When the Dodgers take on the Royals next weekend in Kansas City, the midpoint game of the series on Saturday, August 13, both teams will wear retro uniforms with a Jackie Robinson tie-in, with proceeds going to Negro Leagues Baseball. Museum.
Excerpt from the museum’s press release:
The Royals will wear 1945 Kansas City Monarchs home uniforms and the Dodgers will wear 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers away uniforms, with both teams sporting jerseys that the legendary Jackie Robinson would have worn.
After the game, both teams will auction off jerseys, hats, batting helmets and other game-worn items, with proceeds going to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Robinson played for the Monarchs in 1945, hitting .375/.449/.600 in 34 known games in his prime at age 26, two years before his debut with the Dodgers.
Here’s a look at the Monarchs’ uniforms for this August 13 game, a 4:10 p.m. PT start in Kansas City.
To honor the Negro leagues and the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut, the Royals will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, August 13. All proceeds from Uniform Auctions will directly benefit the NLBM. pic.twitter.com/XeVHCv8EJ7
— Black League Baseball Museum (@NLBMuseumKC) August 5, 2022
Justin Klugh of Baseball Prospectus said that Vin Scully makes every word count: “A broadcaster tells what’s happening, but a narrator can mine this archive of restless humanity to make sense of empty moments, turning pockets of dead air in addition to life for the rest of us. .”
Slate’s Eric Nusbaum called Scully “the purest baseball fan in the world” and noted how Scully’s sense of wonder and awe has been passed down from generation to generation:
This week I also realized that watching games with Scully made me a better journalist and writer. He transformed short-lived Dodgers like Chad Fonville and Omar Daal into full-fledged characters of my youth, not only because they were part of my favorite baseball team, but because through his eyes I also saw them as some people. As a writer, I try to be empathetic. I try to stay open to the beauty and horror of the world. I try not to be cynical or bored by things that don’t bother me.
The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya recapped Friday’s festivities in honor of Scully, including this pre-game quote from Dave Roberts: “One of the greatest, if not the greatest, Dodger of all time. He is the link. He is the link, the fabric between the fans and the organization. I think if you look at 60 years of Dodger baseball. The players change, the teams are different. But he was the only constant… He was sort of the common thread.
Old friend Jesse Chavez, who pitched for the Dodgers in 2016, was traded by Atlanta to the Angels on Tuesday, joining his third team this season. MLB.com’s Matt Monagan researched Chavez’s trips and found that Chavez’s ten trades are the most in MLB history. David Roth wrote about Chavez on Friday at Defector, noting despite all the movement that he is still only pitched for nine major league teams. “Most teams that have employed Chavez have seen fit to employ him more than once,” Roth wrote.
On Friday, I was a guest on the FnA podcast on AM 570, speaking with Adam Auslund about Vin Scully, the Dodgers trade deadline and the series against the Padres.