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2023.06.09 17:04 TheKindestSoul “What are you hitting here TJ?” With Michael. Featuring Andy Beyer, Jason Samenow, and Greg Cote.
Tony opens the show by talking with Andy Beyer about the Belmont, and he also talks about golfing during a Purple alert for the air quality, and also about the upcoming father and son tournament he and Michael will be playing in. Jason Samenow of the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang calls in to talk about the smoky haze enveloping DC and the East Coast and how long it will be here, Greg Cote calls in to talk about how Miami has become the center of the sports universe, and Tony closes out the show by opening up the Mailbag.
Any thoughts on todays episode?
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2023.06.09 01:54 PoliticsModeratorBot Megathread: Trump Indicted by Federal Prosecutors on Charges Related to Handling of Classified Documents
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2023.06.08 03:17 FierceSTEAK Is she a real person / bot /scammer?
Ok, so something really weird has been happening. This person messaged me and asked me if I'm andy (apprently she got the wrong number) and I said 'no problem' and she said something like "thank you for your understanding, you are very friendly. It was nice to meet you and if you don't mind we can make friend"
At this point, i was like wtf? And just said sure and that led to her giving me her whatsapp number (because apparently the cell phone number is her business number she uses rarely) and we've just been casually texting on whatsapp and she has sent me a video of her with a face care mask, her at the golf course, her dinner, her at this yoga place, and her golfing.
She brought up some investment she has done and has been more or less been writing a paragraph every other message about some bullshit i dont care about. anyway, i'm just curious if thats a real person or scammebot.
im leaning more towards a real person because when she said she's from this one country and i happened to know the language and asked her in a different language she was able to respond back fast in that language.
But like, im just mad flabbergasted because what kind of a stranger would do that u know?
Edit: l also checked her pic on reverse image search to see if shes fake and so far no.
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2023.06.01 14:12 sonofabutch No game today, so let's remember a forgotten Yankee: Jackie Jensen, "The Golden Boy"
, "The Golden Boy", was a superstar athlete in the 1940s who seemed destined for greatness as the heir to Joe DiMaggio... only to be supplanted by a different golden boy, the great Mickey Mantle.
Jensen would eventually live up to the hype, but with the Red Sox -- but his career ended prematurely because, as baseball expanded to the west coast, his fear of flying made road games unbearable!
The Yankees between 1947 and 1964 were utterly dominant, winning 15 pennants and 10 World Series. And it wasn't just the major league team that was successful. The Yankees of this era were loaded up and down the system, from Rookie ball to their two
With such a loaded major league roster, the Yankees had many talented players stuck either on the end of the bench or in the minors who would eventually find an opportunity with other teams, including Bob Cerv
, Vic Power, Gus Triandos, Lew Burdette, Jerry Lumpe, Bob Porterfield, and Bob Keegan, all named All-Stars with other teams after leaving the Yankees. Clint Courtney would be the 1952 A.L. Rookie of the Year runner-up after the Yankees traded him to the Browns, and Bill Virdon was the 1955 N.L. Rookie of the Year with the Cardinals (and then Yankee manager from 1974 to 1975!).
But the most talented player who just couldn't find the playing time in New York was Jack Eugene Jensen
, born March 9, 1927, in San Francisco. His parents divorced when he was 5, and he grew up poor, his mother working six days a week, 12 hours a day. Jensen said the family moved 16 times between kindergarten and eighth grade -- "every time the rent came due."
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Jensen went to the University of California in 1946 on the G.I. Bill. There he became one of the most famous college players in the country, leading Cal to the Rose Bowl. In 1947, he was the starting fullback as well as the team's top defensive back, and in 1948, he rushed for 1,000 yards and was an All-American.
He also was a tremendous two-way baseball player, pitching and hitting for the Golden Bears in 1947 as the won the very first College World Series, beating a Yale team that had George H.W. Bush playing first base. In 1949, he was an All-American in baseball, too.
His blond hair, good looks, and athletic accomplishments earned him the nickname "The Golden Boy."
Halfway through his junior year, Jensen left Berkeley to turn pro. Jensen would later say he couldn't risk playing a career-ending injury playing for free while teams -- baseball and football -- were trying to sign him to big-money contracts.
"There was a money tree growing in my backyard. Why shouldn't I pluck off the dollars when I wanted to?"
Jensen considered a number of offers, including from the Yankees, before signing a three-year, $75,000 contract with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. Jensen said he thought he'd face better competition in the Pacific Coast League, the top minor league of the era, than he would at the bottom of the Yankee farm system. He was right about it being more of a challenge -- he hit an unimpressive .261/.317/.394 in 510 plate appearances with the Oaks.
At the end of the year, the Oaks sold his contract (and that of Billy Martin, another Northern California kid) to the Yankees.
That same year, Jensen married his high school sweetheart
, Zoe Ann Olsen, an Olympic diver. (By age 18, she had won 14 national diving championships and a silver medal in the 1948 Olympics.) "Together they looked like a Nordic god and goddess," Sports Illustrated
reported. Nicknamed "the sweethearts of sports," they were the Dansby Swanson and Mallory Pugh of their era. More than 1,000 people attended their wedding.
Jensen would start the 1950 season not in the minors but in the Bronx. He joined the Yankees in a time of flux. They though they'd won the 1949 World Series, the Yankees knew they had to make some changes, with 35-year-old Joe DiMaggio nearing the end of his career. And their heir apparent was not Mickey Mantle -- at the time an 18-year-old shortstop playing in the Class C league, the equivalent of A-ball today -- but the 23-year-old Jensen.
