Sunday, March 13, 2022

National conversation about energy plus Beto campaign & Henry Aaron 1954

National conversation about energy......Beto campaign and issues........Henry Aaron 1954 spring training......and other to listen:

Sunday's video: Talking energy plus Beto Texas & Henry Aaron 1954

Sunday's video: 
 Talking energy plus Beto Texas & Henry Aaron 1954

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Spring training 1954: An injury opened the door for Hank Aaron in the Braves' outfield

Baseball is back.  I don't care for 12 teams in the post season, but at least the game is back.  

Here in Texas, ownership opened up the off-season wallets and brought big names like Corey Seager to the new stadium. 

And there's one other thing that bears thinking about the great Henry Aaron passed away in January 2021.  

Shortly after, the "woke" MLB Commissioner moved the All Star Game from Atlanta to Denver.  He denied Atlanta's businesses a lot of money and the opportunity to remember the great Aaron.

Back in 1954, a young Hank Aaron went to spring training hoping to go north with the Braves.  He had been in the Braves system for a few years, as reported by The Society for Baseball Research:    

On June 14, 1952, Aaron signed with Braves scout Dewey Griggs, and reported to the Class C Eau Claire Bears. There the coaches helped him eliminate his cross-handed batting grip, and the results were staggering. The infielder, despite playing in only 87 games, batted .336 with nineteen doubles and not only earned a spot on the league’s All-Star squad, but at the end of the season was selected as the Northern League’s Rookie of the Year. 

So Aaron came into camp with a reputation but was probably not ready to break into a major league lineup.  Back then, there were 8 teams in each league compared to 15 today.  In other words, there were 400 major league positions to fill compared to 750 today.

On this day in 1954, an injury to veteran Bobby Thomson opened the door for the young Aaron.   Giants fans may remember that Thomson hit that famous home run to win the NL pennant in 1951, i.e. The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant.

Young Aaron made the team and hit his first home run against old Yankee Vic Raschi, now with the Cardinals, in the first two weeks of the season.  He batted .280 with 13 HR & 69 RBI.  Aaron was 4th in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Wally Moon, Ernie Banks and Gene Conley.

And as they say the rest is history ... and 755 home runs.

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Happy # 83 Neil Sedaka

We say happy birthday to Neil Sedaka who was born in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1939.

The great Neil Sedaka started a bit before my time.    He was originally interested in classical music but became one of the most successful pop songwriters of the last 50 years.

Sedaka had big hits in the early 1960's or what we call the time between Elvis and The Beatles.  His 45's included "Oh Carol", "Breaking up is hard to do" and "Happy birthday sweet 16".

Like many artists, Sedaka faded in the 1960's. They just couldn't keep up with The Beatles and the so called British Invasion of the US pop charts.

He did have a huge comeback in the mid-1970's as a performer and songwriter.

He wrote “Love Will Keep Us Together", a No. 1 hit for Captain and Tennille was the best-selling record of 1975.

Great performer, great songwriter!

It's hard to pick a favorite. Sedaka did have a flair for writing very romantic songs.   

His songs are now available in a digital format and they sound great.

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