Thursday, April 09, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 4/9/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has launched a special auction to support local COVID-19 relief efforts ( It featured autographed jerseys and includes Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and more. Go here to check them out. Above is a look at the Betts and Bellinger jerseys.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1913 Ebbets Field host its first Major League game in front of about 10,000 spectators on a frigid Wednesday afternoon. It is an Opening Day contest against the Phillies. Unfortunately, the Superbas got shutout, 1-0. Check out the boxscore hereIn 1947 Dodgers skipper Leo Durocher is given a one-year suspension by Commissioner Happy Chandler for "conduct deemed detrimental to baseball." It is related to his association with known gamblers. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela replaced scheduled starter Jerry Reuss to pitch on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. He would go on to throw a complete game shutout -- blanking the Astros 2-0. Check out the boxscore here. As you know, Fernando would win eight consecutive games to start the season and lead the team towards a World Series Championship.
  • Happy BirthdaySteve TooleTiny OsborneFred FrankhouseGuy CantrellRoy GleasonOscar Robles & AJ Ellis!
  • For those who don't know, for quite some time I've been maintaining a page on this blog that links to as many hobby/collector related resources as I could find. There's everything from card manufacturers to coins/stamps links to library resources featuring completely digitized vintage sports journals (like Lajoie’s Baseball Guide and Police Gazette). Go here to check out this page. I was recently pointed to a vintage felt pennant website called Pennant Fever and thought I would highlight it. It'a a website dedicated to vintage felt pennants and their manufacturers.
BTW, if you happen to know of other hobby/collecting websites that I should add to my page then please pass them along. I'd like to expand it to include other antique websites, like vintage glass (cut, depression, carnival and Murano), ceramics & pottery, ephemera, etc.
  • Via Kyle at Pennant Factory -- "Dodger Stadium Scoreboard (1988)." Kyle, who runs the above referenced Pennant Fever website also likes to recreate vintage pennants and other things -- including the ol' Dodger Stadium scoreboard. Check out his work here.
  • Via Matt Kelly at -- "Springsteen's just like us: He misses baseball, too."
“I miss baseball,” said Springsteen. “I’m not much of a sports fanatic at all, but I do like baseball. … All I know is that when this is all over, I’m gonna take [my wife] Patti [Scialfa] to a baseball game.”
“As a staff we’re able to spend a lot of time and energy in identifying superstar staff members and recruiting them and bringing them in and developing them,” Dodgers farm director Will Rhymes said.
“We invest heavily in staff development. We have turnover because every year people get promotions with other teams and it makes us an appealing place for the high end of the market.”
“We get players who are really young, and a lot of times the lowest-hanging fruit is simply helping guys mature physically,” Rhymes said. “Our performance and medical staffs are excellent. We feel like we have the best strength and conditioning out there. Combine that with the nutrition (and) a lot of the jumps you see in players from year to year simply comes from being in fantastic shape.”
“I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him, personally, and I think some players, too, and coaches, it feels like he’s already played a season with us,” Roberts said. “Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.”

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