Happy December, loyal readers of the American Treasure Tour blog! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones from near and far.
We are going to start off the final month of the year recognizing a baseball great - Don Drysdale, who played with the Dodgers during their time in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles in a career that lasted fourteen years. His number was 53, and according to legend, his popularity was what compelled the good people at Disney to give Herbie the Love Bug the same number on his hood. While Drysdale's pitching career officially ended in 1969 due to a chronically sore shoulder, his presence continued as a television announcer and by making cameos in a variety of different programs, most memorably a 1970 episode of The Brady Bunch. So, why is Mr. Drysdale mentioned in the Treasure Tour blog? It may have something to do with his autograph, which could be prominent on a wooden 'baseball' hanging in our Toy Box....
Don Drysdale and one other Dodger pitcher famously partnered to dominate the team during their run. In 1966, they participated in a salary holdout, effectively starting collective bargaining in the sport. Who was the other pitcher?
a) Phil Regan
b) Mike Marshall
c) Ron Perranoski
d) Don Sutton
e) Sandy Koufax
Illinois. The Land of Lincoln and home to the great city of Chicago. Birth-state of President Ronald Reagan, and site of a home in which Ulysses Grant lived prior to the Civil War, as well as his predecessor in office, Abraham Lincoln and now, current president Barack Obama. But before all of this, Illinois had to become a part of the United States. That happened on this date in 1818. At that time, Illinois was regarded as the far west. Almost two hundred years later, it has become the fifth most populated state in the nation and a wonderful place to be! (But arguably not as wonderful as Pennsylvania, since the American Treasure Tour is not in Illinois.)
Charles Pillsbury was born today in 1842. A Minneapolis, Minnesota-based entrepreneur, Pillsbury grew a modest flour milling business into a world class industry, connecting his name with his product forevermore. Although an English syndicate bought the controlling interest in the business in 1889, Pillsbury remained involved in the company and also dallied in politics. Now, of course, most people associate Pillsbury not with the somewhat dour image of its creator, but with the friendly smile of Pop 'N Fresh, also known as the Pillsbury Doughboy.
QUOTE: We in Illinois are very fortunate to have a number of historic structures that have added immeasurably to the cultural life of the state, to the tourism industry of the state which by the way is our number one industry. - James R. Thompson
Answer: e) Sandy Koufax