Tag Archives: Kansas City

WWII POW’s pitch opens Royals’ season

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(photo courtesy KC Royals)

Mr. Mitchell is one of the nicer people I’ve talked to. I was initially a little nervous to call him; I thought he might be reluctant to talk about his experience as a POW or being shot out of the sky. Why would he want to relive that time of his life with some stranger over the phone? Perhaps he feels like that was another lifetime, because he was perfectly willing to (humbly) tell me his story:

BETHANY – Dale Mitchell took the mound at Kauffman Stadium in front 40,085 roaring fans. Opening Day, 2015: The defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals vs. the Chicago White Sox. Squinting through sunglasses, his cap pulled low, Mitchell cocked his arm back and let his pitch fly.

If you don’t remember Mitchell’s name from the KC starting rotation, it’s because at 90 years old, Mitchell had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals’ home opener. A former high school second baseman, he and a grandson practiced the pitch on Easter and the next day it was the Royals’ star third baseman, Mike Moustakas who was on the receiving end. Continue reading

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Everybody’s Gonna Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney review)

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As far as I can tell, there is only one thing in which Paul McCartney does not excel, and that is geography. Everything else? The man flat out rocks. At 68 years old, the former Beatle still has it. Will people be shelling out hundreds of dollars to hear Ke$ha 40 years from now? I doubt it. What’s more, he actually wrote the songs he made famous and can actually sit down at a piano and play them. As one fan wrote, “It simply isn’t fair that God gave so much musical talent to one man.” Your move, American Idol. Continue reading