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BeyondGeography's Journal
BeyondGeography's Journal
December 13, 2022

NYC to name Central Park gate for men formerly known as the Central Park Five


NEW YORK -- One entrance to Central Park is getting a new name for the first time since the park opened in the late 1800s. The entrance will honor the exonerated five, formerly known as the "Central Park Five."

CBS2 spoke with one of those men who was wrongly jailed about the new name. "We want people to remember, in 1989, where was I?" Raymond Santana said. Thirty-three years ago, Santana walked through the northeast corner of Central Park, as did Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, and Kevin Richardson.

…”This gate isn't just about the exonerated five. It's about all of us. It's about all of us who have been done wrong by the system, all of us who have been run over by the spiked wheels of justice," Santana said...”To me, it just says that there's people in this city that still want to do the right thing.”

More at https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/central-park-gate-named-gate-of-the-exonerated-men-formerly-known-as-central-park-5/?intcid=CNM-00-10abd1h
December 2, 2022

Classic Gaylord Perry anecdote


It’s one of the better stories in a sport full of improbable legends, feats and coincidences. And it starts seven years earlier in 1962 — months before John F. Kennedy famously declared there would be a man on the moon by the end of that decade.

According to baseball lore, Gaylord was taking batting practice when the aptly named San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Harry Jupiter noticed the rookie pitcher’s hard swing and suggested to Giants manager Alvin Dark, “This Perry kid’s going to hit some home runs for you.” Dark turned to Jupiter — as Perry tells it in a July 13, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated — and replied, “There’ll be a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run.”

Dark’s prediction would hold true over the next seven years. While Gaylord would win more than 80 games and become an All Star in his first seven and a half years on the mound, his hitting was about what you’d expect from a pitcher. His batting average by the late 60s hovered in the low .100s, and a career of nearly 500 at-bats had no home runs and only 13 total RBI to show for it.

Gaylord brought an 11-7 record into his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers and starter Claude Osteen on July 20, 1969. More than 32,000 fans showed up for the 1 p.m. matinee. Seven minutes after Gaylord’s first pitch, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface. Approximately 25 minutes later, Gaylord stepped to the plate against Osteen and drilled a shot to centerfield that, to his amazement, cleared the wall. It was his first, and one of only six he’d hit in his 22-year Hall of Fame career…


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