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We remember Moe Drabowski (1935-2006)

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Myron Walter Drabowsky was born on this day in 1935 in Ozanna, Poland.    His family came to the US and Moe started playing baseball.       Moe broke with the Cubs in 1957 and won 13 games in 1958.    

In 1966, Moe was traded to Baltimore and was a part of the team that won the World Series.     Moe played with the 1970 Orioles, too.

The underdog Orioles got off to a great start in the top of the first inning of the 1966 World Series.

Eventual MVP and Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson hit a 2-run HR and Brooks Robinson followed it with a solo shot.    It was suddenly 3-0 Baltimore vs Los Angeles Dodgers!

Dave McNally could not get out of the 3rd inning but Moe Drabowski pitched 6-plus innings of relief to preserve the win.    It was one of the great long relief performances ever in the post season.   How often does a guy go 6-plus in relief anymore?

Final score: Orioles 5, Dodgers 2.    The Dodgers did not score again in the series.

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July 21, 2017 at 11:00 am

We remember Mike Hegan (1942-2013)

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James Michael Hegan was born in Cleveland on this day in 1942.   His father, Jim Hegaan, was an All Star major league catcher with the Indians.    

Jim was a high school baseball star at St. Ignatius and accepted a baseball scholarship to play at Worcester.    In 1961, he was offered contracts by 15 teams and signed with the New York Yankees.    (I should add that this is before the draft or the rules in place today.)

Mike broke with the Yankees in September 1964 and was added to the World Series roster.      Mike is the only player to score a post-season run before getting his major league hit.    

Hegan spent the new few seasons between the majors and the minors.   In 1968, Jim was added to the Seattle Pilots expansion roster.

He blasted the Pilots’ first HR in game one of the 1969 season, hit .292 and was elected to the AL All Star team.    

In 1970, the Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers and Jim became the regular first baseman.   He was a very popular player but was traded to the A’s in 1971 and played in the post season again.    

After baseball,  Jim moved into the TV booth and worked for Milwaukee and later Cleveland.      My guess is that most fans in those cities remember Jim the broadcaster more than the player.

Hegan died in 2013.


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July 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

Democrats living but not learning

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Not surprisingly, there is already talk of 2020. It’s the way it is in this crazy age of campaigns that go on for years.   

What is very surprising is that Democrat donors and elites are seriously considering nominating Senator Kamala Harris, a liberal U.S. senator with very little national experience.      

It sounds to me that this is a party living but not learning. Has one of these donors looked at an electoral map of the U.S.?   

I agree with George Neumayr:      

The growing chatter among Dems about her as a potential 2020 candidate is yet another illustration of the party’s lack of seriousness. 


At a time when it should be downplaying its image as an out-of-touch bi-coastal party, it deepens that image by pushing one more San Francisco radical forward. 

Who knows, maybe Harris can run with Pelosi.

According to press reports, Harris wowed supporters of Hillary’s at a recent fundraiser in the Hamptons. 

What a compelling look for a defeated party — a San Francisco kook feted by routed East Coast plutocrats impressed by her stern questioning of General Mattis over the plight of transgender soldiers. That should work well in the Rust Belt and the South.

Even Mark Penn, Hillary’s former strategist, is wincing at the party’s direction. He recently wrote that the party can’t recover if it stays on this far-left course. He proposes that the party adopt a more measured, less intolerant liberalism. But his plea is falling on deaf ears. 

The party is in no mood for any Sister Souljah moments. It remains the party of, evident in the gushing over Harris for having raised money for it off her classless antics against Sessions and company.

Do these donors seriously think that a liberal woman from California will win? Besides that, Harris is not just liberal. She is an extreme leftistl on most issues.

Frankly, she reminds me a lot of another liberal and very ambitious woman, Wendy Davis, who was trounced in 2014 in Texas.   

Davis “bought her fame” by hitching her wagon to an abortion debate in the Texas legislature. Harris is buying her fame by becoming the face of the so-called “resistance” of everything Trump.      

Then, like Clinton, Davis thought that demographics would elect her. It did not work when Hispanic women were turned off by her abortion message.

2020 is so far away that anything can happen. After all, who predicted President Obama in 2005 or President Trump in 2013?    

Nevertheless, Harris is the wrong choice for a party decimated under the Obama years.

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July 21, 2017 at 6:52 am

A chat with Alex Lyda about the situation in Cuba

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Guest:  Alex Lyda, Cuban American who travels to Cuba frequently on business………..

we will discuss Alex’s most recent trip to Cuba and options for US-Cuba relations today…………..

and other stories…

Click to listen: A chat with Alex Lyda about the situation in Cuba 07/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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My 2008 post endorsing Senator McCain for President

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Today, we formally endorse Sen. McCain for president. We hope that you will vote for Sen. McCain on Tuesday. (I did vote early in Texas!)
You can read a long list of endorsements for McCain and Obama. As expected, The NY Times endorsed Obama and The Dallas Morning News endorsed McCain (We recommend John McCain for president).
I like what Charles Krauthammer said in his McCain endorsement:

“Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.?

A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world?

A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?
Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign policy thinker in the United States Senate?

A man who not only has the best instincts, but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?” (McCain for President)   

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July 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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We remember Bruce Lee (1940-1973)

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The amazing Bruce Lee was born in 1940.  He became a legend in the early 1970’s and then suddenly died in 1973.  

Along the way, his movies became hugely popular and continue to over 40 years after his death.   He did not make a lot of movies but they were great indeed.

His story is rather interesting:   

Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved back to Hong Kong in 1941. Growing up, Lee was a child actor who appeared in some 20 Chinese films; he also studied dancing and trained in the Wing Chun style of gung fu (also known as kung fu). In 1959, Lee returned to America, where he eventually attended the University of Washington and opened a martial-arts school in Seattle. In 1964, he married Linda Emery, who in 1965 gave birth to Brandon Lee, the first of the couple’s two children. In 1966, the Lees relocated to Los Angeles and Bruce appeared on the television program The Green Hornet (1966-1967), playing the Hornet’s acrobatic sidekick, Kato. Lee also appeared in karate tournaments around the United States and continued to teach martial arts to private clients, including the actor Steve McQueen.In search of better acting roles than Hollywood was offering, Lee returned to Hong Kong in the early 1970s. He successfully established himself as a star in Asia with the action movies The Big Boss (1971) and The Way of the Dragon(1972), which he wrote, directed and starred in. Lee’s next film, Enter the Dragon, was released in the United States by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers in August 1973. Tragically, Lee had died one month earlier, on July 20, in Hong Kong, after suffering a brain edema believed to be caused by an adverse reaction to a pain medication. Enter the Dragon was a box-office hit, eventually grossing more than $200 million, and Lee posthumously became a movie icon in America.

Like Hendrix and Morrison, you can identify his face in a heart beat.

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July 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

July 20: Happy birthday Tony Oliva, one of the great Cuban hitters in major league history!

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We say happy birthday to Tony Oliva.   He was born in Cuba on July 20, 1940 and escaped to the US in 1961.

He won batting titles in 1964, 1965 and 1971.  Unfortunately, injuries cut short his career in the 1970’s.

He finished with a .304 average, 1917 hits, 220 Hrs & 947 RBI.

What if he had played 2,500 games rather than 1,676?   The answer is 3,000 hits and probably one or two more batting titles.

One of the greatest Cuban players in major league history!

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July 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

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