Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 5/6/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

He's all smiles!

Check out this vintage United Press Photo taken shortly after the Dodgers defeated the Yankees in the 1955 World Series (eBay link).
The Victor and the Loser
New York: Yankee manager Casey Stengel (right) congratulates a smiling Dodger manager Walt Alston in the Brooklyn dressing room after the Dodgers won the rubber game of the World Series to win their first championship. The Dodgers whipped the Yankees, 2-0, to take the 7th and final game of the series at Yankee Stadium Oct. 4th.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1937 Baseball fans at both the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field see the Hindenberg zeppelin fly overhead - just a few hours before it infamously exploded into a fireball in Lakehurst, New Jersey. In 1947 NL President Ford Frick threatens seven Cardinals players at Ebbets Field with banishment from the league should they follow through with their planned boycott to protest Jackie Robinson. In 1978 Dodger super-utilityman Lee Lacy becomes the first Major Leaguer to hit pinch-hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. On May 17th he would make it three-in-a-row.
  • Happy BirthdayLes WebberMike McCormick & Mike Kincade!
  • Stealing Home at All Trade Bait, All the Time is an artist and recently put up his first photography exhibition online. Go here to check it out.
  • In case you are interested, here's a nice checklist of Michael Jordan Baseball cards, via Sports Collectors Daily.
  • Video: Max Muncy chats with John Hartung about life on quarantine (video link).
  • Per Lance Allen at TMJ4 -- "Hitters Baseball launches simulated baseball game in Caledonia." There's a video featuring Gavin Lux.
As pro-baseball tries to find its new normal, there is now a simulated game at Hitters Baseball in Caledonia.
“It did seem a little weird the first time after a month and a half,” Gavin Lux says.
“It was fun just to face live competition,” Lux says.
(Cody) Bellinger said that his favorite was Derek Jeter, “but I also grew to love Manny Ramirez. I loved the way he played and loved his baggy jersey.”
(Steve) Garvey, whose father drove the Dodgers team bus during Spring Trainings in Vero Beach, Fla., reeled off a list of superstars he got to meet as kids. “[Pee Wee] Reese, [Gil] Hodges, [Mickey] Mantle, [Al] Kaline, [Stan] Musial. It was a different time,” Garvey said. “You collected baseball cards and they came to life when you met these guys.”
In nearly two months, Cartaya has immersed himself into his second home. He’s working out nearly every day with Chase (Barbary). He’s learning English. He’s learning from Travis (Barbary).
More importantly, Cartaya found a home base when he needed it most. 
“I feel like family,” Cartaya said.

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