Diamonds For Women Forum Index Diamonds For Women
A message board for women baseball fans
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Ballpark Icons
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Diamonds For Women Forum Index -> Talkin' Baseball
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Sat 11/26/11 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is truly well deserved and long overdue is a statue of the Splendid Splinter, which has been discussed for years here but not much has come out of me.

Two days ago, I enjoyed Thanksgiving at my friend Len's house. GilHodgesFan, I'm sure you remember the story I posted about him over the summer--the crazy Mets fan. He lives literally across the street from the Splinter's childhood home, on Utah Street.

Well, Bill Swank is still on a campaign, and bless his heart. And the well-known baseball historian is camping out today for the cause.

As the Union-Tribune noted:

Quote:
This Saturday, Santa Claus will “occupy” a corner of downtown Lane Field, the first San Diego home of the Padres. St. Nick is baseball historian Bill Swank, a spitting image of Santa, taking his campaign to honor baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams to the street … err, field.

Williams joined the Padres in 1936 when he was still in Hoover High School, and played his first pro ball at the site, now a parking lot at Broadway and Pacific Highway. Swank thinks it’s an ideal place to erect a Ted Williams statue.

He has gone so far as to produce two statuette poses of Williams by local sculptor Jon Richetti. Swank said artist A. Thomas Schomberg, creator of the bigger-than-life “Rocky” statue by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, also is interested.

To date, though, Swank’s pleas to the S.D. Port District and its Public Art Committee have gone unheeded. So he is taking his campaign to the public.

Swank’s “Occupy Lane Field” demonstration won’t last overnight, however. Still wearing his Santa suit, he reports to Balboa Park by 6 p.m. to light the “December Nights” tree.


Love it! Maybe I'll stop by and lend my support. Smile
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Sat 11/26/11 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can understand how frustrating it must be to Bill that the higher-ups won't listen. To not permit a statue for someone like Williams is crazy. Everyone knows who Ted Williams is and to not honor him where he got his baseball start is crazy Exclamation

I really applaud this guy for his unending devotion to his cause and to never giving up. It sounds like he has also gone to great expense towards his dream. I really wish him all the best with this endeavor. Perhaps hearing from the public will finally pursuade the city to do the right thing.

I hope you get a chance to go lend your support DB.

There is a bridge in Indiana with a plaque on it dedicated to Gil Hodges with a space to honor his HOF induction. Hopefully that will get to be filled in next year Smile
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sunnyblue



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
Posts: 3119
Location: San Diego County, CA

PostPosted: Sat 11/26/11 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Bill Swank. He's a great writer and historian and he sure is a doppelganger for Santa!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Tue 11/29/11 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He really is! I wish I could have seen it, but I had to work all day, myself. Crunch time is here.
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Fri 3/30/12 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob Uecker will get a statue at Miller Park.

From MLB.com:

Quote:
He'll stand on Miller Park's home plate plaza alongside the three other members of the Mount Rushmore of Milwaukee baseball: Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and MLB Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig.


Good grief. What's wrong with this picture!? Question
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Sat 3/31/12 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was happy to hear about Uecker's statue. My nephew-to-be was more happy Very Happy

Quote:
Good grief. What's wrong with this picture!?


I would say Bud Selig... but I guess he can't be left out as he was once an owner of the team. I can't say as I've ever seen statues of owners at the few ballparks I've been to.
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Wed 8/22/12 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orioles Hall of Famer Eddie Murray has been honored with a statue at Camden Yards (note this happened over a week ago; just now got around to posting about it).
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Mon 8/27/12 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Truly deserving - but what Hall of Famer doesn't deserve a statue at their home stadium?
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Fri 9/21/12 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry it's not bigger but I got it off a Facebook page.

Nice--and a salute to you, too, sir.


_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Sat 9/22/12 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this picture. Very nice statue and he is so deserving of the honor Smile
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Sat 9/22/12 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost forgot about this one too.


_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Sat 9/22/12 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great action shot.
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Sun 9/23/12 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. Thanks for posting those, Linda. I am surprised at Gil Hodges Fan's comments - all the time we had been talking about this you never said anything - but they are both worthy of being honored.
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Mon 9/24/12 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did state in a post in August that

Quote:
Truly deserving - but what Hall of Famer doesn't deserve a statue at their home stadium?


I appreciate pictures being posted of statues so I can see what they look like. I didn't want to go back to Wrigley Field again but I may have to so I can see Ron Santo's statue in person.
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Mon 9/24/12 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember you posting that long before this happened, but think she meant the comments being made about when we were discussing the details back and forth, etc. Your comment was pretty generic.

I do agree about HOFers deserving statues at their home ballpark. Interestingly, in both cases, they are not being honored at the ballparks they played in.

That would be great to see Ron Santo's statue in person.
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Tue 9/25/12 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be but then Gil Hodges fan was just a few feet from Tony Gwynn's and did not even see that one, Rolling Eyes which still makes me feel bad.

