“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Fall Classic For the Ages…

Posted on October 25, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   At long, long last, either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series. The two teams with the longest current dry spells in baseball will finally meet, and for the first time in post season.

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   The Indians haven’t won it all since 1948, two seasons before Vin Scully debuted in his first game of a 67-year Major Leagues announcing career; and a year after Jackie Robinson broke the color-barrier, both with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Tribe did play against the Florida Marlins in 1997, only to lose in seven games.

pucktoon16  The Cubbies haven’t even been to a Fall Classic since 1945, two months after the end of World War II. And of course, Wrigley Field hasn’t seen their home team emerge as a champion since 1908 when a Roosevelt was president… Teddy Roosevelt! Hall-of-Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, Ron Santo, and Ryne Sandberg never played in a single MLB World Series game for their entire combined careers.

   For perspective…

   In 1908:  The Academy Awards would not exist for 19 more years. D.W. Griffith became a director; and Bette Davis, James Stewart, Rex Harrison, Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ethel Merman, Milton Berle, Buddy Ebsen, Don Ameche, Burgess Meredith, and Van Heflin were born. ALL are deceased.

   In March, 1945:  The Academy Awards were held, and Going My Way was the Best Picture of the year. Bing Crosby won Best Actor; and the Best Actress statuette was awarded to Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight. Other notable movies include Laura, Double Indemnity, A Guy Named Joe, Mr. Skeffington, Meet Me in St. Louis, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, and Lifeboat.

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   In March, 1948:  The Best Picture was Gentleman’s Agreement. Ronald Colman took home the Best Actor Oscar for A Double Life; and Loretta Young pulled the biggest upset in Academy Awards history, and was named Best Actress for her role in The Farmer’s Daughter. Other important nominees include Forever AmberMourning Becomes Electra, Miracle on 34th StreetThe Ghost and Mrs. MuirThe Egg and I, The Bishop’s Wife, and Song of the South.

   One thing’s for sure… one team will emerge as champion; the other will continue it’s curse. Somewhere above, Ernie Banks is exclaiming:  Let’s play seven!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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