Monday, August 31, 2020

New York problems plus Kenosha and Biden blaming Trump

New York problems plus Kenosha and Biden blaming Trump 08/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

People leaving New York and now come layoffs.....The Kenosha incident.....Biden made 2 bad decisions.......Poland 1980.......
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Monday’s video: The campaign is on and the polls are tightening



From 'I love New York' to 'I leave New York'

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On a personal basis, a family member and spouse just moved out of New York.  He works in the theatre and there is not much work these days in the Big Apple.   As they told me on the phone, the place is deader than a doornail.  By the way, they also told me that you have to wait weeks to rent a moving van.  I guess that a lot of people are leaving.
We learned that New York City is about to lay off 22,000 of its approximately 330,000 city employees, according to Forbes:   
The Wall Street Journal reported that roughly 22,000 government workers need to be let go to close a $9 billion deficit that continues to grow.  
The story goes on to say that there may be more because the deficit is getting bigger.    
New York heavily relies upon its bustling commerce, entertainment and social activities to draw in and keep people. Without restaurants, concerts, museums, sporting events and people commuting into Manhattan from the other boroughs (New York City comprises of five boroughs), the city has quickly changed. Residents have fled the city. 
As people ceased commuting into New York, worked remotely, businesses shut their doors and social activities have halted, revenues to companies have plummeted. As businesses of all sizes saw their profits evaporate, the city government received significantly less in tax collection.  
Naturally, no one likes to see layoffs.  After all, these are humans, not just numbers.
Mayor Bill De Blasio will blame the virus and naturally President Trump.  He won’t blame himself or policies driving people out of New York for years.
It will be fun to watch how these liberal city council members deal with economic facts, the public sector unions, and the reality that the party is over.
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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 08/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...The GOP and Democrat conventions are finished....It appears that the race is a dead heat..Will we have debates?....Kenosha and rushing to judgement..Chicago 1968...
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Maybe Trump should challenge Pelosi to a debate

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We heard that Speaker Pelosi does not want Mr. Biden to debate President Trump.
God only knows why Speaker Pelosi said that.  Maybe she is afraid of putting the fragile Mr. Biden against the more dynamic President Trump.  Maybe this is a trick to get Mr. Biden to say that he is not afraid of debating.  Maybe she is just trying to feed the crazy left a bit disillusioned with Mr. Biden.
So President Trump should offer to debate Speaker Pelosi.  It would actually be interesting to see Pelosi make her case, or to argue on behalf of all of the legislation they’ve passed that stalled in the U.S. Senate.  Maybe President Trump can ask the speaker to opine on Sister Dede’s speech against abortion.
My good guess is that Speaker Pelosi can sense a momentum change after the two conventions.  Senator Harris’s selection and the lawlessness in the cities have turned this contest around, as the betting odds clearly show.
Nevertheless, President Trump should call on Mr. Biden to let the speaker take his place and watch the debate from the basement.
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Operation Pedro Pan: So many years later!

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Back in 2013, we spoke with Maria de la Milera, 2nd Vice President of Pedro Pan Organization in Miami.   

The "Pedro Pan story" continues to touch our hearts.  Back in the early 1960's, approximately 14,000 unaccompanied children left Cuba and ended up in Miami and elsewhere.   Some of them formed The Pedro Pan Organization to remember and preserve the legacy.   

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A look back at some important elections


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We hear often that this is the "most important election of our lifetime".   

In my opinion, the 5 most important elections in US history were as follows:

1796:  Our first competitive election after President Washington retired from power.  It was the election that created the two party system, i.e. the current Democrats and the Whigs that became the modern GOP;

1860: The election that put Abraham Lincoln in power and saw the nation break into two;

1876: The election that really ended the Civil War and condemned US blacks to second class status in the South;

1932: The election that put FDR in the White House; and,

1980: The election that put Reagan in power.

I can safely say that 2020 is one of the most important elections ever.  It will be huge because there is a real choice.  

