Archive for May 2016
Happy # 78 to Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter Paul & Mary.
We grew up listening to their songs, from “Puff the magic dragon” to “I dig rockn’ roll music”. They were great and their vocal arrangements second to none.
Mary died in 2009 and I have not kept up with Peter and Paul. Nevertheless, every once in a while one of their songs comes on the radio and brings back lots of good memories.
Joe Namath came out of Alabama and was signed by the new AFL. The league needed big college players to compete with the mature NFL. They also made Joe the face of the league and appealed to younger fans, and specially women watching on television.
Joe did not disappoint the AFL. In fact, he won Super Bowl III, or the game that gave the AFL instant credibility.
He was also a very good quarterback: 173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed. We remind you that most of these numbers came in his first 5 seasons. He was hurt a lot after winning that Super Bowl in 1969.
Joe was more than numbers. He made the AFL and was responsible for the merger in 1970. Namath is one of my all time favorite quarterbacks!
Tippy came up with the Yankees and was traded to Baltimore in 1976 along with Scott McGregor and Rick Dempsey. The Yankees were headed to the World Series in 1976 and the Orioles were rebuilding. They made the classic veterans for young guys trade and it worked great for Baltimore. The Orioles picked up a starter, a great reliever and wonderful catcher out of that deal.
Tippy had some great seasons out of the bullpen for the Orioles. He was one of the best lefties in the game. Along the way, he saved 115 games with a 3.45 ERA. He was the 8th inning set up man for some of that time so the “saves” don’t tell the whole story. Often, Weaver would bring him to pitch to a tough lefty.
My favorite memory was Tippy Martinez on the mound when the Orioles beat the White Sox to clinch the AL pennant in 1983.
Tippy is the answer to a great trivia question. Who picked three Toronto Blue Jays (Barry Bonnell, Dave Collins and Willie Upshaw) at first base in one inning during an August 24, 1983 game at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium? The answer is Tippy Martinez.
Like most of you, I will enjoy a day off, a cheeseburger and watch a little baseball. At the same time, , I will remember a young man named Nathan Aguirre who died in Iraq.
I know Nathan’s parents. His dad and I were church ushers. His mom is a beautiful person who is now working with other families who’ve lost sons in Iraq.
Nathan Aguirre is a real hero. Remember him and his parents today!
Once in a while, we have a little free time to catch an old movie. Today, they are showing “55 days at Peking”. This is a story based in China during The Boxer Rebellion. The cast is rather good:
Charlton Heston as Maj. Matt Lewis;
Ava Gardner as Baroness Natalie Ivanoff; and,
David Niven as Sir Arthur Robertson.
Again, it is rather good!