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July 7: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 7, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “ST. LOUIS — Baseball’s newest classic was ‘sold’ conclusively to 49,000 ticket-buyers in Chicago yesterday, but can it be ‘sold’ to the great American public? In other words, can fans be convinced that an-all star game is a real contest, with the players working to win, rather than just a hippodrome or an exhibition? Was it really in earnest? Well… If you could have seen and heard John McGraw, the same fiery leader of old, in that dressing room before the game, giving his squad a pep talk, you’d have thought so. And if you could have seen McGraw rant and rave when Bill Klem ‘missed’ a play on Wally Berger at first base, you’d have been convinced there was something in it. Thousands of fans, yes, millions, voted to make up the lineups of these all-star teams. They voted for great names like O’Doul, Traynor, Hartnett, Paul Waner. McGraw left those names on the bench, played Hafey, Martin, Jimmy Wilson and Berger, because these men were playing better ball, and because he wanted to win, no matter what criticism it meant.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “New Yorkers went back to their routines again today — that is, those who came home after the three-day Independence Day holiday. An estimated 2,000,000 came in by car last night, jamming highways. Railroads ran dozens of extra sections and extra shore trains, and airlines put on all available planes. Bus lines scrapped schedules from resort areas and brought passengers back as soon as their vehicles filled up. Travel experts, however, estimated that 25 percent of those who went away Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and yesterday didn’t come back. They assume many of them had started vacations and others may have stretched the weekend into today to avoid the travel rush. The result was one of the best highway situations in many years in the Metropolitan area, with cars moving steadily on almost all roads. Wartime rail and airline delays were not in evidence, thanks to additional equipment that had been used by the armed services. The weekend was described by most travel men and resort operators as the best in many moons. Practically perfect weather, marred only by a brief shower, and a few claps of thunder yesterday, made the three days a real holiday.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “CHICAGO (U.P.) — A break away to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in support of his plan to change Republican National Convention rules began today in the mighty Pennsylvania delegation and appeared to be spreading as delegates swarmed from their hotels for the opening session. The 70-vote Pennsylvania delegation, led by Gov. John S. Fine, decided overwhelmingly in a caucus voice vote to support the revised Lodge amendment of rules for the Convention. The big California and New Jersey delegations, already lopsided for Eisenhower, quickly followed Pennsylvania’s lead. [Sen. Robert] Taft’s backers put up a fight in Pennsylvania and New Jersey caucuses, but the California vote was unanimous. The Pennsy vote, 58 yes, 10 noes, and two not voting, followed a strong personal appeal by Fine to ‘meet and resolve the resentment of the people throughout the nation on the question of these contested delegations.’ ‘The people are aroused,’ he said. ‘We want to feel that when we leave Chicago we will have answered the hopes and prayers of America. He have to measure up out here.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Vice President Alben W. Barkley stole a bit of the limelight from the Republicans today by announcing his ‘active’ candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The 74-year-old Veep said on the eve of the G.O.P. National Convention that when the Kentucky delegation voted last Spring to support him for the nomination he agreed he ‘would accept it if it were tendered.’ ‘Since then so many Democratic friends throughout the country have urged me to become an active candidate for the nomination that I have decided to do so,’ Barkley said. He said he will attend the Democratic convention in Chicago July 21 and will ‘contact and confer with all the delegates.’ Noting that he has been closely associated with the Presidency for 20 years as Senator and Vice President, Barkley said: ‘I am familiar with its responsibilities and its opportunities. I have been intimately identified with the legislative record of the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations.’ Senator Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma, one of Barkley’s rivals for the nomination, called the Vice President ‘one of America’s greatest men and one of our party’s ablest leaders.’ ‘I wish him every blessing his heart desires,’ Kerr said, ‘except success in this particular effort. I will, of course, increase my own efforts as a candidate.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — President Eisenhower declared today that he is completely and unalterably opposed to the admission of Red China to the United Nations under present circumstances. The President, however, said he had not reached any decision that the United States should withdraw from the UN if China gets in. Such a course has been urged by Senate Republican leader William F. Knowland and several others in Congress. Some Senators have expressed opposition to any such action. The President told his news conference that the withdrawal question, if it arose, should be considered long and calmly, and that it should not be prejudged at this time. The President at the same time lashed out at the international conduct of the Red China regime.”

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Michelle Kwan
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Lisa Leslie
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinsen, who was born in 1927; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ringo Starr (The Beatles), who was born in 1940; “The Shining” star Shelley Duvall, who was born in 1949; “Once and Again” star Billy Campbell, who was born in 1959; “Ally McBeal” star Vonda Shepard, who was born in 1963; “Mad TV” star Mo Collins, who was born in 1965; actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan, who was born in 1966; “CSI” star Jorja Fox, who was born in 1968; “A Different World” star Cree Summer, who was born in 1969; Olympic gold medalist and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie, who was born in 1972; and World Figure Skating Hall of Famer Michelle Kwan, who was born in 1980.

Ringo Starr
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FRONT PAIGE NEWS: Leroy “Satchel” Paige was born on this day in 1906. The Alabama native was one of the greatest stars of the Negro Leagues. In 1948, at age 42, he became the first black pitcher in the American League and helped the Cleveland Indians win the World Series. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 and died in 1982.

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WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Sandra Day O’Connor was announced as a nominee to the Supreme Court on this day in 1981. President Ronald Reagan, who pledged during his campaign to appoint the first woman to the court, formally nominated her on Aug. 19. She was confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 21 by a vote of 99-0 and served on the court until retiring in 2006.

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Quotable:

“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”

— Baseball Hall of Famer Satchel Paige, who was born on this day in 1906


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