Friendship 7, Plus 60

John Glenn was one of NASA’s original group of seven astronauts in Project Mercury.  On February 20, 1962, his orbit in the Friendship 7 capsule was cut short because of concerns about the heat shield.  This is an excerpt from my book 1962: Baseball and America...

When Willie Comes Marching Home

It didn’t take long. Three days after the San Francisco Giants traded Willie Mays to the New York Mets in 1972, the “Say Hey Kid” smacked a home run in his first game with the Queens-based ball club—a solo blast securing a 5-4 victory over his former team on Mother’s...

26 Innings

Like an avid mystery reader frustrated after finding the last two pages identifying the killer ripped out of a 600-page novel, so were the fans at Braves Field on May 1, 1920. There would be no closure for a game that went nearly triple the standard nine-inning...

Sputnik

60 years ago today, the world marveled, reeled, and responded to Russia’s launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite. And so mankind’s journey towards manned spaceflight began.  Time described the chirping sounds coming from Sputnik as...

JFK vs. LBJ

“Neither heroic nor exciting.” That is how Patrick O’Donovan of the Herald Tribune – London Observer Service described President Eisenhower’s America of the 1950s. 1960 reversed the political status quo in the White House. Or at least detoured it towards a feeling of...