Thursday, February 28, 2008

1966: Remember when Koufax and Drysdale held out for spring training?



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Once upon a time or 1966, Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax held out and refused to show up for spring training.   They were both looking for a better contract.

They held out for 32 days and signed eventually for $ 130,000 (Koufax) and $ 105,000 (Drysdale).

They Dodgers won 97 games and the NL pennant but lost to the Orioles in the World Series later that year.  

Koufax was great:  27-9 with a 1.73 ERA & 27 complete games.   On the other hand, Drysdale was a bit off form:  13-16 with a 3.42 ERA.   


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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

We remember Juan Delis and the 1955 Washington Senators

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We remember Juan Delis who was born in Santiago de Cuba on this day in 1928.  

In the 1950’s, Juan was one of many Cubans who played with The Washington Senators.    

In this photo, Juan (to the right) joined Carlos Paula, Pedro Ramos, Jose Valdivielso and Camilo Pascual in the 1955 team.   Of course, Ramos and Pascual became very successful major league pitchers.
I wrote years ago about Pascual and Ramos.
Delis was around one season as a utility infielder playing in 5 different positions.  He hit .189 in 54 games.    He played with Marianao in Cuba and in Mexico’s Pacific Coast League.
We don’t remember Juan as a star player but he was an inspiration to many others who played later.     Delis came along at a time when there were only 16 major league teams.   In other words, it was a lot more difficult to make a major league team before expansion.
Delis died in Cuba in 2003.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

We remember Fats Domino (1928-2017)


We remember  Antoine Domino, the great Fats Domino who was born in New Orleans on this day in 1928.   He died in 2017 at age 89.   

He was one of the early rockers and best entertainers ever.   Some of his hits were:   "Blue Monday", “Blueberry Hill” , “Ain’t that a shame” and "Walking to New Orleans".     

You have to check out one of his many hits.


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We remember Johnny Cash (1932-2003)

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Like many of you, I learned a lot about Johnny Cash from that film "I walk the line".    It probably introduced a lot of young people to his career and songbook.

Cash was born on this day in 1932 and died in 2003.   

Cash was was one of the great male vocalists of the 20th century.   His style and voice were unique.     He hung around with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in the early days of Sun Records and rock and roll.

Check out a Johnny Cash today song today.   There are many to pick from.

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1993: The first World Trade Center attack


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On this day in 1993, a terrorist bomb exploded in a World Trade Center parking lot in New York City.   It left a crater 60 feet wide and caused the collapse of several steel-reinforced concrete floors in the vicinity of the blast.   Six people were killed and 1,000 injured. 

We remind you that this attack happened 10 years before the US invaded Iraq.


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Monday, February 25, 2008

We remember George Harrison (1943-2001)


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George Harrison was born in Liverpool on this day in 1943 and died on November 29, 2001.   He had been battling cancer for a few years.

George was part of the group from the early days.  He added a few songs to the group's repertoire over the years but his biggest contribution was playing a great lead guitar and singing background vocals.

He did sing or write some tunes, such as "Something" and "Here comes the sun".

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We remember Ron Santo (1940-2010)


We remember that Ron Santo was born on this day in 1940.   

He began his career with the Cubs in 1960 at age 20.   From that debut to his retirement in 1974, he put together some great numbers:   .277 career batting average, 342 HR, 2,254 hits & 1,331 RBI.

From 1963 to 1970, Santo averaged 29 HR and 106 RBI.   He also led the NL in walks 4 times and won 5 Gold Gloves for his defensive work at third base.

Sadly, he died in 2010 and did not live to see his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2012.


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Sunday, February 24, 2008

1965: The Beatles started working on "Help" this week

Help! (1965) Retrospective Review | The Film MagazineThe Beatles made two movies in a year.    They started filming "Help" in the Bahamas this week in 1965.   

The first one ("A hard day's night") was basically the group on tour. 

The second one ("Help") was a bit of a spy story.   The story saw The Beatles on the beaches of the Caribbean and skying in the Alps.   There was a lot of music in between!

The Beatles' movies were great and I still enjoy them a lot.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

1945: The Marines at Mt Suribachi

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75 years ago, the battle of Iwo Jima was in full force.  

Taking the island of Iwo Jima was essential to the Pacific strategy.   

