Friday, June 30, 2006

Happy #57 to "Blame it on the bossa nova"


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Another one of those "time flies" posts:  Let's remember "Blame it on the bossa nova" by Eydie Gorme.  

Frankly, I don't remember this song but it was an entertaining and still gets a lot of airplay many years later.  It is a great dancing song!  I would file this one under "novelty pop songs"!

Eydie Gorme enjoyed a great career.  She recorded many songs with her husband Steve Lawrence.

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"I was at a dance When he caught my eye
Standing all alone Lookin' sad and shy
We began to dance Swaying to and fro
And soon I knew I'd never let him go
Blame it on the bossa nova With it's magic spell
Blame it on the bossa nova That he did so well
Oh it all began with just one little dance
But soon it ended up a big romance
Blame it on the bossa nova The dance of love
Now was it the moon No no the bossa nova
Or the stars above No no the bossa nova
Now was it the tune Yea yea the bossa nova
The dance of love
Now I'm glad to say I'm his bride to be
And we're gonna raise a family
And when our kids ask How it came about
I gonna say to them with out a doubt....

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Paul McCartney after The Beatles!


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In the 1960's, it was Paul and the Beatles. It's hard to think of the 1960's without whistling a Lennon-McCartney tune.

Paul left the Beatles in 1970. He recorded a bunch of great songs by himself or with Wings. They were good songs and the common denominator was Linda.

From 1969 til her death from cancer in 1998, Paul and Linda had a great marriage.  It shows in all of their videos and recordings from that period!

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June 1966: The Beatles: "Paperback writer" & "Rain"


The Beatles recorded great songs.  

We will look at one of their best singles:  "Paperback Writer" and the B-side of "Rain".

The songs were not included in the "Revolver" or "Yesterday and today" LP's in the US or elsewhere.  

In fact, "Paperback writer" was finally released in a US LP "Hey Jude" &  "1962-66" or greatest hits LP released in 1973.    Unfortunately, "Rain" was not released in stereo for a long time.

"Rain" was clearly ahead of its time.  It could have been released on "Sgt. Pepper's" or "Magical Mystery Tour".   At the end of the song, the vocal track is placed in reverse, which is why the lyrics don't make any sense.    

A great 45!   As you can see, the 45 cover photo was a mistake.   It shows John & George playing the guitar as lefties.    Was that a mistake or done on purpose?  I've often wondered!

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June 29, 1990: Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela pitched no hitters

It was an ESPN Friday night doubleheader: The A's in Toronto and the Cardinals in LA.   

By the end of the baseball night, history was made when Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela pitched no-hitters.

According to news reports, Valenzuela learned of Stewart's no hitter minutes before taking the mound.  Tommy Lasorda, the LA manager, joked with Valenzuela about pitching another no hitter that night.

To be honest, I saw Dave Stewart's last 4 innings but did not make it to watch the West Coast game.

A great night for two of the best pitchers of 1990.

Valenzuela won 173 games, primarily with LA.   He could have won 200 games but injuries caught up with him.   We remember him for a tremendous rookie season in 1981 and that complete game in game 3 of the World Series that year.    He was a workhorse and pitched 117 complete games.

Stewart won 168 games and enjoyed great success with the A's.   He won 119 games over a 7 year period with the A's, including 4 consecutive 20-win seasons.   He was also a workhorse with lots of high innings totals.
 
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June 29, 1941: DiMaggio reached # 42

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.   
What makes DiMaggio so great is that he’d play doubleheaders.  My guess is that the manager offered to give him a game off but he went out and played.
After getting # 42, his next goal was the N.L. record of 44.    As you probably know, he got to 44, 45 and finished at 56. 
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

June 28, 1941: DiMaggio reached # 40


We remember one of sports' most amazing accomplishments, i.e. the 56-game hitting streak that kept the entire nation checking the daily sports pages for updates.

Joe DiMaggio entered historic territory on this day in 1941 when he went 2-for-5 and cracked the "40 circle".  

He became the 5th major leaguer to do so:
Willie Keeler 45 1896-1897
Bill Dahlen 42 1894
George Sisler 41 1922
Ty Cobb       40 1911
We should add that Pete Rose got to 44 in 1978.

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We remember Don Baylor (1948-2017)

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The great Don Baylor was born in Austin, Texas in 1949.     He died in 2017.

Don was drafted by the Orioles in 1967 and moved quickly through their farm system.      I recall reading about Don Baylor & Bobby Grich in the O's farm system.    They came up together and spent years with Baltimore and later with the Angels.

Don finally joined the O's in 1972 and became the starting left fielder.    

