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The List 5126 TGB

To All,

I hope that your week has started well



Today in Naval History

October 22

1846 Lavinia Fanning Watson of Philadelphia christens the sloop-of-war Germantown, the first U.S. Navy ship to be sponsored by a woman.

1862 The screw frigate Wabash provides artillery support for Union infantry troops at the Battle of Pocotaligo, S.C. One of the gun crew, who was seriously injured, was Ordinary Seaman Oscar W. Farenholt, the first enlisted man in the Navy to reach flag rank. The battery from Wabash took part in artillery operations all along the South Atlantic coast.

1942 An amendment to a design study contract authorizes Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. to construct two 19A axial-flow turbojet powerplants. The move initiates the fabrication of the first jet engine of wholly U.S. design.

1942 The destroyers USS Mahan (DD 364) and USS Lamson (DD 367) sink the Japanese gunboat Hakkaisan Maru southwest of Tamana.

1951 The first detonation, Able, takes place in the Operation Buster-Jangle nuclear tests. Uncle, the last of the seven tests, is detonated Nov. 29. Navy and Marine Corps observers and 3rd Marines take part in this Department of Defense operation.

1962 President John F. Kennedy orders a surface blockade of Cuba to prevent Soviet offensive weapons from reaching Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. By forcefully employing U.S. naval forces, President John F. Kennedy is able to achieve his strategic objectives and deal with a dangerous and well-armed Soviet Union without war.

1972 The Navy Counselor (NC) rating is established to assist in managing retention and augmenting recruiting with subject matter experts in the all-volunteer force. The rating is not open to first-term enlistees due to depth of the Navy's organization, and only second and first class petty officers are accepted to join the rate.

1988 On this day, the USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is re-commissioned. This is the first time all four Iowa-class battleships are operational since 1958.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• The Telegraph reported on China's growing aggression in the South China Sea from an embark aboard USS Ronald Reagan as the carrier conducted drills off the coast of the Philippines last month.

• Breaking Defense reports that a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B squadron will deploy aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth's maiden voyage in 2021.

• President Trump stated Monday that he intends to keep a small number of troops in northeast Syria to protect oil fields in the region, reports the Wall Street Journal.

• Department of the Navy Chief Learning Officer, John Kroger, lays out top ten takeaways from Education for Seapower Report.

Today in History October 22


Charles Martel of Gaul dies at Quiezy. His mayoral power is divided between his two sons, Pepin III and Carloman.


Princeton University, in New Jersey, receives its charter.


The first successful parachute descent is made by Andre-Jacqes Garnerin, who jumps from a balloon at some 2,200 feet over Paris.


The Tennessee Legislature adjourns ending David "Davy" Crockett's state political career.


Sam Houston sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.


Union troops push 5,000 confederates out of Maysbille, Ark., at the Second Battle of Pea Ridge.


Spain declares war on the Moors in Morocco.


Ringling Brothers buys Barnum & Bailey.


U.S. places economic support behind Allies.


The cities of Baltimore and Washington run out of coffins during the "Spanish Inflenza" epidemic.


Chester Carlson invents the photocopier. He tries to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they see no use for a gadget that makes nothing but copies.


As a result of the Geneva accords granting Communist control over North Vietnam, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes a crash program to train the South Vietnamese Army.


The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight.


U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade on further shipment of military equipment to Cuba. Following a confrontation that threatens nuclear war, Kennedy and Khrushchev agree on October 28 on a formula to end the crisis. On November 2 Kennedy reports that Soviet missile bases in Cuba are being dismantled.


Jean Paul Satre declines the Nobel Prize for Literature.


The Soviet Union launches Luna 12 for orbit around the moon


Operation Linebacker I, the bombing of North Vietnam with B-52 bombers, ends.


Papal inauguration of Pope John Paul II; born Karol Jozef Wojtyla. The Polish-born Wojtyla was the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI died in 1523; he would become the second-longest serving pope in the history of the Papacy and exercise considerable influence on events of the later portion of the 20th century.


The US Federal Labor Relations authority decertified the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) from representing federal air traffic controllers, as a result of a PATCO strike in August that was broken by the Reagan Administration.


Maurice Papon, formerly an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity for his role in deporting more than 1,600 Jews to concentration camps.


Tropical Storm Alpha forms, making 2005 the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.



