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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 7, 2021 

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After pinch hitting in the top of the eighth inning of a professional baseball game in July 1952, batboy Joe Reliford thought that he had done all he could to help his team, the Fitzgerald Pioneers,...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 30, 2021

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The rowdy hometown crowd in Statesboro, Georgia, was pleased when, on the night of July 19, 1952, batboy Joe Reliford pinch hit for the visiting Fitzgerald Pioneers in a game the visitors were losing...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 23, 2021

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When Joe Reliford, batboy for the Fitzgerald Pioneers of the Georgia State League, pinch hit in a game on July 19, 1952, he became the youngest person ever to play in a professional baseball game....

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 16, 2021

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With a new baseball season underway, it is perhaps time for a little story about that sport from bygone days. There are at least a million from which to choose! An interesting tale unfolded in 1952 th...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 9, 2021

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The northernmost county along Kentucky’s uneven northern border (which is also the south bank of the Ohio River) is named after famous local frontiersman Daniel Boone. Among Boone County’s cities,...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 2, 2021

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As we have seen, John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome on July 10, 1973. He remained a hostage until his famous grandfather, J. Paul Getty, paid the kidnappers $2.2 million. Young Getty’s...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 26, 2021

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When John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome in 1973, his captors demanded a ransom of $17 million. Young Getty’s father, John Paul II, prevailed upon family patriarch J. Paul Getty to give in to...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 19, 2021

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American oilman J. Paul Getty was, at the time of his death in 1976, reportedly worth $6 billion, making him perhaps the richest man in the world. Consequently, criminals out to make lots of money...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 12, 2021

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In a previous article, we looked at one of the most famous kidnapping cases of the 20th century: that of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s son, Charles Jr. Sadly, that terrible event ended with the...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 5, 2021

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While Sheb Wooley was carving out a successful acting career in the 1950s and 1960s, he was also actively working in the music business, writing and recording numerous songs. His biggest hit was a...

 

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As we saw last week, Sheb Wooley was able to achieve a successful acting career with supporting roles in numerous westerns on television and in movie theaters. Beginning in 1950, Wooley acted in many...

 

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As we saw last week, Sheb Wooley was able to achieve a successful acting career with supporting roles in numerous westerns on television and in movie theaters. Beginning in 1950, Wooley acted in many...

 

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Oklahoma’s significant contribution to American culture has been noted many times. Especially has the Sooner State produced performers who excelled in the fields of acting and singing. One native...

 

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After a successful ten years as an Indianapolis Colt, punter and place-kick holder Hunter Smith was signed by the Washington Redskins for the 2009 season. The Redskins were hapless that year,...

 

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After a successful decade as a punter and holder for place kickers for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL), Hunter Smith was traded in 2009 to the Washington Redskins. When...

 

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In 2003, kicker Mike Vanderjagt of the Indianapolis Colts attempted 37 field goals and 46 extra points. Incredibly, he made all 83 of those kicks – the first time in the history of the National...

 

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As we approach the end of another football season, we can pause to appreciate the abilities of the players who entertain us as we watch them showcase their talent. Athletes in football – as in any...

 

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By Charles Dawes’s term as vice president of the United States ended in March 1929. The new president, Herbert Hoover, got along with Dawes much better than had his predecessor, Calvin Coolidge....

 

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By the mid-1880s thousands of miles of railroad tracks crisscrossed the American West, making travel somewhat easier for the people who lived there. During the previous two decades the U.S. government...

 

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Charles Dawes took the oath of office as vice president of the United States, serving under President Calvin Coolidge, on March 4. 1925. Unfortunately, the two men did not enjoy a good relationship....

 

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Any time January 1 rolls around, it is typical for people to wish their friends, relatives, and acquaintances a “Happy New Year!” That tradition has perhaps never been more highly anticipated...

 

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Today is Dec. 25 – Christmas! Like many people, Christmas is my favorite holiday. Also, like many people, I find the 2020 version of that holy day to be different from what is “normal.” As the...

 

A man of many achievements, part 4

Random Thoughts When William McKinley became U.S. president in 1897, Charles Dawes thought that his future in politics looked promising. Dawes had managed McKinley’s campaign in Illinois, and...

 

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During the first two decades of the 20th century, the United States experienced a period known as the Progressive Era. Many laws were passed in an attempt to make the country a better place for more p...

 

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The family into which Charles Dawes was born in 1865 had been successful in the fields of politics, business and military service for generations. Charles and his siblings would carry on those...

 

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