Friday, April 27, 2007

April 27, 1973: Steve Busby no-hitter # 1

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We remember Steve Busby who threw his first no-hitter on this day in 1973.     It was the first no-hitter of the DH era, or not having to face a pitcher batting.     

Busby pitched another no-hitter in 1974.    

His career ended due to injuries and then became an excellent baseball TV analyst with the Texas Rangers.    


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1947: Baseball said goodbye to Babe Ruth


On April 27, 1947, baseball said goodbye to the Babe.    He was very sick and would eventually die in February 1948.      
Every major league park remembered Ruth with a ceremony.   Of course, the highlight was Yankee Stadium and the Babe showed up.
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1455: The War of the Roses (ENGLAND'S REAL 'GAME OF THRONES')



Military history expert Barry Jacobsen reviews England's 'War of the Roses', dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal house of Plantagenent: the Houses of Lancaster and York. Biochemist Leslie Eastman will chime in with a look at the forensic analysis of the remains of the war's most infamous participants, Richard III, which have made the news recently.   Here is Leslie's post.   Click to listen:




Thursday, April 26, 2007

1963: Peggy March and "I will follow him"

Related imageSome of you may remember “I will follow him” from “Sister Act”, the movie with Whoppie Goldberg…..
The original version goes back to 1963 when 15 year old Peggy Marsh (Margaret Annemarie Battavio) put it at # 1:
I WILL FOLLOW HIM
“Love him, I love him, I love him
And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep A mountain so high it can keep me away
I must follow him, ever since he touched my hand I knew
That near him I always must be 
And nothing can keep him from me He is my destiny
I love him, I love him, I love him And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep, keep me away Away from my love
I love him, I love him, I love him
And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep A mountain so high it can keep, 
keep me away Away from my love
Do-do do-do-do do-do-do and where he goes
I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow I know I’ll always love him…”
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We remember Hack Wilson (1900-48)

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Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson was born in Pennsylvania on this day in 1900.   He died in 1948.

Hack, as he was known, broke with the Giants in 1923 but blossomed with the Cubs in 1926.   

In fact, he hit 190 HR with 769 RBI in 850 games.   He led the NL in RBI with 159 in 1929 & 191 in 1930.   

His stats with the Cubs were awesome.     

In 1979, the Veterans Committee selected Hack Wilson to the Hall of Fame.

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April 26, 1865: John Wilkes Booth killed

We remember that John Wilkes Booth was killed on this day in 1865.  

Booth went into hiding after killing President Lincoln.  He was found by Union troops hiding in a farm and killed there.


Booth was a popular actor at the time.  His family was one of the first families of American theater.  He made his New York debut in 1862 and things were looking up.  However, a respiratory illness in 1863 put him on the sidelines for a while.


His other passion was the cause of the Confederacy or the South.  It motivated him to kill President Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington DC.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

April 1980: President Carter between Mariel and the failed Iran rescue mission



If you remember April 1980, then you recall two huge front page stories that rocked the Carter presidency.
Second, it was Iran and the US diplomats held hostage when the US Embassy was attacked the previous November.
On this day in 1980, President Carter approved a mission to go into Iran and rescue the diplomats held hostage. Unfortunately, he had to address the nation hours later to tell us what went wrong.   
It was a terrible morning to say the least. The operation was called off due to technical problems but 8 US servicemen were killed when one of the departing helicopters collided with a AC-130 transport airplane on the ground.
It was horrible.
The hostages were eventually released a few minutes after President Reagan was sworn in on January 1981.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

2016: The Battle of Waterloo with Barry Jacobsen


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Monday, April 23, 2007

The last player from the Negro League hit his first major league homer in 1954

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There are many angles to the Hank Aaron story.  He retired with 755 home runs and passed Babe Ruth in 1974.  He was an amazing player who was always around the top of the league in HRs, hits and batting average.  And he could play defense too.  

I finally got to see him play in 1971 when the Braves came to Milwaukee for an exhibition game.

We remember that Aaron hit his first home run off of Vic Raschi on April 23rd  in 1954

However, his greatest accomplishment is something that few people talk about.  Aaron was the last player from The Negro Leagues to play in the major leagues.   

I think that it's fitting that the man who broke the cherished home run record was the last player from the old Negro Leagues.  It was the perfect way to close a sad chapter and begin one where all Americans could play ball.

