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July 30, 2009
Is It Time for Pete Rose to be in the Hall?
There are rumors that the current Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, is considering lifting Pete Rose's banishment from baseball. Or, more importantly, Selig might allow Rose to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
(What would former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, who passed away shortly after banning Rose from baseball in 1989, recommend to us?)
To the question "Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?"...The Cosmic Baseball Association chants a resounding "YES" .
As we suggested 12 years ago, Rose should be put in the Hall of Fame, literally. He wants in almost more than anything else. In our view, putting Rose in the Hall of Fame, with just an hour a day for exercise on the nearby Doubleday baseball field, would be a sensible option.
July 29, 2009
Kerouac's Mother's Will a Fake
Jack Kerouac died in 1969. At the time of his death in Florida from complications associated with alcohol abuse, his estate was valued at between $100 and $30,000.
Kerouac's estate was left to his mother, Gabrielle. She died in 1973 after having signed a will that left the estate to her son's third wife, Stella Sampas. Stella died in 1990 and the estate went to Stella's heirs. In 1994, Jan Kerouac, Jack Kerouac's daughter (by his second wife, Joan Haverty) filed a lawsuit in Florida challenging the authenticity of Gabrielle's 1973 will (signed by Gabrielle on February 13, 1973.) Jan was joined in the legal action by Jack Kerouac's nephew Paul Blake (Paul is the son of Kerouac's sister Caroline who died in 1964). Jan died in 1996 while the matter was still being litigated in the courts.
On July 24, 2009, a Florida Judge ruled that Kerouac's mother's will was a fake. Since the Kerouac estate is today estimated to be worth $20 million, the implications of this legal order could be financially significant to Jan Kerouac's heirs and to Mr. Paul Blake who is still alive.
Jack Kerouac is a leftfielder for the Dharma Beats. He wrote a series of poems in 1955 published as Mexico City Blues in 1959.
From the "238th Chorus" of that poetry...
"Money is the root of all evil" For I will Write In my will "I regret that I was not able To love money more."
July 27, 2009
Beats Draft Esperanza Villanueva
Player drafts this season are full of complexities and tensions. Last week the Paradise Pisces and the Krafft-Ebing Mosaics fought over Sasha Grey. At the Summer Meetings in Kents Hill, Maine the Dharma Beats and the Mosaics went at it for the rights to Esperanza Villanueva.
When the Beats showed interest in Villanueva the Mosaics claimed that she was not qualified to be a Beat. The Mosaics cited Brenda Knight's 1996 book Women of the Beat Generation. There were no "chapters about this woman and no reference to any 'Esperanza Villanueva' in the book's index," claimed the petition filed by the Mosaics to block the drafting of Villanueva by the Beats.
The Beat brain trust was quick to file a counter-petition, disputing the facts presented by the Mosaics. Citing page 174 of the Knight text on Women of the Beat Generation the Beats' counter-petition pointed out that the name "Esmeralda" was mistakenly used to refer to Esperanza Villanueva. The Beats were persuasive and Villanueva was deemed properly categorized and eligible to be drafted by the Beats. The Dharma Beats drafted Villanueva this morning. She will be listed on the Dharma Beats 2010 season roster.
As the Mosaics' petition pointed out, Villanueva did not write anything that could be classified as Beat Generation literature. There is no evidence that she wrote anything at all. However, William Burroughs' common-law wife Joyce Vollmer also did not write Beat literature and few would exclude her from a listing of women related to the Beat Generation. (The Knight text assigns a chapter under the Muse section to Joan Vollmer Adams Burroughs entitled: "Calypso Stranded." Knight writes, "Joan was not an artist or writer, but Bill [Burroughs] and others credit her with being a powerful inspiration for their work." p. 49).
The role of muse is exactly the part played by Villanueva in 1955 and 1956 when Beat writer Jack Kerouac lived in Mexico City. His short novel, Tristessa published in 1960 was inspired by Villanueva.
While her Beat Generation affiliation is secure, what connection does Villanueva have to baseball? None (that we are able to document.) Whether she ever saw objects related to Kerouac's baseball "Summer Game" which included notebooks and team cards that he had with him in Mexico is also not known.
Michael Jackson Will Own Dragons
In a complex arrangement between current Delta Dragon team owner, John Lee Hooker, team field manager Janis Joplin and team general manager Noah Lampert, the team will be sold on February 11, 2010 to Michael Jackson by Janis Joplin who will purchase the team from Hooker on December 31, 2009. Hooker will depart the scene entirely, and Joplin and Lampert will switch roles with Joplin becoming the general manager and Lampert becoming the team's field manager.
2009 Shrine Inductees
On July 19, The Baseball Reliquary will host its 11th annual Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day ceremonies at the Pasadena Central Library in Pasadena, CA. This year's inductees are Steve Dalkowski, Jim Eisenreich and Roger Maris.
The Baseball Reliquary, founded in 1996 by Terry Cannon, is a nonprofit educational entity. The Baseball Reliquary's primary mission is to "foster an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its interaction with American culture..." Passionate about its mission the Baseball Reliquary helps foster the appreciation of baseball with exhibits that include information about the "Ty Cobb Humanitarian Award." If that seems oxymoronic, click the trophy graphic on the left.
One of the Baseball Reliquary's more intriguing artifacts is a box of one dozen baseballs autographed by Mother Teresa. The sacred baseballs were donated to the Reliquary by federal law enforcement authorities who participated in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Operation Bullpen" in 2000 which targeted the fraudulent memorabilia industry.
June 29, 2009
Madoff Sentence Will Not Impact Debentures
The jail sentence (150 years) given to Bernard Madoff, Ponzi schemer and pitcher for the Wall Street Debentures, will have no impact on the team or Mr. Madoff's ability to pitch for the team. It does not matter which Federal Correctional Institute the Bureau of Prisons assigns Madoff, he will be available to play for the Debentures.
(Note: Madoff has been nominated by some of his former investors to be an umpire at the CBA. If the nomination is accepted Madoff, obviously, would not be eligible to be a cosmic baseball player and the Debentures would have to take him off their roster)
Signs Beat Presidents
At the start of the ninth inning, the visiting Signs led 3-2. It had been a balanced game. But that equlibrium was exploded when Virgo led off the inning with a solo home run. Gemini bopped a blooper for a single to left and then stole second base. Libra singled deep to center. Aquarius singled deep to right scoring Gemini. Libra made a base running blunder and was thrown out trying to steal third base as Aries struck out at the plate. Leo (who already hit a home run in the third inning) got an RBI by hitting a single up the middle that scored Aquarius. Scorpio singled to left field. Reliever Arthur threw a wild pitch. Taurus singled in the fifth run of the inning. James K. Polk relieved Arthur on the mound. Polk got Cancer to fly out to center fielder Franklin Roosevelt. The Presidents manufactured one run in the bottom of the ninth and lost the game, 8-3.