Bobby Murcer and Graig
Wow, came across this blog by
chance and it meant a great deal to me. I loved both Murcer and Nettles. I
cried when my father told me Murcer got traded and Nettles is my all time
favorite Yankee. Growing up in the 1970s was filled with both these guys.
I have always hoped Nettles would get into the Hall.
-- William Krebs
Valhalla, NY, USA
section of the San Antonio River (part of the Riverwalk) is actually the
natural flow. The straight section cutting off the walk is a flood control
-- Mike G
I have been plagued with poison ivy every since I
purchased my home 10 years ago. My first breakout was the worst because I
was naive to poison ivy so therefore I ended up on steroids & I was so
tired! It is extremely frustrating to have poison ivy growing in your yard
in which you have to mow and maintain. After many breakouts, I have
learned to wear long shirts and pants even in the highest of temps because
it sure beats itchy like crazy! Thanks for the article!
Did you know that Graig Nettles is going to be the
guest retired Yankee at the Mickey Mantle Classic in April (2012) which is
held behind the high school Mickey went to in Commerce, OK? The Classic is
a baseball tournament of high school teams where they use only wood bats.
The bats come from Hoosier Bat Company in Valparaiso, Indiana. Many major
league players have used the Hoosier wooden bats. Like Sammy Sosa in his
home-run race against McGuire. Sammy hit #62-63 and 64 with it as I
Graig will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs
plus he will be at the awards banquet on Saturday night. I know I will be
going and you should check out the Classic on the Mickey Mantle Classic
-- Lance Burris
Your claims about Martina are nonsensical and probably
constitute libel. Tennis players emerge and or rise and fall dramatically
in the rankings perpetually. Martina revolutionized women athletics with
her vigorous, maniacal training regimen. Your clandestine agenda does her
fine tennis legacy a disservice.
-- Monte Ulrich
Writer's Response: Seriously Monte? The comments most certainly do not
constitute libel. I wonder what Martina's old girlfriend was referring to
as Martina's "storage facility" of "secrets". Reference:
"There are a lot of skeletons in Martina's closet,” Toni Layton told the
NY Post Page Six gossip sheet. “It is more like a storage facility
full of them, and I know them all.”
This article was extremely helpful!!! I moved to New
Jersey this past August and had never encountered poison ivy before. I was
outside for 1 day cleaning up and pulling weeds, etc.. Two days later I
started to see a red patch of skin that developed into blisters then the
annoying never ending itching. Within a couple of days it appeared at
various places on my body (areas you would absolutely NOT want it)! It was
on my face, arms, legs, stomach...I put Cortisone on it for a couple of
days with NO relief. I finally wound up in the Emergency room where I was
diagnosed with "Contact Dermatitis" from none other than Poison Ivy. It
was so bad that they had to give me an injection of steroids and then I
was on Prednisone for 10 days and that was awful! I thought I was being
really cautious since then.
I printed out pictures as well off the internet and
searched my yard. Two days ago I was doing yard work and there was an
enormous vine that had taken over the back corner of the yard. I had no
idea it was poison ivy or that it could grow into such a mass. Needless to
say I now have a poison ivy rash on my face and neck.
What helped me the most from this article is the
information on the hairy stems. I had never seen this before and it was
all over the tree that the vine was wrapped around. So I knew immediately
it was poison ivy. I now know what I need to do to get rid of it. (Not
looking forward to that!) Thanks for your post!!
-- Michelle Francoeur
Excellent article on Tylenol. Dr. Tomas Szasz has been
speaking on its dangers for nearly 2 decades. Not a surprise that more and
more people are becoming ill!
Ronan Tynan Responds
RONAN TYNAN HERE.
I'M SORRY I NEVER RECEIVED YOUR EMAIL. YOU SENT IT TO
THE IRISH TENORS WEBSITE WHICH I WAS NEVER PART OF.
