We’re back after a few weeks off, as there were more important things going on and not much real baseball news. But this week we actually do have baseball news, including several negotiating ploys between owners and players, but lots of confusion about whether there will be Major League Baseball in 2020.
And we recorded before the meeting between Tony Clark and Rob Manfred that was a step in the right direction but very much not a done deal.
We also catch up on ancillary things from the last few weeks, like David Price and Dayton Moore being awesome while many major league teams showed their asses, plus a note from the wonderful book ‘Stealing Home’ about how much Duke Snider loved Jigger Statz, a member of our ‘Major League’ Dodgers team.
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This week’s Dodgers rewind is a result from one of our watch parties. During the broadcast of Game 1 of the 1974 World Series, announcer Curt Gowdy mentioned the available pinch hitters for the Dodgers, including “Hopkins.”
That was Gail Hopkins, a first baseman from Pepperdine who played seven years in the majors. That included two and a half months in 1974 mostly as a pinch-hitter with the Dodgers (he started the final game of the regular season). Hopkins was active on the postseason roster for Los Angeles, but did not play.
Hopkins is also believed to be the only major league player to receive both a medical degree and a Ph.D. He’s an orthopedic surgeon, and both of his children are now doctors, too.
Episode link (time: 54:28)