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1967: Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice



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On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as Supreme Court Justice.  
Before being nominated by President Johnson, Mr. Marshall was a strong civil rights leader and attorney.  He served until 1991 when he was replaced by Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Biden blew it twice

5 funny cartoons about Joe Biden's surprising primary surge
As in previous campaigns, some historian or journalist will write a version of “The making of a President 2020.”  My guess is than an honest author will look back at the two things that Mr. Biden did wrong.
First, he picked Kamala Harris for vice president.  She does not add a single vote to his effort.  Also, she is hurt by the reality that Biden will be the oldest president if he assumes office.  You can’t blame voters for looking beyond Biden and wondering what a Harris presidency would look like.
Second, Biden gave up “the law and order” issue.  In fact, his speech did not a say a word about it.  Not even a “thumbs up” for the men and women protecting us from coast to coast.  
President Trump hit the right points in his speech.  I thought that it was a bit too long, but that’s me. Nevertheless, it was a good speech as Stephen Kruiser wrote:     
It’s easy to see why the Dems were running around barking “Hatch Act!” like scared chihuahuas all week. That speech with that backdrop was light years beyond that hostage-situation video that the DNC ended on last week.
Yes, it was a great week for the GOP and let’s see how much campaigning Joe Biden will actually do.
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We remember Michael Jackson (1959-2009)


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It's still hard to believe that Michael Jackson died in 2009 at age 50.  What a shock!

Like so many others, I loved The Jackson 5.  They were great.
In recent years, Michael Jackson really turned me off.   I did not enjoy his image, music or anything about him.   Frankly, I thought that he was repulsive.
Nevertheless, we do recognize his contributions to pop music.     He had some great solo songs in the 1970's, such as the "Off the Wall" album.   His best solo work was probably the "Thriller" album from the early 1980's.   It sold lots of copies!

I always did like "I'll be there" and the other Jackson 5 songs.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

The GOP convention with George Rodriguez

The GOP convention with George Rodriguez 08/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative......We will look back at the GOP convention and more stories.....click to listen:


Friday's video: The Republicans did well



Why doesn’t Joe Biden denounce the left?

Joe Biden teams with Bernie Sanders on new, policy-focused task forces - Vox
Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall is worried that the GOP is painting a false image of Joe Biden.  This is what she wrote:    
Under the Republicans’ nightmare scenario, America under President Biden would be a nation where no one is be safe from dangerous criminals, the federal government would wage war on religion and God, our economy would be destroyed, taxes would go sky high, and we’d all be living in darkened homes because fossil fuels would be made illegal.   
The Republican caricature of Biden and the Democrats is so extreme and detached from reality that it could pass for a sketch on “Saturday Night Live” or a story In the satirical news site The Onion.
Okay then, call on Blden to explain or clarify himself.  Unfortunately for Biden, many of our citizens are not safe in cities run by Democrats, some governors from his party did not want people in churches, but it was okay to march or protest, and then there is Green New Deal that he supports.
Biden should give a speech and clear the air.  Tell us where he actually stands on abortion and late-term abortion.  He can explain how he’d handle the violence in Portland, Chicago, and Kenosha.  
I agree with Leslie that Joe Biden is not some crazy lefty.  At the same time, he has not distanced himself from his party’s left wing and has selected a running mate who is ultra liberal.  He could have selected a different person and send a message that he is from the center rather than the left.  He could have addressed the violence in our cities in his speech but did not.
So don’t blame voters if they look at 2020 Biden and see a leftist.
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Happy # 77 David Soul



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We remember Nancy "Miss Hathaway" Culp (1921-91)


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Thursday, August 27, 2020

GOP night 3 plus Sister Dede and a 2nd term agenda

GOP night 3 plus Sister Dede and a 2nd term agenda 08/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The GOP convention day # 3 was wonderful specially Sister Dede Byrne who spoke against abortion......AT post about Cubans speaking at convention........President Trump should present a very specific agenda and forcing Mr. Biden to defend his opposition......NBA boycott?.......and other stories.....click to listen:


Thursday’s video: Sister Dede Byrne’s pro-life speech will connect with many voters



The Cubans adding their story to the GOP proceedings

Maximo Alvarez's 2020 Republican National Convention Speech | FULL - YouTube
It was great to see people at the GOP convention telling stories that I can relate to.
First, businessman Maximo Alvarez told you what it was like to live under communism.  His speech took me back to a time when my parents used to whisper to each other for fear of being heard by the secret police.  He said this and it’s worth repeating:   
“I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before and I’m here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country.”
“I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who could have been me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill….”
It is indeed a poison pill.  The left plays the class envy card, then the race card and then your dad is in jail because he is allegedly a CIA agent.   
Let me paraphrase my late father:  “On January 1, 1959, it was a hope and then they went after the U.S. properties, then Cuban properties, and then no one could believe that it happened so fast.”
The second Cuban who spoke was Lt. Governor Jenniffer Nunez of Florida.  She was born here of Cuban immigrant parents.  Lt. Gov. Nunez remembers the Cuba story well, specially when they closed the places of worship.
It’s important for the country to hear these stories.  Hopefully, the convention will hear from someone in Venezuela where the misery is unfolding in front of our eyes.
I was proud of the Cuban-American representatives for speaking well and reminding everyone, as my late father said, how fast you can lose it all if you give an inch to the radical left.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

GOP Night 2 was great plus Kenosha and baseball on TV 1939

GOP Night 2 was great plus Kenosha and baseball on TV 1939 08/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The GOP convention was great again....CSPAN is the best way to watch the convention.......Kenosha and people jumping to conclusions plus Democrat who won't condemn riots.......First baseball game on TV 1939.....'Hey Jude' 1968.........and other stories.....click to listen:


Wednesday’s video: Democrat leaders need to speak loudly against the violence



Getting stuck with PBS

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On Monday night, I got stuck watching the GOP convention on PBS.  It’s a complicated story but I got to see the first night on an over-the-air signal.     
For the record, I did not watch the PBS coverage of the Democrats.  I am not comparing one to the other.  Nevertheless, the GOP coverage was truly pathetic and one-sided.
The Herschell Walker speech got the special treatment.   First, we were told that his speech would have zero influence on fellow African Americans who are ready to give 90% of their vote to Democrats again.  On the other hand, former Senator Jeff Flake’s endorsement of Joe Biden was treated as a consequential moment.  Really, Judy?
Second, David Brooks, the “conservative,” reminded us that Donald Trump destroyed the USFL. I was always under the impression that it was a lack of TV viewers that killed the league but maybe I forgot something.   Apart from that, what does the story of the USFL have to do with Herschell Walker supporting President Trump?  Most of his success came with the NFL anyway.  Seriously, does anyone even remember that he was once a New Jersey General?
Then came Yamiche Alcindor, the PBS White House correspondent.  How can this partisan pretend to be a journalist?   
What’s wrong?   Well, this is a public network, so a little more consideration should have been given to the 63 million who voted for Donald Trump.   Wonder how many of their tax dollars are paying for this?
Like public education, public radio and TV has never been about serving the public.  It has become a refuge for political activists who pretend to be journalists or historians.
Here is the good news:   I’ll have my other TV the rest of the week with access to something more than PBS.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

GOP Convention Day 1 went well plus 2nd term agenda & more stories

GOP Convention Day 1 went well plus 2nd term agenda & more stories 08/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The GOP convention goes well on day 1.....Trump needs a specific agenda from school choice to attacking the cancel culture to law & order.....Panama Canal 1914........
and other stories......click to listen:


Tuesday’s video: Day 1 went well for GOP



What is Kate Brown waiting for?

