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Mrs Clinton’s new FBI files & Labor Day 2016

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September 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm

We remember Sandy Consuegra (1920-2005)

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Sandalio Simeon (Castellon) Consuegra was born in Potrerillos, Cuba in 1920.   He was drafted by the Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins) after pitching for Havana in the Florida International League in 1949-50.    

Sandy broke in the majors in 1950 and started 18 games.   He played for Washington and Chicago White Sox for a few more years.  

His best season was 1954 with Chicago:  16-3 an an excellent 2.69 ERA.    He won 51 games in his career.    

Rory Costello of The Society of American Baseball Research wrote this excellent summary of Consuegra’s career:   

“Consuegra was a swingman, a role that has vanished with five-man rotations and specialized bullpens. He started 71 times in 248 appearances in the majors. He had only 26 saves, since that was not the focus for relievers in his time. He got batters to put the ball in play.

In 809 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out just 2.1 men per nine innings – but his walk ratio was 2.7, he allowed almost exactly one hit per inning, and he kept the ball in the park, giving up just 43 homers.

Les Moss, who caught the Cuban with the White Sox in 1955-56, offered further insight. “Little Sandy Consuegra [he was 5’11” and 165 pounds] was a pretty good pitcher who fooled batters with an array of pitches, including an effective slider, and motions.”  

Consuegra also won 52 games with Cienfuegos of the Cuban Winter League in the late 1950’s.    

He married Blanca Ramos on July 28, 1943.  They had three children: Rogelio, Silvia, and Norma.  

Consuegra and wife left Cuba and was active in youth baseball in Miami.   He died in 2005.    

P.S.  I hope that someone tells his grandchildren that he ranks # 15 among the great Chicago White Sox pitchers!     

 

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September 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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Labor Day weekend 1968: Jose Feliciano and “Light my fire”

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The Doors and “Light my fire” was # 1 in the summer of 1967.  

On this Labor Day weekend of 1968, Jose Feliciano was rushing up the charts at WABC New York with an amazing version of the song.  

My guess is that this version will be heard a lot more as time passes.   The Doors are great but Jose Feliciano’s arrangement made it into a pop song:

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September 3, 2016 at 11:30 am

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Labor Day weekend 1980: “More love” by Kim Carnes

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We remember Labor Day weekend 1980.    At # 11, it was Kim Carnes with her version of Smokey Robinson’s great hit “More love”.

This is the Top 20 at WABC New York:

1. Fame – Irene Cara (RSO) 
2. Upside Down – Diana Ross (Motown) 
3. Magic – Olivia Newton-John (MCA) 
4. Sailing – Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)
5. Give Me the Night – George Benson (Warner Brothers) 
6. All Out of Love – Air Supply (Arista) 
7. One In a Million You – Larry Graham (Warner Brothers) 
8. Emotional Rescue – The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones) 
9. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen (Elektra) 
10. Shining Star – The Manhattans (Columbia) 
11. More Love – Kim Carnes (EMI America) 
12. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me – Billy Joel (Columbia) 
13. First…Be a Woman – Lenore O’Malley (Polydor) 
14. Take Your Time (Do It Right), Part 1 –
The S.O.S. Band (Tabu) 
15. Late in the Evening – Paul Simon (Warner Brothers) 
16. Take a Little Rhythm – Ali Thomson (A&M) 
17. Tired of Toein’ the Line – Rocky Burnette (EMI America) 
18. Into the Night – Benny Mardones (Polydor) 
19. Can’t We Try – Teddy Pendergrass (Philadelphia Int’l) 
20. Lookin’ For Love – Johnny Lee (Full Moon/Asylum)

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September 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

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Happy # 85 Dick Motta

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September 3, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Labor Day weekend 1971 and “Uncle Albert” by Paul McCartney was # 1

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Paul McCartney (with a little help from Linda) had the # 1 song on Billboard this week in 1971………the song mixes a lot of voices and was rather enjoyable……….it still sounds pretty good all of these years later…………..”hands across the water……water”:

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September 3, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Labor Day weekend 1962: “You belong to me” by The Duprees was Top 10

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This was the Top 20 this week in 1962 on  the great WABC New York.…..# 4 “Twist and shout” was later recorded by The Beatles….# 9 was a hit for The Carpenters in 1981 or the year before Karen died……

we remember “You belong to me” by The Duprees, one of the great “doo wop” songs ever:

1. Sherry – The 4 Seasons (Vee Jay)
2. Ramblin’ Rose – Nat “King” Cole (Capitol)
3. The Loco-Motion – Little Eva (Dimension)
4. Twist and Shout – The Isley Brothers (Wand)
5. Sheila – Tommy Roe (ABC-Paramount)
6. You Belong to Me – The Duprees (Coed)
7. Breaking Up is Hard to Do – Neil Sedaka (RCA)
8. Party Lights – Claudine Clark (Chancellor)
9. Beechwood 4-5789 – The Marvelettes (Tamla)
10. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount)
11. Let’s Dance – Chris Montez (Monogram)
12. She’s Not You – Elvis Presley (RCA)
13. A Wonderful Dream – The Majors (Imperial)
14. What Kind of Love is This –
Joey Dee & the Starliters (Roulette)
15. You Beat Me to the Punch – Mary Wells (Motown)
16. Teen Age Idol – Rick Nelson (Imperial)
17. Stop the Wedding – Etta James (Argo)
18. Green Onions – Booker T. & the MG’s (Stax)
19. Surfin’ Safari – The Beach Boys (Capitol)
20. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow – The Rivingtons (Liberty)

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September 3, 2016 at 8:30 am

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