October 22
JFK's address on Cuban Missile Crisis shocks the nation

In a televised speech of extraordinary gravity, President John F. Kennedy announces on October 22, 196 that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba. These missile sites—under construction but nearing completion—housed medium-range missiles capable of striking a number of major cities in the United States, including Washington, D.C. Kennedy announced that he was ordering a naval "quarantine" of Cuba to prevent Soviet ships from transporting any more offensive weapons to the island and explained that the United States would not tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place. The president made it clear that America would not stop short of military action to end what he called a "clandestine, reckless, and provocative threat to world peace."

What is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis actually began on October 15, 1962—the day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing U-2 spy plane data discovered that the Soviets were building medium-range missile sites in Cuba. The next day, President Kennedy secretly convened an emergency meeting of his senior military, political, and diplomatic advisers to discuss the ominous development. The group became known as ExCom, short for Executive Committee. After rejecting a surgical air strike against the missile sites, ExCom decided on a naval quarantine and a demand that the bases be dismantled and missiles removed. On the night of October 22, Kennedy went on national television to announce his decision. During the next six days, the crisis escalated to a breaking point as the world tottered on the brink of nuclear war between the two superpowers.

On October 23, the quarantine of Cuba began, but Kennedy decided to give Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev more time to consider the U.S. action by pulling the quarantine line back 500 miles. By October 24, Soviet ships en route to Cuba capable of carrying military cargoes appeared to have slowed down, altered, or reversed their course as they approached the quarantine, with the exception of one ship—the tanker Bucharest. At the request of more than 40 nonaligned nations, U.N. Secretary-General U Thant sent private appeals to Kennedy and Khrushchev, urging that their governments "refrain from any action that may aggravate the situation and bring with it the risk of war." At the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. military forces went to DEFCON 2, the highest military alert ever reached in the postwar era, as military commanders prepared for full-scale war with the Soviet Union.

On October 25, the aircraft carrier USS Essex and the destroyer USS Gearing attempted to intercept the Soviet tanker Bucharest as it crossed over the U.S. quarantine of Cuba. The Soviet ship failed to cooperate, but the U.S. Navy restrained itself from forcibly seizing the ship, deeming it unlikely that the tanker was carrying offensive weapons. On October 26, Kennedy learned that work on the missile bases was proceeding without interruption, and ExCom considered authorizing a U.S. invasion of Cuba. The same day, the Soviets transmitted a proposal for ending the crisis: The missile bases would be removed in exchange for a U.S. pledge not to invade Cuba.

The next day, however, Khrushchev upped the ante by publicly calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile bases in Turkey under pressure from Soviet military commanders. While Kennedy and his crisis advisers debated this dangerous turn in negotiations, a U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba, and its pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson, was killed. To the dismay of the Pentagon, Kennedy forbid a military retaliation unless any more surveillance planes were fired upon over Cuba. To defuse the worsening crisis, Kennedy and his advisers agreed to dismantle the U.S. missile sites in Turkey but at a later date, in order to prevent the protest of Turkey, a key NATO member.

On October 28, Khrushchev announced his government's intent to dismantle and remove all offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba. With the airing of the public message on Radio Moscow, the USSR confirmed its willingness to proceed with the solution secretly proposed by the Americans the day before. In the afternoon, Soviet technicians began dismantling the missile sites, and the world stepped back from the brink of nuclear war. The Cuban Missile Crisis was effectively over. In November, Kennedy called off the blockade, and by the end of the year all the offensive missiles had left Cuba. Soon after, the United States quietly removed its missiles from Turkey.

The Cuban Missile Crisis seemed at the time a clear victory for the United States, but Cuba emerged from the episode with a much greater sense of security.The removal of antiquated Jupiter missiles from Turkey had no detrimental effect on U.S. nuclear strategy, but the Cuban Missile Crisis convinced a humiliated USSR to commence a massive nuclear buildup. In the 1970s, the Soviet Union reached nuclear parity with the United States and built intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking any city in the United States.

A succession of U.S. administrations honored Kennedy's pledge not to invade Cuba, and relations with the communist island nation situated just 80 miles from Florida remained a thorn in the side of U.S. foreign policy for more than 50 years. In 2015, officials from both nations announced the formal normalization of relations between the U.S and Cuba, which included the easing of travel restrictions and the opening of embassies and diplomatic missions in both countries.


The Revolt of the Admirals…….Then the Korean was started and the B-36 was not a player and the Aircraft Carriers were there.

Thanks to Ben

Lest we forget!

