Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 5/13/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's an undated photograph, likely from the mid to late 60's, featuring Dodger Hall of Famers Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson perusing through Jackie's book Baseball Has Done It (eBay auction link).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 the famous 'embrace that shook the baseball world' occurred at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Dodgers, facing the Reds for the first time this season at their home stadium, witness a barrage of racial slurs directed at Jackie Robinson. Team captain Pee Wee Reese, seeing this, engages with Jackie on the field and then put his arm around his shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd (or so the story goes). In 1952 Vin Scully experienced something unbelievable. As a youth he dreamed of being a broadcaster. A classmate named Larry Miggins shared a similar dream with him, but he wanted to play Major League Baseball. So on this day Miggins, now a outfielder with the Cardinals, was at-bat with Vin Scully calling the game for the Dodgers in Brooklyn, and proceeded to hit his first career home run in front of his close friend (boxscore). Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated wrote a bit about it here.
“Incredible, isn’t it?” Scully says. “I mean, really, absolutely incredible. And probably the toughest home run call that I ever had to call because I was a part of it. He hit the home run against Preacher Roe, I’m pretty sure. And I had to fight back tears. I called ‘home run,’ and then I just sat there with this big lump in my throat watching him run around the bases. I mean, how could that possibly happen?”
“You’re basically trying to tell a story with one image,” Yoshida said. “That’s part of the beauty and fun of designing these kinds of logos.”

  • Ya know... I had no idea. Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA -- "What if the Dodgers drafted Alex Rodriguez? -- There were two “sure things” in the 1993 MLB Draft. The Dodgers picked second."
“[Mariners manager] Lou Piniella wanted pitching for the playoff run, Darren Dreifort was major league-ready and I wasn’t, therefore I thought I was going to be a fallback pick for the Dodgers,” Rodriguez said. “We basically had our deal done with the Dodgers.”
Is your eye twitching yet? 
Rodriguez didn’t fall to the Dodgers. The Mariners picked him first, and Dreifort went to the Dodgers. Dreifort pitched in parts of nine major league seasons, but was racked by injuries. He posted an above average ERA+ four times, two of those years in relief.
“I learned from Jackie the true meaning of being a man,” he wrote. “I learned how cruel and full of hate some people are to others. And probably most important of all, I learned never to back down on a cause you truly believe in, no matter what the odds against you might be. These are important things for a boy to know while growing up, and I will always cherish those memories and recall the beauty of a friendship between a man and a boy.”
  • Dodgers Chef Ryan Evans recently shared some footage of the ongoing renovationsa from the outfield pavilion areas, via a tweet from Clint Pasillas:
  • You should check this out -- an interview with former Dodger GM Fred Clair, via a tweet from Alex Feuz:

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