Archive for May, 2019

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The Girl Who Struck Out Both Ruth And Gehrig

Friday, May 24th, 2019

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.

Jackie Mitchell shaking hands with Ruth and Gehrig.

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.

*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.”

May 23, 2019

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

I’m Sooo Enjoying This!

Baby Jesus Doesn’t Want To Take A Bath

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Jesus walking on water:

The Cat King

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Tuffy the Cat is HUGE and enjoying life! As a Maine Coon, he continues to grow (20-pounds++) and is the kindest, most gentle cat ever. He still has a few health problems (an occasional seizure and weight control) but he lives for lap pets, tossed paper balls and treats – and he excels at luxuriously-long naps in his hidey houses.

I know the Verona Street Animal Shelter has a wonderful selection of new feline friends for Spring. Maybe one will adopt you!

When You Live On The 18th Floor…

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

… you pay attention when fire engines pull up to your building with sirens screaming. In fact the sounds are intensified by the concrete “canyon.” 

There’s really no reason to become alarmed however – those ladders only go as high as the 6th floor and the elevators are automatically turned off.

What to do in a high-rise fire?

The Patron Saint Of Fireworks

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

If you’re at a large fireworks display and something goes awry, Saint Barbara’s the one to call for protection.  In fact, it might be a good idea to pray to her before the show to avoid the rush.

In the 2nd century, Barbara was the daughter of a rich pagan named Dioscorus who kept her locked in a tower to keep her chaste for the marriage of his choice. But Barbara had other ideas.  She nixed Dad’s pick for Bachelor #1 and worse, she became a Christian.


Her Father was not too pleased with this nonsense and drew his sword to kill her.  Miraculously the tower wall opened and Barbara was transported to a mountain gorge filled with sheep and two sheperds.  One of the sheperds turned her back over to her Father and immediately came to a bad end. He turned to stone and his flock became a swarm of locusts. (Try selling those at the Sheep Fair!)

Barbara’s Father dragged her before the prefect of the province, Martinianus, who had her cruelly tortured and condemned to death by beheading. Since her Father was still pissed off, he got to lop off her head himself!  However, as punishment for executing his own daughter, (here come the fireworks) he was struck by lightning on the way home and his body was consumed by flames. It’s said Barbara’s tomb became the site of explosive miracles. Really.


List of Patron Saints:

“God’s Loophole”

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Stick This

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Stick figures:


Beautiful Night – Rochester, New York

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

My New Desktop:

(Whenever I put up a new terrace picture, some people ask if they can use it. Of course you can; I’m honored! You can find many more by typing ‘terrace pictures’ in my search box.)