Sunday, July 31, 2022

Bill Russell, RIP -- July 31, 2022

Athlete and activist Bill Russell has died. He played basketball at USF during the 1950s and he led the team to win in two NCAA tournaments. Russsell encountered serious racism while on the road.

He was drafted by the Boston Celtics. He led the team to 8 championships in a row and 11 total. When coach Red Auerbach retired, Russell became the first black coach in the NBA.

After he retired, Russell spent the rest of life working for civil rights and social justice. I will miss hearing about his thoughts on events.

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- July 31, 2022

The highly contagious BA 4 and BA 5 subvariants of the COVID-19 Omicron variant are driving up infections and hospitalization. BART has resumed its mask requirement. 

The Giants, who have had many injuries, were swept in a road trip to Los Angeles and Arizona, but won the first home game against the Cubs. 

Church attendance may be picking up. 

The new pandemic is MonkeyPox.

Ukraine continues to fight the Russian invasion. The invasion helped Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Will Clark Jersey 22 Retirement -- July 30, 2022

Tonight before the game against the Cubs, the Giants retired Will Clark's jersey, number 22. There was a good crowd and lots of former teammates were on the field. The Hall of Famers are getting old, so they sent messages. Clark gave a firey speech. The Giants won 5-4, but Thairo Estrada got hit in the head by a pitched ball in the fifth. He was on the ground while they checked him, but he was able to leave the field on his feet, with some help.

Will Clark was a brilliant first baseman and a power hitter. He played for the 1984 Olympic team. In 1987 he jumped from AA to the majors and helped the Giants reach the playoffs. In 1989 he helped the Giants reach the World Series. He hated losing. 

I took this photo of a portion of the Giants Wall of Fame on 29-September-2008. 

Initial Coastwise Voyage of S.S. H. F. Alexander -- July 30, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 06-July-1922

The S.S. Great Northern was launched in 1914 for the Great Northern Pacific Steam Ship Company. The Great Northern and her sister the Northern Pacific were extremely fast turbine-driven ships used to connect Puget Sound with San Francisco. In 1917, both ships were taken over to serve as Army transports during World War One. Both ships were sold to the Pacific Steamship Company, owner of the Admiral Line. The Northern Pacific sank on its way to a shipyard for refurbishment. 

This 1922 ad touts the "Initial Coastwise Voyage of S.S. 'H. F. Alexander'," an excursion from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 14 hours. 

The Admiral Line folded up in 1936. The H. F. Alexander served again as a troop transport during World War Two. She was scrapped in 1948. 

San Francisco Examiner, 06-July-1922 53536

Friday, July 29, 2022

Ft. Worth Panthers vs. Dallas Black Giants -- July 29, 2022

Dallas Express, 15-July-1922

The Dallas Black Giants played from about 1908 to 1949 as a number of professional and semi-pro teams in various Texas-based African-American leagues. Ernie Banks played for the semi-pro version of the club. The Fort Worth Black Panthers and the Dallas Black Giants took their names from segregated teams in the same cities.

Dallas Express, 28-January-1922

The Dallas Express was African-American owned and a member of the National Negro Press Association.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Coulter -- The New Lauch Satellite -- July 28, 2022

San Francisco Call, 07-March-1895

William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. Click on the image for a larger view. 

The Crack Steam Craft Which
Is Being Built for Dr.
The Boat Will Make Eleven
Knots an Hour -- The
Trial Trip.

The steamer Farallon, which arrived a few days ago from Puget Sound ports, brought from Seattle the hull and frame of a launch for Dr. V. P. Buckley, the well-known physician of this city. A few days ago the little craft was taken to the Union Gas-engine Company, where an engine is now being made for her. The Satellite is the name of the new launch, and before the season is over it is predicted that she will have passed everything in the bay. The vessel itself is a thing of beauty, but it is her lines which catch the yachtsman's eye. The graceful sweep of the white cedar hull, the sharp bow and overhanging stern give indications of what she can do, and, if the gas engine meets the requirements, the Satellite will be the fastest boat of her class on the bay.

