June 24th, 2008

old times good times

MLBPA committee members in 1994

Where: USA
When: 1994

What: Major League Baseball went on strike in August of 1994. The strike continued into 1995. I know that the Major League Baseball Players Association leader was Donald Fehr during that time. I know that the main American League representative was David Cone and that the main National League representative was Tom Glavine.

What I do not know-- what is driving me crazy-- is who else was on the MLBPA executive and negotiating committees, who the rest of the player reps that year were. I know there were other players: for instance, I know Paul Molitor was a negotiating committee member during this time. But I don't know who else was.

I've searched various combinations of 'MLBPA committee members 1994', 'MLBPA executive committee 1994' and similar strings. I've read the history of the MLBPA on Wikipedia (ugh) and on their official website, but neither of these places lists committee members. I'm about to put my head through a wall here, people, so any help you can render would be much appreciated.

'Muppet' in general usage

I have googled for Muppet and learned quite a lot about the puppets, but this is more a 'you had to be there' sort of question.

How early did the word 'Muppet' come into general use in American English? Soon enough that it would be a plausible nickname for a baby (boy) born in 1975? There is an older child in the family, so the parents would be aware of children's TV.

ETA: It's a pre-birth nickname I was planning on, to save them picking a name before they know the sex. So it would be pre-Muppet Show. Would Sesame Street have given enough exposure to the term itself rather than the things?

ETA2: What about alternatives? Muffin? Or is that too twee for a boy?