Sunday, May 22, 2022

Exhibition of Sports Memorabilia on the East Side of Manhattan


Bruce and Lee at the Exhibit

Neil Scherer. the proprietor of is displaying sports memorabilia on the east side of Manhattan.  This show will run until June 20.  Includes photos, tickets, programs, and art work featuring:
  • The New York Yankees
  • Polo Grounds
  • Brooklyn Dodgers
  • New York Giants (Football)
  • National Basketball Association
For information, please contact Neil at

Here are some samples:

Ted Williams

Mickey Mantle

1941 Brooklyn Dodgers

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Happy Birthday to Mary Shaw Radio Enthusiast Extraordinaire


Mary Shaw with Cousin Brucie at a
Palisades Park Reunion

Mary is certainly New York radio's greatest enthusiast.  I think everyone knows her.  Back in the mid- 1990s I met Mary on the WCBS-FM folder on America Online.  The people in that folder got together every year.  Later, she came to most of the Oldies Meet and Greets that we had at Ben's Deli.

I wish her a happy and healthy birthday.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Pete Alonso Hits a Walk-Off Home Run as the Mets beat the Cards 7-6 in 10 innings


A nice benefit of retirement is the ability to go to weekday afternoon games.  I really got a bargain today as I was able to get a ticket from Stub Hub for $10.66 to sit in the upper deck of Citi Field.

Chris Bassitt was the starting pitcher for the Mets as he allowed 4 runs and 9 hits over 6 1/3 innings.  It was a seesaw battle as the lead changed four times.  Jeff McNeil had a run-scoring infield groundout in the first and a two-run single in the fifth off Nick Wittgren that put the Mets ahead 5-3.  His fielding excelled as he climbed the wall in left-field foul territory to grab Paul Goldschmidt's seventh-inning sacrifice fly, pushed off with his right foot, and threw to second to nail Brendan Donovan, who tried to tag up from first. Then, with a runner on first in the eighth, McNeil made a sliding catch on a soft liner to deny Dylan Carlson and threw to second from his back.

Edwin Diaz blew his second save opportunity in 11 tries as the Cards scored in the ninth inning to tie the game.

In the top of the 10th, Albert Pujols hit into a double play to drive in the "ghost runner" to take a 6-5 lead. Francisco Lindor was the "ghost runner" for the Mets in the bottom of the inning.  Pete Alonso hit a slide off Giovanny Gallegos into the left-field stands to win the game for the Mets who are now 26-14 which is tied for the fourth best 40 game start in team history.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

My Latest Walking Tour of Rego Park


Corner of Booth Street and 63rd Drive
A sporting goods store named Harley's
was at this location decades ago

I have certainly written a lot about Rego Park in this Journal.  After my dentist appointment today, I decided to take another walking tour as I have done several times in the past.  Obviously, nothing in this world stays the same.  Many retail establishments have come and gone over the decades.  Some observations:
  • The site of the Tower Diner on Queens Blvd. was demolished.  The site of the Trylon Theater next to it which is now a synagogue is also slated to be demolished.
  • Parkside Chapels at 66th Road and Queens Blvd. was also demolished.
  • The Shalimar Diner on 63rd Drive was also demolished.
I believe in all three cases there will be high-rise apartment buildings constructed.

In any event, everyone I knew in Rego Park has either moved away or passed on.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

I'll Remember You by Bob Dylan


This appeared on the album Empire Burlesque in 1985

But do you remember me?

I’ll Remember You

I’ll remember you

When I’ve forgotten all the rest

You to me were true

You to me were the best

When there is no more

You cut to the core

Quicker than anyone I knew

When I’m all alone

In the great unknown

I’ll remember you

I’ll remember you

At the end of the trail

I had so much left to do

I had so little time to fail

There’s some people that

You don’t forget

Even though you’ve only seen ’m one time or two

When the roses fade

And I’m in the shade

I’ll remember you

Didn’t I, didn’t I try to love you?

Didn’t I, didn’t I try to care?

Didn’t I sleep, didn’t I weep beside you

With the rain blowing in your hair?

I’ll remember you

When the wind blows through the piney wood

It was you who came right through

It was you who understood

Though I’d never say

That I done it the way

That you’d have liked me to

In the end

My dear sweet friend

I’ll remember you
Copyright © 1985 by Special Rider Music

Sunday, May 15, 2022

9th Inning Rally Falls Short as Mets Lose to the Mariners 8-7


Lee and I were supposed to go to the game last night, but since it rained at 6 PM we decided not to go and attended today's game instead.  Last night's game eventually began at 8:18 PM and ended close to midnight.

The highlights of the game for the Mets were:
  • A home run by Francisco Lindor that landed in the second deck of the left field stands.
  • In the bottom of the fourth inning J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo hit two-run triples that gave the Mets a 5-4 lead at that point.
Julio Rodriguez tied the score when he homered in the 6th inning.  Cal Raleigh, in a 2-for-33 slump, added a go-ahead, two-run drive against Drew Smith later in the inning for a 7-5 lead. Rodríguez tacked on an RBI single in the seventh.

In the 9th inning, the Mets scored two runs to make the score 8-7.  Pete Alonso stuck out the bases loaded to end the game.

It is the first series that the Mets lost this season.  They still lead the National League East by 5.5 games.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Video Biography of Joe E. Ross of Car 54 Where are You Fame


Car 54 Where are You which was only on TV from 1961 to 63 was one of my favorite TV series.  In December of 2012, I wrote a journal entry reviewing a book written by Martin Grams about the TV series.  Today, I discovered a video biography of its star, Joe E. Ross.  He was a stand-up comic appearing in nightclubs and similar venues for most of his career.  His other TV credits included Sgt. Bilko and It's About Time.

Joe very often forgot his lines and said Ooo, Ooo instead.  He passed away in 1982 at age 68.
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