Days before the start of the 1976 season, Baylor was traded to the A's in the blockbuster Reggie Jackson trade.    (Don Baylor & Mike Torres for Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman)

Baylor's best days were with the Angels:  MVP in '79 and 141 HR over 6 seasons.

He retired with 338 HR & 1,276 RBI in 2,292 games.     In 1989, Don reflected on his career in an autobiography.

After that, he managed the Rockies and Cubs.  

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1914: Austria's Archduke Ferdinand assassinated


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On this day in 1914
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

On August 1, 1914, World War I began to take shape:   
".....four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, two more great European powers—Russia and Germany—declare war on each other; the same day, France orders a general mobilization. 
The so-called “Great War” that ensued would be one of unprecedented destruction and loss of life, resulting in the deaths of some 20 million soldiers and civilians and the physical devastation of much of the European continent."
We started this series with Barry Jacobsen in 2014, or the 100th anniversary of World War I.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

1973: David Clyde made his pitching debut


On this day in 1973, the Rangers were desperately trying to sell seats.   
They were coming off a 54-100 record in 1972.  Their best player in the opening season in Texas was an aging Frank Howard.    The roster included young guys like future AL MVP Jeff Burroughs and All Star Toby Harrah but they were not exciting anybody in North Texas yet.    
In other words, the '73 Rangers needed a shot in the arm.  Enter David Clyde, a young man from Houston.  
The good news is that David Clyde was a great high school baseball prospect.   The bad news is that he was rushed to the majors years ago.    The Rangers sold many tickets for his debut but not much happened after that!
Clyde never developed into the major league pitcher that everyone predicted.   At the same time, he should have spent a couple of  years in the minors before pitching in the majors.   He wasn’t ready and it probably hurt his career.
He won 7 over a 2-year period.   He was eventually traded to Cleveland.  By the way, I saw him pitch with Cleveland against Baltimore in before he retired.   
Overall, a sad story.
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Monday, June 26, 2006

June 26, 1948: The Berlin Airlift starts

Remember when we had a president who made consequential decisions rather than pander for votes with unconstitutional decrees?

Years ago, Pres Truman started the Berlin Airlift of 1948:
"On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blocked all road and rail travel to and from West Berlin, which was located within the Soviet zone of occupation in Germany. The Soviet action was in response to the refusal of American and British officials to allow Russia more say in the economic future of Germany. The U.S. government was shocked by the provocative Soviet move, and some in President Harry S. Truman's administration called for a direct military response. Truman, however, did not want to cause World War III. Instead, he ordered a massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin. On June 26, 1948, the first planes took off from bases in England and western Germany and landed in West Berlin. It was a daunting logistical task to provide food, clothing, water, medicine, and other necessities of life for the over 2 million fearful citizens of the city. For nearly a year, American planes landed around the clock. Over 200,000 planes carried in more than one-and-a-half million tons of supplies. 
The Soviets persisted with the blockade until May 1949. By then, however, it was apparent to everyone concerned that the blockade had been a diplomatic fiasco for the Russians. Around the world, the Soviets were portrayed as international bullies, holding men, women, and children hostage in West Berlin and threatening them with starvation. The unbelievably successful American airlift also backfired against the Russians by highlighting the technological superiority of the United States. By the time the Soviets ended the blockade, West Germany had become a separate and independent nation and the Russian failure was complete."
It was a victory for the West.  It showed that we had a president who was willing to stand up to the Soviets.  In other words, we had a leader rather than "a panderer" for votes.

I should add that Pres Truman made this decision in an election year.  He could  have played it safe and avoid the issue.  Thankfully, Pres Truman put the US, and the West, over his own reelection and demonstrated leadership.

The Berlin Airlift was also the story of the "candy drops" for children.  It showed the valor and heart of the pilots who flew these dangerous missions:
"In the beginning of the candy drops, Halverson used his own weekly candy ration. Soon the other pilots and support staff started giving their candy and gum and their handkerchiefs. The project grew so big that his old army base also began to contribute candy and handkerchiefs. The city of Mobile, Alabama, formed a drive to request help. Soon, candy and handkerchiefs from around the country began arriving for the pilots to drop. One week, Lieutenant Halverson flew 368 pounds of candy and fifty pounds of handkerchiefs from America back with him in his C-54 airplane that he had brought to the states for maintenance work."
Overall, a great day to recall presidential leadership and to remember the men who carried out these missions.  

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

1967: The Beatles and “All you need is love” go on global TV

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Two weeks after “Sgt Pepper’s” release, The Beatles went global and presented “All you need is love” to the world.    

