"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Edgar Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, on this day in 1946. According to his official site, Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group in 1972. The band had hits like: "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride"
The eccentric but very good lefty Bill Lee was born in Burbank, CA, on this day in 1946. As a pitcher, he was a rare left hander who could pitch in Fenway Park. He pitched most of his career with Boston and finished with Montreal: 119 wins, 3.72 ERA and 72 complete games. Lee's pitching style was to kill you with a variety of "junk pitches" that had hitters speaking to themselves on the way back to the dugouts. Off the field, Lee was also "The Spaceman" because of all his famous quotes. He wasn't Yogi Berra but he had a few:
"I would change policy, bring back natural grass and nickel beer. Baseball is the belly-button of our society. Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world."
My biggest memory is game 7 of the 1975 World Series. He threw one of those junk pitches to Tony Perez and it was the 3-run HR that put Cincinnati back in the game. He was fun to watch on and off the field. A baseball character when it was just fun to be a character.