Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wednesday's video: Inflation on the march, NPR unmasked, Remittances to Mexico and other stories


‘Muchas gracias’ for all those remittances

Remember the Sugar Kings (1954-60)

Once upon a time, there was a team in Cuba: The Havana Sugar Kings of the AAA International League. Back in April 1954, 25,000 fans showed up to watch the Sugar Kings battle the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening game of the International League season.

Montreal, Toronto, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Havana were cities from 3 countries (US, Canada and Cuba) in that AAA league.  Future major-leaguers like Leo CardenasMike Cuellar and Cookie Rojas played in those Havana teams.

In the late 1950s, as the owners were seriously looking at expansion, there was a lot of talk about putting a major league team in Havana.  It’s an important economic as well as baseball point. In other words, Havana was seen as a city with the potential of supporting a major league team in the future. It definitely proved it’s worth supporting a AAA franchise.

Instead, the Sugar Kings were moved to Jersey City in July 1960. The political situation changed and “beisbol se fue de Cuba”.

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September 1964: Memories of The Beatles in Dallas

Back in 2014, we remembered the 50th anniversary of "Beatlemania" in the US and Dallas was no exception.

On September 18, 1964, The Beatles played in Dallas, as Robert Willonski reports in The Dallas Morning News:
"Jan Howes, who was 10 at the time but already deeply in love with The Beatles, did not see the band when it played Dallas on Sept. 18, 1964, but her father did.It was, after all, his job: John Mazziotta was chief photographer at the Dallas Times Herald, assigned to cover John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from Love Field arrival to Memorial Auditorium blastoff."
Mr Mazziotta's photos will go on auction soon and the world will get to see them!  It's a cool Dallas memory of the one and only visit by The Beatles to Dallas. 

In 2014, we spoke with Dave Michaels about The Beatles in Dallas and their influence on US radio.

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