We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I’ve spent my whole life hating the Cardinals. If I were to find an actual cardinal in the forest, twittering with happiness in the dappled sunlight, and I could get it to fly gently into my hand, I would squeeze it until I heard all its little bones break like tiny little twigs.
Power breeds paranoia and every group jealously hoards its privileges fearful that they will be taken away. The more these groups demand their rights, the more certain it is that they are already abusing the rights of others. When they call for freedom, they mean power. When they call for equality, they mean privilege. When they denounce hate, they justify their own hate. When they complain about the culture of bigotry, they are expressing how much they hate others.
The Cardinals are the only professional sports team that I ever bonded to. I can be 'for" good teams in other sports but my loyalty to the Cards is undying.
I was a kid in St. Louis in the early 60s.
1964 was a special year as the Cards came from way back to take the pennant on the last day of the season and then beat the hated Yanks in the World Series.
Brock, Flood and Shannon in the OF. Boyer at 3rd, Groat at short, Javier at second, White at first and McCarver catching. Gibson, Sadecki, Simmons, and I think Roger Craig were the starting pitchers that year.
The rest of the Q&O column was about politics and is worth the read fofr those not interested in baseball.
My parents had a Hotpoint(!) B&W TV that was on the blink about half the time. As I am sure you recall, that was back in the day when you had a repairman come fix it. You didn't just throw it away and get another set. Because the TV was dark, awaiting repairs, so much of the time, we listened to a lot of Cardinals baseball on the radio.
Harry Carey and Jack Buck were the announcers and they usually had me on the edge of my seat with their call of the game. Against all the odds, here is a clip from a game broadcast in 1962 against the Giants. Gibson vs Marichal. The preserved broadcast is just the way I remember them, complete with the ads between innings. They just had ads between innings then, not between pitches like they do now.
So if you are interested, here is a link to that partially saved 1962 game. And remember, friendly Bob Adams at Household Finance is standing by the phone ready to approve your loan from $25 to $2000.