Friday, March 6, 2009

Historically Speaking: 3-6-09

Another Friday is upon us, and I, for one, couldn't be happier. It's been quite an extraordinary week/start to the month here inside the House. We're headed full steam into a spring full of wack-tacular postage, baseball season, and of course, the NFL Draft. Keep your shoes and socks on, people. It could potentially be a wild ride.

* Today in 1973, Minnesota Twin Larry Hisle became baseball's first designated hitter. His appearance in the DH role occurred in a spring-training exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

* Nine years later, a new NBA total-game-points record was established, a feat many thought might never be broken, given the nature of high-scoring games in previous decades. The new record, however, was established in a contest between the Milwaukee Bucks and the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs won the tilt 171-166 after three overtime periods. Surprisingly, the record would again be shattered in December of the following season when the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets squared off in what would become a 186-184 final, a Detroit victory that also stretched into three extra periods.

* Mike Tyson, in 1985, knocked out Hector Mercedes in the first round of Tyson's first professional boxing match.

* New York Yankee pitcher Pascual Perez, once unofficially dubbed by my family as "Perimeter" Perez -- the more-official nickname was "I-285" Perez -- while pitching for the Atlanta Braves, was suspended for one year in 1992 for his preference of the nose candy. Said nicknames were awarded after missing a start on August 19, 1982 while circling Atlanta's Interstate 285 looking for Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Perez was initially arrested for cocaine possession in the Dominican Republic during the 1983-84 season. His '92 suspension would, as they say, be the end of the beginning for his professional baseball career.

And your Sports Illustrated quote of the day came from the mouth of...

...former PGA champion John Daly. Known for his impressive driving (from the tee box) and drinking (wherever he might be found) abilities, Daly, in 1992, said this of his game: "I still enjoy the ooh's and aah's when I hit my drives. But I'm getting pretty tired of the aw's and uh's when I miss the putts."


old no. 7 said...

Now those are two killer pics. One a spectacular mop of Jheri curl, the other a fat drunk sucking down a heater after being mauled by a wolverine.

Which is better? It's hard to pass up the wolverine. It really is. But I've got to go for Pascual's greasy permmullett.

Cecil said...

I can say with absolute certainty that today is the first time in more than 15 years that the name "Pascual Perez" has blipped across my screen.

Wow. That is a *lot* of activator.

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bankmeister said...

While I agree with Cec', that the name hasn't blipped across my screen or my brain in many a year, I've got to go with the heat-sucking, wolverine ravaged fat drunk, mostly for the variety of Google image options that exist for him, like this one.