They performed the new song in an international telecast seen by millions.   
All you need is love” became a # 1 song in July and was included in the “Magical Mystery Tour” album released later for Christmas.    
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June 25, 1942: Eisenhower assumed command


Dwight Eisenhower was one of the giants of the 20th century.  

On this day in 1942, General Dwight D. Eisenhower became commander of all U.S. troops in the European theater of World War II.    

Ike, as he was called, was one of those men who comes along at the right time in a country’s history.   His work as a military man was exceptional.   His quiet and stable presidency was exactly what the nation needed after World War II and Korea.   

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1876: Battle of Little Bighorn


    
On this day in 1876, a major battle took place near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.   

We remember the battle as General Custer’s "Last Stand"  and the worst defeat for US Army forces in the long Plains Indian War.       

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

1955: Harmon Killebrew hit the first of 573 HR

On this day in 1955, a young Harmon Killebrew hit # 1 as a member of the Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.   

Harmon Killebrew was one of the great power hitters that I grew up watching and following.    

He finished his career with 573 HR & 1,559 RBI.

Killebrew won 6 HR titles and led the AL in RBI 4 times.   He was the AL MVP in 1969.

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1948: The Berlin airlift and "the candy bombers"



The battle between communism and freedom has many chapters, from people jumping The Berlin Wall to Mariel in 1980.
We remember a great moment from the 20th century or the day that US and UK planes began dropping supplies to the people of West Berlin isolated by the USSR blockade.

The pilots came to be known as “the candy bombers.” They dropped candy for the children in their supply bags.
The Berlin Airlift was one of President Truman’s finest moments!
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Berlin 1948: Another sad day in the brutal history of communism

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We've reported on this blog about the violent and ugly story of communism, from the USSR to Cuba to North Korea to China.  In a nutshell, it is an ugly story where the state dominated the individual. 

On this day in 1948, President Truman confronted a serious communist challenge in Berlin: The Berlin Blockade.    

He responded with The Berlin Airlift or one of President Truman’s finest moments! It was a wonderful demonstration of US presidential leadership. 

It also gave us the story of  “the candy bombers” or US pilots who dropped candy for the children of Berlin.

On May 12, 1949, the Soviets officially ended the blockade and the citizens of West Berlin were saved.    

The good guys won in Berlin in 1948-49 and later when the wall came down in 1989. 
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1948: The Berlin Airlift & President Truman


Friday, June 23, 2006

We remember Stuart Sutcliffe (1940-62)


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Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on this day in 1940.    He died in 1962 when the group was in Germany.
We remember him as one of the early Beatles.    
Stu, as he was known, was more of an artist than a musician.   Nevertheless, he was a part of the band until his unfortunate death in 1962.  
We believe that it was Stu, with a little help from John, who came up with the name “Beatles”, a reference to Buddy Holly & The Crickets.   I’ve also heard that Stu’s death inspired “In my life”, one of the band’s greatest songs.    

Stu’s girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr who died in 2020, was a photographer and responsible for many of the group’s earliest photos, circa Germany 1961-62.
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We remember June Carter Cash (1929-2003)


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We remember June Carter Cash, who was born on this day in 1929.   This is a great movie:

1941: Germany launches the invasion of USSR....with Barry Jacobsen



Thursday, June 22, 2006

Anne and how she met Charles in Mexico City

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We remember Anne Morrow who was born in New Jersey on this in 1906.  She died in 2001.

In the late 1920’s, Anne Morrow met Charles Lindbergh in Mexico City.   Her father, Dwight Morrow, was the US Ambassador to Mexico at the time.  

At the time, Anne was a college student and Charles touring the world after his historic flight to Paris.

Anne's life was never the same after meeting Charles.  They were married in 1929.

Anne was a very accomplished writer and woman, as you can see by checking out any of her books.   She was also the mother of 6, including their first son who was kidnapped and found dead in 1932.

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We remember Carl Hubbell 1903-1988

We remember Carl Hubbell, one of the great lefties in major league history.    Hubbell was born in Carthage, Missouri on this day in 1903.   

He broke with the Giants in 1928 and started 14 games.

He turned into one of the game's greatest pitchers:  253-164, 2.98 ERA & 260 complete games.   In other words, he completed more games than he won, a rather rare accomplishment. 


Hubbell pitched a no-hitter in 1929 and won 24 consecutive games between 1936 (16) and 1937 (8), the longest such streak in Major League history.


Carl is also remembered for his 1934 All Star game performance:   he struck out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin consecutively. 


The legendary lefty was inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.
 
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We remember Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)


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Erich Maria Remarque was born on June 22, 1898 in Osnabruck, Germany.    
He wrote “All quiet on the western front” or arguably the most famous book about World War One.   