But Jensen disappointed, hitting just .171/.247/.300 in 70 at-bats, and only starting in 13 games. Watching from the bench most of the season, Jensen would later lament the lost year of development, saying he'd have been better off playing every day in the Pacific Coast League.
The Yankees won the pennant for a second straight year, and in the World Series he once again was left on the bench. His only action was as a pinch runner in Game 3 as the Yankees swept the Phillies. That "Moonlight Graham" appearance would be his only taste of the post-season in an 11-year career.
The following year would be DiMaggio's last, and Mantle's first. Jensen began the year as the Yankees' starting left fielder and proved he belonged, hitting .296/.371/.509 through the end of July... and then, shockingly, was demoted to Triple-A and replaced with previously forgotten Yankee Bob Cerv
I can see why they called up Cerv -- the University of Nebraska stand-out was tearing up Triple-A, leading the American Association in batting average (.349), home runs (26), triples (21), RBIs (101), and total bases (261) -- but why demote Jensen, who had a 140 OPS+ in the majors? Maybe the Yankees felt the brash 23-year-old needed to be taken down a peg. In any event, Cerv hit just .214/.333/.250 in August and was sent back to Triple-A, but Jensen also was left down there. He hit .263/.344/.469 and was recalled after the Triple-A season ended, only getting into three games (he went 3-for-9).
Mantle, too, had started the season with the Yankees, and after hitting .260/.341/.423 through the middle of July, was sent down to Triple-A. But he hit .361/.445/.651 in 166 at-bats, and unlike Jensen was back in the bigs by August 24. He would play pretty much every game the rest of the season, hitting .284/.370/.495 in 95 at-bats.
The torch had clearly been passed -- Jensen was no longer the heir apparent to DiMaggio. In the World Series that year, Mantle was the starting right fielder, and Jensen wasn't even on the post-season roster.
Jensen was so disappointed with how the Yankees had treated him in 1951 that he talked to the San Francisco 49ers about switching to pro football, but ultimately decided to stick with baseball.
Never shy about what he said to reporters, Jensen told The Sporting News
on October 24, 1951:
"I felt so badly about the treatment that I received from the Yankees that, although I was in New York at the end of the season, I didn't feel like sticking around to even watch the club play in any of the World's Series games."
"I do not feel the Yankees were justified in sending me to the minor leagues. When I was shipped to Kansas City, I was doing as good a job as any Yankee outfielder and better than some of them. I was hitting .296, which was ten points better than Hank Bauer and 30 points better than Joe DiMaggio, Gene Woodling and Mickey Mantle. Yet Casey Stengel didn't give me the chance I felt I deserved."
Despite blasting his manager in the press, Jensen was still the property of the Yankees. That off-season, teams were circling, hoping to pry away the talented but disgruntled outfielder. There were newspaper reports of offers from the St. Louis Browns, the Detroit Tigers, the Philadelphia Athletics, the Washington Senators, the Cleveland Indians, and the Boston Red Sox -- with one rumor being Ted Williams to the Bronx in exchange for Jensen and several other players. (A Red Sox scout called the rumored deal "a lot of hogwash.")
Sportswriters spent the off-season speculating whether DiMaggio would retire, and if he did, whether Jensen or Mantle would take over as the center fielder, as there were still concerns that Mantle, who had hurt his knee in the 1951 World Series, wouldn't be fully recovered by the start of the season.
On Opening Day, April 16, 1952, it was Jackie Jensen in center and Mickey Mantle in right. Jensen went 0-for-5 with a GIDP; Mantle, 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base! Seven games into the season, Jensen was 2-for-17 (.118) and found himself on the bench. He'd never play for the Yankees again. On May 3, the Golden Boy was traded to the Washington Senators along with Spec Shea, Jerry Snyder, and Archie Wilson in exchange for Irv Noren and Tom Upton.
In two years with the Senators, Jensen hit an impressive .276/.359/.407 (112 OPS+), but the team was terrible, and Jensen wasn't happy. Still just 26 years old, he later said he had almost quit after the 1953 season... particularly after a harrowing flight to Japan for a series of exhibition games with a squad of All-Stars that included Yankees Yogi Berra, Eddie Lopat, and Billy Martin. That experience gave Jensen a lifelong fear of flying, a phobia that became so intense eventually he could only fly with the help of sleeping pills... and a hypnotist!
He might have quit if not for the trade on December 9, 1953, that sent him to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Mickey McDermott and outfielder Tom Umphlett. He was homesick, he hated flying, and he now had two little kids at home. Red Sox general manager Joe Cronin convinced Jensen to come to the Red Sox, telling him that Fenway Park was tailor made for his swing. Cronin was right: Jensen was a career .279/.369/.460 hitter, but .298/.400/.514 at Fenway.
It was in Boston that Jensen finally lived up to the hype, becoming a two-time All-Star and winning the A.L. MVP Award in 1958 and a Gold Glove in 1959. During his seven seasons in Boston, he hit .282/.374/.478 in 4,519 plate appearances. In his MVP season, Jensen hit .286/.396/.535 (148 OPS+) with 31 doubles, 35 home runs, and a league-leading 122 RBIs. During his peak with the Red Sox, 1954 to 1959, Jensen's average
season was .285/.378/.490 (127 OPS+) with 28 doubles, 26 home runs, 111 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, and 3.6 bWAR. During those six seasons, no one in the American League -- not Mickey Mantle, not Ted Williams, not Al Kaline -- had more runs batted in than Jackie Jensen.
