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The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers included, from left, Spider Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Eddie Stanky and Jackie Robinson.

Area baseball beat: Columns about ‘42,’ Pedroia draw response

Published: Saturday, May. 24, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Cleaning out the bat bag ...

Jonel Jorgensen, the daughter of Spider Jorgensen, sent an email following the column two weeks ago about the movie “42.”

“I learned about the movie ‘42’ when Jamie Ruehling (who played Jorgensen) got in touch with me through Facebook,” Jonel Jorgensen said. “By the time I got in contact with him, the shooting was done, but he was still so excited to hear more about my dad. He told me that he had two talking scenes, which I really looked forward to seeing. But neither made the movie.”

That might have turned out for the best. A West Coast guy with a Southern accent doesn’t seem right.

Another email came from Chris Mann about Dustin Pedroia, the subject of last week’s column.

“The guy gets to the park six hours before the game to work on his game,” Mann wrote. “He lives right down the street from Fenway and has his own set of keys to get in the park since he gets there so early. Every team or business should be lucky enough to have a ‘Pedey.’

“Also, his eight-year, $110 million contract is a huge discount compared to what his real market value is, but he does not play the game for money, even though $110 million is not chump change. Wish pro sports, in general, had many more ‘Pedeys.’ 

Around the horn

• Jupiter right-hander Scott Lyman (UC Davis) was named Pitcher of the Week in the Florida State League. Lyman, 24, pitched his first career complete game May 14, allowing one run against Clearwater. Then, he pitched six innings Monday against Brevard County, giving up one unearned run. He is 3-3 with a 1.61 ERA in nine starts.

• Zach Phillips (Galt, Sacramento City College) is playing in Japan. The left-hander signed a one-year deal with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp after last season. Phillips received a $154,000 signing bonus and a $409,000 salary. The Carp holds a club option for the 2015 season.

• Carl Boyer (Bishop Armstrong, Sacramento City), who was inducted into the La Salle Club Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year, has fond memories of his minor-league days, particularly the camaraderie. While with the Waterloo Hawks, he roomed with Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Carlton Fisk, who was also his catcher. During spring training with the Boston Red Sox, Boyer not only faced the best hitter of his career, Ted Williams, but trained with Olympic sprinter Jesse Owens. One of Boyer’s favorite memories was going fishing with Williams.

• Former American River College pitching coach Preston Vancil (West Campus) is the pitching coach for the Independent League’s Southern Illinois Miners. He was 9-6 with a 3.97 ERA in 18 starts for the Miners last summer.

• Bruce Edwards (Sacramento) had a memorable rookie season in 1946 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The catcher doubled in his first major-league at-bat and had a 34-game stretch in which no opposing runner stole a base. Three days after hitting his first major-league home run Sept. 8, he caught all 19 innings of a 0-0 suspended game against the Cincinnati Reds at Ebbets Field, the longest scoreless game in history. Despite playing only 92 games, he finished 14th in the MVP voting.

• Anyone notice when the Fresno Grizzlies were in town how much the mannerisms of catcher Andrew Susac (Jesuit) resemble those of Giants catcher Buster Posey, particularly in the batter’s box? One of the more underrated catchers in the minors, Susac, 24, hit 12 homers (all on the road) at Double-A Richmond last season and then led the Arizona Fall League with a .507 on-base percentage.

• The movie “The Mendoza Line,” co-produced by Hal Young (Sacramento State), was released May 5.


Mark McDermott is a freelance writer specializing in Sacramento-area baseball. Contact him at egmacker@yahoo.com.

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