Friday, October 26, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 10/26/2018 - Dodgers Links - Game 3 is Tonight!

Earlier this morning a twitter account dedicated to the history of the Montreal Royals put up the above fantastic 1948 editorial cartoon drawing from the Montreal Gazette (@Royals_46season), and I wanted to share it here. It celebrates the four African-American ballplayers who donned Montreal Blue in the late-40's. BTW, if you love Dodger history I would suggest giving this account a follow.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 Walter O'Malley became the ninth president and chief stockholder in the Dodgers franchise. Following the death of team owner John L. Smith (who owned one-quarter of the club) O'Malley navigated a deal where he bought Branch Rickey's share of the club and essentially became a trustee over the Smith family portion to take over majority control.
  • Happy BirthdayDoc NewtonTommy GriffithEd Vande BergMark SweeneyDaniel Coulombe!
  • Podcast: True Blue LA -- Recapping the first 2 World Series games (Podcast Link).
  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "(Jim) Tracy rooting for WS skippers, his former players."
"These two guys, they reek of character. Unselfish, character off the charts, and you see it with the way they manage and the way their teams play. It's safe to say we had special players, over the top with grit and determination."
  • This weeks Topps Throwback Thursday set includes two Dodgers on a 1963 Topps Baseball card design -- Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Check them both out below. Go here to check it out and order.
  • Here's an old story worth checking out. Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts took a look at Fernando's legendary 1981 World Series start in Game 3: "Thirty years later, Fernando Valenzuela’s legacy is his tenacity."
  • Hilarious stuff! Per Mike Oz at YahooSports; "MLB players tell us the best clubhouse pranks they've ever seen."
  • Via Mark Wright at The Undefeated; "The Heartbreak that Fuels Dodgers Prospect Jared Walker."
They say ‘everything happens for a reason,’ and I always ask, ‘Why me? Why did I have to lose a brother and lose a mom?’ But, you know, I’m a believer, and friends and other special people have reached their hand out over me through those tough times.
If I could just give baseball up right now and never see it, never touch it, to have my mom, brother and dad back, I would do it. But life doesn’t work like that.
"I probably had intentions of playing football," Thomas said of his long-term plans as he headed to college. "Obviously, the Lord had different plans for me and now I'm here. I had an awesome time [at Oklahoma], went to go play both and ended up playing baseball. I couldn't be more happier about that."

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