Friday, July 31, 2020

Obama at the Lewis funeral plus Dr. Fauci & protests and police vs Democrats

Obama at the Lewis funeral plus Dr. Fauci & protests and police vs Democrats 07/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The John Lewis funeral turned into a political show specially President Obama.....Bush vs Obama quite a contrast......Dr. Fauci and protests......Supreme Court gives Trump OK on funding wall......Police vs Democrats......The NBA and China......Curt Gowdy (1919-2006)......Milton Friedman (1912-2006).....and other stories......click to listen:


Friday’s video: Vote by mail is a problem.

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It’s hard to feel sorry for Illinois

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The pandemic has hit us hard.  In other words, I think that a little generosity is good and we should help states adversely affected by the pandemic.
Unfortunately, Illinois does not have a pandemic problem.  Of course, the pandemic has hurt but the issues are lot more complicated than blaming the virus.
It’s good to see the Chicago Tribune set the record straight:    
Why do we have such little faith in Illinois pols to manage the people’s money responsibly? Because we, like you, live here.
Since 2003, Democrats have controlled the state legislature and failed to address rising pension unfunded liabilities. That year, under Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois borrowed $10 billion and still shorted the pension funds. Lawmakers skipped full payments to the pension funds in 2006 and 2007, then borrowed again to make partial pension payments in subsequent budget years.
Even after raising income taxes 67% for four years in 2011, and after another tax hike in 2017 with GOP support, this state’s balance sheet remains a mess. We’ll ask: How is it possible to accumulate for more than a decade billions in unpaid bills and unfunded pension obligations, and still leave Springfield every May claiming to have a balanced budget?  
So we have learned: Give Illinois money, and the politicians will mismanage it. 
No kidding they will mismanage it.
Many in Illinois think that a President Biden and Congress will be more generous than a second term President Trump.  I don’t think so.  
Our next president will face a huge budget deficit and it’s hard to see how he can send billions of dollars to Illinois without throwing the economy into further recession.   
Candidate Biden may be saying what Illinois wants to hear.  Reality will be different because I don’t think that the country is in the mood to bail out corruption and obvious mismanagement.
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Happy # 75 Gary Lewis

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We say happy birthday to Gary Lewis who was born in New Jersey on this day in 1945.

His father was Jerry Lewis, one of the superstars of movies and comedy.   


In 1965, Gary formed a band and enjoyed several hits, such as "This diamond ring" a # 1 song.   All together, Gary Lewis and the Playboys had 7 Top 10 hits.

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We remember Milton Friedman (1912-2006)



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My guess is that most of you read "Free to choose" or watched the TV series.  Or, maybe you are familiar with Dr Friedman's work in Chile, the story of "The Chicago Boys" who turned that South American country into one of the best economies in the world.
 
Milton Friedman was born in 1912 and died in 2006.  Rose, his devoted wife, research partner and companion of many years, died in 2009.  They were always together and that was great too.
 
"I remember asking Milton, a year or so before his death, during one of our semiannual dinners in downtown San Francisco: What can we do to make America more prosperous? "Three things," he replied instantly. "Promote free trade, school choice for all children, and cut government spending."How much should we cut? "As much as possible.""
Thank you Mr. Friedman!  
 
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Third World leaders should read Milton Friedman (1912-2006)





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How in the world could so much of The Third Word be so poor? What a terrible mess.

How could so many rich countries be so poor?   They have some of the largest mineral and natural resources in the world.

What The Third World needs is simple capitalism. Nothing fancy just Economics 101 capitalism.

They need freedom, political and economic.

These countries need to promote private property rights, and more importantly, governments who understand the connection between the rule of law and prosperity.

Therefore, I would make the following suggestion. Every Third World leader should be required to read a book before they get another dime from the US, IMF or anybody else.

Let them pick up "Free to choose" by Milton Friedman, the same one who spearheaded the Chilean revival of the late 1970's.

These books will give these leaders a lesson on the failure of 3rd world economies.


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July 31, 1990: Nolan Ryan won # 300!

It was the evening of July 31st, 1990 and we were all watching Nolan Ryan go for # 300!

