Musings, observations, and written works from the publisher of Eckhartz Press, the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer, co-host of Minutia Men, Minutia Men Celebrity Interview and Free Kicks, and the author of "Back in the D.D.R", "EveryCubEver", "The Living Wills", "$everance," "Father Knows Nothing," "The Radio Producer's Handbook," "Records Truly Is My Middle Name", and "Gruen Weiss Vor".
Friday, April 05, 2019
Prince’s entire big league career consisted of exactly one inning pitched. He did it for the Cubs on September 21, 1962. The Cubs were playing the Mets at the Polo Grounds. Don faced four batters. He walked one, hit another one, and then faced future Cub Jim Hickman. Hickman grounded into a double play. The last batter Prince faced was Sammy Drake. He was easily retired, and Prince escaped with a perfect lifetime 0.00 ERA. After his playing career, in his golden years, Prince was sent to prison for hiring a hitman to murder two people. It wasn’t a hitman. It was an undercover cop.
Has Fox News Destroyed Your Family?
I've been saying this for years, mind you, but I think we can now get beyond calling this a theory. I mentioned it at a recent gathering of old friends, some liberal and some not, and when I said "I honestly believe that Fox News has destroyed this country," my friend--not a liberal at all--said the following in response.
"That is a fact."
I'm afraid it is.
Drinking Isn't Good for your Health
Speaking on behalf of the drinking world (2.3 billion, according to this article), we aren't surprised and most likely will not change our behavior.
But thanks for the info!
Never Paid the Man
This is a very sad story about my childhood hero Ernie Banks.
Ron Rappoport has a new book out about Ernie, and one of the subjects is how badly the Cubs paid him during his career.
Don't read it if you don't want to be bummed out.
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Jerome vs. Jordan Howard
Mickey led a fascinating life in and out of baseball. He was a four-time All-Star with the Brooklyn Dodgers during early 40s, and though he set a fielding record as a catcher in 1941, he is best remembered for a fielding error he made in Game 4 of the World Series that season. He couldn’t handle a pitch that would have been the last out of the game (and tied up the series), but the runner reached first base on Mickey’s error. That led to a four run rally and a Dodgers loss. Owen didn’t serve in the military during the war, he was called up AFTER the war, and missed the 1946 season. When he came back, he was one of the players who bolted to the Mexican league. This angered Commissioner Happy Chandler so much, he wanted to ban those players from the major leagues for life. Chandler eventually cooled off, and Owen was allowed to return in 1949. That’s when he joined the Cubs. Mickey was the starting catcher for a few incredibly bad Cubs teams. After his playing days were over, he became a scout, then formed a baseball academy. Among the graduates of that academy…Michael Jordan, Joe Girardi & Charlie Sheen. Mickey later ran for public office, and served as the sheriff of Greene County in Missouri for three terms.
"Walking thru Cleveland airport, and ran across the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame display and they happened to be running the entire Yes acceptance and induction! So had a bit of fun with it!" - Jon #1000handstour #jonanderson #yes pic.twitter.com/CABl8SqT12— Jon Anderson (@TheJonAnderson) April 3, 2019
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
It's hard to believe it's already five years ago, but Kipper McGee's "Brandwidth" came out on this day in 2014. He has since come out with a second edition, Kipper's media knowledge and wisdom jumps off the pages of his great book, which is still available here
Listen to it here.
When The Rolling Stones announced the postponement of the North American leg of their No Filter stadium tour on Saturday, the reason was vaguely explained as frontman Mick Jagger needing "medical treatment." Yesterday that diagnosis came into sharper focus, as several new sources, including The Drudge Report said that the 75-year-old Jagger is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday in New York to replace a valve in his heart. Rolling Stone says Jagger is expected to make a full recovery and resume the tour this summer. Despite the impending procedure, paparazzi caught Jagger in good spirits on Sunday when he and his family visited Miami. Bandmate Ronnie Wood tweeted his best wishes, saying, "We'll miss you over the next few weeks, but we're looking forward to seeing you all again very soon. Here's to Mick -- thanks for your supportive messages it means so much to us." Keith Richards said, "A big disappointment for everyone but things need to be taken care of and we will see you soon. Mick, we are always there for you!"
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Every Cub Ever
"Does it really include EVERY Cub?" Yes. "Even the guys who only played..." Yes. "But what about..." Yes. Everycubever. All of them. Every Single One. It's encylopedia-sized folks. We tried to do a regular paperback and it was over 700 pages, so we are going the full 8 1/2 by 11. If you're a Cubs fan, this has to be on your bookshelf.
Reporters Sue for the Full Unredacted Mueller Report
If he's completely exonerated as Trump claims, why is there an issue at all?
Hopefully this group of reporters will get to the bottom of it.
My latest Illinois Entertainer column predicts a young up and coming radio star, Brandon Herman.
Read it here.
Monday, April 01, 2019
April Fools, Twin Peaks fans
Friends, I’ve decided that I will only be drinking iced coffee. I am so sorry to disappoint, but my new tagline moving forward will be, “Damn fine coffee! And ice cold ❄️.” pic.twitter.com/VOrST29VRB— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) April 1, 2019
His real first name was Paul, but his teammates called him Jake. Jaeckel got a cup of coffee as a September call up for the last place 1964 Cubs. He pitched two scoreless innings in his debut, retiring the likes of Sandy Alomar, Matty Alou, Rico Carty, and Joe Torre. In his second appearance, he won the game as the Cubs rallied in the bottom of the 9th at Wrigley to beat the Dodgers 4-3. In his third appearance he picked up the save in another 4-3 win against the Dodgers, striking out Willie Crawford to win the game. His last game with the Cubs was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. He pitched two more scoreless innings, retiring Orlando Cepeda and Jose Cardenal, among others. Though he was lights out in the big leagues, Jaeckel never got another chance. He spent the next three seasons in the minors before hanging up his spikes at the ripe old age of 26. (Photo: 1965 Topps Baseball card)
Big Fat Cheater
Former ESPN football announcer Mike Tirico relayed a story to Reilly about playing with Trump, saying Trump’s caddy told him that Trump cheated by throwing Tirico’s ball, which was initially 10 feet from the hole, about 50 feet away from the hole into a bunker.
And actor Samuel L. Jackson is quoted in the book as saying, "We clearly saw him hook a ball into a lake at Trump National [Bedminster, New Jersey], and his caddy told him he found it!"
LPGA Tour golfer Suzann Pettersen, who is friends with Trump, said earlier this year that the president "cheats like hell," telling a Norwegian newspaper, "I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well."
Robert Smith keeps it real. pic.twitter.com/SwCN0cDjTB— Russell Cunningham (@cunninghamshire) March 31, 2019
Is Joe Biden Too Touchy/Feely?
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. On the one hand, I'm the anti-Joe Biden when it comes to kissy/feely actions. I'm German. I shook hands with my grandmother.
But I've also watched Joe over the years and used to get a big kick out of the swearing in ceremonies of congressmen when Joe was VP. He was like that with everyone. Guys and girls. He's the most affectionate human alive. I really don't think there's anything sexual there.
Weird? From my German point of view, yes. But I thought normal people liked affection. Maybe I've been wrong all these years. Maybe I'm the normal one. (That's rhetorical. Don't answer that)
“3 Mexican Countries.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 31, 2019
Just a reminder that these are the same folks who assert their superiority by belittling the intelligence and good faith of others.https://t.co/7JA1kCdIoS pic.twitter.com/CwINMXAarO