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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blow Out the Candles April 8

Celebrating his 72nd birthday today is Boston Celtics great John Havlicek.
1972-73 Topps #161
May 9, 1966
"Greer is putting the ball in play. He gets it out deep and Havlicek steals it! Over to Sam Jones... Havlicek stole the ball! It's all over... It's all-l-l-l over!"

HONDO
John's 26,395 career points puts him 12th on the all-time list.

Career highlights and awards

8× NBA Champion (1963–1966, 1968–1969, 1974,1976)
1× NBA Finals MVP (1974)
13× NBA All Star (1966–1978)
NBA 35th Anniversary Team
NBA 50th Anniversary Team
1962 NBA All-Rookie Team
4× All-NBA First Team (1971–1974)
7× All-NBA Second Team (1964, 1966, 1968–1970, 1975–1976)
5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972–1976)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1969–1971)
1× NCAA Men's Basketball Champion (1960)
Jersey (#5) retired by Ohio State
Jersey (#17) retired by the Boston Celtics


Jim "Catfish" Hunter was born on this date in 1946 in Hertford, NC.
1968 Topps #385
"Catfish", a name made up by A's owner Charlie Finley, went an incredible 111-49 over a five year period from 1971-1975.
Hunter won the first three of his five World's Championships as a member of the Swingin" A's.
October 23, 1972
Jim picked up two more rings as a Yankee in 1977-1978.
Jim was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.
Jim Hunter died of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) on Sept. 9, 1999 at the age of 55.  He is buried in his home town in North Carolina.

The recentlty passed Hall of Fame catcher, Gary Carter would have been 59 today.
1984 Topps #450
April 4, 1983
Gary talking to Joe Garagiola in 1986

Career highlights and awards

World Series champion (1986)
11× All-Star (1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983,1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
3× Gold Glove Award winner (1980, 1981, 1982)
5× Silver Slugger Award winner (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986)
2× MLB All-Star Game MVP (1981, 1984)
1989 Roberto Clemente Award
Montreal Expos #8 retired

                         Silent film icon Mary Pickford was born in Toronto, Canada on this date in 1892.
"America's Sweetheart"
Mary won the Oscar in 1929 for her role in the talkie, Coquette.

Mary with husband Douglas Fairbanks
"The girl with the curls"

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