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Monday, June 30, 2008  

Death of a Ballpark

The wrecking ball began to swing today at old Tiger Stadium:

The dismantling of historic Tiger Stadium has begun.

Wrecking crews punched a garage-door-sized hole in the north wall of the ballpark today, and at mid-afternoon a bulldozer and hard-hatted workers were visible inside the wall, pulling away railings and other parts of the structure, while a Dumpster and other equipment was parked nearby.

Outside a security fence erected over the past several days, Rich Curbelo, a freelance radio journalist from Bloomfield Hills, said he was there as a fan first.

“This is my friend,” he said, gesturing toward the stadium. “My friend is leaving me. A punch in the wall is like a punch in the heart.”

From the Detroit News Photo Store, some images from the past:

Opening Day, 1912

Schoolboy Rowe, 1934

Trolley Stop, 1934

Raining Straw Hats, 1937

World Series at 'The Corner,' 1940


Sunday, June 29, 2008  

Scrolling Down the Bookmarks

Via Panabasis, this from a 1936 issue of Airship magazine:

Airship Sells Thousands of Hats in one Day.

According to the Washington "Herald," the Goodyear Airship Enterprise was used in a more or less informal opening of the straw hat season in the nation's capital. Following is the story of the incident as reported by the newspaper :-

"The Weather Bureau report did not record it, but it 'rained' in Washington yesterday. It rained straw hats in the business district to usher in Straw Hat Day for 1936. From the Goodyear Airship Enterprise, 100 envelopes containing orders for summer skimmers fluttered through the air and whoever picked them up was entitled to walk into the store named and get his straw free. Persons jammed the streets as the airship soared over the city, bearing representatives of the Washington 'Herald'. Various stores in the District co-operated with the 'Herald' in making this year's Straw Hat Day one to be remembered.

"Verner Smith piloted the Washington 'Herald' party over the city in the Enterprise. He guided the silver craft over the business section under a brilliant sun, and when it was over the biggest crowds, gave the signal to drop the hat checks. These were hat checks that didn't cost a nickel, however. There were orders for just about every kind of summer headwear you could imagine. There were plain sailors and leghorns and panamas and chantungs.

"And the way Washington men went for the Straw Hat Day festival was best evidenced by the rush on men's stores throughout the city. Before the doors were closed late in the evening thousands of straws had been sold."

Thanks to the journal of the Janus Museum for the separate straw-hat-inspired link here.

Also via webmaster Tibor Szégy-Légy, a short film from 1907: Le Cochon Danseur

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Above: Two Men in Straw Hats, photo by Harry M. Rhoads, Denver, c. 1920-30.

Two more.

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Shorpy: Teen Spirit, 1926

Cliopatria: Banjos, Shape Notes and Jugs

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Early 1920s aerial photos of England

(Via Mr Cusack)

Toppers at Royal Ascot

They measured at Wimbledon: Maria Sharapova grunts loud as a pneumatic drill.

Kevin Cullen: In praise of British hacks

Simon Winchester reviews The Black Death, a history of the Plague.

Orwell's Picnic:

In praise of the English breakfast

Gardens in an English village

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Digital Hairshirt: On those MoveOn parents.

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I hope Fear & Loathing in Georgetown will raise a pint for me at the Tombs.

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Cabinet Magazine Online:

Museum of the Dead

A Buried History of Paleontology

(Via Cliopatria)

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Dr Boli: The Man Who Built a Rhinoceros from a Kit

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The Smart Set: No S*x, Please, We're Medieval Theologians

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Peter Steinfels: Second Thoughts on Hilaire Belloc

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PJ O'Rourke: The American past meets modern museum doctrine

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Mountshang: a journal of trips to Chicago art museums

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Andrew Cusack, Norumbega:

What to do when you find a Hohenzollern in your study

Herald Tribune drops iconic dingbat

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Daily Telegraph: The original Indiana Jones

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Daily Mail: Tasmanian tiger could roar back to life

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Gatochy's Blog:

Mad cartoonist Bill Elder, 1921-2008

(Via Done With Mirrors)

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Beiderbecke Affair: Mr Lincoln and the Picketts

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Library of Congress:

Priests, 1922 * Nat'l Photo Co. Collection

The Pope's Dream * Jos Keppler, Puck, 1889

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Diogenes: Popish martyrs in the Proceedings of the Old Bailey


Monday, June 23, 2008  


-- Headline, Rocky Mountain News, June 22, 1908

Other Page One headlines that day:



One hundred years ago Denver was preparing to host the Democratic National Convention.

