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Routs In Decisive St. Louis Cardinals’ Post-Season Games

After last season’s rout win (13-1), by the St. Louis Cardinals, in the decisive fifth game of their division series vs the Atlanta Braves, the Cards’ franchise has now been involved in “rout/double digit margin” decisive games at all three levels of post-season series.

In the most famous and most important, the Cardinals routed the Detroit Tigers (11-0) in game 7 of the 1934 World Series. Greats, Dizzy Dean and Joe Medwick, respectively hurled the shutout and were “ejected” from the game for his own protection.

The Braves lone win in 5 post-season entities vs the Cardinals, was achieved in a (15-0) win in game 7 of the 1996 NLCS.


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Jay Hanna aka Jerome Herman, “Dizzy” Dean in 1935.

“Onlooker:” The Great Rodney Dangerfield

I truly believe in watching the credits, so much so that within reason, I will stay in the theater (remember those) and wait until the end, likely “costing” me on some first dates.

Anyway, yesterday, after seeing some of the 1956, Stanley Kubrick directed film, “The Killing,” starring Sterling Hayden on TCM, the fabulous IMDb  (Internet Movie Database) was checked, regarding the cast.

Leading the uncredited performers, was Rodney Dangerfield, who struggled long and hard before achieving, “I get no respect” great and deserved fame, for his lightning fast, superb comedy.

Mr. Dangerfield was listed as an “onlooker.”

Please do the same below, as Rodney Dangerfield is in the cluster of people, first row, second from the right. That does not count the shadows on the wall. Perhaps there is a joke in that somewhere.


Rodney Dangerfield and Sterling Hayden in The Killing (1956)

“What’s My Line?” August 1964

Today, another fine episode of the iconic television show, “What’s My Line?” this one from August, 1964.

Tony Randall is the mystery guest.

Panelists are Arlene Francis, (she introduced fellow panelist, Buddy Hackett, citing his performances at The Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas), Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf.

John Charles Daly is the show’s host.

Enjoy watching.



Recalling The 1967 NCAA Basketball Title Game

One team that in unusual fashion, had an NCAA title shot this season, of course wiped away by the coronavirus,  was Dayton University.

Today I note is the 53 year anniversary of the only NCAA final game appearance for the Flyers (Dayton), that in a loss to the great UCLA team led by the then Lew Alcindor, later Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Donnie May, later a bench player usually, if not always, after the game’s result was decided, for the title winning, 1970 New York Knicks led that ’67 Dayton team.


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Lynn Shackelford, pictured above, was a tremendous shooter, especially from the corners, who played on all 3 Lew Alcindor led UCLA title teams, (1967-1969).

Kenny Rogers Did Much Better Than “Break Even”

Amidst the world’s craziness and largely despair, Kenny Rogers, whose music thankfully can still help, passed on at the age of 81.

He performed some great songs and was a marvelous entertainer.

You do not have to be a gambler to appreciate the wisdom imparted in his song, “The Gambler.”

That was also the case in many of Mr. Rogers’ songs.

I met him once at a “Songwriter’s Hall of Fame” event and he graciously posed with all who asked him, including me. I treasure the photo and the opportunity (“photo opp,” anyone?).

As per the post’s title, in the great song “The Gambler,” death and “breaking even” are equated.

In Kenny Rogers’ case, is not it great that in his life, he and we, come out way ahead, each time his music is played.



Mets/Reds May 1963 Notes

(So) it is the top of the 5th inning of the second game of a doubleheader, contested on May 11, 1963, between the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets.

A truly great broadcaster Lindsey Nelson, who ten plus years later would excel in I believe classic fashion, during the NLCS between the same two teams, is citing the fact Reds’ rookie second sacker, Pete Rose made the jump from the Sally League to the big leagues.

Nelson explains that while Pete is far from the first to do so, it is however, quite a big jump. The great Henry Aaron who eleven years later, passed Babe Ruth to head the all-time home run list, is cited as a previous player, having made the Sally League to the “bigs” jump.

Pete promptly bangs a hit to center field. Take that Rob Manfred and all you people, who keep Pete out of the not so great Baseball Hall.

You may and I sadly realize, likely, will deny Pete Rose that honor, however, you can not take away his place in baseball history.

His long great career is linked with many other greats (Stan Musial and Hank to name two).

Oh yes, that hit with Nelson calling it after linking Pete and Henry Aaron, was one of 4,256 Pete recorded. Nobody, not even the immortal Ty Cobb, had more.

You see another eleven years passed and Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s record for the most base hits in baseball history.


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Good quip regarding Wally Post (pictured above) on/in Wikipedia. “Not to be confused with Wiley Post.”

Wally Post had two stints with the Reds and was a fine player. He batted in the Mets/Reds second game tilt that Sunday in May 1963.

“Dial M” (For) Notes

In watching the great Alfred Hitchcock directed and produced 1954 film, “Dial M For Murder,” yet again, I add some notes, as I am wont to do.

First and foremost, I deem the film as great,  truly worthy of being cited in a ” Greatest Sports Legends” episode about Willie Mays.

I believe that episode opened with and certainly included– “1954 the year of Dien Bien Phu, Brown vs Board of Education, Dial M for Murder and Willie Mays.” 

Next, a stretch, but 1954 in sports had a 7th game/NHL final overtime goal scored by Detroit’s (Red Wings) Tony Leswick. In “Dial M,” one of the character Swan’s (played so effectively, by the less publicized Anthony Dawson) aliases is Lesgate (pronounced Lesgit, I believe), which is close to Leswick.

Another “stretch” is that top billed Ray Milland’s “Tony Wendice” character has used the name “Fisher” in drawing Dawson’s Swan into a meeting.

After suffering two painful 7th game, final round defeats at Detroit in ’54 and ’55, the Montreal Canadiens won an incredible 5 straight Stanley Cup crowns. The dynasty (that word pronounced “Dinisty” on a PBS show about Henry the Eighth and the eventual Tudor Dynasty in England, that I scanned last night) began in the first full season, a great hockey writer named Red Fisher,  reported about the Montreal Canadiens.

Finally in the great film, John Williams, so good as ” Chief Inspector Hubbard,” calls instructions to a “Williams” on his staff, as part of the climactic scene.


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Frederick Knott wrote both the play and screenplay for the high quality and successful, “dial M for Murder.”