Sunday, April 25, 2010

1719: Robinson Crusoe was published



It was 1719 and a wonderful new book by Daniel Defoe was published in England.   

It was about a shipwrecked sailor who spent years on a deserted island.   It was apparently based on the experiences of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor lost off the coast of South America in the early 1700's.




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We remember Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)


The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on this day in 1917.   She is known to many as "The First Lady of Song", a well deserved title in my opinion.

Ella had lots of problems as a young woman.  She was an orphan by 15 and had trouble with the law.    Eventually, she left that and became a very successful performer.



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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21, 1904: Ty Cobb made his professional debut!

Image result for ty cobb imagesApril 21, 1904 and a young Ty Cobb made his professional debut. Cobb played for Augusta (South Atlantic League), hit a double and HR in an 8-7 loss to Columbus.  

He broke with Detroit in 1905 and his career numbers still leave you in total shock:  .366 batting average, 4,189 hits, 724 doubles, 295 triples, 892 stolen bases and 117 "dead ball era" HR.    He did it all in 3,035 games!     

He averaged 1.38 hits per game.   I don't believe that there is another player who comes close to that or the aforementioned .366 average.     

What an amazing hitter!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

1775: The American revolution begins

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Here is a little history lesson from 1775:
"At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town's common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment's hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. 
Suddenly, the "shot heard around the world" was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. 
When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolutionhad begun."   
A year later, they met in Philadelphia and signed the Declaration of Independence.




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Sunday, April 18, 2010

1923: Babe Ruth hits 3-run homer in first game at Yankee Stadium


We are now in the 3rd edition of Yankee Stadium.     

The first one opened on this day in 1923 and was shut down after the 1974 season for renovations.    The Yankees actually played at Shea Stadium in 1975.

The second one closed after the 2008 season.   

The third one opened in 2009.

The Yankees have a World Series flag in each of the 3 parks.

We remember today that the Stadium opened in 1923 and Babe Ruth hit a 3-run homer.    Who else?

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 15, 1947 (the day that Jackie Robinson & Dodgers changed baseball)


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Baseball changed many years ago when Jackie Robinson opened the 1947 season playing first base with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  

He was one of the key players in those Dodgers' teams that won the NL pennant in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956.  The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the 1955 World Series.

Jackie had a huge impact in the civil rights movement.  He is truly one of the great Americans of the 20th century.




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Happy Tax Day


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It's April 15th and we get to celebrate another "Tax Day" in the US.   Our return was in a month ago so I won't be rushing to the post office today.

Happy Tax Day, specially to all of those who voted for Obama because Romney was a rich guy who didn't pay enough taxes.    Mr & Mrs BO paid 18%!  Don't expect anyone in the media to ask him about it.

Click to hear "Taxman" by The Beatles:


 "Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me."

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Friday, April 02, 2010

1979: "Tragedy" by The Bee Gees was # 1 this week


The Gibb brothers, known to most of us as The Bee Gees, had the # 1 song ("Tragedy") this week in 1979.   It was their 5th consecutive # 1 song and the first track from the "Spirits having flown" LP.   The B-side "Until" was a rather good song that got lost in the Bee Gees wave of million sellers.



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