AgDay Daily Recap -July 4, 2016

July 4, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 4, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AND WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY. ON THIS FOURTH OF JULY WE'RE WAVING THE "RED, WHITE AND BLUE" TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THE CHARACTERS AND LOCATIONS THAT MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. AND WHAT A BETTER WAY TO START THAN BY TELLING A STORY ABOUT AMERICA'S FAVORITE PAST-TIME...BASEBALL. ANDREW MCCREA TELLS US ABOUT A BALL-PLAYER FROM MISSOURI WITH A SPECIAL GIFT. HIS STATS WERE DAZZLING. BUT ONE BAD PLAY KEPT HIM FROM THE NATIONAL RECOGNITION THAT MANY FANS THINK HE DESERVED.
BASEBALL FEATURE:
HERE IN THE CITY PARK IN MANSFIELD, MISSOURI, YOU'LL FIND A MEMORIAL TO A HOMETOWN BASEBALL HERO CARL MAYS. HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST PITCHERS OF THE 19 TEENS AND TWENTIES. IN FACT, HIS STATISTICS ARE SUPERIOR TO MANY OTHER PITCHERS IN THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. HE WOULD PROBABLY BE IN THAT HALL, IF IT WERE NOT FOR ONE PITCH. CARL MAYS WAS BORN IN 1891 AND GREW UP HERE IN MANSFIELD, MISSOURI. HIS FATHER DIED BEFORE HE WAS 10 AND YOUNG CARL HAD TO HELP THE FAMILY SURVIVE. TRAVELING THE COUNTRYSIDE IN MANSFIELD, MISSOURI, I'M ANDREW MCCREA.
BASKETBALL FEATURE:
BEFORE STEPH CURRY AND LEBRON JAMES LIT-UP THE BASKETBALL COURT, A FARM KID FROM SOUTHERN INDIANA WAS TAKING COMMAND OF THE HARDWOOD. LARRY BIRD WAS THE NBA'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FOR THREE STRAIGHT YEARS. AND AN N-B-A ALL-STAR FOR TWELVE. ANDREW NOW TAKES US TO FRENCH LICK, INDIANA -A TOWN STILL CELEBRATING THE GLORY OF YESTERYEAR. FRENCH LICK, INDIANA IS A TOWN OF NOT EVEN TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE. HOWEVER, ARGUABLY IT HAS THE BIGGEST STAR WHO EVER PLAYED BASKETBALL WHO HALES FROM IT. HIS SHRINE IS INSIDE A PLACE CALLED 33 BRICK STREET. LARRY BIRD WAS BORN IN 1956 NEAR FRENCH LICK, IN. HIS PARENT DIVORCED AND HIS MOTHER WORKED MULTIPLE JOBS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. BASKETBALL BECAME LARRY'S PASSION. "HE WAS IMMEDIATELY JUST AMAZING ON THE BASKETBALL COURT. EVERYONE RECOGNIZED IT."THE LOCAL PUB, 33 BRICK STREET, HAS BECOME A SHRINE OF SORTS, FOR ITS HOME TOWN HERO. TRAVELLING THE COUNTRYSIDE -IN FRENCH LICK, INDIANA -I'M ANDREW MCCREA.
TEASE:
I'M SURE THAT'S AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION FROM AN AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEGEND. PLENTY MORE AHEAD FROM ANDREW ON THIS JULY 4TH SPECIAL…WE'LL TAKE YOU TO ONE OF THOSE EYE-CATCHING STOPS ALONG AN AMERICAN HIGHWAY-THAT'S JUST TOO ICONIC TO PASS-UP....ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT INVOLVES PLENTY OF PACHYDERMS. MACHINERY PETE JOINS US WITH A FARM TOOL THAT'S HELPED BEND--N-SHAPE IRON AND STEEL FOR CENTURIES. AND FIND OUT HOW A DOCTOR WAS LOOKING FOR PEACE-N-QUIET FOUND IT IN KANSAS....AND BECAUSE HE DID, HE CREATED A MELODY WE'VE HUMMED AND STRUMMED FOR GENERATIONS.
