Saturday, September 23, 2017

Senator McCain, Mrs. Clinton won't go away and other stories.

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June 2008: Ken Griffey, Jr. hit # 600!

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Back in June 2008, Ken Griffey joined Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays and Sosa in the 600 HR club.    (A-Rod got there later)

Griffey stayed away from controversy but not injuries.   Wonder how many more home runs he would have hit?  He hit 408 home runs in first 11 seasons with Seattle but only 222 over the next 10 years with Cincinnati, Chicago and then back to the Mariners for a season.

I remember how popular he was in the late 1990's when every kid wanted to wear #24 or Griffey's number.

August 2007: Bonds passed Aaron but did the fans accept it?

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Back in August 2007, baseball fans saw a lot of history.

Barry Bonds tied hank Aaron.  He passed Aaron the next night. 

Will the fans accept the new record?   Probably not. 

Yet, you can not dispute what Bonds has done:
"The Giants slugger has won 7 MVP awards, a major league record. He has the 5th highest career slugging percentage in baseball history, and the 6th highest career on base percentage. For the combination of the two, the SLOB or OPS, Bonds rank 4th for his career. Bonds has the 3rd lowest number of at bats per home run in baseball history." (Is Barry Bonds Baseball's Greatest Slugger? by Richard Baehr)
It's a shame about the steroids controversy. 

It's a bigger shame that Hank Aaron's record was broken by someone with such a controversial story.   

April 15, 2007: MLB started the tradition of wearing # 42 for Jackie Robinson

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Back in 2007, MLB celebrated the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson starting for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  

The Padres played the Dodgers on ESPN.   It was a special night.  Every Dodger was wearing # 42.  They've been wearing # 42 every April 15th since to remember Robinson.

During the game, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan spoke with Mrs. Robinson. She looked great and as upbeat as ever.

Of course, we forget that Jackie died young.  I was reminded of this by watching an old video from the '72 World Series (his last public appearance) and reading Taking a Bat to Prejudice By George Will:
"By 1956, Robinson's last season, he had lost his second-base position to Jim Gilliam, a black man. Robinson died of diabetes-related illnesses in 1972, at 53, the same age Babe Ruth was when he died. Ruth reshaped baseball; Robinson's life still reverberates through all of American life. As Martin Luther King Jr., who was 18 in 1947, was to say, Robinson was "a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides."

We remember Ray Charles (1930-2004)

We remember Ray Charles, who was born in Georgia on this day in 1930.     He died in 2004.

In 1962, “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” topped the U.S. pop charts:
Over the years, we've grown accustomed to his style and music.    And nobody sings "American the beautiful" like Charles:

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Too much Hillary

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Hillary Clinton is having a hard time leaving the stage and joining the rest of past presidential candidates who made a concession speech on election night.  
After all, VP Gore found something to do to get over his 2000 election defeat! President Carter got busy supervising elections around the world and building homes for the needy. President Bush-41 came back to Houston and dedicated his time to a wonderful library at Texas A&M. Governor Romney moved on and did not dwell on his defeat.     
In other words, they all moved on — except Mrs. Clinton who apparently can’t.
Mrs. Clinton is back and my guess is that most Democrats don’t like it, as Ed Rogers wrote a couple of days ago:
She has rejected well-founded concerns about her blocking the rise of new voices within the Democratic Party and about not supporting a new generation of Democratic leadership. 
But in fact, in typical self-serving Clinton style, she is taunting the world with the idea that she might contest the 2016 election results. 
In an NPR interview this week (of course it was an NPR interview), Clinton said she would not rule out challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 election if “we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now.” 
She knows it won’t happen, but she is still desperate for applause and willing to pretend that Donald Trump isn’t really our legitimate president. 
It’s all rather sad if you think about it.
Yes, it is rather sad indeed.
After she lost to then-senator Obama in 2008, I remember saying to a friend: What is Mrs. Clinton going to do? How does she get over this?
After losing to President Trump, I asked a slightly different question: How is this lady going to spend the rest of life knowing that her biggest ambition never materialized?
I think that we are seeing how she is coping with it all. Mrs. Clinton has chosen to be in our face explaining how she lost and how it was not fair. She has become the biggest sore loser since who knows who.   
The good news is that we Republicans or “anti-Clintonistas” can joke about it and flip the channel.
The bad news is that Democrats have to put up with her. They have to play along because she keeps showing up on their stage.    
Hillary is even criticizing Mrs. Trump! I can’t remember the last time anything like that happened in U.S. history.   
Yes, it’s very sad indeed.  
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1957: Hank Aaron HR gives Milwaukee its first NL pennant

