The Little General of The Big Red Machine, baseball’s oldest professional team, best second basemen in history, now guards second base in Heaven Above.
American athlete, entrepreneur, and sports broadcaster
Joe Morgan, in full Joseph Leonard Morgan, (born September 19, 1943, Bonham, Texas, U.S.—died October 11, 2020, Danville, California), American professional baseball player who won consecutive National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards in 1975–76, when he led the Cincinnati Reds to back-to-back World Series championships.
Morgan, a second baseman, played his first major league game at age 19. In 1965, his first full season, he was named the NL Rookie of the Year for the Houston Astros; he hit 14 home runs, scored 100 runs, and had a .271 batting average. He remained with the Astros through 1971, being named to the All Star team twice (1966 and 1970).
Morgan was one of eight players involved in a trade between the Astros and the Cincinnati Reds, and he played in the 1972 World Series his first year in Cincinnati. The Reds captured consecutive World Series titles in 1975 and 1976, while Morgan earned two MVP awards. In 1975 he had 17 home runs, 94 runs batted in, 107 runs, and 67 stolen bases and hit .327. The following year he had 27 home runs, 111 RBIs, 113 runs, 60 stolen bases, and a .320 batting average. His slugging percentage of .576 was the league’s best. He made the All Star team during each of his eight seasons with the Reds and received the Gold Glove Award five times (1973–77).
Morgan spent his final five seasons (1980–84) with four teams: the Houston Astros, the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Oakland Athletics. He played in his final World Series with the Phillies in 1983, finishing with 20 hits in 23 World Series games. In 22 seasons Morgan had 2,517 hits, 268 homers, 1,133 RBIs, 1,650 runs, 689 stolen bases, and a .271 batting average. He hit 266 of his home runs while playing second base, breaking Rogers Hornsby’s record for most home runs by a second baseman. Ryne Sandberg later broke Morgan’s record.Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription.Subscribe today
Morgan was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. After his retirement from professional baseball, he was a television analyst for network baseball broadcasts, as well as the owner of a beverage company.
Heaven has Her first string second baseman to guard that base for little angel ballplayers.
Whitey Ford, who pitched the Yankees to 11 American League pennants and six World Series championships in the 1950s and ’60s and who still holds the highest winning percentage (.690) among all modern-day major league pitchers with at least 200 wins, died Thursday night at his Long Island home. He was 91.
Nicknamed “the Chairman of the Board” by teammate Elston Howard for his calm demeanor in pressure situations, Ford spent his entire 16-year career with the Yankees. for whom he went 236-106. The Yankees signed the left-hander out of high school in 1947 for $7,000, outbidding the crosstown Giants and the Boston Red Sox.
Ford, who retired midway through the 1967 season due to a circulation problem in his pitching arm that surgeries failed to correct, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, his second year of eligibility. Waiting that extra year for his enshrinement after falling short by 29 votes allowed Ford to enter the Hall alongside former teammate, close friend and late-night running mate Mickey Mantle.
19Whitey Ford gets congratulated in 1950 after a six-hit shutout propelled the Yankees into first place
A 21-year-old Ford arrived in The Bronx in 1950, a year ahead of Mantle, and immediately made his mark. In July of that year, he joined a rotation loaded with veterans Vic Raschi, Eddie Lopat, Allie Reynolds and Tommy Byrne and went 9-1 with a 2.81 ERA while finishing second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. He started Game 4 of the World Series that October, recording a 5-2 victory over the Phillies to complete the sweep.
Ford spent the next two seasons in the Army, missing out on two world championships, but returned in 1953 to help the Yankees win their record fifth consecutive World Series. He went 18-6 that season, then averaged 15 wins a season over the next seven years.
While manager Casey Stengel was protective of his ace, never pitching Ford more than 255 innings at a time when staff aces routinely threw more than 275 innings per season, Ralph Houk, who succeeded Stengel in 1961, had no such qualms. The former Yankees catcher promised he would pitch his former teammate every fourth day — as was the custom at the time — and the lefty responded with the best season of his career. He went 25-4 and won his only Cy Young Award in 1961.