Of course, Mantle was the far better player -- even in Jensen's MVP season, Mantle had more runs, hits, home runs, walks, and a 188 OPS+ -- but Jensen's 127 OPS+ between 1954 and 1959 would have been an upgrade over the aging Hank Bauer's 110 OPS+ in right or the left field merry-go-round of Norm Siebern (113 OPS+), Irv Noren (107 OPS+), Enos Slaughter (103 OPS+), and previously forgotten Yankee Hector Lopez
(101 OPS+). Casey Stengel would later say the Jensen trade was the worst one the Yankees had made while he was manager.
Despite his success, Jensen was sometimes booed by the Boston fans, just as they sometimes booed Ted Williams. There even was an article in Sport
magazine, "What Do They Want From Jackie Jensen?", taking Red Sox fans to task for their unreasonably high demands from the Golden Boy. In 1956, in a game at Fenway Park against the Yankees, the hometown fans were razzing Jensen so much that teammates had to restrain him from going into the stands after a fan. Later that same game, Williams misplayed a wind-blown fly ball from Mantle, and the fans booed lustily. The very next play, Williams made a leaping catch at the scoreboard to rob Yogi Berra of a double. But Williams, still furious, spit into the crowd. He was later fined $5,000.
And Jackie was unhappy to be away from home. He and Zoe Ann had bought a house near Lake Tahoe, where they could both ski and golf year-round, as well as hit the casinos. They also had a home in Oakland, and a restaurant there, and each year Jensen hosted a pro-am golf tournament. But the marriage was struggling. Zoe Ann, once nationally known for her Olympic exploits, was frustrated to be a stay-at-home mom in the shadow of her famous husband, and Jackie became angry if she engaged in her favorite outdoor hobbies, suspecting there were men around.
Jensen's fear of flying also had become even more intense. Sometimes he was so drugged up that he had to be carried on and off the plane, fueling rumors that he was a drunk. Other times he took trains or even drove while his teammates flew.
Once again Jensen was talking about retirement, and in Spring Training 1957, the Red Sox allowed him to train with the San Francisco Seals, Boston's Triple-A team, rather than having to go to Florida. But he was still miserable. That year, he told Sports Illustrated
“In baseball you get to the point where you don’t think you have a family. It just looks like I’m not built for this life like some ballplayers. You are always away from home and you’re lonesome, and as soon as I can, I intend to get out.”
The 32-year-old Jensen announced his retirement after the 1959 season, and he spent 1960 home with Zoe Ann and their children and running his restaurant. But he returned in 1961. After hitting just .130 in April, Jensen took a train from Detroit home to Reno, determined to quit once again. After a week away, he rejoined the team and had six hits in his next 10 at-bats. By the end of the season he was at .263/.350/.392, and he quit again. This time for good.
After leaving baseball, Jensen invested in real estate and a golf course, but lost most of his money. He then got a job working for a Lake Tahoe casino, was a national spokesman for Camel cigarettes, Wonder Bread, and Gillette, and even tried selling cars. Ironically, Jackie found himself on the road almost as much as he had been as a ballplayer. In 1963, he and Zoe Ann divorced, remarried, and then divorced again.
In 1967, Jensen became a TV sportscaster, married his producer Katharine Cortesi, and eventually teamed up with Keith Jackson calling college football games for ABC, and was a college baseball coach, first at the University of Nevada-Reno and then at the University of California. He managed the Red Sox team in the New York Penn League in 1970. In 1977, Jackie and Katharine moved to Virginia and started a Christmas tree farm while he coached baseball at a military academy. About five years later, on July 14, 1982, he died of a heart attack at age 55.
You Don't Know Jack(ie):
- How good would Jackie Jensen have been as a Yankee? Maybe not great. He was a career .279/.369/.460 hitter, but just .238/.326/.398 at Yankee Stadium, which -- especially in that era -- was famously death on right-handed batters. Fenway Park was much more to his liking!
- Born in San Francisco in 1927, it's no surprise Jensen's favorite player as a kid was Joe DiMaggio, who made his debut with the San Francisco Seals when Jensen was a 5 years old. When Jensen made his major league debut, on April 18, 1950, DiMaggio went 3-for-6 with a triple in a 15-10 win over the Red Sox. Two weeks later, on May 3, Jensen made his first start, playing left field and batting second, and DiMaggio was in center and batting fourth.
- Jensen wore #36 at Cal. When he came up with the Yankees, he was first issued #40, then switched to #27, and finally to #25. (With the Senators, he wore #8, then #4; in Boston, he first wore #30 but primarily wore #4.) Currently, #40 is worn by Luis Severino. Other famous 40's include Chien-Ming Wang (2005-2009), Andy Hawkins (1989-1991), and Lindy McDaniel (1968-1973). #27 has been worn by Giancarlo Stanton since 2018; prior to him, it was worn by Austin Romine (2016-2017). It also was the number worn by Bob Wickman (1993-1996), Butch Wynegar (1982-1986), and Woodie Held (1954-1957). Gleyber Torres has worn #25 since 2018; it also was worn by Mark Teixeira (2009-2016), Jason Giambi (2002-2008), Joe Girardi (1996-1999), Jim Abbott (1993-1994), Tommy John (1979-1989), and Joe Pepitone (1962-1969).
