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marciano-vs-jersey-joe-walcott.jpgThe Greatest Heavyweight champion of all time was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano on September 1, 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts.  He was born into an Italian American family, his father Pierino and mother Pasqualena had 5 other children beside Rocco, the two other boys Louis and Peter and three girls Alice, Concetta, and Elizabeth.  Rocky was a fighter from the age of one, when he over came a bout with pneumonia that almost took his life.  Growing up he played all the sports in school, football, baseball, basketball and he even worked out with homemade weightlifting equipment, including a heavy bag made from a postal sack.  He dropped out of school after the tenth grade to go to work doing everything from shoe salesman to ditch digger to working at the Brockton Ice and Coal Company.  He was drafted into the army from 1943 to 1946 and  he helped ferry supplies across the English Channel to Normandy while stationed in Wales Read the rest of this entry »

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I remember the movie years ago but had no idea of the actual car.  No, the actual car did not fly around or have any other magical powers, except unheard of speed for that time.  The car was actually a number of 6 cylinder English racing cars built on Mercedes chassis from the 1920s.  They were built and raced by Count Louis Zborowski and his engineer Clive Gallop. Although I found no mention of this in any of the articles I read, according to History.com on this day August 23, 1922 the 23 liter car won the first Southsea Speed Carnival in England at 73.1 mph.  The articles have a great deal more information, with pictures and tell of the rich history of these race cars, including speeds a lot faster than the 73.1 mph mentioned above.  I can see by the antics of Zboorowski’s team like a wood stove chimney cap on the top of the exhaust pipe (photo in article) may have inspired Ian Fleming to write the novel that led to the movie and musical.  The name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the movie was said to have come from the noise the car made.  In reality it is thought that it comes from a World War I song about Officers based in France that would get a weekend pass or “chit” that they would use to visit Paris and “enjoy the favors of the ladies”, hence “Chitty Bang Bang.”  Brooklands Society, British Motor Manufacturers, British Motor Manufacturers Higham Special, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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babe-ruth.jpgName: George Herman Ruth, Jr.  Born: Februraty 6, 1895, Baltimore, Maryland  Died: This Day August 16, 1948, New York  Cemetery: Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York  Height: 6’2”  Weight: 215ibs.  Nicknames: The Babe, The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Home Run King  Batted: Left Handed, used a custom built Louisville Slugger model R-43 length 36” weight42oz  Threw: Left Handed  Positions: Outfeild, Pitcher, First Base  Teams: 1914-1919 Boston Red Sox, 1920-1934 New York Yankees, 1935 Boston Braves  Jersey Number: 3 Retired by the NewYork Yankees June 13, 1948  Married: Helen Woodford 1919-1929, Claire hodgson 1929-1948  Children: Dorothy, adopted with Helen, Julia Claires daughter whom Babe adopted  Some Hobbies of The Babe: Golf, Hunting, Fishing, Bowling and Travel

714 home runs stood for 39 years till Arron on Opening Day hit 715 in 1974

Prior to Babe Ruth leaving Boston for New York, The Red Sox had won five of the first 15 World Series.  Call it what you will.

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Babe Ruth

Buy the Ball at top $16,650.00,

or Buy this Ball for $35,000.10………………………………….

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Wow, I am speechless!  At night when I put my post together for the next day, I will find a few things that I think are interesting.  It may be the birthday or anniversary of something or someone or it may be something that I read.  When I saw that on this day August 15, 1947 Ferrari made it’s racing debut, I thought it was worth looking into.  When I opened this super cars site and saw this car, the 1947 Ferrari 125 Sport, starring back at me,  I almost…… We will leave it there. I always have been a big fan of the early Corvette and especially the 356 Porsche Speedster (Bathtub), but this, now this is a CAR!  If you ever click on a link on my site, this is the one to click.  I will even post it again HERE.  Enjoy!

jesseowens.jpgSpeaking of sick cult leaders, no conversation or article would be complete on this subject without mentioning Adolph Hitler, who ironically was hosting the Olympics in Berlin on this day August 9, 1936 when  Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal. 

Jesse Owens, the son of a black sharecropper from Alabama stole the show when he won his fourth gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay, after winning gold medals in his three individual events.  The fact that three other black Americans also won did little to please Hitler, but the applause from the German crowds for Owens was thunderous.  In 1935 at the Big Track and Field Championships, Owens equaled or set world records in four events, the 100 and 220-yard dashes, 200-yard low hurdles and the long jump. He was also credited with world marks in the 200-meter hurdles and 200-meter run.  Six world records in one afternoon, and he did it all in 45 minutes!  In 1976, Jesse was awarded the highest honor a civilian of the United States can receive. President Gerald R. Ford awarded him with the Medal of Freedom.   Several years later at the age of 66, Jesse Owens died on March 31, 1980.  Jesse Owens Official website.