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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 19, 2024 

A different kind of strike, part 3

As we have seen, Ray Caldwell was a really good pitcher in baseball’s major leagues although he was not always diligent in remaining sober and being focused on having a successful athletic career. In...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 12, 2024

A different kind of strike – Part 2

Ray Caldwell, who pitched in baseball’s major leagues from 1910 through 1921, lived from 1888 until 1967. He played primarily for the New York Yankees before finishing his career with the Boston R...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 5, 2024

A different kind of strike – Part 1

April signals the beginning of baseball season in the United States. Therefore, it is appropriate to tell one of the thousands of interesting stories that have come from the annals of what used to be...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 29, 2024

Another gospel song

Recently, we looked at the life and career of songwriter Albert Brumley who wrote several hundred hymns, the most popular of which was the gospel standard, “I’ll Fly Away.” In researching the story...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 22, 2024

Oklahoma Profile: Albert Brumley – part 2

In 1931, Albert Brumley married Goldie Schell and the couple settled in her hometown of Powell, Missouri. Albert earned a living by continuing to write gospel songs that were published by numerous...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 15, 2024

Oklahoma Profile: Albert Brumley, part 1

Albert Brumley was born on a farm near Spiro, Indian Territory, in October 1905. His parents were poor sharecroppers, raising their children and eking out a meager living working on a cotton farm...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 8, 2024

Full Cyrkle, part 3

Like most rock bands of the 1960s, The Cyrkle had a brief existence. As we noted last week, the group produced three albums and had six singles that made the rock charts. All of their hits were...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 1, 2024

Full Cyrkle – part 2

When members of the rock group The Cyrkle began making music in 1966, fame came quickly. The band’s first album peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard charts while producing two hit singles. Their first h...

 

Full Cyrkle – Part 1

Once upon a time – in the mid-1960s – there was a musical group made up of young men in their early 20s. Actually, there were about a million such bands in the mid-1960s. This article is about one...

 

The score was 222-0, part 4

As we have seen, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College in a 1916 football game that ended with the score of 222-0 with Cumberland being on the losing end of the contest. An interesting footnote to...

 

The score was 222-0, part 3

Cumberland University of Tennessee sent a small group of athletes to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1916 to play a football game against Georgia Tech. The outcome, as we have seen, was a 222-0 thrashing with...

 

The score was 222-0, part 1

Many sports trivia fans know that the most lopsided score ever in a college football game was 222-0. The contest that produced that sad result was Georgia Tech versus Cumberland University. The year...

 

Oklahoma Profile: Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman was born in Oklahoma (in 1925) to parents who were the children of European immigrants. His mother’s people were English while his father’s folks were Germans. The Hillermans rai...

 

A girl and her guitar

All over Europe (and probably in other parts of the world, too) there are people known as “buskers.” According to one dictionary, a busker is “a person who performs music or other entertainment in th...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 10

With this article we will conclude our look at the women drivers who have helped make the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) the most diverse motorsports organization in the world. We will accomplish...

 

Drag Queens on Wheels, part 9

Looking at some of the more successful female drivers who participate in events sponsored by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) shows that several have won individual races but only four have...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 8

Both Ashley and Courtney Force had successful careers in the sport of drag racing. Working for the motorsports empire founded by their father, John Force, both women won several races sanctioned by...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 7

Ashley Force had a successful – though relatively short – career as a Funny Car driver in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). Racing for the team created and run by her father, John Force, Ashley competed for four years, 2007 through 2010. Dur...

 

Drag queens on wheels – Part 6

The sport of drag racing is extremely expensive! In addition to one or more valuable cars, one must have a crew of mechanics who can make the vehicles run flawlessly and fix any problems that can...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 4

When Shirley Muldowney began competing in the “Top Fuel” category of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) in 1973, she faced discrimination from fans of the sport as well as some of her fellow mal...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 24, 2023

Call it amazing, part 1

This story is about a man named Henry Roth. He was born on Feb. 8, 1906, in a small town in the Austro-Hungarian Empire that is now known as Tysmenytsia, Ukraine. Henry’s given name at birth was H...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 17, 2023

Winnie's song, part 4

Against overwhelming odds, Winnie Simms’s efforts to get her song into the hands of country music star Charley Pride had succeeded, and Pride had recruited John Swheers to add music to Winnie’s wor...

 

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