First timer? In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-third-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.
Landing number 2020; A Landing A Day blog post number 438.
Dan – I’m back to 5/6 with a landing in this USer . . . LA (first landing here since landing 1830, almost 200 landings ago); 32/34; 6/10; 4; 150.9. I’m a little superstitious to mention it, but I’m closing in on a Score of 150. Anyway, here’s my regional landing map:
My closer-in map shows that I landed close to the small town (pop 327) of Collinston:
Stepping back a little, I’m not too far from the larger town of Bastrop (pop 11,000) and Monroe (pop 49,000). I always try to stay with the closest town for my post title and post feature, and that’s what I’ve done here.
Here’s my Google Earth (GE) shot, showing a straight forward agricultural setting:
I just happened to zoom in for a closer look, and I got this corduroy view of the farm field:
Here’s a GE StreetView shot looking north towards my landing (just past the trees):
I landed in the watershed of the Coulee Ditch; on to Bayou Galion (not big enough to be considered a river); on to the Boeuf R (3rd hit); on to the Ouachita R (10th hit); on to the Black R (10th hit); to the Red (53rd hit); to the Atchafalaya (60th hit). If you were paying attention to my last post (Frederick OK), you’ll know that this was my second Atchafalaya landing in a row, and that the Atchafalaya has moved past the Platte to claim 10th place on my list of most-common rivers.
On to Collinston: It turns out that at the age of two, Lou Brock (notable Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player) moved to Collinston, where he was raised. He has a great story.
From the encyclopedia of Arkansas (just because he was born in Arkansas):
Lou Brock was in 1939, in El Dorado, Arkansas. He was the seventh of nine children born to Paralee Brock, who worked as a domestic and a field laborer. After Brock’s father left the family when Brock was two years old, Paralee Brock and her children moved to nearby Collinston, Louisiana, where Brock grew up in the poverty and segregation of the Deep South.
After two years of playing baseball for Southern University in Baton Rouge, he was invited to Chicago to try out for the White Sox and the Cubs; both clubs made offers, and he chose the Cubs.
His Cubs career would prove a disappointment. He hit .263 and .258 his first two seasons and was a poor fielder. He was fast but stole only forty bases combined over the two seasons. During the 1964 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The trade was widely considered a steal for the Cubs. They received a pitcher, Ernie Broglio, who had won eighteen games the previous year. Cardinals first baseman Bill White later said, “If anybody tells you they approved of that trade, they’re lying.”
But Brock’s play in St. Louis quickly changed minds. In Chicago Brock had been allowed to steal only occasionally, but in St. Louis his manager simply told him, “Go when it seems right to go.” Brock stole thirty-three bases over the rest of the 1964 season while also hitting .348 in the more relaxed atmosphere. The Cardinals advanced to the World Series, where Brock hit .300, helping the Cardinals beat the Yankees in seven games.
In 1966, he stole seventy-four bases to lead the National League in steals, beginning a streak in which he would lead the league in steals in eight of nine years. He helped St. Louis win the World Series in 1967 by setting a series record with seven stolen bases while batting .414.
The Cardinals returned to the World Series in 1968, and Brock hit .464 while stealing seven bases again, though the team lost in seven games. St. Louis struggled in the following years, and the team became more dependent on Brock’s ability to score runs, encouraging him to steal more often. In 1974, Brock stole 118 bases, setting a major league single-season record.
On August 29, 1977, Brock got his 893rd career stolen base, breaking Ty Cobb’s longstanding record. He played two more seasons, finishing with 938 career stolen bases. Before retiring he achieved another milestone, becoming only the fourteenth player to reach 3,000 career hits. Brock was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, the fifteenth player to be elected in his first year of eligibility.
Here’s a cool action shot that I lifted from TotalProSports.com:
BetterTradesSports.com thinks the trade of Brock for Broglio was the best trade (from the Cardinal’s perspective) of all time.
Best Trades – Ernie Broglio for Lou Brock
It is considered the better trade to beat all better trades. In 1964 the St. Louis Cardinals shipped pitcher Ernie Broglio to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock. A lame-armed, starting pitcher for the guy who turned out to be baseball’s all-time stolen base king? The Cardinals truly made the better trade for the ages.
The article goes on to discuss Brock’s superlative career, which I’ve already summarized above. It then discusses the other side of the deal, Ernie Broglio:
Broglio wound up with arm trouble after he landed in Chicago. (Cub fans may see a trend developing here.) In three-plus seasons with the Cubs, Broglio was 7-19 with a 5.40 ERA. He never pitched more than 100 innings with the Cubs, negating any benefit the team may have had in mind while concocting the better trade. He retired after the 1966 season after failing to live up to the 21-win campaign of his sophomore season in 1960.
Ernie seems like a cool guy. He was recently interviewed by William Weinbaum for ESPN, who wrote an article entitled “Buyer Beware.” I’ve excerpted the last part of his article:
In fact, Broglio reaped a gratifying benefit from being traded for Brock — a lasting friendship with him. Their most recent get-together was two years ago when Brock, whom Broglio calls a “great individual,” invited him to a benefit in St. Louis for his 70th birthday.
“Ernie is top of the charts,” Brock said. “He is a good man, a man with integrity. We have a good relationship because we laugh, we talk, and people, for whatever reason, are still interested [in the trade].”
Brock and Broglio were in Chicago for a Cubs old-timers game in 1987 and were introduced to the Wrigley Field crowd. The reaction to the announcement of Broglio’s name, he said, was “probably the only standing ovation boos that any athlete would ever get.”
But for Brock, whose superb career was emblematic of many a missed Cubs opportunity, the fans stood and were “clapping, hooraying and everything else,” Broglio said.
A self-deprecating sense of humor has probably served Broglio well in coming to terms with his unfulfilled pitching promise and his role in the success of others.
“I congratulate all the Hall of Famers,” he said. “Some I played ball with, some I helped put there.”
Click HERE for the entire article, which includes this cool picture of Ernie:
Enough baseball!! Anyway, I stumbled on a nature preserve located just north of Collinston known as Kalorama. From Kalorama.org, about the property:
In the late 1920s Mr. and Mrs. William B. Reily bought a site near Collinston, Louisiana and built a country summer home there. The Reilys lived in New Orleans where their company that produced Luzianne Coffee was located. They named it Kalorama, a Greek word meaning “beautiful view.” The Reilys were attracted to the astounding beauty of the site and the tremendous variety of songbirds which remain to this day.
The William B. Reily Foundation purchased the original 38 acres from private owners in 1992 to be developed into a nature preserve. It was given to the Kalorama Foundation which has operated it since that time.
Beth Erwin is the curator of the preserve, and is a wonderful photographer. I have been perusing her photos on the website (by clicking on “Blooming Now” and then on various months of the year. Here’s a shot of indigo buntings (April):
Also in April is this shot of a pouncing fox:
Here’s a shot of a “beautyberry” from July:
Click HERE to go to photos page (highly recommended).
I’ll close with this shot of Bayou de Siard (even though it’s 10 miles west of my landing and not part of my watershed), a Panoramio shot by Jim Kolmus:
That’ll do it.
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