The designer of the novel craft, for she will be a novelty in these waters, is R. T. Engelbrecht, now of Seattle, but formerly of this city. When only ten years old he was whittling models of boats, and, although his father's wealth and position were such as to give him his choice of vocation.-;, he wanted nothing better than a boatshop. He became a crank on the subject, and has traveled all over the United States and studied the art of boat-building in the best-known ship and navy yards.

Last year Dr. Buckley owned the Hirondel, and Attorney George A. Knight tried in vain to beat him with the Arrow. The aquatic attorney vowed to build a launch that would beat everything the physician could produce, and he has now a great bay-sweeper in course of construction. Dr. Buckley heard of Engelbrecht, and decided to try him. He became interested in the boat-builder, and was astonished when told what he could do. The result was that a contract was given for the Satellite, and Dr. Buckley is more than pleased with his bargain.

When completed the launch will be one of the most thorough little crafts afloat. She is 35.6 feet in length over all, but so beautifully is she proportioned that she does not appear to be more than 25 feet. Her extreme beam is 6 feet 8 inches; depth at bow 5:1 feet, at the stern 6 feet and amidships 4 feet. She is copper-fastened throughout, and is the first vessel ever built on the coast in which plugs have been used instead of putty. Her rails and stanchions are of ash and her deck is seven-eighths inch fir, soaked in hot linseed oil. Her interior is a gem of art as well as of utility, and when the furnishings are in place, the Satellite will be a creditable little floating palace. There are three cabins, of which the bulkheads can be removed at will, throwing the entire vessel into one large apartment in curly maple and hardwood finish. The cabins will be lighted with incandescent lamps and the vessel will carry a 32-candle power headlight. Two bunks are in the saloon and there are two others forward.

The propeller will be a 30-inch screw with a 44-inch pitch, and the engine will he 12 horsepower with a speed of 11 knots an hour. The vessel can be steered from the side by the engineer, or forward without him. One of the peculiarities of the engine is that one lever starts, stops and backs the launch. The gearing is to be of buckskin, so that the craft will run almost without noise. A small dynamo and storage batteries will rest forward of the engine to operate the electric lights.

The Satellite will make her trial trip in about three weeks.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Hoyt Wilhelm 100 -- July 26, 2022

Right handed relief pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was born 100 years ago today, on 26-July-1922. He threw a knuckleball.  This allowed him to pitch in the major leagues until he was nearly 50.  I remember being amazed a few years before he retired learning that a former New York Giant was still pitching. 

He was called Ol' Sarge because he was a veteran of World War Two; he served in the Battle of the Bulge and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. 

His success with the Giants and other teams inspired many managers to rely on a relief ace. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Amelia Earhart 125 -- July 24, 2022

Aviatrix (great word) Amelia Earhart was born 125 years ago today, on 24-July-2022. Some people enjoy bringing up that she wasn't the most the most skillful pilot. Perhaps she wasn't, but she was braver and smarter than any of them.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Mac Jones Stogies of Washington, PA -- July 23, 2022

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16-July-1922

The semi-pro team Mac Jones Stogies was having a good season in 1922.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Byte Magazine -- Apple's MacIntosh -- July 22, 2022

I used to subscribe to Byte Magazine. Here is an early cover showing the Mac.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Bierstadt -- The Campfire -- July 21, 2022

Private Collection

We don't know what year Albert Bierstadt painted "The Campfire," which is in a private collection, but the image is luminous.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Carlos Santana 75 -- July 20, 2022

Master guitarist Carlos Santana was born 75 years ago today, on 20-July-1947. I have heard his music all my life. 

Santana - Soul Sacrifice 1969 Woodstock live concierto HQ


Santana - Evil Ways 1969 "Woodstock" Live Video Sound HQ


Santana - Black Magic Woman (Official Audio)


Santana - Oye Como Va (Audio)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

George McGovern and Al Haig 100 -- July 19, 2022

Senator George McGovern of South Dakota was born 100 years ago today, on 19_july-1922. He served in the US Army Air Force during World War II, piloting B 24 Liberators and earning a Distinguished Flying Cross.  A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  He ran for President in 1972 against incumbent Richard M Nixon.  McGovern might have lost anyway, but Nixon disgraced the office of President through a horrible campaign to discredit and harm McGovern.  McGovern continued to lead a useful life. 