The island became an important post for future B-29 bombing missions against the Japanese mainland.
  
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Washington, the greatest American!



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Dr. Peter A. Lillback, author and educator, wrote a book about George Washington, the greatest man in US history.

Mr. Lillback is concerned that our kids are not learning enough about Washington. He fears that political correctness is hurting Washington's place in history.

In my view, George Washington was the indispensable figure in the early days of US history. He led the rebels, served as the first president and left power gracefully after two terms. He did it all with the upmost integrity.

What more can we learn about this man?   A lot more:







A word about Sparky Anderson (1934-2010)


The great Sparky Anderson died in 2010.   He was born on this day in 1934 and inducted to The Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Sparky managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970's and then Detroit until the mid-90's.

Anderson led Cincinnati to 4 NL pennants and the series in 1975 & 1976.   He led the Tigers to a series win in 1984 & AL East title in 1987.  He was one of the most successful managers ever: .545 winning pct!

And a wonderful baseball analyst in post season baseball.   He worked on radio and TV.    I specifically remember his radio work in the 1983 World Series.

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Why do we love George Washington?

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We remember another of George Washington's birthdays. 

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man: and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.

He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?
 
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We remember President George Washington (1732-99)


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We remember another of George Washington's birthdays.

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.   
Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.  He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

Washington was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the example of George Washington?

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

1972: President Nixon and the China moment

Who remembers Air Force One landing in China this week in 1972?  What a photo.  What a TV image for those who remember that day.

We celebrate another anniversary of President Nixon's trip to China

It is still one of the most incredible presidential trips in US history.  Can you think of another one more unexpected or revolutionary?

President Nixon built his career as an anti-communist and strong supporter of the US military superiority.  He was the last person in the world that any would have expected to go to China and shake Mao's hand.

Well, he did and changed international relations.  

His visit to China also created the political phrase or the "Nixon to China" moment.  It became a phrase to describe a presidential move that went against conventional wisdom.

Pres. Nixon's motives were to improve relations with China and divide the two communist superpowers.  He also understood the potential of China, diplomatically and economically.   Eventually, we developed our relationship with China but kept strong ties with Taiwan with care and diplomacy.

Today, China is an emerging superpower with a billion people and lots of challenges.  Time will tell whether China will continue to grow or blow up from within.  Again, time will tell.

Nevertheless, it was an amazing moment this week in 1972.

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1972: The 'Nixon to China' moment

On this day in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon made history by landing in China. 

It was the story of the year and one of the most interesting foreign-policy decisions of the post-war period.  After all, who would have believed that anti-communist Nixon would shake hands with Mao?

President Nixon's move paved the way for the China of today. In other words, cars instead of bicycles and skyscrapers instead of simple buildings. It also contributed to the outsourcing of thousands of manufacturing jobs, i.e. "Made in China" is everywhere!  

The jury is still out on just how much the U.S. got out of this arrangement.   Nevertheless, as Seth Mandel wrote a couple of years ago, President Nixon left us with a great expression, or  ".....any major politician’s rebuke to his ideological compatriots, no matter how superficial, is a “Nixon-to-China moment.”"

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

1945: Marines invaded Iwo Jima


On this day in 1945, the US Marines landed at Iwo Jima.   The island was eventually turned into an airfield and played a huge factor in the bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.

A few years ago, I watched: Flag of our Fathers.   It is a good movie and it shows the cruelty of war as well as the bond among soldiers.

You can get the book that inspired the movie.
 
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

We remember Wally Pipp (1893-1965)

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Wally Pipp was born in Chicago on this day in 1893.   He broke with Detroit in 1913 and traded to Yankees in 1915.   

Pipp put up some great power numbers in the pre-home run era:     .281 batting average, 1,941 hits, 311 doubles, 149 triples, 90 HR & 1,004 RBI in 1,872 games.

And then Lou Gehrig came into the picture.   

On June 2, 1925, Pipp took a day off and was replaced by young Gehrig.  

We know the rest of the story:  Gehrig played every game until 1939!

During World War II, Pipp worked at a plant that manufactured B-24 bombers in Michigan.   Later, he worked for the Rockford Screw Products Corporation, selling screws and bolts to the major automotive companies in the Detroit/Grand Rapids area.

He died in 1965.

