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Sinatras @ Kerouacs


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Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack and Jack Kerouac's Beat Generation represented two shades of masculinity in the 1950s. Their audiences were different. For the popular culture, Sinatra was a playboy and Kerouac was a rebel. In between the two camps, were the squares. Both offered alternative lifestyles in the homogenous 1950s, specifically to men.

Sinatra was seven years older than Kerouac. Both were highly influenced by their Catholic families and their dominant mothers. Sinatra achieved more worldly and material success than Kerouac who died nearly 30 years before Sinatra.

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Playboy Magazine served as a forum for the rival views of "manhood." The magazine's philosophy made the coexistence uneasy. As this game's official scorer, Barbara Ehrenreich, has written,
Playboy's assault on the Beats was complicated by an ill-concealed sense of rivalry. In his endlessly prolix series on 'The Playboy Philosophy,' [Hugh] Hefner grudgingly acknowledged the Beats as fellow rebels against conformity. He implied, however, that they were faint-hearted allies: '...modern-day nihilists for whom it was enough, apparently, to flout and deny.' While the Beats dropped wearily from the line of march, the playboys had gone on tearing ahead. The difference, he argued, was that the playboys were ambitious; they wanted clothes, cars, fancy girls and they had the energy to get them." (Barbara Ehrenreich, The Hearts of Men. Anchor Press. New York. 1983. Pages 60-61)

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The Sinatras
Natalina Sinatra
Mother
First Base
Nancy Barbato
First Wife
Right Field
Ava Gardner
Second Wife
Center Field
Frank Sinatra Jr
Son
Third Base
Mia Farrow
Third Wife
Left Field
Nancy Sinatra Jr
Daughter
Second Base
Tina Sinatra
Daughter
Short Stop
Anthony Sinatra
Father
Catcher
Frank Sinatra
Singer/Actor (1915-1998)
Pitcher
The Kerouacs
Leo Kerouac
Father
Short Stop
Gabrielle Kerouac
Mother
Center Field
Stella Kerouac
Third Wife
Left Field
Joan Haverty
Second Wife
Right Field
Edie Parker
First Wife
Catcher
Caroline Kerouac
Sister
Second Base
Beatrice Kozera
Lover
First Base
Esperanza Villanueva
Lover
Third Base
Jack Kerouac
Writer/Poet (1922-1969)
Pitcher

Both Sinatra and Kerouac were baseball fans at a time when it was the national pastime.

Sinatra organized a softball team in Hollywood that included Anthony Quinn and others, including cheerleaders, like Ava Gardner.

Kerouac played baseball on the fields in and around Lowell, Massachusetts and while attending the Horace Mann prep school in New York. Kerouac also created an original baseball league which simulated game events. He would use the baseball batting average statistic to keep track of his own writing production.

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Sinatra's album Come Fly with Me was released shortly after the publication of Kerouac's novel On The Road.

Sinatra's album jubilantly invited the world to ''come fly with me'' to exotic realms in a never-ending party. (Source: New York Times).

Kerouac's novel found it's goofs on the road while looking for the mad ones "the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved."