Quote:
I think she meant the comments being made about when we were discussing the details back and forth, etc.


Yes that was what I meant.
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Wed 9/26/12 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel bad about that also Forloveofthegame Sad Steve and I didn't do enough exploring on our own once we were at Petco. Perhaps this will make you feel somewhat better - when Steve and I were watching part of the Padres-Dodgers game last night before he went to work 3rd shift he mentioned he really liked Petco. He said he likes it as much as Miller Park which is his favorite, or I should say "was" his favorite Wink He said Petco was comfortable feeling, he liked the layout, and the architectural design of it.
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Thu 9/27/12 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is nice of him to say but the layout is not what I like about Petco at all. Most Padre fans do not really like the way the park is designed. We would prefer something with fewer gimmicks and more baseball themed. This is not Horton plaza, for goodness sake. The things I like about Petco are the parts that celebrate our history but I guess you never did see any of them. The park itself looks like it could be anywhere.
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Fri 9/28/12 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked Petco. I thought the architectural features were interesting but I guess my favorite aside from Dodger Stadium would be Miller Park. I am hoping we can go to another Brewers game next year and also get to Kansas City to see a Royals game.
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Sun 9/30/12 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite road stadiums are Dodger Stadium & AT&T Park. I know I have posted that before but both of them are just so

With our park the most appropriate touches that really say San Diego to you are on the exterior, as in the styles they brought over from Lane (very little of it actually) - or in the historical sections. To me the ballpark should say something about the city and team involved. But once you get past those things (that you missed) I feel Petco Park could be located anywhere. Other than what I just mentioned, nothing about it really says San Diego to you. With Dodger Stadium you see the location and you know you are in L.A. or at least in SoCal somewhere! There is so much history, even the front office there says it's L.A. With AT&T Park it practically screams San Francisco which is a great city anyway, and there is much of their old history packed in there too. San Diego is a great city, but you would not really know it judging by Petco Park. My husband first joked that Alonzo Horton must have been the architect, Lol. It has grown on me, overall, but there really is not much special about it unless you get into the historic stuff.
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
GilHodgesFan



Joined: 15 Jan 2011
Posts: 1763
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

PostPosted: Sun 9/30/12 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sorry I missed that Sad

I will never forget the scenic view sitting at Dodger Stadium and looking out over the lovely sunset. After seeing games on TV back in the 70's and this year it was so wonderful to see Dodger Stadium in person and see a game there. It is right up there with Miller Park to me. Miller Park is so much more accessible from here though and I like it better than any of the other Midwest stadiums I've been to.
_________________
"If you had a son it would be a great thing for him to grow up to be just like Gil Hodges" -Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Sun 9/30/12 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
but both of them are just so


Both of them are just so...? (fill in the blank)? Smile
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Tue 10/2/12 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol! I think I was editing that sentence when the library computer shut down on me. I was going to say they are both just so what you would expect to see for baseball in those cities. They seem to show how nice the settings are for baseball there.
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Sat 8/10/13 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate to report on such a vile act, but earlier this week the Jackie Robinson statue in Brooklyn was vandalized. The statue depicts the friendship and support of Jackie's teammate, Pee Wee Reese, during the chaos that was the early days of baseball's integration.

Evil or Very Mad

This sickens me as well as so many other baseball fans who appreciate what the statue symbolized--racial tolerance. That it was defaced with slurs is horrible.
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Mon 8/12/13 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard about that too. That is despicable!
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Sat 9/7/13 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The statue of Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has been unveiled at Great American Ballpark. The second baseman was on hand with his "Big Red Machine" teammates for the occasion, and Cincinnati is celebrating Morgan all weekend long. How appropriate is it that the Dodgers are in town this series? Mad Little Joe caused the Dodgers plenty of misery during his career. Sad But, congratulations to him nonetheless. It's well deserved.
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Sat 9/7/13 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, he was sure a great player. I miss Jpochard posting here. I bet she was thrilled with this.
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Thu 9/12/13 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Red Sox have announced plans to honor Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski with a statue at Fenway Park, to be unveiled later this month, 30 years after his retirement.
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
dodgerblue6



Joined: 10 Aug 2005
Posts: 19152
Location: San Diego CA - deep in the heart of SoCal

PostPosted: Tue 4/22/14 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is classic, and Cathy, you're probably already heard about it with your Padres playing in Milwaukee this week.

The Brewers are honoring long-time broadcaster/former player Bob Uecker with a statue of a special kind.
_________________
"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
forloveofthegame



Joined: 23 Oct 2009
Posts: 6936
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Wed 4/23/14 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, I would love to see that sometime! I remember those commercials so well. Laughing
_________________
"Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem." - Saul Steinberg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Diamonds For Women Forum Index -> Talkin' Baseball All times are GMT - 7 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Page 2 of 3

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group