The aging Stengel, who was fired after the Yankees lost the 1960 World Series in seven games to Pittsburgh, may have sealed his own fate that October when he bypassed Ford as his starter in Game 1. The Yankees split the first two games at Forbes Field and Ford, whom Stengel held back to pitch the first game at Yankee Stadium, tossed a shutout in Game 3. The Yankees split the next two games and Ford again shut out the Pirates in Game 6. But he was a spectator in Game 7 as the Yankees fell, 10-9, on Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run in the ninth.
“It was the only time I ever got mad at Casey,” Ford said in his 1987 autobiography, “Slick,” written with Phil Pepe. “I felt I should have started that game so I could pitch three times if it was necessary. … Casey had this thing about saving me for Yankee Stadium to take advantage of the big area in left field and left-center, Death Valley to right-handed hitters. … I was so annoyed at Stengel, I wouldn’t talk to him on the plane ride back to New York.”
Stengel was fired days later and Ford always believed the Yankees would have won that World Series had he been allowed to start three games. He may have had a point.
When he retired, Ford held a fistful of Fall Classic records, including most games pitched (22), innings pitched (146), wins (10), and strikeouts (94). He also had a streak of 33 ²/₃ consecutive scoreless World Series innings.
The Yankees won the World Series in 1961 and 1962, but lost to the Dodgers and Cardinals, respectively, the next two Octobers before the bottom dropped out on the dynasty. But even during that 1965 season when the Yankees recorded their first losing season since 1925 and finished in sixth place in the 10-team American League, Ford went 16-13.
Battling arm injuries, Ford would go a combined 4-9 in 1966 and ‘67. He walked off the Tiger Stadium mound after the first inning during a May game that final season and kept right on going. Before he headed to the airport, he left a note in Houk’s locker: “Dear Ralph. I’ve had it. Call you when I get home. Whitey.”
Edward Charles Ford — his nickname was given to him by former big-league pitcher Lefty Gomez, his first minor league manager — was born in Manhattan on Oct. 21, 1928. An only child, he moved with his parents — his father worked for Con Edison — to 34th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, at the age of 4. Also growing up in that neighborhood, which Ford described as a mixture of second-generation Irish, Italian and Polish families, was a kid a few years older who liked to sing named Anthony Benedetto. He’d later make his name and fortune as Tony Bennett.
Ford attended the Manhattan School for Aviation Trades because Bryant, his local high school, didn’t have a baseball team and, having already established himself as a pretty fair first baseman, he wanted to play ball.
“There really was no earthly reason for me to be at Manhattan Aviation,” Ford said. “I wasn’t a good student and I wasn’t a very good mechanic. … I think the only reason I graduated was that I never missed a day of school and one of the reasons I didn’t miss school was that I wanted to remain eligible to play baseball.”
Ford said he always regretted never going to college and getting an education.
“I consider myself very lucky to have made my living in baseball,” said Ford, who didn’t really become a pitcher until after he failed to get a ball out of the infield while batting during a tryout at Yankee Stadium. A Yankee scout in attendance quickly — and presciently — asked Ford if he had ever pitched.
Ford and Mantle, who remained close friends until Mantle’s death in 1995, were in the middle of one of the most memorable off-field incidents in Yankee history. During the 1957 season, they were among a group of Yankees who went to the Copacabana nightclub in Midtown to celebrate Billy Martin’s birthday. A fight broke out among some of the Yankees and the members of a bowling team seated at a nearby table.
No charges were filed, although Ford said he, Martin and Mantle were each fined $1,000 by Yankees general manager George Weiss for their involvement in the incident. A month later, Martin — deemed a bad influence on his two infinitely more talented teammates — was traded to Kansas City.
In his autobiography, Ford revealed what had long been suspected, that he doctored baseballs to gain an advantage as his skills began to erode. He’d use spit and dirt or deface the balls with a specially designed ring, his belt buckle or a cooperative catcher’s shin guard
“I want to emphasize that I didn’t begin cheating until late in my career, when I needed something to help me survive,” he said. “I didn’t cheat when I won the 25 games in 1961. … And I didn’t cheat in 1963 when I won 21 games. Well, maybe just a little.”
Ford, whose No. 16 was retired by the Yankees in 1974, is survived by his wife, Joan, son, Edward, and daughter, Sally Ann. His younger son, Thomas, died of a heart condition in 1999.