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From 1954 until 1976, Hank Aaron was one of the best players in baseball.    He was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

In 1957, Aaron led the Braves to the NL pennant.    In fact, he hit the extra inning HR at County Stadium to clinch it:  
The '57 Braves went 95-59 and clinched the pennant with five games to spare on Aaron's electrifying homer.
Johnny Logan was standing on second base at County Stadium with two out in the bottom of the 11th when Aaron deposited a pitch from St. Louis' Billy Muffett into the bleachers, just over the glove of centerfielder Wally Moon.
It was one of the greatest moment in Milwaukee Braves' history.   A few weeks later, Milwaukee beat New York in the World Series.

2007: Cal Ripken, Hall of Fame

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My first memory of Cal Ripken goes back to '81.   

It was the crazy strike season and I caught a game on TV with Ripken at shortstop.   The O's had missed out on the "first half championship" because of a loss on what turned out to be the last game of that weird split season.

In 1982, he opened at third base and hit a home run on opening day. The O's and Brewers went down to the last weekend of the season. The two teams were tied after 161 games and the AL East was literally decided on the last day.  It was great baseball but a better day for Milwaukee who clinched the division!

The rest is
history:  MVP in '83 and the O's won the World Series, the "game streak" that went on until '98 and he repeated as MVP in '91.

Unfortunately, Ripken played in bad Oriole teams.  Yet, he was out there every day playing and putting some good numbers, such as 431 Hrs and over 3100 hits.

Cal Ripken now joins Murray, Palmer, Weaver, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson as Orioles in the
Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to a great guy who clearly belongs in the Hall of Fame.

2007: Congratulations to Tony Gwynn

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George Will's "Men at Workis a great baseball book. Will selected Tony Gwynn as his favorite hitter.  In 2007, Gwynn was voted into the HOF.

Like Clemente and Aaron, Gwynn played in the shadows of better known players in bigger markets. Yet, he put together an amazing
"Gwynn charted his course to Cooperstown, N.Y., early on and never wavered in his pursuit of perfection in his chosen craft.

Racing through the team's farm system after getting drafted in the third round in 1981, Gwynn joined the Padres in Philadelphia on July 19, 1982, and found his name on manager Dick Williams' lineup card that night, batting fifth and playing right field.Answering the challenge, Gwynn banged out the first two of his 3,141 hits -- a double to center off Sid Monge and a single to center off Ron Reed.Gwynn stayed right where he was, as constant and as cool as the Pacific Ocean breezes, for two decades. He made 15 All-Star teams, winning eight batting titles -- matching Honus Wagner's National League record -- while finishing in the top 10 for 15 consecutive seasons.His .338 career average is the best in the sport since native San Diegan Ted Williams retired his .344 average in 1960."
Unfortunately, I did not get to see Gwynn play because I've always lived in AL cities. He was the quiet superstar and best pure hitter since Rod Carew.

2007: Frank Thomas hit # 500!

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In the 1990s, Frank Thomas was one of the best right handed hitters in baseball.  In fact, he killed the Rangers and just about every other team!   

In 2007, Thomas hit #500 and became the 21st player to join one of the game's elite groups.