ARMED FORCES Revolt of the Admirals

With all the impressive might of a carrier strike, the U.S. Navy brought its rebellion into the open. Risking their careers, the Navy's highest-ranking officers ranged themselves in flat opposition to the declared policies of the Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and President Truman.

The outburst went far deeper than interservice bickering. Its weight made the shabby machinations and underhanded skullduggery that had preceded it seem inconsequential. The rebels were men with long and distinguished careers, among them some of the Navy's proudest names. In its impassioned power, the revolt brushed aside the Navy's civilian head [SecNav Francis Matthews] , who had blandly assured the House Armed-Services Committee that Navy morale was good and that the only dissatisfaction came from a few hotheads in the Navy's air arm. The Secretary of the Navy was treated to loud and sardonic laughter from his assembled subordinates when he protested that he knew of no "block" against naval officers' speaking their views.

Day in Court. The Navy got its full day in open court after one of its most noted fighting men did some quick footwork in the dark. Captain John Crommelin [USNA23] (who is eligible to become a rear admiral in December) charged that the Navy was "being nibbled to death in the Pentagon" by "landlocked" strategists. His blast had created only a short stir (TIME, Sept. 26). Last week, more than ever determined to get a formal investigation of his charges, Captain Crommelin took more desperate action.

Donning civilian tweeds, Crommelin [Bomb-run John] pocketed a sheaf of papers, and went downtown to get in touch with the three wire services. To each man Crommelin handed over a confidential letter to Secretary of the Navy Francis Matthews from Vice Admiral Gerald F. Bogan [USNA16, Navy Cross], Commander of the Pacific's First Task Fleet. Crommelin insisted only that his own identity be kept secret for the moment: he wanted nothing to detract from the impact of the letter itself.

Admiral Bogan had written: "The morale of the Navy is lower today than at any time since I entered the commissioned ranks in 1916 . . . The situation deteriorates with each press release." The Navy's older officers, he declared, "are fearful that the country is being, if it has not already been, sold a false bill of goods."

A forwarding endorsement by Admiral Arthur W. Radford [USNA16], Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, added: "The majority of officers in the Pacific Fleet concur . . ." Most significantly, Chief of Naval Operations Louis Denfeld [USNA12], who up to then had never raised his voice publicly against any decision of the Defense Department, had agreed and added: "Naval officers . . . are convinced that a Navy stripped of its offensive power means a nation stripped of its offensive power."

The explosion was immediate. After the Bogan-Radford-Denfeld correspondence had been spread across Page One, Captain Crommelin admitted that he had slipped the letter to the press, was promptly blasted by Secretary Matthews as "faithless, insubordinate, and disloyal" and suspended from duty.

But the Navy got its hearing before Carl Vinson's House Armed Services Committee. Matthews made a last attempt to preserve the appearance of effective unification, fostered so sedulously by Defense Secretary Louis Johnson. He insisted that Admiral Radford should not be heard in open session. It might "give aid & comfort to a potential enemy." The committee overruled him.

The Navy's Case. Next day, on Capitol Hill, in the full glare of newsreel lights. the Navy at last told what had been gnawing at its heart. Its spokesman was four-star Admiral Radford, the man naval aviators everywhere recognize as their champion, the officer who built the Navy's wartime air arm as director of aviation training, a brilliant fighting commander, and long an outspoken enemy of service unification.

The Navy's case was simple but grave: the U.S. was entrusting its defense to a "fallacious concept"—the atomic blitz, and an inadequate weapon:

the Air Force's six-engined B-36 bomber. Said Radford: "The B-36 has become, in the minds of the American people, a symbol of a theory of warfare—the atomic blitz—which promises them a cheap and easy victory if war should come."

"The B-36 Is Vulnerable." The Air Force, he said, had pictured the six-engined B-36 as flying majestically at 40,000 ft., undetected by radar, unreachable by enemy fighters. Admiral Radford flatly disputed such claims:

The B-36 would be shot down before it reached its target: "Today . . . American planes by day or by night and at all speeds and altitudes which the B-36 can operate on military missions, can locate the bomber, intercept the bomber, close on the bomber, and destroy the bomber . . . It is folly to assume that a potential enemy cannot do as well . . . The unescorted B-36 is unacceptably vulnerable."

The B-36 cannot hit its targets "Bombing at very high altitude can be effective only on targets of great area. Such targets, unless we are committed to the concept of mass area bombing of urban areas, rather than precise bombing of specific military targets, are very limited. . . The B-36 is a billion-dollar blunder."

