Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep calm and carry on

It was the summer of 1939.  Nazi Germany had invaded Poland.  The British government, worried that the winds of war were swirling around that island nation, ordered that this poster be produced.  It was intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion.

Hundreds of thousands of this, and two companion posters, were issued and used across the country for motivational purposes, as the Ministry of Information assumed that the events of the first weeks of the war would demoralize the population.  These particular posters were designed as “a statement of the duty of the individual citizen”, un-pictorial, to be accompanied by more colloquial designs.

The events of the past four days, while not as catastrophic as a world war, were devastating for any Dodger fans harboring any hope for a post-season appearance by the team.  With the wreckage of this season strewn everywhere, “a statement of the duty of the Dodger fan” can be simply stated:

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON…

… and click here!

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 10, 1951 – WCBS-TV televises the first baseball game broadcast in color, a Braves’ 8-1 victory over the hometown Dodgers in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn’s announcers Red Barber and Connie Desmond provide the play-by-play commentary.

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38 Responses to Keep Calm and Carry On

  1. Like you stated, they were made by the British to help the British in their time of need and help in how to deal with the probability of the Nazi invading. For Frank to give something of this magnitude out to the fans, or for Rawitch to post such a thing would be to admit they did something wrong, or that something is wrong with the territory, which they would obviously never do.

  2. grizzy says:

    I’m not a Plaschke fan, but his column in the times surely sums it up.
    Lopes lays it out there, short and not so sweet.

  3. Dodger dawg 32 says:

    Davey nailed it.

  4. JhallWally says:

    Good morning/afternoon Outsiders. Thanks to Dad/Eric and Trumom for the latest attendance figures. On that note, here is an interesting article I ran into about Dodger attendance since moving to LA. Wow, what a meltdown by Billz, the blowpen, and the defense. Well, at least the G’Aints lost and the D’Backs won. Arizona now in 1st place. My remaining hope for this season aside from a new owner, GM, manager, trainer, and most coaches, is to help the D’Backs derail the G’Aints playoff hopes.

    http://dodgers.ocregister.com/2011/08/09/you-think-these-dodger-crowds-are-small/

  5. selltheteam says:

    I think the sign should say “Fire Frank and Keep Kemp“. It’s the order that is important. We must get rid of Frank first and very soon. If Frank stays much longer, then Kemp will leave of his own volition. His agent, Dave Stewart, will see to that. I would not blame them one bit. Frank has to go, hopefully before Thanksgiving, but no later than next July 4.

    Another sign should say “Fire Ned and Keep Kershaw“.

    A third would say “Fire Conte and Keep The Kids” (Rubby, Dee, Jer-ry, Javy, Kenley, and Nathan).

  6. JhallWally says:

    We’ve still got a real good shot at finishing dead last in the division. Puds are gonna make it tough, but I think this dung heap of a team will make a disrespectable run at it.

  7. selltheteam says:

    Eugenio4ever will help us reach last place. Eugenio is actually worse than his 0-for-21 this year with the Dodgers. He is also:

    a) Counting last year with the Giants, he is 0-for-30. (See Dodger Thoughts for more info).
    b) Counting last year with the Giants, he is 1-for-50 over his last 50 at bats.

    Justin Sellers is rumored to be coming up to replace Dee. Somebody else needs to come up to replace Eugenio, so he can be shit-canned.

  8. dodgereric says:

    Great article you posted there, jhall! It’s amazing to think there was ever a Dodger game here in LA that was attended by fewer than 10,000 people.

    I like the OC Register site too. The author responds to your comments and you can post a response without a Facebook account.

    • 32and53fan says:

      I saw that article a couple of days ago. I don’t remember when there was a game with a paid attendance of 6,659. I don’t even know how that is possible. I thought season ticket sales were higher than that.

      • dodgereric says:

        I don’t know when MLB started reporting paid attendance instead of actual attendance, but I’m sure it was the actual for all of those low-attended games. The first comment on that article mentions the late ’80s, and that might be close, but I’m thinking it might be just a little earlier than that.

  9. Oh how we laughed and laughed:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/dodgers-usher-foul-ball-boy.html

    Great pix of the “crowd” also. How many did they say were at the game?

    • JhallWally says:

      Absolutely pathetic!!! Not the least bit funny. That usher should be suspended or fired and is lucky he didn’t get his ass kicked.

      Looks like there weren’t 12K people actually at the game. And the paid attendance was given as over 40K.

  10. koufax1963 says:

    Does colletti get a kick back from the gnats if he signs a former lousy giant to the dodgers? That is one way he make some $$, because Mcbroke can’t pay him.
    I knew Lopes would be good for the team, tell like it is, davey! I doubt he will be around next year, the only coach I would keep.
    and is ethier just not “impact” so he can be traded, perhaps I am spoiled by his season of walk-offs, triple crown numbers during parts of the season and now 2nd longest hitting streak.
    Which reminds me, wasn’t uglia availble, when we needed a 2nd baseman? oh thats right Mcbroke wants a mid market team payroll, and yet even the pirates can take a series from the gnats. Our highlight of the season was the first week, when we took 3/4 from the gnats.ah to be in 1st place
    Ah Frank, pride comes first before you fall

  11. trublu4ever says:

    Justin Sellers was called up to replace Gordon.

  12. lbirken says:

    I was at the game Tuesday night and could not help notice the extreme disparities between the Dodgers and Phillies. How could any team hope to win anything with an infield of Miles at third, Carroll at short, Velez at second and Blake at first? I realize this was due to injuries and substitutions but it shows how far the Dodgers have fallen with regard to talent. This is not to disparage any of those players as I am sure they are doing the best they can but this wasn’t a spring training game but a game against the team with the best record in baseball. Fortunately the game did not go into extra innings.

  13. Nellyjune says:

    As for Eugenio, there was a reason my hubby and son called him the JP of the gnats back then, but the sad thing is he makes JP look pretty damn good right now. Funny how he is on a contending team right now. I’m glad he found a good home that was able to use him.

  14. Nellyjune says:

    ….and 32and53fan, love this blog!! Thanks!!

  15. Nellyjune says:

    Way to go D-Backs!!! I hope they get to celebrate being in first place with ice cream. We are years away from having 1st place ice cream again.

  16. Damian says:

    Elian Herrera thanks for giving me the ball on spring training vs the angels I’m the one that dropped it

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