Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tommy Hutton

Did you know? In 1971 Tommy Hutton batted .352 with 19 homers and 103 RBI for the Spokane Indians, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League.

Post game: Worked as a broadcaster for the Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins and ESPN, retiring after the 2015 season.

Sources: Baseball Reference; The Sporting News, 11/13/1971; Orange County Register, 3/17/1993; Fresno Bee, 7/6/1993; Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, 9/29/1996, Orange County Register, 3/17/1993; Associated Press, 11/27/2015.

Glenn Burke

Did you know? Glenn Burke is widely credited with having invented the celebratory high five after Dusty Baker belted his 30th home run on the final day of the 1977 season.

Post game: In 1982, two years after the end of his pro baseball career, he became the first baseball player to publicly acknowledge he was gay. He died of complications due to AIDS in 1995 at the age of 42. He was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Sources: Los Angeles Daily News, 6/1/1995; San Mateo Journal, 8/2/2013; Washington Post, 8/17/2015.

Gene Michael

Did you know? The Dodgers acquired Gene Michael along with Bob Bailey from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Maury Wills trade during the winter of 1966.

Post game: Spent nearly 50 years working for the New York Yankees in a variety of roles including scout, coach, manager, general manager and senior advisor. He died on September 7, 2017 at the age of 79.

Sources: Baseball Reference; New York Times, September 7, 2017.

Bob Bailey

Did you know? Affectionately known as "the Babe Ruth of Long Beach," Bob Bailey signed a record-setting $175,000 bonus contract with the Pirates in June 1961 after batting .500, .442 and .475 in three seasons at Wilson High, and twice being named Long Beach Player of the Year.

Post game: Managed in the minor leagues for a number of years and later owned a successful timeshare business in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was inducted into the Long Beach Hall of Fame and Montreal Expos Hall of Fame in 2004. He passed away on January 9, 2018 at age 75.

Sources: Baseball Reference; SABR Bio; Long Beach Independent, 6/17/1959, 5/19/1960, 8/8/1960, 5/17/1961, 6/19/1961; Long Beach Press-Telegram, 8/19/1973, 1/9/2018; Boston Herald, 10/15/1993; Associated Press, 7/25/2004; Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/21/2018.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Paul Popovich

Did you know? Paul Popovich averaged an eye-popping 41.8 points per contest as a senior at Flemington High in 1958 to set the West Virginia single-season high school basketball scoring mark.

Post game: Worked as a minor league instructor for the Dodgers. He was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Sources: Beckley Register-Herald, 11/16/1958, 8/27/2013; Times West Virginian, 3/19/2015.

Bart Shirley

Did you know? A two-sport star at the University of Texas, Bart Shirley played running back and defensive back on the football team and shortstop on the baseball team.

Post game: Coached and managed in the Dodgers minor league system, then returned to his hometown of Corpus Christi in 1978 and worked in the insurance industry.

Sources: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 1/6/2009.

Don LeJohn

Did you know? After toiling in the Dodgers' minor league system for twelve long years, 31-year old Don LeJohn made his big league debut on June 30, 1965 and singled as a pinch-hitter in his first at bat.

Post game: Worked as a minor league coach and manager, and later as a scout for the Dodgers for over 30 years. He was inducted into the Mid Monongahela Valley All Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and died at age 70 on February 25, 2005.

Sources: Baseball Reference; Retrosheet; Spokane Spokesman-Review, 5/28/1996, 7/6/1997, 6/28/1998; Uniontown Herald-Standard, 7/19/2011.