"Major Anniversaries In 2007-Both Joyful & Sorrowful"
In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Baseball's Color Line, as he broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers @ Ebbets Field In Brooklyn. His #42 was retired by MLB in 1997(April 15th is the 60th Anniversary);
In 1967, it was "The Impossible Dream Red Sox", who won the AL Pennant on the Final Day of the 1967 Season, the Team of Yastremski, George Scott & Company;
In 1967, was the start of the Baseball Hall Of Fame Career of one George Thomas Seaver, with the NY Mets;
And now for the Sorrowful Anniversaries;
The Beaning of Tony Conigliaro, which I believe, led to all of his health problems & to his death at a young age, a few years ago, especially sorrowful in Red Sox Nation(1967);
For Us in Red Sox Nation, the Famous 3 Homer Game of Reggie Jackson(Yankees-Dodgers-1977);
For Mets Fans, June 15th, 1977(Black Thursday), a Night Of Infamy, when Tom Seaver was Traded. Shea Stadium then got to be called "Grant's Tomb" not in honor of Ulyssees S Grant, but for Mets General Partner, M. Donald Grant, driving thousands of Mets Fans to watching other games(There was,as I can Imagine, a slight surge in trips to Fenway Park in those days);
Here's a real kicker. 2007 will be the 50th Anniversary of The Last Season of The Brooklyn Dodgers & NY Giants, as Willie & The Duke were to be in SF & LA, respectively, in 1958, leaving only "The Mick" behind. In 1958, with NYC to themselves, Yankees Attendance stayed the same, as fans of the Dodgers & Giants, refused to step foot in "The Giant Toilet" in The Bronx;
2007 is the 45th Anniversary of the 1st Season of The NY Mets, a team which could drive fans to drink like it was New Years Eve & St. Patrick's Day(You know what Happened in 1969 & 1986);
BTW, the FAVORITE American League Team of the Fans of The Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants & NY Mets is The Boston Red Sox. As Casey Stengel would say, "You can look it up."
Even Though He was a Yankees Announcer, Mel Allen's famous line applies here:
"How 'Bout That";
Happy New Year, Everybody!