Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Potpourri No. 35


Having lost their first game after the All-Star break on in Detroit on Friday night, my beloved Kansas City Royals bounced back last night with an 8-4 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Now 5-1, 3.27 ERA

Royals starter Danny Duffy pitched reasonably well, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on six hits, striking out seven Tigers.

Reliever Peter Moylan was efficient, getting five outs on only 15 pitches. All-Star closer Wade Davis, coming off of the Disabled List, worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th in a non-save situation.


On offense, it was one of those games where the Royals just nibbled the opponent to death, scoring 8 runs on only 11 hits, 9 of which were singles. The Royals didn't hit a home run, but every starter except DH Kendrys Morales had a hit, and every starter except RF Paulo Orlando scored a run. The Royals also drew 7 walks.

2B Christian Colon had 2 RBIs on a bases-loaded ground out in the 1st inning and a single in the 5th.

"No wonder you were in such a good mood last night..."

Scoring four runs in the 1st inning will do that, yeah...


Map distributed to guests on Opening Day in 1955

On July 17, 1955 Walt Disney's theme park Disneyland opened for business in Anaheim, California.

The opening did not go well, but the theme park quickly became an iconic part of American culture.

It has been on my list of places to visit for virtually my entire life. I am still hopeful of getting to see it one day...

Relax, old friend, it ain't happenin' any time soon...

Unbreakable Record?

One of the things baseball fans enjoy the most about the sport is its long list of individual records, and discussions of whether they'll ever be broken.

On July 17, 1941 Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio's consecutive-game hitting streak ended at 56.

No other player in baseball history before or since has come close (two of the three closest streaks happened in the 19th century).

The argument is that with the development of relief pitching in the modern game, no one will ever break DiMaggio's mark.

"So, do YOU think anyone will ever break the record?"

I really don't...

Happy Birthday!

Working at Rancho del Paisano in Temecula, California
On July 17, 1889 Erle Stanley Gardner was born in Malden, Massachusetts.

Although a lawyer by profession, he is best known as the creator of the fictional lawyer-detective Perry Mason. At the time of his death in 1970, Gardner was the best-selling American author of the 20th century.

My parents both loved his books, and so I began reading him at an early age. Much of my fondness for mystery fiction is traceable to those Gardner novels.

Sibling Rivalry

From the droll comic strip FoxTrot, by Bill Amend, which you should read every Sunday, as I do.

Until Next Time...

If there is a single piece of music most closely associated with Walt Disney and his company, it is "When You Wish Upon a Star," one of the most recognizable melodies in all of American popular music.

Original 1940 "one sheet" poster
Written by composer Leigh Harline and lyricist Ned Washington for Disney's 1940 animated feature Pinocchio, the song was played over the film's opening credits and again for the film's final scene.

The original version, sung by Cliff Edwards (who also provided the voice of the Jiminy Cricket character), was a best-seller when released as a single. Billboard hadn't begun its Hot 100 Singles chart at the time, but the song did top its Record Buying Chart,
a precursor of the Hot 100.

The song won Disney the first of its 14
Best Original Song Academy Awards. The American Film Institute ranks it at No. 7 on its 100 Greatest Songs in Film History list, and in 2009 it was selected for the National Recording Registry curated by the Library of Congress.

"When You Wish Upon a Star" was also used as the instrumental theme in the opening of every Disney TV program from 1954 to the present.

Today's send-off is Cliff Edwards's beautiful original version, paired with some evocative film clips. And yes, this song is in my "Tearjerkers" iTunes playlist. Enjoy...

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