Spring Training 2015 is 30 days away let the countdown begin. I will be leaving February 24th with a two-day stop in Washington DC to visit US Copyright office. My other countdown is after two years this coming Monday we will be moving into our new place in Bronxville NY. It is going be such a relief not thinking about real estate properties.
In 1970 Sport magazine hired Ozzie Sweet to photograph spring training and spend a little extra time shooting the Washington Senators two new players Denny McLain and Curt Flood. Plus shoot Ted Williams for the cover of the spring training issue.
Over the next 30 days, I will be posting images from Ozzie Sweet and my spring training trips.
2015 Cactus League Reporting Dates
|Team||Pitchers & Catchers||First Workout||Position Players||First Workout||Location|
|Angels||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Tempe|
|A’s||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Mesa|
|Brewers||February 20||February 22||February 25||February 26||Maryvale|
|Cubs||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Mesa|
|Diamondbacks||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Scottsdale|
|Dodgers||February 19||February 20||February 25||February 26||Glendale|
|Giants||February 18||February 19||February 23||February 24||Scottsdale|
|Indians||February 18||February 20||February 22||February 24||Goodyear|
|Mariners||February 20||February 21||February 24||February 25||Peoria|
|Padres||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Peoria|
|Rangers||February 20||February 21||February 25||February 26||Surprise|
|Reds||February 18||February 19||February 23||February 24||Goodyear|
|Rockies||February 20||February 21||February 27||Scottsdale|
|Royals||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Surprise|
|White Sox||February 19||February 20||February 24||Glendale|
2015 Grapefruit League Reporting Dates
|Team||Pitchers & Catchers||First Workout||Position Players||First Workout||Location|
|Astros||February 20||February 21||February 24||February 25||Kissimmee|
|Blue Jays||February 23||February 27||Dunedin|
|Braves||February 20||February 21||February 25||February 26||Orlando|
|Cardinals||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Jupiter|
|Marlins||February 20||February 20||February 24||February 24||Jupiter|
|Mets||February 19||February 21||February 24||February 26||Port St. Lucie|
|Nationals||February 19||February 21||February 24||February 26||Viera|
|Orioles||February 19||February 20||February 24||February 25||Sarasota|
|Phillies||February 18||February 19||February 23||February 24||Clearwater|
|Pirates||February 18||February 19||February 23||February 24||Bradenton|
|Rays||February 22||February 23||February 27||February 28||Port Charlotte|
|Red Sox||February 20||February 21||February 24||February 25||Fort Myers|
|Tigers||February 19||February 20||February 23||February 24||Lakeland|
|Twins||February 22||February 23||February 27||February 28||Fort Myers|
|Yankees||February 20||February 21||February 25||February 26||Tampa|
It’s that time of the year when we make New Year resolutions. I always try to think of something that’s a self-improvement that becomes part of my life, i.e. like making the bed every morning before I head out to my studio. Last year’s resolutions were each month to make one new meal that we never did before and to blog once a week. Well, we had 12 exciting new dinner meals, on the blogging front I started off strong but because of other commitments I trailed off. So this year I will recommit myself to first blogging on a regular base and expand from their.
If I had a Vote
Player Vote Year
†Rich Aurilia 1st
Jeff Bagwell √ 5th
Craig Biggio √ 3rd
Barry Bonds √ 3rd
†Aaron Boone 1st
†Tony Clark 1st
Roger Clemens √ 3rd
†Carlos Delgado 1st
†Jermaine Dye 1st
†Darin Erstad 1st
†Cliff Floyd 1st
†Nomar Garciaparra 1st
†Brian Giles 1st
†Tom Gordon 1st
†Eddie Guardado 1st
†Randy Johnson √ 1st
Jeff Kent 2nd
Edgar Martínez 6th
†Pedro Martínez √ 1st
Don Mattingly 15th
Fred McGriff 6th
Mark McGwire 9th
Mike Mussina √ 2nd
†Troy Percival 1st
Mike Piazza √ 3rd
Tim Raines √ 8th
Curt Schilling 3rd
†Jason Schmidt 1st
†Gary Sheffield 1st
Lee Smith 13th
†John Smoltz √ 1st
Sammy Sosa 3rd
Alan Trammell 14th
Larry Walker 5th
Tomorrow at 1pm we will find out how the BBWAA voted
Sy Berger creator of Topps Baseball Cards passed away Sunday December 14.
