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Ava Gardner Films @ Frank Sinatra Songs

A Cosmic Baseball Game

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

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Frank Sinatra met Ava Gardner in 1949 at the Palm Springs home of Hollywood studio executive Daryl Zanuck. Gardner's star was rising, Sinatra's was faltering. They clicked immediately, despite the fact that Sinatra was already married (to first wife Nancy). "His voice had gone. The bobby-soxers had moved on. His career had nosedived. Mine was on the up..." (Ava Gardner, The Secret Conversations. Peter Evans and Ava Gardner. Simon & Schuster. New York: 2013. Page 178.)

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Gardner became Sinatra's second wife in November 1951. Frank was Ava's third and last husband. He was 36, she was 28. They got married in November 1951 and divorced in July 1957.

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Ava Gardner Films

The Killers (1946) Short Stop
Singapore (1947) Third Base
Show Boat (1951) Left Field
Lone Star (1952) Center Field
Mogambo (1953) Catcher
On The Beach (1959) Right Field
The Angel Wore Red (1960) First Base
Night of the Iguana (1964) Second Base
Seven Days In May (1964) Pitcher

Frank Sinatra Songs

Fly Me To The Moon (first recorded 1964) First Base
New York New York (1979) Right Field
Come Fly With Me (1957) Center Field
Under My Skin (1956) Third Base
Buds Wont Bud (1940) Left Field
I'll Take Tallulah (1942) Second Base
Bang Bang (1973) Short Stop
My Way (1969) Catcher
Full Moon Empty Arms (1945) Pitcher

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Frank Sinatra was Ava Gardner's greatest love. And vice versa. In late 1949 they "became lovers forever- eternally...I truly felt that no matter what happened we would always be in love." (Ava Gardenr, My Story. 1990. p.125)

But not always together. It was a passionate and tumultuous affair. But the well-documented affair fell short of pure love. There was considerable detritus. For example, jealousy consumed the lovers.

Sinatra was the crooning lover and Gardner was the seductive loved one.

"Ava was very romantic, a strange romantic creature. The things she did were not those of an ordinary person. ..[After the divorce] she was still very close to Frank Sinatra. She still had the greatest praise for him, and she would do something I found to be extraordinary. She would put one of his records on and have a private talk with him...She would have a talk with the record itself. It was something almost mystical. It was really something to see." (Claude Terrail as quoted in Ava Gardner- 'Love is Nothing' by Lee Server. New York: St. Martin's Press. 2006. Page 404-405)