Francis’ New Encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ leaves us brothers without a Father (i.e. orphans)
I thank my friend Sean Degidon for these observations today:
Yesterday, my pastor replaced the liturgy that the Roman Catholic Church normally serves with Environmentalist Humanism. The Penitential Act replaced confession of personal with “Environmental sins,” the Glory to God was more focused on Mother Earth, and the Prayers of the Faithful and after Communion were pledges to elect public officials who will create global structures to prevent imminent Environmental doom and advance Progressive causes. As the proposed common bond is not Communion in the Blood of Christ, but “our Common Home” on Earth, the homily was consequently a saccharine, passive-aggressive remake of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (i.e. Carbon-emitters in the Hands of an Angry Gaia). However, short of petitioning our Great High Priest (Jesus Christ) it’s hard to register a complaint when the pastor’s innovations are quotes from Pope Francis’ previous encyclical Laudato si’; and Francis’ newest, Fratelli Tutti, is basically just a shift in focus from “our Common Home” to its common residents:
“Francis says he desires to contribute to the ‘rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity’ and ‘brotherhood’ between all men and women. ‘Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all,’ the Pope writes.” In Chapter One, titled Dark Clouds Over a Closed World, a bleak picture is painted of today’s world which, contrary to the ‘firm conviction’ of such historical figures as the European Union’s founders who favored integration, a ‘certain regression’ has taken place. The Pope notes the rise of ‘myopic, extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism’ in some countries, and ‘new forms of selfishness and a loss of the social sense.
It’s painful to admit, but this interpolation is (to use a phrase of Francis’ that deserves to survive his papacy) an “ideological colonization” of the Faith by Freemasonry:
“Bishop Schneider recalled that Freemasonry in general has always worked so that ‘the entire mankind becomes unified, with the help of the three slogans – fraternité, liberté, égalité…’ And this is to be ‘global’… ‘Liberty’ means for them ‘freedom from God and his Commandments, that we are completely free and can rule over ourselves.’ That is exactly what is taking place today…the ‘complete abandonment of the natural moral law’ and finally also ‘of God’s Commandments.’ ‘Fraternity’ means for the Freemasons that we are ‘all brothers,’ and most importantly, ‘the equality of all religions.’ Freemasonry tries to reduce mankind to a ‘mere natural level,’ ‘that we are brothers only according to the flesh’…and not anymore, ‘what Christianity had brought us, brothers in Christ, children in God.
The language of Fratelli Tutti is prefigured in Human Community in the Pandemic Age, the Vatican’s very Moralistic Therapeutic Deist response to #Covidcrisis:
“Nowhere in the document is it mentioned that God is our final end, that Christ is our hope, and that we need the grace of the Holy Spirit for both our moral conversion and a good moral life. Nowhere is the Church – the dispenser of the sacraments as a source of grace – mentioned either… In what way does the Academy’s call for solidarity, equality, and ‘access (to health care) for all without exceptions’ differ from that of secular ideologies? This is a document issued from a prestigious body of the Catholic Church, yet there is no mention of Christianity or Christians, let alone Catholics. That a document is destined for all men and women is certainly not a reason for bracketing out its Catholic identity… Instead of a reductionist vision of a merely earthly utopia where all inhabitants can ‘enjoy good living,’ the document should have invited men and women into the life of Christ; it should have offered a strong message of hope with a rich eschatological vision ‘that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us’ (Romans 8:18).
Only such a horizontal reduction of human nature can explain how the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences could say that “at this moment, those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese… They seek the common good, subordinate things to the general good.
This stands in stark contrast to the view of Joseph Cardinal Zen, who lives in China, and has suffered for criticizing the militantly Atheist, totalitarian state:
“The Holy See has done three things to kill our Church. The first is this secret…deal with Beijing. Because it is secret, the government can use it to demand from the people anything in the name of the Pope… The second horrible act was to legitimize the seven schismatic bishops [created within the state-established Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association]. The third, and even more terrible is this document for registration…joining the [state-controlled] Church? That’s apostasy! I raised my voice, I wrote a letter to the Pope, and then to all the cardinals of the world, and nothing happened.
