“I miss the guys, the old guys,” said Kiner, a graduate of Alhambra High School. The Hall of Fame slugger-turned-broadcaster, now 84, keeps busy at the park. Dressed neatly in a suit jacket and sunglasses, he was at Tradition Field on Monday to work a few innings of the exhibition between the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets. Kiner has recovered nicely from a stroke several years ago that impaired his speech, and recently had dinner with Yogi Berra. He remains good friends with Stan Musial and occasionally sees Bob Feller. He only wishes a few more faces still were around. Dizzy Dean, Ted Williams and Casey Stengel were his pals. Kiner did pretty well off the field; his Hollywood cronies included Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and he once squired Liz Taylor. “We were like a club back then. We all knew each other,” he said. “I think we had more fun. Now, everything is so ferocious because the money is so tremendous. “Those stories about Ted Williams and Tom Yawkey shooting pigeons at Fenway Park, you think they could do that now?” he said. Kiner, sitting on the Mets bench, laughed at the thought. As if on cue, Mets sensation Jose Reyes happened to walk into the dugout, singing loudly in Spanish and shaking his hips. For showmanship, though, no one could beat Ruth. Kiner was in his late teens when the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League wanted to sign him. He went down to their park – Wrigley Field, modeled after the one in Chicago – where they were filming “Pride of the Yankees.” A few minutes later, Ruth ambled over. “I idolized him,” Kiner said. “I didn’t know what to say.” Kiner enjoyed another highlight at that Wrigley Field, where episodes of “Home Run Derby” and “The Twilight Zone” were filmed: In high school, he homered off Paige during a barnstorming tour. Cobb also spent a lot of time around the park. The player with the best career batting average “wasn’t irascible around me, but I heard the stories,” Kiner said. Kiner also did fine with the bat. After serving as a Navy pilot in the South Pacific during World War II, he broke into the majors with Pittsburgh. Kiner either led or tied for the National League home run lead in each of his first seven seasons. A bad back forced him to retire after 10 years; he hit 369 homers, many pulled over the short left-field wall at Forbes Field known as “Kiner’s Korner.” He was elected to the Hall in 1975 on his 15th and final try on the writers’ ballot. He got exactly one more vote than required for induction. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kiner started calling Mets’ games during their expansion season in 1962 and has stayed ever since; the home TV booth at Shea Stadium is named in his honor. The Mets will hold an on-field tribute to him July 14 before they play Cincinnati. “You couldn’t be any luckier than I’ve been, to keep working in baseball,” he said. To spend any time around Kiner is to open a Who’s Who of Cooperstown. Other announcers can rattle off the Sabermetrics, but who else can tell stories involving 20th-century luminary Cap Anson, Rogers Hornsby and Rube Marquard? Don’t hear much about them these days. Funny thing, there was a trivia question posted on the scoreboard Monday, and Tris Speaker was one of the potential answers. Speaker, a star way back in the dead-ball era, was one of Kiner’s coaches. “Taught me a lot about playing the outfield,” Kiner said. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Ralph Kiner shook hands with Babe Ruth, talked ball with Ty Cobb and hit a home run off Satchel Paige. Great names of the game, all gone.
As we enter a new political era in our nation’s history, people all over America, make that the world, are concerned about the state of our country.Songs In The CurrentIt seems as though the only thing that we can all agree on is that we are divided. However, we have been here before and we know that the most lasting revolution starts with a fundamental change in consciousness.As a seasoned musician, composer, philanthropist and author, Peter Buffett has taken in all of the divisiveness, anger, and feelings of helplessness felt by many Americans, and has used it to create his most inspired and personal body of work to date. Songs in the Current could easily serve as the voice of Americans who for decades have felt marginalized and unheard. However, no matter how indignant this album may seem, it always finds its way back to its overarching thesis: that love is the answer. The emotions and ideas in this album range, but love is its fervent and clear gravitational center.Video: Woodstock – Peter BuffettPeter discusses the themes and importance of this project in his own words:“Songs in the Current speaks to a culture that is stuck. Government can’t fix it. More jobs won’t fix it. Reform won’t change it.“These songs were written to give voice to what my eyes have seen and my heart has felt in recent years. Over the last decade I have been exposed to people and their stories that have revealed the soul-destroying nature of our systems of finance and government, education and agriculture. Quicksand everywhere.“No laws or legislation can give us the hand we need to pull us out. Only a fundamental shift in consciousness can do that. Consciousness that starts with love at the center and builds structures outward from there.”Songs in the Current is comprised of brand new original songs, re-worked and re-recorded songs written throughout his musical career, and interpretations of classic songs, such as “Woodstock”, the lead single for this project written by Joni Mitchell and made famous by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. What ties them all together is the urgency they have in today’s political climate.“All the Noise” urges the listener to focus on the sound and power of their voice in a nation filled with distractions. As Peter puts it, “If we can’t hear ourselves… our voice, our thoughts… we can’t know ourselves. Or hear others. Noise everywhere – authentic voice (yours or anyone else’s) is very hard to discern.”“Room Enough” is a plea to those in power to concern themselves with the success of humanity, rather than their own personal success.“Already Flown” is an impassioned call to stop waiting and take action, saying “While you’re counting what you own/ We’ve already flown”. Peter says about the importance of this song, “Don’t think the current structures won’t test you – both in the world and in your head. And not everyone has the luxury to get up and go. But for those ready, willing and able to stand up, now’s the time.”In the upcoming years, coming together as a nation will not be easy. Songs in the Current offers hope to whoever will listen that if we stop, pay attention, and find common ground, love and empathy can be the ultimate revolution.Songs in the Current will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube, and Google Music.
It’s something Oh is all too aware of.Asked by news.com.au during the promotional trail for Killing Eve, before her historic Emmy nomination today, whether she had seen much change or momentum in terms of Asian representation on American TV, she said: “The change is slow, and I mean it in the most profound way in how profoundly frustrating it is and has been.“I’ve been in this industry for a long time and what I’ve seen and experienced is how long it takes to make actual real change — and it’s not the real change our community is needing and seeking.“Where is our Black Panther? I know our community wants that and our community is impatient for it.”Oh stars in the critically acclaimed Killing Eve. Picture: BBC America via APSource:APOh said that Asian-Americans — Oh is actually Canadian but has lived in the US for many years — don’t carry the same “burden in terms of the safety for our bodies” as African-Americans and Americans of Latino descent do, but at the heart of Asian representation, it’s about visibility. Advertisement Sandra Oh has made history with her Emmy nomination for Killing Eve. Picture: BBC America via APSource:AP Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: KILLING Eve and Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh broke a significant boundary in Hollywood today.Sandra became the first female actor of Asian descent to be nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting category. Her performance as Eve Polastri in the BBC America series, airing locally on ABC, has won wide acclaim from critics and audiences.But if you’re thinking that surely it can’t be right that she’s the first, that it didn’t happen until 2018, be assured that she is. And that is in large part due to the scarcity of roles for actors of Asian descent on American TV — especially lead roles. Twitter