DCS: del bissonette

The Dodgers have Del Bissonette; No meal has he ever missed yet; The question that rises Is one that surprises: Who paid for all Del Bissonette?

In 1927, as a minor leaguer, Del Bissonette led the International League in five categories — runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, and RBIs. The next season, Del signed with the Brooklyn Robins (a team that would eventually become the Brooklyn Dodgers) as a first baseman. He achieved a .320 batting average and became only the third Major Leaguer to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded. In a game on April 21, 1930, Del became the first player in Major League history to hit a bases-loaded triple and a bases-loaded home run in the same game.

Del missed the entire 1932 season with a tendon injury. In 1933, he was relegated to the minors due to lack of production.

He moved on to coaching and, eventually, managing. Though he worked mostly with farm teams, he served as the manager of the Boston Braves before moving to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a coach in 1946.

In 1947, Del retired to Augusta, Maine. He committed suicide in June of that year. He was 72.



DCS: rebecca schaeffer

my sister sam
Rebecca Schaeffer, a child model and aspiring actress, landed a small role on the soap opera One Life to Live. Her role lasted six months and she went back to modeling, even moving to Japan for a time, where her skills we more in demand. She was cast in a small role in Woody Allen’s film Radio Days, but, sadly, her scene time was cut from the final product.

A cover shot for Seventeen magazine led to a co-starring role in a new sitcom called My Sister Sam, starring Pam Dawber, fresh off her five-season stint on Mork and Mindy. The series, an initial hit, was canceled after two seasons due to poor ratings.

During the run of the show, Robert John Bardo became obsessed with Rebecca. Previously, Bardo had stalked child pilot Samantha Smith, but moved on to Rebecca after Smith was killed in a plane crash. Bardo wrote numerous letters to Rebecca, but was turned away by security when he tried to enter Warner Brothers studios to meet the actress. In 1989, Bardo became furious after the release of the film Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, which featured a scene showing Rebecca in bed with a male actor. He hired a detective to obtain the address of her apartment. Bardo, armed with a handgun that his brother purchased for him, roamed Rebecca’s West Hollywood neighborhood, asking neighbors to confirm her address. He brazenly rang her doorbell. Rebecca, who was studying a script hoping to get a part in the upcoming Godfather III, answered the door. Bardo explained that he was a fan and asked for an autograph. She was annoyed, but she obliged and asked him not to come to her home again, then she shut the door.

Bardo returned to Rebecca’s apartment an hour later. Rebecca answered with an angered look on her face. Bardo pulled his pistol from a brown paper bag and shot Rebecca point-blank in the chest. She collapsed as Bardo fled the scene. A neighbor called paramedics, but Rebecca was pronounced dead within thirty minutes. She was 21 years old.

Bardo was caught and confessed to the murder. At his trial, he was tried by future O.J. Simpson attorney Marcia Clark. Bardo was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to a life sentence with no possibility of parole.



IF: samurai


Aspiring photographer Toshiro Mifune reluctantly attended an audition at Japan’s premier film studio, Toho Productions. Asked to portray a man in a violent rage, young Toshiro flung himself around the room, rolling on the floor, growling uncontrollably. The other young actors were astonished by the unnervingly realistic exhibition, but he lost the audition. He did, however, impress director Akira Kurosawa, who noted, “I am a person rarely impressed by actors, but in the case of Toshiro Mifune, I was completely overwhelmed.” Kurosawa had found his muse and the pair went on to make 16 films together over the next several decades. Their most famous film being The Seven Samurai, remade in America as The Magnificent Seven. Kurosawa also directed Toshiro in The Hidden Fortress, which producer-director George Lucas used as the loose basis for his film Star Wars: A New Hope.

Toshiro’s versatility, discipline and acting ability led him to become the most popular and respected actor in Japan. His collaboration with Kurosawa was compared to the team of John Ford and John Wayne of Western cinema. While he appeared in several American films, he was never able to master English and all of his dialogue in Hollywood productions was dubbed.

In the early 70s, George Lucas approached Toshiro, offering the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Toshiro, wary of the cheap look of American science-fiction films, turned the role down. A persistent Lucas then offered him the role of Darth Vader, explaining that his face would be hidden under the now-famous helmet. Toshiro stood firm and dismissed that role as well. Toshiro never regretted his decision.

After a long and illustrious career filled with awards and accolades including an Emmy nomination and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Toshiro Mifune passed away in 1997 at the age of 77.



DCS: mae clarke

all the way mae

Philadelphia native Virginia Klotz moved to New York City to pursue her dream of acting. She got work as a dancer while she was the room mate of future Hollywood siren Barbara Stanwyck. Virginia, now using the stage name “Mae Clarke,” signed on with Universal Pictures and was immediately cast in some big films, all in 1931. She was featured in the first filmed version of The Front Page, a story that would be remade for decades to come. She costarred in Frankenstein, Universal’s first foray into the lucrative horror genre. Mae played Dr. Frankenstein’s fiancee Elizabeth, who is terrorized by the monster on her wedding day. Later in the year, she played the memorable, though uncredited, role of Kitty, James Cagney’s girlfriend in The Public Enemy, in which she famously receives a grapefruit half to the face at the hand of Cagney. In the film, Cagney promptly dumps Mae in favor of Jean Harlow. The Public Enemy was so popular, it ran 24 hours a day in a Times Square theater. Mae’s ex-husband had the grapefruit scene timed so perfectly that he would frequently buy a ticket, enter the theater to again enjoy that sequence, then immediately leave the theater.

Although she continued to get work, Mae was no longer considered a leading lady by the mid-1930s. She was relegated to small roles in films through the rest of her career. She managed to get a starring role in the late 40s, although it was a low-budget 12-chapter science-fiction serial for Republic Pictures. Later, Mae found work on television in shows like Perry Mason, Batman and General Hospital.

Mae was married three times. Her first husband was Lew Brice, brother of comedienne Fanny.

In her later years, Mae was known to attend horror film conventions, where she enjoyed meeting Frankenstein fans. She passed away in 1992 at the age of 81.