Thursday, August 8, 2013

Time Distance Game

It’s been 10 years since Aaron Boone hit THAT home run and the Devils won the Stanley Cup. They’re now as close to us as they were to Joe Carter hitting THAT home run and ANY Canadian team winning the Cup.

It’s been 19 years since the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.  It’s now as close to us as it was to the Flyers winning the Cup and Carlton Fisk hitting THAT home run.

It’s been 25 years since Kirk Gibson hit THAT home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t even won a Pennant since. It’s now as close to us as it was to the JFK assassination.

It’s been 27 years since Bill Buckner made THAT error, allowing the Mets to win their last World Championship.  It’s now as close to us as it was to Buddy Holly’s crash and “space monkeys.”

It’s been 30 years since the Islanders won the Stanley Cup and the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series or even a Pennant.  They’re now as close to us as they were to the Yankees’ 5th straight World Championship, the Korean War, and the birth of “Little Ricky” Ricardo.

It’s been 32 years since Reggie Jackson played for the Yankees.  It’s now as close to us as it was to that Yankees-Red Sox season finale and the dawn of network television.

It’s been 34 years since Thurman Munson crashed. It’s now as close to us as it was to V-J Day.

It’s been 38 years since the Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup and Carlton Fisk hit THAT home run.  They’re now as close to us as they were to Jackie Robinson’s rookie season.

It’s been 39 years since Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career record for home runs and Richard Nixon resigned.  They’re now as close to us as they were to V-E Day.

It’s been 40 years since the Knicks last won the NBA Championship.  It’s now as close to us as it was to the depth of the Great Depression, the start of the New Deal, the premiere of “King Kong” and the rise of the Nazis.

It’s been 44 years since Mickey Mantle retired, man first walked on the Moon, the Mets won their “Miracle” World Series and the Jets won their Super Bowl.  They’re now as close to us as they were to the Scopes Monkey trial, and a time when hardly anybody had ever heard of sound movies or Charles Lindbergh.

It’s been 46 years since the Summer of Love and the Boston Red Sox “Impossible Dream” Pennant.  They’re now as close to us as they were to the Presidency of Warren Harding and the lifetimes of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

It’s been 50 years since Sandy Koufax struck out 15 Yankees in the World Series, Martin Luther King had a dream, and John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  They’re now as close to us as they were to the leadup to World War I.

It’s been 52 years since Roger Maris hit 61 in ’61 and Tottenham last won the League. They’re now as close to us as they were to a Honus Wagner vs. Ty Cobb World Series and the lifetime of King Edward VII.

It’s been 56 years since the Dodgers and Giants played home games in New York City, Milwaukee won a World Series, the Boston Celtics won their first NBA title, and Maurice Richard became the first hockey player to score 500 goals. They’re now as close to us as they were to the assassination of William McKinley and the invention of radio.


And it’s been 62 years since Joe DiMaggio played a Major League Baseball game and Bobby Thomson hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” They’re now as close to us as they were to the building of the Eiffel Tower, the earliest motion pictures and automobiles, and the Presidency of Benjamin Harrison.

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