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Roundup July, 7 2011

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01. 1933 All-Star Game

“Baseball’s newest contribution to the romance of American sports, the All-Star Game, made its debut on July 6, 1933, at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of the city’s “Century of Progress” Exposition. By the 1930’s, baseball had already established itself as America’s favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage to introduce baseball’s best to the rest of the country. Many did not believe that a contest of this magnitude could possibly live up to the fan’s expectations, especially for those who lived in the far western states and had never been to a major league baseball game.” (Baseball Almanac).

02. Pittsburgh bike ‘hoarder’ opens museum, shop to showcase his collection (Above)

“Craig Morrow has a simple reason for creating Bicycle Heaven, a combination museum and vintage parts shop tucked into the warehouse district along a bicycle trail on the north shore of Pittsburgh’s Ohio River: He loves bicycles and wants everyone else to love them, too.” (Washington Post).

03. A Yacht, A Mustache: How A President Hid His Tumor

“In the summer of 1893, President Grover Cleveland disappeared for four days to have secret surgery on a yacht. It was the beginning of his second term as president and the country was entering a depression, a delicate time in which a president’s health was inextricably linked to that of the nation. So Cleveland decided to keep the surgery a secret — and so it stayed for years.” (NPR).

04. The Fickle Needle of Fate: Who the Hell Puts a Turntable in a Car’s Dashboard?

“You’re working in the parts department of a Plymouth dealership, car demo disc in your hand, campaign coverage of Nixon and Kennedy chattering away from another car in the garage. And you’re wondering: Who the hell puts a turntable in a car’s dashboard?” (Believer).

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