February 2012

2/6/12-Something Historical–Don Sutton’s Special Day at Cooperstown July 26,1998

On the day Don Sutton was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, I was able to get this gem of fellow Dodger Hall of Famers Tom Lasorda and Sandy Koufax with the gorgeous background of Lake Otsego at the Otesaga Resort and Hotel in Cooperstown, New York in July 1998.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Don with his father Howard © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Don with son Daron.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Don gives his speech….© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

On this same day Dodgers Spanish Broadcaster Jaime Jarrin was also inducted into the Hall of Fame receiving the Ford Frick Award and I will put up an entry of his special day in the near future.

2/5/12-Something Historical–Future Champions-September 2001

Being friends with peers from the opposing teams, sometimes I am given the opportunity to take some really cool photos. I know I am going to get grief for showing this non Dodgers historical photo but this was too cool to pass up. In it are the future 2001 World Champions Arizona Diamondbacks posing during our batting practice at then Bank One Ballpark. Because NL West players rotate teams from within so often, I am glad I did take this photograph as I am proud to call some of the these gentlemen friends after they came through the Dodgers clubhouse. And with fellow Daily Trojan photographer Randy Johnson from my staff  a long, long time ago in it makes this photo even more special for me. From left to right are Mark Grace, Curt Schilling, Reggie Sanders, Steve Finley, Bob Brenly, Randy Johnson, Matt Williams, Tony Womack, Luis Gonzalez and Craig Counsell taken September 30, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark.        © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/5/12-Something Historical-Matt Kemp and Willie Mays in San Francisco-August,2009

Matt Kemp laughs it up with Willie Mays at AT&T Park in August of 2009. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/4/12-Something Historical–1988 Informal Reunion in Oakland-July, 2001

Interleague play brought us to Oakland in 2001 where I was able to get this group shot of members of the 1988 World Champions.

In it are John Shelby (L to R), Jesse Orosco, Mike Davis, Manny Mota and equipment man Super Dave Wright.

Whenever I can, I try to get members I run into along the way to get in these group shots.

It is my goal to get a reunion together of the entire 1988 team someday.  Center fielder John Shelby said it is time to do something. He said “Even my minor league championship team had a 10 year reunion”.    © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers


2/4/12-Something Historical—Bowling Night at Vero Bowl-February,2004

Los Angeles Dodgers staff sometimes weekly bowling tournament led by commissioner Glenn Hoffman (L) helped us pass the time during the long Spring. Along with the rugged basketball games on the outdoor court at Dodgertown, bowling was a great way to bond with fellow staffers. Only a few in this photo remain with the organization which was taken in 2004.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/3/12-Something Historical-Dodgers vs Braves at Wide World of Sports in Orlando-March 31,2004

Prior to this 2004 Spring Training game against the Atlanta Braves this group of players relax in the visiting clubhouse before heading to the field. This was one of my all time favorite rosters of really good guys.  From left to right: Adrian Beltre, Cesar Izturis, Dave Roberts, Joe Thurston, Jose Hernandez and Alex Cora.  © Jon SooHoo/ Los Angeles Dodgers

2/3/12-Something Historical–Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Luncheon-April 25,2001

Waiting in the extremely warm stairwell of a downtown hotel prior to being introduced to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce crowd are:  (In back row)—Luc Prokopec, Gary Sheffield, Paul Loduca, Jeff Shaw, Greg Olsen, Chad Kreuter, Eric Karros, Shawn Green. In the front left to right is Mark Grudzielanek, Matt Herges and Tom Goodwin. I have no idea who is standing with their backs to the camera other than Eric Karros behind Goodwin. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/2/12-Something Historical–Eric Gagne’s Homecoming in Montreal-May 17,2001

Montreal native Eric Gagne gets a standing ovation from his hometown crowd at Olympic Stadium prior to his start against the Montreal Expos May 17, 2001. I don’t remember an opponent getting a standing ovation from the other team’s fans.

© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/2/12-Something Historical—Pitchers in The Strings Area at Dodgertown February, 2001

Darren Dreifort (L to R), Chan Ho Park, Ramon Martinez, Andy Ashby and pitching coach in 2001 Jim Colborn through the beautiful greenery at Dodgertown in Vero Beach,Florida. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

2/1/12-Something Historical—Manny Mota strolls through Holman Stadium at Dodgertown February 28, 2001

Manny Mota strolls through Dodgertown in February of 2001. This is one of the things fans and I saw everyday while in Vero Beach for Spring Training.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers