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September 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm

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1968: Denny McClain won # 30

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As I recall, it was Oakland at Detroit and the NBC Game of the Week.  

And Denny McClain won his 30th game of the season:

“Anticipation built as McLain held the young and powerful A’s scoreless until the fourth inning, when their budding superstar Reggie Jackson connected for a home run with one man on, giving Oakland a 2-0 lead. The Tigers’ Norm Cash answered in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run home run to put the Tigers up 3-2, but Oakland tied it up in the fifth when shortstop Bert Campaneris singled in a run, and took the lead 4-3 in the sixth when Jackson again sent one into the stands. McLain remained determined to go home with the win, however, and he hung in the game until the bottom of the ninth, when he was pulled for pinch-hitter Al Kaline with his team still trailing by one.
The move turned out to be a good one for McLain: Kaline was walked, and with one out, Mickey Stanley singled up the middle, sending Kaline to third. Next up was Jim Northrup, who hit a bouncing ball up the first base line to A’s first baseman Danny Carter, as Kaline raced toward home. Carter’s throw sailed high over home plate, and Kaline was safe, tying the game at 4-4. With the home crowd at Tigers Stadium cheering him on, Willie Horton came to the plate and, with the count at 2-2, sent the ball to deep left out of A’s left fielder Jim Gosger’s “

Detroit won that pennant in ’68 and defeated St Louis in the World Series. However, it was Mickey Lolich who won 3 games, including game 7, to make the Tigers the champs.    McClain won game 6 to force a game 7.

Let me add a footnote.  Bob Welch of the Dodgers won 27 in 1988.  No one has come close to 30 ever since and probably not for a long time.  

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September 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Just read that Bobby Vee has Alzheimer’s disease

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A few days ago, I read that Bobby Vee, the 1960s teen idol, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.     Bobby turned 73 in April and retired shortly after getting the diagnosis.

This is the article from Billboard in 2012:   

Former 1960s teen pop idol Bobby Vee says he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The 69-year-old, born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D., says on his website that he was diagnosed last year.

“Needless to say it was a moment that stunned my family and myself to the core,” the singer writes. “Since this time I have chosen to remain private and to focus on what is most important to me: my family and my music.”    

Vee was born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, South Dakota.   He recently lost his wife of 50 years.     

Again,  I am a bit late to the story.   We wish Bobby the best.  

He recorded a lot of great songs.    He put 30 songs in the Billboard Top 100 including several in the Top 10:  “Take Good Care of My Baby” # 1, “Devil or Angel” “Rubber Ball” “More Than I Can Say”, “Run to Him”, “The Night Has a Thousand eyes”, and “Come Back When You Grow Up”.    As I understand, he was one of the first artists to use what we now call a video to promote a song.

My favorite is “The night has a thousand eyes”:



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September 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Be careful about a weak Mexican peso

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(My new American Thinker post)

The Trump-Mexico hysterical sideshow has a new episode. They are now talking about Mr. Trump and the Mexican peso. Some people are seeing a connection between better Trump polls and a decline in the value of the peso.

It was first brought to my attention at Fausta’s Blog. Now Eric Martin at Bloomberg is also writing about it:

Polls? Who needs ’em.

If you want to know how Donald Trump is doing, all you need to do is check the Mexican peso.

Over the past four months, Mexico’s currency has repeatedly declined when Trump’s election outlook improves and rallied when his odds of winning slump.

The peso tumbled to a 2 1/2-month low Monday after his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, canceled a two-day trip to California because she’s suffering from pneumonia.

The presidential campaign has kept Juan Carlos Alderete busy. The 32-year-old head of currency strategy for Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB in Mexico City said phone calls from clients such as pension and mutual funds jumped 50 percent in July, when Trump improved his showing in predictive models like FiveThirtyEight during the Republican and Democratic conventions. 

Alderete has become a U.S. political junkie, closely following the daily movements and speeches of the two candidates — particularly the one who pledges to end or overhaul Nafta and make Mexico pay for a $10 billion border wall.

For the record, no one was more anti-NAFTA than then Senator Obama in 2008 and it had zero impact on the Mexico peso. Remember when they sent Obama campaign representatives to visit with the Canada government to calm them down?     

Let me add a couple of thoughts about the Mexican peso.

First, devaluations are chaotic and we see the consequences up here. I was living in Mexico City in 1982 working for a U.S. bank when the peso went from 27 to 72 in one morning. It was panic like I’ve never seen before. We had Mexican clients on the phone wondering how they were going to pay their dollar denominated loans. We had U.S. citizens on the other line wondering about their “mex-dolares”, or their investments in Mexico. The merchants were changing their prices to reflect the new peso vs dollars. Even the fellow who came in the office to shine our shoes was aware of the devaluation and wondering how it’d impact his business. It was chaos like I’ve never seen before.   

Things were so crazy that year that Paul McCartney wrote a song about the world’s currencies: “The pound is sinking“. From the collapse of the Argentina peso to the devaluation in Mexico of August 1982, a pop song by the former Beatle was one way of dealing with it.

The peso was also devalued in 1994 and I would argue that it set off much of the illegal immigration that we saw subsequently. My point is that peso volatility does not help anyone, specifically a future President Trump dealing with the chaos that it always brings.

Second, I don’t think that the current peso unease has anything to do with Trump. Back in February 2016, or around the time of New Hampshire’s primaries, there were already signs of a weak peso. I specifically saved this article and forward it to some friends in Mexico:

The Mexican peso’s exchange rate to the U.S. dollar, which has normally traded at 12:1, recently jumped to 19:1, putting a serious pinch on Mexicans’ wallets. For Mexicans, the widening exchange rate means it has suddenly become nearly twice as expensive to travel to the U.S. or buy U.S. goods.

As a result, currency exchange rates and inflation have strangely become the talk of the town — and not just among economists, but all Mexicans. Young people especially are slamming the government for trying to downplay the effects of depreciating currency on their daily lives.

Is the Mexican peso a poll about the U.S. election?  I don’t think so. It is a statement on concerns about the Mexican economy, such as low oil prices. It is also about exports and having a peso that helps Mexican exporters. That was the consensus of an economic summary that I read a few months ago.

Trump causing a weakening of the Mexico peso? I don’t think so and pray that it is not so. Mexico has been floating its peso since the late 1990s and it’s been good for both sides. Again, I saw a Mexican peso devaluation first hand and it was not fun, even if I went out that weekend and bought some nice business suits suddenly cheaper in dollars!

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September 14, 2016 at 7:32 am