Recent pop culture events that hit the headlines or are just plain intriguing
Baltimore Oriole's Former Catcher Elrod Hendricks Dies
Of course we speak of my beloved Orioles here. My favorite Oriole catcher, Elrod Hendricks, is now deceased at a relatively young age.
I remember Hendricks well during the Orioles' banner years of the late sixties. Elrod went on to be an Orioles' batting coach and was popular and well-liked among the players.
Rest in peace, Elrod. Tell Chuck Thompson we miss him too.
Longtime Orioles player and coach Elrod Hendricks dead at 64
By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) — Elrod Hendricks, who spent nearly four decades as a player and coach with the Baltimore Orioles, died Wednesday. He was 64.
Hendricks died at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, hospital spokeswoman Allison Eatough said. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Acting Lt. Will Bethea of the Anne Arundel County fire department said the department received a call at 8:17 p.m. that Hendricks was unconscious at a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport. A fire department ambulance took him to the hospital.
Hendricks got most of the playing time at catcher for the Orioles on teams that went to three consecutive World Series from 1969-71, sharing duties with Andy Etchebarren.
Hendricks also played briefly for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees during a 12-year major league career that lasted from 1968-79. He went 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run and four RBIs to help Baltimore defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970 World Series.
Guess Who the NAACP Plans to Honor at a Grand Ceremony?
Although I suppose technically it's not the NAACP but the organization's president, Bruce Gordon, they are in cahoots with the Rev'rund Jesse Jackson to plan an event that is expected to draw 15,000 people. It will probably be held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The recipient of this honor is black, as one might expect and there are plenty of successful black men and women worthy of the ceremony. There's Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. Hmmmm. If those two potential honorees are too conservative for Jackson's taste, there's also the up and coming Illinois Democrat Barack Obama who is viewed as a possible presidential contender.
Then there is Ron McNair, the second black NASA astronaut who died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Richard Pryor is a possibility also, recently deceased but acknowledged widely as master of the comedic arts.