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Belated RIP to one of my favorite New York Yankee voices

Greetings, readers. When I watched New York Yankee baseball in the 1970s and early 80s there were many great voices. There was the trio of Bill White, Phil Rizzuto, and Frank Messer. I loved all three and they worked well together, but they weren’t my favorite. My favorite voice of the New York Yankees was the pubic address announcer with that wonderfully distinct voice, Bob Sheppard. From 1951 through 2007, he announced generations of New York Yankees players to the fans in the stands, on the radio and on WPIX television.

With his rich deep voice, he would so eloquently announce each player. It was as though he was making each batter feel like he was the most important player on the team. It would go something like this, “Now batting … the shortstop number 2, Derek Jeter … number 2.”  Players from Jeter to Jorge Posada to Reggie Jackson all had their names called in that wonderfully unique way.

I watched many baseball games from other teams and no pubic address announcer has caught my attention nearly as much as Bob Sheppard. I rank him right up there with legendary sportscasters Vin Scully, Curt Gowdy, and Dick Enberg.

I was surprised to learn through his 2010 obit on the MLB website that he had called Yankees baseball games since the 50s. Players like Joe DiMaggio, Thurman Munson, and Bunky Dent had their names called by Mr. Sheppard. My two favorite moments were these: When the old Yankee stadium closed – Sheppard might have already been retired by then – he came on the P.A. system to a roaring crowd to say he hoped to see everyone at the new Yankee stadium. My other favorite moment was when he announced the great shortstop Jeter’s final all-star game at bat.

Mr. Sheppard, you will always be a bright spot in my childhood growing up watching Yankees baseball and I thank you for all those years of legendary P.A. work. I’m sure I’m not the only Yankees fan who echoes my sentiments. So to you sir, may you continue to rest in peace.

Until tomorrow, I bid you a great day, take care, and as always, happy reading.

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My summer writing schedule so far

Greetings, readers. Although I have had a number of good ideas for writing projects, getting words on the page are like pulling teeth. I yank and yank and yank, and then say oh, look, there is one sentence. Back in my 30s, before all my petit mal seizures, my creativity was much better. Ideas just flowed. I’m not certain if I really do have brain damage because of the seizures, but I feel as though I do. My medications work fine for what they are meant for but they may dampen my creative process as well.

The other day I started the sequel to Four’s a Crowd and got about a page down on the computer. I don’t know if it was because I was using the speech recognition program, or the outside noise at the time, or if something else was in the way, but words would not come easily, even with these characters that I know so well. I must admit that depressed me for the rest of the day. Kimberly, Lyle, and the rest of the Four’s a Crowd clan should have inspired me, not dragged me into the mud. Thank goodness for therapy every three weeks.

Rebecca usually tells me to just keep plugging away at it, flex those writing muscles and eventually it will come. I hope she is correct. I have my entire day planned out already. We have work hours this morning, a brief stop for lunch and a couple of groceries, and then I am going to try to work with the speech recognition program again. One of the problems might be that it hasn’t quite learned my voice enough for me to dictate a novel effectively.

My friend Dave suggested I try writing a children’s book. He was most impressed with how I, a few years ago, told his young nephews and nieces stories around the camp fire at Bear Spring Camps. Not a bad idea. And I know someone who just might be willing to illustrate it if she has time. I have already started a story, The Secret House, and have posted the first two parts of it here. I hope to write more of it and share it with you in the near future.

I’m being a little mysterious here, because I don’t want to divulge my ideas. It seems like every time I do it is the kiss of death. One time I remember telling my Godmother a story idea and she stomped the flowers out of it until it was dead. I admit that it was after one of her strokes and some of her social filters might have been gone.

I have next to me what I call my inspiration pad. If I have a dream or a day-dream and it really hits me and I have a great idea I am prepared to jot it down long hand. For as I may have mentioned before, my short-term memory is crap.

There is today’s update. Next Wednesday Rebecca and I will be back with another blog entry and I have already chosen the topic. Unless something comes up, I’m going to blog about the legendary former New York Yankee public address announcer, the late Bob Sheppard.

