Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 11/26/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Roy is "A-Okay".
Roy Campanella, popular Brooklyn Dodger catcher, winks and gives the "okay" sign to a group of admiring small fry after a physician said Campy's injured left hand isn't permanently damaged and he's fit for duty in the All-Star game in Cleveland.
Dated July 13, 1954, the above vintage press photo (available through eBay) features some very relieved Brooklyn fans with Roy Campanella. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1962 the Dodgers traded right-handed hurler Stan Williams to the Yankees for first baseman Bill Skowron. He would play just one season for Los Angeles -- slashing .203/.252/.287/.539 in 89 games. In 1965 Dodgers second baseman Jim Lefebvre is voted National League Rookie of the Year. In 2010 the Dodgers signed free agent righty Jon Garland to a one-year $5 million contract. Garland would start nine games, going 1-5 with an 4.33 ERA, then go on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort -- leading to shoulder surgery.
  • Happy Birthday, Jim CanavanDan McFarlanBob LeeJeff TorborgJorge Orta & Jay Howell!
  • Goldin Auctions current offering includes a bunch of Dodger goodies -- including a 1988 Dodgers World Series Championship Ring (link here) and one-of-a-kind 1960's Sandy Koufax CBS Television World Series advertising illustration (link here).
  • FYI: Single-game tickets for the 2020 season will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, November 26th at 12:00 p.m. online at Dodgers.com/tickets. Additionally, there will be 18 bobblehead giveaways -- so far the checklist includes Max Muncy, Don Drysdale and Vin Scully. You can check out the Drysdale bobble on the right. Check out the promotional schedule here.
  • Per Carl M. Cannon at Real Clear Politics -- "When Koufax Made a Pitch for Jews Everywhere."
  • Congrats to the former Dodger! Per Yoo Jee-ho at Yonhap News Agency -- "American pitcher Josh Lindblom voted MVP in S. Korean baseball." 
  • Eric Stonestreet is now a Baseball owner, via a tweet from Bill Shaikin:

Just a couple of days later, on April 19 and 20, USL representatives met in secrecy with Rickey in New York. There they made a deal. Rickey would home a franchise called the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers at Ebbets Field, and Oscar Charleston would serve as the team’s manager. Rickey would serve as an adviser to the league. He would also publicly give the USL his blessing and do all he could to help make it a success.
It was Sukeforth to whom Charleston usually reported, probably, because it was Sukeforth who told The Sporting News in July 1951 that Rickey had “hired” Charleston because he “could get in clubhouses and find out facts in the colored leagues.” Charleston, Sukeforth added later, was invaluable to the entire effort. “He knew all the people in the colored league, and if we got interested in somebody, why, we’d call Oscar, and we could find out all about a boy, his habits, how much he’d been to school, what sort of boy he was.” That was the sort of inside information Rickey craved.

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