Friday, May 20, 2011


Back Row-Hank aka "The Tomato King",Neil,Toby Manheim,Elaine Zalusky,Allen
Front Row Jerry and Sadie
Hank and Sadie on their 47th Anniversary
Sadie and Hank in the Roaring 20's

Back in 1976, just a few days after my Mom's 76th Birthday(May 20th), she died. I came back to Chicago from San Francisco for her funeral. I remember meeting with the Rabbi at Weinstine's Funeral Home. Since he did not know her, he was asking our family and friends about her. When he spoke to me, I started to say SADIE WAS A SAINT... and then realized maybe that's not a proper thing to say to a Rabbi. So I used other just words to describe her. When it was time to start the service.... the Rabbi looked out at the large crowd on hand and said" I did not know this woman, but judging from all her family and friends... THIS WOMAN MUST OF BEEN A SAINT!"Looking back, she was. I never heard her say anything bad about anyone, and friends and family sought her out for words of wisdom. She had a quality to speak the plain truth. How lucky I was to have her as a mother, and so were those who knew her as a friend.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

MLB Suspension of Roger McDowell and his apology. By Jerry Pritikin


Well Major League Baseball has decided to suspend Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, for 2 weeks for his inappropriate actions at Pac-Bell Park last week. I agree, especially there were some who felt Roger McDowell should of been fired. Chances are, I probably would of felt the same way based on the stories on the web and wire services. A few years back I took the time to write the Commissioner and several newspapers when Julian Tavarez of the Cubs, and John Rocker of the Braves made anti-gay remarks. However those guys had reputations as hot-heads and were bigoted. I did not know those ballplayers, but I have known Roger McDowell since 1984. Without a doubt, I knew him to be a fan favorite with every team he pitched for, and now as a pitching coach. I am glad this one moment out of a ditinguished career did not cost him his job. I was going to write McDowell to join me in the Bleachers for Chicago's Windy City Gay Newspaper special "Out at the Ballpark" game. I guess he'll have better things to do. I am attaching an artical in Sports Illustrated from 1987. It gives you an idea as to why I liked Roger. Thankfully, I hope people refrain from heckling him because of this one time event. In fact, MLB should make sure all teams do a better job at preventing fans from making obscene or anti-gay remarks aimed at ballplayers. And once a fan has been warned, they should be banned from the ballpark if they continue to do so.

October 12, 1987


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