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Khrushchev in U.S.!; Dodgers Beat Braves

September 16, 2009 |  4:00 am
Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev

Sept. 16, 1959: Khrushchev leaves for the U.S., accompanied by a menacing Mr. Atomic Bomb. He's carrying a briefcase marked "Threats" just in case you don't get it that atomic weapons are dangerous. 

Sept. 16, 1959, Times Cover
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev is greeted by "a strangely unsmiling President Eisenhower and a coolly courteous crowd of about 200,000 undemonstrative Americans."

Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev

A protester observing Khrushchev's motorcade is fined for showing a skull and crossbones flag.
Sept. 16, 1959, Pictures

The disliked (to put it mildly) leader of a dreaded foreign country rides through the streets in an open car.

Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev's Plane

Here's an example of one of the many things that are wrong with Wikipedia. As of this moment (and that could change in the next minute/hour/day for all anyone knows), the entry on the TU-114 claims: "The Tu-114 was the aircraft that ferried Nikita Khrushchev to the United States on his first visit in 1959. The plane was so tall upon landing in the United States, it was realized that no staircase was high enough to reach the door. Embarrassingly, Khrushchev had to climb down on a ladder in front of the U.S. press." This is attributed to the world-famous authority "Fursenko, 334," which is not otherwise identified. Above is the actual account of what happened. And no, American officials didn't see Khrushchev's plane and say: "Oh, wow, the ramp is too low! D'oh!"


Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev
Khrushchev is sometimes "somber and dignified as a funeral director" and at other times, he's impish.
Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev
"The crowd was certainly integrated, as the route chosen passed through a predominantly Negro section of southeast Washington, where some of the city's worst slums are being replaced with modern housing developments. No segregation could have been detected by the sharpest critic's eye, either, in the military detachments assigned to the ceremony or on guard along the route."


 Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev Speech

"War does not promise anyone good; peace is advantageous to all the nations."
--Nikita Khrushchev


 Sept. 16, 1959, Editorial Cartoon

Here's another of Bruce Russell's editorial cartoons that seems to be a jumble of thoughts and symbols.

Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev Trip


 
Sept. 16, 1959, Bombing

A crazed man goes to a Houston school and detonates a suitcase full of explosives, killing himself, his son and four others. 

Sept. 16, 1959, Movies "Heaven, Hell or Hoboken" -- are you serious?

Sept. 16, 1959, Mickey Cohen

Mickey Cohen demands a jury trial over charges that he refused to testify before a state Assembly subcommittee on racketeering.

Sept. 16, 1959, Sports The Dodgers edged the Braves, 8-7, in 10 innings to tighten the already close National League race.

Milwaukee and Los Angeles were tied in second, two games behind San Francisco. Each team had 10 games left.

The Times' Frank Finch said fans at the Coliseum were in "a state of hysteria" when Ron Fairly's bases-loaded walk forced in the winning run. Seems a bit of hysterical sportswriting to me, since there were only 17,347 in the mammoth Coliseum.

Fairly was only in the ballgame because he replaced Duke Snider, who had been thrown out in the third inning. Finch didn't provide any details about Snider's offense.

There were close calls on both sides. Maury Wills, who had a triple and four singles, was thrown out at the plate in the eighth inning trying to score from second on an infield hit.

And the Braves' Joe Adcock lost a potential home run when his drive that hit a tower supporting the short left field screen was ruled a double. Milwaukee Manager Fred Haney played the game under protest. The best part of his argument might have been The Times' headline on a sidebar: "The Thing Sets Off Rhubarb."  Didn't Steve McQueen star in that?

"The ball hit the girder over and behind the screen and should be a home run," Haney said. "When it shook down [by fans] it fell out of the park."

The Dodgers' Walter Alston thought it was a great call. "When we refer to the screen we call it The Thing. It's all considered one thing--towers, cable and screen. If the ball sticks it's just a double, that's all."

Maybe they should rename it The Thing That Ate the Braves' Pennant.

--Keith Thursby

Here's a look at the weird Coliseum dimensions from the 1959 World Series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMpvvcQP-Ss&feature=related

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