Eric on The Road

Journeys into the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten - by Eric Model

Friday, April 27, 2012

Passing: Bill Skowron (Fox Sports)

Former Yankees first baseman Bill "Moose" Skowron, a five-time World Series champion who played alongside the likes of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra, died at 81, the team announced Friday, April 27. The six-time All-Star was a .282 career hitter, but continually made his mark in October, hitting .293 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 39 World Series games. "Moose could flat-out hit ... for average, and he had real power," the legendary Mantle once said. "People used to look at our lineup and concentrate on the guys in the middle of the order. Moose might have been batting sixth or seventh, but he made our lineup deep and more dangerous. You didn't want to give him too much around the plate. He was like Yogi, he could hit bad pitches out and beat you."

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Passing: Dick Clark

Personally, I preferred Guy Lombardo on New Year's Eve and rather enjoyde rock and roll on the rdaio, but Dick Clark nonetheless impacted all of us. His passing is equally impactful. Here is a rememberance in pictures courtesy of a "hometown" paper - The Philadelphia Inquirer. Though born in Bronxville, New York, a graduate of Syracuse University, and a longtime resident of Southern California, Clark got his television start in the City of Brotherly Love thru a local version of what would later become American Bandstand. Though long removed from Philly (1964), many of us old-timers can still recall those Philadelphia days. So, while there are many great tributes to Dick Clark, we chose to link to one from the place that he firts got his start.

Dick Clark and Coming Home

After some months setting new websites, radio features and blogging elsewher we are back where we started - here at Eric on the Road. Strangely, it was the passing of Dick Clark that made us appreciate that months have passed since we had last posted here. Though not necessarily big fans, we were nonetheless touched by the passing of Dick Clark. That someone who so represented a culture of youth (I grew up in the 1950's and 60's)is but a mere mortal has now passed the scene is sobering in terms of my own personal mortality. I guess it is not 1965 anymore. More on Dick Clark in our next posting. In the meantime, it is good to be back. To see some of what I have been busy with, check out our 2012 Journeys into Hidden America beyond the Campaign Trail blog - created in concert with our special feature on SIRIUS-XM Radio. If not keep yourself at this place. We promise there is more to come.