It was also landmark moment in the progress that we've made on civil rights.

Sadly, too many self appointed civil rights leaders promote victim-hood or don't want us to see the progress we've made.  Yet, the progress is all around us.   We see successful African Americans, from my sons' outstanding high school principal to the wonderful athletes who dominate sports to the growing number of entrepreneurs.

It's not perfect and indeed a work in progress.   But a lot of progress has been made.   

After all, the man who beat Babe Ruth's record was the last man who played in the Negro Leagues.

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We remember Warren Spahn (1921-2003)

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We remember one of the great left handed pitchers in major league history.  

Warren Spahn was born on this day in 1921 in Buffalo, New York.  He joined the Boston Braves in 1942 and moved to Milwaukee with the team for the 1953 season.   

It was in Milwaukee that he got to play with Lew Burdette, Eddie Matthews and Henry Aaron.   They won the 1957 World Series and the 1958 NL pennant.

His numbers were awesome:  363 wins, 3.09 ERA, 382 complete games, 5,243 innings pitched and 63 shutouts.   He pitched no-hitters in 1960 and 1961.   He was selected to The Hall of Fame in 1973.

Spahn's greatest pitching performance may have been a 1-0 loss to Juan Marichal in 1963.  He pitched 16 innings before giving up a HR to Willie Mays.

Spahn died in 2003!

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1954: # 1 of 755 for Hank Aaron



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We remember Henry, or Hank, Aaron today.    He hit # 1 off Vic Raschi of the Cardinals.  

Aaron was the last of the Negro League players to play in the majors.   

He hit # 1 of 755!

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1993: The Bee Gees & Blue Island


Image result for bee gees size isn't everything imagesBack in 1993, The Bee Gees released "Size isn't everything".

Time flies and it's hard to believe that so many years have flown by.

"Blue Island" is a beautiful song recorded in an acoustic style.  We understand that the song was dedicated to the children of Yugoslavia.  By the way, I love The Bee Gees when they do their acoustic medleys.


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We remember Roy Orbison (1936-88)




Roy Orbison was born on this day in 1936 in Vernon, Texas.

He was one of the great voices of rock.  In fact, John Lennon was a huge fan of his vocal style.  He died in 1988.   

Most people remember him for "Pretty woman", a great # 1 song from 1964.    It also came back big with the soundtrack of the movie by the same name:
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1967: Remembering "New York Mining Disaster 1941"

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April 23, 1564: We believe that William Shakespeare was born on this day


We say happy birthday to the great British author.  

We believe that he was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564.  No one knows for sure because birth records were not always reliable.   

We do know that he died on April 23, 1616 when he was only 52.  Well, let’s wish him a happy birthday anyway!   
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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Happy # "2,000 something" to the city of Roma

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They tell us that this is the day that the city of Rome was founded:  
According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.
OK.   We won't argue details.    Nevertheless, happy birthday to Roma.     It gives us a good excuse to listen to Dean Martin's "On an evening in Roma".

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Friday, April 20, 2007

April 2008: Rockies vs Padres in 22 innings!



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On this day in 2008, they played 22 innings and the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1. 

This is like playing one game and a second game with extra innings.  It was the longest Major League game since August 31, 1993.

The box score shows that Willie Taveras was 3 for 10.....everybody else did not do much for their batting average. (Todd Helton was 1 for 9!)

The pitching was great. Peavy threw 8 scoreless innings. The bullpens were almost perfect for both teams.

Moral of the story: You can't run out the clock in baseball or do penalty kicks like soccer. You have to make the last out! In this case, it was not 27 but 66 outs!





Thursday, April 19, 2007

We remember Gus Gil (1939-2015)


Tomás Gustavo Gil Guillén was born in Caracas, Venezuela on this day in 1939.   He died in 2015.

We knew him as Gus Gil who played with Cleveland (1967) then the Seattle Pilots who became the Milwaukee Brewers (1969-71).

Gil's career was very short:  a .186 hitter over 227 games.   He was primarily a defensive replacement in the infield and occasional pinch hitter.

On August 16, 1970, Gil had the winning hit that scored Davey May.   It was a meaningless game for both teams.    

