Don Everly died last Saturday at the age of 84. His brother Phil died in 2014 at the age of 74. Continue reading
Last week, in my world, there were two “Field of Dreams” games.
Monday, August 9 – Kauffman Stadium, Yankees v. Royals. Rita and I were there.
Thursday, August 12 – Dyersville, Iowa, Yankees v. White Sox. We watched on television. Continue reading
Seventy-five years ago (1946)…
Looney Tunes released “Baseball Bugs” (as in Bugs Bunny).
Bob Hope became a part owner of the Cleveland Indians (to be known as the Guardians starting in 2022).
During the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game last week, the main buzz was about Shohei Ohtani. Sho-Time! He is the first MLB player to be selected as both a pitcher and batter for the All-Star game. Below, Salvy Perez and Shohei Ohtani, the AL starting battery in the All-Star game. Continue reading
It’s the 4th of July. A good time for a story as American as baseball, mom and the immigration experience. For those looking for apple pie and Chevrolet, click here.
Firecracker Baby: On July 4, 1921, my mother Katie Lukomski was born in Sugar Creek, Missouri. In 1939, she married my father, Joe Shalton.
This morning, the post office is issuing a new stamp featuring Yogi Berra. Bob Costas will be on hand for the First Day of Issue event being held at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, New Jersey. Berra died in 2015, but he left a Yogi-ism for the occasion: “I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary.” Continue reading
Last weekend, Rita and I celebrated our 40th anniversary with a staycation at the Crossroads Hotel. It got off to a nice start on Friday evening when we met Richard Martin for drinks in the hotel bar. The Royals were on TV and we saw them score nine runs in the first inning. After winning that game, the Royals were three games over .500 and two games away from a Wild Card slot. Continue reading
In local baseball news…
The Royals have rebounded from the losing streak and are back to .500 ball. Thank goodness. Below, in their Monarchs uniforms for MLB’s Salute to the Negro Leagues last Sunday, Royals players gleefully await Carlos Santana after his walk-off homer. Continue reading
I normally would not hit your inbox so quickly again, but this message is time sensitive.
This past Saturday night, Rita and I attended the Lyric Opera performance of Baseball: A Musical Love Letter.
It was delightful. On so many levels.
The time sensitive issue: There are only three more performances. This coming Thursday (7:30), Friday (7:30) and Saturday (2:00). The performances are in the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building in the East Crossroads area – entrance at 18th and Charlotte. Continue reading
Happy birthday to Willie Mays. The Say Hey Kid is 90 years old today.