SUNDAY April 25, 2021
"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack /
I don’t care if I never get back."
Jack Norworth, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
This issue commemorates people who take chances by stepping out to enjoy life -- from watching a baseball game to writing musical scores for Hollywood films.

Meet Trixie Friganza, the suffragist who inspired "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," years ago when women were not welcome to join the fun. Blake Neely began a lifelong passion for music when he first heard the London Symphony Orchestra's performance in the 1977 showing of Star Wars in a Paris, Texas, theater.

The Mineola Black Spiders -- an African-American baseball team from Mineola, Texas -- were not much different. The team traveled professionally and competed in the Midwest in a style all their own.

We hope you will also seize the chance to experience some of the many opportunities around the Upper East Side of Texas. — Lisa Tang
"Dancing With Butterflies" lithograph by George Criner. See more of his work at Longview Museum of Fine Arts at
Whether conjuring up childhood memories of “peanuts and Cracker Jack” or hearing a booming crowd sing it during the seventh inning of a pro game, “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” is firmly embedded in our national consciousness.

It is the chorus only that most know and love, but the song’s little-known verses tell a much more meaningful story. Read the full article in County Line eMagazine by clicking on the headline.
Citizens of Mineola celebrated the determination of the town's former baseball team, the Mineola Black Spiders, its former independent baseball team, with a historical marker on May 21, 2011. The marker is well-deserved by a team that stood out with a fast-paced and entertaining style of baseball. The marker is one of many that commemorate the impact of African Americans in the Upper East Side of Texas.

Click HERE to learn more about the Mineola Black Spiders -- also known as the Texas Black Spiders -- when they traveled through the Midwest. Follow the headline link above to read about more historical markers throughout the region that commemorate black history.
Born April 28, 1969, Blake Neely's passion for playing and writing music began at an early age when hearing the magic of the Star Wars soundtrack in 1977 inspired him to later write scores for Hollywood.

"I was sitting in the theater and thought ‘I’ve never heard that before,’" Neely recalls, realizing for the first time that creating music for film was somebody’s career.

"’I want to have this job,’" he said. "And I became obsessed with all the Star Wars music and that became my quest to get to Hollywood and do this for a living."

Read more about Neely's amazing career by following the headline link.
Hank O’Neal has a fondness for the game of baseball — he says in his book Sincerely Ty Cobb, recently released by TCU Press, that just thinking about baseball magnifies the happy times and suppresses anything bad.

“I just remember the long sunny days when I had but one thing on my mind: to find someone, anyone, to catch the baseball I always had in my hand — someone who’d not only catch it, but who’d throw it back and let me hurl it at them again.”

His love for baseball started as a child hearing stories of his grandfather Curtis Austin (C.A.) Christian and the great baseball legend Ty Cobb. Christian and Cobb were teenagers together in Royston, Georgia, and then were semi-pro teammates around 1899-1900.

After his family moved to New York in 1954, Hank hung around MacArthur Stadium and “pestered” players of the Syracuse Chiefs. During this time, he also began writing letters to major league players, both active and retired. Ty Cobb, who was known as the “nastiest man in baseball,” was kind and supportive with Hank and they became pen pals in 1955.

Click the headline link above to read more of O'Neal's inspiring story.
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