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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/17 19:32:45 (permalink)
As a matter of fact I just heard all about that again. lleechef's father took her grandfather to that game.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/17 19:43:54 (permalink)
I heard that story for many, many years from my Father.  It was called "The Greatest Home Run Ever".  I don't know if that's still true but it was a great moment in Pirates' history.  My grandfather loved the Pirates and listened to them every afternoon outside on the radio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE1nYMg-jU4
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/17 19:47:49 (permalink)
It's interesting that of the 10 playoff teams this year, 9 are managed by former MLB players and 6 of them were catchers.  I can't recall if there was ever a year with such a high concentration for a single position.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/17 19:55:40 (permalink)
Buster Posey will be a terrific manager. Just like Wes Westrum.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/18 09:10:54 (permalink)
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I remember being astounded in Amarillo in 1952 to find there was no TV in the area.



Texas' entry into the Television-era was impeded by our schoolteacher turned Senator using the FCC as his personal piggy bank.  Lady Bird owned the only television license in Austin and maintained that monopoly well into the '60's, a lucrative base from which a 'communications empire' was born. 
 
(Evidently Lady Bird was quite the entrepreneur; she turned her 1943 inheritance of $17,500 into a net worth in excess of $150,000,000.00). 
 
In fairness, LBJ wasn't the first politician to go to Washington poor and retire a multi-millionaire.  Nor was he the last.
 
EDIT:  both in fairness and as this is a baseball thread I must also point out that "W", prior to his being elected Governor, did quite well with his small investment in the Texas Rangers.  He made a fast $15M.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/18 11:22:47 (permalink)
In even more fairness, I worked for KTBC Radio in Austin in the '50s, and there was certainly television in Austin at the time.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/18 15:45:18 (permalink)
 
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In even more fairness, I worked for KTBC Radio in Austin in the '50s, and there was certainly television in Austin at the time.




Yes, indeed. 
One station. 
Owned by the (then) Senator's wife.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/18 19:09:30 (permalink)
Of course, at that time there was just one television station in New Haven. Come to think of it, there's still just one television station in New Haven.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/19 02:01:28 (permalink)
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I heard that story for many, many years from my Father.  It was called "The Greatest Home Run Ever".  I don't know if that's still true but it was a great moment in Pirates' history.  My grandfather loved the Pirates and listened to them every afternoon outside on the radio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE1nYMg-jU4

I was in my fraternity house at Indiana (PA) State Teachers College when Maz hit it.
We all immediately piled into cars, drove the 60 miles into Pittsburgh and partied in the streets until dawn!!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/19 08:28:36 (permalink)
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I heard that story for many, many years from my Father.  It was called "The Greatest Home Run Ever".  I don't know if that's still true but it was a great moment in Pirates' history.  My grandfather loved the Pirates and listened to them every afternoon outside on the radio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE1nYMg-jU4
I was in my fraternity house at Indiana (PA) State Teachers College when Maz hit it.
We all immediately piled into cars, drove the 60 miles into Pittsburgh and partied in the streets until dawn!!

Let me join the 'geez-fest'!
 
Along with everyone else gathered in the gym/auditorium of Somerset Elementary School (Washington County, PA) I watched from the first pitch on the school's only T.V. - a 19" B&W screen set in a blonde wood cabinet. 
 
(Our most excellent principal, Charles R. Duvall, Jr., had gotten tickets to Game 7 and had "assigned" the whole school watch the game!).
 
Just as the Yanks had tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth, the final bell rang and I listened to the game on my little red Motorola transistor radio.  I had just taken my seat on the bus when Maz hit Terry's 1 - 0 pitch over the 409' painted on the leftfield wall.
 
Fifty-four years later I still have vivid memory of that game - especially the eighth inning on.  Those Damn Yankees had touched up our relief ace Elroy Face for two in the top half and I was deeply depressed that they had gone up by three. 
 
With Cimoli on first with a PH single to open the bottom of the eighth, Virdon hits a tailor-made double-play ball to short, but the ball hits a stone, then strikes Kubek in the throat
 
The Bucs are still alive!  Groat singles in Cimoli.  Skinner sacrifices.  Nelson flies out.  Clemente beats out an infield hit scoring Virdon.  Then back-up catcher Hal Smith, who had just entered the game in the top of the eighth blasts a three run HR over the 409 marker to put the Bucs up by two! 
 
Had Friend and Haddix been able to hold the Yanks in the top of the ninth, that would have been THE "Historic Homer".  Sadly for Mr. Smith, it now ranks only #43.
 
For those who say baseball is boring, I only smile as I recall the most thrilling inning in baseball history.  After that, Maz' homer was just 'the cherry on top'.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/19 18:10:42 (permalink)
After writing my post this morning I thought all day about that game.  Thanks to the 'Digital Age" it is my joy to share it with you all.
 
The final three innings of the Greatest Game Ever Played, 10/13/1960:
 

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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/19 18:52:16 (permalink)
Thanks MJ.  A great memory for all Pirates fans.  What on earth prompted Bob Prince to wear that jacket??  I heard that voice all summer long when I was a kid!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/19 20:59:17 (permalink)
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Thanks MJ.  A great memory for all Pirates fans.  What on earth prompted Bob Prince to wear that jacket??  I heard that voice all summer long when I was a kid!




What was called then 'loud dressing' was part of the Gunner's "shtick".  He loved to 'lubricate' as much as Harry Caray and was a regular at The Clock (bar), corner of Bouquet & Sennott, after games. 
 
He gave us all much Joy.
God Rest his Soul. 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat, BASEBALL, 2014: Have Your Sons Focus on IT and Retire Early! 2014/10/27 07:19:00 (permalink)
How sad and tragic to learn of the death of Oscar Taveras.
 
He was the Cardinals' #1 prospect and a cornerstone of their future - a great defender with a picture-perfect left-handed power stroke.  Some saw him even as their next Stan Musial.
 
Dead at 22.  Car crash in the D.R.  A great loss for Baseball.  My condolences to Cardinal Nation.
 

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