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December 23, 1972: What if the Calendar Skipped a Day?

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Posted: 12/26/2012 6:43 PM

December 23, 1972: What if the Calendar Skipped a Day? 


Much has been discussed recently about The Immaculate Reception and its 40th anniversary.  I love Franco and his catch and all the great Steeler victories that followed, but given the choice, I would choose that the 1972 calendar flip from December 22 to December 24, erasing all of the events on December 23, 1972.

December 23, 1972 starts at 1:30 AM EST when a 6.25 earthquake strikes Nicarauga killing close to 10,000 with 5,000 dead and 20,000 injured in Managua, Nicarauga.  The earthquake led to Roberto Clemente's death 8 days later when he chartered a plane carrying relief supplies from Puerto Rico to Nicarauga.

Pittsburgh, a baseball town, became a football town, somwhere between December 23 and December 31, 1972.  Ultimate joy to ultimate sorrow within 8 days...
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Posted: 12/26/2012 8:06 PM

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How very profound. Nice post.
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Posted: 12/27/2012 6:41 AM

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Did anyone like Bill James ever project Clemente's 1973, 1974, and 1975?

The Pirates would have surely won the NL East in 1973.  They almost won it without Roberto.  There's a good chance they go to the World Series and its probably a coin flip against the A's.
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Posted: 12/27/2012 6:51 AM

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Sangue wrote: Did anyone like Bill James ever project Clemente's 1973, 1974, and 1975?

The Pirates would have surely won the NL East in 1973.  They almost won it without Roberto.  There's a good chance they go to the World Series and its probably a coin flip against the A's.


That would have been a terrific Series, to be sure.  Roberto was of course nearing the end of his career when he died, but he was still in great shape and still a very good hitter.  Good enough, probably, to help the Pirates to at least one more Series before he retired.
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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:42 AM

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The only thing I can say about all of this is that I'm very, very jealous of you fellas who got to see Roberto play.  I was born in November, 1977, so my only notions of the man are from books, stories, and the occasional picture.

However...yes, it would have been awesome to never lose The Great One.  Not only was he a heckuva ballplayer, he was a fine human being.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 1:37 PM

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Although I am a lifelong Illinois resident, I've been a Pirates fan since 1961. Unfortunately, I've also been an Oakland Raiders fan almost as long and remember watching the Franco game on TV. Therefore, I agree that calendar flip thing would be a very good thing for me. That way, I wouldn't have to see a reminder somewhere EVERY TIME I visit Pittsburgh of that immaculate reception crap thing!
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Posted: 12/30/2012 2:19 AM

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Sangue, in particular, will appreciate this story because he has alluded to the eerie connection between Clemente and Neil Walker.  It turns out that Neil would never have been born---nor would any of his three siblings---had Clemente let Walker's father, Tom Walker, go with him to Nicaragua.  Tom would have died along with Roberto, but Clemente said no to Tom's offer to accompany him on his errand of mercy.  


http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/ roberto-clemente-death-40-years-later-legacy-lives -164102770--mlb.html


PS Does Neil look exactly like his father, or what??

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Posted: 12/30/2012 4:07 PM

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Posted: 12/30/2012 6:05 PM

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That story amazes me every time I think about it. Goose bump story that only a true seam head can see all the angles to.

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--- williamjpellas wrote:

Sangue, in particular, will appreciate this story because he has alluded to the eerie connection between Clemente and Neil Walker.  It turns out that Neil would never have been born---nor would any of his three siblings---had Clemente let Walker's father, Tom Walker, go with him to Nicaragua.  Tom would have died along with Roberto, but Clemente said no to Tom's offer to accompany him on his errand of mercy.  


sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/ roberto-clemente-death-40-years-later-legacy-lives -164102770--mlb.html


PS Does Neil look exactly like his father, or what??

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Posted: 12/31/2012 6:29 AM

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The Ballad of Roberto Clemente:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSnBBIT9cXQ

Last edited 12/31/2012 7:31 AM by Sangue

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