Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We remember Grant Jackson (1942-2021)

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We remember Grant Jackson who was born in Florida on this day in 1942 and died February 2021.

Jackson broke with the Phillies in 1965.    He had a very good year in 1969:  14-18 with 13 Complete games, a 3.38 ERA and 180 K's.    

In 1971, Grant was traded to the Orioles and Earl Weaver turned him into a bullpen specialist.   He saved 12 games for the AL East champions in 1974.     

In 1977, Jackson went to the Pirates and continued his great work out of the bullpen.   

He played for Pittsburgh when they beat Baltimore in the 1979 World Series.   In fact, he won game 7 and retired 7 Orioles to keep the Pirates in the game.   

A great pitcher and very nice man as well.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 26, 1969: "Abbey Road" by The Beatles released in the US

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The Beatles recorded "Abbey Road" in the spring and summer of 1969. It was eventually released in September 1969 in the UK and a week later in the US.

Abbey Road was special because of Side 2, or the medley.  

How successful was Abbey Road?    
It included 2 of George Harrison's finest songs:  "Something" and "Here comes the sun".  

John Lennon had "Come together" and the very long "I want you she's so heavy" that goes on forever.     

Ringo had "Octupus' garden", maybe his best composition.    

And Paul had several lead vocals.

Rolling Stone magazine named it the 14th greatest album of all time.....which is probably right!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

We remember Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007)

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We remember Phil Rizzuto, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1917.  Phil was born in the New York area and got to play shortstop with great Yankee teams. 

His teammates included Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra, played for the legendary Casey Stengel and got to watch young Mickey Mantle break into baseball. (Hall of Famer was Yankees All-Star shortstop, broadcaster)

Like many others of his generation, Rizutto served in the military during WW2.

After baseball, Phil called over 1,000 games on radio and TV.

What a great life!   Rizutto was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.

Last, but not least, Rizzuto played with the 1949-53 Yankees or the team that won the Series 5 years in a row.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Remembering Linda McCartney (1941-1998)

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For years, I caught a local radio show about The Beatles.  It was full of details about their songs and personal lives.

Linda McCartney was born in New York City on this day in 1941.  She died in 1998 after almost 30 years of marriage to Paul McCartney.  It stands as one of the most successful and enduring marriages in pop music.  

We grew up with Paul, Linda and all of those McCartney kids running around in the farm.

You can hear her voice in some Wings' songs.   Her greatest contribution was being a great wife and mother.

We remember Gerry Marsden (1942-2021)

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Gerry Marsden was born in Liverpool, England in 1942.     He was a contemporary of John Lennon & Paul McCartney in the local music scene.  He died in January 2021.

Gerry and the Pacemakers had hits in the UK and then came over with The Beatles during the so called "British Invasion" of 1964-65.     Some of their hits were "How Do You Do It," "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey".

The group faded in 1966 but they were a big favorite in oldies radio and concerts in the US.   

They had a great sound.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

1957: Hank Aaron HR gives Milwaukee its first NL pennant

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From 1954 until 1976, Hank Aaron was one of the best players in baseball.    He was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

In 1957, Aaron led the Braves to the NL pennant.    On this day, he hit the extra inning HR at County Stadium to clinch it.     

The "walk off" was one of the greatest moments in Milwaukee baseball history.   A few weeks later, Milwaukee beat New York in the World Series and it was quite a celebration:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We remember Tommy Lasorda (1927-2021)

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Thomas Charles Lasorda was born in Norristown, PA, on this day in 1927 and died in January 2021.

Lasorda broke with the Dodgers in 1954 and played a couple of seasons.   His overall record was 0-4.

We remember him as the manager of the Dodgers:  1,599 wins, World Series champs in 1981 & 1988, NL champs in 1977 & 1978 plus NL West divisional champs in 1983 & 1985.

Lasorda was one of the game's greatest ambassadors.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Memories of The Beatles in Dallas

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It's 2014 and we are remembering the 50th anniversary of "Beatlemania" in the US and Dallas was no exception.

On September 18, 1964, The Beatles played in Dallas, as Robert Willonski reports in The Dallas Morning News:
"Jan Howes, who was 10 at the time but already deeply in love with The Beatles, did not see the band when it played Dallas on Sept. 18, 1964, but her father did.It was, after all, his job: John Mazziotta was chief photographer at the Dallas Times Herald, assigned to cover John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from Love Field arrival to Memorial Auditorium blastoff."
Mr Mazziotta's photos will go on auction soon and the world will get to see them!  It's a cool Dallas memory of the one and only visit by The Beatles to Dallas. 

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Friday, September 17, 2010

1955: Brooks Robinson got his first 2 hits

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On this day in 1955,  Brooks Robinson went 2 for 4 in his major league debut against Washington.      He was 18 and would go on to play the next 22 seasons in Baltimore.    Robinson won the 1964 AL MVP, the 1970 World Series MVP and Hall of Fame 1983.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

We remember Peter, Paul & Mary

The wonder Peter, Paul and Mary are still my favorite folk music trio.

Mary Travers had a beautiful voice and it blended so well with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey. They were the soft alternative to The Rolling Stones and Jimmi Hendrix. Their lyrics were thoughtful and easy to understand.

PP&M recorded many albums and songs like Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the wind" or John Denver's "Leaving on a jet plane".

I love their songs......

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Remembering Buddy Holly! (1936-1959)

The late Buddy Holly was born September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. He is also buried there.

Buddy, along with Richie Valens ("La Bamba") and The Big Bopper, died in a plane crash in 1959.

Most of us learned of Buddy Holly's life because of Don McClean's "American Pie", a song that told the story of the day that Buddy Holly was killed.

He was only 22, a big recording star with huge hits: "That'll be the day", "Oh Boy", "True love ways", "Maybe baby" and "Heartbeat".
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