Friday, September 30, 2016

1958: "It's all in the game" by Tommy Edwards was # 1 this week

Tommy Edwards had the # 1 song this week in 1958:  'It's all in the game".    

Here is the rest of the story, as a famous person used to say:


This is the only #1 hit ever written by a US Vice President. It was composed in 1911 by then-banker Charles Gates Dawes, who became VP under Calvin Coolidge in 1925. The lyrics were added in 1951 by the Brill Building songwriter Carl Sigman, who also changed the song's name to "It's All in the Game."   (Songfacts)

I did not know that!   

"It's all in the game" is a wonderful love song.   Edwards add his voice and the result is a ballad that never gets old!




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1958: "The Rifleman" made its US TV debut

Chuck Connors used to play baseball.    In fact, he played with the Dodgers and Cubs in 1949-51.   Connors, who was 6'5 and 190 lbs, never hit much:  .238 in 67 major league games!

On this day in 1958, "The Rifleman" made its debut on US TV and an entire generation of boys like me grew up watching it.   Even now, I catch episodes on Saturday mornings over at AMC.

The show's message was simple:  right and wrong, a widowed father who was a good role model and a cast of characters that we enjoyed every week.



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Remember the ones about keeping your own doctor and troops out of Iraq?


Year eight and credibility is a huge problem for the “hope and change” man!
We are sending more troops to Iraq, but don’t call them combat troops. Like LBJ in 1964, the Obama administration, and Clinton campaign, want you to understand that having U.S. troops in a war zone does not mean that anyone will shoot at them. I guess they will all neatly line up behind others
Year eight and credibility is a huge problem for the “hope and change” man!
We are sending more troops to Iraq, but don’t call them combat troops. Like LBJ in 1964, the Obama administration, and Clinton campaign, want you to understand that having U.S. troops in a war zone does not mean that anyone will shoot at them. I guess they will all neatly line up behind others and just watch the firefight, sort of like an Obama war video game. I just hope that the Obama fanatics read their history about Vietnam.
The irony is that we now have 5,000 troops in Iraq on the 7th anniversary of our withdrawal from Iraq. As the aforementioned articles explains, the White House claims that this is all consistent with Obama’s policy! In other words, I guess that meant to withdraw the troops, gloat about it 2012, and then put them back at the end of his second term.
Over at the ObamaCare office, the so-called “signature legislation” is in trouble. It is now apparent to anyone that the program will have to be dismantled unless the next president wants to call for a huge tax increase. Forget “single payer”. It only happens when Democrats are speaking to their partisans!
In fact, The Affordable Health Care Act is only affordable for those who are not paying for it. AHCA is also making it more difficult for people to afford it, as we see from Dan Springer:
When Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey announced recently that it’s $46 million in debt and shutting down, it became the 17th failed ObamaCare co-op since the Affordable Care Act launched three years ago.
Those failures — just six of the original 23 co-ops remain — have left hundreds of thousands of people scrambling for coverage.
Meanwhile, insurers claiming big losses are leaving some state exchanges — including Indiana University Health Plans, whose exit is expected to result in 27,000 Indiana residents losing ObamaCare plans in 2017. And companies still operating in the federal and state exchanges are raising premiums for next year.
Together, the developments are posing new challenges for Americans seeking affordable coverage, and show the highly touted overhaul of the country’s health care system is in some cases not yielding the savings President Obama once promised.
Like pulling troops out of Iraq, the $875 billion stimulus that did not stimulate and now ObamaCare everything but affordable.
I have one question: Where would President Obama’s approvals be if we had an honest idea willing to get out of the tank, dry up and put on their journalist uniforms?
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 election and a few other thoughts




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1963: Stan Musial played his last game


The amazing Stan Musial played his last game on this day in 1963.   His last base hit was a ground ball to right field that Pete Rose, the Reds rookie second baseman, could not reach.   Years later, Rose passed Musial on his way to breaking Ty Cobb’s all time hits record.
He was indeed one of the greats:
“Musial’s rank in several career offensive categories is significantly closer to first despite missing the entire 1945 season to serve in the United States Navy. When he retired after the 1963 season, he shared or held 17 big league records and 29 National League records.
He currently ranks in the top 10 in five career categories — second in total bases (6,134), third in doubles (725), fourth in hits (3,630), sixth in RBIs (1,951) and ninth in runs (1,949). His .331 career batting average stands 30th.
He received MVP votes in 18 seasons, finishing as the runner-up four times after winning his third award in 1948. He was second in the balloting in 1957, when at age 36, he won the NL batting title for the final time.
He won his seventh title — only Ty Cobb (11), Honus Wagner and Tony Gwynn (eight each) won more — 14 years after his first.
Stan the Man died in 2013 and I wrote a post about that.