IF YOU HAD SENT TO ME, I WOULD MOST DEFINITELY HAVE
I LOST FOUR OF MY FRIENDS AND I SANG AT A LOT OF
FUNERALS. I REMEMBER THAT DAY AS IF IT WERE YESTERDAY.
I'M SO SORRY THAT THIS WAS NEVER PASSED ON TO ME.
NBA Is FIXED
Great article. But I will take it a step further and
add that I am convinced that many star players have been and still are a
part of the "fix."
I was initially convinced in 1984 when Magic Johnson in
I believe game 5 or 6 threw a pass directly to a Celtic player (Dennis
Johnson?) whereby, James Worthy stole the ball back and gave it to Magic
who appeared to look disgustedly at Worthy and proceeded to immediately
throw another pass directly to a Celtic player. I was incredulous! Indeed,
basketball has never quite been the same for me since that moment.
I can tell story after story but over the years I have
seen more and more star players participate. Kobe and Shaq in 2004
against Detroit stands out and this year Pau Gasol against Dallas.
I've seen it again and again. In fact I didn't even
watch much of the playoffs this year after that and probably won't watch
much of any basketball in the future since I believe college is even
worse. At least Junior High and, perhaps, still High School (although I've
seen a lot of referee cheating there for completely different reasons than
money) - those levels are largely untainted. But good luck getting your
opinion out there. You won't get much media since you would be killing the
goose that lays golden eggs (and they stink! lol)..
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This is a great article. I'm curious if you've
experienced any return of the menace? I'm on my second year in a new home,
and my battle against poison ivy in the border around my patio. It
infiltrated daylily plants; I dug those up and the poison ivy roots led me
back to the patio -- they're growing out from under the concrete!
Any suggestions how to deal with this situation? I dug
up all I could and left root stumps about 4-5 inches long (there were 5
that I found); plan to douse them with roundup every week all summer. Do
you think that will work? Thanks so much for sharing your story and for
I remember the dot dog joint on Central Ave just North
of Hutton St. The Texas Hot Wieners were wonderful! Living in the Midwest
there are few if any places that can come close to these great dogs. I'd
like to know if anyone has come up with the recipe for these.
St Paul, MN
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I loved this article! I thought Bobby Murcer was a
class act as a player and a broadcaster! I have met many Yankees and ball
players but I never met Bobby Murcer in person. I wish I would have met
him! :( It was very sad to see him pass so young.
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This article is very informative and I welcome it. Like
the author I am fighting a war with the poison ivy and I have developed an
allergy to the plant. Not only does it cause itching, it also causes
rashes, and breathlessness. After reading this article I have concluded
that my husband is also experiencing episodes of allergic reaction -- for
a few weeks now he's started feeling weak and unwell after gardening close
to the plant.
My next-door neighbour's yard is overrun by the poison
ivy and now my garden fence is being infiltrated by it. Last year (2010) I
tried diesel but now the poison ivy has returned with a vengance. I'll be
trying some bleach.
Quite helpful because I have been searching about travel through Thailand;
thanks for update on this site.
I have been on this crusade for years . If you think
about some of the guys that got in , and some rather easily like Ozzie
Smith it can make you sick. Smith got in for his defense . Nettles is one
of the greatest of all time fielding his position but put up superior
stats to some of the guys already in. He belongs in and we need to do
something about it. Nettles HOF ! What do we need to do to help ?
-- Mark Willey
Murcer and Nettles
I loved your site. I grew up a Yankees fan in Virginia
and loved Murcer and Nettles. Nettles clearly belongs in the Hall of Fame.
I think his antics involving reporters over the years resulted in him not
getting votes for the Hall of Fame. Hopefully, the veterans committee will
correct this oversight.
