Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 10/28/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Above is an fantastic Acme press photo, dated October 8, 1941, that features a group of resilient Dodgers fans eager to watch Game 3 of the World Series.  Unfortunately, it appears that mother nature has something else in mind for the day.  It's pouring like the Dickens, but that doesn't stop them from waiting in line for the start of the game.  It is currently available at Hake's current memorabilia auction (Auction Link).  Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Can’t Dampen That Dodger Spirit
Brooklyn, NY -- Holding umbrellas and blankets over their heads, Brooklyn fans – male and female – wait outside the bleachers entrance to Ebbets Field to see their “Bums” in the third game of the World Series.  Dark skies and continued rain caused the game to be postponed.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1890 the Dodgers played a Game 7 of a World Series between the National League and American Association.  They battled the Louisville Colonels but lost 6-2.  This put the series in a tie with a record of 3-3-1.  Game 3 had ended in 7-7 tie due to darkness.  Furthermore, they would never play a decisive Game 8.  Poor weather and a general lack of fan interest –(the largest crowd for any of the game was 5,600) caused the competition to be stopped.  Both Brooklyn and Louisville would be named co-champions.  In 1953 Red Barber resigns as the Brooklyn Dodgers Broadcaster, and will work for the New York Yankees.  In 1981 the Dodgers defeated the Yankees in Game 6 of the World Series to become champions for the first time since 1965.  Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager and Ron Cey are named co-MVP's of the series.
  • Get well, Fred!  Via JP Hoornstra at the OC Register; "Fred Claire, former Dodgers GM, opens up about cancer diagnosis."
“Get yourself in as good of shape as you can because you never know what’s going to hit you,” Claire said on a recent afternoon from his home in Pasadena. “When you have trouble getting out of bed after an operation, you have to have the strength in your body to cope with that. Strength in your legs becomes very important. Strength in your arms becomes very important. I’m going to get in better shape than I’ve ever been in my life.
Last night, the LA Galaxy advanced to the MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals following a 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake.

The energy in the place was pretty electric, and it was also pretty dang adorable as Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson was in attendance along with his adorable puppy Blue.
  • Via David Hood at True Blue LA; "2016 in review: Preseason top 20 Dodgers prospects: A season review of the Dodgers’ top 20 prospects heading into 2016."
  • Via Paul Swaney at; " 2016 MiLB Ballpark Experience Rankings."  It includes three Dodgers minor league fields on the list.
  • Via Wayne Cavadi at Todays Knuckleball; "MiLB: Five second baseman who could impact 2017," and it includes Dodger prospect Willie Calhoun.
Calhoun has already blasted a home run in the Arizona Fall League and will certainly get an invite to spring training. He won’t make the Opening Day roster, having never seen a pitch in the PCL, but with question marks at the second base position for 2017, you can expect a big league debut. If his bat works at the big league level, Calhoun could stick.
The Missouri History Museum has uncovered an astonishing find: a photograph of Stars Park, home of the Negro National League’s St. Louis Stars in the 1920s.

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