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Saturday, December 01, 2012

APSU baseball great Jimmy Stewart dies

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jimmy Stewart, the former Austin Peay baseball great who was a member of the university’s first athletic Hall of Fame class, and enjoyed a 10-year major league baseball career, died Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

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After college, Stewart strictly concentrated on baseball, where he played for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros from 1963–1973.

 

Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:00 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Treder Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:20 PM (#4314288)
The utilityman's utilityman. I'm not sure it's warranted, but I've always had a soft spot for this category of ballplayer: the guy who can provide a decent glove at virtually any position, slap the ball for a possible single from either side of the plate, steal a base, put down a bunt. Just play solid baseball in a supporting role. Lots of benches can make room for this kind of guy.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:10 PM (#4314315)

At least he had a wonderful life.

   3. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM (#4314322)
Stewart came back to the Reds as a major league scout in the '80s and '90s, most famous for his scouting report of the A's prior to the '90 WS.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4314333)
Never saw him through binoculars from my wheelchair
   5. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 02, 2012 at 12:30 AM (#4314371)
He was a very apt pupil, wasn't he? He was a very apt pupil!
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 02, 2012 at 12:55 AM (#4314385)
He was great in The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Naked Spur, but most all of the rest of his films are highly overrated.
   7. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM (#4314395)
The Shop Around the Corner? Rear Window? Do you hate movies with architecture in their titles? Or do you just have a phobia for the letter V (Vertigo and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)?
   8. asinwreck Posted: December 02, 2012 at 01:21 AM (#4314400)
Was he a thin man?
   9. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 02, 2012 at 01:51 AM (#4314414)
The Shop Around the Corner? Rear Window? Do you hate movies with architecture in their titles? Or do you just have a phobia for the letter V (Vertigo and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)?

I said "most all", not all, and I'd add Rear Window, Northside 777, and Anatomy of a Murder to that list, and Rope has its moments. But The Shop Around The Corner? Pure schlock that's weighted down even more by a bunch of Europeans who for some strange reason are speaking heavily accented English in a movie set in Budapest. Too many impossible things before breakfast for my taste in that one.
   10. Perry Posted: December 02, 2012 at 01:55 AM (#4314415)
In addition to others mentioned, I always loved Destry Rides Again. Oh, and I liked the ballplayer too. RIP.
   11. Poster Nutbag Posted: December 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM (#4314418)
Certainly have to add "Anatomy"....but someone has issues with "Shop"? Man, YOU'VE got issues! (as far as taste in film goes)

P.S. #4 should get one of those Primey things
   12. BochysFingers Posted: December 02, 2012 at 02:33 AM (#4314422)
Obviously, Stewart is on the all movie star-name baseball team, along with Eddie Murphy and who else?
   13. Steve Treder Posted: December 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM (#4314428)
Chuck Connors?
   14. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 02, 2012 at 08:37 AM (#4314454)
Josh Hamilton
   15. Morty Causa Posted: December 02, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4314459)
He was great in The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Naked Spur, but most all of the rest of his films are highly overrated.


These are James Stewart's top-tier performances: Mr. Smith; Destry Rides Again; The Shop Around the Corner; It's A Wonderful Life; Harvey; The Naked Spur; The Far Country; Carbine Williams; Rear Window; The Man Who Knew Too Much; Vertigo (a masterpiece of a performance); Anatomy of a Murder; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, and Fool's Parade.

These are his second-tier, but still excellent performances:

Next Time We Love; Born to Dance; After the Thin Man (supporting role, concluding scene bursts the little genre smarmism); Seventh Heaven; The Shopworn Angel; Vivacious Lady; The Shopworn Angel; You Can't Take It With You (his hot love scene at the beginning and the funniest setpiece in the movie); The Mortal Storm (underrated Nazi warning movie); The Philadelphia Story (he's easily the best thing in that pretentious mess); Call Northside 777; Rope (underrated Hitchcock); Winchester '73; Broken Arrow (a 1950 movie that is as fresh and current on race dilemma as any movie ever made); No Highway in the Sky (watch the first 20 minutes, if nothing else, for all the tutorial you need in movie acting); Bend of the River; The Mountain Road (the only WWII movie he made--basically an anti-war movie); Two Rode Together; The Flightof the Phoenix; Firecreek.

I won't go into the third level, still very good acting, but you should get the idea. No one has James Stewart's resume of accomplishments, when it comes to depth, breadth, and height. He's the man. Grant comes close, but he doesn't have Stewart's range (of emotion and characters) and versatility.
   16. AndrewJ Posted: December 02, 2012 at 09:48 AM (#4314468)
Obviously, Stewart is on the all movie star-name baseball team, along with Eddie Murphy and who else?

Eddie Fisher
George Burns
   17. Swoboda is freedom Posted: December 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4314614)
Kenny Rogers. He was in The Gambler and Six Pack.
   18. The District Attorney Posted: December 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4314619)
Will Smith
Evan Longoria
   19. zack Posted: December 02, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4314622)
What, no love for The Stratton Story?
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4314642)
The guy who played Babe Ruth in Pride of the Yankees was easily the best depiction of Ruth in film history.
   21. Morty Causa Posted: December 02, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4314724)
   22. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4314752)
Jimmy Stewart has more to play in any randomly-chosen 20-minute stretch of "The Shop Around the Corner" than he does in the entirety of "Rope," in which the young guy in the box is only about the fifth most lifeless thing about the film.
   23. something like a train wreck Posted: December 02, 2012 at 11:51 PM (#4314874)
Morty--that's amazing. have you actually seen it?
   24. Rafael Bellylard: A failure of the waist. Posted: December 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM (#4314895)
Looks like Flashing Spikes is on YouTube in chunks.
   25. Morty Causa Posted: December 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM (#4314896)
Flashing Spikes?

Yes, I saw it back when it first premiered on TV, and maybe once again on a rerun either that season or a few years later, but not in at least 45 years. I remember I thought it was quite good. As an actor/director combo they don't come any more sensitive than Stewart/Ford. I wasn't aware of much of the resonating allusions back then, since I was a little kid and information was sparse, although I knew that it referenced Joe Jackson. As the comments point out, other legendary figures are referred to, too.
   26. Morty Causa Posted: December 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM (#4314902)
24:

Hey, neat. Thanks for pointing that out. I had tried to find it a good while back and was unsuccessful, and never thought to check again.

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