On This Date In History:
On this date in 1973, New York Yankee Ron Blomberg became the first designated hitter. He came up with the bases loaded and walked. So I guess that means he got the first RBI of any designated hitter without getting a hit. He later got one and went 1 for 3, but the Yanks lost anyway. This puts Blomberg into the baseball history books in what was otherwise a indistinguishable career. I hate the DH, but I don’t hate Ron Blomberg. He didn’t make the rules.
Roberto Clemente had a much more lauded career. In 1972, his final hit was number 3000. He no doubt would have gotten more as he was 38 years old and still quite a player. He had a gun for an arm. He also had a huge heart. Around Christmas in 1972, a major earthquake struck Nicaragua. He organized relief efforts from his Puerto Rico home. They rented an old plane that was really not airworthy. It was overloaded. Clemente insisted on going in the plane to make sure the supplies got to who needed them. The plane crashed into the sea after takeoff. I cried in my mother’s arms just after midnight CST in Houston on Jan 1, 1973. On this date in 1973, Roberto Clemente’s number was retired in Pittsburgh. His life is remembered on numerous levels on and off the field. Sometime in April 1973, I cried again because I wanted number 21 for my number on my baseball uniform but 21 was on a jersey that was too small. I settled for Babe Ruth’s number 3. Roberto Clemente was posthumously awarded the first Presidential Citizen’s Medal, The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
On this date in 1895,
playwright Oscar Wilde was arrested. His crime…being gay! In Victorian England, it was a crime to be a homosexual. Oscar had a wife and two children but he was accused of having an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, a young man who was the son of one of the English elite. Wilde sued for libel. Evidence brought out in the suit was sufficient to warrant the arrest of Wilde who was later convicted and he served two years in prison at hard labor. Wilde was a brilliant playwright and many of his
plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest, remain popular today. His criminal trial resulted in a hung jury but when the case was tried again, he was convicted and sent to prison. While he was a brilliant writer, Wilde wasn’t too smart in this case because his lawsuit is what led to his arrest. One might say he ended up in court 3 times in 1895 due to his own hand. He did wise up however. Upon his release from what must have been a ghastly prison environment, he fled to Paris where he died on November 30, 1900. If you look him up, you will find that so much of what is out there is focused on his peccadilloes which should be more of a background filler, in my view. The focus should be on his work and what made it so good. But, today he would not have been arrested that is for certain. And today, society seems more interested in the salacious rather than substance.
Weather Bottom Line: We moved up to the low to mid 70’s on Sunday which might have set the stage for some pretty good storms. As I had suspected, we were under a tornado watch for much of the afternoon into the evening and even had the watch extended, which I found to be a bit odd. The reason is that by that time we had already had a line of thunderstorms move through that prompted several t’storm warnings. That pretty much settled the atmosphere in much of the region, though when the second line came through the southern part of the viewing area had some pretty good storms kicking up. I’m guessing that the boys at the SPC were concerned due to all of the upper air dynamics that was going on. Anyway, plenty of rain, a little racket and no tornadoes. So we survived Palm Sunday.
Now comes the cold air. You’ve seen on TV that the high for Monday will be in the low to mid 40’s but that is misleading because that will be just after midnight. My guess is we do not get out of the 30’s on Monday. There will probably be some snow showers but the ground will be too warm for any accumulations. That type of wintery stuff may even carry through Monday night into early Tuesday. Tuesday’s high may be just in the low 40’s. We start to come out of the bucket on Wednesday. We may get some rain on Thursday/Friday but right now it does not look like anything formidable. Next weekend may provide something of better interest but …I’m talking about a feature that is half way around the world right now.