Happy Birthday Lt. Ralph Perkner

Happy Birthday Lt. Ralph Perkner –Lt. Ralph Perkner, a Navy veteran of World War II, will be celebrating his 103rd birthday, tomorrow, Feb. 25 at Mission BBQ, 1130 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and the guest of honor will arrive at 11:30 a.m.

Honor Flight Philadelphia is arranging things.

Happy Birthday Lt. Ralph Perkner --Lt. Ralph Perkner, a Navy veteran of World War II, will be celebrating his 103rd birthday, tomorrow, Feb. 25 at Mission BBQ, 1130 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064.

Corcoran Wants To Quit Delco Defam Case

Corcoran Wants To Quit Delco Defam Case — J. Conor Corcoran, the embattled attorney representing James Savage in defamation cases relating to the 2020 election, wants out.

He has filed a motion to withdraw as counsel in the case before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Michael E. Erdos, and proposed a 90-day stay in proceedings.

Being sued are Delaware County poll watchers Leah Hoopes of Chadds Ford and Gregory Stenstrom of Glen Mills; President Donald Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Savage is the former Delaware County, Pa. Voting Machine Warehouse supervisor whom the defendants allege was instrumental in rigging Delco’s votes against Trump in 2020 hence giving Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to Joe Biden.

Corcoran cites “irreconcilable differences,” with his client, “personal problems,” and that he is closing his law practice as to why he wants to quit.

Stenstrom and Ms. Hoopes filed a motion, Feb. 14, seeking sanctions against Corcoran saying that Corcoran made provably false claims before the Court in written filings and oral testimony during hearings in June and November.

Corcoran is also facing a hearing before the disciplinary board of the state Supreme Court on an unrelated matter regarding professional misconduct.

Stenstrom and Ms. Hoopes are objecting to Corcoran’s request to quit and postpone the case, and are asking to be allowed to present their pending Motion for Summary Judgement in their favor.

Stenstrom and Ms. Hoopes have also filed a request in Delaware County Common Pleas Court to dismiss a defamation suit Corcoran filed there on behalf of Savage and Delco Election Director James Allen.

Corcoran wants to quit that too and have attorney John Rooney take his place.

Among the reasons that Stenstrom and Ms. Hoopes give for dismissal is that Corcoran had not filed the required Praecipe to Reinstate for 173 days and had not completed proper service in the 470 days since their original Writ of

They further say that Corcoran filed frivolous, conjectural complaints without any material facts, and failed to meet a majority of the most basic procedural requirements.

Most significantly, they say the county has unlawfully destroyed or is unlawfully withholding documents necessary for their defense.

Stenstrom and Ms. Hoopes are the authors of  The Parallel Election. Co-defendants in Delco include Newsmax, The Federalist and Margot Cleveland.

You can read the motions here.

Corcoran Wants To Quit Delco Defam Case

Corcoran Wants To Quit Delco Defam Case

Satchel Paige and The Dominican Dictator

Satchel Paige and The Dominican Dictator

By Joe Guzzardi

In 1937, the Dominican Republic’s President Rafael Trujillo, a one-time cattle rustler, forger, blackmailer, and then-dictator, decided that, in the name of national unity and to demonstrate his absolute power, he would create Hispaniola’s best baseball team. Trujillo, who preferred polo and sailing to baseball, turned over the Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo’s daily operations to Dr. Jose Aybar, a dentist. Aybar, fearful that failure to please Trujillo could lead to his untimely and permanent disappearance, reached out to the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays, teams which had many black American stars unfairly banned from Major League Baseball. In his book, “Satchel: the Life and Times of an American Legend,” author Larry Tye provided the details about Satchel’s decades-long baseball excellence.

