Monday, June 08, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 6/8/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Yesterday Topps released their sixth Dodgers-related 2020 Topps Now 'Turn Back the Clock' online exclusive card and it makes note of Yasiel Puig's remarkable debut in 2013 -- four homers in his first five games. Per the description on the reverse.
June 7, 2013 -- After tallying three home runs and nine RBI in his first four games, Yasiel Puig continued the Scintillating start to his Baseball career. The 22-year-old clubbed a solo shot, marking four home runs in his first five games and giving the Dodgers another dynamic athlete to add to a solid starting lineup.
Unfortunately, it is too late to order this card directly from Topps. Below are more links to check out:
“We can’t let this moment pass,” he said. “Good has to come out of this. We have to talk about these things, and by that I mean really talk. But it has to be a different kind of conversation this time when African Americans want to be heard more than ever. I understand that white Americans need to be heard, too. They just need to do more of the listening. Less talking this time and more listening.”
He’s right. The more I’ve gotten to know him over the years, especially since he became manager of the Dodgers, he’s right about a lot of things, not just baseball. 
“The kind of conversation that we as a country need to have about justice and race,” Roberts said, “I want baseball to get the chance, at least from sports, to help lead a conversation like that.”
“I’m just so appreciative. This is unbelievable. We don’t do what we do with our foundation for the recognition or to have our name on a plaque, but to know that they had that idea to recognize our support for this, we were speechless. It was special.”
This is the first grant the statue project has announced since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue announced the grant from the fund, which is part of the Youngstown Foundation. The almost 7-foot statue will mark a 1946 handshake at home plate between Jackie Robinson and Youngstown native George Shuba. It is believed to be the first documented interracial handshake in professional baseball.
“No one would say anything to me. And I got used to the ‘fag’ jokes. You heard them everywhere then,” Burke explained. “I knew who I was. I wasn’t no sissy, I was a man. It just so happened that I lived in a different world.” Burke didn’t come out to his teammates, but at least some of them  figured out that he was gay, in part because he rarely went out drinking and partying with them after games.
“I’m sure he played in fear—the fear of the fact that it’s going to get out that he’s gay and once it comes out, you’re going to take abuse,” recalled Davey Lopes, one of his Dodger teammates, in 1994. “Face it, society isn’t ready for that. If there are any gay players, even today, and you would think that there probably are, that’s why they choose not to come out, because they know their careers are going to be ruined.”

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