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 on: February 19, 2019, 05:22:31 PM 
Started by JoeShack - Last post by JoeC
He had a long life for someone who beat years of alcoholism.

I always pulled for him in the WS because he had that rep for not being able to win big games. Undeserved (he was up against that strong Yankees lineup), but repeated a lot back in the day. Great power hitter for a pitcher.

How many of the Brooklyn Dodgers are left now? Can't be many.

 on: February 19, 2019, 04:49:18 PM 
Started by JoeShack - Last post by JoeShack
Don Newcombe dead at 92.

 on: February 10, 2019, 08:15:43 PM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by doctordoowop
Loes  also said--"I dont  want  to win 20 games. Then they expect  it every year."

 on: February 10, 2019, 08:13:13 PM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by doctordoowop
Thanx  Robb

 on: February 10, 2019, 06:00:54 PM 
Started by JoeShack - Last post by JoeC
How Frank came close to NOT being an Oriole. This was 1966, not 1946!

"Dealt to the Orioles in the offseason, Robinson had sought housing in January 1966, to no avail. Several times, the slugging outfielder was rejected because of race. In February, the Orioles began spring training in Florida and Robinson turned the search over to his wife, Barbara. One day she phoned him in disgust.

"She said nothing was 'available' and that she wanted to take our two kids back to California, where we had family," Robinson said. "I told her, 'You stay there and I'll be right up.' I told [team owner] Jerry Hoffberger I was leaving camp because my family couldn't find housing in Baltimore. He said, 'Give me a couple of days and I'll get this thing settled.'"

With the owner's help, Robinson and his family settled in Ashburton, then a racially mixed upper-middle-class enclave in northwest Baltimore.

In spite of his baseball accomplishments, Robinson in 1966 had to cope with the complicated day-to-day realities of a city that remained racially divided in many ways. Time and again, he and his family were denied housing in a number of all-white neighhborhoods. He couldn't patronize most taverns in town. And his wife was rebuffed at a beauty shop whose female proprietor said, "If you were Mrs. Brooks Robinson, we could serve you."

"That's the way it was," said C. Fraser Smith, author of "Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland." "People would go into bars to watch guys like Frank Robinson hit home runs on TV, but they didn't want him [sitting] next to them having a beer. We weren't very enlightened."

Through it all, Robinson held his temper.

Baltimore Sun researcher Paul McCardell contributed to this article
Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication

 on: February 10, 2019, 05:31:05 PM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by Robb_K
I can tell you that for at least part of his time on the LA Kings, he lived in the LA suburb of Rolling Hills Estates. And, for what it's worth (not much no doubt), his next door neighbor with whom I worked thought of him as an excellent neighbor - i.e. all around nice guy.  

I met him, and he seemed like a generally personable fellow (nice guy-pleasant disposition). Never heard anyone say anything negative about him (unlike Eddie Shore, Rocket Richard, Bobby Hull, Mike Keenan, Brett Hull, and even Wayne Gretzky.  It's not often that that can be said about someone in the public eye.  I also never heard anything negative about Mario Lemieux or Gordie Howe or Jean Beliveau.

 on: February 10, 2019, 03:52:07 PM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by JoeC
Thanx. Did & does  very well  financially.

Always good to hear. He missed out on the big money era but ... played a long time and invested well I guess.

 on: February 10, 2019, 02:47:27 PM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by bklynmike101
Supposedly Loes once claimed to have "lost a ground ball in the sun". Eccentric, yes.  As for '"friendly" encounters, I once passed Campy being wheeled outside Yankee Stadium (old timers' day) and thought (wishful thinking perhaps) that he smiled back at me when I looked/smiled at him. Labine, responded courteously and promptly to my autograph request note/baseball card, as I'd mentioned the Rhode Island connection between he (he lived there) and my girlfriend (Rhode Island native) at the time.

LaSorda, as graduation guest speaker some 5-8 years ago at the college where my wife works, was cordial and friendly, although he did fall asleep during the ceremony. We do have a picture of him with my wife. Of course, he was well paid for his brief speech.     

 on: February 10, 2019, 02:45:22 PM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by doctordoowop
Thanx. Did & does  very well  financially.

 on: February 10, 2019, 02:44:01 PM 
Started by JoeShack - Last post by doctordoowop
Karros-believe born in Jersey-Paterson?  Raised  in SDiego

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