However, the victory sparked the post game celebration that brought Bernie Brewer down from top of the scoreboard.   He had been living up there until the team drew 40.000 fans.

I was there, saw the hit and enjoyed the celebration.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

We remember Barbara Bush (1925-2018)


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We learned in April 2018 that Barbara Bush died in Houston.   We remember her as a wonderful First Lady.   Rest in peace Mrs. Bush.  We love you!

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We remember Rep. Henry Hyde (1924-2007)


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We remember former Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, who was born on this day in 1924.  He died in 2007.

He was one of my favorite members of Congress.

Most people remember Rep. Hyde because of the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Yet, I recall his work against abortion and wonderful command of the English language.

We miss Rep. Hyde!

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We remember Barbara Hale 1922-2017


Barbara Hale was born in Illinois on this day in 1922.  She died in 2017 died at 94.

We remember her as Della Street, or Perry Mason's legal secretary.   She appeared in 270 episodes.


Great work Barbara Hale.

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We remember Carlos Manuel de Cespedes (1819-74)



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Let’s take a moment and remember Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, a Cuban patriot from the 19th century.  

This is from a summary of his life written by Juan Perez
Born on April 18, 1819, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes is considered by many Cubans to be the “Father of the Nation”.
Céspedes, who owned a plantation in eastern Cuba, began the 10 Years’ War when he freed his slaves and asked others to join his armed resistance against Spain. He wanted independence for Cuba, which he announced through the Grito de Yara (Cry of Yara).
Guerilla warfare was practiced by the Cuban troops, whose numbers soon grew. Céspedes became the general in chief. His forces captured the city of Bayamo and made it their capital.
When Spanish troops were sent to take the city, the outnumbered Cuban troops left and burnt it to the ground. Céspedes’ birthplace was one of a few buildings that did not burn.
As the war went on, Céspedes’ major goal was to attain American recognition of the new Cuban government, though it was to be an unrealized goal. Céspedes ran a constitutional convention, which decided upon a representative government for Cuba and proposed the abolition of slavery.
Céspedes was deposed by other revolutionaries in 1873. A year later, he was apprehended by the Spanish and executed.
Eventually Spain reached a settlement with the revolutionaries, but broke many of its promises.
Céspedes also published Cuba’s first independent newspaper, the Cubano Libre (The Free Cuban).
It's important for young Cuban-Americans to hear about men like Cespedes.  They are an important part of 19th century Cuban history.
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April 18, 1942: The Doolittle Raid with Barry Jacobsen

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Ernie Pyle: The man who wrote about the soldiers rather than the war

Before Skype or internet chats, soldiers used to write letters to their parents, sweethearts, or families back home.
Furthermore, families had very little information about their sons at war.  The news reports were about battles and soldier movements.  Often, families would hear about the boys at war when a neighbor would be burying his son.
Enter Ernie Pyle, who was killed in 1945:
Pyle, born in Dana, Indiana, first began writing a column for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain in 1935. Eventually syndicated to some 200 U.S. newspapers, Pyle’s column, which related the lives and hopes of typical citizens, captured America’s affection.
In 1942, after the United States entered World War II, Pyle went overseas as a war correspondent. He covered the North Africa campaign, the invasions of Sicily and Italy, and on June 7, 1944, went ashore at Normandy the day after Allied forces landed.  Pyle, who always wrote about the experiences of enlisted men rather than the battles they participated in, described the D-Day scene: “It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead.” The same year, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished correspondence and in 1945 traveled to the Pacific to cover the war against Japan.
On April 18, 1945, Ernie Pyle was killed by enemy fire on the island of Ie Shima. After his death, President Harry S. Truman spoke of how Pyle “told the story of the American fighting man as the American fighting men wanted it told.”
Pyle is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
About 20 years ago, or on the 50th anniversary of his death, I took the time to read some of his columns.
One of my favorite columns was “Digging and Grousing” from Africa 1943.  It related the story of some GIs talking about a letter:
To get to the point, it was written by a soldier, and it said: “The greatest Christmas present that can be given to us this year is not smoking jackets, ties, pipes or games. If people will only take the money and buy war bonds … they will be helping themselves and helping us to be home next Christmas. Being home next Christmas is something which would be appreciated by all of us boys in service!”
Ernie Pyle had an amazing gift.  He understood that his war reports would be read by soldiers at war, a wounded GI at a hospital, and a mother back home desperate to know what her son was going through.
I hope that our kids in school are learning about men like Ernie Pyle.
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1956: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier got married

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Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier had a fairy tale wedding on this day in 1956.    

