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  • Fred shared from King of the World: Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick
    In Elijah Muhammad, he found a father substitute, a gnomish font of wisdom and magic who sat on plastic-covered couches and explained the world of black goodness and white evil. Elijah Muhammad, however, was deeply ambivalent about Clay at first; the Nation of Islam regarded boxing as no better than drinking, a worthless indulgence performed for the merriment of white men.
    Note: Noteworthy.
  • Fred shared from King of the World: Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick
    “The Sixties’ were full of foolishness. The drugs were stupid and the hare-krishna wisdom-of-the-East nonsense was stupid and the Vietnam War was the most stupid thing of all. But in amongst all the stupidity was courage that changed the world, feminist courage, the courage of the civil-rights movement, and the courage of Muhammad Ali, and so the lesson we learned from “the Sixties,” if we weren’t too stoned to learn it, was that it was possible, by one’s own personal, direct actions, to bend the universe to your will, and remake society, improve it, give it better music, higher ideals,...
    Note: Just starting Remnick's Ali book.
  • Fred shared from Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell
    This kind of belonging brooks no alternatives. “When I’m listening to a game, there is nothing that annoys me as much as somebody who clearly doesn’t care coming up to me and smiling and saying ‘How’s it going?’” Don says, “How’s it going! Why, don’t they understand that for a real fan it’s always a matter of suffering and ecstasy? What we’re involved with here is exaltation!”
    Note: The life of a true sport fanatic.
  • Fred shared from Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell
    The other true first, for me and perhaps for everyone there, was the moment in the eighth inning when Yankee catcher Thurman Munson and third baseman Graig Nettles, converging on a bunt by Jorge Orta, made simultaneous bare-handed grabs at the ball and came up holding hands.
    Note: What a mental picture.
  • Fred shared from Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell
    IT WEIGHS JUST OVER five ounces and measures between 2.86 and 2.94 inches in diameter. It is made of a composition-cork nucleus encased in two thin layers of rubber, one black and one red, surrounded by 121 yards of tightly wrapped blue-gray wool yarn, 45 yards of white wool yarn, 53 more yards of blue-gray wool yarn, 150 yards of fine cotton yarn, a coat of rubber cement, and a cowhide (formerly horsehide) exterior, which is held together with 216 slightly raised red cotton stitches.
    Note: February 18, 2016. Pitchers and catchers report. 12 days to Spring Training.
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Fred Lugar