Friday, July 30, 2010

Will have to check a new book: "Casey Stengel" by Marty Appel



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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The all-Cuban triple play in baseball


(My new Babalu post)


A little baseball history to distract us from the horrific stories coming out of Cuba.
On July 23, 1960, 3 Cubans playing for the Washington Senators made baseball history.   They were involved in the only Cuban to Cuban to Cuban triple play.   I’m sure that it is the only “all latino” triple play too.   I couldn’t find any other example of 3 latinos turning a triple play.
The 3 players were pitcher Pedro Ramos, shortstop Jose Valdivielso and first baseman Julio Becquer.   Whitey Herzog, future manager with the Kansas City Royals and St Louis Cardinals, hit the ball back to Ramos, who went to first and then second.
A little more about the game.   The Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.  The Kansas City A’s moved to Oakland in 1968.
Ramos won 117 games but pitched for very bad teams.   I wrote a post about him earlier when he turned 80.  Becquer had a fine glove but hit only .244 with the Senators and later the Twins.     Valdivielso hit .219 and was primarily a part-time player.
Another Cuban, Camilo Pascual, watched the proceedings from the dugout.
My thanks to Fernando Hernandez, author of “The Cubans” for bringing this to my attention.  By the way, his book is full of stories of Cubans in the US, from Celia Cruz to Desi Arnaz to lots of other less known Cubans who left their footprints.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

We remember Marjorie Lord (1918-2015)

We remember Marjorie Lord who was born on this day in 1918.  She died in 2015.

It was a great era of American TV.   

The 1950s TV shows were a lot of fun, as we can now see in these reruns.   It was a time of wholesome families and hilarious comedy.   

Marjorie Lord died this week.  She was Danny Thomas' wife on "Make room for daddy".      


   

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Friday, July 23, 2010

We remember Paolo Stanzani (1936-2017)

We remember Paolo Stanzani who was born in Bologna, Italy, on this day in 1936.  He died in 2017.

Paolo is known as the father of  the Lamborghini Miura.  

He worked with engineer Gian Paolo Dallara and stylist Marcello Gandini to create the Lamborghini Miura, or the machine that helped give birth to the modern super car.

RIP Paolo Stanzani.



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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 21, 1899: Ernest Hemingway was born in Illinois




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We remember Dave Henderson (1958-2015)

We remember Dave Henderson who was born in California on this day in 1958.   He died in 2015 at the age of 57.

Who remembers watching the Red Sox and Angels in the 1986 ALCS?  

It was Dave Henderson who hit that 9th inning HR to keep Boston alive.    It was one of the most dramatic swings in baseball history.  

The Angels were one strike away from winning the AL pennant.    Instead, the ALCS went back to Boston and the Red Sox won.   

Overall, he hit 197 HR with 708 RBI.   His best years were with Oakland (1988-93) when he was an outfielder in those great A's teams.

He will always be in the hearts of Red Sox fans:



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We remember Don Knotts (1924-2006)

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We remember Don Knotts who passed away in 2006 at age 81.

Over the years, I've had my share of laughs over Barney in Mayberry and the funny landlord in "Three's company".   As I remember, he was a pretty funny character in Disney movies, too.

Overall, a very good acting career. We will miss Don Knotts!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

1969: Apollo 11 and the moon landing



On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong steered Apollo 11 to a moon landing. A few hours later, he walked on the moon. I remember watching everything on TV, along with my family.

Kids today do not seem to care that much space travel.  My generation grew up watching science fiction movies about Martians and aliens. We loved TV shows like "Lost in Space" and "My favorite Martian".

So the moon landing was a big deal back then.

Was it worth it?


Yes.   I was so lucky to be alive and enjoy that whole thing on TV!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 11, 1968: We remember Earl Weaver today!

Earl Weaver died last year.  He had been out of baseball since 1986 when he last managed Baltimore.  