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Happy # 67 to Steve Busby

Happy # 67 Steve Busby.    Some of us are old enough to remember Steve Busby the pitcher not just the man who does Rangers' games on TV and radio.  

Steve was born in Burbank, CA, and played at USC.    He broke with the Royals in 1972 pitching a complete game against Minnesota.  

In the early 1970's, or before injuries cut short his career, Busby seemed like a man headed for the Hall of Fame:   54 wins over first three full seasons along with 45 complete games and 2 no-hitters before he was 24!

In fact, Sporting News had him on the cover:  "Unlimited future"!

After baseball, Steve went into radio and TV.   He has been doing Rangers' game on TV, and sometimes radio, for a long time.

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1954: Willie Mays and "the catch"

Willie Mays took playing center field to a new level in game 1 of the 1954 World Series.   

He made an amazing over-the-shoulder catch of a shot hit by Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz.  

It would have likely been a triple or even an inside of the park depending on how the ball bounced around in deep centerfield.    Instead, it was a long out!

"The catch" started the legend of Willie Mays, from playing defense to being perhaps the most complete player ever.



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"My Three Sons" made its debut this week in 1960

What can I say?   I used to love this show not realizing that I would have 3 sons someday.

The original series was about widower Steve Douglas raising  three sons with the help of the one and only Uncle Charlie.   

The show ran until 1972.   The family expanded when Douglas remarried and new characters came into the story.

By the way, McMurray died in 1991.  He had a long film career  before this show.     Don Grady, who played Robbie, died in 2012.     William Demarest, who played Uncle Charlie and served in World War I, died in 1983.    The other two sons are still living.

A great show.    


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We remember Gene Autry (1907-1998)

Gene Autry was born in Tioga, Texas and grew up here and Oklahoma.   Where else would such a famous cowboy grew up?    

We remember him for songs and movies.    "Rudolph the red nosed reindeer" is the second all-time best selling Christmas single, i.e. 30 million copies.   He is the only entertainer to have all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Theater performances.

And he owned the Angels, the AL baseball in Los Angeles.    Sadly, he never saw his Angels win the 2002 World Series.

Autry was one of the most famous people of the 20th century.


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1963: "My favorite Martian" made its US TV debut

Yes, it was a silly but very funny show.

"My favorite Martian" landed on TV on this day in 1963.   It was the story of a Martian who ended up in Los Angeles by mistake.    

Like so much of TV in the 1960's, it was simple, funny and did not set out to change the world.    It was all about entertaining the audience and keeping you glued to the TV for 30 minutes.

Fun show and that's all you need to say about it.

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Shakespeare would say today: First kill all the snap polls!


On Monday night, I saw a message in social media that Univision’s poll had Clinton beating Trump, 9-1!
It naturally created a little excitement, specially among those who were probably clicking the website saying that Clinton had destroyed Trump. I reminded the people in the chat that Univision’s numbers had two problems: It was not scientific or a real poll, and, it did not even reflect Mr. Trump’s standing with Hispanics.
At one point, I just turned off the politics and went to the MLB channel to catch up with the pennant races. At least, they weren’t running instant polls on whether the Blue Jays would beat the Orioles for the # 1 wild card seed.
Put me down as someone who does not like snap polls. They mean nothing and end up creating confusion about the state of the race.
To be fair, most of the snap polls actually had Trump winning. Even the CNN poll (Clinton 62-27 over Trump) had so many “caveats” that you had to learn Latin to understand it:
And while it handed the victory overwhelmingly to Clinton, it was more mixed on whether the debate will make a difference, with 47 per cent saying it would not affect their vote, 34 per cent saying it moved them towards Clinton — and 18 per cent towards Trump.
And that’s the serious poll of the night? 62% say that Clinton won but 47% saying that it does not matter. What were these people watching?  A debate or a movie?
The moral of the story is that there are too many snap polls that mean nothing.   
As I told a friend, this debate really did little to change the race. Trump did miss some “fat pitches” and Clinton’s permanent smile looked like she was a portrait rather than a human being. Again, it had little impact on voters.
Let me add two more thoughts about this campaign, indeed the most unique that I’ve seen.
First, the media is in the tank for Hillary Clinton but this is actually hurting her, as Michael Goodwin noted:
But here’s the other side of the story: Trump won’t suffer much voter pain, certainly not enough to put victory out of reach. His secret weapon is that his core supporters, including many independents, distrust the media nearly as much as they distrust Clinton.
Consider that, while most media professionals said Clinton won the debate, most online polls of viewers had Trump winning.
Second, we are two nations speaking two languages, as my friend Barry Casselman wrote recently. The elites say “free trade”, look at maps and economic theories. The people between the coasts hear “free trade” and they see their plant or job leaving. Donald Trump is speaking the language between the coasts and that is why he is in this race.    
And yes, let’s kill all of the snap polls!   
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