Monday, October 22, 2012

Ernie

Dan Patrick mentioned announcer Ernie Harwell this morning, talking about players traded for managers. In 1948, Ernie was traded for Dodger player Cliff Dapper, Ernie going from announcing Atlanta Crackers games to replacing Red Barber in the broadcasting booth while Red was sick. Ernie left the Dodgers after the 1949 season (with some guy named Vin taking over him) and moved to the Giants. The rest is history and Ernie tells the story in Ball Talk. This clip is Ernie talking about Tigers great Al Kaline. As I write this, it will be the Tigers against the Cards or Giants in the Series. Go Tigers!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Andy Strasberg: That's Baseball

Young Andy and Roger Maris
I saw Andy Strasberg, former Padres executive, perform his one-man play, That's Baseball, at the Lyceum Theater in San Diego last night. A multi-media account of his passion for baseball and his special relationship with Roger Maris, the show was fantastic.

Andy's nostalgic stories of growing up a Yankees fan in NYC were mixed with humor and sentiment in just the right proportions.

He's a very gifted storyteller whose anecdotes catch perfectly my generation's bond with baseball and the heroes of the day.

Andy's also got a new book out. Fantography is a collection of baseball photographs from fans that celebrates the relationship between fans and baseball. He plans to release a series of books with the same concept for different sports.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Modest Thing

When Andre Ethier blooped a single in the first inning tonight, Vin described it as 'a modest thing and his own.' He uses this a lot. Does anyone know where the quote comes from?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A great day for Dodgers: Vin Scully returns to the booth

What an amazing day for the Dodgers. Vin back, a triple play and they go to 9 and 1. I've got a great feeling about this season. Just like 1988!

A great day for Dodgers: Vin Scully returns to the booth

Jackie Robinson Day and Vin planning to be back


Red Barber remembers Jackie Robinson. Red tells of almost quitting because of his upbringing.
On another note, Vin is supposed to be back at the mic today!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hang a Star on Jerry Coleman Today

Congratulations to Jerry Coleman! The Padres will honor longtime radio broadcaster Jerry Coleman at today's game against the Dodgers. Coleman, who is celebrating 70 years in baseball and 40 years with the Padres this season,  holds the distinction of being the only Major League player to see active combat in two wars (World War II and the Korean War). He will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The 1990 World Series with Mr. Scully and Mr. Baer

In 1990 in Oakland I had the chance to watch the master at work. Vin Scully was doing the radio play-by-play for CBS Radio, and I got to sit in the broadcast booth and listen to him do the final two games between the Reds and the A's (remember the Reds amazingly swept the dreaded Bash Brothers).

My baseball documentary producing partner, the late, great Norman Baer, was producing the broadcast. In those simpler days, he had arranged a press pass for me. No one objected to me sitting there in slack-jawed awe at my first (and only) World Series and listening to the greatest baseball announcer of all time do his work. And in the next booth was Jack Buck doing the TV broadcast.

A couple of years ago, I heard Vin tell a story about Norman on a Dodgers broadcast. Seems Norman was in the Minneapolis with Bob Wolff, the Twins announcer. Charlie Fox, the manager and scout, was visiting the city, and the three had plans to get together. Norman called Fox's hotel and asked the young lady receptionist to leave a message for Bob. "Would you please tell Mr. Wolff that Mr. Baer and Mr. Fox are waiting for him in the hotel bar?" There was a pause on the line as the message and names sunk in. "Yeah, right!" she huffed and hung up the phone.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Winter Reading: Books About Sports

I read a lot of books about sports when there's no baseball. Not just new books, but also older books that I never got around to before. Two books I read about the Olympics this winter:

  • Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World by David Maraniss. Maraniss focuses on Rafer Johnson, Wilma Rudolph, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila and Cassius Clay to tell the story of the first commercially televised summer games, the first Olympics with a doping scandal and the games with the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes.
  • Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer. Fascinating book about the first Olympics that I really remember. Jim Ryun, George Foreman, Bob Beamon, Dick Fosbury and the raised, clenched fists and lowered heads on the victory stand.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vin's first broadcast of the season tonight

From the Dodgers: IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!: The Dodgers would like to welcome Hall of Famer broadcaster Vin Scully to Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Scully will call tonight’s game against the Giants on PRIME TICKET and tomorrow’s contest against the Angels on KCAL 9 as he kicks off his 63rd season broadcasting the Dodgers.

Vin Scully cuts down his schedule

We'll hear a little less of Vin this season.

Friday, March 16, 2012

VIN SCULLY IS MY HOMEBOY: Book Signing: Bat Boy - Coming of age with the New...

I like Roberto's Dodgers blog and this book sounds interesting.

VIN SCULLY IS MY HOMEBOY: Book Signing: Bat Boy - Coming of age with the New...: The Baseball Reliquary and Pasadena Public Library are pleased to host a discussion and book signing with Matthew McGough on Saturday, Marc...