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Eddie Grant Memorial Resurfaces Eddie Grant was a Harvard-educated ballplayer who played for four MLB teams between 1906 and 1915. After his baseball career ended, Grant enlisted in the army during the First World War at age 34. He rose to the rank of captain. On October 5, 1918, a few weeks before the war ended, Grant was killed by enemy shell fire in the Argonne Forest. On Memorial Day 1921, the New York Giants, Grant's final MLB team, unveiled an enormous brass plaque that was handsomely mounted on a five-foot granite marker that sat in the deepest part of the Polo Grounds underneath the home team's clubhouse. From the memorial's dedication until the Giants abandoned New York and the Polo Grounds in 1957, a solemn wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Grant monument every year, usually between games of a Memorial Day doubleheader. At the conclusion of the final game played at the Polo Grounds on September 29, 1957, souvenir hunters mobbed the field. The New York Times reported that three teenagers were seen prying the bronze plaque off the monument. Rumors that the police ultimately recovered the plaque were never verified, and its whereabouts remained a mystery for nearly 42 years. In late July 1999, the Eddie Grant Memorial plaque was discovered in the attic of a home in Ho-Ho-Kus Township, NJ. It had been formerly owned by Lena and Gaetano Bucca. The new home owners, Brian and Deborah Lamb, came across the plaque carefully wrapped in a blanket and hidden under a trap door in the attic. Brian Lamb contacted Baseball Reliquary Board member, Wendy Brougalman, a former business associate, with news of the discovery. How did the 100-pound plaque end up in a New Jersey attic? The Lambs purchased the home from the Bucca family after the death of Lena Bucca in 1998. Gaetano Bucca, a former New York City police officer, died in 1974. Gaetano, who retired from the force in January 1958 and subsequently moved with his family to New Jersey, served in the city's 32nd precinct, an area of jurisdiction encompassing the Polo Grounds. It is assumed that that Officer Bucca and a few allies had arranged to take the plaque with the intention of delivering it to the Eddie Grant American Legion Post 1225 in the Bronx. The plaque never made it there. Benjamin Bucca, Gaetano's only surviving son and a respected probate attorney, had no knowledge at all of the 100-pound plaque situated just above his head in his former bedroom. "You know, I never felt comfortable in that bedroom," he said. "Now I know why! That thing could have fallen on my head in the middle of the night and flattened me. My Pop was always a bit of a mystery, but this . . . This is . . . What the hell was he thinking about?'"
Tags: Baseball  Eddie  Grant  Memorial  recovered 
Added: 8th October 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Babe Ruth - Just Pals This 1931 film, titled Just Pals, was one of a series of short baseball instructional films that Babe Ruth made in the early 1930s. The plot is a little bit on the corny side, but it is a fun peek back in time. Ruth was still in pretty good shape in 1931.
Tags: Babe  Ruth  baseball  instructional  film  Just  Pals 
Added: 9th October 2014
Views: 340
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Posted By: Lava1964
Winning Goal - 1976 Canada Cup The best hockey teams in the world had never met in an open tournament format before the 1976 Canada Cup event. Six countries competed in the inaugural event: Canada, USSR, USA, Sweden, Finland and Czechoslovakia. Canada and the Czechs advanced to the best-of-three final. Canada won the first game easily, 6-0. Game Two at the Montreal Forum produced a memorable moment in Canadian sports history: With the score deadlocked at 4-4 after regulation time, Darryl Sittler netted the Canada Cup-winning goal. Assistant coach Don Cherry had advised the Canadian players that Czech goalie Vladimir Dzurilla often ventured too far from his net and might be susceptible to being drawn out of position. Sittler followed Cherry's advice perfectly.
Tags: international  hockey  1976  Canada  Cup  Darryl  Sittler  goal 
Added: 13th October 2014
Views: 383
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Posted By: Lava1964
Stump the Schwab Here's a clip from a game show that sports fans ought to recall: Stump the Schwab. ESPN featured their in-house stats guru, Howie Schwab, in a sports quiz face-off against an array of challengers. In the 80 total shows made from 2004 to 2006, "The Schwab" as Howie liked to call himself, won 64 times--an impressive 80 percent success rate. Stuart Scott, who served as the show's quizmaster, died on January 4, 2015 from cancer at the young age of 49. ESPN callously fired Schwab from his behind-the-scenes position at the network in 2013 after 26 years of service as part of its broad cost-cutting measures.
