Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Happy # 71 Mike Hargrove

Mike Hargrove, known as "The Human Rain Delay", was born in Perryton, Texas on this day in 1949.      

Mike broke with the Rangers in 1974, hit .323 and named Rookie of the Year.   Mike had a great eye and walked 965 over 13 seasons.   He retired with a .290 batting average and a .396 OBP.   

After playing, Hargrove became the Indians manager in 1991.   He won 2 AL pennants in 1995 & 1997 and made the post season in 1996, 1998 & 1999.    

Overall, he won 1,188 in 16 seasons with Cleveland, Baltimore and Seattle.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Remembering Ellie Greenwich (1940-2009)


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As we wrote a few years ago, Ellie Greenwich died in 2006.   She was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1940.

Along with her husband Jeff Barry, they wrote a bunch of pop songs in the 1960's, such as "Be my baby" and "Chapel of love".  Ellen Greenwich was a big part of the "girl groups" era of pop-rock music. Her songs were generally about girls singing of love and that man of their dreams! (Again, great songs that still sound great!)

She was inducted in The Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1991.


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We remember Jim Bunning (1931-2017)

We remember US Senator and Hall of Famer Jim Bunning.   He was born on this day in 1931 and died in 2017.

Bunning broke with the Detroit Tigers in 1955.   He won 118 games over 9 seasons in Detroit.  He moved to Philadelphia in 1964 and won 89 games.   Overall, Bunning won 224, or 118 in the AL and 106 in the NL.

His best season was 20-8 & 2.69 ERA in 1957.      He did not pitch for a lot of winning teams and or miss a start in 11 years.    

Bunning was perfect on June 21, 1964, also Father's Day, in a 6-0 victory against the New York Mets.   In 1958, he threw a no-hitter for Detroit on July 20, 1958, against Boston, winning 3-0.

In 1996, Bunning was inducted into The Hall of Fame.    He was also elected to the US Senate from Kentucky.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

We remember Chuck Berry (1926-2017)


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We remember Chuck Berry who was born on this day in 1926!   Berry died in March 2017.

Chuck Berry was a huge influence and the "author" of those rock guitar riffs that we grew up listening to!

His songs were covered by everyone, from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones to every garage band from coast to coast.

We are delighted to remember a real American legend, the one and only Chuck Berry!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Memories of Mark Holtz (1942-97) on the radio


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Maybe I'm old fashioned but baseball is best on the radio.  Of course, I like to watch the games on TV but a good radio announcer is still my favorite.

Mark Holtz was born in October 1942 and passed away in 1997.   He was added to the Rangers' Hall of Fame a few years ago.   Holtz was the radio voice of the Rangers from 1982 until 1997, or when he died of cancer.

Holtz made a very bad team interesting.   Mark had terrible Rangers' teams for much of his broadcasting career.    Yet, it was fun to turn on the radio at 7 PM and hear Mark introduce the starting lineup.

Sadly, Holtz passed away and was not around for the '98 and '99 division titles or the back to back trips to The World Series in 2010 and 2011.   


Holtz did broadcast the '96 season, including the Friday night pennant clincher, the first one in team history.   The Rangers clinched in the 10th inning of the 160th game when the news came in that Oakland had beaten Seattle. It was pure joy to hear Mark Holtz say that the Rangers were the AL West champs for '96. It was just great!

I remember 3 of Mark's greatest radio calls:

First, it was Nolan Ryan's 6th no hitter in Oakland. ("The Ryan Express has done it again"....screamed Holtz as the team mobbed Ryan)

Second, Ryan's 7th no hitter. ("He struck him out swinging" was the last line of the game)

Third, Kenny Rogers' perfect game from the summer of '94.

Holtz was not smooth like Vince Scouly but he was great.




Thursday, October 14, 2010

We remember President Eisenhower (1890-1969)




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We remember President Dwight D Eisenhower, who was born in Denison, TX on this day in 1890.  He died in 1969.

Eisenhower turned out to be one of the most consequential men of the 20th century.   
First, he led the Allied Forces in World War II.     Second, he was elected the 34th President of the US, 1953-61.

Ike remains one of the most popular presidents ever.




Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1845: A little history of Texas


As we teach our kids in Texas, our state has a long history going back to Mexico, the independent republic of Texas to the current state of Texas.

Here is a little history for you:
"On this day in 1845, a majority of the citizens of the independent Republic of Texasapprove a proposed constitution, that when accepted by the Congress, will make Texas the 28th American state.........."
So that's the rest of the story, as a famous radio host used to say.   By the way, the Michener book about Texas is interesting.
 
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We remember Joe Morgan (1943-2020)


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We lost Joe Morgan, another member of The Baseball Hall of Fame.  He was 77.