"Bomber Generals." The scorn that Airman Radford once saved for "battleship admirals" he now turned on his fellow flyers across the fence in the Air Force. "Are we as a nation to have 'bomber generals' fighting to preserve the obsolete heavy bomber—the battleship of the air? Like its surface counterpart, its day is largely past ... In the last analysis, the B-36 is a 1941 airplane."*

Then Radford moved in to attack the whole theory of "atomic annihilation." Even if it could bring victory, which he doubted, "a war of annihilation would be politically and economically senseless . . . and morally reprehensible." Said Radford: "This basic difference of military opinion concerning the bombing blitz has been at the root of our principal troubles in unification."

"That's Sufficient." Chairman Carl Vinson peered at Radford over his glasses. Did the Navy officially endorse these views? No, said Radford, but "on the large issue involved, my feelings are shared by every senior officer, by practically every experienced officer." He began reeling off names: "Admiral Halsey [USNA04, Navy Cross], Nimitz [USNA05], King [USNA01, Navy Cross], Leahy [USNA'97, Navy Cross], Blandy [USNA13], Conolly [USNA14], Denfeld ..." "Now, that's sufficient," broke in Vinson.

It was. The list was too impressive to dismiss. Next day the Navy's top test pilot appeared to back up Radford's claims. Captain Frederick M. Trapnell, 47 [USNA23, later VADM], Commander of the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, Md., has probably flown more types of planes than any other U.S. pilot. He testified that standard Navy radar had no trouble picking up small jet fighters at 40,000 ft; that Navy fighters had made interceptions at that altitude by day and by night. Said Trapnell: "If you were to ride as an observer in a B-36 at 40,000 ft. during joint exercises, you would see Banshees diving and zooming all around you and making repeated gunnery attacks with a speed advantage of over 100 miles per hour."

The Navy was obviously itching for a test of their jet fighters against the B-36. On the witness stand Radford had suggested it. A Congressman objected: "Someone testified that the test would have no value without live ammunition. It was either Kenney [DSC] or Spaatz [USMA14, DSC]." Said Radford: "I don't believe Tooey Spaatz would make that statement."

From the press table (where he was sitting as Newsweek's military columnist), retired General Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, 58, former Air Force Chief of Staff, shouted: "Am I supposed to be a witness here?" He added: "If I didn't make that statement, I'm willing to make it now." Radford retorted mildly: "We haven't quite reached that stage. We have camera guns that do almost as well."

New Ally. Listening to Radford, old Carl Vinson, who used to call the nation's sea service "my Navy," grew sympathetic. He suddenly remembered that Louis Johnson [SecDef], with whom he was feuding, had promised to cut $800 million from the current budget. Some $353 million, the largest cut given to any of the three services, was to come out of the Navy's appropriation.

"If Johnson adheres to the reductions, what effect would it have on the security of the country?" demanded Vinson. "It would very definitely impair it, in my opinion," confessed Navy Secretary Matthews, who until then had seemed to be opposing his own admirals. Snapped Vinson: "Johnson sets figures without the slightest idea of what effect they will have on national security."

Vinson also told the committee he "understood" that the Navy and Marine strength in aircraft squadrons was to be cut almost in half in the 1951 budget, that "secret orders" had already been issued and that the Air Force was even advocating "that no large carriers or air groups should be kept in the Navy." Said Vinson: "So, I find it not too difficult to comprehend the concern of the air arm of the Navy and the Navy in general."

No Confidence. Just how good was the Navy's case? Obviously, the plain speech of patriotic men could not be dismissed as the whimpering of a proud service which now saw itself reduced to a second line of defense. It was clear that the Navy deeply distrusted Secretary of Defense Johnson, who had fathered the big-bomber program when he was Assistant Secretary of War before World War II, and had summarily canceled the Navy's supercarrier without consulting the Navy.

The Navy felt it was outnumbered on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Time after time General of the Army Omar Bradley [USMA15]and the Air Force's Hoyt Vandenberg [USMA23] voted 2 to 1 against the Navy's Denfeld. The Navy also had no confidence in the leadership of Navy Secretary Matthews, who was Johnson's choice. Matthews cheerily admitted, when he took office that he had never commanded anything bigger than a rowboat.

"What Atomic Blitz?"

