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Letter to Three Wives; Branch Rickey Visits L.A., February 13, 1949


Meet Albert Brouse, opera singer, performer in "The Drunkard" and collector of all manner of antiques.
He was active in the Horseless Carriage Club and at one time owned a fleet of early automobiles.

California death records list two men named Albert Brouse, both born in 1906. Albert Anderson Brouse died in 1984. Albert E. Brouse died in 1979. I wonder what became of all this sheet music and early recordings. 
The "giant screen television" had a display of 126 square inches and cost $4,529.83 USD 2007.

Joseph L. Mankiewiwicz discusses "A Letter to Three Wives." John Wayne finishes "Three Godfathers," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Wake of the Red Witch."

Gail Russell has "wonderful possibilities," John Wayne says.

1949_0213_sports The Dodgers' Branch Rickey visited California and was asked why the weather wasn't good enough for the major leagues.

"There are several cities that could sustain major baseball -- Montreal, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco and others," he said. "But to change the identity or makeup of the present major leagues seems a most difficult task."

Interesting that Rickey first named Montreal, then one of the Dodgers' top minor league cities. Wonder how Walter O'Malley would have answered that question in 1949?

Rickey's official reason for being in town was to check up on the Hollywood Stars. According to the story in The Times, the teams recently signed a working agreement.

"I can't make champions of the Stars overnight," he said. "But I am going to help them all I can. ... Next year Hollywood will be a certain first-division club and a pennant contender right on par with our own two Triple-A teams, Montreal and St. Paul. We have 70 players on the Brooklyn roster right now, which means 30 must go down. Montreal and St. Paul already are pretty well-equipped. So the Stars might surprise this season."

-- Keith Thursby

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I am sure that Mrs. Brouse's wife threw all of his very rare items in the trash when he passed...My wife threatens to do the same.


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