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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Willie Davis, Shot from Remote Camera, 2nd Base

It’s just a picture of Willie Davis sliding into second base at Dodger Stadium in 1965. Which, gulp, was almost 50 years ago.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 02:11 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GregD Posted: December 07, 2013 at 06:25 PM (#4613170)
My heart sank when I opened the page and saw the words "Willie Davis shot"
   2. tfbg9 Posted: December 07, 2013 at 07:10 PM (#4613184)
I thought he had died as well.
But the pic is really cool.
   3. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 07:19 PM (#4613187)
Except that, unfortunately, he's been dead nearly 4 years. Unless Wikipedia is lying, but I'm afraid that's not the case.
   4. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 08:01 PM (#4613205)
Davis started at CF and batted third on 25 April 1965, which is meant to be the day this was taken. I think this is probably him moving from 1B to 2B on a fielder's choice off the bat of LF Tommy Davis. The Phillies beat the Dodgers 6-4 that day. The managers were Gene Mauch and Walter Alston. At the end of the game, the Dodgers led the NL with a 7-3 record, and the Phillies were 5-5.

The Dodgers would hold off the Giants for the rest of the season to top the NL with 97 wins. (The final tally would see the Dodgers beat the Giants by just two games -- which is almost exactly as many as they were up at the end of 25 April.) They would win a 7-game World Series against a tough Minnesota Twins squad that featured Tony Oliva, an injured-but-still-potent Harmon Killebrew, and slugging SS Zoilo Versalles. Their rotation featured Mudcat Grant, Jim Kaat, and Gaylord Perry's brother James.

The Dodgers were a pitching-and-defense team led by a Jewish kid from Brooklyn named Sandy Koufax, whose favorite sport was basketball. He pitched in 43 games that year, starting 41. He threw 335 innings. He set the MLB record for Ks in a single season. He had an ERA of 2.04 -- which was the highest ERA he had between 1963 and the end of his career.

Sandy threw a perfect game against the Cubs about four months later, on 9 September 1965. It occasioned the greatest inning from the greatest baseball announcer who has ever lived.

My father followed it on the teletype in the newsroom at the Eugene Register-Guard. My sister was two years old. I wouldn't be born for another 15, and then to a woman my father had not yet met.

This picture was taken on his 21st birthday.
   5. Tim D Posted: December 07, 2013 at 08:14 PM (#4613214)
Totally cool pic from a nearly new Dodger Stadium. It's now the 2nd oldest park in the NL behind Wrigley, and among the best places I have ever seen a game. Willie Davis could flat out fly. He made Lou Brock look ponderous.
   6. depletion Posted: December 07, 2013 at 08:16 PM (#4613216)
Willie Davis shot from remote camera into a moving truck on Wilshire Blvd.
That's what I read.
   7. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4613219)
It's now the 2nd oldest park in the NL


Bizarre.

I went to a game there in spring 2012. I hadn't been in 10 years. I'd forgotten how beautiful the surroundings are. Yeah, the bad seats are bad. The Dodger Dogs aren't what they once were. But seeing a game there is like seeing a game in the movies.
   8. bobm Posted: December 07, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4613230)
I think this is probably him moving from 1B to 2B on a fielder's choice off the bat of LF Tommy Davis

That was in the 1st; that FC was the 2nd out. T. Davis also hit into a 6-4-3 DP with 1 out in the 3rd.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN196504250.shtml
   9. Rafael Bellylard: A failure of the waist. Posted: December 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM (#4613233)
With Davis dropping into his slide so soon, I'd guess the second baseman is preparing to throw the ball, and the batter is still quite a ways up the line. There's also one out, according to the mini-scoreboard on the first base wall.

I'd guess this is the DP.
   10. EddieA Posted: December 07, 2013 at 11:56 PM (#4613292)
Willie Davis and Bobby Bonds are still on the all-time high school top list for the long jump in California.
If they hadn't run the 100-yard dash instead of the 100 meters, and hand-timed on dirt at that, they'd probably be on the top lists for that event too.
   11. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 08, 2013 at 12:44 AM (#4613309)
Totally cool pic from a nearly new Dodger Stadium. It's now the 2nd oldest park in the NL behind Wrigley, and among the best places I have ever seen a game. Willie Davis could flat out fly. He made Lou Brock look ponderous.


To name two guys who started out in SW Arkansas (which I'm sure only I care about, being from the same area myself). Luckily for both, their families got out when they were toddlers.
   12. AROM Posted: December 08, 2013 at 01:15 AM (#4613327)
Most of the evidence points to Willie being one hell of defensive center fielder. Except that he had one of the very worst innings ever, and it happened at the most visible time, 1966 World Series, in the last game Sandy Koufax would ever pitch. Not that it cost them the series, Dodgers scored 2x in game one, then went scoreless in the last 3.
   13. tfbg9 Posted: December 08, 2013 at 02:04 AM (#4613355)
It is well worth clicking thru to see the other photos by Neil Liefer. Some great, iconic images.
   14. Mark Armour Posted: December 08, 2013 at 03:00 AM (#4613378)
The third oldest stadium in the NL is Coors Field.
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 08, 2013 at 03:30 AM (#4613384)
It is well worth clicking thru to see the other photos by Neil Liefer. Some great, iconic images.


The photo of Willie Mays walking a bloodied John Roseboro off the field after the Marichal incident is one of the great sports photos.
   16. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: December 08, 2013 at 08:15 AM (#4613404)
Dirtcam suxxors

/tolaxor
   17. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 08, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4613475)
/tolaxor


Fail. Should've been in all-caps.
   18. GregD Posted: December 08, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4613539)
The third oldest stadium in the NL is Coors Field.
Is this for real? OMG
   19. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 08, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4613547)
The third oldest stadium in the NL is Coors Field.


#### you. That's not true. Is it?


. . . holy ####, it is.

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