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Feb 17, 1904: "Madame Butterfly" made its debut in Milan


Friday, February 15, 2008

Remember the Maine one more time

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It was one of the first lessons of Cuban history that we learned in school.
The Maine blew up in Havana’s harbor on February 15, 1898.
This is from the front page of The NY Times the next day:      
At 9:45 o’clock this evening a terrible explosion took place on board the United States battleship Maine in Havana Harbor.
Many persons were killed or wounded. All the boats of the Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII. are assisting.
As yet the cause of the explosion is not apparent. The wounded sailors of the Maine are unable to explain it. It is believed that the battleship is totally destroyed.
The explosion shook the whole city. The windows were broken in nearly all the houses.
The correspondent of the Associated Press says he has conversed with several of the wounded sailors and understands from them that the explosion took place while they were asleep, so that they can give no particulars as to the cause.
The Maine explosion led to the US-Spanish War and the eventual independence of Cuba in 1902.
In 1976, a US Navy investigation concluded that the Maine explosion was likely caused by a fire that ignited its ammunition stocks, not by a Spanish mine or act of sabotage.
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A few books about Presidents' Day



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It's Presidents' Day! 

So let's check out a couple of books about the presidents:

1. "The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It" by Richard Hofstadter (Knopf, 1948)

2. "George Washington: Man and Monument" by Marcus Cunliffe (Little, Brown, 1958).

3. "Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation" by Merrill D. Peterson (Oxford, 1970).


4. "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald (Simon & Schuster, 1995).

5. "Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox" by James MacGregor Burns (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1956).

Let me say this. I have not read these 5 books.    I will make it a point to do so.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

A little romance: History's most intriguing couples

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

2017: Valentine's Day Leslie Eastman and Barry Jacobsen.

Happy Valentine's Day 2020: Romantic wishes, SMS, Quotes ...
2017: Valentine's Day Leslie Eastman and Barry Jacobsen....... https://t.co/3jHpUM59fl

2015: Valentine's Day Show with Leslie and friends




Valentine's Day 2019 with Leslie Eastman & Aaron Clarey


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Valentine's Day with Leslie Eastman & Aaron Clarey 02/14 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guests: Leslie Eastman and Aaron Clarey......We will look at the issues of the day....... and other stories.......click to listen:






2014: "ICONS OF LOVE" for Valentine's Day



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Valentine's Day 2020 with Leslie Eastman


Valentine's Day 2020 with Leslie Eastman 02/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection....... We will be discussing Valentine's Day 2020 and other stories......click to listen:


Love & romance along the ancient Nile with Leslie Eastman & Dr Eric Wells

Guests:  Leslie Eastman, editor of Temple of Mut, joins us for a review of love and romance along the ancient land of The Nile......she will introduce us to Dr. Eric Wells, editor of Eric's Guide to ancient Egypt....this is what Leslie wrote about it:
"As Valentine’s Day was just a couple of days ago, we will be reviewing love and romance in ancient Egypt.  I suspect many of you will be surprised by how seriously the Egyptian’s took their passion."
Click to listen:

2014: "The Vikings" with Leslie Eastman & friends

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Remembering President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


President Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809.

We will have many celebrations across the land.   Lincoln was a great man.  The Lincoln monument was the highlight of my visit to DC many years ago.

It's hard to pick a favorite quote from Lincoln. I like this one from the 2nd inaugural speech, about a month before his assassination:    


"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

1964: The Beatles arrived in New York

It was many years ago today....that The Beatles landed in New York to begin their US tour and appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.

On the pop charts, The Beatles had the #1 song on Billboard from February 1 to May 2.    They called it "Beatlemania"!

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Happy # 83 Max Alvis

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Who was the Milwaukee Brewers' starting third baseman on April 7, 1970, or the first game in the team's history?

The answer is Max Alvis, who was born in Jasper, TX on this day in 1938.

Alvis played 8 seasons with Cleveland and then was traded to Milwaukee for the 1970 season.    

He hit 99 HR over a 5-year span with the Indians.     

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Friday, February 01, 2008

1975: The Carpenters and "Please Mr. Postman" was # 1 this week


"Please Mr. Postman" has actually been around for some time.    It was a # 1 song for The Marvelettes, then by The Beatles and finally this version by The Carpenters.

It is now available in a digital format.      It was originally released in the "Horizon" album, also available in a digital format.

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