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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blow Out the Candles January 18

 Mark Messier is 51 today.  
 1990-91 Pro Set #397

 1990-91 Score #360
Among his many accomplishments Messier is a six time Stanley Cup Champion.

Curt Flood was born on this date in 1938
1960 Topps #275
 1968 Topps #180
Flood had a great career in St.Louis.  He won two World Championships, was a three time All-Star and picked up seven consecutive Gold Gloves.  In 1969 after having been traded to the Phillies he challenged baseball's reserve clause (lost) and ended his career in Washington in 1971 after having played just 13 games.

Syl Apps was born on this date in 1915.
2008-09 UD Masterpieces #6

The MapleLeafs legend won three Stanley Cups in the 1940's and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1961.
I didn't realize the Cup started out this size.  Looks a lot more manageable to skate around with.
Syl with fellow Hall of Famer, goaltender Turk Broda

Author A.A. Milne was born on this date in 1882.

In case the name doesn't ring a bell, he created this guy:

Here's Milne with his son Christopher Robin:

Comedian Oliver Hardy was born on this date in 1892.

Actor Cary Grant was born on this date in 1904

Entertainer Danny Kaye was born on this date in 1913.

My first memories of Danny Kaye were from his great storytelling on these records:

Bob Bell (Bozo the Clown to us in Chicago) was born on this date in 1922.

The Bozo Show

Bozo's original cast, 1961


  1. Bob Bell was awesome! Bozo's Circus is on the air!! I got to see the show live, twice. Never got on the grand prize game, but did get to play in the relay game they had near the end of the show. My team lost, but we all got model airplanes.

  2. I always loved the arrows the picked the players for the Grand Prize Game. It had to be nirvana for the kid that won it all including the sliver dollars and a Schwinn bike. How'd you get tickets twice anyways? Was Ringmaster Ned your uncle or something? Speaking of which, I loved Frazier Thomas on Garfield Goose but as far as Bozo is concerned Ned Locke was "the Man".


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