"It doesn't require any particular bravery to stand on the floor of the Senate and urge our boys in Vietnam to fight harder, and if this war mushrooms into a major conflict and a hundred thousand young Americans are killed, it won't be U. S. Senators who die. It will be American soldiers who are too young to qualify for the senate."

"No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to admit in public."

If I had been old enough to vote in 1972, I would have voted for him. 

He died in 2012. 

Also born 100 years ago today was bebop pianist Al Haig. We should not confuse him withArmy General and politician Alexander Haig. Al Haig the pianist was accused of domestic abuse.

Al Haig Trio - Confirmation


Al Haig Solo - Embraceable You

Monday, July 18, 2022

Kodak Film in the Yellow Box -- July 18, 2022

Photoplay, July, 1922

George Eastman's Kodak cameras allowed many people to take up photography. Kodak film still came in a yellow box when I used it. 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Klondike Gold Rush 125 -- July 17, 2022

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 22-July-1897

125 years ago today, on 17-July-1897, prospectors returned from the Klondike to Seattle. They had a load of gold. This triggered a rush. People were willing to take any kind of a ship to Alaska. Many of the ships were worn out or not suitable and sank. Among the people who rushed north was Jack London.

Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush is my favorite movie about the Klondike Gold Rush.

Clarence Brown's The Trail of '98 was the most epic movie about the Klondike Gold Rush.

One of Jack London's most popular novels set in the Klondike Gold Rush, The Call of the Wild, has been made into at least five motion pictures and one television series.  People love dog stories.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Graziano Stops Zale in 6th, Wins Title -- July 16, 2022

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 17-July-1922

On 16-July-1947, in Chicago, Rocky Graziano met Tony Zale in the second of three fights. Zale won the first and last fights. Each fight was a bloodbath.

Graziano Stops Zale in 6th, Wins Title
Rocky Rallies
After Beating
to Score TKO


Chicago, Stadium (AP) -- Rocky Graziano won the World's Middleweight championship Wednesday night by stopping Tony Zale at 2 minutes 10 seconds of the sixth round of their scheduled 15 rounder before a crowd of 18,547.

Graziano, a 7 to 5 underdog in the betting, weighted 155 1/4; Zale 159.

Referee Johnny Behr, coach of the 1936 American Olympic boxing team, stopped the fight with Zale down for the first time, half in and half out of the ring, after absorbing terrific punishment.

The end came after five rounds of the same fierce action that marked their first fight last September when Zale retained his championship by knocking out Graziano in six rounds.

This time Graziano was floored in the third round for no count, had his left eye ripped open and his right eye virtually close tight from the early beating.

Round One

Graziano landed a hard left hook to the chin and staggered Zale with a smashing overhand right. Zale held after being tagged with another right. Zale crossed a tripping right to the chin. Zale drove a left to the face. Zale drove Graziano into the ropes with a vicious right. Zale took a hard right to the face in return. A hook drew a red mark on Graziano's eye. They exchanged short rights to the head. Zale fired left and right to the face and took a hard right in return. Zale drove Graziano into the ropes. Each landed a left on the chin. Zale dug his right to the body and shook him with a left. They were fending at the bell. Zale's round.

Round Two

Zale shook Graziano with a right to the face and took a hard left in return. Zale landed a short right hook to the head then was straightened up with a behind the ear. Graziano connected with a short left hook. Zale bounced a hook on the nose as Graziano was wild with a right. Graziano drove twice to the face. Graziano smashed a right to the mouth. Zale drew a trace of blood from Graziano's left eye with three straight jabs. Zale landed a hard right to the face. Zale was sent back on his heels with a right to the chin. Zale threw his rights to the body. Zale threw his rights to the body. Graziano landed two lefts and a right. Zale dug his right to the ribs at the bell. Graziano's round.

