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The Central Powers
2006-06-07 17:21
by Bob Timmermann

With the Yankees and Red Sox rained out, perhaps tonight is the time to check in on the battles between the top two teams in the Central Divisions.

Cincinnati at St. Louis

The Reds can tie the Pujols-less Cardinals for first place in the NL Central (and possibly the top spot in the league if the Mets lose tonight.)

Detroit at Chicago

The Tigers still have the best record in baseball despite dropping 4 of 5 to the White Sox, 3 of 4 to the Yankees, and 2 of 3 to the Red Sox. White Sox starter Jose Contreras has won his last 13 decisions and has not lost a game since last August 15.

In other news of the Central Powers, the Austro-Hungarian Empire has announced that it will not be sending a team to the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

2006-06-07 17:34:09
1.   Linkmeister
Having just read "Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World" by Margaret MacMillan, I'm not at all surprised that the Austro-Hungarian Empire can't form a team.
2006-06-07 17:37:07
2.   Bob Timmermann
On an old census register (1920), my great-grandparents listed their country of origin as "Austria-Hungary".

They were neither Austrian nor Hungarian.

2006-06-07 17:56:36
3.   Linkmeister
That's the one failing of the book; it has only about six maps, and they're all in the front of the book.
2006-06-07 17:59:27
4.   Bob Timmermann
I think there were about 20 or so different ethnic groups in Austria-Hungary, so it would take you a while to come up with the nationality that I am (at least 1/4 of me is).

It's Croatian.

2006-06-07 17:59:36
5.   das411
1 - Link, have you read "Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913-14" by Frederic Morton?

2 - And Bob, was it you that guessed my grandfather was born in Lvov in 1912?

2006-06-07 18:06:14
6.   Bob Timmermann
That explains your boosterism for the Ukrainian World Cup team.
2006-06-07 18:26:38
7.   Ken Arneson
Why go all the way to Beijing when you can just kick your feet up your Ottoman and watch the whole thing on TV?
2006-06-07 18:50:37
8.   Linkmeister
7 And feel imperious about the whole thing, too.

5 No. Tuchman's "Guns of August," yes. There's another new one out about WW I I'd like to read, but I can't remember the title right now. It'll come to me, I'm sure (ha!).

2006-06-07 18:52:05
9.   xaphor
My Grandfather who passed away earlier this year hails from Kiev. I will be rooting for Shevchenko and crew to do well in his absence.
2006-06-07 22:55:19
10.   das411
8 - Tuchman is always a good choice, although "The Proud Tower" goes into more depth about the whole pre-war era. So does "Dreadnought" by Robert Massie...geez, between Bob the librarian and myself the history major, we could give you quite the summer reading list!

9 - So sorry for your loss :( At least he was able to experience the glory that was December 2004 though! And it's somehow very fitting that Team Ukraine's best player is named Shevchenko, no?

2006-06-07 23:03:10
11.   Linkmeister
10 Actually I know more about WW 2 than WW 1, which is why I was interested in 1919 (well, that and Iraq). I have "The Proud Tower;" read it long ago.

I'm always up for suggestions, but my library's history section is pretty large already. ;)

2006-06-08 12:49:28
12.   das411
Oy, that'll take a while to peruse Link, but I have to ask why that Clarke book is not listed as "Fiction"...

Any T. E. Lawrence would be a good read these days, and I just might go hit "Black Hawk Down" again this summer thanks to this whole Somalia thing. Bob, any place you can suggest to take this discussion?

2006-06-08 14:59:35
13.   Linkmeister
Actually, if you search by tag for history, world war 1 or world war 2 you'll get a decent feel for the collection. ;)

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