Coming up near the tail end of August will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers winning the 1955 World Series, over the Yankees. A bunch of the ’55 Dodgers will be there:
Every living member of that 1955 squad has been invited to the festivities, which will include on-field ceremonies prior to Sunday’s [August 28th] game against the Astros. The festivities will be highlighted by 1955 World Series Most Valuable Player Johnny Podres throwing out the first pitch….
Among the Dodgers scheduled to attend are Podres, who won Game 7 of the World Series that year, slugger Duke Snider, pitcher and eventual Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, and 20-game winner Don Newcombe. Pitchers Roger Craig, Clem Labine, Carl Erskine and Ed Roebuck are also scheduled to be there, as well as position players Don Zimmer, George Shuba and Bob Borkowski.
Family members and other noted guests scheduled to attend include broadcaster Vin Scully, who announced that Series, general manager Buzzie Bavasi, and Dottie Reese (widow of shortstop Pee Wee Reese) and Joan Hodges (widow of slugger Gil Hodges).
And with news today of yet another Dodger going down for the season (nice to know you, Wunsch ), we might need to ask a few of those ’55 boys to stay on the field after the ceremonies.