Where did the years go?   Nolan Ryan won # 300 on his second try in Milwaukee.
As I recall from the TV broadcast, Ryan got a huge ovation when he left the game in the 7th inning.   It was a classy move by the Brewers' fans.  He added no-hitter # 7 to his resume the next season!
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Read a book by Milton Friedman (1912-2006) this summer



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We would always recommend a Friedman book for summer reading.   So check out his page and look at getting one for the summer.       Here is a good one to start with:





The incredible life of Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

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Who are the most consequential men of the last 50 years?  Let me suggest President ReaganPope John Paul II and Dwight Eisenhower, the World War II general and then the consequential 34th President.

How about Milton Friedman, the greatest economist of our generation?

Friedman died in 2006.   He was born on this day in 1912.    We still miss him.

My Milton Friedman memories go back to college and the 1980 Reagan campaign.

First, he wrote that great book "Free to choose".   It became a TV series and many of us learned a lot by watching it.

Second, he was the leader of the "Chicago Boys" who fixed Chile after Pinochet overthrew Allende.

Friedman was a consequential man.  He left us a lot of books, essays. documentaries and a wonderful foundation for future generations!

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Words of wisdom from Milton Friedman (1912-2006)


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Let's remember Milton Friedman: "Friedman's Sampler" is a summary of Milton Friedman quotes over the years. They are priceless and relevant today.

On taxes:
"To summarize, deficits are bad--but not because they necessarily raise interest rates. They are bad because they encourage political irresponsibility. They enable our representatives in Washington to buy votes at our expense without having to vote explicitly for taxes to finance the largesse. The result is a bigger government and a poorer nation. That is why I favor a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the budget and limit taxation." (from "The Taxes Called Deficits," April 24, 1984)
On freedom:
"It is important to emphasize that economic arrangements play a dual role in the promotion of a free society. On the one hand, "freedom" in economic arrangements itself a component of freedom broadly understood, so "economic freedom" is an end in itself to a believer in freedom. In the second place, economic freedom is also an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom. . . . " (from "Capitalism and Freedom: Why and How the Two Ideas Are Mutually Dependent," May 17, 1961)
The flat tax:
"The only way we are ever likely to get it is if there is a drive for a constitutional convention to repeal the 16th Amendment (which gives Congress the power to tax income) and replace it with one mandating a flat-rate tax. However, I regret that that is not an immediate prospect." (from "Why a Flat Tax Is Not Politically Feasible," March 30, 1995)
Let me say it again. Milton Friedman was a consequential voice in promoting freedom and free markets. 

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1978: Pete Rose reached # 44

Pete Rose got to # 44, or the second longest streak since Joe DiMaggio got to 56 in 1941.   He singled off of Phil Niekro.  

Willie Keeler had 44 in 1897-98 but foul balls didn't count as strikes.

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We remember Curt Gowdy (1919-2006)

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We remember Curt Gowdy who was born in Wyoming on this day in 1919.

A few days ago, I caught an audio clip of Curt Gowdy doing a World Series game many years ago.    What a treat to hear that voice again!

Most of us grew up watching the NBC Saturday afternoon baseball game of the week and listening to Gowdy's voice.   I recall many World Series games, too.  He was also the voice of Super Bowl I and the famous Heidi game, when NBC cut off the Jets-Raiders game to broadcast the Disney movie.

In '84, Gowdy was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.    Curt Gowdy died in 2006.   He was a gem calling baseball and football.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Illinois problems plus bad GDP numbers and COVID has consumed all political talk

Illinois problems plus bad GDP numbers and COVID has consumed all political talk 07/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

We should not bail out corupt and mismanaged states like Illinois....COVID has wiped out any conversation or comparison about Trump vs Biden....Portland on its own and that's bad news for Democrats running state....Big and expected GDP drop......Trader Joe's stands up to the mob.....RIP Herman Cain.....
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Thursday’s video: Illinois should not get a bailout





