Correction Number 1
Once again recording from my room upstairs, I once (actually twice) again made an error.
During last week’s show, when commenting on the classiness of certain non-fans of the current American President and Vice-President, I mispronounced the VP’s name a couple times.
I twice said Ka-MA-la. Jeepers! Everyone knows it’s KA-mala. Doy!
I have a way to remember how to say her name correctly. There’s a song by American new wave band The Nails called 88 Lines About 44 Women and the eighth woman named in the song is Kamala. The lead vocalist (he doesn’t actually sing this song, he talks the lyrics) pronounces the name the way our VP’s name is pronounced. That will help me remember to get it right. And it’s a fun song, too.
Mazda liked the song enough to use a reworked lyrics version in an ad.
Correction Number 2
This was a big goof. A goof I should not have made, because I certainly know better. A mistake, that if I had a remotely larger audience, I would have been blasted for making. “Dim! How could you get that wrong?! We thought you knew baseball!!”
Well, I do know the correct information, but for some reason my brain failed me.
When talking about Major League Baseball and the breaking of the “Gentleman’s Agreement” to keep black players out of the white man’s game. The black players had the Negro Leagues and the “gentlemen” wanted the black players to be content to stay there. Until owner Branch Rickey broke the color barrier by hiring Jackie Robinson to play on his team, the…
I said Rickey owned the Boston Red Sox. That was wrong. Very wrong! Super wrong!
Here is the list of when each of the 16 teams (in those days) integrated.
How could I have been so wrong?
By all accounts, the legendary, the mythic, pitcher Satchel Paige was quite a character. He liked to drive very fast, he could turn a phrase, and on the mound he was a showman. He played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues until 1948 when the Cleveland Indians brought on the rookie pitcher.
He was 42. Or at least he was likely 42, it’s not altogether certain what year he was born.
Paige pitched his last MLB game in 1965. He was 59.
Paige’s Monarchs teammate Buck O’Neil tells the story of when Paige, the Negro League’s greatest pitcher, faced Josh Gibson, that league’s best hitter. For the longest time, the two had never faced each other and had debated over which was the better player. Then the time came when Gibson was playing for another team.
Buck’s storytelling is fantastic and the tale is great. He tells of Satchel’s theatricality on the mound, his confidence, and how he… I’ll let Buck tell the story.
What a character.
Since this show dropped on Z Talk Radio on a special anniversary, I thought I’d break out the old story of how I first saw and fell in love with the greatest band in rock ‘n’ roll!
A Cool Thing: Ancient Footprints
Fossilized human footprints in White Sands, New Mexico have been dated to having been made 21,000 to 23,000 years ago. This puts humans in the Americas at an earlier time than previously thought. This is cool. This isn’t science flip-flopping. This isn’t science not knowing what it is doing. This is science following the evidence and adjusting its hypotheses and theories.
The prints are mostly children’s and all of them can help scientists learn about those ancient residents of North America.
What I think makes this type of fossil evidence even more compelling than fossilized bones is that footprints are a moment of life. They capture something as mundane as an animal or person just walking through some mud, but it captures a living moment. Fossilized bones are examples of death.
Both are pretty awesome.
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