Morgan was born in California in 1943 and broke with the expansion Houston Colt-45 in 1961 now the Astros.   He was traded to the Reds before the 1972 season and enjoyed incredible success:   MVP 1975 & 1976.    In 1990, Morgan was selected for The Hall of Fame:  2,517 hits, 1,650 runs scored, 268 home runs, 689 stolen bases and 1,865 walks!

Without question, one of the best second basemen in the game's history.  After baseball, he turned into a fabulous baseball TV analyst.   We will always his leadership role with The Big Red Machine:

We remember Eddie Matthews 1931-2001

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We remember Eddie Matthews who was born in Texas on this day in 1931.  Eddie broke with the Braves in 1952 and became one of the premiere power hitters of the National League.   He won two HR titles and played third base with the Milwaukee Braves.   Matthews & Aaron hit 863 HR's as teammates!

He retired with 512 HR and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978.







Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1997: Hard to believe that John Denver was killed so many years ago


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It's hard to believe but John Denver was killed in a plane crash on this day in 1997. 

Where has the time gone?

John Denver came up as a folk singer and composer.

His big chance came in 1969 when Peter Paul & Mary recorded "Leaving on a jet plane".       Denver 
jumped on the opportunity and released a string hits of the 1970's, such as “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” and “Calypso”.

His unique sound created a following on Top 40, country and folk radio stations.    

Denver faded a bit in the 1980's although his concerts still attracted huge crowds.   He always had a huge following because his songs are timeless.



October 1969: "Paul is dead" or so they said


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The good and bad news is that I remember all of the controversy in school.   It started on the radio and some college newspapers.   Later, it was on our local stations and even the subject of classroom chatter.
   
The headline was that Paul McCartney had died in a car accident and buried in a secret grave.     It allegedly happened in that long period of silence between the last tour date in San Francisco and Sgt. Pepper's in early 1967.

The next part was that The Beatles had clues on their LP covers and even messages hidden in songs like "Strawberry Fields Forever" and that horrible track called "Revolution # 9" from The White Album.

Like most crazy things, it got out of control and got silly crazy.    Eventually, LIFE sent reporters to the UK to look for Paul.    They found him, recently married to Linda and living in a farm up in Scotland.    And then all of a sudden Paul was alive and well.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Remember The Ronettes!




The Ronettes were my favorites of the "girl groups" in pop music.

They were Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett, her sister Estelle, and cousin Nedra Talley.

The girls grew up in New York and had huge hits, such as "Be my baby".  They had great harmonies, unusual hair and very good looks!

So let's remember The Ronettes with "Be my baby" and "Walkin' in the rain".

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We remember Whitey Ford (1928-2020)

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We remember Whitey Ford who was born in Astoria, New York, in 1928 and died in 2020.    He was known as "The Chairman of the Board" when he pitched for the mighty Yankees, 1950-67.

Ford pitched in 11 World Series for New York:  10-8 & 2.71 ERA.   Overall, he was 236-106 with an amazing career ERA of 2.75!

Ford was selected to The Hall of Fame in 1974.   He was the ace of some of the greatest Yankee teams ever.   His teammates included Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris and others.

And a great gentleman as well: 




Saturday, October 09, 2010

"Julia" and more John Lennon memories!


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A couple days ago, we posted about John Lennon and his songs.

Of course, John was killed in December 1980 outside his New York City apartment.

We remember a great song from The Beatles' White Album.

This is "Julia", a song about his mother who was killed in an accident when John was a teenager.

Here is that song about Julia, his mother, and Aunt Mimi, who became very close to him.

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(Lennon/McCartney)
Half of what I say is meaningless
But I say it just to reach you, Julia
Julia, Julia, oceanchild, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Her hair of floating sky is shimmering,
glimmering In the sun
Julia, Julia, morning moon, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
When I cannot sing my heart
I can only speak my mind, Julia
Julia, sleeping sand, silent cloud, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Hum hum hum hum... calls me
So I sing a song of love for Julia, Julia, Julia"

October 9, 1940: We remember John Lennon


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We remember that John Lennon was born on this day in Liverpool in 1940.  

Once in a while, I check out a Beatles' song with John doing the lead vocals.     Let me tell you about two of my favorites:

"Strawberry Fields Forever" gets better with age.   It is a song about his childhood in Liverpool.

 "Dear Prudence", from the "White Album", is about their trip to India in 1968.

They are both great songs and wonderful reminders of John Lennon.

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We remember John Lennon (1940-80)

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John Lennon was born in Liverpool on this day in 1940.   He met Paul in 1957 and the rest is musical history.  