A few thoughts about AG Barr at the House

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No need for Hollywood to do a modern version of Martin and Lewis’ crazy movie titled Scared Stiff.   We saw a great version of it on TV yesterday.
Like most of you, I have a life and responsibilities and could not watch the entire “Barr at the House show.” I caught most of it later thanks to video clips, social media messages and reading my favorite sources, such as John Hinderaker who nailed it:   
We are approaching a very weird election in which one of our major parties is taking a stand in favor of rioting, looting, arson, destruction of federal property, and violent attacks on law enforcement. The Democrats seem to think that this is a winning formula. If it is, our republic is doomed. While we may be in deep trouble, I don’t think we are that far gone yet.
One more thing: perhaps the only non-rhetorical question in today’s hearing came from Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell: “Do you commit to not release the Durham report before the election?” Barr’s answer: “No.” Obamagate is the reason why the Democrats undertook to demonize Attorney General Barr before he was even sworn in. 
Yes, the Democrats were panicky defensive at the hearing.  They fear the Durham Report and what indictments may be coming.  I got the impression that many Democrats know that AG Barr has a surprise coming and they can’t stand the suspense.   
So destroy the messenger, or more accurately, make a fool of yourself trying, as they did in this hearing.
They fear the left because of primary challenges.  They know that primary challenges can take out veteran Democrats, such as Representative Joe Crowley and Representative Eliot Engle.  
They fear that African Americans and Hispanics may support President Trump in larger numbers than they did in 2016.  Some polls suggest that enthusiasm for Biden is not much, especially among the young.
They don’t look like a confident bunch, as an old coach once told us about the team in the other dugout.  They look scared and that may explain their pathetic behavior.
With all due respect to Martin and Lewis, “scared stiff” is the name of that show.
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Happy # 66 Ellis Valentine


Ellis Valentine was born in Arkansas on this day in 1954.   He was drafted by Montreal and broke with them in 1975.    By 1976, he was the every day right fielder.

In the late 1970's, the Montreal Expos had one of the best outfields in modern baseball history.   In fact, you could argue that it was the best in quite some time:   Ellis Valentinefuture Hall of Famer Andre Dawson & Warren Cromartie.

Valentine and teammate Cromartie had 24 assists in 1977.    You simply could not take an extra base on that Expos' outfield!

Valentine survived injuries and retired with a .278 batting average and .288 in 7 seasons in Montreal.

Valentine was part of the Expos who came in second in 1978, 1979 & 1980.  They lost the NLCS to the LA Dodgers in 1981.    In today's game, Montreal would have clinched a wild card spot everyone of those years that they came in second in the NL East.   Who knows what would have happened to that "wild card team" in the NL post season?  

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Happy # 79 Paul Anka, great vocalist and songwriter!


Wonder how many people know that Paul Anka was born in Canada?   He was born on this day in 1941.

Paul is from Ottawa and enjoyed big hits by the time that he was a teenager. 

Anka is one of the few pop artists who had Top 10 songs in the 1950s, 1960's & 1970's!  Who else but Elvis can say that? 

Anka's formula?  Romantic and catchy songs that filled Top 40 play lists in the era of AM radio stations.  I'm sure that lots of our parents have Anka 45's among their belongings and souvenirs.

I learned in the 1970's that Paul Anka composed "My Way" and several TV songs, such as The Tonight Song theme song!  How would you like to collect those royalties?

A few years ago, Paul wrote an autobiography.    He also left us an amazing collection of hit songs, available now on digital.

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"In God we trust" signed into law in 1956

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President Eisenhower made it legal in 1956:
"On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase “under God” inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak."
It was a good day for the US.

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"Cuban-American, Dancing On The Hyphen" by Amarilys Gacio Rassler




This is one of our favorite books about "growing up in the US".     Amarilys writes a lot about her family and recalls little things about Cuban culture.   Lots of fun!


August 2007: What a crazy night in Baltimore!


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Back in the summer of 2007, The Texas Rangers were a major disappointment again.  To be fair, the Rangers had just made some great trades that would set up the rosters that won the AL pennants in 2010 and 2011.  Nevertheless, it was not fun to watch a team losing every night!

What do we remember about that summer of frustration? The Rangers won 30-3 in Baltimore.

You have to read it to believe it!  It was the most runs scored in 100 years! (Most runs in a game)   Last, but not least, it was fun listening to Eric Nadel and Victor Rojas call the last 3 runs!