Years later, it is still a must read for those trying to understand the story of what we now call World War I.  
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World War II # 4: Hitler's Blitzrieg, Denmark, Norway & the fall of France.with Barry Jacobsen

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We remember Pete “Pistol” Maravich (1947-88)


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Pete Maravich was born in Alquippa, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1947.    He was born in a basketball family and accomplished so much on the court.
It’s fair to say that Pete was a better college than NBA player.   
Pete died suddenly in 1988 at 41 during a pick up game.   It was a shock, a real shock.
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Had not heard "12:30" in a long time!




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The Mamas and Papas were a very popular quartet many summers ago.

From left to right: Denny Doherty, Cass Elliott, a.k.a. Mama Cass, Michelle and John Phillips, the tall one with the hat! (Michelle is the only surviving member of the group. Cass died accidentally. Denny and John died of cancer recently!)

John Phillips wrote most of their big songs. They had hits like "California Dreamin" and "Monday Monday".

However, my favorite was always "12:30":


"I used to live in New York City
Every thing there was dark and dirty
Outside my window was a steeple 
With a clock that always said 12:30
Young girls are coming to the canyon
And in the morning I can see them walking
I can no longer keep my blinds drawn 
And I cant keep myself from talking.
At first so strange to feel so friendly 
To say good morning and really mean it
To feel these changes happening in me 
But not to notice till I feel it.
Young girls are coming to the canyon 
And in the morning I can see them walking
I can no longer keep my blinds drawn 
And I cant keep myself from talking.
Cloudy waters cast no reflection 
Images of beauty lie there stagnant
Vibrations bounce in no direction 
And lie there shattered into fragments.
Young girls are coming to the canyon 
And in the morning I can see them walking
I can no longer keep my blinds drawn
And I cant keep myself from talking."


We remember Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)


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We remember Anne Morrow who was born in New Jersey on this in 1906.  She died in 2001.

In the late 1920’s, Anne Morrow met Charles Lindbergh in Mexico City.   Her father, Dwight Morrow, was the US Ambassador to Mexico at the time.  

At the time, Anne was a college student and Charles touring the world after his historic flight to Paris.

Anne's life was never the same after meeting Charles.  They were married in 1929.

Anne was a very accomplished writer and woman, as you can see by checking out any of her books.   She was also the mother of 6, including their first son who was kidnapped and found dead in 1932.
 
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June 22, 1941: Joe DiMaggio reached # 35

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Joe DiMaggio went 2-for-5 and took the streak to 35 games.  

By now, the whole country was into the streak.  It was the top story in the sports sheets from coast to coast.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

June 21, 1788: The US Constitution was ratified


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On this day in 1788, New Hampshire voted “yes” and the US Constitution was ratified.     

In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.    

So we say thank you to # 9 New Hampshire for making it official many years ago today.


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June 21, 1940: Future President Nixon married Patricia Ryan


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On this day in 1940, future President Richard Nixon married future First Lady Patricia Ryan.  

Nixon entered politics in 1946 and won a congressional seat.   He quickly jumped to the US Senate in 1950.   

In 1952, General Eisenhower selected Senator Nixon to be his running mate.    As you probably know, the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket won big in 1952 and 1956.     

VP Nixon lost in 1960.   He came back to win in 1968 and was reelected in 1972.  (He carried 49 states and 61% of the popular vote.)    

Pat was with him all the way, from election night victory speeches to resignation in 1974.    

Mrs. Nixon died in 1993 and President Nixon in 1994.

"RN" is a wonderful presidential memoir.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Father's Day 1964: “Cubanos” Tony Taylor & Cookie Rojas & Jim Bunning’s perfect game


On Father's Day 1964, future Hall of Famer and US Senator Jim Bunning of the Phillies. threw a perfect game. Bunning won 227 games and made it to The Hall of Fame in 1996.

There is a Cuban connection to the game: Tony Taylor played second base and Cookie Rojas was the shortstop.

Taylor scored 2 runs. Both went 1 for 3 that day.

Octavio "Cookie" Rojas made his debut in 1962 and retired in 1977. His best season was 1965 when he hit .303 and made the NL All Star team. He was traded to Kansas City and remains one of the most popular Royals' players ever. He was well known as a clutch hitter and had a great glove at second base. Rojas won a batting title in the Cuban winter league. His son Victor is a major league broadcaster.

Tony Taylor made his debut in 1958 & retired with 2,007 hits and a .261 career average. He was well known for his defense. His best season was 1963 when he hit .281, stole 23 bases and scored 102 runs. He stole over 20 bases several times in his career.

My guess is that this is the only time that a couple of Cubans played up the middle in a MLB perfect game.

Happy Father's Day!

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