Feb 20, 2010

The Memorial Site of NY Giants Star Fred Merkle

History remembers Fred Merkle for one bad play back in an important 1908 game at the Polo Grounds and not for the good ball player & person he was. In 2005 David Stalker found out Merkle was buried in an unmarked grave in Florida, he contacted the Merkle family to help fund him build a monument in his honor. A design was worked out along with Archie Monuments Co. & a location at The Octagon House at the Watertown Historical Society was selected.


The Fred Merkle memorial Monument was erected in 2005 and is a huge success. Not only is it visited by local residents, but baseball fans, media outlets, web sites & old NY Giants fans as well have made the journey to honor the memory of Fred Merkle. The monument dosen’t mention anything about the base running blunder, instead it honors a good ballplayer whose long career took him to six World Series. According to David Stalker: “I truly feel that I have brought justice to the man who was, and still is admired by his family, as he was by his close contacts throughout his life. Fred was an intelligent, competitive man that always gave 100% in everything he did.”

There is a Youtube television video on Merkle, and an
upcoming book (more info to come soon) to be released in March, about Merkle’s life. In Chicago,outside of Wrigleyville, The Fred Merkle Bar & Grill proudly displays a photo of the monument on its walls.

Stalker is involved in erecting nine other monuments across the country, in honor of players from the dead ball era. Another New York Giant, Charley Faust is on that list. You can contact David Stalker for more info: attheballyard@yahoo.com

Feb 4, 2010

The Who Finally Get Their Due: A Super Bowl & Their Own Satelite Radio Channel

The Super Bowl has been rolling out the best Rock & Roll has to offer over the past few years for its half time performances. This year the Who finally get their due. They are one of the greatest bands of all time, with an incredible musical history.They certainly have had their casualties along the way, but Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey are true survivors. With a great band behind them for support, the Who now consists of the great Zak Starkey on drums, Pete Townshend's brother Simon on guitar & Pino Palladino on bass.

According to Pete "We're kinda doing a mashup of stuff. A bit of 'Baba O'Riley,' a bit of 'Pinball Wizard,' a bit of the close of 'Tommy,' a bit of 'Who Are You,' and a bit of 'Won't Get Fooled Again.' It works, it's quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it -- we've always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot."
On top of all that excitement Sirius / XM Radio has launched a 24 hour Who channel that began today and will run through Monday afternoon. The channel will will feature music, live performances & interviews. You can find it on Sirius Channel 16 (Deep Tracks).