The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Adventures in the National Pastime #13

Roy Campanella greets Joe DiMaggio at home plate prior to the Martin Luther King Charity All-Star Game, March 28, 1970


Psigney said...

You date is off; The picture is from Dodger Stadium that was not opened until 1962. My Guess is that it might be from the 1974 World Series when the Dodgers played the A's

Greg said...

I have removed the date. I went back to check the original publishing date and it did indeed say "1959" which had I bothered to look at Joe's hair and Roy's sideburns, not to mention the electrically operated wheelchair, would have known was completely wrong. Thanks for catching that.

Fred said...

Is that Don Newcombe standing in front of Campy and smiling?

ernest said...

Joe Black is standing in front of Campanella. Also, the photo, per Bob Timmerman, is from March 28, 1970 Martin Luther King Charity All-Star Game.

Greg said...

My most sincere thanks Ernest. I have removed the original caption since it was hopelessly wrong and added your information via baseball researcher Bob Timmerman. Thanks again, I should have been more careful.