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David Clyde - Pitching Bust David Clyde was perhaps the biggest disappointment in baseball history--which is saying quite a bit! The left-handed pitcher played five MLB seasons with the Texas Rangers (19731975) and Cleveland Indians (19781979). He is noted for his once promising baseball career which ended at age 26 because of arm and shoulder injuries. Hyped as the next Sandy Koufax, Clyde had a stellar amateur career at Westchester High School in Houston, TX where he compiled a minuscule 0.18 ERA in 148 innings. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers with the first overall pick in the 1973 MLB draft. As a way to boost poor attendance in Texas, Clyde was to pitch his first two professional games with the Rangers before moving down to the minor leagues for experience. He made his major league debut at age 18 on June 27, 1973 versus the Minnesota Twins--just 20 days after pitching his last high school game. Before a sellout crowd, Clyde walked the first two Twins he faced and then struck out the next three. He pitched five innings, allowed one hit, and got credit for the Rangers' 4-3 win. The strong attendance caused Rangers' owner Bob Short to reconsider his plans for Clyde. He decided to keep Clyde on the Rangers' roster as a much-needed gate attraction. In 1973 Clyde compiled a poor 5.01 earned run average in 18 starts. Worse, Clyde received very little mentorship. He fell into a clique of Ranger players who were known for their undisciplined behavior away from the diamond. Journalists rightly criticized the Rangers for promoting Clyde too soon. After an uneventful 1974 campaign, he developed shoulder trouble and was sent down to the minor leagues in 1975, where Clyde pitched three seasons. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1978, and played two seasons before being demoted. Clyde attempted to make a comeback with the Houston Astros in 1981 but was unsuccessful. He fell a few innings short of qualifying for a MLB pension.
Tags: David  Clyde  MLB  pitcher 
Added: 16th September 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ron Luciano - Umpire Ron Luciano was perhaps the most colorful umpire in Major League Baseball history during his tenure as an American League ump from 1969 to 1980. He was best known for two things: his flamboyant, attention-grabbing way of calling baserunners out by 'shooting' them with his index finger and thumb; and his neverending feud with Baltimore Orioles' manager Earl Weaver. Luciano frequently ran afoul of standard practices by applauding great plays and chatting with players during lulls in the action. Despite his showboating ways, Luciano was generally regarding as an excellent arbiter by those who played the game. After his retirement from umpiring, Luciano wrote five successful books on his experiences as an ump and worked for two seasons as Merle Harmon's broadcast partner on NBC's secondary Game of the Week telecasts. It came as a great surprise to many baseball fans when the seemingly happy-go-lucky Luciano, suffering from depression, took his own life in 1995 at the age of 57.
Tags: Ron  Luciano  umpire  baseball 
Added: 6th November 2013
Views: 1087
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Posted By: Lava1964
Flintstones - Original Opening (Steve asked me to re-post this clip after it was lost when the website changed servers.) Many fans of The Flintstones do not realize that the original opening montage for the show for its first two seasons was not the familiar Meet The Flintstones. It was Rise and Shine (as seen in this clip). Meet The Flintstones was used from the third season (1962) onward. When the show entered into syndication, it was decided that the first two seasons' episodes would also contain Meet The Flintstones since it was so popular. This leads to the curious site of Pebbles appearing in the opening montage of episodes when Fred and Wilma are childless.
Tags: Flintstones  original  opening  theme  montage  Rise  and  Shine 
Added: 18th July 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Brian Keith Show The Brian Keith show ran two seasons on NBC from September 15, 1972 to August 30, 1974. It had a different title in its first season: The Little People. Total Television describes it as a "forgettable sitcom about a pediatrician in Hawaii." Keith starred as Dr. Sean Jamison. Shelley Fabares played Dr. Anne Jamison, his daughter and his nurse. In 1973 it was retitled The Brian Keith Show. Nancy Kulp was added to the cast as Mrs. Millard Gruber, the landlady. Here is the opening montage.
Tags: Brian  Kieth  Show  Little  People  sitcom 
Added: 21st July 2014
Views: 1141
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Posted By: Lava1964
MLB Player Johnny Dickshot One of the more curious names in MLB history belongs to Johnny Dickshot, a journeyman outfielder who played six seasons in the big leagues between 1936 and 1945. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Giants and Chicago White Sox. Dickshot's nickname was 'Ugly.' Dickshot was not even his surname at birth: It was Dicksus.