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There was another night of riots and fire in Portland.  How many more times do we wake up to a headline like this:  “Portland police declare riot after fire set at precinct.”   
According to the story, Governor Kate Brown has 7,800 National Guardsmen but refuses to activate them to deal with the situation in Portland.
This is a combination of lawlessness, incompetence, and dereliction of duty.  Isn’t protecting citizens an important responsibility of government?
First, lawlessness just brings you more lawlessness.  We are dealing with anarchists and radicals.  They want to destroy and will continue to do so until someone has the courage to stop it.
Second, this is incompetence because the governor’s unwillingness to act will end up destroying the tax base.  According to a July report, the estimated repair costs to public buildings is $300,000 and $4.8 million in property damage to businesses.  I’m sure that the numbers have gotten larger in August.
Third, it is a dereliction of duty.  Elected officials take an oath to enforce laws and citizens pay taxes for public services, such as police protection.
Maybe these Democrat leaders think that a President Biden will step in and bail them out.  Don’t bet on it, because the anarchists will keep burning and the federal government does not have the money.
Wake up, Governor Brown.  It’s time to end this madness in Portland and defend the people who pay taxes.
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Happy # 77 to the great Lou Piniella

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We remember Lou Piniella who was born in Tampa on this day in 1943.

Lou was the kind of guy that you wanted on your side and specially at the plate when the tying or winning run was at second base.   Piniella broke with Baltimore in 1964, traded to Cleveland in 1966 and was Rookie of the Year with the 1969 expansion Kansas City Royals:  .282, 11 HR & 68 RBI.

In 1974, Lou became a Yankee and was an integral part of those winning teams:  .295 over a 11 years and one of the toughest outs in the AL.

After playing, he managed Cincinnati to the 1990 World Series and took Seattle to the ALCS twice.

Frankly, I always cheered for whatever team he was playing for or managing.

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Happy # 77 Lou Piniella

We remember Lou Piniella who was born in Tampa on this day in 1943.

Lou was the kind of guy that you wanted on your side and specially at the plate when the tying or winning run was at second base.   Piniella broke with Baltimore in 1964, traded to Cleveland in 1966 and was Rookie of the Year with the 1969 expansion Kansas City Royals:  .282, 11 HR & 68 RBI.

In 1974, Lou became a Yankee and was an integral part of those winning teams:  .295 over a 11 years and one of the toughest outs in the AL.

After playing, he managed Cincinnati to the 1990 World Series and took Seattle to the ALCS twice.

Frankly, I always cheered for whatever team he was playing for or managing.

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We remember Jerry Leiber (1933-2011)


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If you like Elvis' music then you will remember that Jerry Leiber was one of his chief songwriters.  He also wrote some of the biggest hits of the pop-rock era along with his partner, Mike Stoller.

Leiber's songbook includes Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" & "Hound Dog", "Stand by me" by Ben E. King and "Love Potion #9", a hit in the late 1950's by The Clovers and later by The Searchers.

Great songwriter.

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1939: "The Wizard of Oz" makes its debut

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On this day in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" opened in theaters around the US.  The movie was based on the 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919).   It turned into one of the most popular movies of the century.  

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Monday, August 24, 2020

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 08/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda........The Democrat convention last week and the GOP this week.....Biden-Harris did not get a bounce........and more....click to listen:


Friday's video: And now the GOP convention




November 2012: Talking tango with Georgina and Oscar


Leslie Eastman joined me for a chat with Georgina Vargas and Oscar Mandagaran.  They are a lovely tango couple from Argentina.  This is Leslie's post about the show!  This is a wonderful couple who dances gracefully:

We remember Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013)

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The very talented Oscar Hijuelos was born in New York City on this day in 1951 and died of a heart attack in 2013.  

He wrote "The mambo Kings", one of the most entertaining books I've read and movies I've watched.  

What could be better than a story about two "hungry" Cubans who come here without a penny and a bag full of songs?   Didn't we all land here penniless and full of "making it in America" dreams?

As far as I'm concerned, Oscar Hijuelos added a nice story to our Cuban American library. We will always be grateful for that.

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Senator Ted Kennedy (1932-2009)

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Senator Ted Kennedy died on this day in 2009.    He was a US Senator from 1962 to his death, or almost 4 decades.   
At first, no one took him too seriously.   In other words, they thought that he was nothing more than a young man running on his brother's name.   By the way, that was true.   Over time, he did earn the respect of his colleagues.   