 ELEPHANT RELIC COLLECTION BECOMES BUSINESS:
WELCOME BACK TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY. IF YOUR SUMMER TRAVELS TAKE YOU TO GETTYSBURG IN PENNSYLVANIA THIS SUMMER, YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF -AND THE KIDS -TO TAKE A SIDE TRIP TO A SMALL SPECIALTY SHOP JUST WEST OF THE HISTORIC BATTLE FIELD. THERE YOU'LL FIND A QUIRKY SHOP WITH AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF. . . ELEPHANTS. ONCE AGAIN, HERE'S ANDREW MCCREA. HIS FACE IS ON BILLBOARDS FOR MILES AROUND, AND PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING FOR HUNDREDS OF MILES JUST TO SEE HIM. WITH A NAME LIKE MR ED'S ELEPHANT MUSEUM AND CANDY EMPORIUM, WELL, YOU KNOW IT'S GOT TO BE INTERESTING. IT ALL BEGAN THE DAY ED GOTTWALD GOT MARRIED. MY WIFE AND I WERE AT OUR RECEPTION, AND PRESENTS OF COURSE AROUND TABLE, AND OPENED THE ONE PRESENT UP. IT WAS A LITTLE ELEPHANT. MY SISTERN IN LAW GAVE IT ME. SHE'S A LITTLE STRANGE. SHE'S WACKY LIKE ME. SO, WE'RE A GOOD COMBINATION. AND I SAID, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS FOR? SHE SAID IT'S FOR GOOD LUCK.
I'M ANDREW MCCRAE.
TEASE:
AS YOU MAY HAVE SEEN, THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF CANDY. ABOUT 700 VARIETIES. BY THE WAY, MR ED'S IS LOCATED IN ADAMS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. ONE OF THE BIGGEST APPLE-GROWING COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF P-A. NEXT, WE GIVE ANDREW A BREAK....AND WE'RE TALKING TRACTORS. WE'LL SHOWCASE A SPECIAL GREEN MACHINE THAT'S ALL-AMERICAN. AND LATER -WE VISIT A TRANQUIL SPOT IN RURAL KANSAS WHICH HELPED INSPIRE THE WRITING OF A CLASSIC SONG THAT SOME PEOPLE CALL THE UNOFFICIAL ANTHEM OF THE AMERICAN WEST.
ANTIQUE TRACTORS:
WELCOME BACK. THERE ARE FEW THINGS MORE AMERICAN THAN A HOME GROWN ANTIQUE TRACTOR. AND TODAY WE HAVE A CLASSIC 1935 UN-STYLED JOHN DEERE-A FROM CENTRAL ILLINOIS. MIKE MEHL (MEAL) IS PROUD OF THIS GREEN MACHINE AND THE RESTORATION JOB THAT WAS DONE. AS A RESULT, THIS BEAUTY IS RETIRED FROM IT'S WORKING DAYS ON THE FARM. (THIS IS MY NINETEEN THIRTY FIVE YEAR OLD JOHN DEERE A. MY GRANDFATHER PURCHASED A YEAR OR TWO SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS NEW. I WAS TOLD THAT IT HAD TO GET A LOTTERY TICKETS TO BUY A TRACTOR BACK IN BECAUSE THEY'RE IN SUCH SHORT SUPPLY WHEN THIS TRACTOR WAS PURCHASED FROM MY FAMILY THEY WERE HARD TO GET MACHINERY THAT TIME SO WHAT FROM MULES AND HORSES TO A TRACTOR LIKE THIS SOMETHING THAT WOULD AMEND INCREDIBLE IT CAME WITH STEEL WHEELS THAT WERE THE RIMS WERE CUT DOWN AND AND ADDED RUBBER TIRES TO IT SO YOU CAN TRAVEL UP AND DOWN THE ROAD MEAN IT USED TO BE ROADS OUT HERE SO IN THAT MATTER IN THE DIRT ROADS AND PUT ON RUBBER SO YOU CAN GET AROUND