- Jensen is one of six major leaguers to graduate from Oakland High School, but the only Yankee. Cal has sent 83 players to the majors, including twenty Yankees -- most notably, early 1990s pitcher Chuck Cary, 1930s infielder Lyn Lary, and 1990 A.L. ROY runner-up Kevin Maas.
- The Yankees during spring training in 1951 tinkered with the idea of using Jensen into a pitcher. Jensen had been a star pitcher at Cal, including pitching in the 1947 College World Series, and had pitched in a winter league that off-season. But he was bombed in a handful of spring training innings -- while crushing as a hitter -- and the Yankees decided to leave him in the outfield.
- College teammates said Jensen wasn't afraid of flying at Cal. His second wife Katharine said the phobia came from a near-miss experience on a flight early in his baseball career -- he looked out the window and saw another plane coming straight at him! The two planes managed to avoid each other, but he was never comfortable on a plane again.
- Billy Martin, who also had grown up in Northern California and was Jensen's teammate on both the Oakland Oaks and the Yankees, was merciless when it came to teasing Jensen about his fear of flying. In 1953, on a flight from Okinawa to Honshu to play a series of exhibition games in Japan, the plane ran into a bad storm and was bouncing pretty hard. Jensen, who wouldn't get on a plane without the help of tranquilizers, was blissfully sleeping through the turbulence. Martin found a lifejacket and put it on, then stood over Jensen and shouted "We're going down!"
- Arthur Ellen, a hypnotist that Jensen had used to try to cure his fear of flying, believed Jackie wasn't aerophobic at all. It was really a fear of losing his family. "Subconsciously, it developed as a good reason to leave the Red Sox and go home," the hypnotist said.
- Jensen is featured prominently in Norman Rockwell's famous 1957 painting, The Rookie. Jensen is the one seated on the bench tying his shoe in the middle of the painting. Standing behind him is Ted Williams, and sitting on the bench next to him is pitcher Frank Sullivan (#18). Wearing the catcher's mitt in the foreground is Sammy White, and the player with his hand over his mouth to the far right is Billy Goodman. Jensen, Sullivan, and White had gone to Rockwell's studio in Massachusetts to pose for the painting; the images of Williams and Goodman were based on photos. The shirtless player was one of Rockwell's assistants, and "the rookie" holding the suitcase was a local high school student!
- Boston sportswriters named Jensen the team's MVP in 1954, when he hit .276/.359/.472 with 25 home runs and 117 RBIs. I guess they were tired of giving the award to Ted Williams, who hit .345/.513/.635 that year, albeit in just 117 games as he had broken his collarbone in spring training. Williams didn't qualify for the batting title that year because he had only 386 at-bats... mostly due to his league-leading 136 walks. The rule was subsequently changed from at-bats to plate appearances.
- After Jensen was acquired by the Washington Senators, manager Bucky Harris -- who managed the Yankees when they won the 1947 World Series -- pulled him aside and told him he was the right fielder and he'd hit third. "No pep talk, no nothing, but he made it sound like I was the right fielder and third place hitter for a long time to come," Jensen later recalled. "It made me feel good." The 1950s Senators had a number of ex-Yankees and several of them told reporters that Harris was a much more low-key, hands-off manager than Casey Stengel, and Jensen agreed. "With Stengel it was always 'watch for that curve ball' or 'watch for that change up'," Jensen said. "Bucky leaves you on your own up there." But Jensen would later say Stengel was the smartest manager he'd ever had.
- Stengel obliquely mentioned Jensen in his famously long, rambling testimony before the Senate Anti-Trust and Monopoly Subcommittee on July 8, 1958. Asked about legislation that would exempt baseball from federal anti-trust laws, Stengel said about 7,000 words without really saying anything. The hearing was held the day after the All-Star Game -- the Stengel-managed A.L. All-Stars won, 4-3 -- and in the American League starting lineup were Jensen and two other ex-Yankees, Bob Cerv and Gus Triandos. Stengel was asked if the Yankees were going to continue to "monopolize" the World Series, and his confusing answer: "Well, I will tell you. I got a little concerned yesterday in the first three innings when I saw the three players I had gotten rid of [Jensen, Cerv, and Triandos] and I said when I lost nine what am I going to do? And when I had a couple of my players I thought so great of that did not do so good up to the sixth inning I was more confused but I finally had to go and call on a young man in Baltimore that we don't own and the Yankees don't own him and he is doing pretty well and I would actually have to to tell you that we are more the Greta Garbo-type now from success. We are being hated. I mean from the ownership and all we are being hated. Every sport that gets too great or one individual -- but if we made twenty-seven cents and it pays to have a winner at home why would you have a good winner in your park if you were an owner? That is the result of baseball. An owner gets most of the money at home, and it is up to him and his staff to do better or they ought to be discharged." After befuddling the committee with answers like that for 45 minutes, Stengel was excused and Mickey Mantle called upon. His opening statement: "My views are just about the same as Casey's."
