44. Lobdell baseball lunar peleton

Frank Lobdell from Palo Alto collection

This is a picture I took of the Giants celebrating the World Series — freeze frame Tivo flat screen tv via cellphone. I called it a peleton in reference to Tour de France lore. Two months later I am digging it out of my cell maybe to remind myself to check out the lunar eclipse tonight around 11:45 — the pitchers mound looks like a moon. Also, I am processing my visit to Cantor’s new contemporary installation — this is rather Lobdellian, methinks.

I was also impressed by the jazz theme running through the show, more later: Oliveira, “tune in red,” Bischoff trombone, et cetera.

giants form peleton to celebrate the lunar eclipse

edit to add: Thai Bui and I tried to visit Frank Lobdell in winter, 2014. Paula Kirkeby had mentioned to me that Lobdell, like myself, was living at Oak Creek Apartments and on a stroll one day I happened to notice “Lobdell” next to a particular buzzer. When Bui heard this story, he asked me to accompany him to the spot, the next day, a Sunday (actually, it was January 29, 2014, the day after the party Terry threw for my 50th birthday party, and Thai and Rebe Bui were among the guests).

Jinx Lobdell greeted us in the hallway. She asked Frank if he would like some visitors, but he refused. We could hear him thru the door: “NO!” Thai had a studio on the same floor as Frank, but they hadn’t spoken in years. I asked Jinx to ask Frank to sign a slim catalog booklet that I had retrieved from my unit, which is about five buildings down from the Lobdells. It came back signed. As Lobdell passed a few weeks later, I am assuming that signature is the last autograph ever signed by Frank Lobdell.

Whatever is the segue, I also mean to cut and paste this, from the Dartmouth College website, about Willie May’s qualifications for receiving, in 2007, a Doctor of Humane Letters:

Willie Howard Mays, Jr.

(Doctor of Humane Letters)

Posted 04/19/07 • Roland Adams (603) 646-XXXXBiographical background on 2007 Dartmouth honorary degree recipients

Erich Kunzel '57
Willie Mays (Photo courtesy ©S.F. Giants)

Willie Mays is considered by experts to be one of the greatest baseball players ever. During 22 seasons of major league play, Mays demonstrated all-around excellence and versatility, performing amazing feats both at the plate and in the outfield. Thirty-years after Mays’ last season as a player, he still holds the all-time record for putouts by an outfielder, with a career total of 7095, and has the fourth-highest career total of home runs (660). He was named Most Valuable Player twice and won the Gold Glove Award (for superior individual fielding) 12 times, the most for an outfielder. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, the first year he was eligible; and he was ranked by The Sporting News as the second greatest baseball player of the 20th century (the first was Babe Ruth) and eighth in ESPN’s ranking of the century’s best athletes in any sport.

Born in Westfield, Alabama, a small town outside of Birmingham, Mays was the son of a mother who had been a star in high school track and basketball, and father who played on the team sponsored by his employer, a steel mill. Young Mays attended his father’s games, sitting in the dugout and serving as batboy, thus absorbing the game’s strategy at an early age. By age 14, Mays was playing semi-pro ball, and, while still in high school, was recruited to the Birmingham Black Barons, a team in the Negro Leagues, the top level of baseball then open to African-Americans.

At age 20, in 1950, Mays was hired by the New York Giants as their starting center fielder. That year—only the team’s second season of racial integration—Mays hit 20 home runs, batted in 68 runs, wowed fans with his ability in the outfield, and helped the Giants win the National League pennant, earning himself the title of Rookie of the Year.

Mays left professional baseball to serve in the U.S. Army from 1952-53. In 1954, his first full season back in baseball, he racked up 41 home runs and achieved a batting average of .345, and the Giants went to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. In the first game of the series, Mays performed the feat that came to be known simply as “The Catch”: an over-the-head catch of a 462-foot drive that had been destined to reap multiple runs for Cleveland. The Giants went on to win the game and the series.

Mays stayed with the Giants through the team’s 1957 move to San Francisco, playing for the team until 1972, when he went to the New York Mets for what would be his final season. After retiring from play, Mays joined the Giants’ management, where he continues to serve as a special assistant to the president. He is also the spokesperson for HealthSpring, a health maintenance organization for people with Medicare.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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4 Responses to 44. Lobdell baseball lunar peleton

  1. markweiss86 says:

    Someone named Matthew Sun has some nice pictures of the Cantor holdings from the previous contemporary installation, but not “tune in red” I was searchinjuning.
    Especially Vin Scully’s angels piece.

    • markweiss86 says:

      Elmer Bischoff actually played trumpet not trombone…Joe Oliveira plays sax, of course, and was Getz protogee, as celebrated at Stanford Jazz Workshop recently…(I sat in the Kirkebys’ seats, who had last minute regrets).

  2. Mark Weiss says:

    Ok, let me try this one more time: Bischoff played trumpet, the painting in the well-hung Stanford show is by David Park, who played piano, but the piece features prominently a trombone, hence my confusion. Dig? But now I am also wondering about the Bischoff piece called “untitled (marked with an x)” — where is the “x”? It is hung near a pretty freaky or perhaps jazzy Peter Voulkos ceramic.

    The Nathan Oliveira memorial is next Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. I believe at Stanford and Hilarie Fabermann the curator of the Stanford show is giving a lecture at Cantor on Jan. 27.

  3. Walt Weiss says:

    This is from a May, 2004 blast to my email list. I thought of it because today I have to call a guy who asked to unsubscribe after reading this:

    Leah Garchik reports in today’s San Francisco
    Chronicle that Willie Mays received an honorary degree
    from Yale last week.

    That’s not really music news, but “Wow”!

    Dr. Willie Mays!

    Mark Weiss, a.b.
    Earthwise Productions of Palo Alto

    Ok, but she also mentions in same column something
    about a new music organization AciveMusic that had
    Bonnie Raitt and Roy Rogers at recent benefit. That’s
    music news. And new Rolling Stone has article
    describing Maroon 5 shows at Dartmouth College and
    Yale, you see. And both Yale president and Maroon 5
    singer are named Levine. (Jews?). And Maroon 5 is
    currently #24 on Billboard. And Dr. Willie Mays is
    #24. Get it?


    Dartmouth, by the way, later followed suit and gave “Say Hey” another degree.

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