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Chavez Ravine: Ashes and Diamonds

Went to Dodger Stadium a few weeks ago for a ballgame. It’s a beautiful park in a beautiful setting. Had a great time with my mom. We had Dodger Dogs, heard Vin Scully and rooted for the home team. But I couldn’t help thinking about what had happened there in the years leading up to the team’s move from Brooklyn. I first learned of the struggle for what is now the “Home of the Dodgers” from the musician Ry Cooder when he put out his “Chavez Ravine” record about ten years ago. The music is excellent. The story…. 

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Bert Campaneris Plays All Nine Positions In Game (Sept. 8, 1965)

In 1965, the Kansas City A’s were on their way to a 103-loss season. In order to draw crowds, A’s owner Charlie O. Finley came up with “Campy Campaneris Night,” in which his young shortstop would appear at a different position each inning…. More>>

Mets Vs. Braves July 4-5, 1985

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Baseball’s Greatest Games Series:

And so it went. On into the night for several more innings. Since the NL had no curfew, the game set the record as the latest contest in MLB history. But it was just getting interesting…More>>

 

Haddix vs. Burdette. May 26, 1959

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In the 11th, and in the 12th, Haddix reached uncharted Major League territory. Never before, or since, had a pitcher been so perfect so long. To end the 12th, the opposing pitcher Burdette, who quietly was pitching his best game as well, with 12 scoreless innings to his credit, lined a hard grounder… More>>