Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Original Sunshine Boys

They were the “Sunshine Boys” long before there was a Broadway play and movie by the same name. By day, Bob Anderson and Dick Drott put a smile on the faces of Los Angeles Angels fans by mowing down batters like gunslingers in a Western movie. By night, they shared an efficiency apartment near Hollywood […]

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Like Father, Like Daughter

“I miss my daddy,” Faye Davis said as we stepped into her office at the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I miss my daddy.” Faye had just attended a Negro League Conference presentation on her father, Lorenzo “Piper” Davis. He played seven years in the Negro Leagues (1942-48), mostly for the Birmingham Black Barons. […]

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Raccoon River Revisited

Nobody has written a song about the Raccoon River that flows through downtown Des Moines, Iowa, but Bob Speake, left-fielder for the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, spins a good yarn about it. Speake played first base for the Des Moines Bruins of the A Western League in 1954. The Bruins were the Class A farm […]

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Fodge as in Fudge

The name is Gene Fodge. But Ernie Banks, widely known as Mr. Cub, called Gene “Fudgie” as in fudge.  The word “fudge” took on a whole new meaning in the movie classic, Christmas Story, when Ralphie said, “Oooh fuuudge!”  Of course, Ralphie didn’t say fudge; he said “THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of […]

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