Friday, July 29, 2005

July 29, 1588: The defeat of Spanish Armada with Barry Jacobsen, war historian

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

July 19, 1964: Luis Tiant beat Whitey Ford, 3-0

Our family had just left Cuba and was waiting our time in Jamaica. We used to get the news and baseball reports on my father’s little short wave radio. I don’t remember hearing about this game but learned about it later once we were settled in the US.
Tiant progressed through the Indians farm system and got the call to the big club after a 15-1 record at Triple-A Portland. On, July 19, 1964, Tiant debuted with a four-single, 11 strikeouts, 3–0 shutout victory against the defending AL Champion New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The losing pitcher was future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. Tiant finished his rookie season with a 10-4 record, 105 strikeouts, and a 2.83 ERA in 19 games.
It was quite a rookie year and a sign of great things to come.  By 1968, he started for the American League in the All Star Game and everybody in Boston remembers his performance in the 1975 World Series.
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Monday, July 11, 2005

July 11, 1962: The first "Telstar" was launched and then came the classic song

On July 11, 1962, the first of the two Telstar satelites was launched into space.   
It was the beginning of something big, as someone said.  A few days later, a news program started with a picture of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower side by side, each coming from different sides of the world.

And then Tornados put it to music.   The Tornados became the first British band to have a # 1 in the US, or about two years before The Beatles.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Summer reading: The great Bart Starr


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Once upon a time, the NFL was more about rushing than passing.   In other words, those QB's from that era did not attempt 45 or 50 passes in a game.   Nevertheless, they were still the big heroes on the field.

My first football hero was Bart Starr.   I fell in love with # 15 because of Starr.   I used to move and throw the football like he did.    He was my complete idol.

Starr won two Super Bowl MVP's leading the Packers and establishing himself as one of the greatest QB's ever.    In this book, we see how much Bart Starr was in the middle of the development of the NFL into the game that we know today.

Great QB, maybe the best ever!

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Monday, July 04, 2005

'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' with Frank Burke


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'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' with Frank Burke 07/03 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman, contributor to American Thinker and co-author of 'A law unto themselves', joins me for a discussion of The Declaration of Independence.......what inspired these men to sign such a revolutionary document?........what does 'life, liberty and pursuit of happiness' mean.............John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, or the 50th anniversary of the declaration........

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

July 2, 1964: Our family’s “freedom day”


It was 1964 or many years ago today that my dad, mom, and the three kids 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.  Cuba was all that they knew.  They were born there and never expected to leave their country to pursue a better life anywhere else.   
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. 
The five of us 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 U.S. in those flights.   
A week later, we flew to Jamaica where we waited for the U.S. government to grant us entry.  We spent two months there and were supported by our two uncles in the U.S. 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 from a rock and my father’s sox. 
Eventually, we got our “papers” and arrived in the U.S.  And then we found our way to Wisconsin thanks to the generosity of a church.   
My father and mother are now gone and my brother and sister have their own lives and families.  I will speak with my mom who usually remembers something about that day.   
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 everyone understands that. 
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Friday, July 01, 2005

July 1, 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg began on this day

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The Battle of Gettysburg began today in 1863.    It was a brutal battle to say the least.   

"Gettysburg" was the largest military conflict in North American history.  The epic battle lasted three days and resulted in a retreat of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Years later, a good movie was made based on the book “The killer angels“.
 
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Thursday, June 30, 2005

June 30, 1936: "Gone to the wind" was published

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

We remember Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011)


The great Harmon Killebrew, one of great baseball sluggers of our youth, was born on this day in 1936.   He passed away in 2011 of cancer.  He was 74.

Killebrew started with the original Washington Senators who became the  Minnesota Twins in 1961.  He won the AL MVP in 1969, played in the 1965 World Series plus the ALCS in 1969 & 70.

From 1964 to 1971, Killebrew and Tony Oliva, who usually batted in front of Harmon, were one of the best hitting combinations ever.   Tony won 3 batting titles and Harmon just hit a ton of home runs.   

We remember those "titanic home runs" that got lost in the clouds all over baseball parks.    Killebrew was indeed one of my all time favorite players.

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June 29, 1941: DiMaggio got 41 & 42 in a doubleheader

On this day in 1941, the amazing Joe DiMaggio singled in the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler's A.L. consecutive-game hit record of 41 games. 

In the second game, he set the record at 42 games with a single in the seventh inning.  

His next goal was the N.L. record of 44.  

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Friday, June 24, 2005

What President Obama should learn from President Truman



(My new American Thinker post)

On this day in 1948, President Truman was confronted with a serious challenge in Berlin:
"One of the most dramatic standoffs in the history of the Cold War begins as the Soviet Union blocks all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin.
The blockade turned out to be a terrible diplomatic move by the Soviets, while the United States emerged from the confrontation with renewed purpose and confidence."
It was a shining moment for President Truman, who met the challenge by flying supplies to the people of West Berlin:
"The United States response came just two days after the Soviets began their blockade. A massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin was undertaken in what was to become one of the greatest logistical efforts in history. For the Soviets, the escapade quickly became a diplomatic embarrassment. Russia looked like an international bully that was trying to starve men, women, and children into submission. And the successful American airlift merely served to accentuate the technological superiority of the United States over the Soviet Union.
On May 12, 1949, the Soviets officially ended the blockade."
What can President Obama learn from this incident?

