Saturday, December 15, 1984

We remember Glenn Miller who disappeared on this day in 1944

On this in 1944,  Glenn Miller was lost over The English Channel.

1944 was a very tough year, from Europe to the Pacific, D-Day, the Battle of The Bulge and the loss of Glenn Miller in December.

Miller was travelling to Paris for a Christmas concert and his plane was lost over the English Channel.    

His plane was never found and Miller is still listed as MIA.

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Friday, December 14, 1984

1984: Howard Cosell retired from Monday Night Football




Like many of my generation, I grew up with Howard Cossell, Frank Guiford and Dan Meredith of ABC Monday Night Football.

It was the biggest game of the week and something that all of us looked forward to.  The ratings were huge as I recall.

On this day in 1984, Howard Cosell retired from the broadcast.

There were many great games and moments.

On December 8, 1980, New England and Miami were playing an important division game.

I don't recall exactly when but I fell asleep and missed the bulletin about John Lennon's shooting.   It was read on the air by Howard Cossel, who knew Lennon personally.    

Here is the link of that fateful moment:


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Monday, December 10, 1984

1971: The Mets traded a young Nolan Ryan to the Angels

Maybe the Mets needed some hitting?    On this day in 1971, the Mets traded a very young Nolan Ryan to the Angels for Jim Fregosi, a former AL All Star.  

To be fair, Ryan had been a bit wild as a young pitcher plus the Mets were very deep with Seaver, Koosman and Gentry.    They felt that Fregosi could add some punch to their lineup.

The trade paid off because the Mets won the NL pennant in 1973.  On the other hand,  the Angels had to wait until 1979 for a championship.   

Ryan was a strikeout king for much of the 1970's before signing with the Astros and ending his career with the Rangers.

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Sunday, November 25, 1984

Our Thanksgiving chat with Frank Burke, author


Our Thanksgiving chat with Frank Burke, author

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Tuesday, January 10, 1984

1984: Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, and Don Drysdale elected to the Hall of Fame

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On this day in 1984, Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew and Don Drysdale, were elected to The Hall of Fame.

Aparicio was a great shortstop born in Venezuela in 1934:  .262 batting average, 2,677 hits and 506 stolen bases in 2,599 games.  He was an excellent defensive shortstop.

Killebrew was born in Idaho in 1936 and became one of the best power hitters of our generation:  573 HR, 1,584 RBI, AL MVP 1969 and several HR titles. 

Drysdale was born in California in 1936 and played his entire career with the Dodgers:   209 wins, 167 complete games and a 2.95 ERA.  In 1968, he pitched 58 straight scoreless innings including six straight shutouts.

They were great.

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