Showing posts from November, 2022

Remembering Christine McVie (1943-2022)

 Longtime Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie passed away in hospital after a brief illness, she was 70 years old. The lovely Christine was a beautiful singer, songwriter, piano/keyboard player for Fleetwood Mac & in a solo career. Christine Anne Perfect was born in Lancashire, England on July 12th, 1943. Her father was a concert violinist & her mother a physic medium. Originally wanting to be an art teacher but she ended up in the music business. In 1968 she married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, by 1971 she became a full-time member. It wasn't until 1975 when Stevie Nicks & Lindsay Buckingham joined Mac as the group became one of the biggest rock bands of all time. McVie usually was overshadowed by the star of Stevie Nicks. In 1975 her biggest songs from the album- Fleetwood Mac, Over My Head & Say You Love Me, both reached the top twenty in the US. She also co-wrote World Turning with Lindsay Buckingham, as well as Warm Ways & Sugar Daddy on her own. In

George Foster: Early/Mid Eighties Mets Outfielder (1982-1986)

George Arthur Foster was born December 1, 1948, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He grew up in the outskirts of Los Angeles, attending Lawndale high school where he was a top athlete. The six-foot one right hand hitting outfielder was drafted in the third round of the 1968 draft by the San Francisco Giants. In 1969 he hit 14 HRs & bat .321 at A ball Fresno.  MLB Career: Foster got a brief September call up for eight games with the Giants. Foster made just 18 appearances in two years at San Francisco due to the fact that Willie Mays & Bobby Bonds were fixtures in the Giants outfield. Reds Career: In May of 1971 he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for short stop Frank Duffy & a minor leaguer. It was still a crowded for Cincinnati outfield when he came over to the Big Red Machine, but Foster soon got a lot of playing time when centerfielder Bobby Tolan got injured. Foster showed power as he hit 10 HRs & 18 doubles with 58 RBIs in 104 games while batting .234. He was s

Craig Swan: 1978 N.L. ERA Leader (1973-1984)

Craig Steven Swan was born on November 30, 1950, in Van Nuys, California. His father was a draftsman for an aviation company & wanted the young Craig to be a quarterback. While throwing a football his arm became strong & the young Craig preferred baseball. Dodger Stadium: He pitched a no hitter in the PONY League & his team won the 1965 championship. The Dodgers invited Swan to throw out a ceremonial pitch in Game #5 of the 1965 World Series. Craig got to meet Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale in the dugout as well. He was drafted at age 17 but chose to attend Arizona State University instead. There he was a top pitcher, setting a record in the 1972 College World Series allowing only one run over 18 innings pitched. The six foot three, right-handed Swan, had a good moving fastball in the low nineties and a hard slider. He was selected by the New York Mets in the third round of the 1972 draft.  Mets Career: Swan was invited to Mets Spring Training in 1973, getting coac