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Director Refuses to Censor 'In Cold Blood'; NL Wins All-Star Game

July 24, 1969, In Cold Blood

July 24, 1969: Richard Brooks turns down $1 million from CBS for TV broadcast of three films, including "In Cold Blood"  because the network wanted to cut the final hanging sequence of the film. 

July 24, 1969, Sports Blame it all on the weather. The all-star game in Washington was postponed a day by rain, sending President Nixon out of town and forcing the American League to change pitchers because its starter was in the dentist's chair.

Nixon missed the game to greet the Apollo 11 astronauts splashing down in the Pacific. The Tigers' Denny McLain missed the start of the game after flying back to Detroit for a dental appointment.

The National League won, 9-3 for its seventh consecutive victory.

"McLain set an all-star record. He had nine teeth capped,"  The Times'  Ross Newhan wrote.

AL Manager Mayo Smith, McLain's boss in Detroit, defended the dental adventure because an infection had developed.

It should be noted that even in 1969, baseball players were very different from us regular folks. Newhan reported that once McLain got the OK to return to Detroit, his private pilot flew them home. Then when McLain was delayed the next day, his private secretary phoned Smith to tell him the pitcher was airborne.

He was in uniform 15 minutes after the game started.

--Keith Thursby

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I believe McLain is still in jail. Also, even back then, television was irrelevant.


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