Signing the Crawfords’ Leroy “Satchel” Paige was Aybar’s goal, and the tooth doctor left for New Orleans where the Crawfords were in spring training. Other Dominican teams also pursued Paige. In desperation, Aybar ordered his limo driver to block Paige’s vehicle. The agent, allegedly brandishing a pistol, offered the pitcher $30,000, or the equivalent of $675,000 in today’s money, the total to include six of his Crawfords’ teammates. Paige recalled that Aybar told him “You may take what you feel is your share.” Abyar’s offer represented more money for a month’s pitching than Satchel earned in a year of barnstorming. Rounding up other players proved unexpectedly challenging. Most Crawfords objected to Paige getting the largest cut, and others resisted betraying Crawfords’ and Grays’ owners Gus Greenlee and Cumberland Posey. Paige landed the Crawford’s Leroy Matlock, Sam Bankhead, Cool Papa Bell, Harry Williams, and Herman Andrews. Eventually Josh Gibson, recently traded to the Grays, came aboard. Greenlee, president of the Negro National League, struck back. He banned the deserters from ever returning to the Negro Leagues.

Upon their arrival in the Dominican Republic, Paige and his teammates got an abrupt awakening to Trujillo’s power and the extent to which the dictator would go to win. Provinces, mountains, buildings, and bridges were all named Trujillo. At an introductory press conference, a journalist pulled Paige aside, and told him “Trujillo won’t like it if you lose.” Trujillo assigned armed guards to follow the players around town — -at the beaches, restaurants, hotels, and at their games to assure that they follow the straight and narrow path that would culminate in a championship season.

The Dominican season consisted of forty-four fiercely competitive games, played on steaming hot weekend mornings. The police often intervened to settle fistfights among wagering fans over called balls and strikes. Satchel’s Dragones debut was inauspicious. The team prevailed, but another pitcher got credit for the victory. When Paige hit his stride, reporters called his pitching arsenal “black magic,” his curve ball “enigmatic,” his fastball “terrifying,” and his intelligence “highly developed.”

An eight-game series between Paige’s Dragones and the Santiago Aguilas would settle the Dominican championship. As Paige retold the events, winning was the difference between life and death. In a Colliers Magazine interview, Paige said that Trijillo’s henchmen, looking like “a firing squad,” armed with knives and rifles surrounded the field. Lose, Paige feared, and “nothin’ to do but consider myself and my boys passed over to Jordan.”

Paige entered the deciding game in the 9th inning and blew an 8–3 lead before the Dragones eked out an 8–6 win; local fans rated Paige’s overall performance as, at best, mixed. By the time Paige returned to the U.S, he found himself the target of bitter criticism from the NNL, and from the black press for abandoning friends and country. The Pittsburgh Courier, a black weekly, wrote that Paige was less dependable than “a pair of second-hand suspenders.” Since the NNL ban on the traitorous players was still in effect, Paige established the Satchel Paige All-Stars, and the team hit the road for a successful barnstorming tour.

In 1948 on Satch’s 42nd birthday, Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck signed Paige to a major league contract. Paige was MLB’s fourth black player; Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, and Roy Campanella preceded him. A record night-game crowd of 78,383 fans watched Paige make his first appearance in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, a relief stint against the St. Louis Browns. Later, in his first starting role on August 3, he defeated the Washington Senators 5–3 in front of 72,434. During the season’s remainder, Paige posted a 6–1 record with a 2.48 ERA. He pitched two-thirds of an inning in Game Five of the World Series. At age 59, the oldest to pitch in a MLB game, Paige tossed three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics.

In 1971, the newly formed and controversial Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues elected Satchel Paige as its first Hall of Fame inductee. Many writers were outraged that the Hall had created a separate wing for black stars and would admit only one African American player each year. Nevertheless, Paige engaged the 2,500-strong, mostly white audience with his tales. Paige shared that he once pitched 165 consecutive days and concluded his remarks boasting that he was ‘the proudest man in the place.”

After Paige died from a heart attack in 1982, Washington Post baseball scribe Thomas Boswell wrote that through his excellence, Paige proved that “50 years’ worth of black-league players had been wronged more severely than white Americans ever suspected.”

Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research member. Contact him at guzzjoe@yahoo.com

Satchel Paige and The Dominican Dictator

Satchel Paige and The Dominican Dictator

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