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Mickey Mantle’s Last Game Notes

What turned out to be the great player, Mickey Mantle’s last major league game, was played on Saturday September 28, 1968 at Boston’s Fenway Park.

Mantle popped out to the Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli in the top of the first inning and was replaced at his announced position first base by Andy Kosco in the bottom of the first inning.

Mickey did not play in the season finale the next day and announced his retirement in spring training in March 1969.

 

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Fenway Park, pictured above.

Another ’19 Washington D.C. Title Winner (The WNBA Mystics) Open Today

A manifestation of all going on is that for the second time in 3 days, a defending Washington D.C. title team from 2019, will play its 2020 opening game.

Surely, two title teams from the same city/area have never opened their subsequent seasons in such  proximity.

The title team opening play today, as the 24th WNBA season commences amidst all, is/are? the Washington Mystics, as they meet the Indiana Fever.

The ’19 title winning, wild card Washington Nationals opened their next season 2 days ago and play their second game in front of the “cardboard fans” today.

Imagine writing this script, after the Mystics at home and the Nationals on the road claimed 2019 titles, in “winner take all”/decisive final round games!

 

Washington Title Teams Opening Game Notes

Before last season, only one Washington D.C. baseball team had won a World Series.

That team, the Senators, won it all in 1924 and won the pennant in 1925.

They opened their season after the title, as the Nationals did last night, with a loss to the New York Yankees, scoring just one run. That time (1925), the D.C. team was on the road, losing (5-1) at Yankee Stadium.

The ’25 Senators, again as defending champions, also had their home opener vs the Yankees. This time, behind the great pitcher, Walter Johnson, the Senators won (10-1).

 

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Walter Johnson, pictured above.

“Tea And Sympathy” Is A Great Film

I really enjoyed watching the great (1956) film, also a great play–“Tea And Sympathy,” yesterday on TCM.

The timeless story about not “fitting it” and said repercussions, is superb.

A pair of “Kerrs,” (Deborah and John) not related are the stars.

I recall the superb film critic, Jeffrey Lyons referring to Ms. Kerr as “Car as in star,” which I believe was a studio promotion, but has served me as a pronunciation guide for the fantastic, sensitive performer.

John Kerr, (I think pronounced the same as “basketballers with many titles accrued in different capacities,” namely Steve and John “Red” Kerr,) is the male lead and gives a superb performance.

More with names; as I cite two more in what was a great cast, first Leif Erickson, whose performances and frame stood tall, although he was not the one, who discovered “The Americas.”

Darryl Hickman (brother Dwayne portrayed television’s “Dobie Gillis”), also gives a nice performance in the highly acclaimed “Tea And Sympathy.”

 

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“Holy (and almost wholly) Cryptic, With Robin’s

“Holy cryptic” AndyB, who certainly is no Batman.

The “G” man, often an “after,” does believe the Tampa Bay Rays will do better than perceived and that the Seattle Mariners will do worse than perceived, in the 60 game, what amounts to the 2020 baseball season.

In other news, the great Karen is selling her house, but alas she did not “sell out,” to that 3 date rule.

Good for her and continued success, as I admire her from afar.

 

 

“What’s My Line?” From 1965, Muhammad Ali is the mystery guest

Today another great episode of “What’s My Line?,” this one from September, 1965.

Muhammad Ali is the mystery guest.

Panelists, in order of their introduction, are Arlene Francis, Joe Garagiola, Dorothy Kilgallen and Martin Gabel.

John Charles Daly is the show’s host.

 

 

More Regarding The Triple Play

The triple play (top 5, the Dodgers had leadoff man Maury Wills on second, second place hitter Jim Gilliam on first and by definition, the third place hitter was at bat) was engineered as Elio Chacon made a leaping catch on a line drive, went to Felix Mantilla to double off Wills and he threw to a stretching Gil Hodges, to triple off, Gilliam.

Willie Davis, who wore #3, was the batter.

Chacon, Mantilla and Hodges were the first three batters in the Mets’ lineup.

Davis homered T9, for the game’s final and decisive run.

 

Gil Hodges, pictured above hit 3 home runs in that May 30, 1962 doubleheader, moving him into a tie with Mets broadcaster, Ralph Kiner for the most home runs by a National League right hand hitting batter, at that time. 

Each had 369 home runs, which was tenth on the all-time list, at the time.

A Triple Play

I will never know but perhaps we were on the road in or even toward Washington D.C. that Memorial Day (Wednesday May 30th) in 1962.

It seemed and there was a triple play turned by the first year, eventual (40 wins, 120 losses) New York Mets vs the L.A. Dodgers, who lost a decisive unscheduled third playoff game for the N.L. flag to the San Francisco Giants.

More on the play, game and notes in upcoming posts.

 

Elio Chacon, pictured above made a great leaping catch to start that triple play.

 

 

Quickly, cryptically? and briefly regarding, John Lewis

My head was “up” but not in the right “up,” as I “mainlined” sports (on a lighter occasion, a dissertation on three great ’62 baseball teams) and not the cause and inherent courage of one so great, as John Lewis.

No matter the “push back,” no matter your other politics or even your “micro” world in this time of trouble, one can admire a life that did, a life of courage, a life that endured despite…. (read it, acts of violent cruelty and hate).

Thus, with more to follow in a less cryptic remembrance, I salute the great John Lewis, who died yesterday at age 80.

 

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As I wrote/typed the person on “the other end,”  quickly was redeemed from not knowing who John Lewis was.

The person quickly ascertained and spoke “we can all learn from him,” John Lewis.

Of Streaks Ending: Joe D’s hitting streak

Today in honor of one of sport’s greatest feats, Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak, I note only, it ended on this date in Cleveland 79 years ago.

 

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Cleveland Indians’ third baseman, Ken Keltner made two excellent defensive plays on balls hit by DiMaggio, the key plays as the great hitting streak ended.