THE COUNTRY HAS A HIGH COMPRESSION POWER BLOCK HEAD ON IT AND ACTUALLY THEY HAD TO GET THE GUIDES MAY DIE AND MACHINE SHOP AT CATERPILLAR GUIDES OF SOME SORT TO MAKE THE GUIDES FOR THE HEAD SO IT'S GOT THE IMPRESSION AND IT'S KIND HARD TO START REALLY BEING IN SHAPE TO GET STARTED IN THE FRONT TIRES ARE BRAND NEW AND THEY ARE STRONG AND STILL GET THE BUMPS ON SOME TIME FOR ANOTHER SET OF FRONT TIRES. PARADE TRACTOR I GUESS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO PLOW ANYTHING WITH IT COULD AT PLOWER DAYS BUT SINCE I'M A FARMER I'VE BEEN GETTING ENOUGH PLOWING WHILE I'M WORKING.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME ON THIS FOURTH OF JULY, MACHINERY PETE IS HERE. HE'S NOT SHOWCASING ANY PIECE OF MACHINE TODAY. INSTEAD HE TALKS ABOUT THE VIRTUES OF A TOOL THAT HELPED FORGE THIS NATION. AND ON THIS LAND -INSIDE THIS LITTLE CABIN -A DOCTOR FINDS PEACE AND HARMONY. AND AS A RESULT HE PENS THE LYRICS OF A SONG THAT'S LASTED FOR GENERATIONS.
MACHINERY PETE PITCH:
MACHINERY PETE IS "THEE" EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING THE BEST DEALS IN USED FARM EQUIPMENT. NORMALLY, HE'D TALK ABOUT TRACTORS AND COMBINES WITH LOW HOURS AND HIGH VALUES. BUT TODAY HE TALKS ABOUT AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF FARM EQUIPMENT THAT HELPED "FORGE" THIS LAND OF OURS.
TEASE:
 DO YOU REMEMBER SINGING "HOME ON THE RANGE" WHEN YOU WERE IN GRADE SCHOOL? NEXT, FIND OUT WHO CAME-UP WITH THAT SONG.....AND FIND OUT WHERE THAT RANGE IS LOCATED.
IN THE COUNTRY:
IT'S ONE OF AMREICA'S MOST ICONIC WESTERN SONGS. ANDREW MCCREA TAKES US 'HOME ON THE RANGE' TO SEE WHAT INSPIRED SUCH A LASTING TUNE.
HERE ON THE BANKS OF WEST BEAVER CREEK YOU'LL FIND A SMALL CABIN THAT DATES TO THE EARLY 1870S. IT WAS THE HOME OF DR. BRWESTER HIGLEY, A PHYSICIAN WHO CAME HERE TO NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS FROM INDIANA TO PERHAPS ESCAPE AND ENJOY THE SOLITUDE OF THE PRAIRIE. HE HOMESTEADED THE SITE IN 1871. AND THEN THE CABIN WAS CONSTRUCTED AND COMPLETE ON JULY THE 4TH OF 1872. DR. HIGLEY LIVED ALONE IN HIS CABIN, TAKING CARE OF MEDICAL AILMENTS OF PATIENTS WHO WERE BROUGHT TO HIM. AT NIGHT, NEIGHBORS WOULD HEAR THE STRAINS OF HIS FIDDLE DRIFTING IN THE SULTRY SUMMER AIR. HE WROTE POETRY AND ENJOYED THE NATURE AROUND HIM. HE WOULD HAVE PERHAPS LIVED IN ISOLATION AND ANONYMITY IF IT WERE NOT FOR A CHANCE OCCURRENCE IN THIS CABIN.
CLOSING:
THANKS ANDREW. AND THANK YOU FOR SPENDING PART OF YOUR DAY WITH US. WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THESE STORIES AND PEOPLE THAT HELP CREATE THE CHARACTER OF THESE UNITED STATES. FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE FOURTH OF JULY.

 

 

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