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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blow Out the Candles

1962 Topps #200

Mickey Mantle was born on this date in 1931. Whether you're from New York or anytown USA, "The Mick" represents baseball in the 1950's.

1963 Topps #440

Juan Marichal celebrates his 72nd birthday today. The "Dominican Dandy" was one of the elite pitchers of the '60's. He had six 20 win seasons out of 7 from 1963-69, including two years with 26 wins and one with 25. All told from 1960-69 Juan was 191-88, a.685 winning percentage.

Also born on this date:

Bela Lugosi was born in 1882.

Margaret Dumont, was born in 1889.

Margaret Dumont was the straightwoman in many of the great Marx Brothers movies. Here's a prime example:

Also born on this date, in 1890, was jazz great Jelly Roll Morton. I love the early jazz records of the 20's and 30's. For me jazz doesn't get any better.

Finally, Tom Petty turns 59 today.

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