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What Do You Think of These Memories?
2006-06-03 14:39
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Updated and corrected post (3:35 p.m.)

Despite what this article by The Associated Press says, Sunday is not the 30th anniversary of Tommy Lasorda's tirade against Paul Olden after being asked about Dave Kingman's three home runs that day. That game was played May 14, 1978.

I knew right away something was wrong with the article, but Bob Timmermann helped me figure out what it was. I found a three home-run game by Kingman against the Dodgers in 1976, but it was an 11-0 New York Met whitewashing. The Dodgers then lost a 14-inning game to the Mets only two weeks later on a Kingman homer, but the score was 1-0. (In that game, the Dodgers used three pitchers and the Mets two. The teams played the 14 innings in 2:52, thanks in part to the Dodgers going 3 for 43 with one walk.)

In the game that actually precipitated the rant, Kingman hit his third home run of the game off Rick Rhoden.

And now, we can pick up the AP narrative, ill-timed as it is.

Looking back on the incident, Lasorda showed remorse for allowing his temper get the better of him.

"I'm sorry that I did an interview like that, and I'm not proud of it,'' Lasorda said Saturday. "I've been married now 56 years, and I've never used a word of profanity in front of my wife, my children, or anybody else's wife or children. But on the ballfield, I'm bad. I'm really bad.

"So when that guy talked to me, I was as low and depressed and dejected as you can get. I mean, we lose the game in 15 innings, I had to go into my starting pitchers, and it knocked the daylights out of me. Then this guy comes in at the very moment I sat down and asked me `What is your opinion?' So I proceeded to tell him what my opinion was.''

(Saturday game chat continues in the thread below.)

Comments
2006-06-03 14:58:07
1.   Blu2
Jim Healy played that tape frequently on LA radio. He probably made more money on that than Kigman got for hitting them...
2006-06-03 15:02:13
2.   Blu2
Here we go again... It's Hamulack's turn to give the game away today, isn't it? Do you have to be a gibbering idiot in order to get a manager's job?
2006-06-03 15:02:44
3.   Greg Brock
Ah, Jim Healy...The Halcyon days of LA sports radio. I'll take the Bevacqua tirade over this one. Kurt (expletive) Bevacqua??? There is a fantastic Jim Healy tribute site, with tons of clips and articles over at

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/healy.swf

2006-06-03 15:03:55
4.   Jon Weisman
2 - (Saturday game chat continues in the thread below.)
2006-06-03 15:07:24
5.   Blu2
Actually Cruz Jr is a particularly good looking guy, isn't he? From some of his mannerisms I wonder about his sexual orientation. Which wouldn't matter beans if he played up to his capabilities. Is he married?
2006-06-03 15:10:39
6.   Blu2
(3) Thanks for that site, I'll check it out. I understand he and Bevacqua were good friends but he said he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. Jim Healy had a great show but his style really annoyed some people.
2006-06-03 15:12:58
7.   Bob Timmermann
Umm...

The Kingman tape thing happened in 1978.

On May 14.

Something is fishy with the people at AP.

2006-06-03 15:25:29
8.   Jon Weisman
At least I knew something was wrong.
2006-06-03 15:31:40
9.   Blu2
It won't be Gagne in the ninth, who will it be? I'm not going to mention anyone because it might be him and he'll come in and blow it and I'll feel guilty...
2006-06-03 15:33:45
10.   Disabled List
Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of Lasorda's most famous - or infamous - postgame tirade as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

I do not believe Tommy was yet managing the Dodgers in June of 1976.

2006-06-03 15:46:49
11.   Jon Weisman
10 - Yes, we're on it.
2006-06-03 15:47:50
12.   Jon Weisman
Blu2, once again, please note that the game chat is in the thread below.
2006-06-03 15:49:53
13.   Blu2
(10) He took over on 29 September, 1976, according to Wickipedis.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Lasorda
2006-06-03 15:52:56
14.   Blu2
Both comment links are 'below'. Guess I'm too dumb to figure out which you meant. I have no wish to offend, however, so, adios.
2006-06-03 15:57:10
15.   Jon Weisman
14 - You're not offending at all. Just didn't want you to miss out on the other game chatters.
2006-06-04 10:45:47
16.   scareduck
I've been married now 56 years, and I've never used a word of profanity in front of my wife, my children, or anybody else's wife or children. But on the ballfield, I'm bad. I'm really bad.

Why do I find this not at all compelling testimony?

2006-06-04 11:10:11
17.   bonnie
5 I thought that too for a minute. But apparently my gaydar is off. He's married and according to my neice is quite the flirt in a harmless way.

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