Phillies HOFer Big Ed Delehanty was born in Cleveland, Ohio on this date in 1867.
Ed's career batting average of .346 is 5th all-time.Ed batted .346 lifetime. In a game against the White Sox on July 13, 1896 he hit 4 home runs. The Phillies still lost 9-8. It seems a little unfair since there were five Delahanty's , but only three brother combos have had more combined hits. Ed died on July 2, 1903 when he fell (?) off the International Bridge near Niagra Falls.Here's his obituary from the New York Times.
Another member of the Hall of Fame, Bill Terry of the New York Giants, was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this date in 1898.
Braves great Joe Adcock was born in Coushatta, Louisiana on this date in 1927.
Pitcher Jim Perry is celebrating his 77th birthday today
2001 Topps Archives #542
While not a HOFer like his younger brother Gaylord, Jim had a great career. He won a Cy Young and was a three time All-Star. His lifetime record was 215-174. Their combined 529 wins is just 10 behind the record held by Phil and Joe Niekro.
English impressionist artist Alfred Sisley was born on this date in 1839.
Portrait of Alfred Sisley by Renoir
This painting, Regatta at Molesey so impressed fellow artist Gustave Caillebotte that he purchased it for his personal collection. Caillebotte is famous for his "Rainy Day Paris" (below)
If you live in or near Chicago or plan to visit you can see this great painting (a print of which hangs above our fireplace) as well as the Sisley below.
Today is also Henry Winkler's birthday. "The Fonz"is celebrating bis 67th birthday today. "Aaay"