Incredibly, John was killed in 1980.    I guess that I must be getting old because I remember that night like it was yesterday.

Click here for "In my life" from Rubber Soul, a song about people who have passed.  It's a good one to remember John today.

A few years ago, his first wife Cynthia wrote about John.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

1966: Jim Palmer the youngest to pitch a World Series shutout


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On this day in 1966, Jim Palmer became the youngest pitcher to throw a World Series shutout.  Palmer was only 20.

On the other side, Sandy Koufax started his last game ever.  He retired shortly after the Series.

The Orioles swept LA.  Overall, they won 4 AL pennants and 2 World Series titles over 6 years.

Palmer won 268 games and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1990.   After baseball, he had a great career as a TV baseball analyst:


Monday, October 04, 2010

October 1962: The Beatles and their first recording in the UK!



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Over in the UK, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and new drummer Ringo Starr released their first 45 rpm single.    


According to news reports, The Beatles recorded the song in the summer.   It was followed by Brian Epstein's aggressive marketing campaign in Liverpool.    He promoted the 45 at his store and the group's local fans.

It got to #17 in the UK.....not bad for a group's first recording!  Two years later, it hit # 1 in the US when it was released as part of The Beatles' pop chart avalanche of 1964.

The B-side was "P.S. I love you", a much better tune in my opinion.    I'm really surprised that they didn't promote this one rather than "Love me do".     It is clearly a much better song!    

The songs were included in The Beatles' first UK album.   They were subsequently released in the 1964 US "The Early Beatles" album!   

This is a nice book.  I got it from my brother a few years ago.  It makes a great gift for any Beatles' fan:

October 1966: "Good vibrations" was released by The Beach Boys

Today, we remember The Beach Boys, my favorite group after The Beatles, The Bee Gees and The Rolling Stones.

"Good vibrations" was so ahead of its time that it still sounds innovative today.   It was released in October 1966 and moved to # 1 by December!


It is rare for a "pop song" to get better with age.....this one does everyday!


It was the first single after the "Pet Sounds", or the greatest Beach Boys LP ever released in the early summer of 1966.   Over time, it became the 6th best song ever, according to Rolling Stone's Top 500 songs!  It also came in as # 24 in Songs of the Century.

"Good Vibrations" was followed by "Heroes and Villains", another one of my all time favorites.


Aren't those harmonies amazing?  Cheers for Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson and Al Jardine!   

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1977 and listening to "How deep is your love" by Bee Gees



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Back in October '77, Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb released "How deep is your love".

Two months later, the whole world was watching "Saturday Night Fever" and the rest is history.

"How deep is your love" is one of the greatest songs composed and recorded by the Brothers Gibb.   It ranks high in every one's favorite compilation of romantic tunes!

Barry sang lead and Robin & Maurice did some fabulous harmony.

No wonder it stayed in the Top 10 for 17 weeks.  It was great!


1975: The Bee Gees and "Nights on Broadway"

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"Nights on Broadway" was the second single from "Main Course", my favorite Bee Gees' album from the 1970's.

It was released in September, entered the Billboard Top 100 in early October and the US Top 10 in mid-November, or many years ago.

Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb were just spectacular in this one. This is one of their best vocal efforts ever!

Barry and Robin share the lead. Maurice is just superb in the middle with some amazing harmony.   Enjoy it because I really do!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

1968: Bob Gibson 17 K's in game 1 of the World Series


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In 1968, Bob Gibson pitched the Cardinals into the Series again but lost to Detroit.  Nevertheless, it was also a magical season for Gibson:

2) In game 1 of the Series, Gibson struck out 17 Tigers.
I remember running home from school to catch the last few pitches of this game. I missed the game but caught the last few K’s on the radio.
It was the greatest pitching performance of the 20th century because he was facing a lineup of Al Kaline, Norm Cash, Willie Horton, Bill Freehan and Jim Northrup.  The ’68 Tigers were a great team. It’s hard to believe that anyone could strike out 17 against a lineup like that.
The Tigers beat the Cards in ’68 in 7 games.   Detroit came back from a 3-1 deficit and beat Gibson in game 7.
Gibson went on to win 251 games in his career with a 2.91 ERA. He also threw 56 shutouts!   Add 255 complete games plus winning game 7 in 1964 vs New York and 1967 vs Boston!
Bob Gibson was arguably the greatest right handed pitcher of the 1960’s or at least tied with Juan Marichal for that distinction.    Marichal did not pitch in 3 World Series and that helps Gibson in this debate.
Gibson was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1981.   He is one of all my time favorites because he threw strikes and wasn’t afraid to throw inside once in a while.   In 1968, he was almost perfect:

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