Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Emo was a Greensboro native, part of a large Lebanese immigrant family consisting of (among others), the Koury's (Joe and Fred Koury), the Showfety's, and the Mack's (John Mack of Mooresville, a football star at Duke in the late '60s, is retired Chairman/CEO of Morgan Stanley). They were (are) an accomplished family.
Emo became one of the region’s greatest minor-league baseball stars. In 1941, Emo started out playing for Danville, followed by the Durham Bulls, Montreal Royals, Raleigh Capitals, Burlington Bees, before finishing up his career with the Greensboro Patriots from 1947-1949. Showfety was a Carolina League All-Star in 1947, 1948, and 1949, hitting 35 HRs and batting .347 for the Patriots in '49. My older brother 'drug bats' (was 'batboy') during Emo's Greensboro playing days.
Emo is probably the most popular player in Greensboro’s long, storied baseball history. Showfety, an Elon graduate, was inducted into the Elon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 for football and baseball and is part of the inaugural class of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame.
Got to love the old baseball memories and legends. For those of us who revere the game, they are so much a part of who we are. Emo left us for 'the big game in the sky', July 11, 2002, at age 82. RIP.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This is a great photo for identifying Washington power brokers of the day. I can name 8. See if you know any more.
From left to right: In white raincoat and fedora, the President's very close friend and Navy pal, Paul Fey (he was Secretary of the Navy for a short time), Abe Ribicoff, U. S Senator from Connecticut, Larry O'Brien, JFK Chief of Staff and current, long-time NBA commissioner, Arthur Goldberg, U. S. UN Ambassador, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, House Speaker Hale Boggs, Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, and Treasury Secretary, Douglas Dillon (lower right corner).
It was quite an time in Washington, albeit short-lived, the era of "Camelot", it was said.
(Correction: After seeing blog, friend Tom Huston, high-level aide in the Nixon White House, indicates that, actually, Arthur Goldberg was Secretary of Labor and subsequently an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court during JFK's administration. LBJ named him UN Ambassador in 1965, three years after this photograph of him in the President's entourage`, to get him off the court to make way for Abe Fortas).
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Thurman Munson tragically died, at age 32, while practicing landing his Cessna in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He was a graduate of Kent State University. While 'tough as nails', he was a prince of guy. He and I played together for Chatham of the Cape Cod League in 1968, before he signed with the Yankees early in the season.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
A few of the best players on the team are not pictured here (Thurman Munson, the first Yankee captain since Lou Gehrig, had signed; Steve Stone, American League Cy Young winner in 1980, had gone home with the mono). This is a September, end of the season, picture. A few good friends (roommate Bob Wolfe, pitcher from Princeton, and Ken Rhyne) had just gone home early.
A blog piece I did a few years ago encapsulates some reflections from this, my first of two summers on Cape Cod during college. I may have additional comments later.
(Incidentally, I am on second row from top, left end). It was an interesting, fun group of guys from around the country, some very good players. It was good team, but with the guys gone which I mention above, probably not as good a team as a 1967 North Carolina American Legion State Championship team on which I played (6 of 9 starting line-up signed professional contracts, all others went to college on bb scholarships, on that team). Nice memories.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Nick with Greg Nettles and legendary Whitey Ford during a Spring Training game in the '90s.
Manager Joe Torre with NBC's Gene Shallot, a regular at Yankee Spring Training and a good friend of Nick's.
Nick with Davey Concepcion, shortstop for the 'Big Red Machine' of the 1970s.
Nick and I finished high school together. He was very successful in the cemetery / funeral home business before getting very involved with the New York Yankees. He was especially close with "Catfish" Hunter before Catfish's death. Nick orchestrated a "Catfish Hunter Day" in Hertford NC ("Catfish's" hometown) the week before "Catfish" died. Baseball people came from around the world. It must have been a time.
Nick turned over most of his pictures to me to help him organize, scan, and set-up digitally. I look forward to that project. Nick and I are going on a road trip to Atlanta to see the Braves play in July.
Life has a way of coming full circle in so many ways. It is a joy to once again renew my friendship with Nick, to be able reflect on our youth together, to share our challenges and our accomplishments from full and rich lives, while at the same time, having fun making new memories. As they say, 'life is good'.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
We are the beneficiaries of significant events and of the vision and courage of great Americans who have come before us. Some days are particular reminders. June 6 seems always to be for me.
Embarking on such a critical, historic World War II mission, allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy to begin, literally, saving Western Civilization, on this day, in 1944. Again, we are indebted to the vision of great leaders, and to the courage of young Americans and allied troops.
In addition, on this day in 1968, an assassin took out a great American progressive and Presidential candidate, Robert Kennedy, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, only 3 short months after the murder of Martin Luther King, only 5 short years after the assassination of his brother.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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