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1969 World Series Teams

The first Mets game, albeit one in spring training, after news of Ed Charles’ death, was played vs the Baltimore Orioles.

Perhaps symbolically, it ended in a (4-4) tie.

That leaves me to some baseball thoughts on the two 100 or more wins, teams that clashed in the 1969 World Series.

A victorious Mets’ team, tremendous long shots when the season began, did win 100 games and were a tremendous team, with excellent pitching and a team in the field and at bat, platooned at many positions, that played fundamental baseball, under manager Gil Hodges.

They bid for the division title the next season and with many of the same players went to the seventh game of the 1973 World Series, before losing to an Oakland Athletics’ team, that won the middle/second of three straight World Series crowns.

Tomorrow, a look at a truly great, but perhaps slightly underachieving, Baltimore Orioles team (s).


“Glider” Gone, Thus Remembering Ed Charles AKA “The Glider” On The 100 Win, Glorious ’69 Mets

After catcher Jerry Grote, Ed Charles, who died yesterday at the age of 84, was the next player to reach and celebrate the incredible New York Mets’ 1969 “miracle” title with winning pitcher, Jerry Koosman.

That title, that long shot, that time, a year of Woodstock and a man on the moon, (not Andy Kaufman), was of course, a seminal moment for so many, not just Mets’ fans.

Add Charles and all he went through: a long minor league career often facing segregation and worse, thus there is glory and good that the man called “The Glider,” was an integral part of that title team.

I met the affable Mr. Charles on more than one occasion and am glad he cherished that team and its accomplishments.

Ed scored the winning run in game 2 of the World Series as he, Grote and then Al Weis delivered hits in the top of the ninth inning of a (1-1) game a day after the favored and great Orioles won game 1. He also hit a home run in the division clincher “that championship season.”


Ed Charles about to join #36 pitcher Jerry Koosman and #15 Jerry Grote in celebration of the incredible 1969 Mets’ title.



The Brilliant Stephen Hawking And Perhaps, Beyond

Surely, renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, who overcame exponential adversity to achieve so much, knew/knows things, most can not conceive.

Mr. Hawking died yesterday, off, perhaps, to a great beyond, which will accept his input regarding the universe, maybe manifesting in the desperate need for help on insignificant to the vast universe, but, our earth.

The first good sign: On the day Mr. Hawking “departed,” he was a Jeopardy answer, answered correctly in the form of a question by the first contestant that responded.

Yes questions, big and small! Thank you Mr. Hawking for your bravery and insight and have a “big contributions ball.”


The Great Nick Nolte At 92 Y.

The dynamism, wit and depth of the great actor, Nick Nolte were all on display this week, when he was interviewed by Annette Ingsdorf, as part of the “Reel Pieces” series at 92 Y.

Mr. Nolte thoroughly entertained and I believe moved (certainly he did me, with insights into his craft and life) the audience with great stories and details about his work.

Certainly his new book, “Rebel: My Life Outside The Lines,” is one I must read, after hearing Nolte speak about such outstanding work as “Rich Man, Poor Man,” and “Affliction” while also regaling us with stories, concerning such stars as Robert Mitchum and Barbra Streisand.

There was so much more, many tidbits, not gossip, that made me dizzy in a great way, trying to remember.

Clips were shown at three different points as Ms. Ingsdorf kept the proceedings going in an effective way, “clearing out” for Nolte’s passion and brilliance, doing so with her own added information.

On a personal note, Nick after a long day, was gracious in talking to me about a mutual friend, the superb author, Pete Gent, who wrote one of Nolte’s early fine films, “North Dallas Forty.”

His sensitivity and passion as displayed by his character in that film and in real life, for such injured football players such as Jim Otto, define the man. His courtesy to me will be remembered fondly as I continue to watch his work past, present and future.

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Rebel – Nick Nolte – Hardcover – HarperCollins US


Nick Nolte, pictured above.

Kentucky, Kansas And 8 Notes

Kentucky and Kansas won their respective S.E.C. and Big 12 (once the Big Eight) Conference tournaments, which means little.

However, the “8” year reminder is that in six of the seven, “8” years,  in which there was an NCAA Tournament, either Kentucky or Kansas took home the crown.

Four times in the tournament that began in 1939, Kentucky won it all (1948, 1958, 1978 and 1998).

Kansas led by Danny Manning took the title in 1988 and again 20 years later in 2008.

Each has a viable shot at the crown in the tournament’s eighth, “8” ending season in 2018.



Oh the ESPN Hype!

It has been a while. I have to report and opine on the following.

The hype for LeBron James he of the (38-28), Cleveland Cavaliers is unbearable. This is especially so from ESPN.

All weekend it was either James or Tiger Woods, each at one time/still very good, but always and forever, hyped beyond words by ESPN.

Finally ESPN in its top 5 “buzzer beaters” of all-time, erroneously stated the ’83 N.C. State title was the school’s first.

Sorry, but it was the school’s second, the first was in 1974, with the great David Thompson, leading the way.


David Thompson pictured above, “jumped to the moon,” on the basketball court.

LeBron James will probably again violate the 5 man sport of basketball’s delicate balance and “jump” teams for a third time.

(2)Tommy Davis, (2) Willie Davis Posted Again With Updated Comments

Today a look back at a post about football and baseball players with the same name, one in each sport.

I fondly remember all and attest to the greatness of football’s Willie Davis and baseball’s Tommy Davis. The other Willie Davis and Tommy Davis were very good.

Sandy Koufax agreed with me that had not baseball’s Tommy Davis broken his ankle in 1965, he would have been on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

Kudos to Lou Johnson for helping L.A. win it all replacing Tommy that season. A link to the post follows.



1965 also was a title year for Willie Davis and the Green Bay Packers and Willie and Tommy Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers.