April 5, 2012: Baseball Opening Day, Chance Day, Caramel Day

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April 5, 2012

★~ Todays Quote: “Trust everybody, but always cut the cards.” ― Finley Peter Dunne

★~ Go For Broke Day:

The saying “Go for Broke” came from the world of gambling and means, GO FOR IT. We’ve all been hit hard by life events, whether is be the economy, possibly a natural disaster, or some other occurrence, and these events have made us a little hesitant to pursue the things we want. Well, today is the day to change that. Ask for that promotion that you deserve, buy that outfit you’ve been eyeing in the store display, or just take a chance. For this one day set a goal for yourself and complete it in that single day-Go for broke!

★~ Baseball Opening Day:

For over a century, baseball has been hailed above all other sports as America’s National Pastime. And no other game during the regular one-hundred sixty-two game season has been as eagerly anticipated as Opening Day. Ask any fan what the “official” start of Spring is. Chances are their answer will be Opening Day. Much more than just an event, it is an experience.

Opening Day has also become a “political pitcher’s” arena for U.S. Presidents to show their “stuff.” On April 14, 1910, President, and baseball enthusiast, William Howard Taft attended the home opener in Washington D.C. Since then, eleven sitting U.S. presidents have tossed out the season’s ceremonial first pitch. One standout, Harry S. Truman, showcased his ambidextrous talent when he threw out balls with both his right and left arm in 1950.

★~Carmel Day:

Americans began making sugary syrups in the 1600s, but the delicious chewy caramel we know and love today was a more recent innovation. Caramel candy emerged during the 18th century and quickly became one of the most popular sweets on the market. In fact, Milton Hershey’s first business was the Lancaster Caramel Company!

Caramel is made with butter, brown and white sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla. It is usually enjoyed as an ice cream topping, a candy filling, or on its own. You can also find caramel flavored puddings, popcorn, desserts, and coffee.

I vote for Caramel Corn to celebrate caramel day!

★~ Today in History:

♥~1966 Timothy Leary spoke at New York’s Town Hall and compared LSD to a microscope saying that the drug “is to psychology what the microscope is to biology,” leaving not just a few to wonder, “What’s he smokin’?

♥~1976 – Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died of kidney failure en route (in a private jet) to a hospital in Houston (from Acapulco, Mexico). He left an estate estimated at $2 billion. Four hundred prospective heirs tried to inherit his fortune, but it eventually went to twenty-two cousins on both sides of his family.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ Some of the world’s best-known superstars were born on this day. Spencer Tracey, Melvyn Douglas, Bette Davis, Gregory Peck. By 1979 they had collected a total of seven Oscars between them

♥~ 1900Spencer (Bonaventure) Tracy Academy Award-winning actor: Captains Courageous [1937], Boys Town [1938]; San Francisco, Stanley and Livingstone, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1941], Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Adam’s Rib, Father of the Bride [1950], Pat and Mike, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Mountain, The Old Man and the Sea, How the West Was Won, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; died June 10, 1967

♥~ 1901Melvyn Douglas (Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg) Academy Award-winning [supporting] actor: Hud [1963], Being There [1979]; The Vampire Bat, Captains Courageous, Ninotchka, Three Hearts for Julia, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Americanization of Emily, I Never Sang for My Father, The Candidate, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Changeling, Ghost Story; died Aug 4, 1981

♥~ 1908Bette (Ruth Elizabeth) Davis Academy Award-winning actress [1935], Jezebel [1938]; Dark Victory, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Now, Voyager, Mr. Skeffington, All About Eve, The Star, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?;died Oct 6, 1989

♥~ 1916 – Gregory Peck (Eldred) Academy Award-winning actor: To Kill a Mockingbird [1962]; The Keys of the Kingdom, The Yearling, Duel in the Sun, Gentleman’s Agreement, Twelve O’Clock High, David and Bathsheba, Captain Horatio Hornblower, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Roman Holiday, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Moby Dick [1956], The Guns of Navarone, Marooned, MacArthur, The Boys from Brazil, Moby Dick [TV: 1998]; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian (Academy) Award [1968]; died June 12, 2003,

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Ted Williams:  “Teddy Ballgame” boasted at least one hit in every Opening Day game he appeared in. Williams’ first Opening Day (April 20, 1939) was especially noteworthy as he faced the rival New York Yankees and Lou Gehrig, who was playing in his 2,123rd consecutive game.

♥~ Cleveland Ace Bob Feller tossed the only Opening Day  no-hitter in Major League History in 1940 against the White Sox’s.

♥~ Hammerin’ Hank Aaron ignited the crowd at Riverfront Stadium on his first swing of the 1974 season when he tagged Cincinnati Reds for his 714th career home run to tie Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

♥~ At the start of the 1907 season, the New York Giants opened against the Phillies following a heavy snowstorm. In preparation for the game, groundskeepers were forced to shovel large drifts of snow onto the outer edges of the field in foul territory. After falling behind 3-0, the disappointed fans at the Polo Grounds began hurling snowballs onto the playing field, disrupting play. As the melee progressed, chaos ensued and fans began rushing onto the field to continue the snowball fight. After being pelted, Home plate umpire Bill Klem had enough and called a forfeit in favor of the Phillies.


It’s barking at Camp-Run-A-Pup this weekend so I will be busy, busy. Cole is going on a short road trip with family friends over the weekend.   He may be doing it in his new car. I’m going to spare you the details for the time being and  just ask you to hold your breath along with me.

Cubs or White Sox? Who will win the pennant? Next year has rolled around and Chicago is ever hopeful. Are you a baseball fan? Odd Loves Company!

17 thoughts on “April 5, 2012: Baseball Opening Day, Chance Day, Caramel Day

  1. Great post KB! Golf and Baseball does not get much better.
    Go Cubs!

    Off tomorrow it’s a GOOD FRIDAY.

  2. This made me smile and want caramel corn. I like the idea of baseball but I don’t really cheer for any one team.
    I am taking a chance on Easter dinner by trying a few new recipes–Hope we don’t end up ordering pizza.

    Holy Thursday. Church for me!

    • I bet your Easter dinner will turn out perfectly. If not you will have family stories to tell :-D. Do share what you are making with us…Inquiring minds like to know!

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  4. While I enjoyed your whole post, whole heatedly, “go for broke” really spiked my pulse. It started me thinking, what would going for broke mean for me today?
    So, I’ve decided to make it my quest for the day. I’ll let you know this evening how it turns out. 🙂

  5. Caramel corn sounds really good..luckily there is a popcorn store near me that offers all kinds of flavored popcorn and caramel corn..yum..must visit this store today !

  6. The worst thing that ever happened to my family, appearance-wise, was when the Cubs began having night games. When we lived in Chicago, my family looked freshly pressed every day and slept on ironed sheets because I ironed during all those daytime Cubs games. I loved watching those games.

    Who wants to iron at night?!

    • I have never ironed with the exception of handkerchiefs. My mother did iron our sheets for awhile–of-course she also dusted higher than she could see….
      Interesting I wonder how many other household chores were pushed aside when the Cubs started to play at night…research needs to be done!!

    • Hope spring eternal for a Cubs fan. I heard the the real ivy on the outfield walls was already turning green, the first time that’s happened on Opening Day in decades. Could it be a sign??

  7. Sorry baseball fans, but I find the game rather boring. Give me the rough tough game of football any day. Go Bears!!

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