Tags: MLB  Johnny  Dickshot 
Added: 16th August 2014
Views: 1550
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Posted By: Lava1964
Collyer Brothers - Famous NYC Recluses On March 21, 1947, New York City police received an anonymous telephone call reporting a dead body at the Collyer home in what was once a fashionable section of Harlem. The brownstone house was shared by Homer and Langley Collyer, two brothers who gained a measure of celebrity for living like hermits in New York City. The sons of a physician, the Collyer brothers were once prominent and productive citizens. Homer, the older sibling, was an admiralty lawyer. Langley was a concert pianist. Both were Sunday school instructors. Upon the deaths of their parents, though, the brothers shut off themselves from the outside world. They stopped paying taxes and lived without utilities for nearly 30 years. Homer went blind due to hemorrhages and later became paralyzed. Langley became Homer's caregiver. He cooked food on a portable kerosene stove and carried water in buckets from a public park four blocks away. Langley also became a notorious pack rat and scrounger. Venturing out of his house only in the dead of night, he'd shop for whatever food he needed for the day and pick up discarded items of all sorts. He retained newspapers for years so that Homer could catch up on his reading once he regained his sight. He occasionally befriended newspaper reporters who wrote stories about the reclusive Collyer brothers. Langley often fed Homer 100 oranges per week in the hope it would help him regain his eyesight. Fearful of burglars, Langley turned the Collyer house into a maze of pathways and crawl spaces amid the numerous junk and refuse that collected in the house. He built booby-traps to ensnare potential intruders. Based on the anonymous phone tip in March 1947, police broke into the Collyer home and found Homer, clad in a tattered robe, dead in a chair from malnutrition. Nearly a month went by before Langley was found amid the 140 tons of items that had been piled haphazardly throughout the house. Langley's body was found by sanitation workers under a mountain of debris only about 10 feet from where Homer's body had been found. Police theorized that Langley had accidentally tripped one of his own booby-traps and died of suffocation. Helpless and with no one to care for him, Homer slowly died of starvation about two weeks later. Among the wide variety of items found in the Collyer house were 14 pianos, most of a Model T Ford, tons of newspapers, thousands of law books, sexy pin-up posters circa 1910, dressmakers' dummies, unopened mail, 34 passbooks for various bank accounts, and unused tickets to a church function from 1905.
Tags: Collyer  brothers  pack  rats  hermits  NYC 
Added: 7th October 2014
Views: 1593
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Big Bang Theory - Back To The Future Grammar Tags: The  Big  Bang  Theory  -  Back  To  The  Future  comedy  1950s  50s  BTTF  BBT  Johnny  Galecki  Jim  Parsons  Kaley  Cuoco  Simon  Helberg  Kunal  Nayyar  Sara  Gilbert  Melissa  Rauch  Mayim  Bialik  Chuck  Lorre 
Added: 18th October 2014
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Posted By: pfc
Roseanne- Halloween Pranks Tags: Roseanne-  Halloween  Pranks  Roseanne  Barr  John  Goodman  Laurie  Metcalf  Sara  Gilbert  Michael  Fishman  Lecy  Goranson  Sarah  Chalke  Johnny  Galecki  Natalie  West  Glenn  Quinn  Estelle  Parsons  Sandra  Bernhard  Michael  O'Keefe  Martin  Mull 
Added: 19th October 2014
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Posted By: Cathy
Why World Series Viewership is Down During the 2013 World Series, ESPN's Keith Olbermann offered some thoughtful reasons why World Series TV viewership is only about one-fifth of what it once was. He makes some darn good points!
Tags: baseball  World  Series  TV  viewership  Olbermann 
Added: 26th October 2014
Views: 757
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vanishing TV Character - Kate Bradley Petticoat Junction was one of CBS' rural-themed hit shows of the 1960s. Set in a quaint hotel outside of Hooterville, it fared best in the ratings during its first two seasons (1963 to 1965) when it was filmed in black and white. Although there were numerous cast changes during the show's run--for example, three different actresses played oldest daughter Billie Jo Bradley--the linchpin of Petticoat Junction was family matriarch Kate Bradley, a kindly widow played by veteran TV and radio actress Bea Benaderet. Kate was the voice of reason in most episodes who kept order in both the Shady Rest Hotel and among her family members. In early 1968 Benaderet was stricken with cancer and took a leave of absence. At one point she appeared in just three of 11 episodes. Kate's absence was explained as her being away on a long trip. After initially good medical reports, Benaderet was kept in the Petticoat Junction cast. However, when the 1968-69 season was to begin, Benaderet's cancer returned and she was too ill to continue her role as Kate Bradley. In a few episodes only her voice was heard. In some cases a double was used in scene in which Kate was only seen from the rear. Benaderet died on October 13, 1968, but her character never really died on the show. On a few episodes, she was seen in flashbacks. Although June Lockhart joined the cast as its new older female character, Kate Bradley was never mentioned as being deceased, but she was seldom mentioned after 1969. Only once in the final season was Kate even alluded to: Youngest daughter Betty Jo explained that she and her sisters were taught to swim in the train's water tank by Kate. Petticoat Junction was cancelled after the 1969-70 season. The Mary Tyler Moore Show replaced it in the CBS lineup on Saturday nights.
Tags: TV  Petticoat  Junction  Kate  Bradley  Bea  Benederet 
Added: 4th November 2014
Views: 1471
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Posted By: Lava1964

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