Of course, his career was severely interrupted by Chappaquiddick in the summer of 1969.   It made him very vulnerable outside of Massachusetts, as we learned in 1980 when he challenged President Carter for the nomination.

Again, I did not care for his politics but do recognize that he was a very important Democrat.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Democrats can’t work up enthusiasm for Joe Biden

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During the week, I noticed how the Democrat convention was all about President Trump rather than former V.P. Biden. On a nightly basis, even minute by minute, the message was that President Trump is someone between Hitler and Ivan the Terrible.
Therefore, I was not surprised to read that the 2020 ratings were below 2016.  Let’s see how it compares with the RNC next week.  President Trump may not get the 34 million who watched him in 2016, but don’t be surprised if he does.
The sad truth is that Mr. Biden does not excite Democrats, as Lauren Martinchek wrote:
Well, it’s official.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has now officially accepted the nomination of the democratic party to be President of the United States.
You would think that after months of preparation knowing that this would happen, I would be beyond the point where it bothers me. But at this moment in time, I’ve begun to realize my frustration doesn’t come from a place of simply being disappointed. Rather, it stems from the fact that democrats have opted to coalesce around a candidate that they did not even like.
Let’s see what happens next.  The sad truth is that Mr. Biden was revived in South Carolina after Senator Sanders made unbelievably stupid remarks about Fidel Castro’s Cuba.  It was enough to scare the heck out of any Democrat running between San Francisco and New York City.  So they revived Mr. Biden because he was seen as the savior.
The bride said “I do,” but everybody knows well that this is a marriage of convenience totally devoid of love.  It won’t last, especially when they hear Mr. Biden try to explain his position on most issues.
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1989: Rick Dempsey home run beat Montreal 1-0 after 22 innings

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On this day in 1989, Rick Dempsey hit a 22nd inning HR to give the Dodgers a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Expos.  The game lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes.   Actually, that's rather quick considering that they played the equivalent of 2 games and 4 innings.

Dempsey came in for Mike Sciocia, batted 5 times and hit the winning HR off of Dennis Martinez, his former teammate.


We remember Dempsey from the Orioles and the 1979 and 1983 World Series.   In fact, Dempsey was the 1983 World Series MVP and caught strike three to end the Dodgers' 1988 sweep of the Oakland A's.

To say the least, one of my favorite players from that era.

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We remember Rose Marie Mazetta (1923-2018)


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We remember Rose Marie Mazetta who was born in the UK on this day in 1923.  She died in 2018.   For many of us, she was "Sally Rogers" in The Dick Van Dyke Show.     She was a very funny woman and the show was wonderful.  

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Happy # 62 Julio Franco

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The ageless Julio Franco was born in The Dominican Republic on this day in 1958.  

He came up with the Indians in 1982 and became a regular in 1983:   .273, 80 RBI and # 2 in the AL Rookie of the Year vote.  

In 1989, Franco joined the Texas Rangers, won the 1991 AL batting title and hit .307 over 5 seasons.    

We will remember him for that unique batting stance and the fact that he played into his 40's.    In fact, he may still be playing in some league somewhere.

Franco hit .298 over 23 seasons with 2,598 hits and 1,194 RBI.   Great hitter!
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Clemente 1970: 10 hits in 2 games


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On this day in 1970,  Roberto Clemente of the Pirates compiled his second straight 5-hit game during an 11-0 victory over the Dodgers.  He was the first player in the 20th century to collect 10 hits in two consecutive games. 

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Happy # 72 Ron Blomberg (the first DH)

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We say happy birthday to Ron Blomberg.    Ron was born in Atlanta, GA on this day in 1948 and made his debut with the Yankees in 1969.

He played 8 seasons with the Yankees and White Sox:  .293 over 461 games. 

Ron made history on opening day of the 1973 season.   He was the first DH to come to bat that year.   He walked against Luis Tiant in a big first inning rally.
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