Posts Tagged ‘Sandy Koufax’

31st January
2013
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who know me well know that I’m a huge Jackie Robinson fan. And a Sandy Koufax fan. And a Dodgers Fan.

A couple years ago I wrote a blog post explaining a little bit about my reasons for the fandom.

Today Jackie Robinson would have been 94 years old.  Not only was he the man who broke the color barrier in baseball, he was a great ball player.

The man behind the legend of Jackie Robinson was the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey.  He was one of the original civil rights pioneers, but I’d guess that there aren’t a fraction of people in the United States who have ever heard his name.  And my guess is that he is never mentioned in course work on the civil rights movement.

That would be fine with him.  He did the right thing because it was the right thing, not for attention.  He let Jackie be in the spotlight.

I tip my cap to you Jackie.  Thanks for being a hero to so many people.

 

15th June
2012
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants threw the 22nd perfect game in history.  And, 2012 is now only the second time in history there have been two perfect games in a season (see Humber’s Perfection).  The only other year was 2010 when Dallas Braden of the A’s and Roy Halladay of the Phillies both threw perfect games.

Cain is the first Giants pitcher in history to throw a perfect game.

Matt Cain joined a special club within a club by striking out 14 batters – only Dodger great Sandy Koufax has done the same during a perfect game. Randy Johnson had 13 K’s during his perfect game.

Other perfect game tidbits:

Yankee Stadium has hosted the most perfect games with three.  Dodger Stadium has hosted two.

Ron Hassey is the only catcher in history to catch two perfect games, once with Indians and once with the Expos, 10 years apart.

Ted Barrett is the only umpire in history to call two perfect games.  He called Cain’s perfection this week and David Cone’s perfect game in 1999, 13 years ago.

Seven of the now 22 perfect games were thrown in the month of May.

The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox have each had three perfect games.

 

29th November
2011
written by Sean Noble

I bleed Dodger Blue.  (For an explanation, see this blog post from nearly three years ago).

As a kid growing up in rural Arizona, the only baseball you could listen to on the radio was Vin Scully calling Dodger games.

Today Vin Scully turns 84 and next spring will start his 63rd year as a Dodger broadcaster – the longest of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history.

Vin grew up in New York City and called his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, then moved with the team to Los Angeles in 1958.

Vin called the Brooklyn Dodger’s World Series win in 1955, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974 among other very memorable moments.

But his most memorable call wasn’t really about baseball – it was about the flag.  In 1976, two protestors ran on the field and attempted to burn an American Flag – until Cubs outfielder (and later a Dodger) Rick Monday ran to them and grabbed the flag.

It’s a great moment – you can see it here.

Vin, your voice has brought to my ears the incredible joy of victory and the agony of defeat.  But I will never tire of listening to you.

Monday Saves the Flag

11th January
2009
written by Sean Noble

A few people have asked me why, as a hick from Show Low, Arizona, do I use a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge on the blog.  A couple reasons.  It’s just a really cool picture.  And I can envision that the scene could have been essentially the same in 1955.

If we had time travel, the first place I’d go would be New York in 1955.  Just think about some of the things that were happening.  In the span of about a month, the Dodgers win the World Series, Ayn Rand finishes writing “Galt’s Speech”, and William F. Buckleystands athwart history, yelling Stop” with the inaugural issue of the conservative movement’s most powerful publication, National Review.

Talk about some pretty cool stuff.  My all-time favorite pitcher is Sandy Koufax and 1955 was his rookie year – albeit pretty forgettable.  In 1956, one of my other favorite players of all-time, Jackie Robinson, spent a good chunk of his last season in baseball fighting with management to give Koufax more starts.  Talk about class. Interestingly, Koufax was the last person to throw a pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers before their move to Los Angeles.

New York in the 1950’s would be a great place to visit.  I suppose that’s why one of my favorite TV shows is Mad Men  

So how does a kid who grew  up in a small Arizona town develop a fascination with New York in 1955?  The answer is the imagination that comes from reading.  I read my first biography at age 10, and it was of Sandy Koufax.  I then read one about Jackie Robinson.  By age 12, I was reading National Review (because Ronald Reagan did).  The three political publications I recall being around the house growing up were National Review, The New American (my mom had that subscription, which did not please my dad – it is too conspiratorial for me) and Human Events.  It is any wonder I’m a hardcore conservative?

(Link alert – this post has the most links I’ve ever put in a post!)