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     Inn. 1: AvaGardnerFilms
[Starter] FullMoonEmptyArms
TheKillers        BB         . . X
Singapore         7          . . X
ShowBoat          6-4-3 DP   . . .
     Inn. 1: FrankSinatraSongs
[Starter] SevenDaysInMay
FlyMeToTheMoon    7          . . .
NewYorkNewYork    4-3        . . .
ComeFlyWithMe     6-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: AvaGardnerFilms
LoneStar          7          . . .
Mogambo           4          . . .
OnTheBeach        1-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: FrankSinatraSongs
UnderMySkin       8          . . .
BudsWontBud       E-6        . . X
*SB:BudsWontBud   SB         . X .
IllTakeTallulah   6-3        . X .
BangBang          BB         . X X
                  WP         X X .
MyWay             1B         . . X 2
FullMoonEmptyArms 5-4 F      . . X
     Inn. 3: AvaGardnerFilms
TheAngelWoreRed   7          . . .
NightoftheIguana  1B         . . X
SevenDaysInMay    1-3 SAC    . X .
TheKillers        6-3        . X .
     Inn. 3: FrankSinatraSongs
FlyMeToTheMoon    4-3        . . .
NewYorkNewYork    9          . . .
ComeFlyWithMe     BB         . . X
UnderMySkin       K          . . X
     Inn. 4: AvaGardnerFilms
Singapore         1B         . . X
ShowBoat          6-4 F      . . X
LoneStar          1B         . X X
Mogambo           BB         X X X
OnTheBeach        1B         X X X 1
TheAngelWoreRed   1B         X X X 1
NightoftheIguana  E-7        X X . 2
SevenDaysInMay    5 (Foul)   X X .
TheKillers        7          X X .
     Inn. 4: FrankSinatraSongs
BudsWontBud       1B         . . X
IllTakeTallulah   BB         . X X
BangBang          9          . X X
MyWay             1B         . X X 1
FullMoonEmptyArms 1-3 SAC    X X .
FlyMeToTheMoon    6-3        X X .
     Inn. 5: AvaGardnerFilms
Singapore         2B         . X .
                  PB         X . .
ShowBoat          BB         X . X
LoneStar          1B         . X X 1
Mogambo           BB         X X X
OnTheBeach        5-2 FO     X X X
TheAngelWoreRed   7 SACF     . X X 1
NightoftheIguana  5          . X X
     Inn. 5: FrankSinatraSongs
NewYorkNewYork    8          . . .
ComeFlyWithMe     E-6        . . X
UnderMySkin       E-3        X . X
BudsWontBud       1B         . X X 1
IllTakeTallulah   4-6-3 DP   X . .
     Inn. 6: AvaGardnerFilms
SevenDaysInMay    1B         . . X
X@2:SevenDaysInMayCS 2-6     . . .
TheKillers        5-3        . . .
Singapore         1B         . . X
ShowBoat          5-4 F      . . X
     Inn. 6: FrankSinatraSongs
BangBang          5-3        . . .
MyWay             5-3        . . .
FullMoonEmptyArms K          . . .
     Inn. 7: AvaGardnerFilms
LoneStar          8          . . .
Mogambo           8          . . .
OnTheBeach        K          . . .
     Inn. 7: FrankSinatraSongs
FlyMeToTheMoon    1B/E-9     . X .
NewYorkNewYork    4-3        X . .
ComeFlyWithMe     5 (Foul)   X . .
UnderMySkin       4-3        X . .
     Inn. 8: AvaGardnerFilms
TheAngelWoreRed   5-3        . . .
NightoftheIguana  1B         . . X
SevenDaysInMay    HBP        . X X
TheKillers        K          . X X
Singapore         6-3        X X .
     Inn. 8: FrankSinatraSongs
BudsWontBud       4          . . .
IllTakeTallulah   2B         . X .
BangBang          5-3        . X .
MyWay             E-5        . . X 1
FullMoonEmptyArms 8          . . X
     Inn. 9: AvaGardnerFilms
ShowBoat          7          . . .
LoneStar          7          . . .
Mogambo           5-3        . . .
     Inn. 9: FrankSinatraSongs
FlyMeToTheMoon    1B         . . X
NewYorkNewYork    3-1 SAC    . X .
ComeFlyWithMe     9          . X .
UnderMySkin       6-3        . X .

Ava Gardner Films WIN, 6-5

"The last time I saw Ava, at her London flat, she seemed frail and weary. Her beauty had faded, but not her feelings for my father, which spilled over in my presence. I could tell that she still loved him-- that his adoration was thoroughly mutual. " (Tina Sinatra, My Father's Daughter. New York, Simon & Schuster: 2000. Page 214)

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GAME DATE February 22, 2015
GAME TIME 2 hours, 52 minutes
GAME WEATHER Cloudy, 57o F
Wind NNE 12mph
GAME UMPIRES Claude Charron

Winona Ryder

Tila Tequila

GAME MCP
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The Angel Wore Red
1960

OFFICIAL SCORER Artie Shaw

GAME ANNOUNCER Mickey Rooney

End Notes

Frank Sinatra first met Ava Gardner when she was married to Mickey Rooney.
I was with Mickey in the studio commissary Frank came to our table -- Jesus , he was like a god in those days, if gods can be sexy. A cocky god, he reeked of sex...He was a terrible flirt. He couldn't help it. (Source: Ava Gardner, The Secret Conversations. Peter Evans and Ava Gardner. Simon & Schuster. New York: 2013. Page 223.)

"She told me that she never loved another man as much as she loved Frank." (Arlene Dahl quoted in People Magazine, Vol. 33 No. 6: February 12, 1990)

"She would have liked things to have worked out with Sinatra" (Spoli Mills as quoted in Ava Gardner- 'Love is Nothing' by Lee Server. New York: St. Martin's Press. 2006. Page 463)

"[Ava] worked with the writer Peter Evans on an autobiography. She told Evans much about Frank [Sinatra] that was fond. Asked whether he had been the love of her life , though, she said, 'I can't say really, no. No.' She said she had loved all three of her husbands equally." (Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, Sinatra: The Life. New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2005. Page 371)

"Miss G [Ava Gardner] was the one great love of [Frank Sinatra's] life" (George Jacobs as quoted in His Way- The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra by Kitty Kelley. New York: Bantam Books. 1986. Page 169)

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