Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy 75th Birthday, Bill Mazeroski!

Billy Maz approaching home plate with the winning run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, after slamming the Series-deciding home run to break a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning vs. the heavily favored New York Yankees.  Mazeroski's dramatic home run -- as abrupt, definitive and decisive as it was -- remains arguably the single most most dramatic moment in World Series history.  For some people unfamiliar with his play throughout the years, the home run perhaps overshadowed a long and distinguished Hall of Fame career for Mazeroski, who was one of the best, if not the best, defensive second-baseman in baseball history..

Labor Day

The following is from an editorial in today's edition of The New York Times ...
"... change the emphasis from labor to jobs and you come upon a subject that is very much on the minds of Americans, and not merely among the 14 million officially unemployed people in this country, a number equivalent to the population of Illinois, Wyoming and Vermont.

"Perhaps Labor Day should be a day to consider the struggles of so many Americans eager to work but unable to find jobs.  Perhaps it should be a day for parades of the unemployed, to remind us of the dignity of work and the indignity of being out of it."