All of this made the Navy's bitterness understandable without making right what its bitter men said. Even so, staunch a friend of the Navy as the New York Times' Annapolis-trained Military Analyst Hanson Baldwin [USNA24] wrote that he himself did not consider the cutbacks in the Navy program disastrous. Baldwin added drily that "Some of the Navy's interest in morality as applied to strategic bombing seems new-found."

Besides, what responsible man in any service talked of a "cheap and easy" blitz war? General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Air Force Chief of Staff, had been specific on that point. "Veterans of the Eighth, the Fifteenth, the Twentieth, and other historic Air Forces," he said on July 2, "know very well that there are no cheap and easy ways to win great wars." The way Congress had apportioned funds almost equally among the Navy, Army, and Air Force also seemed proof that no one was counting on an "atom blitz" to do it all.

Nor did the Air Force argue that the B-36 was invulnerable ("We know," said General Vandenberg in the same speech, "that no plane or weapon of any kind can be completely invulnerable"). The Air Force, Vandenberg said, held only that the B-36 could get through in sufficient numbers to deliver an initial atomic blow; the threat alone "serves to divert a great portion of any nation's effort to its internal defense." There were better planes than the B-36 on the drawing board and in the works, but until they were ready, the B-36 remained the best bomber in being, in a year of crisis.

What was the Navy's alternative? Said Radford: small, fast bombers which, escorted by fighters, could hit military targets with accuracy. It sounded remarkably like the formula for World War II carrier warfare. Certainly the Navy did not now have a bomber with the range, speed and armor of the B-36, which could drop the atomic bomb.

No Other Way. The Navy's case had showed up indisputable shortcomings in procedures to settle differences of opinion between the services. It had also proved, far more clearly than the first unseemly attempts at forcing an investigation, that the Navy was determinedly opposed to many vital aspects of national defense—from the purchase of long-range bombers to matters of highest military policy. Presumably the differences between the Navy, the Administration and the other services were not irreconcilable, but it would take nothing less than a full-dress investigation to get them working in harmony again. The inquiry, which would probably run for months, could not be carried on without laying military plans and procedures bare, in the open where Russia would be listening carefully. But there was now no other way out.

*A headline-catching phrase. The B-36 design was submitted in 1941, but it was not ready for production until 1947. Under the same dating system the B-17 Flying Fortress was a 1934 airplane, the B-29 Superfortress a 1940 mode[TIME Magazine : 10/17/1949]


Thanks to Al

Monday Morning Humor--World Series

Why is it called the World Series if only North American teams can play?"

Baseball Brain Busters (answers at the end of the email):
During a World Series, John Doe is the lead-off batter. There were no substitutions or changes in the batting order at all during the nine-inning game. John came to bat in every inning. What is the least number of runs his team could have scored?
A man takes a baseball and throws it as hard as he can. There is nothing in front, behind, or to either side of him, and yet the ball comes back and hits him square in the face. How can this be?
Two baseball teams play a game. The home team ends up winning, but not a single man from either team has touched a base. How can this be?

That World Series game was so long...when it started Bill Cosby was still a respected actor.
What does a mama bear on birth control have in common with the World Series? No Cubs
What do Cubs fans do after they win the world series? They turn off their Xbox.
I'm glad the Astros are in the World Series…the people of Houston have waded so long for this.
A priest, a rabbi, and a World Series MVP walk into a bar...the bartender stops them and says, "No no no, what is this, some kind of joke?"
Things that have occurred in history since the Washington Nationals last won a World Series.........???
A lion offspring asked his dad "What is a world series?" "I don't expect you to understand son, you are just a Cub"

Two San Diegans die in an unfortunate car wreck. Tragic, especially considering they didn't exactly spend their days helping old ladies cross the street or volunteering at the Boys and Girls club. Nope, these fellows went straight to Hades. The devil, as is his custom, goes to greet his two newest eternal residents, and despite rivers of lava and torrents of brimstone, they're standing around in jackets.

"Not hot enough for you?" asked the devil.

"What, this? Nah, this is like a summer day in San Diego."

The devil doesn't take lightly to such a slight, so he decides to really turn things up. The renewed eternal hellfire and inferno has made the screams of the tormented souls in hell even louder. Rivers of lava overflowing their banks. The devil goes to check on his two San Diegans, and sure enough he sees them lounging in shorts and t-shirts.

"Not hot enough for you?" the devil queries bewilderedly.

"What, this? Nah, this is like a Santa Ana in San Diego. In fact, I think the humidity was worse in the summer of '18."