The consequences of whether one defines Catholicism by the full and consistent witness of Scripture and Tradition, or by the “hermeneutic of rupture” that uses the most recent pope or ecumenical council to negate them, works its way down to the granular level of daily life – for bishops and priests, consecrated religious and laity alike. Consider the two nuns recently featured at America’s respective party conventions:
“But the two sisters are not separated by a mere difference in appearance, or even in experience. The content of their words varies greatly. In an appeal for the defense of the unborn, Byrne reminded faithful listeners that ‘As Christians, we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of the cave.’ Campbell, meanwhile, got no more specific than sentimental appeals to the ‘Divine Spirit’ and one loose paraphrase of a verse from ‘the Scripture that informs the three Abrahamic traditions.’ It’s a little strange—though not entirely surprising—that Sister Dede’s speech contained more religious material than Sister Simone’s prayer.”https://www.linkedin.com/embeds/publishingEmbed.html?articleId=8739079481970372989
St. Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2 that “the mystery of lawlessness” and “wicked deception” are already at work, but that The Great Apostacy and The Lawless One must arise from among baptized Christians before Christ comes. Ours is not to know when the latter erupts from the former, only to “give thanks…for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth [and to] stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or in writing.”
I continue to pray for Pope Francis – indeed more frequently and fervently than for any previous pope. However, nothing about Papal Infallibility (the papal corollary to Our Lord’s vow that the Holy Spirit will not permit His Church to definitively teach error in dogma of Faith and Morals) exempts a pope from the same sins and vanities prone to us all. And if someone’s intellect is darkened, the most loving and loyal prayer we can offer is not for his intentions, but the purification of his intentions.
Washington, DC, USA
Oremus pro invicem
Oremus pro invicem
In the name of God
Oremus pro invicem~~IN THE NAME OF GOD.AMEN
####################################################################Index Librorum ProhibitorumI wear the chain I forged in life.
How short the list one could compile of those of whom it can be said that fame and money did not deprave?
IL MIGLIOR FABBRO
At Washington, capital city of the terminally self-absorbed, mortal man holds to fleeting, feeble and fallible opinion, God immutable fact.
The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ and train the poor man~~directly~~
~~The principal need in America today is~~financial and industrial De-Globalization~~to facilitate the promotion of the possibility for the average man to get and keep a good job with good benefits paid by the employer~~as was done not very long ago.~~~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~~~~La crema y nata~~~~~Artista de la conquista~~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~~~Finis Origine Pendet…The escape commences…~~September, 1957~~Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic parochial school, called, by anyone of any background, simply: “Chan~al,” a place where, of an autumn day in 1957, school, for me, began and ended in the first convening of the first grade in which a tiny nun, one Sister Dom Bosco, appeared before me, just behind the window appearing at far left of this photograph, and piped out this: “I may be small, but so then, is the Atom Bomb.”~~My determination to escape school commenced immediately on hearing about this Atom Bomb business and took 16 dicey and arduous years to finally accomplish.~~~~Non SibiThe escape continues…~~September, 1966~~The Cathedral Latin School~~Finis Origine Pendet~ ~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~Rejoice and Glad!!Amen~~~The Original Angry Bird~~The Catholic University of America Screaming Red Cardinal Mascot~~~~EX LIBRIS~~~~THEOS EK MĒCHANĒS~~Tuesday, 25th Aout,~Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2020 Website: http://johndanielbegg.wordpress.comhttp://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=122865699&trk=tab_prohttp://www.facebook.com/JohnDanielBeggPublicAffairs http://www.tumblr.com/blog/theoldsoldiershome1952http://www.facebook.com/john.begg.33http://www.pinterest.com/johnbegg33/boards/http://independent.academia.edu/johnbegg/Papers?s=nav#addhttp://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/jtdbeggTweets: @jtdbegghttp://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=122865699&trk=hb_tab_pro_tophttp://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=122865699&trk=hb_tab_pro_top “Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he’s the only one who’s sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probably the only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own.”~~ French actor~~Alain Delon CONCEPT OF THE CATHOLIC AND ROYAL ARMY OF AMERICA (CRAA)The Catholic University of AmericaSeal of The Catholic University of AmericaMotto~~Deus Lux Mea Est~~The escape concludes…~~The Catholic University Of America, Washington, District of Columbia.~~1976, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi.~~Acta Est Fabula.~~Deus Vult.~~Our Ubiquitous Presence~~OUR Queen~~Our Ruler now 68 years on~~Simply the best President we could ever hope to have~~Oremus pro invicemAlways Faithfully,Jack Begg