Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We remember Don Mincher (1938-2012)

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We remember Don Mincher, who was born on this day in 1938.     He died in 2012.

Don had a good baseball career:  .249 average, 200 HR & 646 RBI in 1,400 games with the old Senators who became the Twins in 1961, Angels, the Pilots who became the Brewers in 1970, the Senators who became the Rangers in 1972 and finally the A's.    

In 1965, Don played first for the AL champ Twins and hit 23 HR with 65 RBI.    He hit a HR off Don Drysdale & Sandy Koufax in the '65 Series. 

He is also remembered for this:
On June 9, 1966, Mincher was part of baseball history again when he was one of five Twins who hit home runs in one inning, an American League record. The Kansas City Athletics were the victims; the others besides Mincher to go deep in the seventh inning that day were Rich Rollins, Tony Oliva, Zoilo Versalles, and Harmon Killebrew.
A few years ago, I reconnected with those '65 Twins by reading Jim Thielman's "Cool in the evening".   He wrote the book in 2005 or the 40th anniversary of that wonderful team that lost to the LA Dodgers in 7 games.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

June 1970: "The Long and Winding Road" or the last # 1 by The Beatles

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"The Long and Winding Road" turned out to be the last single released by the group.

There were other singles in the 1970's, such "Got to get you into my life" and "A day in the life".   However, those were old songs reissued for one reason or another.

It was "The long and winding road", with "For you blue" on the B-side, that was the last hit by the legendary band.      It reached # 1 on Billboard in June.

Later, a "Naked version" without Phil Spector's strings and choir, was also released.     Frankly, it was a lot better but we did not hear it until almost 30 years later.

You can get the LP HERE.    The so called "Naked version" HERE.    

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Friday, June 06, 2008

We remember Levi Stubbs (1936-2008)

We remember Levi Stubbs who was born in Detroit on this day in 1936.  He died in 2008.

In the heyday of Top 40 radio, the DJ's featured something called "the battle of the bands".

It was one group against another, say The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones.

I always had real trouble picking a favorite when it was The Temptations vs The Four Tops.   I loved both their music so much.

It's still hard to pick a favorite from The Four Tops.   I loved their music and Levi Stubb's vocals.

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Our friend Bob Jagers, World War II veteran, passed away the first week of 
April 2021.  He was born in Chicago in 1922 and was there on D-Day 1944.

We recorded this show in 2014:  
D-DAY MEMORIES WITH BOB JAGERS PLUS BILL KATZ OF URGENT AGENDA.........Listen in now at http://t.co/gnALPlecvj. #BlogTalkRadio

Sunday, June 01, 2008

June 2008: Ken Griffey, Jr. hit # 600!

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Back in June 2008, Ken Griffey joined Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays and Sosa in the 600 HR club.    (A-Rod got there later)

Griffey stayed away from controversy but not injuries.   Wonder how many more home runs he would have hit?  He hit 408 home runs in first 11 seasons with Seattle but only 222 over the next 10 years with Cincinnati, Chicago and then back to the Mariners for a season.

I remember how popular he was in the late 1990's when every kid wanted to wear #24 or Griffey's number.

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