Monthly Archives: August 2012

Burl Osborne stood on a desk in 1986 and said what?

When it comes to nostalgia, I always think of The Clash song London Calling.

Specifically, the line about “Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust,” which I have always interpreted as “The Beatles were awesome and so was the idea of the Sixties. We’re not the Beatles, and it’s not the Sixties. But we are singing right here, right now, so listen up.”

Imagine my surprise, then, when I found myself being nostalgic for a newsroom that I wasn’t even part of yet.

The year was 1986, and The Dallas Morning News had just won its first Pulitzer Prize. The newsroom was celebrating this accomplishment, which really put the newspaper on the national stage, when Burl Osborne stood on a desk and addressed staffers.

According to someone who was there, Mr. Osborne, then-editor and president of The News, said something along the lines of “You keep providing the stories, and I’ll keep providing the ink and newsprint to run them.”

I’m always advising my 20- and 30-something colleagues to not buy into the hype of “how great things used to be.” This story is the exception to the rule, because if there’s a newsroom equivalent to the warrior riding up and down the ranks, sword raised, exhorting his troops to triumph, this is it.

And it sounds pretty great indeed.

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Burl Osborne detailed his groundbreaking 1966 kidney treatment and transplant in a newspaper column that ran in neighborsgo, the community news operation of The Dallas Morning News, on April 6, 2012.

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How the Texas Rangers turned the 2012 season around

When the Texas Rangers are down by three runs late in the deciding game of the 2012 World Series, I will point to the game they played against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Aug. 1, 2012, and say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Here’s what happened:

Like everyone other casual and diehard fan, I had given up. Too many squandered opportunities, too many Josh Hamilton strikeouts, too few David Murphy at-bats.

But in the bottom of the 8th, David Murphy singled in Adrian Beltre to make the score 7-6. Then, in the bottom of the 9th with one out, Ian Kinsler HIT A HOME RUN TO TIE THE GAME!

Next up, Elvis Andrus doubled. The winning run was on second with one out!!

Up comes Josh Hamilton; pops up to short, does Josh Hamilton.

Beltre up next; pops up to third does Beltre.

Extra innings.

In comes the Rangers’ ace, Joe Nathan. Batting eighth, something called Iannetta works the count to 3-2 … and then hits a massive, 400-foot home run to left field. Rangers down, 8-7.

Romaine flies out; Mike Trout, the next incarnation of Babe Ruth, strikes out; Torii Hunter is hit by a pitch.

Up  next, with two outs: Albert Pujols. He proceeds to do what Albert Pujols does to Rangers pitchers: hit a towering home run to left centerfield. Angels up, 10-7. Next batter grounds out, but who cares, the Rangers are done, right?

Up first is Nelson Cruz. He hits a stupendous, 470-foot shot to left center. Rangers down, 10-8. There is hope in Mudville!

Then Michael Young reaches on an error, Murphy (of course) walks and Mike Napoli singles. Craig Gentry comes in to run for Napoli.

Mitch Moreland singles, scoring Young. Rangers down, 10-9, with Murphy on third and Gentry on second.

Kinsler is poised to be the hero again … and quietly pops out.

Up comes Elvis Andrus. Up on the count 3-0,  he takes a questionable strike on the inside corner, then another right down the middle.

With the count 3-2, he looks more focused than I’ve ever seen him.

And he kills the Angels softly with his song by slapping a double over third base, scoring Murphy and Gentry.

Rangers win, 11-10. It was about as awesome a comeback as you’ll ever see.

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