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On This Day, August 22…Dodgers…Giants…

roseboro_marichal 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.

Source: On This Day, August 22, 1965 , Marichal vs. Roseboro

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 RavineOne 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..  

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On This Day, August 22, 1965 , Marichal vs. Roseboro

roseboro_marichal 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 for 8 games, the equivalent of 2 starts. L.A. Times columnist Jim Murray writes ” Let a common citizen whack someone over the head with a bat and see what he gets…” . Maury Wills would call Giles a SOB. Though Marichal would only miss two starts, the two starts missed may have been crucial because the Dodgers would win the pennant by one game over, The Giants. Here is a recollection of that day’s events from Juan Marichal, who years later would become good friends with John Roseboro. It’s also been said that Roseboro played an integral part in Marichal’s induction to the Hall of Fame.

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26 Years and Counting Since 1988, Part 1, 1989 And The 90’s

Re-blogged from last season.  It is 26 years now since Chavez Ravine has hosted a World Series.  Here’s a recap of each season, part 1, from 1989 to 1999

 

On the eve of the 109th World Series will mark 25 years now since the Dodgers won their last World Series title, let alone appear in one.  While I enjoy telling stories what it was like being a fan experiencing the Dodgers triumph in 1988, explaining the feeling to the fans who have potentially graduated college in the last 4 years certainly is not making me feel any younger.  Now that I have all but let it out that i’m up there in years, lol, let’s now look back on the last 25 years, first with the 90’s, with it’s highs and lows.  And let’s hope by this time next year i’m writing a piece about The Boys in Blue in the World Series.  But first…

OK. Let’s look back upon the last 25 years of non World Series years

1989 77-83 4th Place

Despite leading the NL with a team ERA of 2.95, the last time anyone finished the season with a team ERA below 3.00, the Dodgers, one season after shocking the world, would finish in 4th place 14 games behind the Giants. So anemic was the offense that Orel Hershiser, despite winning 15 games with an ERA of 2.31, would also lose 15 as well , finishing the season with a .500 mark.

So the 80’s finished on a down note. However, the Dodgers was still a strong decade for the Boys in Blue, winning two World Championships (1981 and 1988), four National League Western Division titles (1981, 1983, 1985 and 1988) and 825 games, tying them with the St. Louis Cardinals for most victories by a National League team during the decade. The 80’s was also a strong decade in L.A. sports as well. Between the Dodgers 2 titles, the Lakers 5 titles, and the Raiders lone Super Bowl in 1983 9 This is a 49ERS fan acknowledging this), 8 championship titles we’re won for the great city of Los Angeles. Oh yeah, let’s also not forget the 1984 Olympics, with baseball debuting as an olympic sport here, played at, of course, Dodger Stadium. Those we’re some fun times as a sports fan in the 80’s. The 90’s certainly look promising, right ? kirk-gibson One last look of the 80’s

The 90’s

The United States enacts Operation Desert Storm, destroying the Iraqi army and ending the Gulf War in a few short weeks. A video is released of driver Rodney King being beaten by L.A. police officers following a traffic stop, igniting a national controversy. Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president of the United States. Magic Johnson announces his retirement from the NBA after contracting the HIV Virus ( What’s Magic up to these days ? ). In the meantime, on the field…

1990 86-76 2nd Place

Even without Orel Hershiser for much of the season due to shoulder surgery and an injury plagued Kirk Gibson a mere cry from his 1988 season, the Dodgers would finish 5 games behind the eventual World Champion Cincinatti Reds. This would also be the last season for Fernando Valenzuela in a Dodger uniform, as he would be released prior to the 1991 season.

1991 93-79 2nd Place

Hometown product Darryl Strawberry, who put up big numbers in his eight stormy seasons with the New York Mets, would be signed in the off-season for a then whopping 5 years, $20.25 million dollars. After a slow start, Strawberry would lead the team in both home runs (27) and RBI’s (100) In spite of a strong 20-8 finish to the season, the Dodgers would finish 1 game behind the upstart Atlanta Braves for the NL West crown.

