here at the P-G and in the New York Times, on November 9 he will be auctioning off the uniform and shoes that he wore and the bat that he swung in that ninth inning 53 years ago. Mazeroski says he will donate a portion of his proceeds to Pirates Charities, but the remainder will go to his family.When he’s not rubbing elbows with rock stars 29 years his junior, Mazeroski is making big plans with his personal property. As reported both
Unlike Bing Crosby’s memento of Game 7, Mazeroski and his family have known this whole time where his 1960 uniform was: in a cedar chest in his Greensburg PA home. And, unlike the story that is truly “sad to the point of tragedy” of Harry Belafonte and the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr., no one has to sue anybody to get a legal determination on Mazeroski memorabilia ownership.
“Saturday Night Live” skits circa 1975, Bing Crosby is still dead. But even though it is 36 years after his passing, he is rightly praised for “setting in motion the technologies that brought about the information revolution.”With apologies for
Crosby was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946 until his death. Meanwhile, some think that pirate-like plundering was among the causes of the bankruptcy of another great American city: Detroit. Specifically, its prior mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was just sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering, bribery, extortion, and tax crimes. That scandal has made the job of the current mayor, a former basketball star, more difficult. His name? Dave Bing.
This past March, Thomas-Rasset exhausted her appeals from damages awarded for the RIAA when the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari without further comment. Thomas-Rasset, from Minnesota, was ultimately ordered to pay the RIAA $220,000 – the jury award in her first trial – by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thomas-Rasset, now 36, has said that she does not have $220,000 to pay the RIAA. No worries, said the RIAA this summer: make a public statement of your culpability and the virtues of anti-piracy, and we’ll reduce the amount that you owe us. Thomas-Rasset has responded to the RIAA offer by saying that she would file for bankruptcy before doing that. I guess now I know how (former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice) Joan of Orie Melvin felt after hearing part of her sentence on public corruption charges.
The RIAA continues to go after internet pirates in 2013: an article in SPIN said that they filed 2.2 million URL takedown requests with Google just last month. As for Thomas-Rasset, I had to wonder this week, after the announcement of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, if she ever downloaded any songs written by fellow Minnesotan Paul Westerberg …
And so, one week from the end of Year Three, Panic Street Lawyer has come full circle. I hope you decide to come back next week for the dramatic conclusion.
(Top image: The Jolly Roger with the Pirates' PNC Park in the background. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)