On this day in 1949, at Fenway Park Vin Scully at 21 years-old makes his professional debut, at a Maryland-Boston University College football game, where he provides the game’s play-by-play for CBS Radio.
Story via L.A. Times Jerry Crowe… The legendary Dodgers announcer’s famously sunny…
The photo above is a picture of my mother, probably sometime in 1946, sitting on the stoop of the four-bedroom flat in St. Louis she lived in at the time. She was most likely graduated from high school and headed off to a small all-women’s Catholic school in Illinois.
She majored in biology and chemistry (one was a major and one was a minor). She was told that a good career for her at the time would be to go into the medical field as a laboratory technician, which she did. She worked for several years for the VA until she looked at a slide of someone’s blood sample and realized that the patient had leukemia. She hadn’t seen that before and she was excited. But, she also realized that the man who had it was likely going to die soon. She couldn’t separate the fact that her blood and urine samples were just parts of people who were sick and dying most often.
Eventually, she met my father and started a family, raising four boys. She would later work as a medical records clerk, which didn’t seem to bother her as much.
When I told her that I wanted to be a history major at UCLA, she was happy with that. She said she really wanted to be a history teacher, but she was told that it wasn’t a proper job for a woman at the time (later 1940s, early 1950s). It never would occur to me, someone married to a history professor, that it’s not a woman’s job. Or a job defined by gender.
Mom didn’t read popular history as much as she would read the enormous historical novels by people like James Michener and Antonia Fraser. When “Centennial” aired as an NBC miniseries, we watched it. All of it. Twice.
When historical docudramas aired on PBS, she was glued to them. And she roped me in. And we got to talk about Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” before she died.
I thought of this as I’ve started to read a book “History of the Medieval World" by a William and Mary history professor named Susan Wise Bauer. According to the bio on her website, she’s 45 and has four kids. I’m certain that Mom approves of her career choice.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Six years after attacking two opposing players with a bat during a minor league baseball game in Connecticut, ex-major leaguer Jose Offerman is nowhere to be found.
As a federal lawsuit over the attack heads to trial, the attorney for the journeyman catcher whose career was ended with a swing of Offerman’s bat doesn’t know where the two-time All-Star is - and doesn’t expect him to show up for court.
In October 1937, Maryland administrators threatened to cancel a game with Syracuse unless the then-Orangemen benched their offensive star, Wilmeth Sidat-Singh. The problem, as Maryland saw it, was that he wasn’t the right type of colored boy.