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Umpire Bill Klem 'I never called one wrong!' Bill Klem once immodestly told a reporter. Klem is still widely regarded as baseball's greatest umpire nearly 70 years after he last worked a game. He was a National League arbiter from 1906 through 1941. The innovative Klem (pictured here in 1914) was the first umpire to wear an inside chest protector and the first to use hand signals to keep fans and players informed about his calls. (Klem said, 'The fan in the 25-cent bleacher seat has just as much right to know what I called as the fan in the box seat near home plate.') Klem was so skilled at calling balls and strikes that he only worked behind the plate for a number of years. He worked 18 World Series--a record that will never be broken because MLB now uses a rotation system rather than a merit system to assign umpires to post-season games. Klem was affectionately called 'The Old Arbitrator'--a nickname he adored. The jowly and thick-lipped Klem hated the nickname 'Catfish.' Any player who addressed him that way was quickly ejected. He had a strange relationship with New York Giants' manager John McGraw. Off the field the two were good friends; on the field they feuded bitterly. My favorite Bill Klem story: In 1941, while working the bases, he called a runner out on a tag play at second base. The runner angrily insisted the tag had missed him. Klem informed the irate player, 'I thought you were out.' Then the realization hit him: For the first time in his long career Klem only thought a player was out--he wasn't certain. Klem resigned the next day.
Tags: baseball  umpire  Bill  Klem 
Added: 1st September 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes don't Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe make lovely brides?
Tags: gentlemen  prefer  blondes  Jane  Russell    Marilyn  Monroe  diamonds  are  a  girls  best  friend  dorothy  miss  lorelei  lee  tommy  noonan 
Added: 25th September 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
Looking Back to JFK  and The Cuban Missile Crisis A brief summary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Fourteen days that had the world holding its breath.
Tags: john  f  kennedy  cuban  missile  crisis  russia  nikita  khrushchev  world  history  news 
Added: 29th September 2007
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Posted By: Guido
FOX News Insults Canadian Military I generally don't post recent clips, but this one needs to be shown. A panel of buffoons on the FOX News 'Redeye' show recently belittled the Canadian military at about the same time four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in a roadside ambush. Among the classless things said about the Canadian Armed Forces was a bizarre accusation that they want to take a break from their duties to have 'yoga classes, paint landscapes and wear Capri pants on the beach.' Canadians are more than a little bit miffed by these ignorami. To date 116 Canadians have been killed in the mission in Afghanistan. Here's the story from CBC News.
Tags: FOX  News  Redeye  Canada  military 
Added: 26th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Shirley Temple We Should Be Together My favorite movie star ever (Shirley Temple) does a song-and-dance number with George Murphy in Little Miss Broadway (1938). According to Shirley's autobiography, after they had completed this scene, the crew asked for an encore. (Of course Shirley and George obliged.)
Tags: Shirley  Temple  George  Murphy 
Added: 30th September 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Happy Birthday Groucho We Miss You A very fitting Groucho Marx Profile on CBS Sunday Morning.
Tags: groucho  marx  the  marx  brothers 
Added: 2nd October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Miss Jane Powell here at age 17 (her studio says 16), had her first pin-up photo shot taken. This was taken right after she was in HOLIDAY IN MEXICO in 1946. (PLOT "Ambassador Jeffrey Evans (Walter Pidgeon), a widower living in Mexico, has his hands full with his teenage daughter Christine (Jane Powell). Christine runs the entire household and tries to manage her father's private life as well. But love threatens to wreck all her carefully made plans: an earnest young classmate (Roddy McDowall) is hopelessly in love with her. . .Ambassador Evans is smitten with a beautiful singer (Ilona Massey). . .and poor Christine isn't sure where she fits in anymore! Top top it all off, Christine develops a crush on famed pianist Jose Iturbi, who is much older than she." TRIVIA: One of several films in which a young Fidel Castro appears as an extra, mostly in crowd scenes.
Tags: Jane  Powell    Holiday  In  Mexico  Walter  Pidgeon    Roddy  McDoDowall    Ilona  Massey  Fidel  Castro 
Added: 2nd October 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
What was your favorite car and tell us story about it... I had a Pontiac Tempest which was a GTO wanna be when I was in high school. Had it until I got out of the Navy when on a rain slick road I hydroplaned and landed on top of huge bolder cracking the frame that caused it's demise. I still miss that car!
Tags: Favorite  Car  Stories 
Added: 6th October 2007
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Posted By: Steve
My Favorite Car I had a 1958 Pontiac Star Chief four door hard top. White with maroon top and side trim.The girls would jump in the windows just to get a ride in that thing.Boy oh boy do I miss that car.
Tags: 1958  Pontiac  Star  Chief 
Added: 6th October 2007
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Posted By: Larry
My Favorite Car was My First Car  In 1965 when I graduated high school my dad FINALLY let me get my driver's license so I could get a car and a job. Of course he went with me because he was going to make the down payment, so I had to really talk him into the car I wanted, as it was a 1963 fire engine red Dodge Dart GT ragtop. It was gorgeous, at least to me. My dad wasn't really crazy about it, because he said it had probably been owned by some teenager who drag raced it all the time, but hey, that was my dad. He did agree after a little whining, and I drove it out of the lot straight to my best friend's house! I was so excited, my first car, and it looked like something I had only dreamed of owning. He had wanted me to get a Metropolitan, because he said they were safer. Ugh. I had such good times in this car, going down the road with the radio blasting out the Beatles, at 100 mph. I drove it to my first job, I still remember heading home on the Interstate late at night, in the dead of a Florida winter (50 degrees), with the top down and the heat on full blast. A few months later I met Larry, he kept my car one day while I was at work and had the nerve to take off the white twin racing stripes I had put on the hood and the trunk. I was crushed! And my dad made it worse by thanking him for doing it!! So my car made it through our first born in 1966 and then I had to part with her when she began having oil problems. But I will always miss my little Dodge Dart.
Tags: 1963  dodge  dart  gt  convertible 
Added: 6th October 2007
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Posted By: Naomi

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