8/22/1965. The most famous on-field fight in baseball history took place between Dodgers catcher John Roseboro and Giants pitcher Juan Marichal. Juan Marichal would be suspended by NL President Warren Giles as he would miss two key starts that would be a huge key down the stretch. The Dodgers would edge the Giants for the NL Pennant en route to their 3rd World Championship in L.A.
On This Day, 8/22/2016…
I waited awhile to see our proud Blue on the left. Just like this day, 51 years ago when tensions came to a boil, the Dodgers and Giants find themselves in a heated battle for the pennant. So just how do these two heated rivals match up heading into the upcoming 3 game series at The Ravine? One thing is for certain. In spite of the Giants recent struggles we do know this series will be anything but a walk in the park for The Blue….
Extra Innings…Koufax and Maury, The Dodgers in 1960s America
Maury Wills. Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated
Sandy Koufax. Focus on Sport Via Getty Images
As the Dodgers would move into their glimmering new digs atop the hills of Chavez Ravine in 1962, Sandy and Maury would do more than dazzle the citizens of The Ravine. However, in the 60s, with Sandy’s Jewish heritage and Maury’s African-American roots, the two, 12 years prior to Hank Aaron, we’re not so immune to the racial prejudices of the time. As both we’re chasing historical personal feats, the two would be united in not only their battles with the rival Giants but protecting each other as both received countless hate mail. Imagine if twitter had been around in the early 60s.
An excerpt from the recently released book The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, written by Michael Leahy, discusses the racial barriers the two would endure as they we’re setting records along the way of chasing a pennant. Also included as you click on the above link is a video of our Vin Scully reflecting on his Hall of Fame career in typical humble Vin..