Tags: Stump  the  Schwab  ESPN  game  show  sports  quiz 
Added: 5th January 2015
Views: 259
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Posted By: Lava1964
Remains of George Mallory Found - 1999 Seventy-Five years after British mountaineer George Mallory vanished in June 1924 in his attempt to be the first man to scale Mount Everest, an expedition from National Geographic was organized to try to find his remains--along with those of his climbing colleague Andrew Irvine. The two were last seen alive about 800 meters from the summit. In 1979 a Chinese mountaineer reported to a Japanese climber that he had come across the remains of "an Englishman" during an ascent in 1975. The Chinese climber was killed in an avalanche the following day before he could give precise directions to the corpse. Going on the general location the Chinese climber had provided, the 1999 expedition covered a search area about the size of a dozen football fields. Sure enough, on May 1, 1999, Mallory's mummified corpse, sun bleached to an alabaster white, was discovered face down and fused to the mountain scree by American searcher Conrad Anker. ID tags on the clothing quickly confirmed the body was indeed Mallory's. Found in Mallory's possession was a letter from his brother and an unpaid bill Mallory owed to a London clothing shop. Mallory had several broken bones and a punctured skull, leading to speculation that he had severely injured himself in a sudden, violent fall and likely froze to death in a helpless state in a matter of minutes. Whether Mallory made it to Everest's summit or not is a matter of heated debate. Irvine's body has yet to be found. Warning: The clip is a little bit gruesome.
Tags: mountaineering  George  Mallory  corpse  discovery 
Added: 26th October 2014
Views: 368
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Posted By: Lava1964
Orson Wells Apologizes For War Of The Worlds I was surprised at the comment around 4:00 that radio is new and we don't know the impact it will have....I'd love to see his opinion of the internet.
Tags: Orson  Wells  Apologizes  For  War  Of  The  Worlds  1938  30's  1930's  scare  tactic  controversy 
Added: 30th October 2014
Views: 319
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Posted By: Steve
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: 412
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Grinch Finally Gets Christmas Here's the climactic scene from the 1966 seasonal classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The title character finally gets it through his green skull that Christmas doesn't come from a store--Christmas means a little bit more!
Tags: climax  How  the  Grinch  Stole  Christmas 
Added: 24th December 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vanishing TV Character - Ginny Wroblicki One Day at a Time was a CBS sitcom that garnered decent ratings during its nine-year run from 1975 through 1984. The show's premise was that a new divorcee, Ann Romano (played by Bonnie Franklin), had relocated to Indianapolis with her two daughters to begin life anew. A brash character named Ginny Wroblicki joined the cast in the show's second season as the family's apartment-building neighbor. Wroblicki (played by Mary Louise Wilson) was described by Total Television as a "brassy cocktail waitress." In her first appearance on the show, Wroblicki initially quarrels with Ann without much provocation, but in the end Wroblicki helps Ann thwart a dishonest, fly-by-night upholstering business that was trying to overcharge her. In a couple of episodes Wroblicki was the romantic interest of Dwayne Schneider, the macho apartment superintendent (played by Pat Harrington). Wroblicki's character got mixed reviews. Some fans liked her in-your-face persona while others found it too overbearing and unappealing. (One critic said Wroblicki was "mannish." Another said she "looked like she had been around the block about 10 times.") She vanished after the 1976-77 season never to be heard from again. According to some scuttlebutt, Bonnie Franklin convinced CBS to dump the Ginny Wroblicki character from the show because she feared Wilson was upstaging her.
Tags: Ginny  Wroblicki  One  Day  at  a  Time  sitcom 
Added: 4th November 2014
Views: 633
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vanishing TV Character - Spearchucker Jones Oliver Harmon (Spearchucker) Jones was a surgeon both in the movie and television series MASH. He was portrayed in the TV series by Timothy Brown. Jones was a tent-mate of fellow surgeons Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John McIntyre, and Frank Burns. However, Spearchucker was shown during only the first five episodes of Season One (1972-73) before vanishing forever. What happened to Spearchucker? MASH's producers dropped him from the show after concluding they would not be able to write enough meaningful episodes for the character once they decided to mainly focus on Hawkeye and Trapper. Furthermore they were told there were no black surgeons assigned to MASH units during the Korean War. (Apparently that was inaccurate.)
Tags: Spearchucker  Jones  MASH 
Added: 4th November 2014
Views: 1897
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Posted By: Lava1964

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