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     Inn. 1: Sinatras
[Starter] Jack Kerouac
NSinatra        6-3        . . .
NBarbato        8          . . .
AGardner        7          . . .
     Inn. 1: Kerouacs
[Starter] Frank Sinatra
LKerouac        BB         . . X
GKerouac        K          . . X
SKerouac        E-5        X . X
JHaverty        K          X . X
EParker         7          X . X
     Inn. 2: Sinatras
FSinatraJr      2B/E-7     X . .
MFarrow         6-3        X . .
NSinatraJr      6-3        . . . 1
TSinatra        7          . . .
     Inn. 2: Kerouacs
CKerouac        1B         . . X
BKozera         1B         . X X
EVillanueva     BB         X X X
JKerouac        1B         X X X 1
LKerouac        6-4-3 DP   X . . 1
GKerouac        4-3        X . .
     Inn. 3: Sinatras
ASinatra        9          . . .
FSinatra        K          . . .
NSinatra        9          . . .
     Inn. 3: Kerouacs
SKerouac        BB         . . X
JHaverty        1B         . X X
EParker         7          . X X
CKerouac        2          . X X
BKozera         K          . X X
     Inn. 4: Sinatras
NBarbato        7          . . .
AGardner        HR         . . . 1
FSinatraJr      1B         . . X
MFarrow         E-6        . X X
NSinatraJr      E-1        X X X
TSinatra        6-4 F      X . X 1
ASinatra        9          X . X
     Inn. 4: Kerouacs
EVillanueva     E-1        . . X
JKerouac        1          . . X
LKerouac        5-4 F      . . X
GKerouac        8          . . X
     Inn. 5: Sinatras
FSinatra        4-3        . . .
NSinatra        1B         . . X
NBarbato        6          . . X
AGardner        K          . . X
     Inn. 5: Kerouacs
SKerouac        E-4        . . X
JHaverty        6/E-4      . X X
EParker         1B         X X X
CKerouac        8 SACF     . X X 1
BKozera         1B/E-7     X X . 1
EVillanueva     6-3        X X .
JKerouac        K          X X .
     Inn. 6: Sinatras
FSinatraJr      E-6        . . X
MFarrow         5-3        . X .
NSinatraJr      E-4        X . X
TSinatra        5-3 SAC    X X .
ASinatra        1B         . . X 2
FSinatra        6-3        . X .
     Inn. 6: Kerouacs
LKerouac        1B         . . X
GKerouac        6-4-3 DP   . . .
SKerouac        7          . . .
     Inn. 7: Sinatras
NSinatra        8          . . .
NBarbato        5-3        . . .
AGardner        K          . . .
     Inn. 7: Kerouacs
JHaverty        7          . . .
EParker         4          . . .
CKerouac        E-5        . . X
BKozera         6-3        . X .
     Inn. 8: Sinatras
FSinatraJr      K          . . .
MFarrow         8          . . .
NSinatraJr      E-6        . . X
TSinatra        E-6        . X X
ASinatra        K          . X X
     Inn. 8: Kerouacs
EVillanueva     K          . . .
JKerouac        7          . . .
LKerouac        2B         . X .
GKerouac        E-4/E-9    . X . 1
SKerouac        5-3        . X .
     Inn. 9: Sinatras
FSinatra        5          . . .
NSinatra        1-3        . . .
NBarbato        7          . . .
     Inn. 9: Kerouacs
JHaverty        4-3        . . .
EParker         8          . . .
CKerouac        BB         . . X
BKozera         5-3        . X .
     Inn. 10: Sinatras
AGardner        BB         . . X
FSinatraJr      2-3 SAC    . X .
MFarrow         1B         X . X
NSinatraJr      3-1        X X .
TSinatra        1B         X . X 1
ASinatra        K          X . X
     Inn. 10: Kerouacs
EVillanueva     6-3        . . .
JKerouac        4-3        . . .
LKerouac        6-3        . . .

Sinatras Win Game, 6-5

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GAME DATE March 12, 2015
GAME TIME 3 hours, 12 minutes
GAME WEATHER Overcast, 49o F
Wind NE 8mph
GAME UMPIRES Hillary Clinton

Shaun Harrison

Charles Stango

GAME MCP
Most Cosmic Player
Tina Sinatra
OFFICIAL SCORER Barbara Ehrenreich
GAME ANNOUNCER Hugh Hefner
This game saw hedonism from two sides: material hedonism and spiritual hedonism. The fact that Tina Sinatra won the game for her team, points to the fact that in America, in the 1950s and beyond, materialism, abetted by marketing and its science of advertising wins the game.

"[W]e'd pursued a handful of licensing deals: a gourmet pasta sauce...a series of musical collections with the Franklin Mint, . My favorite was the Frank Sinatra Neckwear Collection..." (Tina Sinatra, My Father's Daughter. Simon & Schuster. New York: 2000. Page 215.)

As usual Kerouac helped his own case with a good complete game pitching performance that included 6 strikeouts. Only 3 of the Sinatra's runs were earned. And Kerouac had an RBI hit.

The unusually high number of fielding errors in this game is suggestive of the problems that occur when materialism and spiritualism meet.

This game is also part of the CBA's
Frank Sinatra Centennial Series
03112015124523

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