First, the bad guys will push you around until you hit them back.

Second, we were "a war weary nation" back then too.  After all, we had just concluded a brutal war and lost close to 500,000 men in the Pacific and Europe.  I doubt that there was a lot of appetite for war in 1948, especially with a bad US economy.

Third, President Truman nevertheless met the challenge, flew the supplies in and stood up the USSR.  It was a huge test and President Truman won.

In Iraq, President Obama does not have easy options but he cannot allow Iraq to collapse, especially the oil fields.  We are a "Middle East weary" country and do not want to go back to Iraq.   President Obama also has a party base that will fight military intervention all the way.

Like Pres. Truman, Pres. Obama has to see the big picture and stop ISIS from marching across the region.  It may mean air strikes or some troops on the ground.  

Iraq requires presidential leadership, or the kind that we saw in saving West Berlin 66 years ago this week.

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We remember Don Mincher (1938-2012)


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We remember Don Mincher, who was born on this day in 1938.     He died in 2012.

Don had a good baseball career:  .249 average, 200 HR & 646 RBI in 1,400 games with the old Senators who became the Twins in 1961, Angels, the Pilots who became the Brewers in 1970, the Senators who became the Rangers in 1972 and finally the A's.    

In 1965, Don played first for the AL champ Twins and hit 23 HR with 65 RBI.    He hit a HR off Don Drysdale & Sandy Koufax in the '65 Series. 

He is also remembered for this:
On June 9, 1966, Mincher was part of baseball history again when he was one of five Twins who hit home runs in one inning, an American League record. The Kansas City Athletics were the victims; the others besides Mincher to go deep in the seventh inning that day were Rich Rollins, Tony Oliva, Zoilo Versalles, and Harmon Killebrew.
A few years ago, I reconnected with those '65 Twins by reading Jim Thielman's "Cool in the evening".   He wrote the book in 2005 or the 40th anniversary of that wonderful team that lost to the LA Dodgers in 7 games.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

We remember Bobby Murcer (1946-2008)


We remember Bobby Murcer who was born in Oklahoma on this day in 1946.  He died on July 12th 2008 after a long battle with cancer. 

In 1971, Murcer hit .331 with 25 HR, 94 RBI's and played a great CF.   He had other great years but 1971 was probably his best all around season. Murcer finished second to Tony Oliva in the batting race that year!

Bobby Murcer hit 252 career HRs with 1063 RBIs. He was a real fan favorite because of his personality and passion for the game. 

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

May 15, 1973: The first of Nolan Ryan's 7 no-hitters!

We recall the first of Nolan Ryan's 7 no-hitters.   It happened in Kansas City and Ryan had 12 K's to go with the no-hitter.   

Ryan threw another in July 1973 against the Twins, the Tigers in 1974 and then Orioles in 1975.   He threw #5 against the Dodgers in 1981, #6 against the A's in 1990 and #7 against the Blue Jays in 1991.

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Saturday, February 05, 2005

We remember Henry Aaron (1934-2021)

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We remember Hank Aaron who was born on this day in 1934 and died January 2021.

Aaron hit # 1 in 1954 and # 755 in 1976.   His record was eventually "broken" by Barry Bonds in 2007.   Aaron still holds the records for most career RBI (2,297), most career total bases (6,856) and most career extra base hits (1,477). 

After retiring as a player, Aaron became one of baseball's first black executives, with the Atlanta Braves.    He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Friday, February 04, 2005

A word about Rosa Parks (1913-2005)


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Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913.    She died in 2005.

There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who accept injustice and then there is Rosa Parks.

Many years ago, Parks refused to sit at the back of the bus. She challenged an injustice and sparked a movement.

Parks did not seek fame but she left us quite a legacy.   It's quite a story.

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

2005: President Bush's historic appointments


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President Bush got off to a historic start with his second term Cabinet appointments. 

President Bush will have a black woman as Secretary of State and a Mexican-American man as Attorney General.

Imagine that.  A conservative Republican appoints the first black woman as Secretary of State. She replaces the first black man as Secretary of State.

I guess that Republicans are indeed the party of Lincoln!

Imagine more.   A conservative Republican appoints the first Mexican-American as Attorney General.

Alberto Gonzalez is a great American story, or as they say "Only in America"

He is the son of poor Mexican immigrants.  He worked hard and made his way to Harvard Law School. In the 1990's, he met Governor Bush in Texas and will soon be the next Attorney General of the US.

We are very proud that a fellow Hispanic from Texas was the Attorney General of the US.

Well done, Alberto!


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Sunday, January 30, 2005

1964: The Beatles in France and getting ready for The Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles performed a couple of concerts in France on this day in 1964.   They also recorded German versions of "She loves you" and "I want to hold your hand".   

Two weeks later, the guys were introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show and Beatlemania was off and running.


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