- Casey Stengel later said Jensen plus Spec Shea, Jerry Snyder, and Archie Wilson to the Senators for Irv Noren and Tom Upton was the worst trade the Yankees made during his tenure. But in reality it was pretty much a wash for the Yankees. Jensen, in two seasons, would be worth 4.9 bWAR for the Senators before being traded. Shea, a right-handed pitcher who had been an All-Star with the Yankees as a rookie, pitched four years in Washington and was worth 2.9 bWAR. Snyder was a good-glove, no-hit infielder worth -0.1 bWAR in seven seasons with the Senators. (You must have a really good glove to last seven seasons with a 55 OPS+!) Wilson, at one point seen as a good prospect but now a 28-year-old minor league journeyman, only played 26 games in Washington before being traded. In exchange, the Yankees received the 27-year-old Irv Noren, an outfieldefirst baseman who played five years in New York and was an All-Star in 1954; he was worth 7.9 bWAR, making the trade essentially even by bWAR. (The other player the Yankees received, minor league infielder Tom Upton, never made it back to the bigs.) Prior to the 1957 season, Noren was traded to the Kansas City Athletics as part of a monster 13-player trade that included Clete Boyer, third baseman of the early 1960s dynasty!
- The two players Washington got from Boston for Jensen, Mickey McDermott and Tom Umphlett, were both future Yankees. McDermott was a left-handed pitcher whose father, Maurice McDermott, had played in the minors with Lou Gehrig. Mickey was just 25 years old at the time of the trade but had been in the majors for six seasons, going 48-34 with a 3.80 ERA (114 ERA+). In two years with the Senators, McDermott went 17-25 (but with a 3.58 ERA), then prior to the 1957 season was traded to the Yankees as part of a seven-player deal; he went 2-6 with a 4.24 ERA as a swingman, and closed out the Game 2 win in the 1956 World Series. After that one season in New York, he was part of the trade with the A's that brought back Clete Boyer.
- Umphlett, a 22-year-old infielder, was traded back to the Red Sox in 1955, and then the Red Sox traded him to the Yankees in 1962 for infielder Billy Gardner. He would spend 1962 and 1963 in Triple-A for the Yankees, then ended his career in the minors with the Minnesota Twins -- the team that had been the Senators until 1961.
- In 1956, the anthology television show Cavalcade of America had an episode called The Jackie Jensen Story. Jackie had a cameo as the adult version of himself, but the 30-minute episode was focused on Jackie's teenage years and the influence of his middle high school coach, a man named Ralph Kerchum who became a father figure. The coach was played by Ross Elliott, a Bronx native whose most memorable role might have been as the director in the Vitameatavegamin episode of I Love Lucy.
- Jensen's MVP in 1958 broke a string of four straight MVP awards for Yankees -- Yogi Berra in 1954 and 1955 followed by Mickey Mantle in 1956 and 1957. Nellie Fox of the White Sox won it in 1959, and then the Yankees won it four years in a row again -- Roger Maris in 1960 and 1961, Mantle in 1962, and Elston Howard in 1963. Then a long drought -- the next Yankee to win it would be Thurman Munson in 1976.
- Going by bWAR, Mantle should have won it a third straight year in 1958 -- his 8.7 bWAR led the league, followed by Frank Lary at 6.7 and Al Kaline at 6.5. Jensen's 4.9 was 10th that year. Of course, they didn't have bWAR back then!
- Jackie won a Gold Glove in 1959; it was just the third year of the award's existence, or he might have won more. "Right field in Boston is a bitch, the sun field, and few play it well," Ted Williams said. "Jackie Jensen was the best I saw at it." Jensen was renowned for his throwing arm -- he twice led the league in assists, and twice led the league in double plays as an outfielder. One Yankee scout said he had the best arm he'd seen since previously forgotten Yankee Bob Meusel, usually said to have the best cannon in baseball history until Roberto Clemente came along.
- Jensen was well known for his brashness, especially compared to Mantle's aw shucks attitude. Mantle, asked if he thought he could beat out Jensen to replace DiMaggio in center field, humbly replied that there were three positions in the outfield and he hoped to win any one of them. Jensen, on the other hand, vowed he'd "out-run, out-hit, and out-throw" Mantle, an arrogant answer that didn't go over well with teammates. Joe DiMaggio, asked what he thought of the duel for his old job, quipped that Mantle was "out-quoting" Jensen.
- When Mantle was asked what he thought about Jensen's quote, he replied: "I don't know what to make of that guy." Jensen would later say he was misquoted, but reports of his cockiness would follow him throughout his Yankee years. Later in life, Jensen said people mistook his shyness and anxiety for arrogance and rudeness.
- According to Sports Illustrated, Jensen is the only player to have played in the East-West football game, the Rose Bowl, the World Series, and the Major League All-Star Game. I'll take their word for it!
- As a freshman at Cal, the first time Jensen touched the ball -- on a punt return -- he ran it back for a 56-yard touchdown. Cal quarterback Charles Erb said they'd never seen anything like it. "He was all over the field, dodging and leaping over guys. The rest of us just stood there on the sidelines with our mouths open. Finally somebody said, 'Who in the hell is that guy?' "
- Jensen is one of two "forgotten" Yankees in the College Football Hall of Fame -- the other is 1960s catcher Jake Gibbs. (Other Yankees in the College Football Hall of Fame include John Elway, who was in the Yankee minor league system before joining the Denver Broncos, and Deion Sanders, who was on the Yankees in 1989 and 1990.) Jensen also is a member of the Cal Hall of Fame, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, and... ugh... the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.
- Despite his speed -- Jensen led the league in triples in 1956 and in stolen bases in 1954, and was in the top five in stolen bases in six seasons -- Jackie also was prone to grounding into double plays, leading the league in 1954, 1956, and 1957. His 32 GIDPs in 1954 was the major league record until Boston's Jim Rice hit into 36 in 1984, which is still the single-season record. Rice also had 35 in 1985. Jensen's 32 is tied for third with four others. The most by a Yankee? Dave Winfield with 30 in 1983, which is tied for 14th.
