Friday Flow Or Not

I shared the link to yesterday’s post about The Dean of Baltimore sports, Vince Bagli, with some of my friends and former compatriots in the Baltimore sports community. All of them graciously thanked me for “remembering” them and were very grateful for having known Vince.

Mel Kiper and I had a long conversation yesterday, our chats are almost never short, and for much of the time we talked about Vince Bagli. If you are not of a certain age and/or were not a Baltimore sports fan while Vince was on the air, you just can’t appreciate the impact he had on us.

Of all of the seemingly inordinately large number of deaths of sports figures this year, Vince Bagli’s is the most difficult one to process for me.

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Maybe 101 Octane gas doesn’t add much horsepower by itself, after all. I asked Josh at HPA, the person/company that performed the intake/exhaust mods on my Z06, about using such gas since it’s available in Arizona. He wrote, “Putting it in may pick up a few hp but not much without being more aggressive with tuning.”

Since I don’t want to have the tuning altered (meaning changing the ECM programming, I assume) and void the powertrain warranty that’s valid until next July AND don’t want to HAVE to use the 101 Gas, which is not cheap, I will not use it on a regular basis. As I wrote to Josh, though, I may try one tank just to see if I notice any change.

 

 

A recent picture of the Z06 in front of what will (hopefully) be our former house in the not too distant future. If it were possible, we would simply move the house to a vacant lot in our new location. We are not moving because of dissatisfaction with our dwelling, the extensive repairs needed to close on the sale notwithstanding. My wonderful wife and I love this house in which we have lived for ten years. However, and for the nth plus nth time, the only constant in the world is change.

I really believe that saying, by the way. It’s not just a cliché to me. I know people who think they can avoid bad change by trying to avoid all change. Life doesn’t work that way.

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For some reason, and don’t take my mentioning of this as a complaint, a number of today’s Disaffected Musings readers are from the Netherlands. I hope one of those readers sees this and posts a comment as to how they found the blog.

I have never been there although while in Luxembourg we weren’t too far away. From Vianden in the north-central part of the country to Maastricht in the extreme south of The Netherlands is only about a 90-mile drive. Why Vianden? How about this?

 

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From timetravelturtle a picture of Vianden Castle in Vianden, Luxembourg. We visited the castle and the lovely town in which it sits during our trip to Europe in 2014 (!). I know I took many photos at this venue, but that was two iPhones ago and I wasn’t using iCloud storage in those days. I still have these two wonderful photos from Luxembourg, though:

 

 

Sorry, readers from The Netherlands. I mean no offense by steering the dialogue to Luxembourg. The top photo is from Place du Marche in Echternach, Luxembourg, which is the country’s oldest town. It grew around the abbey that was founded in 698. No, I didn’t forget the leading “1” in that year.

The bottom picture is from the Grund area of Luxembourg City, the country’s capitol. I loved that trip and if travel becomes feasible again before I grow too old to partake, I would like to return. Maybe this time we’ll travel to The Netherlands as well.

 

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Vince Bagli

The name Vince Bagli might not mean anything to most of you, but to Dr. Zal, David Banner (not his real name), Bob, Dr. Hoss and me, Vince Bagli was an icon. He was the “Dean” of Baltimore sportscasters. Sadly, Vince Bagli died on Tuesday at the age of 93.

He and I met in the mid-1980s. I had an Orioles’ press pass since I hosted a sports radio talk show in the Baltimore area. We first met in the Press “Lounge,” the place where members of the media could grab a meal, sit down and chat. One day, I saw him there and got up the courage to introduce myself to him and told him how much I admired his work. Somehow, the conversation turned to the 1944 St. Louis Browns. When I correctly answered “George McQuinn” to Vince’s question about who was the starting first baseman for the ’44 Browns, I had a friend for life. “I just love it when these young guys have an interest in baseball history,” he said.

After I began working for the Orioles a couple of years later I would usually sit in the press box during the games. Vince and I had many discussions about baseball. He had an open mind about what I was doing as a pioneer in sports analytics.

I leaned on his book, Sundays at 2 PM with the Baltimore Colts, for information about the 1958 Colts for my book about the greatest football teams of all time. It was through Vince that I was able to interview the great Lenny Moore. Vince did the “color” on Colts’ radio broadcasts from 1959 through the team’s last year in Baltimore, 1983.

Another Vince Bagli story: as I have written here before, NFL draft guru Mel Kiper–sorry, Mel, but I have to tell a tale on you–and I have been friends for a long time. Mel is also from Baltimore.

One day Mel and I were watching an Orioles’ game together, but not in the press box. We were in the upper deck in rightfield. We got hungry/thirsty and decided to find a concession stand. As we were walking we ran into Vince Bagli. Vince was elated. “This guy knows more about football than anyone and he’s from Baltimore and this guy knows more about baseball than anyone and he’s from Baltimore and they’re friends!” We chatted for a bit and then went to get some refreshments. Here’s where I have to tell on Mel: after the conversation, Mel asked, “Who was that?” I exclaimed, “Mel! That was Vince Bagli!” Mel just said he didn’t recognize him “in real life.”

Vince Bagli was absolutely one of the best people I have ever known. It sounds like a cliché, but we have far too few people in the world like him. Eerily, just last week I did an Internet search on him although I’m not sure why. To use his well-known signoff at the end of his sportscasts, “Vince, it’s been a pleasure.” My condolences to his family and to the Baltimore sportscasting community.

 

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