#63 Sports Camp 2020

Well, I must say, this was a good one.  Below was the schedule for first annual Sports Camp 2020: Sports Camp 2020 Dates               Tues – 28th/Wed – 29th / Thurs – 30th       TIME Tuesday Activities – July 28 – Camp Opening Ceremonies/Check-in                         Wednesday Activities – July 29th Screen Time                                                                                                 7:00AM – 8:30 Depart                                                                                                                  9:00 BoulderingContinue reading “#63 Sports Camp 2020”

#62 The Restart

Today is August 1, 2020.  We are about a week into the restart of professional baseball, or I guess, more accurately referred to as Opening Day of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, a season that will go down as unlike any other.  At this point it is anyone’s guess if the baseball season, nowContinue reading “#62 The Restart”

#61 Uncle Jimmy

No, not that Uncle Jimmy; this is about a different Uncle Jimmy; the Uncle Jimmy you would wish for. So what do Bobby Lillis, Bill Monbuquette, Johnny Werhas and Gene Conley have in common?  That’s right, Uncle Jimmy. – Bobby Lillis was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951.  He did not make the bigContinue reading “#61 Uncle Jimmy”

#60 The Cut-out Fans and the Cut up season

The next story was actually supposed to be #59, a glimpse of the career of Laura Baugh, a female professional golfer from Long Beach who grew up with Marijane.  Given the sudden intervention of the Major League Baseball season, I have elected to put Laura on hold for a minute and skip ahead to theContinue reading “#60 The Cut-out Fans and the Cut up season”

#55 Dice Baseball

Ok, here’s a good one. I should have thought about this back in March when they put all the real games away. We could have started our own Dice Baseball League. During all this covid down-time we could have been playing dice baseball, instead of sitting around staring at a blank TV screen, or tryingContinue reading “#55 Dice Baseball”

#54 The Season of 37%

The what? That’s right.  Get used to it.  From now until October we will be dividing everything by .37… 60 games; Today, at last a decision was made by all of the powers that be.  Major league baseball will head back to Spring (?) training by July 1st and professional baseball will resume by JulyContinue reading “#54 The Season of 37%”

#52 The Four Musketeers

In 1625 a young man named d’Artagnan left home to travel to Paris, hoping to join the Musketeers of the Guard.  Although d’Artagnan was not able to join the elite corps immediately, he is befriended by three of the most formidable musketeers of the era – Athos, Porthos and Aramis, “the three inseparables” – and becomes involvedContinue reading “#52 The Four Musketeers”

#47 Jim Bouton

Ok, so did someone say controversy?  So here is a real controversy stirred up by one of those New York Yankees, pitcher Jim Bouton.  I think I have a few of Jim’s baseball cards from the early 1960’s.  Jim passed away last year at the age of 80.  Seemed like a good guy, despite theContinue reading “#47 Jim Bouton”

#46 Rick Monday

Today is June 6th.  It is the 76th anniversary of D-Day; the invasion of Normandy.  D-Day, 1946 marked the largest air, land and sea invasion in history.  150,000 allied troops arrived on the beaches of Western Europe.  It was the turning point in World War II.  It allowed the allies to gain a foothold inContinue reading “#46 Rick Monday”

#45 Hank Aaron

Sheesh.  I guess it is about time to hear about Hank Aaron. So, steering somewhat clear of the current racial unrest in America, and sticking to how the black athletes of my generation were able to navigate, the story of Hank Aaron is a great example of the times and the challenges. Yes, I canContinue reading “#45 Hank Aaron”