1992 63-99 6th Place

Eric Davis, the one time Cincinatti Reds outfielder, would team up with childhood buddy Darryl Strawberry in the outfield. However, both Strawberry and Davis would miss much of 1992 and the Dodgers, for the first time since 1905, would finish the season in last place

1993 81-81 3rd Place

In the final season before the current 3 division alignment, the Dodgers would improve upon their 1992 performance by 18 games. Though they would miss out on the post season , the second of 5 consecutive Rookie of the Year winners would don the Dodger Blue as Mike Piazza , with 35 home runs and 112 rbi’s, would take home the prize, Eric Karros winning the award in 1992. 1993 also marked the final season a 100 plus win team would miss out on post-season play as the Dodgers, on the final game of the season, highlighted by Rookie of the Year winner Mike Piazza’s 2 home runs, would knock out the Giants 12-1, leaving the Giants 1 game behind the Atlanta Braves for the NL West crown ( Yup, I was at that game folks ). The following season would be the year divisional re-alingment would take place as well as the wild card. From 1969-1993, only the division winners qualified for the LCS. So yeah, had the wild card been in effect in 1993, the Giants would have easily made the post season. Bummer huh ? ( In my sarcastic voice, LOL ) piazza93 Mike Piazza being greeted by future 3rd base coach Tim Wallach after belting one of two home runs to knock the Giants out of the playoffs

1994 58-56, 1st Place *

In the first year of 3 division aligment, the Dodgers would finish in 1st place, and yes, that is an asterisk next to the feat, if one can consider being 2 games over .500 one. That is because in August, a bitter labor dispute between the players and owners would lead to the cancelation of the remainder of the 1994 season and wipe out post-season and World Series play altogether. Raul Mondesi would win the 3rd of 5 consecutive Dodger Rookie of the Year Awards. Darryl Strawberry, with his countless off the field problems during his time in L.A, would be released prior to the season.

1995 78-66, 1st Place

One year after the strike had put a black eye on Major League Baseball, in a 144 game season due to the previous season’s strike that carried over into 1995, the Dodgers would capture the NL West by one game over the Colorado Rockies 3 years into their existence. Hideo Nomo, The Tornadoe, would win the NL Rookie of the Year. In the first official League Division Series, not counting 1981’s ” intra-division playoffs “, the Dodgers would be swept in 3 straight by the NL Central Champion Cincinatti Reds.

1996 90-72 2nd Place, Wild Card

Tommy Lasorda, one of only two L.A. Dodger managers along with Walter Alston dating back to their arrival from Brooklyn in 1958, would step down from his managerial duties after suffering a mild heart attack. Bill Russell would take over the reins for Tommy. With a 2 game lead over the Padres and 3 to play against the Friars, San Diego would sweep all 3 games at Dodger Stadium to win the NL West by 1 game, pushing the Dodgers to Wild Card status. They would be swept in 3 straight in the LDS by the Atlanta Braves, ending the season on a 7 game losing streak. Todd Hollandsworth would round out the 5 consecutive Dodger Rookie of the Year Award winners dodgersROY The 5 consecutive ROY’s would surpass the 4 consecutive the Dodgers had from 1979-1982 when Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela, and Steve Sax won the prize

1997 88-74 2nd Place

This time, a late September swoon would cost them. Leading the NL West over the Giants by 2 games on September 16, they would be swept in a crucial 2 game series in San Francisco, the beginning of a 1-6 stretch that would find themselves 2 games behind the hated one’s heading into the final weekend of the year, in which the Dodgers would eventually finish 2 games behind the Giants but miss out on the Wild Card. This would also mark the final season of ownership under the O’Malley family

1998 83-79 3rd Place

In their first season under the Fox group, Mike Piazza , after a lengthy contract dispute, would find himself traded to the Florida Marlins along with Todd Zeile for Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson and Jim Eisenrich before landing with the Mets one week later. With a 36-38 record in June, Bill Russell would get his pink slip, as well as general manager Fred Claire. The thought of a Dodgers manager was unheard of at the time considering up until 1998 they had only 3 managers. Glenn Hoffman, brother of Padres relief phenom Trevor Hoffman, would finish out the season as the skipper. 1998 would also be the year that future Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa we’re involved in the home run record chase, with McGwire finishing with 70 home runs. piazza Though he did put up big numbers in Dodger Blue , Piazza will forever be remembered as a Met. To this day, I still don’t believe he has buried the hatchet towards the Dodgers and his fans. I wonder if he will blame me next for the Dodgers fans turning on him .

