Buzzie Bavasi, possessor of one of the great baseball names, died today. He was the general manager of the championship Dodger teams of the 1950s and 60s -- the Brooklyn Dodgers of Duke Snider and Carl Furillo, the LA Dodgers of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Buzzie was ninety-three years old. His real name was Emil Joseph Bavasi.
Johnny Podres, who died on January 13, 2008, has just shut out the New York Yankees in game seven of the 1955 World Series -- and the Brooklyn Dodgers have won the world championship for the first time. It is October 4, 1955. It is 3:43 in the afternoon.
Quiz: What is the title of the poem composed by ardent Dodger fan Marianne Moore in tribute to the 1955 Dodgers?
Kristi Jacobson has made an excellent 85-minute documentary (Toots, 2006) about her grandfather, Toots Shor, and the eponymous joint he opened in 1939 at 51 West 51st Street. Among the cats who went there during the following two decades were Jackie Gleason, Whitey Ford, Edward R. Murrow, Jimmy Hoffa, and the two fellows pictured above. I recommend it.