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Johnny Bench

Johnny Lee Bench is an American former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench is a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, he was a key member of the Big Red Machine that won six division titles, four National League pennants, two consecutive World Series championships. Known for his prowess on both offense and defense, ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Bench is one-eighth Choctaw, his father told him. As a 17-year-old, Bench was selected 36th overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1965 amateur draft, playing for the minor-league Buffalo Bisons in the 1966 and 1967 seasons before being called up to the Reds in August 1967, he hit only.163, but impressed many people with his defense and strong throwing arm, among them Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams signed a baseball for him and predicted that the young catcher would be "a Hall of Famer for sure!"

Williams' prophecy became fact 22 years in 1989 when Bench was elected to Cooperstown. During a 1968 spring training game, Bench was catching right-hander Jim Maloney, an eight-year veteran. Maloney was once a hard thrower, but injuries had reduced the speed of his fastball. Maloney insisted on "shaking off" his younger catcher by throwing fastballs instead of the breaking balls that Bench had called for; when an exasperated Bench bluntly told Maloney, "Your fastball's not popping," Maloney replied with an epithet. To prove to Maloney that his fastball was no longer effective, Bench called for a fastball, after Maloney released the ball, Bench dropped his catcher's mitt and caught the fastball barehanded. Bench was the Reds' catcher on April 30, 1969, when Maloney pitched a no hitter against the Houston Astros. In 1968, the 20-year-old Bench impressed many in his first full season; this marked the first time. He won the 1968 National League Gold Glove Award for catchers, the first time that the award had been won by a rookie.

He made 102 assists in 1968, which marked the first time in 23 years that a catcher had more than 100 assists in a season. During the 1960s, Bench served in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 478th Engineer Battalion, based across the Ohio River from Cincinnati at Fort Thomas, Kentucky; this unit included several of his teammates, among them Pete Rose. In the winter of 1970–1971 he was part of Bob Hope's USO Tour of Vietnam. In 1970, Bench had his finest statistical season. At age 22, he became the youngest player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award, he hit.293, led the National League with 45 home runs and a franchise-record 148 runs batted in as the Reds won the NL West Division. The Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Championship Series, but lost to the Baltimore Orioles in five games in the World Series. Bench had another strong year in 1972, he led the National League in home runs and RBI to help propel the Reds to another National League West Division title and won the NL pennant in the deciding fifth game over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

One of his most dramatic home runs was his ninth-inning, lead off, opposite field home run in that fifth NLCS game. The solo shot tied the game at three, it was hailed after the game as "one of the great clutch home runs of all time." However, the Reds lost the World Series to a strong Oakland Athletics team in seven games. After the 1972 season, Bench had a growth removed from his lung. In 1973, Bench hit 25 home runs and 104 RBI and helped the Reds rally from a 10½-game deficit to the Los Angeles Dodgers in early July to lead the majors with 99 wins and claim another NL West Division crown. In the NLCS, Cincinnati met a New York Mets team that won the NL East with an unimpressive 82–79 record, 16½ games behind the Reds, but the Mets boasted three of the better starting pitchers in the NL, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack. Bench's bottom of the ninth-inning home run off Seaver in the first game propelled the Reds to victory, but Seaver would get the best of the Reds and Bench in the deciding Game 5, winning 7–2 to put the Mets into the World Series.

In 1974, Bench led the league with 129 RBI and scored 108 runs, becoming only the fourth catcher in major league history with 100 or more runs and RBI in the same season. The Reds won the second-most games in the majors but lost the West Division to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1975, the Reds broke through in the post season. Bench contributed 28 home runs and 110 RBI. Cincinnati swept the Pirates in three games to win the NLCS, defeated the Boston Red Sox in a memorable seven-game World Series. Bench struggled with ailing shoulders in 1976, had one of his least productive years, with only 16 home runs and 74 RBIs, he finished with an excellent postseason, starting with a 4-for-12 performance in the NLCS sweep over the Philadelphia Phillies. The World Series provided a head-to-head match-up with the Yankees' all-star catcher, Thurman Munson. Bench rose to the occasion, hitting.533 with two home runs, while Munson hit well, with a.529 average. The Reds won in a four-game sweep and Bench was na

