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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blow Out the Candles January 31

If today is your birthday you share it with a trio of baseball's elite.

#42, Jackie Robinson was born on this date in 1919.
2009 Topps #PR-2
2009 Topps American Heritage #26

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks is celebrating his 81st birthday today.
2008 UD Goudey #324

I grew up knowing Ernie as a first baseman.  Here are a couple of photos of him at this first position, shortstop.
May 5, 1960

August 15, 1955

Statue of Ernie outside Wrigley Field

Part of an interesting interview with Ernie

Nolan Ryan is 65 today.
1975 Topps #500

Nolan and Tom -- Then
Nolan and Tom -- Now
Gil Hodges, Koozman, Seaver and Ryan

Nolan was traded by the Mets to the California Angels after the 1971 season.  This picture was taken on April 27, 1973.

June 16, 1975

Nolan became an Astro in 1980.  This photo is from 1985.
May 1, 1989
Ryan joined the Rangers for the 1989 season.

Nolan liked the Rangers so much he bought the team.

Composer Philip Glass turns 75 today.

Acttess, Suzanne Pleshette was born on this date in 1937.

Suzanne (seen here with Tippi Hedren) played Annie Hayworth in Hitchcock's 1963 thriller, The Birds.

Suzanne was best known for her role as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show  which ran on CBS from 1972 to 1978.

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