Friday, January 27, 2006

We remember Donna Reed (1921-86)


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We remember Donna Reed who was born in Denison, Iowa, in 1921.   She died in 1986.

She acted in some of the biggest movies in history:   "From here to eternity", "It's a wonderful life" and later on television with "The Donna Reed Show.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

We remember Cesar Gutierrez (1943-2005)


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.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

We remember Don Maynard (1935-2022)



We remember 
Don Maynard who was born in Texas on this day in 1935 and passed away January 2022.     Maynard played with the Jets who won Super Bowl III.   We remember him for a clutch catch in the AFL championship against the Raiders.  It was that TD that put the Jets in the Super Bowl against the Colts.     

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

January 1969: "Everyday people" by Sly & The Family Stone was on the radio

Sly & The Family Stone were one of the first integrated bands in pop history.   They had several big hits, such as "Thank you" and "Family affair".   

"Everyday people" was a very bouncy tune about peace and getting along.    It was a smash:

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Monday, January 09, 2006

1989: Bench and Yaz went into The Hall of Fame



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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.

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We remember Bart Starr (1934-2019)


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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.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

We remember Thomas P. Tip O’Neill (1912-1994)

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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.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

1920: Babe Ruth goes from Boston to New York





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Do you know that George Herman Ruth used to pitch for the Boston Red Sox?   

On this day in 1920,  Ruth was sold to the Yankees for  $125,000.    

The Red Sox owner sold Ruth and borrowed money to finance a Broadway play.    He was apparently more interested in the theater than baseball.

In a few years,  Ruth was the top hitter in baseball and the top draw in sports.   He arguably saved the business of baseball after the World Series scandal a few years before.   

As they used to say, it was Ruth who made the turnstiles turn, specially in Yankee Stadium.     By the way, he hit a home run when Yankee Stadium opened.

Years later, this sale was known as "The curse of the Bambino".      This is because the Yankees became baseball's best team and the Red Sox did not win again, or at least until 2004!

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

1973: George Steinbrenner Purchased New York Yankees

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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.  

Very controversial but very successful team owner:






We remember George Martin, the man behind The Beatles (1926-2016)

George Martin was born on this day in 1926.  

Martin was the perfect choice for a band like The Beatles.   He encouraged experimentation in the studio.   He listened to their ideas and then arranged them into songs like "Yesterday" and "A day in the life".

Martin died at age 90.   He produced 13 LPs and 22 singles for The Beatles.   He also produced some of Paul McCartney's solo LP's.    Overall, he produced 700 records, from classical to jazz to pop.

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1987: Aretha Franklin selected to the Rock Hall of Fame

Image result for aretha franklin imagesOn this day in 1987, Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman selected to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.   

Aretha was in her 20's when she recorded "Respect" in 1967.    Over time, she put 17 songs in Billboard's Top 10 and over a hundred recordings.  It earned her the name of "Queen of Soul".

Aretha is # 9 in The Rolling Stone's Top 100 artists.   

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