Richie Ashburn

Donald Richard Ashburn known by the nicknames, "Putt-Putt", "The Tilden Flash", "Whitey", was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball. He was born in Tilden, Nebraska. From his youth on a farm, he grew up to become a professional outfielder and veteran broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies and one of the most beloved sports figures in Philadelphia history, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. One of the famous "Whiz Kids" of the National League champion 1950 Phillies, Ashburn spent 12 of his 15 major-league seasons as the Phillies' center fielder, he sported a.308 lifetime batting average, leading the National League twice, led the league in fielding percentage. In 1950, in the last game of the regular season, he threw Dodgers' runner Cal Abrams out at home plate to preserve a 1–1 tie and set the stage for Dick Sisler's pennant-clinching home run, he had been playing in to back up a pick-off throw on a pitchout, but pitcher Robin Roberts had instead thrown a fastball to the batter, Duke Snider.

The following year Ashburn displayed his fielding skill on the national stage in the All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The Associated Press reported, "Richie Ashburn, fleet footed Philadelphia Phillies outfielder, brought the huge Briggs Stadium crowd of 52,075 to its feet with a brilliant leaping catch in the sixth inning to rob Vic Wertz of a near homer. Ashburn caught the ball in front of the right centerfield screen 400 feet distant after a long run." He was the last Phillies player to collect eight hits in a double-header when he singled eight times in a twinbill at Pittsburgh on May 20, 1951. Ashburn was a singles hitter rather than a slugger, accumulating over 2,500 hits in 15 years against only 29 home runs. In his day he was regarded as the archetypal "spray hitter", stroking the ball well to all fields, thus making him harder to defend against. Ashburn accumulated the most hits of any batter during the 1950s. During a game on August 17, 1957, Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck spectator Alice Roth, wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor Earl Roth, breaking her nose.

When play resumed Ashburn fouled off another ball that struck her while she was being carried off in a stretcher. Ashburn and Mrs. Roth maintained a friendship for many years, the Roths' son served as a Phillies batboy. Ashburn was traded to the Chicago Cubs following the 1959 season for three players, he went on to anchor center field for the North Siders in 1960 and 1961. Anticipating a future career behind a microphone, Ashburn sometimes conducted a post-game baseball instruction clinic at Wrigley Field for the benefit of the youngsters in the WGN-TV viewing audience. Ashburn was purchased by the expansion New York Mets for the 1962 season and was the first batter in franchise history, he had a good year offensively, batting.306, was the team's first All-Star Game representative. It was, however, a frustrating year for the polished professional, who had begun his career with a winner and found himself playing for the least successful team in modern baseball history, he retired at the end of the season.

One oft-told story is that on short flies to center or left-center, center fielder Ashburn would collide with shortstop Elio Chacón. Chacón, from Venezuela, spoke little English and had difficulty understanding when Ashburn was calling him off the ball. To remedy matters teammate Joe Christopher taught Ashburn to say "Yo la tengo", Spanish for "I’ve got it." When Ashburn first used this phrase it worked fine, keeping Chacón from running into him. But left fielder Frank Thomas, who did not speak a word of Spanish, slammed into Ashburn. After getting up Thomas asked Ashburn, "What the heck is a Yellow Tango?" This anecdote inspired the name of the American indie rock group Yo La Tengo. In his last five seasons Ashburn played for the 8th-place Phillies, the 7th-place Cubs, the 10th place Mets; the infamous first-year Mets club won only a quarter of its games, Ashburn decided to retire from active play. The last straw might have been during the Mets' 120th loss, when Ashburn was one of the three Mets victims in a triple play pulled off by his former teammates, the 9th-place Cubs.

According to Jimmy Breslin, it was the prospect of sitting on the bench that led Ashburn to retire: "He sat on the bench for a while with another team once and it bothered him badly. And he said that if he had to be a benchwarmer for the New York Mets he'd commit suicide."Throughout his playing career, who lived in his hometown of Tilden during the offseason, officiated high school basketball games throughout Nebraska as a way to stay in playing condition. He became a well-respected official, but retired from officiating when he retired from baseball. Starting in 1963 Ashburn became a radio and TV color commentator for his original big-league team, the Phillies, he first worked with long-time Phillies announcers Bill Campbell and Byrum Saam. In 1971 Campbell was released by the Phillies and Harry Kalas joined the team. Ashburn worked with two future Ford C. Frick Award winners and Kalas, for the next few years. Saam retired in 1976, Ashburn continued working with Kalas for the next two decades, the two becoming best friends.

