R.I.P. “Former Astro” Jerry Lewis

Left to Right: (1) Jerry Lewis takes the field as an Astros first baseman, planting a hug on base umpire Hank Soar; (2) Jerry congratulates home plate umpire Greg Olsen for getting it right; and (3) Lewis ignores the Tigers catcher.

 

Rest in Peace, Jerry Lewis. As you probably know by now, one of the great comedic talents of the 20th century left us yesterday morning, Sunday, August 20, 2017 when Jerry Lewis passed away in Las Vegas of natural causes at the age of 91. My family and I were fortunate to catch his live performance as Mr. Applegate in the Broadway road ensemble company that performed “Damn Yankees” at Jones Hall in 1995. Lewis was great as the devil incarnate deal maker that recruited aging fan Joe Hardy into becoming a major league star for his home team Washington Senators in exchange for his immortal soul. In the process, we real fans got our musical education into the fact that, whether it’s baseball or just the down in the trenches part of everyday life – “you gotta have heart, miles and miles and miles of heart!”

Where heart is concerned, Jerry Lewis had plenty of it. In fact, over time, the comic giant probably became as famous for his annual driving leadership of the Labor Day weekend telethons to raise funds for victims of muscular dystrophy.

Did you also know that Jerry Lewis has a place in the history of the Houston Astros? If not, here’s a link to the column we wrote for The Pecan Park Eagle about that lesser known moment in his life. It originally was published here on November 27, 2013:

https://bill37mccurdy.com/2013/11/27/1973-jerry-lewis-gets-a-hit-as-an-astro/

Goodbye, Jerry Lewis, and thank you. If people failed to learn anything about “heart” from following your life and career, they weren’t paying much attention.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 76 48 .613  
2 ANGELS 64 60 .516 12.0
3 MARINERS 63 62 .504 13.5
4 RANGERS 61 62 .496 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 54 70 .435 22.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017 

ATHLETICS 3 – ASTROS 2. 

WHITE SOX 3 – RANGERS 2. 

RAYS 3 – MARINERS 0. 

ANGELS 5 – ORIOLES 4.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 473 171 35 3 19 .362
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 ERIC HOSMER KC 470 148 23 1 20 .315
3 JEAN SEGURA SEA 395 124 23 1 7 .314
4 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 376 118 21 3 13 .314
5 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 392 121 20 0 18 .309
6 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 345 106 22 0 21 .307
7 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 460 140 39 5 18 .304
8 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 412 125 24 0 28 .303
9 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
10 EDDIE ROSARIO MIN 393 119 27 2 17 .303
Other Top 40 Astros
17 YULI GURRIEL HOU 427 126 33 1 15 .295
21 JOSH REDDICK HOU 382 112 25 3 12 .293
32 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 411 114 30 5 15 .277

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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One Response to “R.I.P. “Former Astro” Jerry Lewis”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    From the August 6, 1973 edition of Sports Illustrated:

    “Arriving at a dinner party later that evening, Lewis was still wearing his Houston uniform with his name and number stitched across the back ‘You’ll need a meat cleaver to get this off me,’ he said. ‘When I die, you’ll have to peel it off like marlin skin.'” RIP.

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