Friday, June 24, 2016

American Legion in High Gear Around Here-- Part 2: Fox Lake Bulldogs Are 4-1

From Wikipedia.

American Legion baseball is amateur baseball played by teenage boys in all fifty states.

The American Legion Department of South Dakota established it in 1925 in Millbank, South Dakota.  The inaugural season was in 1926.  According to the American Legion:  "The purpose is to give young men an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun."

The states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are in the Great Lakes Division.

Illinois has 84 teams, Minnesota the most with 320, Hawaii 2 and Alaska 1.

The National Champs in 2013 and 2014 was Brooklawn, New Jersey, Post 72.

--RoadBat

American Legion Baseball in High Gear Around Here-- Part 1

I have recently become aware of the existence of a baseball team at our American Legion Post 703 here in Fox Lake, Illinois, of which I am a member of the Sons of the American Legion because of my grandfather, a World War I veteran.

The teams in area, the Illinois 10th District American Legion Baseball are in high gear with their season which runs from mid-June to mid-July.  All the boys on our team also play on the Grant High School baseball team.  Home games are played at Grant High School here in Fox Lake.

Last year, there were 14 teams in the league and Lake Zurich came in first with a 12-0 record.  Our Fox Lake team, the Fox Lake Bulldogs, were 8-4-1.  Other teams were also all from Lake County:  Lake Villa, Zion, Waukegan, Deerfield, Grayslake, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lake Forest, Gurnee and Wauconda.

Play Ball!!--Cooter

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Death of Former NIU Basketball Coach Tom Jorgenson-- Part 3

I saw three seasons of "Jorgy" Ball between 1969 and 1973.  Unfortunately, I was at the University of Georgia in that glorious 1971-1972 season, but sure followed the team.

From Wikipedia.

Records of NIU Jorgenson teams:

1966-1967  8-12
1967-1968  10-14
1968-1969  13-11
1969-1970  13-12
1970-1971  13-10
1971-1972  21-4
1972-1973  17-8

Tom Jorgenson attended Parker High School in Chicago in the Engklewood neighborhood.

NIU basketball is generally not very good in the record department, but these were sure some exciting years.

Death of Former NIU Basketball Coach Tom Jorgenson in 2013-- Part 2

During his tenure as head coach, Tom Jorgenson coached NIU Hall of Famers Jim Bradley, Bradley Smith, Billy Hanson and Jerry Zielinski.

From 19966 to 1973, "Jorgy" teams went 96-71.  He was an advicate of the wide-open offense.

As assistant coach at Michigan for six years, he won three consecutive Big Ten Championships 1963-1965 with Cazzie Russell.  There were back-to-back NCAA Final Fours in 1964 and 1965.  As a player, he was a 66 consecutive game starter. at Michigan.

More to Come.

Death of Former NIU Basketball Coach Tom Jorgenson in 2013-- Part 1

From the November 29, 2013, DeKalb Daily Chronicle "Former NIU basketball coach Jorgenson passes away."

NIU Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Tom Jorgenson who put Northern Illinois on the national college basketball map with a Top Twenty ranking died November 29.

Known as "Jorgy," he was the first to have NIU post a 20-victory season with a 21-4 season 1971-1972 and was coach with the school's first-ever victory over a Big Ten team, Indiana, in the same season..  Same season, Northern was ranked #20 at one point.  A member of his 1969 team, Jim Smith, was NIU's first NBA draft pick.

Other honors for "Jorgy" was a first Division 1 college basketball championship for the 71-72 team in the Midwestern Conference and its first college All-American, Jim Bradley that same season.

More to Come.

Death of Former NIU Basketball Coach Tom Jorgenson in 2013-- Part 1

From the November 29, 2013, DeKalb Daily Chronicle "Former NIU basketball coach Jorgenson passes away."

NIU Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Tom Jorgenson who put Northern Illinois on the national college basketball map with a Top Twenty ranking died November 29.

Known as "Jorgy," he was the first to have NIU post a 20-victory season with a 21-4 season 1971-1972 and was coach with the school's first-ever victory over a Big Ten team, Indiana, in the same season..  Same season, Northern was ranked #20 at one point.  A member of his 1969 team, Jim Smith, was NIU's first NBA draft pick.

Other honors for "Jorgy" was a first Division 1 college basketball championship for the 71-72 team in the Midwestern Conference and its first college All-American, Jim Bradley that same season.

More to Come.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Looking Back to 1916: Will the Real Patriots Please Stand Up

From the June 1, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

The Sycamore movie theatres recently showed the "Battle Cry of Peace," and when the national anthem was played by the orchestra, a couple of true blooded Americans arose to their feet as they had been taught to do.  However, the audience would not stand for the loyalty and shouted for them to sit down.

"It is queer how many unpatriotic people are in the world."

Remember, This Is Before "Talkies."  --Cooter

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Looking Back to 1916: Sycamore's Beautiful Shade Trees Getting Severely Trimmed

From the June 1, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.  "It is a matter of keen regret to most citizens the severe trimming which many of our beautiful shade trees are being subjected to in order to give a clear path to the stringing of electric light wire on the new poles which have been set by the Northern Illinois Utilities Company.

--Cooter

Buffalo Soldiers- Part 2

He said that he was one of the last group of Buffalo Soldiers, but that there were still some members from World War II and the Korean War alive, but not at this reunion.

