If you saw the opening of the Olympics on Friday,
you doubtless enjoyed the geographical gaffe committed by Bob
Costas as he watched Argentina march in the parade of
nations. Noting that no South American country has yet hosted
the games, the irrepressible Costas went on to say of the 1968
Olympiad site, "Mexico City is technically in Central America."
It was on September 22 of 1961 that Argentina's
awesome aquaman Antonio Albertondo (wiseguy Costas
would doubtless call that 'alliteration,' but in fact it's technically
assonance) completed the first double crossing of the English
Channel...at age 42 http://www.geocities.com/confederacion_natacion/historia.htm
On yesterday's date in 1985 Mexico City shook
itself nearly down into Central America in a horrible earthquake
that killed thousands http://www.geo.arizona.edu/K-12/azpepp/education/history/mexico/
Fernando Valenzuela became, on
September 22, 1986, the first Mexican 20-game winner in the major
leagues. He was of course with the LA Dodgers under
current US Olympic team manager Tommy Lasorda.
Although none of us can hope to match Bob Costas when it comes
to baseball trivia, geography's a whole different ballgame.
Win a book for your library by being the first SOLista
to identify Valenzuela's little hometown.