The Rocky Mountain News is running images of front pages from 1908.


Friday, June 20, 2008  

Tim Armstrong, with Skye Sweetnam:

"Into Action"

For Friday.

(Via Old Dominion Sachem)


Wednesday, June 18, 2008  

Return to Glory

The Celtics roll to Banner No. 17.

"I hope we made you proud."

-- Kevin Garnett to Bill Russell after Game Six.


Boston Globe

LA Times (heh, heh, heh)


Sports Illustrated

UPDATE, 6/19/08: Rally Photos:

Phillips Brooks statue

Confetti cop

Victory cigar

The roar of the crowd


Tuesday, June 17, 2008  

Bunker Hill Day

Mass. Historical Society (via Old Dominion Tory)

Llama Butchers

Above: A flag for Gen. Warren


Monday, June 16, 2008  


Fathers Day Feis, Quincy, Mass.


Sunday, June 15, 2008  

Happy Fathers Day

"Uncle Roy, Aunt Ruth, Maggie, Dan and Minnie"

Photo by Byers & St. Claire, Telluride, Colo.

Between 1895 and 1902

Source: Denver Public Library

Via American Memory



Tim Russert, RIP

"Please do this world one small favor - remember the people struggling alongside you and below you.

"No matter what profession you choose, you must try, even in the smallest ways, to improve the quality of life of children in this country.

"No matter what your political philosophy, reach down from that proverbial ladder and see if there isn't some child we can't pull up a rung or two - some are sick, some are lonely, some are uneducated. Most have little control over their fate. Give them a hand. Give them a chance. Give them their dignity...

"...No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down to lift up another person.'"

-- BC Commencement address, 2004


Friday, June 13, 2008  

The Celtics' amazing comeback

Last night's win over the Lakers will be hard to top.

ESPN's Bill Simmons kept a running diary of the game:

From exasperation to exclamation

The feral Kobe Bryant was asked how his team would recover from the loss. His response:

"Lot of wine, lot of beer, lot of shots, like 20 of them."

A talk-show caller this morning observed that Kobe doesn't worry about taking 20 shots because, after all, he'll only hit six of them.

Go Celts!



The Boston Braves live again

The Braves and Cubs Turned Back the Clock to 1948 at Wrigley.

WGN broadcast the first three innings in black and white.

A Tribune reporter live-blogged on a manual typewriter. (Or so he says.)

Striped stirrups aweigh!

More images at Daylife.

(Via Universal Hub)


Tuesday, June 10, 2008  

Cheering the Celtics

Bill Simmons, ESPN

Curt Schilling



Havlicek Stole the Ball!

All right, Greer's putting the ball into play . . .

He gets it out deep and Havlicek steals it!

Over to Sam Jones!

Havlicek stole the ball!

It's all over!



Larry Bird - Hall of Fame video


Saturday, June 07, 2008  
Ska for Saturday

Madness: "One Step Beyond"

The Specials: "Gangsters"


Thursday, June 05, 2008  

RFK: 1925-1968

Washington Post

Vanity Fair

Pete Hamill, NPR

Michael Knox Beran: The Last Patrician

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My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.

-- From Edward Kennedy's eulogy for his brother Robert


Monday, June 02, 2008  

Anita O'Day:

"Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Tea For Two"

Newport Jazz Festival, 1958:

Woodstock for hipsters.



Big Maybelle Smith: "I Ain't Mad At You"

From the YouTube comments:

That woman is soooo white.

I meant the woman dancing, obviously.

I'm pretty sure it's the young Patty Hearst. Pre revolution.


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