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April 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Beginning April 11, we asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time. You could vote via comment, Facebook, Twitter or email. And vote you did. From then until April 21, when voting closed, we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many, that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m., a new player will be listed as we count down all 20. Remember, any Dodger, Brooklyn or L.A., was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you list the player on the ballot.
May 25, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Zack Wheat is remembered frequently in a town in the middle of Missouri, his great-grandson often pulling out a Bull Durham cigar pin bearing the likeness of the most prolific hitter in Dodgers franchise history. "He was such a kind man, such a great man, and he always considered the Dodgers his family," Zack Alan Wheat said. Dazzy Vance is remembered frequently in a town in west central Florida, a photo of him standing in Ebbets Field hanging proudly in the middle of his grandson's living room.
November 8, 1986
I've reached my limit with George Will. When he says the Russians are evil, I reflect on my own convictions that they are merely paranoid and defensive; when he says Ronald Reagan's finest moment was when he said "Nyet" to the Russians, I consider whether I misread the outcome of Iceland; even when he praises adolescent drivel like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as a worthy commentary on modern life, I review my standards for movie excellence; but...
April 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Baseball's greatest story will be rewritten again Monday as the sport celebrates the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking the major leagues' color barrier. Yet the man who wrote the story will be forgotten. In every game, players from every team will wear 42, the number on the back of Robinson's jersey when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Yet nobody will sit in the stands with a manual typewriter atop their knees in memory of the man who, even as he wrote about integration on the field, was barred from the press box because he was black.
August 16, 2001
For the first time in 32 years, a major league pitcher has a record of 16-1. Roger Clemens improved upon the best season of his career, record-wise, by giving up only four hits in seven innings at New York to lead the Yankees over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 10-3, Wednesday night. Clemens, 39, is only the sixth major leaguer since 1900 to start 16-1, the first since Dave McNally did it for the Baltimore Orioles in 1969.
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