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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Blow Out the Candles November 11

Walter James Vincent "Rabbit" Maranville was born on this date in 1891.
At only 5'5", Rabbit  holds the career record for putouts by a shortstop with 5, 139 in 23 seasons.  He was elected to the HOF in 1954.

Andy High, Rabbit, Frankie Frisch, and Jim Bottomley
The Babe snags a Rabbit
Eppa Rixey and Rabbit

Another HOFer, Harold Joseph "Pie" Traynor was born on this date in 1898.

Pie plate

Russian writer, philosopher and  novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow on this date in 1821.  His best known works are Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot.

"I am called a psychologist, it's not true, I am only a realist in the highest sense, i.e, I depict all the depths of the human soul."

Painter Paul Signac was born in Paris on this date in 1863.

Watercolor  Notre Dame 1910

The Papal Palace  1900

Hoosier writer Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis on this date in 1922.

Vonnegut's best known works are Slaughterhouse Five, Cats Cradle and Breakfast of Champions.  I've read most his work and am happy to own this kitchy retitled edition of Player Piano released in 1954, two years after the original:

Vonnegut had a cameo in Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 comedy Back to School:

Actor/Comedian Jonathan Winters turns 87 funny years old today.


  1. Nice to see Dostoyevsky on your list today, Crime and Punishment has remained in my all-time top 10 list since the first time I read it.

    1. My wife always talked about Crime and Punishment so I finally read it a couple of years ago. It is great. I inherited a 1948 Limited Edition Club 2 volume set with illustrations by Fritz Eichenberg (signed by the artist). So my Dad would be pleased that I was reading it too.

  2. "Next time, I'll call Robert Ludlum..."



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