Kalas referred to Ashburn as "His Whiteness", a nickname Kalas would use for the rest of his life for the man he adored. Ashburn regularly wrote for The Philadelphia Bulletin and The Philadelphia Daily News. According to his mother, Ashburn planned on retiring from broadcasting at the end of the 1997 season, he died of a heart attack at age 70 on September 9, 1997, in

Battle of Olompali

The Battle of Olómpali was fought on June 24, 1846, in present-day Marin County, California. It was the only battle of the Bear Flag Revolt; the site is now a part of the Olompali State Historic Park. The skirmish began when a detachment of General José Castro’s Alta California army forces from the Presidio of Monterey, under the command of Joaquín de la Torre, headed north in reaction to the declaration of an independent California Republic in Sonoma ten days earlier. Near Olómpali they met up with a militia group that had set out from Sonoma in hopes of rescuing two rebels, captured and, as they had learned the previous day, killed. During the Bear Flag Revolt, on June 24, 1846, the Battle of Olómpali occurred when a violent skirmish broke out between a group of American Bear Flaggers from Sonoma, led by Henry Ford, a Mexican army force of 50 from Monterey, under the command of Joaquin de la Torre; the opposing forces met at Rancho Olompali, granted to Coast Miwok chief Camilo Ynitia in 1843.

On about June 16, William Todd was dispatched from Sonoma to Bodega Bay with an unnamed companion to obtain gunpowder from American settlers in that area. On June 18, Bears Thomas Cowie and George Fowler were sent to Rancho Sotoyome to pick up a cache of gunpowder from Moses Carson, brother of Frémont's scout Kit Carson. On June 20 when the procurement parties failed to return as expected, Lieutenant Ford sent Sergeant Gibson with four men to Rancho Sotoyome. Gibson obtained the powder and on the way back fought with several Californians and captured one of them. From the prisoner they learned of the deaths of Cowie and Fowler. There are Californio and Oso versions of what had happened. Ford learned that William Todd and his companion had been captured by the Californio irregulars led by Juan Padilla and José Ramón Carrillo. Ford rode toward Santa Rosa with seventeen to nineteen Bears. Not finding Padilla, the Bears headed toward one of his homes near Two Rock; the following morning the Bears captured three or four men near the Rancho Laguna de San Antonio and found a corral of horses near the Indian rancho of Olúmpali, near the mouth of the Petaluma River, which they assumed belonged to Padilla's group.

Ford approached the adobe but more men appeared and unexpectedly others came "pouring out of the adobe". Militiamen from south of the Bay, led by Mexican Captain Joaquin de la Torre, had joined with Padilla's irregulars and now numbered about seventy. Ford's men positioned themselves in a grove of trees and opened fire when the enemy charged on horseback, killing one and wounding another. During the ensuing long-range battle, William Todd and his companion escaped from the house where they were being held and ran to the Bears; the Alta California militia disengaged from the long-range fighting after suffering a few wounded and returned to San Rafael. An Alta Californian militiaman reported that their muskets could not shoot as far as the rifles used by some Bears; this was the only battle fought during the Bear Flag Revolt

1977 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix

The 1977 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix was the second round of the 1977 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on 1 May 1977 at the Salzburgring circuit; the opening race was for the 350 cc category. This race was abandoned after eight laps following an accident which led to the death of Hans Stadelmann from head injuries, injured Johnny Cecotto, Patrick Fernandez, Dieter Braun and Franco Uncini; the 125 cc race was due to run after the 350 cc race, but the 125 cc riders staged a sitdown strike and there was a delay before their race took place. Riders in the 500 cc category organised a boycott of their race which led to only 14 competitors taking part; the FIM, motorcycle racing's governing body issued formal warnings to Barry Sheene and Ángel Nieto but in the year the punishments were retracted