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March 31, 2014

by William Szczepanek

Did you ever go somewhere or see something that made the past jump back into your mind from decades ago — something that helped you remember things that you never thought you would ever remember again? Sure, we all have.

Through movies and old broadcasts we get pictures of the past that were gone, but not forgotten, like the old TV broadcast of the 1960 Pirates Yankees World Series Game Seven that Bing Crosby hid away. Watching that game brought back much of the time and the essence of the game back then.
I have come across another gem that is particularly enjoyable for me and probably for anyone who used to go to bed listening to the radio broadcasts of the Cubs, the Dodgers or any other team for that matter. I have fantastic memories of Jack Quinlan and the Cubs radio broadcasts of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In like manner I would expect that Dodger fans would have the same type of recollection of listening to Vin Scully, except that they still have him and have had him to listen to for over six decades. I have always thought of Jack Quinlan as the second best baseball announcer on the planet next to Vin Scully.

You Tube is a remarkable tool for going back in time, but how about going back to a game between the Cubs and Dodgers from 1957 and have the opportunity to listen to the game without knowing the outcome. I now know the outcome, but didn’t when I began to listen to it. Combine this with the images of baseball cards of the time, which many remember more so than the actual player and you have just about the perfect time machine.

So pull up the covers and crank up the volume on your mobile device and picture in your mind what Vin Scully describes and you will be in the same place as thousands of fans who did just the same in 1957.

Vin Scully broadcasting a complete game from Ebbetts Field is a work of art. The date is June 4, 1957. The starting pitchers are Sandy Koufax for the Dodgers and fireballing Dick Drott of the Cubs. That fact alone gives a huge advantage to the Dodgers, but remember that Koufax didn’t hit his prime until 1961 and his record from 1955 through 1960 was a losing 36-40. Dick Drott was a very promising rookie in 1957 and already had a 15 strikeout game that year, the record for a Cubs’ pitcher at that time, and Koufax struck out 13 Cubs in their previous meeting.

Now if you want to know the outcome then scroll to past the pictures to the boxscore. If you would like to experience the game again in mind blowing Scully-color then head over to this You Tube video.

Close your eyes and just listen to Vin Scully, and the background noises of the game, the fans and the vendors. It’s not as easy as it used to be. Our minds have changed and the patience is gone, but if you had a good imagination, then the exercise can be very rewarding. Imagination is the key to creativity. Are we missing something today?

Batting order for today’s game:

Chicago Cubs
Bobby Morgan 2B
Bob Speake LF
Ernie Banks 3B
Lee Walls CF
Frank Ernaga RF
Dale Long 1B
Cal Neeman C
Jack Littrell SS
Dick Drott P

Brooklyn Dodgers
Sandy Amoros LF
Jim Gilliam 2B
Duke Snider CF
Gino Cimoli RF
Gil Hodges 1B
Roy Campanella C
Charlie Neal 3B
Don Zimmer SS
Sandy Koufax P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results of the Game

 from Baseball Reference.com


                  1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Cubs            0  0  0   0  0  2   0  3  0    5  6  1
Dodgers        3  0  3   0  1  0   0  0  X    7  7  0


Chicago Cubs
2B: F Ernaga (2, off S Koufax).
HR: E Banks (6, off S Koufax; 8th inn, 2 on, 1 out to LF); B Speake (4, off S Koufax; 6th inn, 1 on, 0 outs to RF).
TB: E Banks 4; B Speake 4; F Ernaga 2; B Morgan; W Moryn; J Bolger.
RBI: E Banks 3 (18); B Speake 2 (13).
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 5.
Fielding
DP: 1. E Banks-B Morgan-D Long.
E: C Neeman (4).
Baserunning
SB: B Morgan (2, 2nd base off S Koufax/J Pignatano).

Brooklyn Dodgers
2B: G Hodges (13, off D Drott); R Campanella (6, off D Drott).
HR: G Hodges (7, off J Brosnan; 5th inn, 0 on, 1 out to CF); D Snider (10, off D Drott; 3rd inn, 0 on, 0 outs to CF).
HBP: R Campanella (2, by D Drott).
TB: G Hodges 6; D Snider 4; R Campanella 2; J Gilliam; J Pignatano; C Neal.
GIDP: D Zimmer (4).
RBI: C Neal 2 (6); R Campanella 2 (24); G Hodges (24); D Snider (21).
2-out RBI: R Campanella 2.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 2 for 8.
Baserunning
SB: J Gilliam (8, 3rd base off D Drott/C Neeman); D Snider (3, 2nd base off D Drott/C Neeman).
Balks: None.
WP: J Brosnan (2); S Koufax (3).
HBP: D Drott (3; R Campanella).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

Other Info
Umpires: HP - Tom Gorman, 1B - Hal Dixon, 2B - Ken Burkhart, 3B - Dusty Boggess.Time of Game: 2:50.

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