Until then, I hope everyone has a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten list of my favorite World Series

Greetings, readers. Here is a top ten list of my favorite World Series that I have watched over the years. I don’t watch sports as much as I used to but I still watch the World Series. Oh, how I love that best of 7. Here we go with the countdown, plus two honorable mentions.

#10. 2004 Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals. Red Sox won 4 games to 0. [Although they didn’t clinch at home at Fenway Park, the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918.]

#9. 1986 New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox. Mets 4 games to 3. [Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner still has not lived down his Series losing error.]

#8. 1980 Philadelphia Phillies vs Kansas City Royals. Phillies 4-2. [I vividly remember watching Tug McGraw get the final strike out and jumping for joy.]

#7. 1977 New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers. Yankees 4-2. [Reggie Jackson’s classic 3 home run game on just three pitches was in this series.]

#6. 1969 New York Mets vs Baltimore Orioles. Mets 4-1. [I was too young to watch this, but I heard many stories of the miracle Mets.]

#5. 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles. Pirates 4-3. [I was just old enough to remember my mom and I going crazy when the Bucs won it all under manager Danny Murtaugh.]

#4. 1975 Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox. Reds 4-3. [I still remember Bernie Carbo’s classic home run at Fenway Park.]

#3. 1976 Cincinnati Reds vs New York Yankees. Reds 4-0. [The big red machine swept the mighty Yankees.]

#2. 1985 Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals. Royals 4-3. [The Kansas City Royals’ one and only World Series victory. Though they have been fantastic the last couple of seasons, so far there has been only that one World Series triumph.]

#1. 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles. Pirates 4-3. [My teenage years were my favorite time to watch sports. Being a Pirates fan, I enjoyed watching them come back from being down 3 games to 1 to win the series 4 games to 3.]

Honorable mention #1. 1993 Toronto Blue Jays vs Philadelphia Phillies. Blue Jays 4-2. [Joe Carter’s dramatic 9th inning home run won the Series at home.]

Honorable mention #2. 1974 Oakland A’s vs Los Angeles Dodgers. A’s 4-1. [A’s won their 3rd consecutive World Series, cementing the nick name, Dynasty.]

That’s my list. Hope you enjoy it. Chime in on Facebook or here in the comment section with your favorite World Series.

Until Wednesday, have a great weekend, take care and happy reading.

Warmth is here! : )

Greetings, readers. Yes, late spring has finally arrived here in State College, PA. The last two days, those of us who enjoy warm weather have been treated to mid-70s temperatures with moderate humidity – not low by any means, but not stifling either. I have been waiting for this weather for several months. As much as I like snow for Christmas, I live for spring and summer.

Now on to news. My first book, Picking Up Where We Left Off: My Bear Spring Camps Stories, went on sale on Kindle yesterday afternoon. I’m trying yet another way to generate some sales and get the book in more readers’ hands. After this blog post entry is finished, I shall begin editing the final story left to be worked on for book 2, Tales From North Bay and Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories. I am most pleased with the progress that Rebecca and I have made over the last two months. This project is way ahead of schedule. : )

I saw on the Yahoo! sports page today that the great Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera, suffered an injury that could end his career – torn right knee ACL. He is one of my favorite Yankees, and I do hope that he can at least attempt a come back next year.

Now, readers, for any of you who play or know anything about MLB 12 The Show, what is the cloud? One of the options on one of the menus reads that I can save something to the cloud. I’m still trying to determine what that is. Any ideas would be appreciated.

On to news about Keekee. She is learning more English words. The other day I was talking on my phone and just happened to mention the words, chicken and giblets. Keekee, when she heard me say the name of her din-din, dashed from her bed and proceeded to the kitchen. That is where her food bowl is. OMG. This cat is learning more words by the day. Such a nice companion to come home to and take care of. She also knows when I am low and does her best to cheer me up by cuddling close, purring, and acting cute.

Finally, as of 3:00 this afternoon, Rebecca and I will have finished our first week of reduced hours. So far so good. I made a schedule to keep to and that seems to be working very well. I shall keep you updated as to when camp book 2 gets to the next stage. I wish you all a great weekend and happy reading.