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  1. thanks Steve! Clearly, my google skills have corroded a bit
  2. Stumbled across Singer-Guitarist Charlie Palloy recently, someone that apparently recorded under several names in the early 30s (mainly on the Crown label) then seemed to disappear. Haven't found a photo of him even! More impressed with his singing than guitaring. Obviously tried to sound like Crosby, but still had his own style. There is a cd out there too.... more soulful... more swinging....

    some too brief footage of Duke, Cab and Baron Lee from 1931
  4. Does Oscar Peterson get a bad rap?

    just saw this the other day.... lets analyze/criticize this to death
  5. It's nice to see a plucky, small market team like the Yankees finally sign a top flight starter! where do they get the money to pay him though? I heard Jeff Passan say the Yankees only bring in $800,000,000....a year.
  6. Yes, Safe in Hell is something else indeed! ( Dorothy Mackaill sadly only shows up for a second dressed like this) Struck me odd how there was no credits at the beginning of the film. Never have read why this was the case, as I can't think of another film that did that from the 1930s (or 40s, 50s, etc) Did ya know Dorothy Mackaill was British? I sure never did. Gave up movies in 1937, but....naturally, her last 2 acting roles were on the original Hawaii 5-0! I about choked when I looked up an old lady that called the police in a 1976 episode and saw her name! She died in Hawaii, no better place to die.
  7. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    amazing, isn't it???? I don't think anyone really gave the Nats a chance....I sure didn't after losing 3 in a row at home. Stephen Strasburg, IF he wanted to become a Free agent, could get a whole heck of a lot of moola....guessing since he re-upped in D.C. when he could have gotten more on the market (must have P.O.ed Borass so much when he told him he was staying put, that he thought about dropping him as a client) he's going to opt out then sign with them again. Nats just won't be good enough to compete next year without him.... Nice to see Houston look mortal. I sure thought it was going to Dodgers vs. Astros, and for the Astros to win it all.
  8. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    well, he hasn't played since 2016, when he won 1 game, and lost 10. Had one game he was pulled in the 4th quarter after throwing for 4 whole yards! But, some team should take on the media shitstorm (and likely fan backlash) that would follow, so they can have a QB who hasn't played in almost 3 years? wait, I thought this was a baseball thread! If the superbowl was the Houston Texans vs. the Washington Redskins....huge ratings, cuz...SUPERBOWL! but, Astros vs. Nats? Nah, I'll watch ...whatever I haven't seen before on Netflix....
  9. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    apparently, the regular season is just least if you are the braves, and their fans I figured there was no way the braves could beat the Dodgers, or the Astros ....of course the Braves won the season series against the Nats, and the Cards, and the last series against the Dodgers (at SunTrust) ...could see the braves beating the Nats if we had faced them, even with our inferior rotation....woulda, coulda, shoulda....still couldn't see us beating the Astros.... Nats are built for the playoffs with their rotation, but so are the 'stros...I could, could see Houston win 4 straight...I could also see Strasburg winning tonight...but, still cannot fathom the Astros being swept. but...who knows? I guess that's why they play them (for now, lets have robot umps and players, now that would be interesting!)
  10. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    saw the end of their game in S.D. 3 walks after a single, for a walk off walk...just don't know how they can do it now losing Baez. Of course, Cards looked beyond terrible for most of the season, still a little time for the cubs...didn't know they are holding the 2nd wild card position as of today....most amazing team to have a change for the Wild card? the Diamondbacks. Traded away Paul Goldschmidt , lost Patrick Corbin to free agency, and traded Zack Greinke away a month ago, yet only 2 1/2 games back in the W.C. race! for some reason, I think of him as a left handed Joe Dimaggio....He may still win the MVP.... buy hey, sure was smart of the Marlins to trade away their young , all star outfield cuz...umm, they wouldn't be the powerhouse team they are now. The braves, Mets, Nats, Phils will be better than them for at least the next 5 years....and even when they get decent, why would any fans bother to show up, knowing they will just trade away anyone that becomes good in short order? they should just move the team to Vegas now, but they won't
  11. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    eventually, I had to of course agree. Ozzie was as good as you can be as a SS. but for a few years, Templeton was one of the most exciting players in the game. from 1977-79, he lead the league in triples. In 1979 he lead the league in hits, and I think he was the first switch hitter to get 100 hits from each side of the plate..Flipping off the STL fans sealed his doom there....bad knees seemed to turn him into an all glove no hit guy with S.D.
