So Long, Number #4

R.I.P., Duke of Flatbush

We’re talkin’ baseball
Kluszewski, Campanella
Talkin’ baseball
The Man and Bobby Feller
The Scooter and the Barber and the Newk
They knew them all from Boston to Dubuque
Especially Willie, Mickey, and the Duke.

–Terry Cashman, Talkin’ Baseball

Once upon a time, before the baseball team called the “Dodgers” relocated to the Left Coast and initiated the decline of Western Civilization, they wore a snow-white “B” on their blue caps, and played half of their games in an outdoor asylum on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn known as Ebbets Field.  When I was a kid, those guys were the class of the National League, and one of their mainstays was center fielder Edwin “Duke” Snider.

I can see him now as I did in 1955 when I root-root-rooted for the home team from the third base stands in old Connie Mack Stadium–a silver-haired slugger in a gray flannel road jersey with a blue number #4 on the back, waving his big bat menacingly from the left side at the towering steel wall in right field and preparing to break my 7-year old heart in the very first inning. Although Robin Roberts and company handled him in Brooklyn that year, Duke was a certified Phillie-killer when he came to Philadelphia, batting .340 with 5 homers and 16 RBI in 11 games.  I watched him smack two of ’em that long-ago Independence Day afternoon, the balls white as eggs against a blue summer sky as they cleared the distant fence.  Now Duke is gone, and so is my youth. I miss both of ’em.

See Duke & Bev’s Web Page Photo Album

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Why we’re glad Al Gore is not President:

Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years?

Even a regional nuclear war could spark “unprecedented” global cooling and reduce rainfall for years, according to U.S. government computer models.

Widespread famine and disease would likely follow, experts speculate.

And why we’re sad Barack Obama is:

3M Chief Warns Obama Over Business Regulation

The head of one of the US’s biggest industrial groups has launched a scathing attack on Barack Obama’s attempts to repair relations with companies, dubbing him “anti-business”.

Manufacturers could shift production out of the US to Canada or Mexico as a result, warned George Buckley, chief executive and chairman of 3M.

“I judge people by their feet, not their mouth,” he told the Financial Times. “We know what his instincts are – they are Robin Hood-esque. He is anti-business.”

[…] Mr Buckley, who has run the diversified manufacturer since 2005, said: “There is a sense among companies that this is a difficult place to do business. It is about regulation, taxation, seemingly anti-business policies in Washington, attitudes towards science.”

He added: “Politicians forget that business has choice. We’re not indentured servants and we will do business where it’s good and friendly. If it’s hostile, incrementally, things will slip away. We’ve got a real choice between manufacturing in Canada and Mexico – which tend to be pro-business – or America.”

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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2 Responses to So Long, Number #4

  1. I’m not sure if the CEO of 3M should be making those kinds of comments. Our anti-capitalist President may just want these businesses to leave so the government can take over where, as the socialists would certainly argue if they did, “the market has failed.”

  2. Bob Mack says:

    Hi Michael. It looks as if Boy Wonder’s attempt to reconcile with the business community has met with abject failure. But, as you say, the probable objective of the maneuver in the first place was to establish a scapegoat, so from the Emperor’s perspective it was a roaring success.

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