Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy # 87 Camilo Pascual

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The great Camilo Pascual was born in La Habana, or Havana Cuba, on this day in 1934. 

As a young kid, my favorite Cuban baseball player was Camilo Pascual.  He pitched most his career for the original Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

As a Senator, Pascual pitched for very bad teams.   It got better when the team moved to Minnesota and the Twins became a perennial contender with a young Harmon Killebrew, power hitter Bob Allison,  the very good lefty Jim Kaat and fellow Cubans Tony Oliva & Zoilo Versalles.

His numbers were great with the Twins:   20-11 in 1962 and 20-9 in 1963.     He led the league in strikeouts 3 years in a row.  In other words, he was one of the best right handed pitchers in baseball.

Overall, he won 176 games with a very good 3.63 career ERA.    He would have easily won 230 games with a better team!

We say happy birthday to one of my heroes.    I don't know what Camilo is doing these days.   I read a few years ago that he was scouting for the Twins in Latin America.

Happy birthday to the great Camilo.   I hope that you really enjoy your birthday!

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1966: Ted Williams elected to The Hall of Fame

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The great Ted Williams was selected to the Hall of Fame on this day in 1966.   

He was probably the greatest hitter in history.  His numbers must take into consideration military service in World War II and Korea:  .344 career batting average, a .482 On Base Average, 2,654 hits, 2,021 walks, 521 HR and 1,839 RBI.   

Williams hit .406 in 1941, the last hitter to do so, and flirted again in 1957 with .388!

Williams was a bit temperamental with fans and the media.   However, there was not a better hitter once the game started.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

2009: A little thanks to Pres. Bush!

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Jules Crittenden was the Boston Herald city editor and columnist. He has reported on politics, crime, science, maritime matters, foreign affairs and conflict in the United States, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East.

After Obama defeated McCain, Crittenden looked at the world in 2008 and compared it with 2001.    

Without doubt, Crittenden was right that President Bush left us in a better position around the world than we were in when he came into office
"As the transition progresses and Barack Obama's inauguration draws closer, it's a good moment to mull the gifts George W. Bush has left for the incoming president.

Bush has made the world a better place, and if Obama wants to do the same, he will take the good things Bush has done and move forward with them."
We say thank you to President Bush for making all of those tough calls.

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1961: President Eisenhower's farewell address

President Eisenhower said goodbye on this day in 1961.    His speech came after 8 years as president and an impressive military career.   

Many remember this speech for one line about the "military industrial complex".   

Some say that his speech was misunderstood or that the line was taken out of context.   Others say that he was warning us about a corrupt relationship between government and the military industry.

What was it?   In my opinion, it was not the anti-military speech that so many in the left make it out to be, as David Greenberg pointed out.  

Overall, a good speech that should be read for what it said, i.e. spend wisely and watch for corruption.   

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