Wednesday, September 28, 2005

We remember Grant Jackson (1942-2021)

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We remember Grant Jackson who was born in Florida on this day in 1942 and died February 2021.

Jackson broke with the Phillies in 1965.    He had a very good year in 1969:  14-18 with 13 Complete games, a 3.38 ERA and 180 K's.    

In 1971, Grant was traded to the Orioles and Earl Weaver turned him into a bullpen specialist.   He saved 12 games for the AL East champions in 1974.     

In 1977, Jackson went to the Pirates and continued his great work out of the bullpen.   

He played for Pittsburgh when they beat Baltimore in the 1979 World Series.   In fact, he won game 7 and retired 7 Orioles to keep the Pirates in the game.   

A great pitcher and very nice man as well.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

1993: Nolan Ryan’s last game

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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!   He threw a 2-0 strike and he heard something pop.  And he knew it was over.
And I heard it on the radio!   Mark Holtz went down to the dugout and spoke with Ryan during the game.  It was that important of a moment.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Political humor with Antonio F Branco & Leslie Eastman

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Friday, September 02, 2005

1983: Remembering the day that the USSR shot down a Korean plane full of civilians

It was a shocker but it did happen many years ago:

"On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines (KAL) flight 007 was on the last leg of a flight from New York City to Seoul, with a stopover in Anchorage, Alaska

As it approached its final destination, the plane began to veer far off its normal course. 

In just a short time, the plane flew into Russian airspace and crossed over the Kamchatka Peninsula, where some top-secret Soviet military installations were known to be located. 

The Soviets sent two fighters to intercept the plane. 

According to tapes of the conversations between the fighter pilots and Soviet ground control, the fighters quickly located the KAL flight and tried to make contact with the passenger jet. Failing to receive a response, one of the fighters fired a heat-seeking missile. 

KAL 007 was hit and plummeted into the Sea of Japan. All 269 people on board were killed."

The KAL 007 incident was a brutal attack.  It may have also been the beginning of the collapse of the USSR.  Gorbachev came in 2 years later and realized quickly that the USSR needed a lot more than "perestroika". 

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