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NHL Update

Last season, in a real season, the St. Louis Blues won an overtime, decisive game 7 vs their long time and many time playoffs rival, the Dallas Stars, en route to their first title, which came in their 61st completed season.

Today the teams met to decide a seeding position, quite a difference in importance.

The Stars won in overtime and as the 3rd seed in the West will face the Calgary Flames in the round of 16. 4th seed and defending champion St. Louis will meet the 5th seed Vancouver Canucks.

 

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Hall of Fame player, Brett Hull, pictured above, played for both the Blues and the Stars.

More Baseball Notes May 19, 1963

In addition to Sandy Koufax, cited in a recent post as having pitched and won on May 19, 1963, there were 5 other Hall of Fame pitchers that started games that day.

In the second game of a doubleheader, Warren Spahn notched his 333rd career win while, in the first game of a doubleheader, Robin Roberts, then pitching for the Baltimore Orioles won his 246th game.

Great pitchers Whitey Ford of the Yankees and Bob Gibson, not quite great yet, lost games that day, while Juan Marichal got a no decision in an eventual Giants’ second game win.

Felipe Alou gave the Giants the second game win with a game ending home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. There was much more that day and I will note some of it in future posts.

 

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A tremendous pitcher, Robin Roberts, pictured above.

 

 

“What’s My Line?” With Mystery Guest, Johnny Carson

Today, the day after my long streak of posting each day came to an end, partially in tribute to Fran McGee (she played “Mrs. Johnny Roastbeef” in the film, “Goodfellas”), who died in April, a really special episode, of “What’s My Line?” from February, 1962.

Johnny Carson is the mystery guest, while Toots Shor, the legendary New York restauranteur, is a regular guest, however, the panelists do wear blindfolds.

Those panelists are Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Dorothy Kilgallen and Martin Gabel.

John Charles Daly is the show’s host.

 

 

Baseball May 19, 1963 Notes

An incredible array of great pitchers took the mound on Sunday May 19, 1963.

There were 7 doubleheaders and three single games in the 20 team(s) big leagues. Only the eventual ’63 title winning, Dodgers, among the 14 teams involved in the doubleheaders, gained a sweep and that after hard fought wins vs the second year New York Mets.

In the opener, Sandy Koufax out dueled Roger Craig, as the Dodgers won (1-0), while they needed Frank Howard’s game ending 2 run home run to complete the sweep, (4-2) in 13 innings.

More on the great pitchers, Sandy being one of them, that pitched on May 19, 1963 in future posts.

 

Frank “Hondo” Howard, pictured above.

 

 

Baseball Expansion Team(s) Title Notes Cont’d

I will cite some of the expansion entities, each with two added teams, with none having the same number of World Series victories.

The first expansion, of the American League variety, brought in the new Washington Senators (the old ones, moved to Minnesota where they have clinched two, 7 game World Series victories) and the then Los Angeles, later California and now again L.A. but at Anaheim Angels.

Washington moved to Texas, becoming the Rangers in 1972 and though so close in 2011, have not won a title. The Angels won it all in 2002.

One more: Also in the A.L. the Kansas City Royals entered with the Seattle Pilots in 1969. Seattle played one season there and became the Milwaukee Brewers, now a National League team.

K.C. which has football crowns 50 years apart with the Chiefs, won baseball titles 30 years apart in ’85 and 2015 with the Royals. The Pilots/Brewers have never won a World Series.

 

Click above as the then new president, John F. Kennedy is shown throwing out the first ball in the new Washington Senators’ first game on April 10, 1961.

 

 

Baseball Expansion Team(s) titles notes

There have been 7 expansions in baseball, actually 6 but the one in 1969 brought in 4 teams, hence I call it two expansions.

None of the expansions have teams from said expansion, with the same number of World Series victories.

If the Houston Astros had won the ’19 World Series vs the Nationals, nee 1969 N.L. expansion tram, Montreal Expos, as they should have, there would be two “ties.”

More on this in future posts.

 

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Thurman Munson Notes

It is hard to believe that 41 years have passed since star Yankees’ catcher, Thurman Munson was killed while piloting his own small plane on this date.

He was a great player, I believe delivering really key, if not the key hits as the 1978 Yankees first won the A.L. East, then the ALCS and finally the World Series.

 

One of those key hits by Munson, clearly the big hit of the Yankees’ ’78 ALCS win vs the K.C. Royals, was the home run, b8 of game 3 with the Yankees behind by a run and the series tied at a game apiece. It is shown above.

Roy White, an unheralded and unappreciated by Steinbrenner (witness after his playing days) player, scored in front of Munson. 

 

TCM Has A Barbara Stanwyck Tribute

Today and tonight TCM is offering a tribute to the great Barbara Stanwyck.

Tonight at 10 P.M. Stanwyck stars with Fred MacMurray in the classic Billy Wilder directed “Double Indemnity.”

Earlier, Stanwyck was shown in “East Side West Side” and in the cast was Tom Powers.

Powers is a fairly prominent presence in “Double Indemnity.”

 

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Barbara Stanwyck, pictured above.

Games People (Leagues) Play

There were two NBA “regular season” games last night.

Each was decided by two points. Good games, I suppose.

Guess what they meant nothing in terms of the standings. There will be no home court advantage in the playoffs.

I strongly wish there was no baseball, even more so basketball. I like hockey but not intrinsically better than the other two.

However, hockey is about their playoffs. If it is safe which is a big question mark, I am not against this version of the NHL playoffs and I will post about them.

 

You know my memory. Before game 3 of the great 1975 World Series I heard The Spinners sing “Games People Play” on the radio.

Baseball needed and got a great 1975 World Series. This what they are doing, will not solve its many problems. 

Remembering Regis Philbin

Some of my memories, certainly not the best known, of the prolific entertainer and television legend, Regis Philbin, who died last week at age 88, will follow.

It is Thursday May 15, 1980 and I am in Los Angeles and I see A.M. Los Angeles, with co hosts Regis Philbin and Cyndy Garvey.

Philbin is entertaining, talking about game 5 of the NBA final (Lakers vs 76ers) played the night before. He is enthralled with how the public address announcers call Henry Bibby’s name. He imitates them. Good stuff.

Regis often opened his morning shows (Sarah Purcell, Cyndy Garvey, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Rippa were his major co hosts over 35 plus years), with sports, especially involving Notre Dame football.

He and I had a funny talk at a New York City event one night, as I lamented the fact Notre Dame was not going “over” its projected season wins total. I think Mr. Philbin said “and you had the over.”

Regis Philbin certainly went OVER, in a big way. He had a Guinness Book of World Records total for hours on television and truly was a very popular entertainer.

Oh another “sport,” a favorite “inside” past time, namely sex. Mr. Regis (think Woody Allen saying Mr. Milton Berle, in I think “Broadway Danny Rose”) had a role in Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex and Were Afraid To Ask.” He was a panelist. Again good stuff.

Regis Philbin had a remarkable career.

 

 

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Regis Philbin, pictured above.