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Although Animal House is the grandfather of the genre, Porky’s, released in March of 1982, kinda kicked off the mid-80s golden age of youthsploitation films

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (August, 1982)
Risky Business, My Tutor, The Outsiders, Spring Break (1983)
Revenge of the Nerds, Sixteen Candles, The Karate Kid (1984)
Better Off Dead, The Breakfast Club, The Sure Thing, The Goonies (1985)
Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, One Crazy Summer, Stand By Me (1986)

Did you know … the writer/director of the lowbrow Porky’s (Bob Clark) also directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Story?

The rest of his career was nothing to brag about. It hit its low points with Baby Geniuses (screenplay/director) and Baby Geniuses 2 (director), which are two of the 25 worst-rated films at IMDb. Baby Geniuses 2 is second from the bottom, rated lower than Manos! I guess Clark had exactly two good stories to tell, each probably semi-autobiographical, based on his own memories of growing up in the late 40s and early 50s.

* Although the screenplay for A Christmas Story is based on the anecdotes of Jean Shepherd, Clark co-wrote the screenplay, and obviously related to it. He was born in 1939, and would have been about Ralphie’s age in the 40s, when the story took place.

* As far as Porky’s goes, Clark created it from scratch, and he would have been the age of the protagonists in 1954, when the story takes place.

After he told his two personal coming-of-age stories, he was totally out of material. After those, the only other project he created from scratch was a terrible buddy cop movie called Loose Cannons, which was obviously Clark’s attempt at an artificial genre film, as opposed to the genuine personal reminiscences that he was actually good at.

He passed away in 2007, but A Christmas Story continues to be watched and cherished by many people every December. (Including me.)

Mauer’s is a great story in many ways, and it’s nice to write about something positive.

The 6’5″ Mauer was arguably the best high school multi-sport athlete in history. In 2000, he was USA Today’s high school player of the year – in football. He repeated as the player of the year in 2001 – but this time for baseball. Oh, yeah, and he was also all-state in basketball.

He was the MLB #1 draft pick overall. That’s not surprising, given that he batted above .600 in his senior year of high school, which was completely expected because he had never dipped below .542 in any previous season. Hell, he had batted over .500 with no strike-outs as a freshman, while playing against the big kids. In his four years of high-school baseball, he struck out only once!

He spent his entire major league career with the same team. As ESPN notes: “He is one of 22 former MVPs to play his entire 15-plus-year career with one franchise. Each of the previous 21 is in the Hall of Fame.”

But it was not just any team that he dedicated his entire career to. What makes the story really great is that it was his home-town team. The only city where he ever played major league baseball was the very same one where he was a high school phenom. In fact, he was born in the twin cities and never left home.

A quick summary of his achievements in pro baseball:

He is one of the best offensive catchers in baseball history, and won three gold gloves on defense as well.

He won three batting championships en route to a .306 lifetime average, but as high as that is, it is deceptively low. According to baseball-reference.com, he batted .328 lifetime in games he played as a catcher. (He stopped playing that dangerous and demanding position after a serious injury.)  Among all catchers with 3000 or more at bats, that is the highest lifetime batting average in baseball history.

The top five:

Joe Mauer .328
Mickey Cochrane .320
Mike Piazza .313
Bill Dickey .313
Ernie Lombardi .308

In his MVP year, 2009, Mauer may have had the best offensive year any catcher ever had. He led the American League in both on-base percentage and slugging average, and got 27 of the 28 votes in the MVP balloting. To put that in perspective: Mike Piazza, who is generally considered the best offensive catcher in MLB history, never led his league in either OBP or SLG, but Mauer led in both in the same year, and also led in OBP in another year,