- Jensen lost most of his baseball earnings through a series of bad investments. His ex-wife, former Olympian Zoe Ann, later became a blackjack dealer in Reno to pay the bills.
- Jensen had four appearances on the popular show Home Run Derby, and set a record for most home runs in one match when he defeated Ernie Banks, 14-11, in Episode 24. The 25 combined home runs also was a record. He took on Mickey Mantle in Episode 3, with Mantle winning, 9-2, then defeated Rocky Colavito, 3-2, in Episode 25. He rematched against Mantle in Episode 26, with Mantle winning again, 13-10. Jensen set another record in that contest when he became the only player to hit four home runs in a row, and then a fifth home run in a row. That episode was supposed to be the season one finale, but it turned out to be the last episode of the series: The show's host and producer, Mark Scott, died of a heart attack at age 45, shortly after the last episode aired, and two months later the show's 64-year-old director Benjamin Stoloff also died. Rather than replacing them, the show was cancelled.
- Jensen's last game came against the Yankees, on October 1st, 1961, at Yankee Stadium. He appeared as a pinch hitter and popped out to shortstop Tony Kubek. In the 4th inning of that game, Roger Maris hit his 61st home run, breaking Babe Ruth's single-season record!
- Jackie and Zoe Ann had two sons, Jon and Jay, and a daughter, Jan. Jay's son, Tucker Jensen, was a pitcher in the Blue Jays farm system in 2011 and 2012.
In 1958, Jensen told Sports Illustrated
that the biggest thrill of his career wasn't being an All-American or an All-Star, it wasn't winning an MVP or a World Series. "The biggest is having played in the same outfield with both DiMaggio and Williams."
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2023.05.31 15:19 marndar Matthew Wolff leaving Smash?
Source says Matt Wolff is no longer a member of Smash and that he’s looking for a new LIV Golf team. Vibes were off and they didn’t mesh. He’s also injured but hoping to return in few weeks.
Wow - significant news if true (and Dan Rapaport is not the one who necessarily would be tweeting out bad information just for clicks).
I will say something was definitely up with Wolff. He started 2023 T7, T10 and T5. Since then, he was T44, T41, T30 and a WD. He's also a West Coast guy, who now lives in Florida. But the Koepka brothers are Florida guys true and true, so the connection was probably truly never great to begin with.
As to where he might end up, that's a tough one. He was with Phil already so going back to the HyFlyers doesn't seem to make sense. I'm sure the Iron Heads would trade anyone off their team for him, but I don't see Brooks Koepka going for that. If Paul Casey's injury was significant, I could see the Crushers trading Andy Ogletree for him. But there doesn't seem to be any news that Casey's injury is that bad really.
About the only thing left I guess would be for one of the European teams to break up their group and try something different for the 2nd half of 2023. Maybe Pieters for Wolff too, but I'm not sure why Bubba would want to break up his recent success.
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2023.05.29 03:29 TheRealDanGordon [Part 5] My road to 130mph: short update. This year?
130mph is a big deal to a 4.0 player that is only 5'8!
Summary from 3 months ago:
This all started in 2019 when reddit told me my serve was 100mph tops and I was not happy. Turned out, reddit was right. I bought a radar gun and I was hitting about 100mph. I practiced and changed to a platform stance, and made some other changes. I got up to 122mph in 2019
Did not play as much in 2020/2021. Very little. 2022 was a great season. I played a lot, but I did not focus that much on my serve, and I actually spent more time working on my second serve. I measured my serve a few times. I did not get over 112mph.
However, I did make some changes again, which included my hitting the ball more into the court, slightly different foot position, and more of a 'reverse-C' form. I practiced all these things at the end of the season for about an hour and felt great about it. I didn't have my gun with me, so I don't know for sure, however I am fairly confident I was hitting 115mph+ pretty easily.
2023 May Update
Injured my wrist about a month ago. Went to OT, twice a week for about a month. No problems in my wrist. Played last Sunday against my JV cousin (beat him 6-1). Forearm was crazy sore. So were my lats.
Played again today, and practiced a few serves. Balls were not fresh, but I think I hit a few that were 105 without much trouble. I think I should be back in form by end of June, mid-July to be hitting 120mph again.
But 130? Honestly I'm not sure I will do it. Not because I can't, but because I know it won't be something I can just naturally get to without dedicating time to practicing my toss and and a few other things. I really only play tennis because it is good exercise, I don't know how often I will be able to make time to just train my serve.
I do think I can hit 125mph this year, but I do need to gradually get there so I don't injure myself. My cardio is whack right now, so I really should be focusing on that.
Will post a video mid season. I'm working on a very short toss with deep knee bend, and tossing more into the court. Essentially something very similar to Roddick's serve. Not quite there yet, but I hope to update ya'll with some good news later this season.
I also might lower tension slightly (from 51lb to 49lb) and use a non poly for some more power. I also now have a racquet with added weight to the 12 o'clock position.
EDIT: To be clear, I am not relying on Swingvision, which is known to give readings which are really off, and not infrequently. I am using Pocket Radar
, but not the new one with the app, this one
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- Pittsburgh: This vibrant city is renowned for its stunning skyline and rich industrial history. Explore the Strip District, known for its food markets and unique shops, and visit the Andy Warhol Museum. Don't miss the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the view from Mount Washington.
