August 11

The left-handed pitcher with the most wins in a career is Warren Spahn, who played most of his career with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. He is my favorite pitcher for two reasons. When I was seven and eight years old and just becoming a baseball fan, Spahn pitched in two World Series in 1957 and 1958 against the New York Yankees. Spahn was also born in Buffalo, where I spent most of my life. In 1961, he won his 300th game ensuring his election to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He won a total of 363 games in his career and passed away in 2003 at the age of 82.

The Watts Riots occurred in 1965 in Los Angeles from August 11 until August 17. The racially fueled riots resulted in 34 deaths, over 1,000 injuries, over 3,4000 arrests, and over $40 million in property damages. They were the worst riots in the city’s history until the 1992 riots took place. Racial unrest had been building for decades until the spark that set off the riots took place. An African American was pulled over for reckless driving by a white police officer. The driver’s mother came to the scene of the arrest, and after rumors circulated the she had been roughed up by police, the riot began.

The Mall of America opened its doors to the public in 1992. It is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Over 40,000,000 people visit the mall each year; about 80% of them are from Minnesota. The mall has several nicknames including The Megamall, Sprawl of America, and Hugedale. The Mall of America employs over 12,000 workers and has the most vendors of any mall in the United States. The mall contains an indoor theme park featuring roller coasters. An aquarium with a 300-foot long tunnel is another main attraction of the mass.

Birthdays Today

1921Alex Haley, American historian and author (d. 1992)
1925Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (d. 2006)
1933Jerry Falwell, American evangelist (d. 2007)
1950Steve Wozniak, American computer scientist and programmer, co-founded Apple Inc.
1953Hulk Hogan, American wrestler and actor
1961David Brooks, American journalist and author

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.