Friday, April 23, 2021

Warren Spahn 100 -- April 23, 2021

Pitcher Warren Spahn was born 100 years ago today, on 23-Apri-1921. He was a combat engineer during World War Two. His career in the majors lasted from 1942 to 1965, with three years out for the war. He played mostly for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves, but played for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants during his last season.

I don't remember him as a player, but I grew up hearing people talk about him. On 02-July-1963, Spahn faced the Giants. Spahn and Juan Marichal faced each other for 16 innings with no score until Willie Mays hit a home run in the bottom of the 16th. Spahn was 42. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Famous Mamie Smith and Her Celebrated Jazz Hounds -- April 21, 2021


Saint Paul Appeal, 16-April-1921

Mamie Smith was a pioneering blues and jazz singer. Her recording of Perry Bradford's "Cray Blues" sold over a million copies in the first year. Over time, her Jazz Hounds included many famous musicians.

Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, 21-April-1921

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

George Floyd's Murderer Convicted/Walter Mondale, RIP -- April 20, 2021

I was happy to learn that the police officer who killed George Floyd was convicted of his murder. A lot of people were worried that he would be acquitted. I don't see how anyone could think kneeling on a man's neck for 9 minutes and 27 seconds is a good idea. 

Perhaps our country is moving in the right direction.

I was sad to learn that former Vice President Walter Mondale has died. I voted for him in 1984. He was a decent guy. When he served with Jimmy Carter, Mondale may have been the first vice president to serve as an active partner, as Joe Biden did with Barack Obama, Dick Cheney did with George W Bust and Al Gore did with Bill Clinton. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Coca-Cola -- Missed His Train -- April 19, 2021


New York Evening World, 01-April-1921

Coca-Cola ads for the Spring. The ad about tea is puzzling. It must have been intended to appeal to Presyterians.

Durant Weekly News, 15-April-1921

The Presbyterian of the South, 20-March-1896

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Comic Book -- Tom Mix Western -- April 17, 2021

Fawcett Comics published Tom Mix Western from 1948 to 1953. Many covers featured a colorized photo of Mix, who had been dead for almost eight years when the comic began.