-- Woody in
As a kid growing up in central NJ I wore # 9 for one
reason and one reason only: Graig Nettles. I idolized the man; the way he
played the hot corner and handled pitchers was a thing of beauty; he was a
magnet at the bag -- nothing got by him. So I wore # 9 and played 3rd base
all through high school & my men's league. He should be in the Hall of
Fame as much as anyone; case closed.
Although I clearly understand your enthusiasm at
something, anything, being built there, I'm sorry Shep, I still think this
Freedom Tower deal is a bunch of pussy-ass bullshit. They shoulda called
it the "Freedom Cower" - now let's get my effin' Twin Towers back up
already fer chrissakes!
Graig is my favorite player of all time. He should be
in the Hall of Fame without a doubt, and his number is not retired by the
Yankees but for Roger Maris when it should be for both.
Patti Smith and CBGB's in the 70's
I was also at CBGB's for that concert with some of my friends from art
school and distinctly remember how
Patti Smith struck me as uber talented.
Pete Rose should most definitely
be in the Hall of Fame. He has broken the most coveted of all records.
HITS. He has more than any other man, living or dead. Forget that he was
my generation's hero on the diamond. He was Charlie Hustle. He showed
millions of kids how the game should be played. He earned the name Charlie
Hustle. Yes, Pete had to be punished for the crime he committed. Gambling.
And punished he has been. It's time to let forgiveness take it's turn at
the plate, and for Pete to enter the Hall of Fame. Should it become a vote
for the people, then Pete would without a doubt enter the Hall
immediately. The controversy should end. Pete has been punished. Now let
Pete's record stand on it's own merit. Let Pete In.
I think you and your stinkin' comments about the Red Sox are
immature and completely childish. If you don't have anything decent to
say, keep your comments to yourself.
New York City, NY
What a great story. At age 55 I
got hit by poison ivy (for the first time) growing up the front of my
brick house and spreading out. I was caught by surprise like you. You
didn't mention how long it takes to recover from this. I will spare no
expense on Roundup to nuke it incessantly. Unbelievable how poisonous
something so innocent looking can be. Thanks,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I like the article, and I really appreciated Greg
Nettles! Man he played on the dream team with Reggie Jackson! To me
regardless that was the best Yankee team ever! Yes, put Greg in the Hall
of Fame -- Please do!!!!!
-- Monte Petersen
Greenwich, CT USA
Bobby Murcer was the reason I loved baseball so much. I
lived in DC, but would visit Yankee Stadium with my grandfather (who lived
in Manhattan). And in the early 70's, when I was between 10-14, nobody was
better than Bobby Murcer.
And I remember being so annoyed when he barely lost out
to Tony Oliva for the batting title.
-- Andrew Kennedy
Washington DC, USA
I notice you're sponsoring his page on
baseball-reference.com, with the following note:
One of the best young pitchers in
the game. Swear to god. There are times when he looks really good. He lost
17 last year, but that's been done before by great young pitchers on bad
teams -- Catfish Hunter, Gossage, etc.
Guthrie will turn it
I hate to break this to you, but Guthrie will turn 31
on April 8th, so he isn't a young pitcher. Catfish Hunter was 21; Rich
Gossage was 24 (and switching to starting for the first time
in his pro career). His strikeout rate has been dropping like a rock (6.3
to 5.7 to 5.0), so the problem isn't mysterious-- he just isn't fooling
people any longer.
This isn't the stupidest thing you guys have ever
written -- the thing about why the Knicks are unappreciated wins -- but
it's up there.
Woodrow L. Goode, IV
Terrific article! The skyscrapers look
strange, beautiful and menacing all at once, especially in that fog!
Star Wars is right. I think a lot of
Irish people have a
similar feeling when they visit NYC for the first time -- we have no
skyscrapers here. I remember rounding a corner to see St Patrick's
Cathedral nestled among its massive new-world neighbours and I stood
rooted to the spot looking up all round me.