To this day every spring I drive to the store when Topps Baseball Cards go on sale and buy a few packs sit in my car and open them. Not because I’m a collector (anymore) but because it still gives me a feeling of being a kid again. Thank you Sy Berger for a lifetime of fun.
Why isn’t Jim Kaat in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Originally posted on Kaat's Korner:
Wow! What a backlash from friends, current Hall of Famers, baseball fans from all teams and all areas of the country. I wish I could personally thank you for your sentiments and well wishes. I want to say up front that this post is not intended to be one of bitterness, disappointment or “sour grapes.” I have a wonderful life, had a wonderful career and whether I have a plaque in Cooperstown — though a very high honor — will not have any affect on me personally.
I understand the process and I understand the difficulty to receive 75 percent of the votes necessary for induction. I told friends I guessed I would get 10 votes — maybe 11 at the most and possibly as few as eight. I embrace the process, having been through it a few times. I am a big horse racing enthusiast, like my friend, the…
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Just a reminder I picked the SF Giants in 6 (my season predictions pretty spot-on, playoffs so-so). Tonight I either look good or will take my lumps.
The teams are rested, 6 days for the KC Royals, and 5 days for SF Giants. The team that comes up short will say that the long layoff hurt them. Now for my last MLB prediction for 2014, SF Giants in 6 games (could be 5). The second long layoff for KC Royals will impact them this time…
I decided to revisit my season ” My 2012 MLB Team Predictions ” to see how I did. First think I notice that I got the AL East completely wrong. Next I also picked an extra team the Diamondbacks by mistake in the NL West. I was at many Florida spring training games this year and watched the teams is helpful. My research for the Arizona teams was TV, radio, and the internet. Looking back over my predictions I have to say not unhappy. I also still stand by my World Series prediction, the Nationals.
AL East AL Central AL West
Yankees Tigers A’s
Rays# Royals# Angels#
Orioles Indians Rangers
Red Sox White Sox Mariners
Blue Jays Twins Astros
Royals over Angels Wild Card Game
Yankees, Rays ALDS winners
Rays over Yankees
NL East NL Central NLWest
Nationals Cardinals Dodgers
Braves Pirates# Giants#
Marlins Reds Diamondbacks#
Mets Cubs Rockies
Phillies Brewers Padres
Pirates over Diamondbacks Wild Card Game
Nationals, Giants NLDS winners
Nationals over Giants
2014 World Series
Nationals over Rays in 7 games
On this day in 1954 – Sports Illustrated, a magazine about everything sports – hits newsstands for the first time.
The late Ozzie Sweet, called the Babe Ruth of sports photography was the inspiration for many of the SI photographers.
Last Saturday I was at the New York City taping of Antiques Road Show with passes from Larry Canale who authored two books with Ozzie Sweet:
Over 13 years I have had many conversations and emails with Larry, but never met until last Saturday. He knew I had many of Ozzie’s images and said “I didn’t know you had that many! Theirs enough for another book.”
My project now is the schedule more time within and coming months to work on them. When Ozzie was alive, I also talked to him about photography and color of his images as he and Larry were never pleased with the color produced in the (wonderful) books.
Time is the greatest enemy to color transparency and color prints In technical terms the yellow layer of all color is a vegetable dye and fades, thus giving the purple color we all see.in old slides and family color prints. That is why storage and other archival techniques are so important. Digital has different issues, but prints I create are all made using archival inks and paper.
Enough tech talks!
Ozzie was also one of my inspirations that is why I pursued to buy his images and copyrights (another story for the future). On my website http://www.ballparkprints.com in galleries click on Classic Images for a sample of Ozzie Sweets images.
The Antique Road Show is stopping at the Javits Center in New York City today and I was invited to it through someone I know that works on the publishing side of the show.
The day just seems to be building as a nostalgic day in my morning eamils was
If your a child of the 1950’s this is a noslaglic trip that will bring back memories..