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2023.05.17 19:27 ASGfan Episodic Review - Harriet's Happenings (S5, E8)
From Season 5, once things settled down. Harriet's cousin Sterling Murdoch (John Hillerman) arrives into town and announces he's founding the town newspaper, entitled "The Pen & Plow". Harriet is quite ecstatic, but the news is met with golf applause from everyone else. Sterling gets settled into his office, which Charles & Jonathan constructed. Sterling hires them as delivery drivers for the papers. Their kids are also there helping out and they all get jobs: Albert and Laura as typesetters (or "printers devils") and Andy gets to distribute flyers about town. Sterling has dinner with the Olesons and Harriet is optimistic about the newspaper transforming Walnut Grove into a "bustling and mature metropolis". Sterling announces he needs a lead reporter and Harriet volunteers. Considering that Sterling just hired 5 people, he tells Harriet he can't afford to pay her much to begin with, but Harriet forgoes her salary in exchange for free ads for the Mercantile. Not a bad move. Sterling and Harriet join arms for a walk around the parlor and Mrs. Oleson announces the title of her column: Harriet's Happenings!" The next day at the Mercantile, Alice Garvey is ready to check out and wants to put the items on her tab, but Harriet initially declines, stating there's already a balance. Talk transitions to the upcoming spelling bee eliminations and Harriet says that Nellie would be an ideal representative for Walnut Grove and Alice acknowledges as much. Harriet seems to be suggesting that Alice should just give the honor right to Nellie or make it easy for her, though she doesn't come right out and say it. Harriet then graciously allows Alice to charge the purchases. Alice leaves and Harriet turns her attention to The Schillers - a German family in the store. Mr. Schiller refers to Harriet as "Frau Oleson". I don't know about then, but nowadays, that could be considered disrespectful. Mr. Schiller asks his son Erich to read the coffee label, which he does. Harriet thinks he needs eyeglasses, but Mr. Schiller says he can't read English. Mr. Schiller inquires about the quality of the coffee and Harriet endorses the product, but he declines anyways and leaves the store without buying anything. Over at Sterling's office, he holds up the latest edition of the paper for the kids to see: WAR DECLARED....turns out Oleson's Mercantile has declared war on high costs and shoddy goods. HA!
Harriet's Happenings has an immediate impact on town, although much of what Harriet has to write involves speculating and jumping to conclusions. Nels and Harriet head into the parlor after the busiest day ever at the Mercantile and Harriet announces she'll mark everything up 40%, then have a 25% off everything sale. Nels is outraged. Willie mentions that Nellie was defeated by Erich Schiller in the spelling bee eliminations. Harriet is incensed and adds Alice Garvey to her Shit List. At the Mercantile, Caroline confronts Harriet about the speculating and Harriet mentions that there is a spot in the paper in case any retractions need to be made, but Caroline isn't amused. Harriet tells Caroline they won't be needing any more eggs in the foreseeable future. I'm guessing that didn't last. Caroline leaves and Harriet turns her attention to Jonathan, who wants to buy Alice a dress for their upcoming 15th anniversary. Harriet declines further credit to Jonathan as they already owe a sizeable sum, but does offer a ham as it's more of a necessity. Big Jon is not amused nor appreciative of the generosity, but does get Nels to hold the item for him. Harriet whips out her "Office Space Jump To Conclusions" mat and assumes bankruptcy looms for the Garveys by writing it in "Harriet's Happenings". She also refers to Mr. & Mrs. Schiller as "illiterate". Oh Harriet, you've officially crossed the line now, if you haven't before. The dishonesty devastates the Ingalls and Garveys, though Erich keeps it from his parents. At the school, the spelling bee takes place, with representatives from several nearby towns. Erich is a bundle of nerves, but manages to reach the finals. Erich is asked to spell "xanthophyll", but his nerves strike again and he gets distracted by Harriet biting her pencil. Erich chokes and storms off, though considering how nervous he was, I'm not sure he was going to win anyways -- he looked like he could puke at any moment. Mr. Schiller calls out for his son, leaving his bible behind.
The next day, Charles catches up with the male Schillers and returns Mr. Schiller's bible to him. Seems as if Erich quit school. Charles tells Erich what a mistake that was and suggests he rethink that move and also inform his father about the remarks in Harriet's Happenings. Charles leaves and Erich takes his advice. Sweet moment as Mr. Schiller tells Erich that nothing can hurt them except Erich dropping out. They hug and Erich runs off back to school. Charles tracks down Sterling in his office (haven't seen him in a while) and confronts him about the fake news, but Sterling gets all First Amendment on him. Charles announces that Laura and Albert won't be working at the paper anymore. Not long after this, Laura and Albert are lounging in Sterling's office (despite not working there anymore) when Harriet drops by with the latest edition of the Happenings. She leaves it behind and Laura mocks her, then her and Albert quickly go to work in running another con -- namely changing the Mercantile's upcoming 25% off sale to a 100% off sale and spreading malicious gossip about Nellie and Harriet. Predictably, the Mercantile gets mostly cleaned out of merchandise because of the error and Nels and Harriet are powerless to stop it. Harriet catches wind of the other falsehoods and stops by the Ingalls place to confront the adults. Caroline totally downplays it, stating that Albert and Laura are being punished by not being allowed to work at the paper anymore, though that's obviously bunk since Charles prevented them from returning even before this whole thing started. Harriet is unamused, but Caroline tells her to print a retraction, which was a pretty clever way of using Harriet's own words against her. Harriet goes berzerk and releases another over-the-top edition of the Happenings, filled with alternative facts. Charles has had ENOUGH!
