Sunday, April 26, 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 04/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda........President Trump pauses the briefings....Media total overreaction to the disinfectant story......what happens to VP Biden now that some are calling for him to step down......Little Sister and North Korea....Hispanics 40% for President Trump in new poll...Michigan Democrat under attack for thanking President....Protests growing from coast to coast....and other stories.....
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Tim McCarver's 5 favorite baseball books

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Some of us are old enough to remember Tim McCarver as Bob Gibson's catcher (they won the NL pennant in '64, '67 and '68) and later with Steve Carlton in the late 70's.

A few years ago, Tim McCarver wrote an article about his five favorite baseball books:

His five choices are:

1.  "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton;

2.  "The summer game" by Roger Angell;

3.  "The great American Novel" by Phillip Roth;

4.  "The Boys of Summer" by Roger Kahn; and, 

5. "October 1964" by David Halberstam.

I have read all but #3 or the one by Phillip Roth.

Bouton's book was very controversial. I did not like it because he betrayed clubhouse confidentiality.   Bouton played for the NY Yankees and finished with the Seattle Pilots, the '69 expansion team that was moved to Milwaukee in '70.

Kahn's "Boys of Summer" is probably the best baseball book ever.  This is a wonderful gift for a grandfather, father or uncle who grew up in Brooklyn.

Halberstam's book is a recollection of the end of the Yankee dynasty and the great NL pennant race of '64.   McCarver's Cardinals beat the NY Yankees in 7 games.  It was Mantle's last Series.  Also, it introduced Bob Gibson who won game 7 in '64 and '67!  He also struck out 17 in game 1 of the '68 but the Cardinals lost to the Tigers!

Angell's book is a good one for an airplane flight.

As always, McCarver is great when it comes to talking or reading baseball.

1865: Who was John Wilkes Booth?

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We remember that John Wilkes Booth was killed on this day in 1865.  

Booth went into hiding after killing President Lincoln.  He was found by Union troops hiding in a farm and killed there.

Booth was a popular actor at the time.  His family was one of the first families of American theater.  He made his New York debut in 1862 and things were looking up.  However, a respiratory illness in 1863 put him on the sidelines for a while.

His other passion was the cause of the Confederacy or the South.  It motivated him to kill President Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington DC.
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