He was looking forward to the Buffalo Soldier reunion to be held in Houston the last weekend in July and that at least nor World War II veteran was going to be there and that though he was in his early nineties, he still gets around.

Sadly, there are only around fifty Buffalo Soldiers still alive that they know of.

I told him I always felt it was a shame that these men, who risked their lives for their country would have been treated so poorly in the segregated military back then.  That would include the Tuskegee Airmen and Montfort Marines.

A Great Experience Meeting This Man.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Buffalo Soldiers- Part 1

There is a big reunion of black veterans here at the Best Western in Goldsboro, N.C..  Most are from the Vietnam era, so a lot of white hair, like me.

This morning at breakfast (great breakfasts at Best Western Pluses) I saw an older man at the front desk with a fanny pack with the words "Buffalo Soldier" on it.  He then got breakfast and sat down next to us.  What a great opportunity, so I initiated a conversation.

For those of you who don't know, Buffalo Soldiers were blacks who fought the Indians in the years after the Civil War and up until President Truman integrated the military in 1951.

He had been among the last members. of the all-black Buffalo Soldiers.

A Proud Unit, A Proud Man.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Looking Back: 1916: Chief Shabbona Wants Compensation for Land Taken

From the June 1, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.  Mot-We-Quah, son of Shabonna, late chief of the Pottawatomies, who roved northern Illinois, is seeking compensation from the state for land in DeKalb County said to have been taken long ago without due process of law."

Let's Be Fair About This.  --Cooter

Friday, June 10, 2016

100th Running of the Indy 500

From the May 26, 2016, Indianapolis Star "Sellout elevates security, lifts long-time TV blackout."

**  Sunday's Indy 500 will be the first sellout for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 100 years of trying.  Because of the sellout, the race will be televised live throughout the whole state of Indiana for the first time since 1950.

**  That sellout would be around 350,000 people.  That's 100,000 more than the usual crowds of 250,000.

**  For the third year, the Indianapolis 500 has earned a level 2 Special Event Assessment Rating from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  This allows the Indy 500 to receive federal help to support security efforts.

**  People were told to arrive at least two hours earlier than usual to make sure they get in on time.

**  Largest single-day sporting event.

**  World War II veterans to get victory lap in parade.

--DaCootEarlyBird

Indianapolis' Crown Hill Cemetery-- Part 3: Still More Racing Folks Buried There

Drivers George Amick, Erwin "Cannonball" Baker,  and Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.

Floyd Davis, Jimmy Drywalt, Ronnie Duman, Jerry Hoyt.

Jim Hurtbise, Herbert Jones, Chet Miller and Paul Russo.

Harry C. Stutz, owner of the Stutz Auto Company.

Also, Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger.

--Cooter

Indianapolis' Crown Hill Cemetery-- Part 2: Others With IMS Ties Buried There

From Wikipedia.

Captain Joseph Hammond, RAF in World War I, was killed in an air race in 1918 and buried in Carl Fisher's mausoleum.

Early Indy-based auto manufacturer Daniel Marmon of Nordyke Marmon & Company.  The first Indy 500 race in 1911 was won by a Marmon Wasp car.

David M. Parry, founder of the Parry Auto Company.

Charles H. Black and Frank P. Fox, Indy driver and owner of the Pope Motor Car Company

Auto company partners and brothers Walter C. Marmon and Howard Marmon.

Auto industrialists August Duesenberg and Frederick S. Duesenberg.

And, Even More to Come.  --DaCoot

Even More Indy 500 History At RoadDog's RoadLog Blog

The Indy 500 sure does have a lot of history as I have been writing about this past week or so in this blog.

I also have been writing about it in my RoadDog's RoadLog Blog this past week which you can get to by typing it in or going to the My Blog List to the right of this page.

You will find the information under 500 Facts About the Indy 500 entries.

--Cooter

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Indianapolis' Crown Hill Cemetery-- Part 1: Final Resting Place of Many Associated With the Indy 500

Even though the article I've been covering "Check Out 7 secret Indy 500 Remnants" by Will Higgins in the May 27, 2016, Indianapolis Star didn't actually mention it other than the graves of Wilbur Brink (see June  ) and Erwin "Cannonball" Baker (see June 8 and today), a lot of people associated with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 are buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

To start with, the Father of the IMS, Carl Fisher, is buried there as are the other three "founding Fathers" James A. Allison, Frank Wheeler and Arthur Newby.

That alone would make a trip to the cemetery worthwhile, but there are many others, including the 1919 Indy 500 winner Howdy  Wilcox and 1931 winner Louis Schneider.  Two others racing in the 1911 first-ever Indy 500, Frank Fox and Charles Merz are also there.

And, There Are More.  --DaCoot

Seven Secret Indy 500 Remnants-- Part 12: Records and the "Cannonball Run"

In 1915, "Cannonball" Baker coast-to-coasted in a Stutz Bearcat Roadster in 11 days, 7 hours and 15 minutes.  The next year, driving a Cadillac, he shaved four days off this record.  In 1933, the roads having been improved, Baker went from New York to Los Angeles in a Graham-Paige Blue Streak 8 in 53 1/2 hours, a record that stood until 1971.

The famous and totally unsanctioned "Cannonball Run" cross-country race, the subject of at least four movies (two of them starring Burt Reynolds), is named for Baker, who died in 1960 of natural causes at the age of 78.

--CooterFirst.