Archive for January 26th, 2016

Did Yoko and Hilly Sleep Together In The 70s?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Did Yoko and Hilly sleep together?  https://www.google.com/

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And Many Barbers Went Out Of Business

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Beatles effect on hair:  https://www.google.com/

The “Black Pearl”

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who became an international musical and political icon. Her outrageous acts and scandals rocked the world – but her talent was always beyond dispute.

Baker was the first African-American female to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934), to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for being a spy for France and working with the French resistance against Germany during WWII.  At the end of the war, she was awarded the Croix de Guerre, a high military honor, by Charles DeGaulle himself.

For years Baker also made many contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  After Martin Luther King was assassinated, she was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King but turned it down for the safety of her children.  Ms. Baker died in 1975.

You can read much more about Josephine Baker’s fascinating life here.

High Heel Church Built To Attract Women

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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High heel church:  http://www.cosmopolitan.com/

The Girl Who Struck Out Ruth And Gehrig

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Back to back! What?

On April 2, 1931, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the New York Yankees played an exhibition game against their AA  minor club team the ‘Lookouts.’  Its pitcher was 17-year-old Jackie Mitchell, a woman in an almost exclusively-male dominated sport.

After the team’s first pitcher let a few Yankees on base, the Lookout’s coach sent Jackie to the mound with her odd, left-handed, sidearm delivery.  Her first batter?  The ‘Sultan of Swing’ himself, Babe Ruth. The Babe swung mightily  and missed twice before taking a called third strike.  He then lambasted the umpire for the call and stalked away from the plate.

Lou Gehrig was up next and he didn’t look too happy.  The “Iron Horse” swung and missed three times, striking out on just three pitches stunning the crowd.  That was the Lookouts high point in the game.  They predictably were crushed by the Yankees 14-4.

After the game, Ruth said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball. Of course, they will never make good. Why? Because they are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day.”

What did Mitchell get for her triumph?  She was immediately banned from Major and Minor league baseball by Commissioner Landis.

Were the strikeouts an “act” for the hometown crowd?  Most people don’t think so. Although Ruth led the league in home runs for his career, he was also known as the “Strikeout King,” topping the league in that category for 5-years*.  Gehrig just wasn’t a guy who fooled around much on the diamond. Neither took Jackie Mitchell seriously and her strange pitching style may have thrown them.

Jackie Mitchell shaking hands with Ruth and Gehrig.

You can read more about baseball’s greatest woman pitcher here: www.google.com

*Although Babe Ruth was a master of big hits, he wasn’t exactly known for his all-around baseball expertise.  Ty Cobb, often judged as the “best overall” player in the game, was jealous of the Bambino.  Once when asked to say something “good” about Ruth, Ty said, “Well, for a fat guy, he runs pretty good.”