Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More Street Music

If you know me, I always love to stop and listen to street music. Performers (or just regular people) who brighten my day as I walk by or stop and listen for a minute. I always try to give them a buck or two for making my day a little more cheery:

And my total favorite that I have seen recently:

Monday, February 19, 2018

Lands End Hike

Lands End is one of the most stunning and interesting walks you will ever take in San Francisco. I started at the Legion of Honor Museum and walked the coastal trail and ended up at Ocean Beach. It is a trail that must be visited by all:

I was trying to be artsy here

Your reward when you are done after a mile-and-half walk of the twisty trail is Ocean Beach:

The Lands End Hike is one of the most stunning and beautiful hikes you will ever have in life.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Music Monday: Some (Unofficial) Olympic Sports Theme Songs

Music Monday: Just having some fun with the Olympics as here are some fun theme (not official) for some of the sports:

This was the official theme song of the torch relay:

Here is a song for my favorite sport-Curling:

Freestyle Skiing/Snowboarding:

Luge and Skeleton:

Ski Jumping:

All Speed Skating:

Hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful Monday.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Lunar New Year-Celebrating the Year of the Dog

February 16th marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year in the Chinese calendar. In 2018, we are celebrating the Year of the Dog (the images I shot are  from -indoors-San Francisco Main Public Library and outside Portsmouth Square-San Francisco):

See all of these masks in Portsmouth Square (in the heart of Chinatown) in San Francisco was really cool:

Wishing everyone peace and happiness in the New Lunar Year:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The African-American Experience in Baseball

The San Francisco Main Library has an on-going exhibit called "A Game of Color", it is about the African-American Experience in Baseball. The exhibit covers over 50 years of African-Americans in professional. It starts with the founding of the Negro Leagues in 1920 and it goes through the heyday of African-Americans in the majors in 1960's and 1970's:

Ball signed by Negro League legend and Baseball HOFer Buck Leonard
Art work celebrating Baseball HOFer Judy Johnson and Toni Stone. Stone became the first female to play in the Negro Leagues when she played for the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953.

A signed photo of Baseball HOFer "Pop" Lloyd
Artwork celebrating the greatest catcher in the Negro Leagues and baseball HOFer Josh Gibson. Some say that Gibson was the greatest catcher ever

Signed ball by Baseball HOFer Leon day and signed spikes by HOFer Monte Irvin. Irvin was one of the first players called up to majors after Jackie Robinson re-integrated the majors in 1947
Signed ball baseball HOFer James "Cool Papa" Bell
Barnstorming was a way of life for players to make some extra money or to just keep getting a paycheck from baseball:

The Zulu Cannibal Giants were a barnstorming team who decorated their faces with African tribal paint, played shirtless wearing only grass skirts and played barefoot. They used special bats that resembled Ethiopian war clubs. The played from 1934 through 1937

The Ethiopian Clowns became the Indianapolis Clowns (more on their most famous player in a bit) and were the last Negro League team to disband as they played exhibition games until the 1980's

On May 1st 1884, Moses "Fleetwood" Walker played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association which was major league at that time. He became the first openly black player to play in the majors (William White, had a played a major league game five years earlier but he passed for white). On September 1st, 1884, he played his last game in the majors and the door to organized baseball was closed to other African- Americans until 1947 when Jackie Robinson made his way to the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers:

A ball signed by baseball HOFer Larry Doby. Doby was called up by the Cleveland Indians in July of 1947 and became the first African-American in the American League

By the early 1950's Negro League teams were starting to die off and the only way they could make money was buy selling their best players to major league teams:

Willie Mays 1948 Birmingham Black Barons jersey
Hank Aaron's 1952 Indianapolis Clowns jersey. Aaron who retired from the majors in 1976 was the last active Negro League player active

Balls signed by Hank Aaron (front) and Ernie Banks (back)
Even though African-Americans started to play in the majors, there were some other breakthroughs in the game:

The American League patch of umpire Emmett Ashford who was the first African-American umpire when he was hired in 1966

The media guide of 1975 Cleveland Indians with the first African-American manager-Frank Robinson
As usual, the San Francisco Public Library did an amazing job in presenting this exhibit. It was amazing to see and learn about the African-American Experience in Baseball.