May 17

It’s today, no doubt about it. Today in 1939 the Columbia Lions and Princeton Tigers played a college baseball game in New York that was the first televised sporting event in the United States. That gives a tiny indication of how much the sport culture has changed in America that collegiate baseball between Ivy League schools is what was passed for popular entertainment. What, was there no bridge game that night they could have shown? Today in 1984 Prince Charles called a proposed addition to the National Gallery in London a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend.” Nothing stings like “monstrous carbuncle.” That hurt doesn’t go away. Today in 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of psychiatric diseases. In 1990. “Being a Cubs fan” is still on the list. 

It’s Galacian Literature Day today, so you’ll be sure to break out your copy of Cantares Gallegos and give it a second read. It’s also, perhaps, the most Irish of Irish holidays–National Famine Memorial Day. Never forget how hungry we were. It’s World Information Society Day, a day conceived by the United Nations to raise global awareness of societal changes brought by the Internet.  It’s really just a day for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to look at Internet porn without feeling bad about it. 

Cool Papa Bell, one of the great baseball players, was born today. Tony Parker, French basketball player and philanderer, was born today. Soccer, the canine thespian who played Wishbone was born today. Here’s a photo of him dressed like Robin Hood. 

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Soccer 1988 – 2001 “Such big imagination on such a little pup”

Lawrence Welk, catnip for old people, died today as did Toe Blake, legendary hockey coach and the most important sportsmen with the name Toe. 

 

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