I'd love to get to
Shanghai one day. You seemed to cram a lot into your short stay
Nettles for the Hall
your feelings about Graig Nettles and I think a better argument can be
made that he is better than Bill Mazerowski who is in the Hall. Don't get
me wrong, we loved Bobby Murcer (my wife's favorite player ever) and think
he was not only an outstanding ball player but a terrific human being.
However, Bobby doesn't merit consideration for the Hall of Fame and was
not better than Tony Perez. Don Mattingly's #s are very much similar to
Kirby Puckett's and he and Thurman deserve consideration.
Chuck and Randi McGivney
Canoo Alliance Controversy
As a newcomer to your site and a former Tufftown resident, I am pleased
with the content I've perused thus far. As a longtime friend/nemesis of
one Dick Acorn, I have enjoyed a sense of nostalgia on this, my first
virtual visit with The Ignorant Traveler. My only problem (so far) is
with Dick's piece on the founding of the American Canoo Alliance (ACA).
The last line of paragraph five mentions a "frosty mug of vodka" as if
that frosty mug of vodka, or FMOV as I lovingly term them, is an everyday
ordinary libation, as casually ordered and imbibed as a short beer or a
Harvey Wallbanger might be. Not so! As memory tends towards the fuzzy, I
am relying on Dick's sense of propriety (not to mention his adherence to
the ACA's Moral Coda) and ask whether he remembers being present when the
term was coined. I am only certain of the fact that I came up with the
moniker for the Holy Grail of alcoholic beverages in the presence the dear
departed JT Burner, God rest his fun lovin' soul.
If Dick was
there, I want credit for coming up with the idea of the ultimate
refresher, the glistening, frozen delight that is the FMOV. If he wasn't
then, alas, Jimbo may have been my only witness. The FMOV is the only, I
say ONLY drink that has the ability, nay the allure, to bring me out of my
self-imposed drinking retirement. I imparted as much to Mr. Turner, and I
now remember that Mr. Acorn was indeed there, pestering me about whether I
would never again have "not even just ONE beer, man" with my old pals. My
answer was that he'd need to stick around all night and most of the next
day and continue feeding me drinks until I was no longer capable of even
the simplest of motor functions.
how The Bo-Man drinks, baby. After pondering such a debaucherously
wonderful spree, I determined that the most effective way to ensure such a
spiritual jaunt, would obviously begin and end at the altar of the fabled
FMOV. Clear. Cold. High Octane. God's gift to the reticent relapser.
Actually, it was a no-brainer. For better or worse though, I've yet to
swill one o' them bad boys myself -- but it's a comfort to know that when
I'm ready they're just waiting there for me like an old friend. An old
friend who likes to punch you in the head every now and then, but like I
said, that's just me.
Hey, I also
plan to visit frequently so get some new stuff up pronto, Laresch.
Thomas P. Drennan
(aka the Eggless Boodles Bay Bo-Man)
I went yesterday and they were not enforcing that rule at the new stadium;
it was all over 8/8/09.
Great article on "THE WHEELMAN" AND
Sacred Heart Church. Fantastic pictures. When I read what Dick
wrote I started crying. A once great area now a
war zone. Than You Dick and God Bless.
William "TheWheelMan" Badashaw
I do believe there is a person named Phil Laresch that might be related to
Dick Laresch. Also with regard to that Canoo Alliance article in the
Ignorant Traveler, there was a place along the
Delaware River that
was named by a gentleman Phil Laresch, "Boodles
Bay". I remember it well; it was either the Summer of 1980 or 1981! I was
there! I remember BO-MAN (TOM DRENNAN) trying to start a fire along the
Delaware River, so he could cook some eggs, and suddenly The BEAR who was
sitting on the tree log inbibing suddenly got up and grabbed the pan with
the eggs and threw them in the Delaware River, and said lets go to Mickie
D's! (BO-MAN could not cook the eggs). This comment is for
Dick Sheppard. Also remember that map of
Vietnam you left on
the wall at the Sheraton in Hasbrouck Heights
Super Bowl Sunday
Great article on
Poison Ivy. Although I don't think I have any on my property
it's great to get a little heads up info & keep my eyes open. I caught
what I think was
poison sumac a couple years ago & ever since I'm leery of
potentially poisonous vines.
