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“…talkin’ baseball… baseball and the Tribe…”

“Talkin’ Baseball” – Terry Cashman (2008)

Today is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day in many cities across America (and Canada!) The hopes and dreams of October championship baseball are alive and well for fans of every team!

Today in Cleveland, the Indians play their chilly home and season opener against the Boston Redsox with David Price the starting pitcher for the Sox, and Cy Young Award winner, Cory Kluber taking the mound for the hometown good-guys.  First pitch at Jacobs Field is scheduled for 4:10 PM.

Pictured above: The 28-foot neon sign that adorned the 74,000 seat Cleveland Municipal Stadium at Gate D for 32 years. The old stadium was demolished in 1996 with the Tribe’s new home, Jacobs Field, opening on April 2, 1994.

Some time ago,  I wrote a post about the inspiration and reason behind the “Indians” team name. The cartoon mascot “Chief Wahoo” has caused controversy among some, but to me Chief Wahoo is simply an emblem representing my baseball team!

Today the Chief Wahoo sign has been preserved and is on display at Cleveland’s Western Reserve Historical Society (as seen in my photograph above, taken December 30, 2014.)

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“We hold these truths to be self evident…”

The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 – (Scene from HBO Mini-Series “John Adams”)

Boston, Massachusetts
Photo taken September 1, 2005


“…they want to get my.. Gold on the ceiling…”


“Gold on The Ceiling” – The Black Keys (2012)

The dome of the Massachusetts State House
The State House was built in 1798.
The dome was gilded with gold leaf in 1874.

Photo taken September 1, 2005


“You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave”

“Hotel California” – The Eagles (1976)

Photo taken October 26, 2001

On the banks of the Hillsborough River, the former Tampa Bay Hotel, has been a national gem since its opening in 1891. Built by Railroad Tycoon Henry B. Plant, the lavish structure, of Moorish architectural design, boasted 511 rooms and covered over 6 acres of land and over 150 acres of lush grounds for guests to enjoy.

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the United States Military used the hotel and it’s grounds as a base of operations. Teddy Roosevelt and his “Rough Riders” prepared for battle on these grounds, and Roosevelt took comfort in a luxury suite in the hotel, while enlisted men stayed in near-by tents. Years later, Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth signed his first Major League contract at the hotel, surely, with a Tampa hand rolled “Optimo” Cigar (his favorite) clamped between his teeth!

Following depression era hard times, the hotel closed in 1930. In 1933, the Tampa Bay Junior College established residence in the old hotel and the school eventually grew in size and became known as The University of Tampa. Currently, “Plant Hall” as the treasured building is named today, houses University of Tampa administrative offices and student oriented areas, as well as the Henry B. Plant Museum.


The Tampa Life cigar box featured the Tampa Bay Hotel prominently on it’s inner label artwork, to attract customers during the time that the hotel was in operation.


One of Babe Ruth’s favorite cigar brands was OPTIMO, also hand rolled in Tampa, the cigar capital of the world at the time!


Church of the Presbyterian Strangers

Arlington Street Church
Back Bay
351 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
Congregation founded in 1729
Building completed in 1861
Design was inspired by the 18th century London church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Photo taken September 1, 2005


Sox

Home to the Major League Baseball team, the Boston Red Sox: Historic Fenway Park from the Press Box.
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts

Photo taken September 1, 2005