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dodgers:

VIN in 2014!

Sorry I don’t post anymore.

— 11 months ago with 37 notes
vintagesportspictures:

Brooks Robinson, Dave McNally and Andy Etchebarren (1966 )

vintagesportspictures:

Brooks Robinson, Dave McNally and Andy Etchebarren (1966 )

— 12 months ago with 12 notes
life:

Amazin’: Remembering the 1969 Mets with a series of astonishing color photographs. 
(Co Rentmeester—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Miracle Mets in colour, YEP.

life:

Amazin’: Remembering the 1969 Mets with a series of astonishing color photographs.

(Co Rentmeester—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Miracle Mets in colour, YEP.

— 1 year ago with 639 notes

baseballsdeep:

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

Today my parents celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary. Yesterday, my father turned 72 years young. Happy Birthday Pop!

When my parents first came to the US, my father would often bring (read “drag”) his then young bride to Forbes Field to watch the Pirates. He watched legends including Koufax, Mays, Marichal and his favorite player Clemente. My mom likes to tell the story of how she almost hit Sandy Koufax with her car while he was crossing the street in Pittsburgh. 

On Wednesday May 11, 1966, the San Francisco Giants, my father’s favorite team, were in town. He and my mom, who was still well over a year away from having me, went to the game, but left after the bottom of the 8th inning at the insistance of my mom. The Giants were leading 4-1 at the time. As luck would have it though, in the top of the 9th Mays hit a two-run home run that landed near my parents in the street beyond the left field wall. It was the 514th home run of Mays’ career and it set the final score at 6-1.

My father retrieved the ball and returned to the ballpark early the next day. He made his way to the visitors dugout where he met Mays and Marichal who both autographed the ball for him. That ball would be worth hundreds if not thousands today.

I say “would be” because a few years later my younger brother and I lost/destroyed the ball while playing catch with it in our backyard.

Yeah.

I was about six at the time, so I’m just going to blame that on my youth. My father never showed that he was upset about the loss of the ball. He tells the story almost with pride about how it was destroyed by his two oldest sons.

I hope to get my father another ball signed by both Mays and Marichal.

Photo Credits:
Middle Left and Right: photos by 
Joseph Brendel

— 1 year ago with 12 notes
mlboffseason:

Probably one of my Top 10 favorite MLB photos of all-time.
August 22nd, 1965 - LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax winds up during a game vs. the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.
© NEIL LEIFER, 1965

mlboffseason:

Probably one of my Top 10 favorite MLB photos of all-time.

August 22nd, 1965 - LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax winds up during a game vs. the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.

© NEIL LEIFER1965

— 1 year ago with 77 notes
siphotos:

Mike Piazza plays the drums in the basement of Dodger Stadium in May 1998. (VJ Lovero)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mike Piazza

siphotos:

Mike Piazza plays the drums in the basement of Dodger Stadium in May 1998. (VJ Lovero)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mike Piazza

— 1 year ago with 207 notes
life:

Happy birthday, Willie Mays.
To celebrate, enjoy these photos of the Say Hey Kid, on and off the diamond.
Pictured: Willie Mays at home, 1954. “Willie is one of those abnormal guys who never lets success and fame go to his head.” — Monte Irvin, teammate.
(Alfred Eisenstaedt—TIME & LIFE Pictures/Getty Images)

life:

Happy birthday, Willie Mays.

To celebrate, enjoy these photos of the Say Hey Kid, on and off the diamond.

Pictured: Willie Mays at home, 1954. “Willie is one of those abnormal guys who never lets success and fame go to his head.” — Monte Irvin, teammate.

(Alfred Eisenstaedt—TIME & LIFE Pictures/Getty Images)

— 1 year ago with 350 notes