This past Saturday the 13th Annual Pro Baseball Scouts Foundation Awards Dinner was held in Beverly Hills. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of an "Player Lifetime Achievement Award" to Dodger legend Maury Wills.
The photo at the very top is via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to check out more pics from Jon of the evening. Below are more links to check out:
- Via Barry M. Bloom at MLB.com, "Late, great scout Genovese eulogized in LA."
Genovese, 93, was eulogized in a stirring 60-minute memorial service at the stadium club down the right-field line in Dodger Stadium on Saturday. A native of Los Angeles, Genovese died this past Nov. 15 at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., shortly after a visit from Mike Lieberthal, the catcher and Genovese signee who finished his career in 2007 with the Dodgers.
"George was a special man. He was like a grandfather to me," Lieberthal said. "George was almost like my protector. He would protect me from my dad, who'd be yelling at me all the time when I was on the field. George would just say, 'Hey, leave him alone. He's going to be all right.'"
- Via Nick Diunte at the Examiner.com, "How Don Newcombe paved the way for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
“In 1968, Martin had dinner in my house with my family," Newcombe recalled in a 2007 interview with Time Magazine. "This was 28 days before he was assassinated. He said to me, ‘Don, I don't know what I would've done without you guys setting up the minds of people for change. You, Jackie, and Roy will never know how easy you made it for me to do my job.’ Can you imagine that? How easy we made it for Martin Luther King!”
- Via Mike Bertha at MLB.com, "Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson: Friends and civil rights icons."
"People used to tell me a lot of things about Dr. King, that he was trying to take over the world, that he was making money on the civil rights issues. I didn't believe them, of course. I knew this was a dedicated man and that he has made tremendous personal financial sacrifices in the cause. I sort of wondered why people would stoop to talk about him. Then I realized that the world has always talked against great men. The best way to keep from getting talked about is to do nothing."
- Via Tom Singer at MLB.com, "On the rise, Kazmir excited for NL challenge."
- This past weekend Yasiel Puig, Austin Barnes and Joc Pederson did some paint-balling at the Hollywood Sports Park in Bellflower. Joc posted a pic of the group on Instagram (link here), and Puig shared a short video (link here). Below is a video of the guys having some fun.
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