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Off to SF70's place today for our annual SOM 'n' Cookies gathering! smile

Spirits should be sky high, as we have a great Seahawks' regular season finale to chatter about, along with a zillion off-season Mariner moves, and Junior's anticipated selection to the Hall of Fame. 



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seajaw wrote:

Off the SF70's place today for our annual SOM 'n' Cookies gathering! smile

Spirits should be sky high, as we have a great Seahawks' regular season finale to chatter about, along with a zillion off-season Mariner moves, and Junior's anticipated selection to the Hall of Fame. 


 Hope you guys had a great time, make me wish I lived on the left coast.



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glewis wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Off the SF70's place today for our annual SOM 'n' Cookies gathering! smile

Spirits should be sky high, as we have a great Seahawks' regular season finale to chatter about, along with a zillion off-season Mariner moves, and Junior's anticipated selection to the Hall of Fame. 


 Hope you guys had a great time, make me wish I lived on the left coast.


There's always room for more SOMers out this way! biggrin



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We had a great time at our latest annual SOM 'n' Cookies gathering at Stratfan70's place.

Along with the cookies and party mix, we called out for pizza.

We also took some time between the munching and the chattering to roll some games, using the 1953 set.

SF70 chose the Yankees, TerryB picked the Dodgers and -- always embracing the challenge -- I selected the Chicago White Sox.

We rolled five games (one seemed to take forever to play...).

The first game was played between the Yankees and Dodgers at Ebbets Field, and that was the one that made us wonder if we'd ever get to play a second game.  Whitey Ford and four relievers got clobbered surrendering 12 hits and a SOM 'n' Cookies Tourney record 17 -- yes, you read that right: 17 -- walks, en route to a 20-11 pounding.

Neither Ford nor Dodger starter Carl Erskine was sharp.  Ford surrendered four runs in the first inning.  He and reliever Tom Gorman gave the Brooks five more in the fourth, and the Bums ran away from the Bombers in the fifth, adding eight more tallies (on three hits and five passes).

The big blow in the fifth was a grand slam by Billy Cox, who also drove in a run with a sac fly in the first.

Roy Campanella also had a big game, driving in four with a homer, single and a bases-loaded walk.  Duke Snider also contributed a pair of RBI thanks to bases-loaded walks.

The Yankees got a two-run homer and sac fly from Mickey Mantle.

Less ugly (and a lot less time-consuming), the second game resulted in a White Sox victory, 6-1, over the Brooks.  Billy Pierce took pitching honors with the best performance of the day, shutting down the Dodgers on three hits (maybe they were just tired after that explosion against New York).

Jungle Jim Rivera tripled and scored a run in the third, and added a two-run homer in the seventh, following a three-bagger by Nellie Fox.

Minnie Minoso also smacked a three-base hit.  His lead off the game, and he came in moments later on a ground ball by Fox.  Sherm Lollar added a pair of ribbies with a ground ball and a single, and Pierce also contributed, plating Ferris Fain with a squeeze bunt in the sixth.

The White Sox made it two in a row with a 6-5 squeaker against the Yankees.  They had to do it the tough way though, blowing most of a 5-0 lead when Virgil Trucks ran into trouble in the top of the eighth.  The Yanks got four back in that frame, then tied it against Gene Bearden and Bob Keegan in the ninth.

Fortunately, Sam Mele led the home 10th with a triple, and scored on a sac fly by Bob Elliott.

The winners advanced to another game against the Brooks, this time at Comiskey Park.  Unfortunately, the magic ran out (actually the Sox starting rotation is pretty much Pierce and Trucks, and, oh, sh...ucks. hmm).

The Dodgers plated two in the top of the first on a double by Roy Campanella against Mike Fornieles, who actually pitched a decent game.  I got a homer from Lollar in the fourth, and one more in the sixth, when Lollar tallied Mele with a base knock.

With the game knotted at two in the top of the ninth, however, Junior Gilliam tripled with one out against Keegan, scoring on a two-bagger by Jackie Robinson.  Duke Snider added a two-out, two-run, homer for good measure.

With my Sox having finally tasted defeat, the Dodgers and Yanks went at it again, at the Stadium.