Dave Di Pietro
Editor's Note: Thanks for reading the story and
your feedback, Dave. We tried to email you back at your personal email
address, but it bounced back due probably to a typo. Having spent a
summer in Cortland NY in the eighties, I can attest to what a beautiful
area of NY State it is.
Great job on a great, memorable life moment. Even
after all these years, we remember life's moments.
-- Brad Hopshaw
NFL Skating Strumps -- All True
This is all the truth. No announcer ever says so,
young women who are skating are partly there for their beauty. In couples skating, the men wear long pants, and the women
wear short skirts and tights. There is nothing wrong with this, but it
is a fact that I have never seen pointed out before. Obviously, these
young women have to be very skilled; but much of their performance is
based on the female beauty that they add to the contest.
-- Garold W. Newton
Calling Graig Nettles
My name is Charles P. Nettles and I can remember my dad
telling me when I was a kid that we had a cousin that played M.L.B. I
asked him 'well, who is he' and my dad said Graig Nettles. I might have
responded something like 'well I would like to meet him at a family
reunion'. My dad said that he didn't know where he was. Graig looks like
one of my grandfather's brothers. I would like to find out
what side of the Nettles he is from? My dad was a vet in St.Tammany Parish
for 28 years and was born in McComb, Ms. and his uncles where from Auburn,
Ms. and Summit, Ms. plus all over the state of Mississippi. If you know
who John "Webb" Nettles is or Dr. C.P. Nettles D.V.M. please email me [see
editor's note]. I would like to hear from you so if you are not too busy
please drop me a line or two.
-- Charles Nettles
Editor's Note: We have published this letter so that,
in the event Graig
Nettles reads it, he can get in contact with Charles. We do not post
email addresses on this board, but if Graig Nettles would like to contact
Charles, we will facilitate through the Contact Us form.
BOBBY MURCER -- A BALLPLAYER'S BALLPLAYER.
-- Kenny Naughton
Northport, New York
NICE WORDS ABOUT MURCER, A CLASS GUY.
-- LARRY G./ L.B., N.Y.
Graig Nettles and the Hall of Fame
Great article. I came across your website after
Googling "Nettles hall of fame." I was talking about this at work
yesterday. Nettles absolutely deserves to be there. Why is defense
always overlooked? It bothers me that Reggie Jackson, a one-dimensional
player, was a shoe-in and Nettles always gets overlooked. (Jackson was
a great HR hitter, but was a defensive liability.) Ask any player or
coach from the 70's Yankees who they would rather have on their team
(Nettles and Jackson), I bet 100% would pick Graig.
Bobby Ray Murcer
Bobby Ray Murcer -- RIP
You made me realize I had a heart when I was 4 --
What a crush I had on you -- Dad had me watching the Yankees since I can
barely remember -- You were the reason I kept watching -- Your record
speaks for itself -- So whether they decide to put you in their Hall of
Fame or not -- You will be in the Hall of Hearts for thousands to
cherish -- Thank you Bobby Ray Murcer for filling my life with true All
American Ideals. My deepest repects for your families loss and finally.
At the All Stars? THEY SHOULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME
DEVOTED TO YOUR MEMORY THEN THEY DID.
There, enough said
A female fan since 1969
-- Tami Palladino
Pete Rose should be allowed into the HOF as a player,
not as a manager. With all his faults, he is still one of the greatest
men to ever play the game.
Many other members of the HOF have backgrounds that
leave a great deal to be desired but they were considered for their
actions on the field, not off.
There are many members of the HOF who are less
deserving of the recognition and cannot match the accomplishments of
Charlie Hustle should be voted in.
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