He was selected to the Hall of Fame in 2014.

2007: Congratulations to Rusty Greer!

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Ten years ago, the Rangers remembered Rusty Greer, one of my all time favorite baseball players! 

Between 1996 and 2000, Rusty was one of the key parts of the Rangers' division winners. It's true that Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez won 3 MVP's but Greer was a key component of those title teams.

It's great to see a great guy (and player) get so much attention.  We love Rusty Greer!

2007: Craig Biggio and 3,000 hits!!

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For 20 years, we had the pleasure of cheering for Craig Biggio of the neighbor Astros!

In 2007, Biggio became the 27th major league to reach 3,000 hits!   In fact, he had 5 hits the night that he did it.

Biggio was a great player and a wonderful teammate! 

He made it to the Hall of Fame in 2015.   He is one of a few players with 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs.

We remember Marcelino Lopez (1943-2001)

Marcelino Lopez was born in Havana on this day in 1943.  He died in Miami in 2001.

In 1965, 21-year old Marcelino was named AL Rookie of the Year.   He won 14, lost 13 and finished the year with a 2.93 ERA.   It was a great year for the young Cuban lefthander.

A few years later, Marcelino played with the Orioles and pitched in the post-season.    In 1970-71, he pitched with the Brewers.

His career ended in 1972 and I'm not sure what he did in the Miami area after he left baseball.

Nevertheless, we remember the young Cuban lefty who shared the Los Angeles sports pages with Sandy Koufax in 1965.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

A chat about rock and roll with Frank Burke, author and businessman

Guest: Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker.....we will share some memories about rock music and discuss its impact in our culture, politics and language.....................

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Friday's video commentary about unmasking US citizens

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They were convinced Hillary was going to win and protect them

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Another day and another round of stories about unmasking. The latest story is about Samantha Power, UN representative under President Obama:    
Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power will become the latest Obama-era official to meet with congressional investigators probing a vastly different side of the Russian election meddling story, the possibility the previous White House spied on Trump campaign and transition personnel, when she gives private testimony Friday before a congressional panel.
Earlier this year the House intelligence committee issued subpoenas to the CIA, FBI and NSA, seeking details related to alleged requests to “unmask” the identities of Trump associates swept up in U.S. surveillance operations against foreign intelligence targets.
Let’s not jump to conclusions but it smells funny, as my little sister used to say.
Were these inquiries about U.S. citizens legitimate in the context of national security?  or,
Was The White House using its powers to destroy the opposition by learning about them and then selectively leaking to their friends in the media?
The Congress should be able to investigate this and determine the intentions of people like Samantha Power.    
If she acted correctly, then this story will end soon.
If she didn’t, then some officials of the Obama administration need to go to jail. You can not use the power of gathering intelligence to destroy your political opponents. 
There is a story that Miss Power was “unmasking daily“.  What for?  Why?  Who was given this information and for what purpose? Let’s remember that Power was not an intelligence analyst.
If  Power was playing politics then it is further proof that the Obama team was surely convinced that Secretary Clinton would win and push all of this stuff under carpet.
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Happy # 90 to the one and only Tommy Lasorda

We say happy # 90 to Tommy Lasorda, one of the all time great baseball personalities.

Lasorda broke with the Dodgers in 1954 and played a couple of seasons.   His overall record was 0-4.

We remember him as the manager of the Dodgers:  1,599 wins, World Series champs in 1981 & 1988, NL champs in 1977 & 1978 plus NL West divisional champs in 1983 & 1985.

