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1947. Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. That year, the Yankees creamed the Dodgers and won the World Series.
Tickets to a game cost a buck. Salary for star player Hank Greenberg — $55,000. And the greatest all-timer on the Yankee mound then was Oklahoma’s right-hander Allie Reynolds. Nicknamed “Superchief” because of his Muscogee ancestry, in ’51 super pitcher Allie pitched two no-hitters. The first was against his previous team, the Cleveland Indians.
That was then. Today, it’s Corey Scott Kluber, 35. From Alabama, raised in Texas, lives in Massachusetts, only recently in pinstripes, he signed for about $11 million yet had performance coach Eric Cressey “skeptical.” Reason? Injuries had sidelined this guy nearly two full seasons.
Fellow pinstripers don’t know him well. They know only he has a wife named Amanda, three kids and the 411 is he’s a “good boy.” They say he’s “steady.” Has an “even keel.” They know he nixed the Red Sox to play for the Yanks.
So what did this newie and his teammates do after his big stunning no-hitter Yankee win last week? Nothing. They did nothing. No big party. No hallelujah. No nothing. Why? COVID.
P.S. Here’s one for Ripley. That very day — Wednesday, May 19 — was Yankees president Randy Levine and his wife’s 30th wedding anniversary.
That morning, asked what she’d like for a present, Mindy’s exact word for word answer: “All I want is a no-hitter.”
Just for laughs
Jean Kim, who recently spoke up against Scott Stringer, spoke up again last weekend. This time for laughs.
The drumbeating was for a night of comedy. As in, a funny thing happened to me on the way to wherever … Wednesday, May 19, 8 p.m, she announced she’s hosting a comedy group. Doing p.r. on Zoom, she ID’d herself as a stand-up comic and booker for what promised to be a night with a large load of jokes. Cell number and Internet connection were given.
She said: “Hi, everyone! We’ve been running the online pandemic Gladys Comedy Party for 15 months. It’s been a lifeline and mental de-stressor for the comic community. I’m hosting the online Gladys Comedy Party show tonight! Bring a cocktail, beer and escape with online giggles and laughs tonight! We have a funny lineup of comics including special guests Marla Schultz, Jordon Ferber and Jesse Gambino! Hope to see you tonight!” Love, Jean Kim.
Don’t Chuck the day job
Schumer’s Times Square shtick Friday, saying he’s reviving stalled shows — and stalled actors — may develop into the Senate Majority Leader and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber doing some ongoing singing duo. Just for p.r. Chuck loves to sing. I heard him. He should not quit his day job — and only if we can use Pelousy for a drum … And, the New York Historical Society’s honoring our late Katharine Graham, who back in glory days owned the Washington Post. Lally Weymouth, who is part of that family, is hosting a VIP party.
At Benjamin’s Steakhouse, a Park Avenue lady told manager Mario she’d bought special one-of-a-kind candlesticks from the old original E. 60’s Le Cirque restaurant. In those days it fed VIPs, presidents, stars and kings, and she said she was thrilled to get these antique expensive auction treasures because the stems were handcrafted figurines of monkeys. Once home, she carefully lifted them from the protective wrapping. And then — she said — she probably could’ve grabbed the whole pair for $25 at some crappy local gift shop. Each underside read “Made in China.”
Question: Xerox and Wurlitzer — could they make reproductive organs?
Asked only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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