1999 76-86 3rd Place

Davey Johnson would take over as manager, and Kevin Brown, coming off 3 straight dominant season and two World Series appearances with the Marlins and Padres, would be signed to a 7-year $105 million contract just one year after Piazza had been offerred 6 years at $80 million, rasising some questions amongst the fans why the same deal could not be offered to Mike, an everyday player, as opposed to Brown, who only toes the hill every 5 games. The Dodgers would finish 24 games behind the 2nd year Arizona Diamondbacks.

So the 90’s we’re not exactly some glorious times for L.A. sports fans. The Lakers, though they would continue to make it to the post season, making the playoffs in 9 of the 10 years, also failed to bring L.A. another championship . The Raiders and Rams would leave L.A. after the 1994 season ( I really didn’t care since i’m a 49ERS fan ) , the Clippers we’re a far cry from what they are today, and the Kings would appear in the Stanley Cup in 1993 to lose to the Montreal Canadiens in 5 games. So next, the new millenium. Glory day’s are bound to return to L.A, right ?

Division Race Memories, and My First Taste of the Dodgers-Giants Rivlary

With the Magic Number down to 6, it is possible that the Dodgers could clinch by Sunday at the earliest.  And I know all you fellow Dodgers fans would like nothing more than to have our long time rivals watch us celebrate, although for this to happen we would have to either take 3 of 4 from the hated ones ( Not beyond possible ) while the Snakes would have to be swept in all 3 by the Rockies at home, or sweep all 4 from the hated ones ( Also not beyond possible) and the Snakes would have to lose 2 of 3 to the Rockies at Chase Field.   While words can’t quite describe that feeling of celebrating in front of our rivals, though they are long out of contention for 2013, the last thing they would want is for us to rub salt into their wounds in an otherwise nightmarish season for the hated ones.  So yeah, we all know they will be going all out this weekend to prevent a celebration of the NL West in their presence.  So yeah, even in an off year, they still have something to play for if not the role of spoiler, which, is how I, as an 8 year old kid in 1982, got introduced to this great rivalry…..

While Joe Morgan, who was recently honored by the Reds this weekend ( Against the Dodgers no less….), will be forever linked to The Big Red Machine of the 70’s, it was he who gave me my first taste of this storied rivalry on October 3rd, 1982. It was his 3 run home run in the last of the 7th off Terry Forster that would prevent us from tying the Atlanta Braves for the division lead that would have forced a 1 game playoff the next day at Dodger Stadium ( Which my uncle had bought tickets to. Also, yes, at that time, the Atlanta Braves, led by Joe Torre, we’re in the NL West ). It would also my first taste of the BEAT L.A. chant. Yeah, I am aware that the chant was started at Boston Garden earlier that year, but over the years, that chant has never been yelled with such ferver than through the fog across the Golden Gate…..

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Fast forward to 1983, the 25th Anniversary of the Dodgers in this great city of L.A. since their move from Brooklyn. In what should have been a year of transition, the first year minus Cey and Garvey, the Dodgers and Braves would find themselves in another dogfight for the NL West crown. With the Dodgers leading the west by 3 games with 3 to play on the season’s final weekend, yup, you guessed it, it would be the hated one’s in town….