2007 was not fun but one night in Baltimore was fun to watch.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Beware of July polls plus Trump in Texas & AG Barr makes Democrats look silly

Beware of July polls plus Trump in Texas & AG Barr makes Democrats look silly 07/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

AG Barr makes fools out of Democrats in the hearing.......Federal agents leaving Portland? Are Dems worried that they own the city riots? July polls and presidential elections.....President Trump talking energy in Texas.......Tommy Lasorda retired 1996......
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Wednesday’s video: Defund the police and people will buy lots of guns




Tie police hands and you will see lots of citizens with AR-15s

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We learned some people in Minneapolis have begun to protect their streets, as we see in this report:   
Minneapolis residents have begun patrolling their own neighborhoods after violent crime across the city surged in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in late May.
The patrols, some armed, are part of a largely grassroots efforts to protect neighborhoods, businesses, and residents from rioters and criminals. Some groups have constructed barriers at the entrance to their neighborhoods and control who can enter, according to the Wall Street Journal.
All of this reminds me of the people defending their town against the James gang in the famous Northfield, Minnesota bank robbery of 1876.  In other words, the people couldn’t rely on the authorities and protected themselves.  They blocked the exits and Jesse James was lucky to get out alive.  By all accounts, it was the beginning of the end for the James Gang.
In this case, the people of Minneapolis would rather rely on the police.  In fact, they love their police as most people in the country do.  Unfortunately, irresponsible leadership has tied the police’s hands and left the citizens vulnerable to criminals.
Two things have come out of all this spectacle.  First, people in Democrat-run cities have learned that their leaders won’t defend them.  And second, the 2nd Amendment is here to stay.
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We remember Peter Jennings (1938-2005)

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Time flies and we remember that Peter Jennings was born on this day in 1938 and died in 2005.  

Jennings looked like a guy who could play James Bond in a movie.   He was handsome, sharp and great with words.   

Back in the 1980's, ABC had the best news lineup on TV. There was David Brinkley, George Will, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson.   They were good and my favorites for election night coverage. 


Add Ted Koppel's "Nightline"  and they were good.

Time took its toll on ABC News.   Brinkley died. Donaldson and Roberts moved on and replaced by Stephanelous on Sunday.  "This Week" is not the same without Brinkley, Donaldson, Roberts or Will.


I still miss Peter Jennings at 5:30 pm in my little office TV.  

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2007: Cal Ripken, Hall of Fame




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Back in 2007, we watched Cal Ripken get officially inducted into The Hall Of Fame.

My first memory of Cal Ripken goes back to 1981.    It was the crazy strike season and I caught a game on TV with Ripken at shortstop.   

In 1982, he was the regular third baseman and hit a home run on opening day.  By mid-season, Cal was playing shortstop and the rest is history:  MVP in '83 and the O's won the World Series.  Then came the another MVP in '91 and the "streak" that went on until 1998.

Unfortunately, Ripken played in bad Oriole teams.  Yet, he was out there every day playing and putting some good numbers, such as 431 Hrs and over 3100 hits.


We remember a great guy who clearly belongs in the Hall of Fame.

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"Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy" by Dr. Carlos Eire



Over the last few years, many Cuban Americans have written their "coming to the US" stories.    

Our friend Dr. Carlos Eire shared his story in "Waiting for snow in Havana".    Carlos left Cuba under the "Pedro Pan" program that brought 14,000 young people to the US.

It is a wonderful book.

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1983: Steve Garvey streak ended at 1,207



On this day in 1983, the San Diego Padres were scheduled to play a double header with the Braves.   During the first game, Steve Garvey suffered a dislocated thumb sliding at home.   He did not play in the second game and his streak of consecutive games ended.

Garvey signed with  San Diego at the end of the 1982 season and played in the 1984 World Series.   

He had a great career:   .294 batting average, 2,599 hits, 272 HR & 1,308 RBI.    Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP and came in second in the 1978 vote.

Great player!    Who knows how long his streak would have gone without that unfortunate injury?

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1996: Tommy Lasorda retired from baseball

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From 1976 to 1996, Tommy Lasorda led the Dodgers to 2 World Series (1981 and 1988), 4 NL pennants and 7 division titles.  

He left after a a heart attack and an angioplasty procedure the month before.


As a manager, Lasorda was one of the best:  1599 wins.    He was the NL Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988.   In 2000, a retired Lasorda led the USA baseball team to a gold medal.