Round Three

Zale jabbed twice to the face. Then threw left and right to the body. A right hand dropped Graziano for not count and blood spurted from his right eye. They stood toe to toe slugging. Zale dug his right deep in the mid-section. Zale jabbed three times to the face. Zale threw left and right to the body. Graziano just missed and then connected high on the head with a left. Zale fired his right to the body and his left to Graziano's eye. Rocky covered up. Zale whaled away with Rocky against the rope. Graziano landed an upper cut to the face. Zale caught a hook to the chin. Graziano's eye was bleeding badly. Zale jabbed twice to the face and took a left to the body. Zale drove hard rights and lefts to the body. Zales's round. The State Athletic commission doctor, Dr. John Drammis was summoned into the ring but allowed the fight to continue.

Round Four

Graziano bounced a right to the head. They traded lefts to the body. Zale fired a left to the body and right to the face. Zale drove both hands to the body then jabbed to the face. Zale dug his left to the head. Graziano landed a left jab. They traded jabs as the pace slowed. Zale's jab connected but he took a hard right to the ear. Zale spun around almost to his knees as he missed a right swing. The blood bothered Graziano's vision. Graziano smashed a right to the ribs. Graziano landed two left jabs. Zale did the same. Zale connected with a short right and took a left to the head at the bell. Zales's round.

Round Five

Zale landed a jab as Rocky missed a hook. Rocky bounced a right high to the head. Rocky fired a right to the ear. Graziano threw a right to the body. They traded soft jabs. Graziano landed left and right to the face. Graziano fired a right to the head and took a short right to the ear. Zale dug both hands to the body. Graziano fired both hands to the head. Graziano's right eye was almost closed from the punishment. His left eye had stopped bleeding. Graziano connected with a hard right and a short jarring hook. Graziano staggered Zale with a left hook. Zale opened Graziano's eye and jabbed away at the face at the bell. Graziano's round.

Round Six

Graziano jabbed twice to the face and received some of the same. Graziano sliced a hard right to the body. Zale jabbed to the face and took a hook to the body. Zale was staggered with a smashing left and right to the head. Graziano sent Tony into a corner with a vicious right. Another vicious right sent Zale into the corner and the referee stopped the bout as the former champion stood helpless and unable to raise his arms.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Roky Erickson 75 -- July 15, 2022

Singer/songwriter Roky Erickson was born 75 years ago today, on 15-July-1947. He led the 13th Floor Elevators, but later fell victim to mental illness. He received shock therapy at least twice. He died in 2019.

You're Gonna Miss Me

Slip Inside This House - Original [Extended]

Roky Erickson - Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Bastille Day, 2022 -- July 14, 2022

Philadelphia Times, 14-July-1922

Happy Bastille Day, everyone. Bucket baptism sounds interesting. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Where Did You Get That Hat? -- July 13, 2022

New Britain Herald, 06-July-1922

Diamond Ginger Ale offered a "four glass bottle" and a promotional hat.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Fewer Necktie Parties in 1922 -- July 11, 2022

Daily Ardmoreite, 05-July-1922

This newspaper items quotes a report from the NAACP that lynchings were down in the first six months of 1922. Note how the report spells "Tuskegee." Monroe N Work was a sociologist who pioneered in collecting information about lynchings.

Twenty-eight Negroes and
Two Whites Pay Penalty
at Hands of Mob,
Records Reveals.

TUSKAGEE, Ala. -- There were six less lynchings in the United States for the first six months of this year than there were for similar months of the year 1921, according to records compiled by Monroe N. Work, in charge of the Records and Research department of the Tuskagee Institute.

Of the 30 put to death, 10, or 63 per cent, were in two states, Mississippi and Texas.

Of those lynched 2 were whites and 28 negroes. Five of those put to death were burned to death at the stake and 3 were put to death and then their bodies burned.

The state in which lynching occurred and the number in each state are as follows: Alabama, 1; Arkansas, 2; Florida, 1; Georgia, 4; Louisiana, 1; Mississippi, 7; South Carolina, 1; Oklahoma, 1; and Texas. 12.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Arlo Guthrie 75 -- July 10, 2022

Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody Guthrie, was born 75 years ago today, on 10-July-1947. I have always liked his version of "City of New Orleans" and occasionally get it stuck in my head.

Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans

Alice's Restaurant - Original 1967 Recording

Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger/ This Land Is Your Land

Saturday, July 9, 2022

New Jazz Band on Shinyo -- July 9, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 06-July-1922

The Toyo Kisen Kaisha Steamship Company (TKK) operated the liner Shinyo Maru from San Francisco to Japan and Hong Kong. Most liners carried a band to accompany dancing. In 1922, TKK decided to try a jazz band, which included people from UC Berkeley.

San Francisco Examiner, 06-July-1922

Friday, July 8, 2022

Percy Bysshe Shelley 200 Years -- July 8, 2022

200 years ago today, on 08-July-1822, Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley set sail in the Italian Gulf of Liguria with two companions in a small boat. The boat and its crew were lost in a great storm. Shelley's body washed ashore after ten days. His friends cremated him in a pyre on the beach. Novelist Edward Trelawny pulled Shelley's heart out of the fire. Shelley was ignored or ridiculed while he was alive, but his reputation as a poet grew.

Two Shelley stories:

1. Our grandfather's friend Babe brought a kitten for my sister and me. The cat who lived in the Del Monte Meat factory in Oakland had given birth to a litter. My sister named the little cat Percy Bysshe Shelley. Our neighbor told us that calico cats are usually females. We soon found that he was she, so my sister changed her name to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, after Percy's wife. We called her Shelley.

2. During our senior year in high school, the yearbook committee asked each of us to come up with a quote which would appear under our photo. One guy said, "This is stupid, we shouldn't do it." That became his quote. My quote was "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Virginia and Truckee Railroad -- July 7, 2022

Gold Hill Daily News, 17-July-1872

The Virginia and Truckee connected Carson City and Virginia City in Nevada. At the time of this 1872 advertisement, the line from Carson City to Reno was still being built. Passengers for Reno connected with stage coaches to Reno at Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Pulp -- Battle Stories -- July 5, 2022

This issue of Battle Stories includes a story about French ace René Fonck. "Death Falcon of France."

Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Independence Day 2022-- July 4, 2022

Perth Amboy Evening News, 03-July-1922

Happy Fourth of July to all. 246 years ago, we declared our independence.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Sometimes When the Skipper Has Run Over a Chicken -- July 3, 2022

Perth Amboy Evening News, 11-June-1922

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Someone is Spoofing Krazy -- July 2, 2022

Washington Times, 04-July-1922

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. This is a Dickens of a story. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Friday, July 1, 2022

July, 2022 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- July 1, 2022

San Francisco Chronicle, 12-December-1897

I just put the July 2022 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "Fillmore and Sutter Street Cars Crash Into One Another -- Several Passengers Injured." (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 12-December-1897)
2. On the Sutter Street Railway page: An 1897 article about a collision between a Sutter Street cable car and a Fillmore Street electric car: Collision at Sutter and Fillmore.
3. Archived April 2022 What's New and January-June 2021 news items

Ten years ago this month (July, 2012):
1. Picture of the Month: Proposal for a cable-driven elevated railway. (Source: Exposé of the Facts Concerning the Proposed Elevated Patent Railway. 1866.).
2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, including an image from an 1867 proposal and an 1869 newspaper article with technical details and lists of investors and company officers:
- The Elevated Railway; Successful Trial Trips of the West Side Railroad in Greenwich-Street (New York Times, Tuesday, September 7, 1869)
3. Added date for the 2012 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
4. Archived April 2012 What's New and January-June 2011 news items

Twenty years ago this month (July, 2002):
1. Picture of the Month: Charles T Harvey testing his West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway.
2. Add Manhattan's West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a pre-Hallidie cable line and the first elevated railway, to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.
3. Add article about Charles T Harvey to the Who page
4. Add two articles about the 1949 Cal Cable strike to the Newspaper article page
5. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1870-1879) to the Miscellany page. This contains many articles about early els in New York.
6. Add News item about reconstruction of Seattle's Iron Pergola.
7. Archive Apr 2002 What's New and Jan-Jun 2001 newspaper articles.

Coming in August, 2022: On the Sutter Street Railway page: An 1897 San Francisco Examiner story about the same collision at Fillmore and Sutter between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Sutter Street cable train.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

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Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-November-2021)
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