Vin Scully Goes Out in Style- ‘Master Story teller’ made you feel ok about baseball and life -even if team lost


9-25-16 Following Dodger’s Charlie Culberson fitting walk-off homer  in last Dodger game he would broadcast, legendary announcer Vin Scully gives one  last ‘thanks’ to fans singing ala Harry Carray  ‘Wind Beneath My Wings.’ Is that really Scully singing?Pretty nice voice! All round  talent will be missed



VIN SCULLY – The Last Class of Another Era Says Goodbye

                ‘Mr Story Teller’ personified  1950s ‘Happy Day’ values he grew up with-

               – the consummate professional  maintained a humbleness you no longer see

Dodger baseball announcer announced 67 years for the Dodgers – longer than anybody. Scully announced 53% of all Dodger games going back to the beginning- 1800s. Incredible!


Only Vin Scully could get away with saying whatever he wants. Because who he is and because he says it right – in a nice, constructive way.

Whether it was his comment about Venezuelan socialism or telling the Giants Brandon Crawford how NOT to slide, we loved hearing it from Vin.

Vin made us comfortable. Even though he’d been  one of the  few ‘non-homer’ announcers still going, he would make Dodger fans feel better in a loss just by hearing his dulcet tones.  Scully made you feel good not only about baseball but about life.  When things got bad he would remind you that there’s a lot more to life than the kid’s sport – even though Scully still refers to himself as the eight-year-old  kid  getting to do what he always wanted – for 67 years!

The   ‘Master Story teller’ made you feel good about baseball and life – even if the Dodgers lost. He brought class from another era you don’t see much anymore.  There are other good sports broadcasters but , still, nobody will probably ever fill Scully’s shoes.


Regarding the Venezuelan comment, Scully made headlines earlier this year not for a sports event but for a comment he made about Socialism in Venezuela.  After talking about a  particular player from Venezuelan he bemoaned the fact that ‘socialism doesn’t work, ‘  while expressing his sadness for this player and others from Venezuela because of the state of the government there.  ‘We know that socialism doesn’t work’ or wordsto that effect.  Any other sports announcer would likely not touch such a topic or get excoriated.  Not that Scully does it often. He pretty much stays right withbaseball, but shows  great interest in the human side of the players, and this comment derived from that interest


The other recent above mentioned note was when Scully recently offered constructive criticism for the Giants’ Brandon Crawford’s sliding ability. He first , however , made some very positive comments, noting Crawford’s exceptional skills in the field and at bat but then questioned the head first slide that cost Crawford to leave the game and be out a fwe days after getting scraped up on the hands and face. ‘Players are taught anymore not to slide head first,’ said Scully.’


LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: George Lombard #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets in-between Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants after words were exchanged after the final out of the seventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: George Lombard #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets in-between Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants after words were exchanged after the final out of the seventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)   Most agree  that it was Bumgarner who really set off the skirmish with one of his patented ‘stare downs’ and questioning Puig.  SCULLY handled the situation in the announcing booth as he always does, with humor while diffusing the situation – at least for TV and radio viewers




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Giants September mini-surge by some players shows Bumgarner and others appear to be drinking the Kool-aid again while displaying that Bondsian arrogance (Bumbarner) which cost the Giants a big game against the Dodgers.  After a lack-luster July and August , Bumgarner once again has suddenly improved in September ala past years not only pitching but hitting monster home runs in batting practice, Meanwhile, not all this year but some of the usual ‘September surgers ‘  are back at it , hitting well above their normal averages, notably Hunter Pence (.350), Brandon Belt (.350) with newcomer Eduardo Nunez (.380) and even bench player Ehire Adrianza (.300). Whether it’s enough for the Giants semi-annual unlikely push to the playoffs this time we ‘ll soon find out



Is Bumgarner the Giants’ Barry Bonds 2.0 for 2010s? #PEDs

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How the Giants won

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Remembering RICK NELSON-True Story of What Happened, Updated by Daughter Tracy-Friends,Videos

What Really Happened to Rick Nelson by Jerry Skinner with Update from Daughter Tracy Nelson

This is an even more complete, updated comment (appearing with the above video on Youtube) about the crash – this   from Rick Nelson’s daughter ( who  is famed performer    Tracy Nelson you may know from Square Pegs and the show where she played a nun among other film   work .

‘He bought Jerry Lee Lewis’ old DC3 that had a constant fuel line problem in the old propane heater on board. It caused many problems and delays, the band was once stuck on the runway on the way to Farm Aid because of it. My father’s corrupt manager at the time who I will not name did not pay the maintenance bills on time (ever) and on the New Year’s flight the propane was leaking onto the carpet in the rear of the plane from a leaking cap that had not been put on correctly and was in fact broken anyway. My father actually bought commercial tickets for the band to get to Dallas that night, but Manager said “no, we’ll fix it in Dallas.” Midflight pilot tried to turn on heater, it didn’t work, he went to back of plane to fix it with a wrench, yelled to co-pilot to turn it on from the cockpit. Co piliot said no so he went up and did it himself. Spark caught fuel on the carpet, plane started smoking, they tried to land on a highway but 2 cars there didn’t pull over just stopped, pilot took plane around again and by that time fuel in the fuselage had caught fire. Plane actually landed, but was on fire, no one could get out except the pilot and co pilot who got out the cockpit window. As they were crawling through the grass the pilot said “don’t tell anyone about the heater.”. Everyone else was found piled at the cockpit door. My father was found lying on top of his girlfriend with his arms out as if protecting her. the story about cocaine was a complete fabrication by the Washington Post who later retracted it, unfortunately no body bothered to read that retraction a year later. Even after the FAA and NTSB reports and press conferences, confirming it was the heater. I miss my dad every day. BTW- the Manager received $500,000.00 from a “key man” life insurance policy he had on my father, who was about 2 million in debt when he died. That is what happened to Ricky (he very much preferred Rick,) Nelson. Thank you, Jerry.’

