The Daily Dose/Monday, June 10, 2019

The Daily Dose/June 10, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Leading Off will return

Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: Not for the first time, Sparrow wants to smack guests who don’t ring the bell and has trouble remembering the date of his wedding anniversary. Today’s Diary.

When we first married it was easy to remember the date, the 14th, and I scoffed at men who forgot their anniversary date…Today I could not for the life of me remember whether it the 11th or the 14th…In fact, this morning I was certain it was the 11th and in sheer terror, I called The Wife when I got home to offer some hastily thought up dinner plans for Tuesday…Fortunately, she as busy at the retailer and didn’t answer…

It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life.

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On This Date
In 1977 – James Earl Ray, the convicted killer of Martin Luther King, Jr, escapes from prison in Tennessee. Ray and six others used a makeshift ladder to scale a wall and Ray was found by bloodhounds, hiding under some leaves a few miles from the prison three days later. As punishment, an extra year was added to Ray’s sentence, increasing it to 100 years. Ray died in 1998 at the age of 70.

In 1944 – Joe Nuxhall, 15 years and 315 days old, becomes the youngest player in major league history, pitching for the Cincinnati Reds in their 18-0 loss to the St Louis Cardinals. Nuxhall pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs, two hits and five walks in what would be his only appearance of the season. He spent the rest of the season in the minor leagues and then regained his amateur status and finished high school. He returned to the Reds in 1952 and spend 15 more seasons the big leagues, mostly with Cincinnati, finishing with a 135-117 career record. His record still stands. 

In 1972 – Sammy Davis Jr. is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the only time with Candy Man. Davis had had his first Top 40 hit in 1954 and would hit the Top 40 eight more times before Candy Man become his only #1 song and final chart single. The song spent three consecutive weeks at #1 and was Billboard’s 5th biggest song of the year. As sometimes happens in the music business, Davis didn’t particularly like the song.

“That is ignorance, I fear.” 
“No, not ignorance. Simply another kind of knowledge.”
Gore Vidal

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Bing Crosby was the first person to have #1 songs on Billboard’s pop, country and soul charts: Only Forever (National Best Selling Retail Record chart, 1940), Pistol Packin’ Mama (Most Played Juke Box Folk Records chart, 1944) and White Christmas (Harlem Hit Parade chart, 1942).

Today’s Stumper
Where was James Earl Ray arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.? – Answer next time!


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