Archive for May, 2013

Circle Me Bert!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

What is your favorite baseball nickname?  The Say Hey Kid for Willie Mays?  The Yankee Clipper for Joe DiMaggio?  Mr. Cub for Ernie Banks?  Tom Terrific for Tom Seaver?

ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman christened a tongue-in-cheek nickname for Bert Blyleven with a play on the pitcher’s last name — Bert Be Home Blyleven.  Blyleven, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, has created a phenomenon as a Minnesota Twins broadcaster that rivals his baseball exploits.

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“Let Them Play!”

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Baseball is a beautiful game, largely because it has no clock determining its end.  An NFL team has 45 seconds to execute an offensive play.  An NBA team, 24 seconds.  But baseball has no time limit.

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training illustrated this point with the help of an inspirational chant, a defiant kid, and Bob Watson.

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Mascot Power

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Coal.  Logging.  Natural gas.

West Virginia is more than a state rich with natural resources.  It is, in fact, a minor league baseball treasure.

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Sparky Anderson

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Sparky Anderson is a Cincinnati legend.  He managed the Cincinnati Reds — the Big Red Machine — in the 1970s and delivered two World Series championships, four National League championships, and five National League East championships to Queen City.  And then he was fired.

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Harvard, Hearst, and Mudville

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Next month, Casey at the Bat celebrates its 125th anniversary.  Penned by Ernest Thayer, the story might never have happened but for an Ivy League friendship with William Randolph Hearst.

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Paul Newman’s World Series Pranks and Franks

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

As dusk anticipated relieving the sun of its duties during the twilight of October 3, 1956, Paul Newman hustled through the stage entrance of the Mansfield Theatre, an august Broadway institution on West 47th Street in Manhattan.  Yes, that Paul Newman.

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Before Roger Rabbit Was Framed, He Was Censored

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  But the 1988 film that joined animation’s favorite characters with live action has its roots in a 1981 novel by Gary K. Wolf — Who Censored Roger Rabbit?  It’s a different story altogether.  Literally.

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Origins: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It’s A Wonderful Life is a slice of Americana.  A small town guy with big city dreams sacrifices his goals for his friends, family, and community in Bedford Falls, New York.

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Origins: “All in the Family”

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

All in the Family dominated prime time programming in the first half of the 1970s.  It was a jewel for the Tiffany Network, a nickname for CBS because of the network’s high quality news and entertainment programming.

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Origins: “Casablanca”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

You must remember this:  Casablanca is a classic movie.  But did you know this?  Casablanca had less than auspicious beginnings.

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