A wonderful baseball man, one of the greatest ambassadors of the game ever!  And a lifetime Dodger going back to his days as a player in the 1950's.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

AG Barr before House plus citizens defending themselves and more stories

AG Barr before House plus citizens defending themselves and more stories 07/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

AG Barr before Congress.....Democrat denial about violence in our cities.....Citizens defending themselves and their property.......Professor Turley and the media....Nicholas Sandman vs media round 2........First Lady Jackie Kennedy (1929-94)..........
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Tuesday’s video: Some Democrats in denial about our cities


No vaccine but lots of creative solutions in Latin America

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As we fight the pandemic up here, it’s actually a lot worse in Latin America.  This is from a report in the New York Times:   
Coronavirus has infected more than three million people and killed about 160,000 in Latin America, according to official figures, making the region one of the worst-hit by the pandemic. 
And experts and statistical analyses indicate that the real toll is far higher, concealed by limited testing and medical resources, and by some governments’ resistance to publicly acknowledging the scope of the crisis.
So people are getting creative, hoping that they can find the solution. 
Beyond the health issues, COVID-19 has blown up very fragile healthcare systems and shutting down economies has devastated employers.  
Let me loosely translate what a man from down there said on a weekend TV report:  My country’s hospitals are full and everyone is scared because businesses can’t stay closed too much longer.   
So people are hoping for a natural solution or the magic potion that cures the ailment.
In Brazil, according to the article, people are taking ivermectin, or something that people take to treat intestinal worms.  Apparently, one politician is taking it and it is having a positive effect.   Over in Peru, they want to try it, but the WHO and our FDA are warning people against it because it is intended for farm animals and not humans.
Where is all of this going to end?   I don’t know, but people who can’t work because the businesses are closed or can’t get treatment because the hospitals are overwhelmed are bound to get desperate.  It looks like many in the Third World are at that breaking point.
What are the geopolitical consequences of desperate populations?  It can’t be good.
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July 28, 1994: Kenny Rogers and the perfect game in Arlington

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As they say, I heard it on the radio!    Kenny Rogers pitched a perfect game before a sellout crowd at the ballpark in Arlington.   He beat the Angels with one great catch by Rusty Greer in center field.    

Kenny played with Texas, New York Yankees, Oakland, New York Mets, back to Texas and then Detroit.   He won 219 games and 133 of those were with Texas.
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July 28 1991: Dennis Martinez and a perfect game

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Where did so many years go? Dennis Martinez was perfect on this day in 1991.   
Dennis was born in Nicaragua and came up in the Orioles’ farm system in 1976.   
Before signing with Baltimore, Dennis caught the eyes of scouts with masterful pitching against Cuba and the US in 1974.  He beat the US, 1-0, pitching 10 innings. Then he beat Cuba, 4-3, by throwing 7 strong innings.  
Dennis won 108 games with Baltimore, including playing in the 1979 and 1983 World Series. In 1987, he was traded to Montreal and that was really the prime of his career, including an ERA title and the aforementioned perfect game.
Dennis finished with 245 wins and a 3.70 ERA in 3,999 innings! 
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Happy # 71 Vida Blue

Vida Rochelle Blue, Jr. was born on this day in 1949 in Louisiana.   

He broke with the A's in 1969 at age 19 and then became the pitching story of 1971:   24-8, a 1.82 ERA, 8 shutouts & 301 Ks.   It earned him a Cy Young Award & MVP!

Overall, he won 209 with 143 complete games.   He pitched with the A's in the postseason, 1971-75.    

I saw Vida shutout the Orioles in game 3 of the 1974 ALCS, a dominating 2-hit shutout!   He beat Jim Palmer, 1-0 with Sal Bando hitting a home run for the only run of the game.
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July 28, 1991: Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game

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Where did so many years go? Dennis Martinez was perfect on this day in 1991.   
Dennis was born in Nicaragua and came up in the Orioles’ farm system in 1976.   
Before Baltimore, Dennis caught the eyes of scouts with masterful pitching against Cuba and the US in 1974.  He beat the US, 1-0, pitching 10 innings. Then he beat Cuba, 4-3, by throwing 7 strong innings.  
Dennis won 108 games with Baltimore, including playing in the 1979 and 1983 World Series. In 1987, he was traded to Montreal and that was really the prime of his career, including an ERA title and the aforementioned perfect game.
Dennis finished with 245 wins and a 3.70 ERA in 3,999 innings! 
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