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August 31 2009
The Regulated Season Winds Down
With six games left in the regulated season the Dharma Beats have secured the top spot and will be the best cosmic team of the 2009 season. The Astronomical Planets, a rookie non-humanoid team will be the second best team this season.
The Regulated Season ends September 7 (Labor Day) and the 2009 Cosmic Universal Series between the Beats and the Planets will begin on November 26 (Thanksgiving Day).
Rumors are already spreading about which team or teams will be deactivated and there is also a lot of chatter about which players will be gone by the start of the 2010 season (on March 15, 2010.)
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.