‘Ideal 1950s Family’ Would Suffer Great Tragedy Later In Life

It’s sad to think that that beautiful Nelson family is gone now. Father Ozzie passed prematurely , of cancer,  at 69, Mother Harriet died at 85 and, most recently brother David in 2011 also died of cancer at the relatively early  age 74. Daughter Tracy, who comments above,  has survived  serious bouts of cancer but Nelson friend, Pat Upton , who brought Rick to Gunterville for his final shows ,  just recently passed, himself.  The story about the python snake in the amplifier at those last shows adds more intrigue to the story. Does anyone know if Rick’s son Gunter was named, perhaps after his good friend’s town, Gunterville? As far as we know , the Nelson boys continue performing their tribute to Rick Nelson after a hit career of their own.

Much has been written about the Nelson family, often depicted as the ‘ideal’ family  of the 1950s/early 60s era. We know it wasn’t really so ideal, what with a task-master father , Ozzie, who, perhaps like Murray Wilson (father of the Beach Boys) and other strict fathers of the era wasn’t always the easiest on young Rick, though who probably was responsible for getting Rick before the American public. One such read that may be the most accurate is ‘RICK NELSON’ by JOEL SELVIN.

INTERVIEWS, VIDEOS – Rick, Brother David, Friends Remember rick

Interesting interview with Rick, two years before his passing and before a return to Madison Square Garden. Rick corrects the story about
“Garden Party’ while co-anchor Connie Chung makes a big faux paw , which Rick accepts kindly.

David Nelson ‘says goodbye’ to his brother with a Disney tribute ‘ A Brother Remembers’, which he talks about here in a 1991 interview with Charlie Rose.
Nelson also seeks to ‘correct the record’ of unfounded news reports regarding the cause of his death. David also comments positively about Dad Ozzie and family, calling it a ‘wonderful’ family.

Friends remember Rick Nelson… The Jordanaires, Roy Orbison, John Fogerty, Roy Orbison, etc


Early video of Ricky and Glen Campbell doing ‘Louisana Man.’By the way, Glen Campbell remains in relatively good shape, considering his Alzheimers diagnosis, says older son Travis in a recent interview with J Cassell (one that we may try to reprise in these pages. Travis a wonderful son who has dealt with a lot of personal tragedy while trying to help with his Dad’s illness


First Music Video? This video of ‘Travelin Man’ is regarded by many as the first real music video


Rick Nelson performing with one of his idols, Fats Domino, of whom he recorded several songs like this one, ‘I’m Walkin.’ I was luck to see
both them in a rare live performance,in Concord, CA, only months before Ricks passing in 1985. I assume Rick had the same manager, who we was friends of my friends, who , to balance the controversy, had nothing bad to say about him (no mame mentioned here but it is the same nmae of a famous country singer).


political buttons

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Rarest of political buttons, the Landon Knox sunflower state button from the 1936 Presidential election



One of the earliest and rarest political buttons, from the most lopsided, landslide victory of Franklin Roosevelt over Alf Landon in 1936.  Landon was from Kansas, thus the unique felt sunflower backing.   By winning 523 electoral vote,  Roosevelt received 98.49% of the electoral vote, the highest percentage since 1820. (Wikepedia). The above botton was enlarged 8x for clarity.

The United States presidential election of 1936 was the most lopsided presidential election in the history of the United States in terms of electoral votes. In terms of the popular vote, it was the third biggest victory since the election of 1820, which was not seriously contested. The election took place as the Great Depression entered its eighth year. Incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt was still working to push the provisions of his New Deal economic policy through Congress and the courts. However, the New Deal policies he had already enacted, such as Social Securityand unemployment benefits, had proven to be highly popular with most Americans. Roosevelt’s Republican opponent was Governor Alf Landon of Kansas, a political moderate.Although some political pundits predicted a close race, Roosevelt went on to win the greatest electoral landslide since the beginning of the current two-party system in the 1850s, carrying all but 8 electoral votes. Roosevelt carried every state except Maine and Vermont.

But, not everyone liked Roosevelt as we see below…


anti Roosevelt



FDR was one of the most popular, successful US Presidents, but he wasn’t without his detractors, witnessed by these buttons circa 1940s



‘I LIKE IKE,’ ‘Nixon’s The One,’ Kennedy-Johnson, Scranton for President, Viva Kennedy (Robert Kennedy for President), Ike and Dick, Draft Lodge, etc…

Slogans were more popular in the  50s and early 60s..  ‘I Like Ike  was the biggie… I can even remember as a young boy seeing the  slogan on buttons and stickers everywhere. .  ‘I’m the Guy Who Put the Oaks in Oakland’  not sure about – Can anyone shed any light on that, probably a guy running for mayor  trying to take credit for the popular minor league baseball team…

The smaller buttons were free back then and I started collecting during the Goldwater-Johnson campaign and picked up a lot of earlier ones  and later ones along the way.   It was when I was working at Dad’s ‘Coit Ramsey’ hotel in Oakland that I met a very nice man, Mr. Westergreen. who I believe gave me the ‘Landon Knox’ button along with an original photo of Amelia Earhardt’s last haircut at the Hollywood Barber Shop in Oakland , among other things…

Rarest of political buttons, the Landon Knox sunflower state button from the 1936 Presidential election