Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 3/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The passage of time sure can ease the grief.

Featured above is a vintage, circa June 1956, photograph that captures Dodger legends Duke Snider and Gil Hodges on the verge of "tomahawking" former Giants hero Bobby Thompson. As you know, in 1951 Thompson hit "The Shot Heard Round the World" that ended the Dodgers chances for a world title that season. This pic recently sold at an RMY Auction for a very affordable $34. On another note, I'm extremely angry at myself for missing this item, as well as several others, from this auction. It closed this past weekend and I just plain forgot about it.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1945 the Dodgers opened their spring camp at Bear Mountain State Park in upstate New York due to wartime travel restrictions. There were real worries that German U-boats would attack the eastern coast of America During WWII. This is the third straight year the Dodgers would practice here. In 1975 the Dodgers signed 37 year-old former Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal to a free agent contract. He would retire from the game a little over a month later on April 17th. 
  • Happy Birthday, Doc CaseyRalph MillerRosy RyanLou FetteDick ScottMickey Hatcher & Trayce Thompson!
  • RIP, Augie Garrido. Famed college Baseball skipper, Augie Garrido, has died. He was 79. In 48-years of coaching he won five national titles; including three at my alma mater -- Cal State, Fullerton. Danny Davis at Hook' shares a brief biography:
Garrido ruled the Texas dugout from 1997 until 2016, having previously coached at Cal State Fullerton, Illinois, Cal Poly and San Francisco State. He amassed an 824-427-2 record with the Longhorns, leading Texas to national titles in 2002 and 2005. He won five championships in all, having won with Cal State Fullerton in 1979, 1984 and 1995. With a career record of 1,975-951-9, Garrido is the all-time winningest coach in Division I baseball history.
“Augie was a giant in our game,” Texas head coach David Pierce said in a statement. “His impact on baseball, on the Forty Acres, and on me and so many others will live on forever. My thoughts are with Jeannie, his friends, his family, and all those who were lucky enough to have met him, played for him, or learned from him. His presence will be sorely missed but his legacy will never be forgotten.”
  • Just dotting the 'T's" and dotting the "I's". Via Ronald Blum at AP; "Dodgers renew contracts of rookies of year Bellinger, Seager."
  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "Seager (elbow) reports no issues playing SS: Dodgers star expected to play defense in Cactus League game Friday."
"It's just about getting his workload up and building his body up," manager Dave Roberts said.
  • How could one family be so lucky. Per Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily; "Lucky 7 Find Plus One: Family Uncovers 8th Cobb Tobacco Card in Dusty Box." This family has already made $3MM from finding just seven cards. Now they have an eighth Ty Cobb Tobacco card to add to their booty.
  • I look forward to his speedy recovery. Former Dodger prospect Jose De León has just had successful Tommy John Surgery, via a tweet from him:

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