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Ty Cobb On “I’ve got a Secret”

Today another iconic show, “I’ve got a Secret” and a segment of that show with the legendary, baseball great Ty Cobb, that aired in September 1955.

Gary Moore is the show’s host while the panelists on this show were Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle and Jayne Meadows.

Cobb is most personable, in sharp contrast to his image.

I have included my review of Ty’s grandson’s Herschel’s book, “Heart of a Tiger,” depicting a loving grandfather.

Enjoy the segment.

Book Review: Heart of a Tiger on June 30, 2013

Ty Cobb on the TV show “I’ve got a Secret.” Sep. 28, 1955 – YouTube


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The immortal Ty Cobb, pictured above.







Nationals’ National (League Pennant)

The Washington Nationals nee Montreal Expos franchise captured their first pennant, in this their 50th completed season (’69-2019, with no post-season in ’94, when it should be noted the then Montreal Expos had baseball’s best record, when the season was canceled), completing a four game NLCS sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals last night.

It is the third time the Cardinals have been swept in a best of 7 series, the first vs the great Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig Yankees in 1928 and the more recent one, in the ’04 World Series, vs the Boston Red Sox.

The 2004 World Series victory for the Red Sox ended an 86 year title drought, while last night’s Washington Nationals pennant means World Series games will be played in the United States capital for the first time in 86 years.


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Howie Kendrick, pictured above, was named NLCS MVP.

In the division series vs L.A. in the decisive 5th game,  Kendrick’s top of the tenth inning, grand slam home run, essentially lifted the Nationals into the NLCS.

Twenty Years Since Wilt Went Away

Twenty years ago on this day, (not date, as it was October 12th), the great and legendary, Wilt Chamberlain passed away.

Almost each March 2nd, I cite Wilt’s 100 point game on that date in 1962. Likely more amazing, he averaged over 50 points per game in that (1961-1962) NBA regular season.

While his teams pretty clearly should have won more titles, Wilt played on the two best record NBA teams (the (1966-1967) Philadelphia 76ers and (1971-1972) Los Angeles Lakers), at the time, each of whom won titles.

He was a “man of the world,” with many interests who enjoyed life and its pleasures.

In these “pendulum swinging” times, Wilt’s quote citing “our Victorian past and hypocritical present,” regarding mores, especially those regarding sexual activity, came to mind today.

At that point, I realized it has been 20 years since, perhaps, God called Wilt for his volleyball team.

Click below for a nice Volkswagen ad with Wilt and his 76ers’ teammate/friend and superb player, Bill(y) Cunningham.



Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward On What’s My Line

Today, another great episode of the iconic television show, “What’s My Line?”

The mystery guests are husband and wife actors, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It is early in each actor’s brilliant career.

Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen and Art Linkletter are the panelists.

John Charles Daly is the show’s host.




LCS Update And Notes

The Washington Nationals, playing in their first LCS or any best of seven series, have a (2-0) series lead for just the second time in 8 post-season series, after winning the first two games in St. Louis.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees handed the Houston Astros their 5th consecutive LCS loss, winning the ALCS opener in Houston.

It is the first time in 7 Astros’ LCS (4 in the National League), that they failed to win either the series opener or the first tilt in Houston.

Washington D.C.’s only baseball title (the Senators), was 95 years ago (1924), the year after the Yankees won the first of their 27 such titles.



Joe Judge was a prominent member of that 1924 Washington Senators title team.


Thoughts Regarding Paul Mazursky

After seeing Paul Mazursky’s name as the credits rolled after a “Gunsmoke” episode he directed, I thought about his wonderful career as a director, writer and actor.

His work included “An Unmarried Woman,” “Harry And Tonto” and “Bob& Carol& Ted& Alice,” certainly films that took us rather deeply into the mores change and exploration of self.

I recall Paul as one of the students in “Blackboard Jungle,” an excellent film with Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier.

The “Gunsmoke” episode involved poker and it and the memory of Mr. Mazursky as a player in the “executive,” at least special poker game, on the iconic television show, “The Sopranos,” represents a good illustration of the “long winding,” great work of Paul Mazursky.


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Paul Mazursky, an epic talent, pictured above.

The Washington Mystics Win The WNBA Crown

A night after the Washington Nationals won a decisive 5th game to move into the league semi-final round, the Washington Mystics won a winner take all, #5 at home vs the Connecticut Sun, to claim their first WNBA crown.

Playoffs MVP, Emma Meesseman led the way with 22 points, while Elena Delle Donne, playing through injury, added 21.

Emma Cloud hit some big shots and the Mystics (8-0) run to break a 72 all tie proved decisive in the (89-78) win.

It is the first title as head coach for Mike Thibault, who was an assistant coach on two Lakers’ title teams (’80 and ’82), the ’82 team with Bob McAdoo coming off the bench, being in my opinion, the one that would win vs any other team.

The Sun in their 21st season (’99 as the Orlando Miracle-2019) played well, (Jacquel Jones had a game high 25 points), but lost in the final for the third time, the first two under Mike Thibault.

In winning the ’80 and ’82 crowns, the Lakers with Thibault on the staff, won quarterfinal series vs the Phoenix Suns, who have now played 51 seasons (’69-2019) with nary an NBA title.

Inside The W With Michelle Smith: Mystics Win It All

Click above for a nice article by WNBA “maven” Michelle Smith


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Elena Delle Donne, pictured above,  played on two teams that were swept in the final, one being the Mystics last season, but now she and her fine team win in the maximum 5 games, to bring the title to “Wash” D.C.