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About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****

After 101 Articles, My Favorites are…

Almost 2 years ago, I began writing articles for this blog.  My goal was to write about something interesting or humorous.  I intended it to be positive, especially with so much negativity in the media.  I have posted 101 articles.  … Continue reading

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Influential People

Time magazine, April 30 – May 7, 2018 (a double issue) has a cover story entitled: The 100 Most Influential People.  Influential is defined as “individuals whose time is now.  It is not necessarily a measure of power or milestones … Continue reading

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D’oh! Homer Simpson Breaks 2 Records

In this television season, Homer Simpson, aided by his “loving” family, has set 2 television records. To truly understand the magnitude of this achievement, you need some background information. America’s true “wild west” history lasted from approximately 1865 to 1895.  From … Continue reading

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It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Yes, I took the title of this article from Billy Joel’s song of the same name.  He will be mentioned later because this article is about… The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Why … Continue reading

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A Birthday Gift, 2

  I was part of a generation who, to outsiders, seemed to protest everything.  The Vietnam War, students’ rights, college curriculums, the Women’s movement, the first Earth Day, and probably some causes I’ve forgotten. Of course, we were always on the … Continue reading

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A Birthday Gift

When I was a kid, I was usually sick (eg, asthma, eczema, allergies).  When I had a good day, stickball occupied my –and my friends’ –time. But when it rained, we were forced inside our homes.  There were board (not “bored”) … Continue reading

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George Carlin: Baseball and Football

Baseball has returned. It’s a good time to remember George Carlin’s Baseball and  Football monolog.  Here it is.   Baseball is different from any other sport, very different.  For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you … Continue reading

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