Lasorda was also one of the game's greatest ambassadors:

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1980: Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War

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Iran and Iraq went to war this week in 1980.    It was a horrible war that went on for almost 8 years:    
Long-standing border disputes and political turmoil in Iran prompt Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to launch an invasion of Iran’s oil-producing province of Khuzestan. 
After initial advances, the Iraqi offense was repulsed. 
In 1982, Iraq voluntarily withdrew and sought a peace agreement, but the Ayatollah Khomeini renewed fighting. Stalemates and the deaths of thousands of young Iranian conscripts in Iraq followed. 
Population centers in both countries were bombed, and Iraq employed chemical weapons. In the Persian Gulf, a “tanker war” curtailed shipping and increased oil prices. 
In 1988, Iran agreed to a cease-fire.
So Iraq used chemical weapons in that war?   I thought that he didn't have them!     

1993: Nolan Ryan’s last game

What a game and I heard it on the radio.    Nolan Ryan pitched to a few Mariners, hurt his elbow and walked off the mound for the last time.   He couldn’t get out of the first inning!   This is how it was reported:  
“After throwing a 2-0 strike to Magadan, the Rangers’ right-hander said, ‘I knew I was done.’ He said he heard a pop and had a ‘burning sensation’ in the elbow after the pitch. He threw one more pitch, a final meager fastball, to confirm his diagnosis.”
Ryan left the game holding 53 major-league records, but also having given up a grand slam to Dann Howitt, the last batter Ryan faced, sort of: Ryan then went to a 3-1 count on Dave Magadan before leaving the mound. Magadan’s walk was charged to Ryan.
Sherwin added: “The night had a special atmosphere as most of the 40,184 fans anticipated Ryan’s final road start. He was given a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout before the game.
“Ryan was the last player out of the Ranger dugout in the bottom of the first, jogging to his position as the fans again stood and applauded during his warmup pitches.
“It was a late-arriving crowd. Ticket windows were reporting lines still five or six deep even when Ryan already was on the trainer’s table. The late-comers found Ranger reliever Steve Dreyer pitching.
“Flashbulbs popped with each Ryan pitch, especially when he faced Ken Griffey Jr. But it was clear this was not no-no-Nolan. His pitches were all around the plate, rarely over it. He threw 28 pitches, only 12 strikes.
“Ryan went 2-0 to Magadan, then threw his fateful pitch. He threw one more ball, walked down the mound and called for the trainer. It was just the third time in his career he exited a game without retiring a batter.”
And I heard it on the radio!    We discussed Ryan's last game with Dave Michaels on Thursday's baseball show.     


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1966: Orioles clinch the AL pennant in KC

On this day in 1966, the Baltimore Orioles clinched their first AL pennant with a 6-1 victory over the A’s in Kansas City.   It was an amazing year for a very good team, as remembered by The Sun:   
After they had waited so long for American League pre-eminence, the Orioles seized it with a relative lack of drama.
Propelled by Frank Robinson’s awesome slugging (he hit .463 with five homers in his first dozen games), they jumped to a 12-1 start. Then, after a mediocre May, they went 44-18 in June and July. The Orioles held a 13-game lead at the end of that stretch, and the gap never fell below 8 1/2 the rest of the way, even as the club played middling baseball in August and September.
In those days of no divisional or league playoffs, the Orioles essentially spent two months waiting for the World Series to arrive.
Yet when they formally clinched the pennant in Kansas City on Sept. 22 — Palmer beat the Athletics, aided by a sensational diving catch by outfielder Russ Snyder — they did not take the moment for granted.    
The victory touched off a celebratory food fight that lasted more than an hour. Egg salad, chocolate milk and shaving cream filled the air. Players tossed fully clothed teammates, and owner Jerry Hoffberger, into streaming showers and swirling whirlpool tubs. A champagne-addled Johnson, who’d go on to manage the Orioles 30 years later, nearly drowned in 8 inches of water.
Powell cut off announcer Bill O’Donnell’s pants at the knee. An upended buffet table landed on reserve Charley Lau’s head.
“Most outlandish thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Watt says.
Baltimore swept the LA Dodgers in October.   They returned to the World Series in 1969, 1970 & 1971.   The same team won the 1973 & 1974 AL East but lost to the A’s in the ALCS.    The O’s returned to the World Series in 1979 & 1983.   They also played in the ALCS in 1996 & 1997 plus more recently in 2014.
The 1966 Orioles were a wonderful team and put together a great record over 10 years.

