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 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.




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 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.







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: 




Monday, October 04, 2010

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!

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