You realize that Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley were all born AFTER Steve Garvey wore a Dodger uniform for the last time.
You see players celebrating with a congratulatory "high five" and it brings you back to 1977 with Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke.
You think back to a time when Dodger Stadium had red crushed brick as an infield dirt and that was probably the best looking and hardest infield in the majors. The Dodgers kept it up until Walter O'Malley died, because the old man thought it looked nice.
|Maury Wills slides home on the Dodger Stadium red crushed brick soil.|
You think back with fondness of Maury Wills getting on base and the stadium would become electric with chants of “Go,” “Go.” And most of the time, Maury would oblige.
Hollywood Stars Night would bring out the likes of Jackie Gleason, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Dean Martin, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Billy Barty. AND they played hardball, the bases were 90 feet and no fences were brought in.
|Casey Stengel addresses Old Timer's Day crowd at Dodger Stadium in 1972. Some of the players in the background include Dixie Walker (#11), Eddie Mathews (Brave), Don Newcombe (#36), Jim Gilliam (#19),|
You recall that annual oldtimers day was a wonderful day at the ball park and something that was well participated in and well attended.
|Jackie Robinson visit Sandy Koufax at Dodger Stadium on 6/18/65 following his 2-1 victory over the Giants. L.A. County Supervisor Warren Dorn is in the middle.|
|Bill Buckner in the 1974 World Series against Oakland.|
Your memories of Billy Bucks was of a fearless leftfielder that crashed into walls making fabulous catches. Always hustling and stretching singles into doubles...not the far removed gimpy first baseman that made the error in the '86 World Series.
|In my humble opinion, he was the greatest sportswriter of all time, Jim Murray|