While clinching the NL West in 1983 may not have had the same drama that the previous years events had, it sure had to feel great to have the hated ones watch our Boys in Blue celebrate. Heck, even mother nature couldn’t ruin our night to party !!!! Oh yeah, in that 1983 clip, how ’bout that little known pitcher who came in for Fernando ? Yup, Orel Hershiser. Those two would make quite a tandem eventually…. As for the reserves who came in from the 6th inning on, Cecil Espy and Sid Bream. Well, those two would take part in another epic playoff battle 9 years later… ( Notice how much slimmer Sid Bream was in 1983 ? Now if it was the Sid Bream of ’83 that would have beat Barry Bonds throw in 1992…. )

So there are my memories. 30 years since ’83 huh ? I hope you enjoyed the clips posted, especially the opening theme from the ’83 one, featuring Earth Wind and Fire’s Rock That. ( I could picture Vin Scully yelling IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL to that….) If you didn’t watch them in their entirety, it’s all good. I mean, that’s almost 6 hours of timeless memories right there. And i’m most certainly sure that you all have your own favorite Dodgers/Giants memories as well . So, am I alone in wanting the Giants watch us celebrate this Sunday, even if the odds are against it ?

Tweet from Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) Congrats to Kershaw and This Day In History…

Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) tweeted at 1:00 PM on Mon, Apr 08, 2013: Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) has been named the National League Player of the Week! http://t.co/SHkB1Tmv31 (https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/321351797014937601) Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on being named NL Player of the week !!! Kershaw went 2-0, striking out a total of 16 batters and even displayed some heavy lumber , smashing his first career homer in the 8th inning of Opening Day against the hated Giants !!!! Here’s to another great season KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKershaw !!!! On This Day, 1974 Hank Aaron would belt home run #715 off of Dodger starter Al Downing, surpassing the previous home run record set by Babe Ruth….

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The marker from old Fulton County Stadium where Hank’s historic home run landed

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The image of the two Braves fans trailing Hank. Imagine this happening today ? Thank god these we’re just ordinary fans who just wanted to celebrate with Hammerin’ Hank…. Oh yeah, check out Bill Russell and Davey Lopes

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Outlines of the old Fulton County Stadium infield, May 2007. When I took this pic I had visions of the two fans and Hank. If you should catch a Dodgers/Braves game at Turner Field, or any game, you can catch a glimpse of this historical landmark across the street from the Braves yard. Come early though because this is used as a parking lot for Braves games….

Drei’s Random Thoughts 4/5/2013

Panic Button Already Folks ?

3 games into the season and some of you are already panicking. So the offense looked anything but explosive in losing 2 of 3 to the hated ones. It also didn’t help matters that we went 1 for 13 Wednesday night in letting some guy in a Tim Lincecum jersey escape numerous jams in spite allowing 7 walks through 5 innings. BTW, who was that guy with the short hair pitching for the Giants Wednesday night donning the Lincecum jersey ? It’s still a long season folks. Neither the Dodgers or Giants came out of that series with an offensive clinic. The bats will warm up….

LoanMart Field…Home of the Quakes

It was only a matter of time before The Epicenter, longtime home of the Dodgers Single A affiliate Rancho Cucamunga Quakes, would fall under the corporate naming rights regime. So for any of you who will be catching a glimpse of some potential future Dodgers, you will now be viewing your games at LoanMart Field. Personally I would have liked LoanMart Field at The Epicenter….

 

Sights At The Ravine This Week

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2 of the huge baseballs up in the reserved level dedicated to past Cy Young Award winners. This week I decided to feature Big D and Sandy….

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One of the many murals you will find throughout the stadium this year honoring their great history. This one honors the first World Title won here in Los Angeles in 1959…

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Me with Jaime Jarrin, the longtime Dodgers Spanish speaking broadcaster….

On This Day in History 19 Years Ago

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana would tragically take his life at the age of 26. So, here’s some Nirvana for you…

I MADE THE TOP 50 !!!!

Every month MLBlogs.Com, Blogs Central features their top blogs based on views. So it is my privlege to announce that my blog cracked the Top 50 amongst the fan blogs for the month of March, coming in right at….. Number 50 !!! WOOHOO !!!! As i’m sure many of you know, blogging can be both a passion as well as a chore. There are times you have a lot to write about, there are times that you either have nothing or just don’t have the time to keep up. Having said that , I Thank You all for reading my posts and I hope you have enjoyed what i’ve provided you. And of course, please do share my blog with those you care about…. HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE !!!!

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