Sunshine & Whiskey

Sunshine & Whiskey is the second studio album by American country music artist Frankie Ballard. It was released on February 2014 via Warner Bros.. Records; the album includes Ballard's debut single "Tell Me You Get Lonely" and "Helluva Life," which became Ballard's first number one hit. Unlike its uptempo version on the album, "Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking" was recorded as a ballad under the title "Don't Tell Mama" by three artists: Ty Herndon on his 1996 album Living in a Moment, Gary Allan on his 1999 album Smoke Rings in the Dark and Doug Stone on his 2007 album My Turn. Sunshine & Whiskey received positive reviews from four music critics. At USA Today, Brian Mansfield rated the album two-and-a-half stars out of four, writing that Ballard's "got an appealing rock delivery, the songs get more thoughtful as he goes along, right to the tragedy at the end." Gary Graff of The Oakland Press rated the album three out of four stars, stating that it is "evident throughout these 11 songs contagious", they "go down like a well-aged single malt."

At AllMusic, Steve Leggett rated the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, saying that "most contemporary country fans should love this album, there are tracks here where Ballard hits everything right, rising above the commercially generic with energy and intelligence." Matt Bjorke of Roughstock rated the album four stars out of five, stating how Ballard stays true to himself on the album. Musicians Production The album debuted at No. 5 in the Top Country Albums chart, No. 35 in the Billboard 200, with sales of 11,000 for the week. As of June 2016, the album has sold 105,000 copies in the US

Modern Railways

Modern Railways is a British monthly magazine covering the rail transport industry, published by Ian Allan until March 2012, Key Publishing since then. It has been published since 1962, it has always been targeted at both railway professionals and serious amateurs, an aim which derives from its origins as an amalgamation of the enthusiast magazine Trains Illustrated and the industry journal The Locomotive in the hands of its first editor Geoffrey Freeman Allen. It is edited by James Abbott. Regular contributors include Ian Walmsley, Alan Williams and Tony Miles; the large section written by Roger Ford is called ‘Informed Sources’. That by Ian Walmsley is called ‘Pan Up’; the first edition of Modern Railways was published in January 1962 as Volume XV, no. 160 in a sequence continuing from Trains Illustrated. It featured a preface letter from Dr Richard Beeching Chairman of the British Transport Commission, who wrote: "The thousands who read your journal every month derive from it a great deal of pleasure and useful information about the activities of British Railways.

I feel that we share common ground, for your readers are our friends as well as yours, we are helped by your success in holding and enlarging their interest. In particular we have come to expect from you, to value, the kind of well-informed comment on our affairs, the mark of a lively and competent magazine. Like the railways, Trains Illustrated is now moving towards a new era and I think it wholly appropriate that you should choose Modern Railways as your new title. What is a new name for you is an eagerly-sought objective for us. May we both go forward to new and rewarding success." A feature article in the edition analysed peak traffic operations at Reading railway station in the days leading up to Christmas 1960, stating: "Reading…has neither a desperate shortage of platforms nor a crippling complication of layout…" List of rail transport-related periodicals Joyce, Antony. "Modern Railways - three decades". Modern Railways. 47: 232–3. Ian Allan Ltd. Twenty-five years, 1942-1967. Ian Allan. Modern Railways Official Website


Year 464 was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Olybrius; the denomination 464 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years. Olybrius is elected Roman consul by the Eastern court in Constantinople; the Suevic nation in Galicia is unified under King Remismund. King Theodoric II sends Remismund gifts, including weapons, a Gothic princess for a wife. Aegidius is succeeded by his son Syagrius, who becomes ruler of the Domain of Soissons. Hashim ibn'Abd Manaf, great-grandfather of Mohammed Wu Di, Chinese emperor of the Liang Dynasty Aegidius, Roman general Conall Gulban, king of Tir Chonaill Wang Xianyuan and wife of Xiao Wu Di Xiao Wu Di, emperor of the Liu Song Dynasty

Charleston RiverDogs

The Charleston RiverDogs are a minor league baseball team based in Charleston, South Carolina. The team plays in the Class Single-A South Atlantic League and are an affiliate of the New York Yankees, their home stadium is at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park; the majority owner is Marvin Goldklang who owns a stake in three other minor league baseball teams throughout the country. The name originates from an urban legend that sailors in Charleston would notice large rats on the banks of the nearby Cooper and Ashley rivers, would call them "river dogs", was chosen in a name-the-team contest held at local Piggly Wiggly outlets in 1994; the RiverDogs were founded in 1980 as the Charleston Royals, were a farm team of the Kansas City Royals. In their first season as the Royals they won the South Atlantic League's Southern Division championship, but fell in the playoffs against Greensboro. Like the Pirates, the Royals were known for their pitching, because in 1981 pitcher Jeffery Gladden led the league with a 2.09 ERA.

In 1982 batting may have caught up with the pitching as pitcher Danny Jackson led the league with a 10-1 record and slugger Cliff Pastornicky paced the South Atlantic League with a.343 batting average. In 1983 Mark Pirruccello set a single-season team record with 25 home runs. 1984 was an exciting season for Charleston as the city hosted the all-star game in which Tom Glavine and Pat Borders played. On the field the Royals went on to win the Southern Division and Kevin Seitzer was named league MVP. In 1985 the team was renamed the Charleston Rainbows and became affiliated with the San Diego Padres. From 1985–1987 were the building years as the Rainbows improved each season under a great pitching staff until 1988 when they won the Southern Division title, but were bounced in the first round of the playoffs; the 1988 season was powered by a pitching staff whose combined ERA equaled 2.07. 1988 was the last of the "good ol' days", because starting in 1989 the team suffered 11 consecutive losing seasons.

Poor play on the field translated into a South Atlantic League record, when in 1990 pitcher Charles Thompson registered 17 losses. In 1994 the team was renamed Charleston RiverDogs. Despite the name change, the losing continued. In 1997 saw the RiverDogs leave the 84-year-old College Park and move into the brand-new 5,500-seat Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park; the team began its eight-year affiliation with the Tampa Bay Rays in 1997. The move to the "Joe" helped to spur a rise in total attendance, as the team set a record with an increase in over 100,000 fans. In 2000 the'Dogs posted their first winning season since 1988. In 2003 saw the beginning of a new era as the RiverDogs played well on the field and posted a winning season for the first time since 2000. In 2004 the RiverDogs secured the wildcard spot in the playoffs bringing Charleston a playoff series for the first time in 16 years. Charleston were swept two games to none; the RiverDogs became the Class Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees on September 15, 2004.

2005 was another great season as the Riverdogs jumped out winning the first-half Southern Division Championship qualifying them for the playoffs for the first consecutive seasons in franchise history. The 2005 playoffs weren't as good to the RiverDogs as fans had hoped, because the RiverDogs fell to eventual champion the Kannapolis Intimidators two games to none. At the end of the 2005 season, Charleston was making an attempt to attract a Class Double-A team by expanding their stadium by a few hundred seats. 2006 saw a good performance on the field. 2007 saw a record year for winning seasons when they finished the season with a 78–62 record and securing their fifth consecutive winning season tying a Charleston professional baseball record with the Sea Gulls. A downside to the record tying season was that the'Dogs failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season. 2008 brought a memorable year to Charleston, as the Riverdogs recorded their final record at 80–59 bringing their sixth consecutive winning season, breaking a record for the most consecutive winning seasons in Charleston baseball history.

The downside to 2008 was the third straight season the Riverdogs failed to make the playoffs – despite having the best record in the Southern Division each season, they never held the division lead at the end of a half-season to claim a playoff spot. The 2009 season saw the Riverdogs finish with a winning record again. In the first half the Riverdogs came up a game short to their arch-rival Greenville Drive, who are affiliated to the Boston Red Sox and never posed as a threat in the second half failing to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year. After posting a 232-186 record Riverdogs manager Torre Tyson was named the Tampa Yankees manager in High A baseball; the RiverDogs were quick to name hitting coach Greg Colbrunn as the new manager for the 2010 season. With the RiverDogs on the verge of making the playoffs each of the last four seasons, expectations were high for Colbrunn; the day following the 2015 Charleston church shooting, the RiverDogs decided to proceed with their scheduled game, with Dave Echols, the team's general manager, saying: "We feel it is our duty not to let the acts of one radical human being dictate our lives".

The RiverDogs donated the proceeds of the night's game to the charity set up for the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Baseball can be traced in Charleston back to 1886 when the Charleston Seagulls took the field in front of only 32 people at an old high school baseball field, but over time the Seagulls became the Sea Gulls and were in full s

A Flower in Hell

A Flower in Hell is a 1958 South Korean film directed by Shin Sang-ok. For her performance in the film, Shin's wife, Choi Eun-hee was given the Best Actress award at the 2nd Buil Film Awards. During the Korean War, director Shin Sang-ok had shared an apartment with a prostitute in order to live more comfortably rather than sharing a one-room evacuation apartment with several families, giving him insight in the subject of the film. Two weeks after leaving the army, Dong-shik, arrives in post-Korean War Seoul in search of his brother, Yeong-shik, hoping to bring him back home to take care of their mother; the city is destitute, with few jobs, high crime, a huge American military presence, a thriving black market economy. The next day, Dong-shik chases him through the streets, he only catches up when Yeong-shik stops to flirt with his girlfriend, Sonya, an in demand prostitute. At the river, Dong-shik meets Sonya's friend Julie, who speaks about the tribulations of being a prostitute and jokingly offers to marry him.

When Yeong-shik comes back from his date, Dong-shik tries to convince makes his case for them to leave the city but Yeong-shik insists on staying. Yeong-shik tries to leave him with some money before being called out to work; that night, Yeong-shik and his gang sneaks onto the American base during a party to steal supplies, employing prostitutes to distract the guards. Dong-shik arrives at Sonya's residence to try to convince her to stop seeing his brother. Instead, Sonya seduces Dong-shik and his family photograph drops out of his pockets as he lays with her, they go on a date by the river, which Yeong-shik finds out about and beats Dong-shik for. Dong-shik, having failed to retrieve his brother and unable to pursue his relationship with Sonya, prepares to head back home. At the crossroad, he sees Sonya greeting Yeong-shik goodbye. Before Dong-shik leaves, he has one final lunch with her. Sonya offers to suggest that they could move to Hong Kong, she reports Yeong-shik's heist so that she could runaway with Dong-shik with no strings attached.

When Dong-shik finds out, he leaves to find his brother. Sonya follows shortly after. With the tip, the military police prevents the gang's activities. Yeong-shik and others are killed one after another as they attempt to escape from the police's pursuit. Yeong-shik gets shot himself and crashes into the river. Dong-shik catches up to Yeong-shik and retrieves him from the river bank; when Sonya arrives, she tries to convince Dong-shik not to leave her. He leaves to retrieve his truck. Yeong-shik overhears her confessions and chases Sonya further into the river. Deterred by the mud and failing to beg for mercy, Sonya succumbs to Yeong-shik's approach and dies by his knife. Yeong-shik dies by his own injuries. With his brother and lover dead, Dong-shik prepares to head home. Julie returns his family photograph. Dong-shik proposes to they both head back to the countryside. Choi Eun-hee as So-nya Kim Hak as Yeong-shik Jo Hae-won as Dong-shik Kang Sun-hee as Judy "The Flower in Hell ". Korean Movie Database.

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