Connie Mack

Cornelius McGillicuddy, better known as Connie Mack, was an American professional baseball catcher and team owner. The longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins and games managed, with his victory total being 1,000 more than any other manager. Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics for the club's first 50 seasons of play, starting in 1901, before retiring at age 87 following the 1950 season, was at least part-owner from 1901 to 1954, he was the first manager to win the World Series three times, is the only manager to win consecutive Series on separate occasions. However, constant financial struggles forced repeated rebuilding of the roster, Mack's teams finished in last place 17 times. Mack was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York in 1937. Mack was born Cornelius McGillicuddy in Brookfield, Massachusetts, in what is now East Brookfield on December 22, 1862, he did not have a middle name, but many accounts erroneously give him the middle name "Alexander".

As with many Irish immigrants whose names began with "Mc", the McGillicuddys were referred to as "Mack", except for official and legal documents. His parents, Michael McGillicuddy and Mary McKillop, were both immigrants from Ireland. Michael McGillicuddy's father was named Cornelius McGillicuddy, by tradition, the family named at least one son in each generation Cornelius. "Connie" is a common nickname for Cornelius, so Cornelius McGillicuddy was called "Connie Mack" from an early age. Connie Mack never changed his name, his nickname on the baseball field was "Slats". Mack's father became a wheelwright. During the American Civil War, he served with the 51st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Michael McGillicuddy suffered from several ailments as the result of his military service. Mack was educated in East Brookfield, began working summers in local cotton mills at age 9 to help support his family, he quit school after completing the eighth grade at age 14, intending to work full-time to contribute to the family's support, as several of his siblings had done.

He clerked at a store, worked on local farms, worked on the production lines of the shoe factories in nearby towns. Mack was a good athlete and played baseball and some of its predecessor games with local players in East Brookfield. In 1879 his skills landed him a place on East Brookfield's town team, which played other town teams in the area. Though younger than his teammates by several years, Mack was the team's catcher and de facto captain. Beginning in 1886, Mack played 10 seasons in the National League and one in the Players' League, for a total of 11 seasons in the major leagues entirely as a catcher. Beginning in 1884, he played on minor league teams in the Connecticut cities of Meriden and Hartford before being sold to the Washington Nationals of the National League in 1886. In the winter of 1889, he jumped to the Buffalo Bisons of the new Players' League, investing his entire life savings of $500 in shares in the club, but the Players' League went out of business after only a year, Mack lost his job and his whole investment.

In December 1890 Mack signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League and remained with them for the rest of his career as a full-time player. As a player, Mack was "a light-hitting catcher with a reputation as a smart player, but didn't do anything well as a player."Mack was one of the first catchers to position himself directly behind home plate instead of in front of the backstop. According to Wilbert Robinson, "Mack never was mean... if you had any soft spot, Connie would find it. He could do and say things that got more under your skin than the cuss words used by other catchers." In addition to verbally needling batters to distract them, he developed skills such as blocking the plate to prevent base runners from scoring and faking the sound of a foul tip. Besides tipping bats to fake the sound of a foul tip, Mack became adept at tipping bats to throw off the hitter's swing. Mack never denied such tricks: Farmer Weaver was a catcher-outfielder for Louisville. I tipped his bat several times when he had two strikes on him one year, each time the umpire called him out.

He got though. One time there were two strikes on him and he swung, but he didn't swing at the ball. He swung right at my wrists. Sometimes I think. I'll tell you I didn't tip his bat again. No, not until the last game of the season and Weaver was at bat for the last time; when he had two strikes, I got away with it. Mack's last three seasons in the National League were as a player-manager with the Pittsburgh Pi

Pauline de Bassano

Pauline Marie Ghislaine de Bassano, née van der Linden d'Hooghvorst, was a French courtier. She served as dame d'honneur to Empress Eugénie de Montijo in 1853–1867, she was born to the Belgian politician Emmanuel van der Linden d'Hoogvorst. In 1843, she married the French diplomat Napoléon Hugues Charles Marie Ghislain Maret de Bassano, 3rd Duc de Bassano, her mother-in-law, Marie Madeleine Lejéas-Carpentier, had been dame du palais to the Empresses Josephine and Marie-Louise. In 1853, her spouse was appointed chamberlain to Emperor Napoleon III of France, while she received to position of dame d'honneur to the Empress; the court of the newly wed empress had just been formatted, the ladies-in-waiting consisted of a Grand-Maitresse, a dame d'honneur and six dame du palais, most of whom were chosen from among the acquaintances to the empress prior to her marriage. While the formally highest rank was that of the Grand-Maitresse, a position given to Anne Debelle, Princesse d'Essling, the second highest female courtier, the Duchesse de Bassano, was the one doing most of the work.

It belonged to her task to receive the applications from the women wishing to be presented at court, instruct them in etiquette, approve them and present them, an important part of the Imperial protocol of representation. She supervised the other female courtiers. Alongside the princesse d'Essling, de Bassano had a visible public position as it belonged to her duty to accompany the empress at all grander representational public events. Being a public figure who dealt with those wishing admission to the court, she is frequently depicted in contemporary memoirs. Pauline de Bassano have been described as attractive, stable and somewhat arrogant, she served until her death in 1867, was replaced by Marie-Anne Walewska. Pauline de Bassano belonged to the ladies-in-waiting depicted with Eugenie in the famous painting of Empress Eugenie and her ladies-in-waiting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter from 1855. Seward, Desmond: Eugénie. An empress and her empire. ISBN 0-7509-2979-0 Allison Unruh: Aspiring to la Vie Galante: Reincarnations of Rococo in Second Empire France Philip Walsingham Sergeant: The last empress of the French Carette Madame: Recollections of the court of the Tuileries

Kurokawa Station (Kanagawa)

Kurokawa Station is a railway station operated by the Odakyu Electric Railway’s Tama Line, located in Asao-ku, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is 4.1 kilometers from the terminus of the Tama Line at Shin-Yurigaoka Station. Kurokawa Station was opened on June 1, 1974. In 2004 the station became a stop for Section Semi-Express trains; the station building was remodeled in 2006. Odakyu Electric Railway Tama Line Kurokawa Station is an elevated station with two opposed side platforms serving two tracks; the station building is elevated, built on a cantilever extending over the platforms and tracks. Harris, Ken. Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2861-9. Kurokawa Station