Outside of church, Mr. Schiller hands Charles his copy of The Holy Bible. Inside, Charles (who is filling in for Reverend Alden) quickly turns the pulpit into a bully pulpit by asking Harriet to come and read the day's opening passage -- from Mr. Schiller's German copy of the Bible. Harriet is unable and Charles refers to her as "illiterate". Harriet disputes that and sits down. CHARLES INGALLS USES THE PULPIT TO SINGLE OUT MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION AND SEEK RETALIATION AND HUMILIATE PEOPLE! Ugh. Now I'm totally well aware of the devastation that dishonesty can cause society, but Charles isn't going about this in the best way. Charles then turns his attention to Sterling, who doesn't offer much in the way of resistance. Charles talks about the importance of honesty and implores the congregation to practice what they preach, which is pretty remarkable since Albert is a pathological liar and his and Laura's lies caused severe destruction right before this. Sterling eventually storms off, though Harriet remains. Laura narrates the closing, stating that The Pen & Plow went out of business shortly thereafter and wishes they would get a legitimate paper in the future, which Sarah Carter would make happen a few years later.
THE JERRY SPRINGER FINAL THOUGHT - Even though this episode is 45 years old, it's still extremely relevant today and very insightful as to the impact that lies can cause. Definitely not Harriet's finest hour, though once again, Laura and Albert lie and run another con and totally get away with it. Also, I have no idea why they would target Nellie since she was totally innocent here. Charles had the right idea, but his approach was totally wrong and he shouldn't have stooped to Sterling's level. Despite all of this, this is a perfectly enjoyable episode and one interspersed with bits of comedy throughout.
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2023.05.17 18:09 _Circ Your worst enemy is stranded on a remote island and the only piece of media he can consume is the TK show. You get to pick a theme of the show that he must play on repeat, just to torment him. What would you pick?
A) Michael talking about gardening.
B) Michael talking about cooking.
C) Michael talking about golf.
D) Michael talking about his kids.
E) Michael talking about the little things in life that make him and his kids happy inside.
F) Michael talking.
G) Tony complaining about how bad he is at golf.
H) Tony complaining about the ratings of sports he doesn't like.
I) Tony reading emails about the connective tissue of the show.
J) Tony talking about walking Chessie.
K) Tony telling Barry about what a columnist should write.
L) Nigel cackling.
M) Wilbon saying he's not surprised about something because he spoke privately to a sports figure and they told him to expect it.
N) Wilbon talking about his famous neighbors.
O) Sands retelling a story about meeting a little and then emphasizing the connective tissue of the show.
P) Andy Beyer
Q) March Madness brackets
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2023.05.17 17:37 _Circ “Challenge Met!” with Michael. Featuring Andy Beyer, Liz Clarke, and Doug Ferguson.
“Tony opens the show by talking with legendary horse racing expert Andy Beyer about Mage’s win at the Derby and his chances at the Preakness. Liz Clarke phones in to talk about Rafael Nadal and the possibility that he might miss the French Open for the first time 2005, and AP Golf writer Doug Ferguson calls in to preview the PGA Championship in Rochester NY, and Tony closes out the show by opening up the Mailbag.”
Any thoughts on today’s episode?
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2023.05.16 14:55 scuba586 2023 PGA Championship DFS Picks w/ Brian Kirschner & Andy Lack Golf Gambling Podcast (Ep. 262)
2023.05.15 20:37 Ill-Duck-9715 Santa Barbara area
My name's Seb, and I'm a 33-year-old golf enthusiast from near Liverpool. I'm thrilled to share that I'll be heading over to the States this summer to visit some friends and enjoy a few rounds of golf.
I'll be starting off in La Crosse before making my way to Minneapolis for a NLU tournament. From there, I'll be venturing down to LA and embarking on a scenic drive up to Santa Barbara to catch up with another friend.
As I prepare for my trip, I've been doing some research on the local golf courses. Sandpiper, Glen Annie, and River Ridge Golf Club have all been highly recommended. However, most of the information I've come across is a bit outdated. So, I was wondering if any of you might have more up-to-date insights or suggestions.
Also, I'll need to rent some golf clubs for the duration of my trip. If anyone has any advice on whether it's worth exploring alternatives like thrift stores for a good deal on a set, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Lastly, if anyone is up for a round of golf while I'm in the area (I currently have a handicap of 27), I'd be more than happy to treat you to some drinks and a nice meal as a token of gratitude.
Thank you all in advance for your help and recommendations!
Best regards, Seb/Andy
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2023.05.08 22:20 TheDETTigersTrain Andy Dirks on Twitter: "If you were going to play golf with AJ Hinch on Thursday what would you ask him?"
2023.05.08 13:55 bstaghare 5/8/23 CzabeCast
From RSS: It Ain't About The Haircut, Cam!
Lamar Jackson signs his monster new deal, and well look at that, they didn't worry about his glorious explosion of locks now did they, Cameron Jerelle Newton, did they? ANDY POLLIN joins me to talk about the Kentucky Derby, the relentless brilliance of LeBron James, the interesting possibilities of son Bronny joining him on a team in the NBA and more. Also why Andy likes bicycling > golf. And more.....
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