Showing posts with label montreal royals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label montreal royals. Show all posts

Monday, May 30, 2011

R.I.P. Billy Harris

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and former Brooklyn Dodger and Los Angeles Dodger, Billy Harris, has passed away at the age of 80.

Baseball-Reference Stats. {linked here}

From Canada East: {linked here}

Harris' best seasons were with the Montreal Royals where he won 11, 16, 14 and 12 games, with his 16-10 in 1957 (3.44 ERA) his best. . .The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Harris' most disappointing season was 1958. After a great spring training, it appeared he finally had made the Dodgers. Pee Wee Reese (the Dodger captain) told Harris, 27, that it looked real good and he would be included on the Dodger staff that included Jonnny Podres, Carl Erskin, Clem Labine, Don Bessent, Ed Roebuck, Sandy Koufax and Don Newcombe. It didn't happen. He, however, hurled a 2-0 shutout as the Montreal Royals clinched the International League championship - winning three playoff games as the Royals gained a berth in the Little League World Series, which the Royals lost to Minneapolis Millers, of the American Association 4-0. Harris lost the opener when Millers' player-coach Gene Mauch squeezed home the winning run. . .Harris' top salary was $17,500 in 1959... "Billy would have been a big winner in today's game," said former Major League manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson. . .Harris has been inducted into at least six sports shrines, including the Canadian Baseball one; New Brunswick, Moncton, Dieppe, Sackville (individually and with the Sackville Eagles hockey team), Washington State.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Roberto Clemente Rare Baseball Bobblehead

Another Bobblehead Story.

One of my favorite bobbleheads. This is a Roberto Clemente/Montreal Royals bobblehead. It was produced by the Montreal Expos in 2003. That year the Expos played a couple of homestands in Puerto Rico. To honor the great Clemente, they created a Clemente bobblehead with the Montreal Royals jersey.

The Royals were a minor league team for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1939 to 1960.

While playing in a Puerto Rico league, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed him to a contract to play for Montreal.

One of the biggest mistakes in Dodgers history was when they lost Clemente to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1954, Clyde Sukeforth, a scout for the Pirates noticed that Clemente was being used as a bench player for the team and discussed the possibility of drafting Clemente to the Pirates.

The Pirates selected Clemente as the first selection of the rookie draft that took place on November 22, 1954.

What's odd is that Sukeforth was a Brooklyn Dodgers scout for many decades before scouting for the Pirates. He was the one that helped Jackie Robinson come to the Major Leagues.

Clemente could have been a Dodgers legend.

Pictures of the bobblehead. Only 6000 were made.


Video -

Other interesting bobblehead stories -

Michael Jordan {linked here}

Jackie Robinson {linked here}

Friday, December 31, 2010

Roberto Clemente - A Great Human Being -

Thirty-eight years ago today, Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while attempting to bring aid packages to the earthquake-ravaged city of Managua, Nicaragua. Rest in peace, Roberto.

And yes, Clemente was once in the Dodgers organization. He played for the Montreal Royals before the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him. The Dodgers did not protect him.

Which reminds me that I need to write a post on a bobblehead of Clemente/Royals that I have.