Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 1/29/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fun press photo from Sport magazine that I ran across on eBay (link here). It features a very young Don Drysdale chatting it up with the legendary Duke Snider. The pic is undated, but is likely from the late-50's early '60's.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1958 Roy Campanella is in an early morning car accident in Long Island -- breaking his back and ending his Baseball playing career.  In 1961 one-time Dodger Max Carey, along with deadball era outfielder Billy Hamilton, are elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Carey played four seasons in Brooklyn, slashing .260/.346/.339/.685 with three homers and 81 RBI's, and managed the club from 1932-1933. He recorded a 146-161 record as the Dodgers skipper. In 1967 former Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, along with Pirates outfielder Lloyd Waner, are elected by the Veterans Committee into the Baseball Hall of Fame. BTW, Waner was a Dodger for a short time in 1944 -- having had 17 plate appearances in 15 games and slashing .286/.412/.286/.697. In 1988 the Dodgers signed free agent outfielder Kirk Gibson to a three-year $4.5MM contract.
  • Happy BirthdayHenry MedicusBill KriegRay HayworthHank EdwardsSteve SaxJason Schmidt & Mike Bolsinger!
  • This should be fun and interesting. Per Pedro Gomez on twitter:
  • In case you are interested, Cardboard Connection shares the, "Top 24 Kobe Bryant Cards of All-Time."
  • Per Barry Lewis at Tulsa World -- "Dodgers legend Rick Monday speaks at Claremore baseball dinner."
On the 1981 NL Championship Series’ against the Expos: “The count was 3-1 and I got a fastball up and over the plate, something he normally doesn’t do, the only one I ever saw from him up and out over the plate. I didn’t see the ball to begin with, but I knew it was hit well. I saw Andre Dawson, in center, go to right-center, and I thought, darn it, that it was going to be a long out, and I saw him continue to run and I thought it might go off the high wall. And just saw a glimpse of the ball as it disappeared behind the fence.”
"A lot of the messages I've received throughout the week are, 'What can I do for you?'" Altobelli said. "The answer is nothing, you know. Just give me some love and support and maybe some space. But today, I'm taking you all up on that offer. I want you all to smile, to laugh, to tell funny John stories. Today is a day of remembrance and it's sad -- we're going to have a lot of sad days -- but it's the season opener and baseball so let's smile and have some fun."
The Red Sox have set up a fundraiser, through GoFundMe, for the Altobelli family -- an elder son, J.J. Altobelli, is a scout for the franchise. Go here to help. Also, check out who showed up yesterday, via @randi_radcliffe on twitter:

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