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1862: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation

On this day in 1862, President Lincoln issued The Emancipation Proclamation:  
In July 1862, Lincoln informed his cabinet that he would issue an emancipation proclamation but that it would exempt the so-called border states, which had slaveholders but remained loyal to the Union. His cabinet persuaded him not to make the announcement until after a Union victory. Lincoln’s opportunity came following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. 
On September 22, the president announced that slaves in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free.
On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery. It became impossible for anti-slavery nations such as Great Britain and France, who had been friendly to the Confederacy, to get involved on behalf of the South. The proclamation also unified and strengthened Lincoln’s party, the Republicans, helping them stay in power for the next two decades.
It was a controversial move.    President Lincoln then fought for the 13th Amendment that ended slavery in the US in 1865. 

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday's video commentary

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1970: Monday Night Football debut on US TV

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On this day in 1970, the NFL came to Monday night TV.    It quickly became one of the most popular events on TV.   

The Browns (now in Baltimore) beat the Jets, 31-21.    

In late 2005, Monday Night Football said goodbye to ABC and moved to ESPN.

Questions about the removal of The Lee Statue and The Dallas City Council

Guest:   Joe Pappalardo of The Dallas Observer.......We will look at how The Dallas City Council paid for the removal of the Lee statue........did they act consistently with city rules about bidding.........last day of summer.....and other stories............

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Down goes Lee, along with city bidding rules

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Over time, I’ve learned two things about governing.   
First, dictatorships, such as Cuba and what is happening in Venezuela, are bad because they deny people their basic freedoms, from religion to opinions to private property.    
Second, one-party states, as in the old Mexico or our Democrat-run cities, are inherently corrupt because there is no one from the other side to keep an eye on the majority.
Let’s talk about Dallas, a city now run by the Democrats surrounded by GOP suburbs.
Around the Dallas area, we’ve gone from talking about removing General Lee’s statue to why it cost $450,000 to bring it down.     
We were told that the city council voted for removing it and finding the money.   
Well, not so fast! I guess that Dallas city council members are finding out that voting to remove is easy compared to explaining the costs.
This is from the Dallas Observer:    
Just after the Dallas City Council voted Sept. 6 to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a public park, a crane and work crew appeared to take it down. 
Municipal government is not known for its speed, and it is constrained by rules to make spending slow and therefore more transparent.
So how did the city come to spend an estimated half-million so quickly? 
The City Council isn’t entirely sure, and those on the council offer differing views on how the contract, valued at around $450,000, was allowed to be signed without being put out for competitive bidding from contractors.
Wow!  But it gets better:    
Most city expenses over $25,000 must be put out through a bidding process.
It includes public advertising of the job for two weeks, posts on city websites, and online questions and answers from interested vendors. 
Any expense more than $50,000 requires City Council approval. 
By state law, a contract made without compliance with competitive procurement laws is void. 
According to city rules, the council could have declared removing the Lee statue an emergency but no one said that during the meetings. It was never reported that way to the public.
Why bother with details and rules about city business?   
Let’s hope that someone in the city council explains that to a lot of citizens who don’t understand how this statue was removed without opening for bids or following the rules.
Maybe we will remember this episode as Lee’s revenge, or how a city messed up the removal of a statue.
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Happy # 67 Bill Murray

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We met Bill Murray in the mid-1970's on Saturday Night Live.   He was very funny and moved to movies, from "Ghostobusters" to "Groundhog day" to even a small part in Andy Garcia's "The lost city".

