Moving day

Today is the end of the road for a lot of familiar baseball names. Tim Salmon finishes with 299 homers after fourteen seasons in Anaheim. Looks like Frank Robinson is coming home after a halfway decent career: Hall of Fame as a player and top 50 in wins as a manager, as well as being the first black manager. I empathized with Vin Scully on the Dodgers broadcast as he hoped — tried to will, even — the San Francisco fans to stand and applaud their manager Felipe Alou in the ninth inning. "Oh, come on," Vinny complained as the crowd sat quietly. When Alou got to the dugout after his last pitching change for the Giants, Vinnie didn't hide his disappointment. "I mean, that would have been nice."

Indeed. Felipe predates Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal in Giants lore, and the Alous should be recognized as the first family of baseball's infusion of players from the Dominican Republic. Felipe came up with the Giants in 1958, and someone from the clan has been part of the game almost ever since. Brother Matty came up to the Giants in 1960; Jesus got there in 1963. On Sept. 22, the Alous started across the outfield and batted one after another. That generation went on to play in 5,129 major league games. Moises, Felipe's son, came up with the Pirates in 1990 and has played in 1840 games so far. He had a decent year this year at age 40 and could keep going if he wants. But Felipe is probably heading home to Santo Domingo after managing 2,054 games and winning more than half of them.

Tim Salmon finishes as the Angels all-time home run leader, and Vin Scully tries to will Giants fans to give Felipe Alou an ovation.

October 1, 2006 4:46 PM • Native Intelligence • Email the editor
 

© 2003-2014   •  About LA Observed  •  Contact the editor
LA Biz Observed
2:07 PM Sat | The funeral for Mark Lacter will be held Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12 noon at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles 90045. Reception to follow.
Native Intelligence
Karen Wada | The veteran A Noise Within actor talks with LA Observed about the joys and perils of performing in two plays at once, her favorite leading men and what happens when you start a show while sitting on a toilet.
Al Martinez | Martinez riffs on dogs, shifting family tenants in his house and why bible sellers are always in jeopardy at his front door.
Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
Don Shirley | I can't report that everything on the Encuentro stages is wonderful, but from now through November 10 there is certainly a lot more to choose from than there has been at LATC in recent years. Isn't it about time that LA got a concentrated dose of Latino theater?
Jenny Burman | He wondered if they were already bumping nasties.
Ellen Alperstein | Sex, lies and a little off the side at the Sit Still Salon
David Davis | Photographer Al Satterwhite shot Ali in Miami during his training sessions for both the Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier fights. Now based in Redondo Beach, Satterwhite is facing a Kickstarter deadline to publish a book of photographs of Ali from that time, many never seen before.
Bill Boyarsky
Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver gave sharp and articulate performances in last Friday night’s debate, showing clear differences between the candidates for the Third District supervisorial seat.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
There is nothing the little border collie would rather do than to chase and catch (and chase and catch...