Looking at the cross currents of historical and contemporary events
Nicaragua had just suffered an earthquake and was in need of foodstuffs and medicines. Clemente was on an overloaded airplane bound for that state when it crashed into the Caribbean Sea. One of my Mother's best friends was in a San Juan hotel and saw the crash from her window. She, like the rest of the people in PR, was in deep shock thereafter.Pitcher Steve Blass was one of Clemente's best friends. Up to this time he was considered among the best pitchers in the National League. After the tragedy, he lost all drive and intensity so that his career went downhill. Despite their great lineup it took years for the Pirates to go back to the top in the Major Leagues.In his honor, many Puerto Rican baseball players used number 21 when they play in the ML.
They don't make sports heroes like that anymore. Happy New Year everyone!
And a wonderful New Year to you!
Happy New Year!I received Zeitoun (Eggers) and J.K. Galbraith's The Great Crash of 1929 for Christmas.
Baseball is filled with much interesting lore, but the curse of the Bambino and the Sox finally winning the World Series in 2004 has to be one of the greatest stories in the sport.
Seeing the history note on Jackie Robinson brought to mind a book I read on Satchel Paige and the Negro leagues not so long ago, "Don't Look Book," which has him sitting in a rocking chair on the cover. Great book.