The devil is even more incensed. He comes up with a new idea. Turn the thermostat way down. The cursed souls in hell are greeted by new but equally unbearable type of torture. The lava stops flowing, brimstone stops glowing, and wouldn't you know it, the ground they stand on has frozen solid.

The devil again searches out his two San Diegans, and to his dismay, they're hugging and cheering.

"What's this all about!?" the devil roared.

"They've done it, it's finally happened, the Padres won the World Series!!!"

Jake and Johnny were the best of friends and fanatical about the game of baseball. While watching the World Series the two pondered if baseball existed in heaven.

"You think heaven will have baseball?" asked Jake.

"I certainly hope so!," Johnny said. "Tell you what, let's make a deal. Whoever passes through the pearly gates first comes back and lets the other know if there's baseball."

"Deal," said Jake. They shook hands and sealed the deal.

Sadly, moments later, as their team hits the game winning homerun, Jake drops dead clutching his chest. The excitement was too much.

Weeks later, Johnny was visited by the ghost of Jake. "Hey buddy!" said Jake.

A startled Johnny shook off the sudden appearance of Jake's apparition, and excitedly greeted his best friend, "Jake, you're back! How's heaven?"

"Johnny, I have good news and bad news my friend," said Jake.

Johnny grew concerned, "Um, okay. Gimme the good news first. It'll make the bad news seem less...bad."

"Ok," Jake replied. "The good news is there is baseball in heaven!"

Johnny cheered at knowing he will eternally be playing baseball in heaven. "That's amazing news! Nothing you can say next will matter."

Jake, putting a ghostly hand on Johnny's shoulder, said, "The bad news is you're the starting pitcher tomorrow ."

So last night my 12 year old son and I are watching the World Series. The pitcher had a last name of "Kryszczuk". My son looks to me and asks "Do you think he's Russian?"

My response, "Nope, it looks like he's taking his time."

It took him a couple of seconds to realize and then he gave me that wonderful "Really, Dad?" look.

I'm so proud.

Man brings his dog to baseball trivia night at the local bar..."How can your dog possibly compete if he can't talk?"

"Oh, he can talk, watch this: Duke, which player was the first to hit 60 home runs in a season?"


"C'mon man, he didn't say Ruth, he just barked."

"Oh yeah, well then listen to this: Duke, who called his shot in the 1932 World Series?"


"Are you serious? Dude, he's just barking. He didn't say Ruth!"

"Okay, this will convince you: Duke, who was called 'The Sultan of Swat?'"


"That's it, man. You and the dog, get outta here!"

Out on the curb, the guy looks at his dog, the dog looks at the man, and says, "Was it DiMaggio?"

A rookie pitcher was struggling at the mound, so the catcher walked out to have a talk with him. "I've figured out your problem," he told the pitcher. "You always lose control at the same point in every game."

"When is that?"

"Right after the national anthem."

Why are some umpires fat?...They always clean their plate!
Why are spiders good baseball players?...Because they know how to catch flies!
Why are baseball games at night?...Because bats sleep during the day!
What's the difference between a Petco Park hotdog, and a Fenway Park hotdog?...You can buy a Fenway Frank hotdog in October!
Why do we sing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' when we're already there?
Do you know what cupcakes and a baseball team have in common?...They both count on the batter!
What do baseball players use to bake a cake?...Oven MITTS, BUNT pans and BATTER.
Why does a pitcher raise one leg when he pitches?...If he raised both legs, he would fall down.
How can you pitch a winning baseball game without throwing a ball?...Only throw strikes.
You are locked inside a car with nothing but a baseball bat. How do you get out?...Unlock the door, of course!
There once was a pitcher so bad, the crowd started singing "Take Him Out of the Ball Game"!
The pitcher really had good control today…Didn't miss a bat for three innings!
MLB is deciding whether or not to allow Pete Rose in the hall of fame. When asked about it, Rose said, "I hope they do, cause I've got $50 riding on it."
Where is the first baseball game in the Bible?...In the book of Genesis we read "In the big inning", Eve stole first, Adam stole second. Cain struck out Abel, and the Prodigal Son came home. The Giants and the Angels were rained out.

Answers to Baseball Brain Busters:
Zero. In the first inning John and the next two batters walk and the next three strike out. In the second inning, the first three walk again, which brings John back to bat. But each runner is caught off base by the pitcher, so John is back at the plate at the start of the third inning. This pattern is now repeated until the game ends.
He threw the ball straight up.
The teams were all-women.

Have a good week,


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