Friday, September 06, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 9/6/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another great sliding photograph from the George Michael Collection. It is dated May 19, 1943 and features a slide that would be banned today. (eBay auction link) Below is a description of the play:
Harry Walker, of St. Louis, is out at second in the first inning of the game at Ebbets Field with the Dodgers. On the slide, Walker managed to roll into Alex Kampouris, Dodgers' second baseman, upsetting the throw to first to catch Stan Musial in a double play. Action took place on Musial's grounder to Kampouris. The took the game, 3 to 2 (boxscore).
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1943 the Dodgers signed 19-year old amateur free agent Gil Hodges out of  St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN. In 1950 Don Newcombe started both ends of a doubleheader against the Phillies at Shibe Park. In Game 1 he threw a complete game three-hit shutout. In Game 2 he left the game behind by two runs in the seventh inning. The Dodgers would eventually win that game on a three-run single in the ninth inning by Gil HodgesIn 1953 Giants manager and Dodger-traitor Leo Durocher is heard yelling "stick it in his ear" before his pitcher Ruben Gomez struck Dodger outfielder Carl Furillo on the wrist with a pitch. As Furillo took first base he suddenly sprinted to the dugout to get at Durocher. In the subsequent melee Furillo fractures a finger -- ending his season. In 1976 catcher Steve Yeager is injured on the on-deck circle when a jagged end of Bill Russell's broken bat struck him in the throat. It pierced his esophagus, necessitating surgery. Soon thereafter, Dodger trainer Bill Buhler invented a device that hung down from a catchers mask to protect a players throat. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela threw his seventh shutout as a rookie -- tying a National League record. In 1996 the ever-popular Brett Butler defied the odds by returning to the field for the first time after being diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils, having surgery and intensive radiation therapy earlier in the year.
  • Happy Birthday, Dustin MayOyster BurnsPete GilbertGeorge Hildebrand & Del Bissonette!
  • Joc Pederson has been using Andre Ethier's bat, and the results have been amazing. Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA -- "Ethier’s ‘Wonder Boy’ Bat Helps Dodgers Make History."
During his visit with Pederson, Ethier gave him one of his old bats, telling him that it was a very good bat.
“He says it had a lot of hits in it,” Pederson said. “I think they’re just left over, but he says that his bats are way harder than everyone else’s, so they’re still hard.” 
Little did Pederson – or anyone else – know at the time, but that bat would make history; not just Dodgers history but MLB history.
  • Per Brendan Kuty at -- "Big fire near Yankees-Dodgers game was started by men trying to burn homeless camp." 
The men are accused of setting a fire at a homeless encampment in the 2900 block of Colorado Boulevard on Aug. 25 that grew into a brush fire that choked the area with a large plume of smoke, authorities said.
  • Per Bob Nightengale at USA Today -- "The fresh prince of Chavez Ravine: Rookie catcher Will Smith makes his mark as Dodgers push for a title."
“He just might be the best all-around catcher in the game right now,’’ one veteran National League scout told USA TODAY Sports. “This kid can do it all. He has the soft hands. The great arm. The quick release. The bat. The power. The easy comparison is to Buster Posey, but he’s going to be better. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with what he’s doing behind the plate.
“It’s one thing to come up and help a team in a pennant race, but to do it as a catcher? My God.’
  • Here's another Dodger catcher rising up the ranks. Connor Wong will also be in the conversation, via a tweet by Jorge Castillo:

  • Reliever Casey Sadler tries to make amends for his grievous error. He recently tweeted that he wasn't a big fan of In-N-Out. Wha....? 
So, he tried to give it another try, via his newest tweet:

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