Monday, August 30, 2010

Ty Cobb stole home 50 times and a few other stats

Ty Cobb did not make a lot of friends.  In fact, most players hated Cobb.   
Fans did not like him much either. 

Today, we would say that Cobb was not "fan friendly"!

Nevertheless, he started his playing career on August 30, 1905.    He hit .240 in 150 AB that season.   It was the last time he hit under .300!

Love him or hate him, what can you say about a guy with a .367 lifetime batting average?
All you can say is awesome.

This is a list of interesting items from the Cobb's career:

1) He has the highest lifetime batting average (.367) in MLB history as well as 1,933 RBI.

2) Ty Cobb is second on the all-time hit list behind Pete Rose.

3) Ty Cobb stole home more than anyone else (50).

4) He won more batting average titles than any other person (12).

In 1936, he became the first player ever selected to the Hall of Fame.

We agree that he was not a bit misunderstood and totally politically incorrect for today's standards.     Nevertheless, he was an amazing hitter.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

1965: "I got you babe" by Sonny & Cher was # 1 this week

Sonny and Cher had a string of hits back in the 1960's.

Frankly, I never got into their music, although Cher was always a pleasure to look at.

Cher is still performing today. She's had a long solo career.

Sonny left the music business and was elected to the US Congress in the 1990's.   Unfortunately, Sonny was killed in an accident back in 1998.

Here is "I got you babe", the # 1 song in my parts of the world this week in 1965.

P.S. Click here to hear the song.      The TV is now available on DVD.   

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy birthday Lou Pinella

Happy # 73 to Lou Pinella, one of my all time baseball players, a tough hitter who later became a great manager, too.  

We remember Lou Piniella who was born in Tampa on this day in 1943.

Lou was the kind of guy that you wanted on your side and specially at the plate when the tying or winning run was at second base.

Lou broke with Baltimore in 1964, was traded to Cleveland in 1966 and was Rookie of the Year with the 1969 expansion Kansas City Royals:  .282, 11 HR & 68 RBI.

In 1974, Lou became a Yankee and was an integral part of those winning teams:  .295 over a 11 years and one of the toughest outs in the AL.

After playing, he managed Cincinnati to the 1990 World Series and took Seattle to the ALCS twice.

Frankly, I always cheered for whatever team he was playing for or managing.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Happy # 78 Kenny Rogers

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Al Lopez, the answer to a great baseball question

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Alfonso Ramon Lopez was born on this day in 1908.  He died in 2005.

Al is the answer to a great trivia question.

Between 1949 and 1964, the Yankees were in the Series every year but two: the Chisox won in '59 and the Indians in '54.

Who was the manager both times? Al Lopez.

As a player, Lopez was a pretty good catcher over 19 years and a Hall of Fame member.

Lopez hit .261 with 51 homers and 652 RBIs. He set the record for most games caught (1,918). It was broken by Bob Boone and Carlton Fisk.

Lopez lived long enough to see the White Sox win the 2005 Series.   It must have been a real treat for him. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We remember that Roberto Clemente was born on this day in 1934

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We remember that Roberto Clemente was born on this day in 1934.   He died tragically in 1972.   

Put me down as one of those kids who checked the box scores daily to keep up with Clemente's batting statistics.  

His stats were awesome:   a .317 career batting average, 3000 hits, 240 HRs and 1305 RBI.   

Was he the greatest Latin player?  I would say yes, with all due to respect to others already in the Hall of Fame.    His greatest contribution is that he opened the door for so many Latins.

Clemente won 4 batting titles:  1961, 1964, 1965 & 1967.     

Sporting News ranked Clemente at # 20 among the 100 greatest players of all time.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

1977: The day Elvis Presley died

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We went to bed many years ago wondering how Elvis Presley died at age 42.  

It was a shock for most of us who were not aware of his destructive lifestyle, and more specifically how that lifestyle had really deteriorated in the last two years of his life.  

I'll leave it to others to write about Elvis and how his life ended at age 42.  I will just focus on the incredible musical legacy that he left behind.   Elvis is still the greatest American recording star and no one will ever dethrone him.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We remember Dr. Liviu Librescu (1930-2007)

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We remember Professor Liviu Librescu who became a national hero during the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.      He blocked the door so that his students could escape to safety, a great act of bravery.

Professor Librescu was born in Romania on this day in 1930.  He saw the evils of Holocaust in the 1940's and later lived under communism.   He came to the US in 1978.

That's right. Professor Librescu saw evil twice before and did not want to see young people suffer again.   So he saved their lives by putting himself in front of the gunman.

What a great man and hero.  

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Remembering Rick Huxley of The Dave Clark 5

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We remember Rick Huxley who was born in the UK on this day in 1940. He died in 2013 at age 72. 

The DC-5 were one of the biggest rock groups of what was called "The British invasion":
"The group, whose members joined forces as teenagers in North London, had a string of hits in the United States and Britain in the 1960s, including “Bits and Pieces,” “Glad All Over” and “Catch Us if You Can.” They made several appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and starred in a feature film, “Having a Wild Weekend.” The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mr. Clark and the guitarist Lenny Davidson are the surviving members. Denis Payton, who played saxophone, harmonica and guitar, died in 2006. Mike Smith, the lead singer and keyboardist, died in 2008. "  (NYTimes)  
I was a big fan and loved their sound.     

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

1982: Frank Robinson & Hank Aaron went into The Hall of Fame

On August 1, 1982, Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron went into The Hall of Fame.  They were two of the greatest players of the post-war era.  
Robinson and Aaron broke into the majors in the 1950's.    
Robinson finished his career with a .294 average, 586 HR and 1,812 RBI.    He won the 1961 NL MVP and 1966 AL MVP.   He played in 5 World Series, 1 with the Reds and 4 with the Orioles.    
Aaron left the game with a .305 batting average, 755 HR, 2,297 RBI & 3,771 hits.   He was the 1957 NL MVP or the same year that the Braves won the World Series.    
Aaron and Robinson, two of my favorites! 

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