Monday, August 19, 2013

Will "Cuban Heritage Day" at Dodgers Stadium remember Sandy Amoros?

We are very happy that the LA Dodgers will have a Cuban Heritage Day.    

I hope that they will remembere Sandy Amoros, who made the big catch that saved Johnny Podres' shutout in game 7 of the 1955 World Series:

"Sandy Amoros, who dashed across the Yankee Stadium outfield in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series and caught a piece of baseball immortality when he turned a deep Yankee drive into a spectacular Series-saving double play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, died yesterday in Miami. He was 62 years old.
He died of pneumonia at Jackson Memorial Hospital, said his lawyer, Rafael Sanchez. Mr. Amoros, who had a leg amputated in 1985, had been stricken with pneumonia on June 16, just a few days before he was to have been honored in Brooklyn.
There were many heroes in the Dodgers' victory over the Yankees in 1955, but it was Mr. Amoros, an otherwise obscure Cuban-born outfielder with a .255 career batting average, who nailed down Brooklyn's lone World Series championship with a single play that has unreeled across the minds of Brooklyn fans ever since. Sixth-Inning Heroics
It happened in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 7 at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 4, 1955, as the Dodgers, who had come back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Series at three games each, tried once again to do something they had failed to do five times since 1941: beat the Yankees in the World Series."

It was the only World Series victory in Brooklyn.

Click here for our chat with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda.  He was a big fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and remembers the catch:

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