Thursday, April 30, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 4/30/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Roy Campanella and Johnny Podres are all smiles.

The 1955 World Series didn't start out so great. The Dodgers lost the first two games on the road, but fought back to win Game 3 at Ebbets Field -- on the back of a complete game by Podres and the stellar bat of Campanella. Featured above is a brief look at the post game celebration from Game 3. Per a descriptor on the reverse (eBay auction link):
Roy Campanella, left, and Johnny Podres celebrate 8-3 victory over Yankees -- Catcher backed up pitcher's fine hurling with three big hits, including home run.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1935 the Dodgers signed 21-year old amateur free agent Rod Dedeaux. He would later go on to become the head baseball coach at the University of Southern California (USC) for 45 season -- winning 11 national titles and 28 conference championships. In 1940 Brooklyn tied a Major League record for consecutive wins to start a season at nine victories when Dodgers hurler Tex Carlton no-hit the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0In 2014 the Dodgers won their 10,000th game in franchise history when they defeated the Twins, 6-4, behind the pitching of Zack Greinke.
  • Happy BirthdayPaul WachtelPhil GarnerJeff Reboulet & José Peraza!
  • Thank you for passing this along, ESPN (via their twitter):

“There have been so many incredible moments of the last few years, the team’s been so good, I don’t know if this would be my best call for a resume reel or an Emmy,” said Davis. “But the most special, the most fun, was Ryu’s home run.
  • Here's something I didn't know. Per Berry Tramel at The Oklahoman -- "What if Mickey Mantle signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers instead of New York Yankees? It's not far-fetched."
Don’t laugh. It could have happened. It absolutely could have happened. It almost surely would have happened, if Dodger executive Branch Rickey not allowed the Yankees to hire away super-scout Tom Greenwade in December 1945.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Greenwade, the most renowned scout in baseball history. He worked for the Dodgers from 1940-45, then the Yankees from 1945-64.
Greenwade was the scout assigned by Branch Rickey to find a Negro League ballplayer. 
“This campaign has been such an awesome surprise,” Kershaw said in a statement. “We really wanted to figure out a way to address the immediate needs of a couple of our beneficiaries who are serving families due to COVID-19. It has been incredible to see the swell of support from so many people. Our season—baseball and Kershaw’s Challenge—has been far from ordinary. We are just grateful for a tangible way to continue our mission of making life better for kids—especially in the middle of such an extraordinary time.”
After one year of added seasoning, we now know, the Dodgers secured two leaguewide top-100 prospects out of this deal. (Josiah) Gray rocketed through the low minors to finish the 2019 season at Double-A, where he ran up 39 1/3 innings of 2.75 ERA pitching in his age-21 campaign. He’s now a significant part of the Dodgers’ near-term rotation picture.
(Jeter) Downs also took off and reached the penultimate level of the minors in his first (and, it turns out, only) season in the Los Angeles organization. The middle infielder spent most of the season pummeling High-A pitching and ended the campaign with a cumulative .276/.362/.526 slash and 24 home runs through 535 plate appearances. The Dodgers preferred to keep Downs, but he ended up being a necessary piece of the team’s bold bid to add superstar Mookie Betts.

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