This time, SF70, our gracious host, finally nailed down a "W," pounding Johnny Podres for seven hits and six runs in four innings in a 10-1 win.  Vic Raschi (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) and Johnny Sain handled the pitching chores, while Gene Woodling, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, and Joe Collins each went deep.

All-in-all, it was another great day.

When I get the film developed, I hope to have a pic to post.

Next up, I have to get the schedule for the upcoming Mariners' season, to see if we can pick out another no-hitter to attend. wink

Meanwhile, I'll take a moment to remind everyone that we have a thread dedicated to helping everyone else here find the folks in their neighborhood and plan their own get-togethers: http://somers.activeboard.com/t47174444/where-are-we/

Take a look there, and add your own info if you haven't already.  Maybe we can come up with a few more group outings to report.



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Other than giving up 17 walks to the Dodgers it was a great time. It's always fun to have Seajaw & Terry over for the annual Holiday get together of strat & breeze shooting.

With a honorable mention to Seajaw's homemade cookies which hands down are some of the best cookies in the world

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I promised pics, and I now have pics.

First, the three rogues.  From left to right, stratfan70, TerryB, and me.  The second pic features a tin of party mix, and three containers of (what's left of) the cookies.

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Nice photos!  Glad to see the three of you having a great time!  The cookies look yummy!

 



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Nice photos!  Glad to see the three of you having a great time!  The cookies look yummy!

 


Thanks.

It's great to get together like this.

I started doing holiday cookie baking about 17 or 18 years ago.  Mom was getting up in years, and it was something I wanted to take on, as I settled into life as a stay-at-home retired military Dad.

I have several binders full of cookie recipes I collected, and they're all for batches of 3-5 dozen.  I have seven or eight different types I like to do, so I usually wind up doing around 40-45 dozen (some need to be replenished along the way...).

Some, we eat at home, some I send to friends.  I used to do more, at one time around 60 dozen for the holidays.  I used to do a big bunch each year for my son's elementary school class, and the staff and teachers at the school.

So far as I know, my cookies haven't put anyone in the hospital...yet.

I keep my fingers crossed. wink



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Six in a row!  The streak continues. biggrin

TerryB and I made the trek to Stratfan70's new digs Wednesday, to properly break in the New Year.

As always, we had lunch, rolled a few games, then broke out the cookies.

We drew from the '63 set for some round robin action.

SF70 snagged the Dodgers, TerryB picked the Giants, and I chose the Orioles because I like a challenge. hmm

I got that and a lot more, as SF70's Dodgers whipped my Birds, 10-1, in the first game.  The Dodgers pulled out to a 5-1 lead after six, then tacked on five more in the top of the ninth against relievers Dick Hall and Bob Miller.

The big gun for the Dodgers was Johnny Roseboro, who drove in four runs with three singles and a two-run homer

TerryB then got a huge game from Willie Mays and smacked the Dodgers, 6-2.  Willie singled, doubled twice, and homered, batting in four runs and scoring three times.

It was my turn to face TerryB next.  This time Willie banged out a pair of doubles, scored once and drove in one more, in a 7-5 victory over my Woe-rioles.  There was no stopping the Giants, who clouted three home runs (Ed Bailey, Harvey Kuenn and Felipe Alou) off Steve Barber.

Ironically, I had selected Barber for the start because he did a great job keeping the ball in the yard that season (only 12 yielded in 258.2 IP).  Oh, well... no

In this one, I actually had a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the fourth.  But the Giants plated five runs to take the lead.

My pen fought the good fight, holding the Giants scoreless over the remaining four frames.  But I couldn't get the big hit, settling for one more run in the fifth and two in the seventh.  Sadly, Johnny Orsino left the sacks packed, as his fly ball to Willie ended the threat in the seventh.

I did get two runners on with one out in the top of the ninth.  But Jackie Brandt got bitten by the LO-MAX for a game-ending double play.

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Some questionable characters in that photo.biggrinwink



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Great way to end the holiday season with Strat, pizza, good company and cookies.

And the reason Terry got the Giants is because he won the dice roll off for first pick.

Yes nitrous there are a couple of questionable characters in that photo.

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