When the Dodgers play the Royals next weekend in Kansas City, the middle game of the series, on Saturday, August 13, both teams will wear Jackie Robinson-related uniforms, and proceeds will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
From the museum’s press release:
Members of the royal family would wear the uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945, the Dodgers family members would wear the uniforms of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, and both teams wore tracksuits worn by the legendary Jackie Robinson.
After the match, both teams will auction T-shirts, hats, batting helmets, and other game-worn items, and the proceeds will go to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Robinson played for the Monarchs in 1945, scoring .375/.449/.600 in 34 known games in his prime at age 26, two years before he made his Dodgers debut.
Here’s a look at the Monarchs’ uniform for the August 13 game at 4:10 p.m. KST.
To honor the Negro Leagues and the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut, the Royal Family will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, August 13. All consolidated auction proceeds will directly benefit NLBM. pic.twitter.com/XeVHCv8EJ7
– Negro Legs Baseball Museum (NLBMuseumKC) August 5, 2022
Baseball Bulletin’s Justin Klug said Finn Scully made every word count: “The broadcaster tells what happens, but the narrator can dig into humanity’s horrific archives to give meaning to empty moments, turning pockets of dead air into more life for the rest of us.”
Slate’s Eric Nussbaum called Scully “the most pure baseball fan in the world,” and noted how Scully’s sense of astonishment and awe had passed down the generations:
This week I also realized that watching matches with Scully made me a better journalist and writer. Dodgers have turned transients like Chad Vonville and Omar Dahl into whole characters from my youth not only because they were on my favorite baseball team, but because through his eyes I saw them as people too. 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 get too cynical or bored with things that I don’t have a business of being bored with.
Fabian Ardaia in The Athletic summed up Friday’s celebrations honoring Scully, including this advance 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 weaving from fans to the organization. I think he’s If you look at 60 years of Dodger baseball. Players change, teams are different. But it was the only constant… It was kind of a thread.”
Longtime friend Jesse Chavez, who introduced with the Dodgers in 2016, was replaced by the Atlanta to the Angels on Tuesday, joining his third team of the season. Matt Monaghan researched MLB.com for Chavez’s travels and found that Chavez traded ten times the most in MLB history. David Roth wrote about Chavez on Friday in The Defector, noting that despite all the movement he still Just Monument for nine major league teams. “Most teams that have hired Chavez find it appropriate to hire him more than once,” Roth wrote.
I was a guest on the FnA podcast on AM 570 on Friday and spoke with Adam Oslund about Finn Scully, the Dodgers trade deadline, and the series vs. Padres.