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Concert Review: Carole King / James Taylor: Madison Square Garden - NY City

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History: Carole King wrote her first hit song “Will You Still Love Tomorrow” at the age of 18 in 1960. She & her husband at the time, Gerry Goffin would go on to write over a dozen hit songs in the sixties for groups like the Shirelles (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow), The Animals (Don’t Bring Me Down), Bobby Vee (Take Good Care of My Baby), The Drifters (Up on the Roof), The Cookies (Chains -also covered by the Beatles), Steve Lawrence (Go Away Little Girl), Aretha Franklin (Natural Woman), The Chiffons (One Fine Day), The Everly Brothers (Cryin’ In The Rain), Little Eva / Grand Funk Railroad (The Locomotion), Grand Funk Railroad / Gene Pitney (Some Kind of Wonderful) & Freddie Scott (Hey Girl). After moving from Manhattan to West Orange New Jersey, they wrote the song “Pleasant Valley Sunday” which became a huge hit for the Monkees. They also penned the Monkees classic, "Porpoise Song". Countless artists have covered her songs, an d she is credited with writin

Edgardo's Older Brother & Mets Minor League Manager: Edgar Alfonzo

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Edgar Alfonzo was born on June 10, 1967. He is the older brother of popular former Met Edgardo Alfonzo. Edgar spent 12 years in the Baltimore & Anaheim minor league systems never making to the big leagues. Since 2000 he has been working at various levels of the Mets system. In 2000 he was manager of the Kingsport Mets. In 2001 he was the first manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones in their inaugural season, leading them to a first place finish, and a co-championship. He won Baseball America’s short season manager of the year award. In 2002 he was the St. Lucie Mets hitting instructor, then worked as a Mets minor league infield co-ordinator. In 2007 he returned to Brooklyn as manger again finishing in first place but losing in the league finals. In 2008 his Cyclones finished 4th & he m oved on to the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2009, but finished 12th. In 2010 he is the back as manager of the St. Lucie Mets. He has been living in that area since 1998 and is very excited about managin

Concert Review: The Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium (with Dixie Chicks & Keith Urban)

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What a great night at the brand new Meadowlands Stadium last night. The Eagles put on an amazing show wowing the 50,000 plus, on what turned out to be a beautifal early summer night, after a brief sun shower passed through. Supported by the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban it was a 5 hour extravaganza of some great music. THE NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM: As for the new stadium, there was really nothing there that blew me away. Upon first arrival, there were slow lines at the pay booths, which charged a hefty $25 to park. There wasn't much direction, the lanes all of a sudden merged down into only two pay booths which was causing the whole delay. There you get your first close up of the big large grey Stadium, which really is kind of ugly. The parking situation was ridiculous at first. I arrived at 400 PM and was sent to a parking lot behind the racetrack, a long way away from the stadium. I was told there would be shuttle bus es to take us over! Shuttle bus, after I paid $2

Former Italian American Player: Dario Lodigiani (1938-1946)

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Dario Antonio Lodigiani was born on June 6, 1919 in San Francisco California. Dario was one of the many Italian American players to come out of the San Francisco Bay area in the 1930’s. While still in junior high his double play partner was Joe DiMaggio. By the time he reached high school he was a an All Star in baseball, football, & basketball. He was drafted right into the AAA level of baseball at 19 years old & two years later debuted with the Philadelphia Athletics. Lodigiani & his childhood friend DiMaggio made it to the big leagues together, remaining friends & going to their respective careers. He was primarily a second baseman & third baseman with superior fielding range, posting fielding percentages that put him among the leagues best. In his rookie year he batted .280 with 6 HRs 15 doubles & 44 RBIs, playing in 93 games. He would also be in the leagues top five in hit by pitches three times. He dropped to a .260 average the next year playing in