July 13, 2008
Haiku for Today (Bobby Murcer)
Bobby Murcer was
followed Mantle as the star,
but was just himself
Born May 20, 1946 in Oklahoma City, OK
Died July 12, 2008
He had the unfortunate job of following Mickey Mantle as the star of the Yankees (who followed Dimaggio, Gehrig and Ruth).
He had a great career and was (by all accounts) a great person. Just being himself.This entry was posted in the following categories: Completely Off Topic! , Haikus of the Day , The Culture of Sports
June 11, 2008
Haiku for Today (Baseball Today)
The Mets and Tigers,
Great dreams and hopes this season
Lost in a rough spring
June 05, 2008
Haiku for Today (Red Wings)
Noise in HockeyTown
Fans Celebrating loudly
All from lifting the cup
February 02, 2008
Made in the USA
From the New York Times
Sports / Pro Football
At a Small Ohio Factory, Leather and Laces Mesh
By KATIE THOMAS
Published: February 2, 2008
The National Football League is the only major sports league whose balls are manufactured in the United States.
--from the article--
The N.F.L. is the only major sports league whose balls are manufactured in the United States. World Series baseballs come from a factory in Costa Rica. Basketballs in the N.B.A. finals first bounced on the floors of factories in China.
This is all pretty amazing. I assumed that none of our equipment was made locally anymore. I know it makes sense from an economic point of view to move jobs to where they can be done more efficiently, but will any of us be working if that were to happen? How much would a football cost that we would buy for our kids if it were made here? That is the real question I have.
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August 14, 2007
Passing of a Gentleman: Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto
I worked at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in the Library from November 1996 to November 1998. I have returned each year to help with the database and computing tasks for the Hospitality Crew for Hall of Fame. We setup in The Otesaga Hotel (the event headquarters for the Hall), and I basically stay there all weekend. It is where I have learned a great deal about service and hospitality.
One year, I believe it was 2004 or 2005, I had a great experience. We have a TV in the suite and it was, as you might imagine, on a Yankees game. Phil Rizzuto and collector Barry Halper came into the suite and sat down to enjoy the game. While I had work to do, I stopped in every so often to see if they needed anything and just to chat about the game. Sitting there with the two of them was the most enjoyable moment I ever had watching the Yankees (more of a Mets man myself). I remember one year he returned early from Induction and I got him tea to drink. He was so appreciative and thankful that it made the rest of the day much easier to manage.
Rizzuto was a class act and a great guy. We'll miss you Phil.This entry was posted in the following categories: The Culture of Sports