If the Dodgers win today, they will equal the longest road winning streak in franchise history, set when the 1924 Brooklyn Robins won 12 straight on the road from Aug. 25-Sept. 6. At 89 years old, the record has stood long enough to escape even Vin Scully’s memory.
So here are some things you might not have known about the 1924 Brooklyn Robins:
They finished the year 92-62, 1 ½ games behind the New York Giants for the NL pennant, after coming back from 13 games out on Aug. 9.
The road winning streak was established during the first game of a doubleheader on Sept. 6, 1924 as right-hander Bill Doak hurled a two-hit shutout over the Boston Braves and right fielder Tommy Griffith drove in the only run with a triple in the 1-0 victory. The game came in the middle of a 25-9 run by the Robins to finish the season.
Some bullet points to tide you through the weekend:
• The Dodgers are the third-most likely team to win the World Series in Bovada’s updated odds, announced today:
Los Angeles Dodgers 7/1
St. Louis Cardinals 15/2
Boston Red Sox 8/1
• ESPN.com’s Buster Olney suggested in his column today that Clayton Kershaw has become a leading National League MVP candidate now that Yadier Molina is injured. Yesterday I suggested that he could be in the middle of the best season ever by a Dodgers pitcher.
• Great quote yesterday from Dodgers pitcher Carlos Marmol, when asked how he thought fans in Chicago would react if he gets in a game. “I don’t care,” he told reporters. “I’m with the Dodgers now. I’m in first place.”
• Congrats to the the Boys & Girls Club of Venice RBI junior division and senior division baseball teams. They won their respective West Regional Championship to clinch a berth in the 2013 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which begins August 6 in Minneapolis. Dodger outfielder Carl Crawford is an RBI and RBI World Series alumnus.
• On this day in 1981, Jackie Robinson became the first baseball player depicted on a United States postal stamp.
• Attention authors of baseball player fan mail: The bar has been raised.
• Happy 35th birthday to former Dodger Matt Guerrier.
• “Follow Your Way” is a good motto for Marmol and Guerrier, and a song by The Holydrug Couple: