons of his 10-year big league career after leading the Padres with 14 wins and posting a career-low 3.64 ERA in 28 starts last season. Since 2004, Harang ranks among the National League leaders in wins (85, 7th), strikeouts (1,223, 3rd), innings pitched (1,467.2, 4th) and complete games (13, T-7th). He will be followed to the mound by:

    ● RHP Josh Lindblom will make his team-leading ninth appearance of the Cactus League season today. Thus far, Lindblom has a 4.00 ERA (4 ER/9.0 IP) this month and has struck out seven batters without a walk. The right-hander out of Purdue went 1-0 with a 2.73 ERA (9 ER/29.2 IP) in 27 appearances for the Dodgers last year.

    ● RHP Ronald Belisario will make his sixth appearance this spring. The native of Venezuela has allowed five runs in 6.0 innings in March.

    ● LHP Scott Rice tossed a scoreless inning on Tuesday in Peoria and now has a 4.05 ERA (3 ER/6.2 IP) to go along with seven strikeouts and just one walk. The 30-year-old non-roster invitee is looking to make the Major Leagues for the first time in his 14-year professional career.

(pic via Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers 2012)

  • THIS FEELS FUNNY: The Dodgers have lost two-in-a-row for the first time all spring following yesterday’s 4-1 loss to the Giants. Nathan Eovaldi started and allowed two runs on three hits over 5.0 innings while Kenley Jansen and Mike MacDougal each tossed 1.0 scoreless inning of relief. At the plate, second baseman Mark Ellis went 2-for-3 with a runs scored and a walk while James Loney went 2-for-4 with two extra-base hits and the club’s lone RBI.

  • A CHANGE IS GONNA COME: It was announced Tuesday night that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt reached an agreement under which Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC will acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion upon completion of the closing process. The purchasing group includes Mark R. Walter as its controlling partner, as well as EarvinMagicJohnson, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly.
  • SPEE -DEE: Dee Gordon has hit safely in his last six games, batting .650 (13-for-20) with eight runs scored, one double, two triples and five steals since March 20. The 23-year-old leads NL qualifiers with a .417 batting average and 14 runs scored and ranks among the leaders in steals (10, 2nd), OBP (.491, 2nd), and hits (20, T-5th).

(pic via Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers 2012)

  • THE BIG BATS: The Dodgers’ .282 team batting average ranks third among National League teams this spring and all three of the club’s starting outfielders are hitting over .300. Andre Ethier’s current eight-game hitting streak has given him a team-leading batting average of .421 while Matt Kemp (.313) and Juan Rivera (.304) rank sixth and seventh on the squad, respectively. Rivera is tied for fourth in home runs with four and Ethier ranks among the leaders in doubles (8, T-1st), total bases (36, T-4th), triples (3, T-1st) and runs scored (11, T-7th).

  • MY GOODNESS, MY GUINNESS: On this date four years ago, a Guinness World Record 115,300 fans watched the Dodgers and Red Sox play in an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that raised more than $2 million for ThinkCure!, the club’s official charity.