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Coney Island NY

One of the last remaining amusement parks in Coney Island, Luna Park.
Coney Island Boardwalk near Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs.

Coney Island was one of my favorite spots during the summer of 2021. Aside from the Boardwalk, I went to Brooklyn Cyclones baseball games I had a lot of fun!

Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
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The Captain And Me written by Ron Blomberg

Growing up in a typical American suburb neighborhood, baseball was as much a part of life as anything else going on. My family loved the New YorkYankees, Thurman Munson, the Yankee Captain, was my favorite player. Nearly every day, box scores and standings checked, games watched, playing baseball, making pretend we were our favorite player. It was so much fun!

Over the years, things changed, lives move on and something catches your attention. Recently, the American Leagues first designated hitter, Ron Blomberg, wrote a book about his experience as a baseball player and one of his teammates, Thurman Munson, titled The Captain And Me. It describes his life in baseball and his friendship with the Yankee Captain, as well as other experiences in baseball. Many players meet and play together, yet few are truly real friends.

While I have yet to indulge in the book, since I received it a short time before this post, it did get some very good reviews. My autographed copy is ready to captivate my mind and bring me into the realm of my favorite sport.

For more information check out the The Captain And Me at this website: https://ronblombergyankees.com/

C 2021 Ron Blomberg
C 2021 Ron Blomberg
Yankee Captain, Thurman Munson
New York Yankees player, Ron Blomberg, the first designated hitter in baseball history.
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Ducks Memorable Moment Madness: Elite 8

I thought this to be very enjoyable and a good addition to sharing some positive things during the crisis.

Quack of the Bat

Ducks Moment Madness 042220

Two rounds have come and gone in the inaugural Ducks Memorable Moment Madness competition. We have seen thousands of votes cast since the beginning, and 32 of the most historic moments in the franchise’s 20-year existence have been whittled down to eight. Voting in the Sweet 16 wrapped up this week, as we saw two first round favorite match up with two first round underdogs. The final matchup came down to the very end, with the two separated by just one vote. Here were the results:

[1] Henderson’s No-No 67.0%
[5] 27-Run Opener 33.0%
[3] Ray’s 3-HR Game 49.5%
[7] 18-Inning Game 50.5%

The Cinderella story of the 18-Inning Game in 2006 has continued on in the tournament, marking the lowest seed remaining in the bracket. All four top-seeds have advanced, as well as one two-seed and two three-seeds. Let’s take a look at the field that remains and the…

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Celebrating the legacy of Negro Leaguers in Japan

This is an interesting post, historical and informative article.

The Negro Leagues Up Close

The release of an English translation of “Gentle Black Giants,” a chronicle of the tours of Negro League all stars in Japan and their impact on the development of baseball in that country, prompted me to reach out to co-author Bill Staples, Jr. for an email interview about the book and the goldmine of history contained in it. Below is the lightly-edited interview …

Gentle Black Giants: A History of Negro Leaguers in Japan (NBRP Press, 2019), by Kazuo Sayama and Bill Staples Jr., foreword by Kenso Zenimura

Summary:

Between 1927 and 1934, the Philadelphia Royal Giants embarked on several goodwill tours across the Pacific to Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines and the Hawaiian Territories. As African Americans, they were relegated to second-class citizenship in the U.S., but abroad they were treated like kings. Unlike the previous tours of major league stars who ridiculed their opponents…

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