Posts

The Baseball Player Who Died Fighting North Korea

Image
Bob Neighbors only played in seven MLB games, but in that span of time he grabbed two hits in eleven at bats including a home run at Fenway park.

Robert Otis Neighbors, born in Oklahoma in 1917, signed up to play some professional baseball in 1936.  His journey through the system landed him in those seven major league games in 1939 as a member of the St. Louis Browns.

In 1941 Neighbors suffered through the tragedy of losing his wife in a car accident.  It is said that he never really forgave himself for traveling on the road as a baseball player instead of being with her.  By 1942 he quit baseball and joined up with the United States Air Force.

He would later remarry and even played some more baseball, though a return to the sport in a professional capacity did not occur.

In 1952 Bob Neighbors took to the skies in the Korean War as a Douglas Invader pilot.  On August 8th of 1952, Bob and his crew would fly off on a night mission never to be seen again.  They reported that their craft …

Book Spotlight: The Card by Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson

Image
When it comes to baseball card collectors and reading, the first book I always think of it The Card.
If you are in the hobby of collecting trading cards this is a read that not only gives you some history, but might influence your opinions on certain hobby aspects like grading.

At the center of this book is the story of what is probably the most infamous and valuable baseball card ever: the T206 Honus Wagner aka The Holy Grail of Baseball Cards. Specifically, this tells you about the most famous version of the card ever sold and the sordid history behind how it was handled.

What is a Dodger? Where Did the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Team Get Their Name?

What is a Dodger? When it comes to the Los Angeles Dodgers MLB baseball team, fans of the sport, whether a Dodger fan or not, may think the answer to this is common knowledge. However, as the Dodgers of 2017 play on the "grand stage" more eyes than regular fans are upon them and there may be some curiosity. I'll keep this short.

The Dodger franchise began in New York, specifically they were formed as the Brooklyn Grays in 1883. They eventually picked up the nickname "The Bridegrooms," and other assorted nicknames, but the one that ended up sticking was the "Trolley Dodgers."

The nickname Trolley Dodgers is said to stem from the dangers inherent to pedestrians in Brooklyn at the time in regards to trolley cars as a mode of transportation taking up the streets.  One might need to dodge a trolley should they not wish to get run over by it.

Eventually the team adopted this nickname as the official team name, shortening it to Dodgers, and thus, the Los Ang…

2017 World Series Game 2: Dodgers Vs Astros Vs Conspiracy Theory

2017 World Series Game 2: Dodgers Vs Astros:

It was an entertaining game, mainly because I was rooting for the Astros and they got the win. I see a lot of online applause for the game and how exciting it all was, etc.. There were a lot of HRs hit and in fact a record was set for the amount of HRs hit in extra innings I think I read.

As exciting as I agree that the game was, I could not help but have some negative thoughts about the action as it was going on. Maybe I am just a paranoid person when it comes to entertainment products.

The amount of HRs hit in 2017 went up a substantial amount and the changes made to the MLB baseballs has been the most popular theory for why the HRs are up. Some pitchers think it's why blisters on their hands are up as well.

Combine the baseballs being, to sound extreme, "juiced," along with all of the shenanigans I saw unfold this season via outside forces controlling game outcomes ala instant replay and umpire snafus, as I watched the back…

Movie Collection: The Blob (1988)

Image
The Blob released in 1988 is a remake of a 1958 movie with the same title that starred Steve McQueen.  However, the 1988 version comes chock-full of 80s movie making goodness.

A blob of goo from outerspace crashes to Earth and begins sucking people into it, dissolving/ eating them?



The only thing I recalled about The Blob from watching it as a kid was a scene involving someone stuck in the creature and someone else trying to pull them out, only to yank their arm off.  As an adult revisiting the movie, I knew right away I was going to like it as they revealed actor Kevin Dillon's character.  Dillon is the motorcycle riding "bad boy" and has the long, glorious 80s hair to go with his attitude.  As an adult I am used to Kevin Dillon with shorter hair and being from the show Entourage. And, I'm not going to say his Blob hair is a wig, maybe it's not, either way, it's awesome hair or an awesome wig.

Shawnee Smith stars in the heroine role and by the end she goes i…

Darkchylde CGC Comic Duo

Image
At one point I was going to piece together a Darkchylde collection, but I had such issues getting the books to arrive thru the mail in good condition (Darchylde cases were cursed to get broken in transit) that I moved on to something else. However, here are a couple of Darkchylde CGC graded books I have sitting in my possesion currently.


The weirdness with the second one is it had a broken piece of plastic loose inside of the case (I don't see holes in the outside of the case), hung up and visible in the space above the book. It has vanished and I can't figure out where it went!


Bald(ing) Under The Baseball Cap

Image
The fact that I had thinning hair came to my attention at some point during high school.  It may have been near the tail end of it or right after it.  My grandmother made the comment "he has thin hair just like J.W. did when he was young." J.W. being my bald grandpa.


Before that in school people did not make fun of my head for balding, they just stated it was a funny shape.  So, great, a funny shape AND balding head?!



It did not weigh on me or worry me and I went into my twenties less focused on balding and more focused on my hair style transition from someone who grew up parting their hair every day to embracing life with no part in the hair.  A girl I dated advised me to lose the "old grandpa" part and she helped me make it more of a messy, let it fall as it may style.  This worked great for me, no time wasted combing my hair!

As a manager at a fast food place I eventually got to where I would semi-comb my hair due to managers did not wear hats.  I met a new girl…