- Larry Granillo (aka Wezen-Ball) at Baseball Prospectus had a great find earlier this week, when he found a 1940 quote from 22-year-old Ted Williams, stating that if Williams were a free agent and could go to any team, he’d pick the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- I’m a Dodgers fan, and have been since birth.That “what-might’ve-been” moment about The Kid led me on a quest for at-the-time articles about my greatest “what-might’ve-been” wish: that the Dodgers had never left Roberto Clemente unprotected in the 1954 Rule 5 draft.
“He was the No. 1 draft choice on at least four or five clubs,” said the jubilant Branch Rickey, Jr., Pittsburgh Vice President. “He can run and throw. I think he will hit, too.”
- What I found was this article from the Gettysburg Times, November 23, 1954. It was just a day after the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Roberto Clemente out of the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system.
- I don’t get a chance to link to Variety very often, but here is an opportunity I’m not going to pass up. Jon Weisman (of DodgerThoughts.com) writes about the future of watching sports on mobile digital devices.
- For Christmas, I received a couple of Amazon.com giftcards and until this morning I hadn’t decided what to spend them on. But I know now. This Build it Yourself: Forbes Field kit looks amazing, and for $21.99, you can’t go wrong. Here is an example of the finished product:
- In a later post, I’ll show you the model balsa-wood ballpark I built for my PUB League last year. It was a tremendously fun and satisfying project and I still love and use the finished product.
- Speaking of baseball, and Amazon.com, I bought this bookfrom of Amazon a few months ago and finally got around to reading it these past few weeks. It’s a great read. Very well researched, well written, and fascinating, especially if you’re a native Californian, as I am. I don’t live in California any more and haven’t for 9 years, but I still love the state. I still think it is the most beautiful and varied state in the union (and I’ve visited 40 states and lived for 7 years in Hawaii).
- The Golden Game, by Kevin Nelson, is a worthy tribute to California’s history with baseball.