"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Cesar Gutierrez was born in Venezuela on this day in 1943. He died in 2005. He hit .235 over 223 games. His best season was 1970 when he played in 135 games with Detroit. We remember him for going 7-for-7 in a 12-inning game in 1970. He had 128 career hits but 7 in the aforementioned game. His contract was purchased by the Expos but did not play in 1972. Cesar's big day earned him a place in baseball history books.
Johnny Bench, perhaps the greatest catcher ever, and Carl Yastrzemski, who had 3,419 career hits, went into The Hall of Fame on this day in 1989. Yaz and Bench played against each other in the legendary 1975 World Series.
We remember Bart Starr who was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on this day in 1934. We learned of his death in 2019. Our family landed in "Packer crazy" Wisconsin in the fall of 1964.
My brother and I had never seen a football game. We were raised playing and thinking baseball 24/7.
However, it didn't take us long to fall in love with the Packers and the game of football.
My first football hero was Bart Starr, the legendary Packers' QB. He won the NFL title five times: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967. He led GB to the first two Super Bowl championships and was named MVP twice. In 1966, he earned the NFL MVP.
In fact, I loved Starr so much that I always wore # 15 on every sports jersey. It's still my favorite number today!
Greatest game? Probably the so called "Ice Bowl".
With all due respect to Unitas, Namath, Staubach, Bradshaw, Montana, Aikman, Young, Brady and even Favre, I will always pick Starr to start my big game. P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk). If you like our posts, drop a dime here.
We remember Tip O'Neill, who died on this day in 1994. O'Neill served for 50 years, including 16 years in the Massachusetts legislature and 34 years in the US House. We remember him for the great line "all politics is local". He was excellent at personal relationships, very loyal and got along with the other party, the Republicans. P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk). If you like our posts, click send, and drop a dime here.
On this day in 1973, George Steinbrenner Purchased the New York Yankees. He got to work quickly and the Yankees started winning. They competed for division titles in 1974 & 1975. In 1976, the Yankees won their first AL pennant since 1964 but lost to the Reds in the World Series. The Yankees beat the LA Dodgers in the 1977 & 1978 World Series. In 1980, KC beat NY in the ALCS. In 1981, LA beat NY in the World Series. Steinbrenner spent most of the 1980's spending money but not winning. In 1995, NY was a wild card team but lost a tough series to Seattle. From 1996 to 2003, the Yankees won 4 World Series and lost 2. They won another WS in 2009 but Steinbrenner died in 2010. By the way, he was born on July 4, 1930 and died in 2010.
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