Yesterday marked the 55th anniversary of Tommy Lasorda’s Major League debut as a left-handed pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers. On Aug. 5, 1954, Lasorda pitched three innings in relief at Ebbets Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. The first base umpire that afternoon was Lon Warneke, a former pitcher from 1930-45 who became a Major League umpire in 1949.
Another future Dodger Hall of Fame manager, Walter Alston, crossed paths with Warneke in his only Major League plate appearance on Sept. 27, 1936. Alston was a former reserve first baseman for the Cardinals. Warneke was pitching for the Chicago Cubs when Alston stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Alston narrowly missed a home run on a long foul ball and he eventually struck out. When Alston announced his retirement as Dodger manager on Sept. 27, 1976, it was the 40th anniversary of his at-bat against Warneke.
— Mark Langill
Also, over at Psychollingy, Eric Collins has a really interesting post about George Sherrill.