Showing posts from May, 2012

Concert Review: Steve Winwood at the Beacon Theater (New York City)

Steve Winwood began his career as a teenager at Great Barr School where he became part of the Birmingham blues scene. He backed people like Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry before joining the Spencer Davis Group (1963-1967) at age 14. Winwood co wrote the Spencer Davis hits Gimmie Some Lovin & I'm A Man playing organ & singing on the records. In 1967 he formed the great band Traffic (1967-1974 / 1994) with Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason & Chris Wood. Winwood' Traffic classic works include the songs Feelin' Alright, Paper Sun, Freedom Writer, Empty Pages, the instrumental Glad & the ultimate classics Dear Mr. Fantasy & The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. In 1968 he also played organ on Jimi Hendrix classic Voo Doo Chile as well as some other tracks on Electric Ladyland. In 1969 if this wasn't enough Winwood formed the super group Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker & Rich Grech. This classic album included Winwood's Can't F

centerfieldmaz Visits the New Marlins Park in Miami Florida

On Monday night 5/20/12 centerfieldmaz attended a game at the new Marlins Park located in the Little Havana section of Miami, Florida. The ball park is home to the newly named Miami Marlins, this night they hosted the Colorado Rockies. I was quite impressed with this new ballpark, it was a lot better than I expected. It was pretty easy to get to coming South down I-95 from Fort Lauderdale. Although there are not many signs directing you there, the large white domed building stands out in the low rise neighborhood. It almost looks like a giant space ship  landed in the middle of a quiet town. It reminds me of the setting of the old parks like Wrigley Field & Fenway Park. There are four parking garages that surround the building and when you leave your car your right at the entrance to the ballpark. I am sure if there are capacity crowds for big events the area can get congested, we all know the hassle of leaving a four level parking garage when full. Also the stre

Italian / American Television Star & Baseball Player: John Berardino

Giovanni Berardino was born May 1, 1917 in Los Angeles California. He was a child actor that appeared in some of the classic Our Gang episodes but no credits are mentioned on any existing films. He eventually turned to baseball and played on the USC baseball team in the 1930s. He was signed by the St. Louis Brown as a middle infielder making his debut in the 1939 season. He would play for the Browns for six seasons, coming in last place five times. In 1940 he had his best season with a career high 16 HRs & drove in 85 runs (2nd best on the team). He followed that up with a career high 89 RBIs in 1941 and a .271 batting average. In each of those two seasons he also hit over 30 doubles and struck out very rarely. In 1942 he went off to the military serving in World War II & returning to baseball four years later. 1946 was his last full season & his last with the Browns, as he hit .265 with 5 HRs & 68 RBIs. He was traded to Cleveland in 1948 & although he