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Jim Palmer

James Alvin Palmer is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 19 years in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. Palmer was the winningest MLB pitcher in the 1970s, totaling 186 wins, he won at least 20 games in eight different seasons and won three Cy Young Awards and four Gold Gloves during the decade. His 268 career victories are an Orioles record. A six-time American League All-Star, he was one of the rare pitchers who never allowed a grand slam in any major league contest. Palmer appeared in the postseason eight times and was a vital member of three World Series Champions, six AL pennant winners and seven Eastern Division titleholders, he is the only pitcher in history to earn a win in a World Series game in three different decades. He is the youngest to pitch a complete-game shutout in a World Series, doing so nine days before his 21st birthday in 1966, he was one of the starters on the last rotation to feature four 20-game winners in a single season in 1971.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Since his retirement as an active player in 1984, Palmer has worked as a color commentator on telecasts of MLB games for ABC and ESPN and for the Orioles on Home Team Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, he has been a popular spokesman, most famously for Jockey International for twenty years. He was nicknamed "Cakes" in the 1960s because of his habit of eating pancakes for breakfast on the days he pitched. James Alvin Palmer was born in Manhattan, New York City on October 15, 1945. Research conducted by his third wife Susan in 2017 revealed that his biological father and mother were Michael Joseph Geheran and Mary Ann Moroney, both Irish immigrants from Counties Leitrim and Clare respectively. Joe was a married 41-year-old man about town, while Mary Ann was an unmarried 37-year-old domestic worker for the Feinstein family, prominent in the garment industry. Moroney gave up her infant for adoption and concealed information in the New York City birth registry, where Palmer is listed as Baby Boy Kennedy, whose father was Maroney and mother was Kennedy.

Maroney was the incorrect spelling of her surname as listed when she registered at Ellis Island, while Kennedy was her sister Katharine's married name. Moroney married John Lane and the couple had a daughter, Palmer’s biological half-sister, who died of leukemia at age 40 in 1987. Geheran died in 1959 and Moroney in 1979. Two days after his birth, Palmer was adopted by Moe Wiesen and his wife Polly, a wealthy Manhattan dress designer and a boutique owner who lived on Park Avenue, his sister Bonnie was adopted by the Wiesens. After his adoptive father died of a heart attack in 1955, the nine-year-old Jim, his mother and his sister moved to Beverly Hills, California where he began playing in youth-league baseball, he formally changed his last name upon his mother's marriage to actor Max Palmer in 1956. Showing talent playing American Legion Baseball at the amateur level, upon graduating from Arizona's Scottsdale High School in 1963, Palmer signed a minor-league contract at the age of 18. Jim's second father, Max Palmer was a character actor and there were two men who shared that name who worked in show business during similar time periods.

The Max, Jim's second dad worked on TV on such programs as Dragnet, Bat Masterson and The Colgate Comedy Hour and was Jewish. The other Max Palmer erroneously credited as Jim's father, worked in several movies as a monster, he was 8'2" tall and became a professional wrestler and a Christian evangelist. A high-kicking pitcher known for an exceptionally smooth delivery, Palmer picked up his first major-league win on May 16, 1965, beating the Yankees in relief at home, he hit the first of his three career major-league home runs, a two-run shot, in the fourth inning of that game, off Yankees starter Jim Bouton. Palmer finished the season with a 5–4 record. In 1966, Palmer joined the starting rotation. Baltimore won the pennant behind Frank Robinson's Triple Crown season. Palmer won his final game, against the Kansas City Athletics. In Game 2 of that World Series, at Dodger Stadium, he became the youngest pitcher to win a complete-game, World Series shutout, defeating the defending world champion Dodgers 6–0.

The underdog Orioles swept the series over a Los Angeles team that featured Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen. The shutout was part of a World Series record-setting ​33 1⁄3 consecutive shutout innings by Orioles pitchers; the Dodgers' last run was against Moe Drabowsky in the third inning of Game 1. Palmer, Wally Bunker and Dave McNally pitched shutouts in the next three games. During the next two seasons, Palmer struggled with arm injuries, he was sent to minor-league rehabilitation. Palmer regained his form after undergoing surgery, working in the 1968 Instructional League and playing winter baseball, he had been placed on waivers in September 1968 and was left unprotected for the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Pilots in the expansion draft one month but was not claimed. In 1969, Palmer returned healthy, rejoining an Orioles rotation that included 20-game winners Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar; that August 13, Palmer threw a no-hitter against Oakland, just four days after coming off the disabled list.

He finished the season with a mark of 123 strikeouts, a 2.34 ERA, and.800 winning percentage. The favored Orioles were beaten in the 1969 World Series by the

Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-American poet and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles, his work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, relationships with women, the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels publishing over 60 books; the FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column Notes of a Dirty Old Man in the LA underground newspaper Open City. Bukowski published extensively in small literary magazines and with small presses beginning in the early 1940s and continuing on through the early 1990s; as noted by one reviewer, "Bukowski continued to be, thanks to his antics and deliberate clownish performances, the king of the underground and the epitome of the littles in the ensuing decades, stressing his loyalty to those small press editors who had first championed his work and consolidating his presence in new ventures such as the New York Quarterly, Chiron Review, or Slipstream."

Some of these works include his Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8 Story Window, published by his friend and fellow poet Charles Potts, better known works such as Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame. These poems and stories were republished by John Martin's Black Sparrow Press as collected volumes of his work. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife". Regarding Bukowski's enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, "the secret of Bukowski's appeal... he combines the confessional poet's promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero."Since his death in 1994, Bukowski has been the subject of a number of critical articles and books about both his life and writings, despite his work having received little attention from academic critics in the United States during his lifetime. In contrast, Bukowski enjoyed extraordinary fame in Europe in Germany, the place of his birth. Bukowski was born Heinrich Karl Bukowski in Andernach, Rhine Province, Weimar Republic to Heinrich Bukowski, a German-American in the U.

S. army of occupation after World War I who remained in Germany after his army service, Katharina. His paternal grandfather Leonard Bukowski had moved to the United States from the German Empire in the 1880s. In Cleveland, Leonard met an ethnic German, who had emigrated from Danzig, Prussia, they settled in Pasadena. He worked as a successful carpenter; the couple had four children, including Charles Bukowski's father. His mother, Katharina Bukowski was the daughter of Wilhelm Fett and Nannette Israel, of Jewish origin. Bukowski assumed his paternal ancestor had moved from Poland to Germany around 1780 as "Bukowski" is a Polish last name; as far back as Bukowski could trace his whole family was German. Bukowski's parents met in Andernach in Germany following World War I; the poet's father was German-American and a sergeant in the United States Army serving in Germany following Germany's defeat in 1918. He had an affair with Katharina, a German friend's sister, she became pregnant. Charles Bukowski claimed to be born out of wedlock, but Andernach marital records indicate that his parents married one month before his birth.

Afterwards, Henry Bukowski became a building contractor, set to make great financial gains in the aftermath of the war, after two years moved the family to Pfaffendorf. However, given the crippling reparations being required of Germany, which led to a stagnant economy and high levels of inflation, Henry Bukowski was unable to make a living, so he decided to move the family to the United States. On April 23, 1923, they sailed from Bremerhaven to Baltimore, where they settled; the family moved to Mid-City, Los Angeles, US in 1930, the city where Charles Bukowski's father and grandfather had worked and lived. Young Charles spoke English with a strong German accent and was taunted by his childhood playmates with the epithet "Heini," German diminutive of Heinrich, in his early youth. In the 1930s the poet's father was unemployed. In the autobiographical Ham on Rye Charles Bukowski says that, with his mother's acquiescence, his father was abusive, both physically and mentally, beating his son for the smallest imagined offense.

During his youth, Bukowski was shy and withdrawn, a condition exacerbated during his teen years by an extreme case of acne. Neighborhood children ridiculed his German accent and the clothing his parents made. In Bukowski: Born Into This, a 2003 film, Bukowski states that his father beat him with a razor strop three times a week from the ages of six to 11 years, he says. The depression bolstered his rage as he grew, gave him much of his voice and material for his writings. In his early teen years, Bukowski had an epiphany when he was introduced to alcohol by his loyal friend William "Baldy" Mullinax, depicted as "Eli LaCrosse" in Ham on Rye, son of an alcoholic surgeon. "This is going to help me for a long time," he wrote, describing a method he could use to come to more amicable terms with his own life. After graduating from Los Angeles High School, Bukowski attended Los Angeles City College for two years, taking courses in art and literature, before quitting at the start of World War II, he moved to New York to begin a career as a financially pinched blue-collar worke

Fritz Weitzel

Fritz Weitzel was a German SS commander during the Nazi era. Weitzel became a member of the Nazi Party in 1925 and of SS in 1926. In 1930 he was promoted leader of the SS in the Ruhr, he became Polizeipräsident in Düsseldorf in 1933, Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer West in 1938. During 1939 Weitzel wrote the book Celebrations of the SS Family which described the holidays to be celebrated and how married SS men and their families should celebrate them; this book, written by Weitzel, described how the Julleuchter, a Yuletide gift by Himmler to the SS, should be used. Following the German invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940, Weitzel was sent to Norway on 21 April to become Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer in the country's capital, Oslo. However, he was killed two months by shrapnel in an aerial attack on his home town, Düsseldorf, during a visit on 19 June 1940, he is buried in the cemetery at Düsseldorf. List SS-Obergruppenführer