  12. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    Damn! I sure thought that error had been rectified! I must have dreamed that it happened.
  13. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    Don't shoot the intermediary Heh, if that's not the title of some book/song/ should be! thanks for passing it on to Mr. Wallace. well, perhaps Ted Simmons and the Cardinals would have been a better team if...perhaps...they didn't trade Jerry Reuss away after the 1971 season, when he was 22. (220 wins, almost 3700 innings, but hey, they got back Lance Clemons and Scipio Spinks. !) someone else that brilliant GM traded away(don't even know his name, probably shouldn't look it up as I would want to put a curse on him EDIT: Looked him up, Bing Devine, who have certainly heard of, and had a hand in the Cards winning 3 W.S. in the 60's, how did he turn into a terrible GM the 2nd time around? who am I forgetting? another pitchers the Cards traded away, that very same offseason. Oh yeah, STEVE CARLTON!!!!! I wonder if those 2 young, left handed starters would have helped Ted be better? I'm glad Mr Wallace did some more checking on Simmons...I do recall reading that Bill James had praise for Simba. I have also heard everyone from Keith Obermann, to Tim Kurkjian write that Simmons should be in the hall...I also read somewheres the horrible (in my book) Whitey Herzog has had a hand in keeping Simmons from getting voted in by the veterans committee . Simmons, may, may have been doing drugs, that was one excuse given in trading away another favorite of mine, Keith Hernandez (and Gary Templeton as well) Darrell Porter had quit by the time the Cards traded for him (he sadly died of a drug overdose years later) so hard to judge anyone , least of all catchers, towards the end of their careers. Gary Carter was a great defensive catcher, but really didn't seem all that good by the time his career was ending... hey, who could ever get enough Ted Simmons talk eh? found this link while trying to see If I could find where I read ol' Whitey was keeping Simmons from the Hall... very interesting read....still feel he underrates Simmons defense....sad there isn't a way to watch full games from the 70's and 80s (sure, earlier too) to see if folks like me are looking thru rose colored glasses a bit...I just don't recall him not being excellent at blocking balls in the dirt, later on in his career.
  14. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    Very interesting on Yogi, et al. No one leading the lead in anything....of course, anyone writing on catchers, always, ALWAYS forgets.... Ted Simmons. Had the bad luck to play when Johnny Bench also played...and Simmons played on a bunch of mediocre teams in the STL. Was Johnny Bench a better catcher? sure, offensively and defensively, but Bench have been the best catcher (defensively) ever. Ted Simmons did stuff Johnny never did though, like hit .300. (7 times, and hit .332 once, 1975 , he was only behind Bill Madlock, .354) Both were basically done at the age of 33, at least being elite players. I know no one cares about RBI's anymore, but Simmons has (a few) more than Bench (1389 to 1376) . More Rbis than HOF'ers Dwight Evans, Orlando Cepeda, Johnny Mize, Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Ron Santo, etc, etc, etc.. Simmons never struck out more than 51 times in a season either. Was certainly the best switch hitting catcher of all time, and I would argue he was in the top 10 of switch-hitters all time. and, what am I forgetting? Oh yeah , he was a Mother____ing Catcher!!!! get this, would they do this to ANY catcher today? in 1973, he played in 161 games! I know, he didn't catch 'em all for sure , but still, 161 games as a catcher, 1st baseman, or a pitch hitter. In St. Louis, on astroturf that could get up to 120 degrees. In fact, from 1972 to 1978, Simmons was in at least 150 games each season. Simmons had 2472 hits. How many catchers had more? 1. Ivan Rodriguez (and like Piazza, he may have had a little help from steroids, or HGH, Simmons drug of choice? Cigarettes) but whenever the best catchers are mentioned, Simmons isn''s a damn shame.
  15. WOW! I wonder if there would be interest in crowdfunding the publication of this manuscript? Or perhaps there is enough interest that wouldn't be necessary ?