They met during the making of "To catch a thief" and fell in love shortly after.   The very elegant Grace went from movie star to Princess Grace of Monaco.   The couple had 3 children.

Sadly, Princess Grace died after a car accident in 1982.     
She made a lot of films and I always catch "To catch a thief", a fun movie.
 
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

We remember The Bay of Pigs with Barry Jacobsen, military historian (a show from 2014)


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Remember today by embracing the heroes of Brigade 2506


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It’s April 17 and time to remember what happened this week in 1961.
Many brave Cubans died at the Bay of Pigs. Castro put thousands in prison because they supported the invasion. Many were executed or spent years in some of the world’s worst political prisons.
I choose to recall the events of this week by remembering the heroes of Brigade 2506.
Time is taking it’s toll on this great generation.
They were Cubans determined to fight for their country.  This is how I remember these men, and the families who supported them.
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Monday, April 16, 2007

I love the "doo wop" chapter of rock music!



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In the 1970's, I took an interest in the "doo wop" chapter of rock music.  It happened because of the American Graffiti soundtrack and a "Sha Na Na" concert that I attended with friends!

I fell in love with the songs and the harmonies.   (It was also the music that some of our parents danced to in the late 1950s!)

"Doo wop" was a great period in the history of rock music.  The format was great songs, super singers, spectacular harmonies and the kind of music that every girl wanted to dance to!  

What more do you need?

A post from 2007 about the shooting at Virginia Tech



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A post from 2007:

On Monday morning, many law abiding students in Virginia left their guns in the car. They did not want to violate Virginia Tech's "gun free zone" law.  Unfortunately, a young man named Cho violated the law and entered the school. At the end of the ordeal, 30-plus people, mostly young people, were dead.

What would have stopped Cho? An armed law abiding citizen with an opportunity to defend himself.

Guns protect people, too! This is why I support our right to carry a gun and defend ourselves against the anarchy after Katrina and the mad man who walks into a school.


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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The wonderful Seekers from Australia!



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The Seekers are a folk group from Australia. They are Athol Guy, Judith Durham , Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley.

They were the first Australian band to have big success in the US and UK. 

I love their sound. 

A few years ago, The Seekers were reunited for a tour. However, Judith Durham has enjoyed a solo career as well.

We remember Willie Davis (1940-2010)

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We remember Wille Davis, who was born in Arkansas on this day in 1940.    He died in 2010.

He played most of his career with the LA Dodgers, including trips to the World Series in 1963, 1965 and 1966.      His career numbers were really rather impressive:  .279 average, 2,561 hits, 1,217 runs scored, 396 doubles and 1,053 RBI.

Davis holds a lot of LA Dodgers records:  career hits (2091), runs (1004), triples (110), at bats (7495), total bases (3094) and extra base hits (585).

And he had a 31-game hit streak in 1969, also tops in LA Dodgers history.

Davis was a magnificent outfielder as well and huge fan favorite.

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Tax day with George Harrison


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It is remarkable but the top 20% pay 95% of the federal income taxes.

Question # 1: What about the 80%?

Question # 2: Aren't we hearing again that the GOP wants to cut taxes for the rich? Did the IRS get that memo?

We need tax reform. We need to throw out the current tax code and replace it with a national sales tax or something that requires everybody, including the "yes we can" screamers, to pay taxes.

In other words, the US should be more like Texas!

No income taxes! 


Here is "Taxman" by The Beatles!


Saturday, April 14, 2007

1964: Leaving Cuba...............with Orestes Matacena


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April 14, 1865: President Lincoln shot in the evening




On April 14, 1865, AP correspondent Lawrence A. Gobright filed a report that Pres Lincoln had been shot. 

Later, he reported that Pres Lincoln had died early in the morning of April 15th!

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April 14, 1912: The Titanic hit the iceberg around midnight


The amazing tragedy of The Titanic began on on this day in 1912.  

Around midnight, the ship hit an iceberg and you know the rest of the story.   Sadly, many passengers were lost in the cold waters of the North Atlantic.  Some did survive and related their accounts later.
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