His managerial career began in 1968 when he replaced Hank Bauer:
"Weaver will become famous for his boisterous temper and run-ins with umpires, but his 1,480 wins and .583 winning percentage in Baltimore will land him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame."
Weaver won the 1970 World Series, 3 AL pennants in 1969. 1971 & 1979, AL East titles in 1973 & 1974.  

His Orioles of the 1970s were one of the best teams of the decade, along with the A's, Reds and the Yankees.

He also had a lot to do with the 1983 team that beat Philadelphia in the World Series.  It was pretty much the 1979 team that lost to Pittsburgh in the Series.

A great manager!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tom Grieve: 2010 Rangers' Hall of Fame



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The Rangers inducted Tom Grieve into the team's Hall of Fame in July 2010.  

Grieve is one of the nice guys in baseball, a good player, team executive and now the TV analyst.

He is also a good man, husband, father and now grandfather.

Congratulations to Tom Grieve!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Yes, Ringo has a birthday today

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We call Richard Starkey (a.k.a. Ringo Starr) of Liverpool one of the luckiest men of the 20th century.

In mid-1962, John, Paul & George were ready for their first recording.  They had a drummer named Peter Best, a good friend who was simply not up to to the task of playing drums for a band about to release their first song.

Brian Epstein, their new manager, told Pete that he was no longer a part of the group.  It was one of those "bloody business decisions" that happen in life.  

It also opened the door for a fellow named Ringo who had been making a name for himself as a Liverpool drummer.

Ringo was in and Pete was out.  It must have been an awful moment for John, George & Paul because Pete had been with them for years. 

That is how Ringo became "a Beatle" and you know the rest of the story.

Ringo's contribution was primarily as a drummer.  He sang in a few songs and enjoyed a brief solo career after The Beatles.  

Click for "Act Naturally", the B-side of 'Yesterday".


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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

July 2,1964: We call it 'our freedom day'


Don't ask me to explain where the time went but it flew by.

It was 50 years ago today, that my dad, mom and the 3 of us woke up in Cuba knowing that things would never be the same.   My mom had talked to us the night before and told us to be strong and stick together as one family.

Nobody said a lot that morning.  My parents had decided to leave after the Cuban Missile Crisis and the "communist radicalization" of Cuba.   They did not want us to attend government schools where kids were taught communist ideas and history was rewritten to justify "la revolucion".

My parents knew that this day would come but it was still a bit hard for them to take.   

My parents were part of the large middle class that Cuba developed in the 20th century.    They were betrayed by promises of "change" and elections that never came. 

Leaving Cuba and starting over somewhere else was never something they planned to do.   Leaving behind the island that they loved so much was very painful and we could see it in their faces.

We got to the airport knowing that we'd be harassed by Castro's thugs.  It was customary for these government workers to harass "los gusanos" (or worms as we were called).  The idea was to pick a fight and then delay your departure.

We sat at the airport fearing the personal searches.   This is where the men and women were separated and "searched" to make sure that you weren't taking jewelry or anything of value beyond clothes.  My parents had left their wedding rings with my aunt so they wore plain rings just in case some government thug decided to take it.

The plane finally took off and we landed in Mexico City a few hours later.   We went to Mexico because there were no flights to Miami after the Missile Crisis.  The Miami flights were started in 1966 or what became known as the "freedom flights".   Thousands of Cuba came to the US in those flights.  

A week later, we flew to Jamaica where we waited for the US government to grant us entry.  We spent 2 months there and were supported by our two uncles in the US who sent weekly money drafts.  We lived in a small room and spent our day throwing around a baseball that my mom had put together for us.

Eventually, we got our "papers" and arrived in the US.  And then we found our way to Wisconsin thanks to the generosity of a church.  

I will spend today with my parents, brother and sister.  It just does not seem possible that it happened so long ago.   We definitely learned about liberty and how a powerful and ruthless central government can crush the individual.   

I always make sure that our boys understand that.

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

World War II, episode 2: Appeasement and the outbreak of war


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