woensdag 26 augustus 2015

Dodgers Win the World Series: Dutch Newspaper articles

The sports pages in Dutch newspapers write about soccer, soccer ow and soccer. They always have and always will. Sure, there is some field hockey and ice skating and during the Olympics about every sport Dutch athletes are good at that year. The amount of space used to write about baseball, be it national or international, is minimal.

I thought it would be fun to show what has been written about the Dodgers winning the World Series and I must say, I was surprised. I even found an article from 1955.

So... here we go...

De Telegraaf published this article on October 5th, 1955. The title 'Dodgers slaan Yankees' is weird, it translates to 'Dodgers hit Yankees' while 'Dodgers verslaan Yankees' would read 'Dodgers beat Yankees' which in this case is what they did. The article mentions it's the first time the Dodgers win the World Series.

The next article was published in De Telegraaf on October 9th, 1959. The article itself is almost unreadable so I post just the title. It says 'Larry Sherry "hero of Chicago", the second part you can translate yourself :). As far as I can decipher, the article also mentions Wally Moon, Duke Snider and White Sox reliever Dick Donovan.

Newspaper 'De Waarheid' (the Truth) published this rather straightforward article on October 7th, 1963. It mentions the Dodgers winning in 4 games.

Het Vrije Volk, October 15th, 1965: 'Dodgers Champions of the World Again'. The article mentions the Twins having been more difficult to beat than was expected. Also the decision of Alston to put Koufax on the mound, not Drysdale. Followed by a short recap of the last game of the 1965 World Series.

Now things become interesting because THIS is the article that made me follow the Dodgers and become a lifelong fan. I was 10 years old at the time and I liked the name 'Dodgers'. De Telegraaf published the article on October 30th, 1981. It's a short article only mentioning the dodgers won in 6 games.

Het Vrije Volk was a bit longer. Published on the same day was this article. It mentions the Dodgers falling behing 0-2 in games but winning 4-2. Reason enough for Howe, Yeager and Garvey to do a happy dance.

In 1988 we won our last World Series. I remember it well and so does De Telegraaf on October 22nd, 1988.

Het Vrije Volk has an awesome picture of MVP Hershiser, a recap and even... the line score of the last game!!

Any mention of Gibson's home run in the first game? Sure, De Telegraaf had an article on October 17th. A shame, though, they have a picture of Canseco hitting his home run. Gibson's was better :).

For those who are wondering... The shot heard around the world, passed us by apparently. I wasn't able to find an article about that aweful moment in Dodgers history.

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