He was born on this day in Evaston, Illinois.      We hope that he enjoys his birthday:

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2005: Clinton and his Kyoto fantasies

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In 2005, Bill Clinton spoke at the Kyoto conference and criticized Pres. Bush again:
"we could meet and surpass the Kyoto targets in a way that would strengthen and not weaken our economies." (AP)
There are two problems with this statement.

First, it violates once again our long tradition of former presidents staying out of politics.   Once again, Clinton has criticized Bush outside of the US.   How low can this man go?

Second, Clinton is very dishonest.

What did Clinton do about the Kyoto treaty?

Nothing, absolutely nothing.

Perhaps, we should remember what Michael Moore, who supported Ralph Nader over Al Gore in 2000, wrote in 2001:

"But, please, let's cut the crap and tell the truth: George W. Bush has done little more than CONTINUE the policies of the last eight years of the Clinton/Gore administration. As hard as that is for many to swallow, that is the truth -- and the sooner you stop the scare campaign, the sooner we'll be able to fight Bush in a way that will stop him for good.For eight long years, Clinton/Gore resisted all efforts and recommendations to reduce the carbon dioxide in the air and the arsenic in the water." 

Where were American liberals in the late 90's?    They weren't working to ratify Kyoto!

September 2004: CBS and the fake Bush documents

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During the '04 election, I warned my liberal friends to avoid the Bush military service story.  I recall this story back in '94 when Bush beat incumbent Richards. 

It came out during the campaign and Bush answered some questions. Richards dropped it, in the same way that Al Gore killed it in 2000.

I warned my liberal friends to stay away from this story.  It was not a story.  It was a lot of nonsense promoted by people with an agenda rather than people with the truth.

I said: Don't fall for this garbage.  I also told them that Bush would be reelected with a majority of the popular vote and that Republicans would sweep the Senate. 

But my liberal friends are bad listeners. They should listen to me more often.

The liberals of 2004 could not avoid the red meat of an anti-Bush story. They fell for it like a bunch of suckers eating out of Karl Rove's hand.

And so they learned the hard way that the story was nonsense, as many of us had warned them!.

P.S. Bernie Goldberg wrote about this bias years before:

1968: Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley PTA" makes country & pop history

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Who would have predicted this?   Who would have thought that a country song about a PTA would make history?      It did this week in 1968:  

With her career-defining hit song, 23-year-old Jeannie C. Riley accomplished a crossover feat that no other woman would match for another dozen years: On September 21, 1968, she became the first female performer to top the Billboard Country and Pop charts simultaneously, with “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
Perhaps never in pop history has one voice been more right for one song than Jeannie C. Riley’s was for “Harper Valley P.T.A.” Indeed, it was her speaking voice, and not her singing, that got Riley noticed and picked out for the song. She had come to Nashville from her native Anson, Texas, in her early 20s to pursue a singing career, but it was on her day job as a receptionist at that she was noticed by the legendary country-music record producer Shelby Singleton.
Recognizing her voice as perfect for the protagonist in songwriter Tom T. Hall’s crypto-feminist tale of a small-town Southern widow’s fight for her right to wear her skirts short and her heels high, Singleton had Riley record “Harper Valley P.T.A.” as her first professional demo, which was released as a single that charged up the Pop and Country charts in mid-summer 1968.”
And it was a fun song and a bit hit:

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1981 and Steve Carlton sets NL mark for K's


The great Steve Carlton made some National League history on this day in 1981:   

On September 21, 1981, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton strikes out the 3,118th batter of his career to break Bob Gibson’s National League record for career strikeouts.
Despite Carlton’s 10 shutout innings and 12 strikeouts, the Phillies lost the marathon game to the Montreal Expos in the 17th inning, 1-0.
His best season was 1972:  27-10, a 1.97 ERA, 30 complete games, 8 shutouts and 320 strikeouts.   The amazing thing is that he pitched for a team that won 59 games.   It may have been the greatest pitching performance ever.
Great pitcher.   Maybe the best lefty after Koufax with all due respect to Randy Johnson!

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