Radio Broadcast – 6/4/57, Dodgers vs Cubs, Ebbets Field

As part of my ongoing efforts to bring classic baseball moments to the masses, lol, I have been creating videos of classic radio broadcasts and uploading them to YouTube. Time-consuming, so there will only be a few here and there, but hope to get a bunch up soon enough.

From the YT page details:

Original full radio broadcast from the Dodgers radio network, originally preserved by WOKO, Albany, NY. Tuesday night, June 4, 1957, the Dodgers return from a 9 game PA trip to come home to face the Cubs, with a young Sandy Koufax taking the mound. After the intro by Jerry Doggett, an also young Vin Scully (starts at 6:43) calls the first 3 innings, with some middle-innings work later; Doggett does the last 6 innings, along with some between-innings work also. Al Helfert also contributes between innings, and does the quick post-game at the end. Dodgers prevailed, 7-5, as Sandy got the win and Clem Labine got the save. Campanella hits a 2-run double off the scoreboard in the first, and also there were 4 home runs: Snider in the 3rd, Hodges in the 5th, Speake of the Cubs in the 6th and Ernie Banks in the 8th. Also, Joe Pignatano makes his major league debut (discussion starting at 1:07:14) after Campy is hit by a pitch in the 3rd inning. The sounds of the fans, vendors and Ebbets announcer Tex Rickards (first heard at 4:10) are heard throughout the game. A classic time capsule of the Dodgers’ last season in Brooklyn, enjoy!

Line score:

CHC 0 0 0 – 0 0 2 – 0 3 0 – 5 6 1
BRO 3 0 3 – 0 1 0 – 0 0 x – 7 7 0

Retrosheet Box Score and Play-by-Play: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1957/B06040BRO1957.htm

 

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A Moment In Time – 9/17/32 (first in a series)

Often I come across old baseball photographs and try to find the story behind them, how the teams were playing, how important the game was, whether the players were rookies up for a cup of coffee or seasoned veterans. Sometimes it takes a little forensic work, sometimes the drama is evident. Either way, as I uncover these old gems, I’ll call each of them “A Moment In Time”, fleeting images captured long ago, and now, not forgotten.

First one needs nothing to build up the drama – this was back in the day when photographers used to group around home plate (would be unheard of today) to capture close-ups of batters, or in this case, an exciting play at home. This is one of the most dramatic early home plate action shots that I have seen, and a good way to kick off the series.

The setting is the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Saturday, September 17, 1932 (almost exactly 80 years ago), first game of a doubleheader. Dick Bartell of the hometown Phillies is attempting an inside-the-park home run, baring down on eventual Hall Of Fame Chicago Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett. The entire crowd is rising in anticipation of the play, and the Cubs are watching from the first base dugout (Phillies were on the third base side until 1934). Bartell was gunned down on the play, and awarded a triple. Be sure to click on the image to link to a very large version of the photo.

Phillies won the game 9-2, but the Cubs took the nightcap, 5-1, putting them up 6 1/2 games in the National League, and they would go on to clinch the 1932 NL Pennant the next Tuesday, at home at Wrigley Field against the Pirates. Phillies would finish in 4th place. Cubs were eventually swept by the Yankees in the 1932 World Series, and still haven’t won one since 1908.