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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
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Posted By: Lava1964
Great Blizzard of 1888 Snowstorms have paralyzed major cites for as long as North America has had major cities. The most devastating storm was likely the Great Blizzard of 1888 that crippled most of America's major eastern seaboard cities north of Washington, DC and into Canada. What made this blizzard so bad was that it came as a total surprise. In the days leading up to March 12, 1888, there had been unseasonably mild weather. People on the streets of New York City were walking around without overcoats. The "Great White Hurricane," as some folks dubbed it, struck with a fury. Torrential rains began falling, and on March 12 the rain changed to heavy snow, temperatures plunged, and a ferocious wind began. The storm continued unabated for the next 36 hours. Sources vary, but the National Weather Service estimated that 50 inches of snow fell in Connecticut and Massachusetts and 40 inches covered New York and New Jersey. Winds blew up to 48 miles an hour, creating snowdrifts 40 to 50 feet high. The resulting transportation crisis led to the creation of the New York subway, approved in 1894 and begun in 1900. Telegraph and telephone wires snapped, isolating New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington for days. Two hundred ships were grounded, and at least 100 sailors died. Fire stations were immobilized, and property loss from fire alone was estimated at $25 million. Overall, more than 400 storm-related deaths were reported.
Tags: Blizzard  1888 
Added: 24th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Fenway Park Burns 3 Times Three Fires at the famous Fenway Park over the years. Show is the second fire on January 5, 1934. The first happening on May 8, 1926 burning the left field line bleachers to the ground. . During renovation January 5, 1934 a fire broke out for 5 hours and left very few areas of the ballpark untouched. The last fire to break out happened recently on February 2012, this fire broke out in the administrative offices. An electrical short was the cause of this blaze.
Tags: Fenway  Park  Boston  Red  Sox  fires  stadium  baseball 
Added: 5th January 2015
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Posted By: Cliffy
Occasional Wife - Failed Sitcom For the 1966-67 season NBC introduced a new sitcom titled Occasional Wife. Here was the premise of the show: Peter Christopher (played by Michael Callan), an eager employee of a baby food company, is not allowed to progress up the corporate ladder unless he has a wife. He solves his problem by having a female friend, Greta Patterson (played by Patricia Harty)--who lives two floors up in the same apartment building--pose as his wife whenever necessary to fool his boss. Many humorous sequences occurred on the fire escape where a nosy neighbor--known only as Man-in-the-Middle (played by Bryan O'Byrne)--observed the deceitful goings-on. Occasional Wife started out well in the ratings but had slid into 64th place by the end of its only season. It was axed after 24 episodes. In real life Callan and Harty fell in love while making the show and were married during its short run. They eventually divorced, however. The narrator heard in the opening sequence should be recognizable to baseball fans: It's longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully!
Tags: sitcom  NBC  Occasional  Wife 
Added: 17th October 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Baseball Fan Killed By Stray Bullet - 1950 On Tuesday, July 4, 1950, while awaiting the start of a Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants holiday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, 53-year-old Barney Doyle was killed from a bullet to the head. Doyle, a passionate Giants fan from New Jersey, had come to the sold-out event with his 13-year-old neighbor, Otto Flaig, who had been eagerly awaiting the trip to the Polo Grounds for weeks. Just as the teams entered the field, Doyle turned to speak to his youthful companion and then suddenly slumped over. Fans seated nearby thought Doyle had merely fainted, but quickly realized the situation was far more serious when they saw blood pouring from a severe head wound. Police later discovered that a 14-year-old boy, Robert Peebles, at a nearby housing project on Coogan's Bluff had fired the shot indiscriminately over a five-foot parapet to celebrate the Fourth of July. He had found the .45-caliber gun in Central Park. Newspapers also reported that fans who had bought standing-room passes for the sold-out doubleheader callously fought over Doyle's vacated seat. Because of his age, Peebles shockingly could only receive a juvenile delinquency charge. Doyle had recently been forced to retire from his job due to health concerns; attending ballgames had become one of the few outings he was permitted to do. The photo below ran in the next day's New York Daily News. (If anybody cares, the Giants and Dodgers split that day's doubleheader.)
Tags: Barney  Doyle  Murder  Polo  Grounds  baseball   
Added: 6th March 2015
Views: 3269
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Posted By: Lava1964
Cuyahoga River Pollution 1967 2 years before it caught fire and caused a big shakedown in environmental laws in the US.
Tags: Cuyahoga  River  Pollution  River  Fire  Cleveland  Ohio   
Added: 7th March 2015
Views: 996
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Posted By: Old Fart
Cuyahoga River Catches Fire The river was so polluted with petroleum it caught fire in 1969. It was the start of sweeping environmental laws in the United States.
Tags: Cuyahoga  River  Catches  Fire  Cleveland  Ohio  River  Fire  Industrial  Waste  British  Petroleum  environmental  laws    United  States 
Added: 7th March 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Kerosene Highway Lantern Tags: Kerosene  Highway  Lantern  warning  light  fire  torches  safety  equipment 
Added: 20th March 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Punt Gun This imposing firearm, known as a punt gun, was used for duck hunting in the 19th century. It could kill 50 birds with one shot.
Tags: punt  gun  hunting 
Added: 5th April 2015
Views: 931
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Posted By: Lava1964
Chicago with Earth Wind and Fire in Concert Full Concert! They are touring this year together!
Tags:   Earth  Wind  and  Fire  In  Concert  Chicago  Chicago  Transit  Authority  Robert  Lamm  Lee  Loughnane  James  Pankow  Walter  Parazaider  Jason  Scheff  Tris  Imboden  Keith  Howland  Lou  Pardini  Walfredo  Reyes,  Jr.  Maurice  White  Verdine  White  Philip  Bailey  Ralph  Johnson  Reggie  Young  Gary  Bias  B.  David  Whitworth  Myron  McKinley  John  Paris  Bobby  Burns.  Jr  Greg  "G-Mo"  Moore  Kim  Johnson  Morris  O'  Connor  Philip  Bailey  Jr. 
Added: 8th May 2015
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Posted By: Steve

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