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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Blow Out the Candles November 29

7 time All-Star Orestes "Minnie" Minoso turns 86 today. Minnie started his career in 1949 with the Indians and finished with the White Sox in 1980 meaning he played in a remarkable 5 decades(sort of).

Detroit Tigers great Bill Freehan is celebrating his 71st birthday today. Bill was an 11 time All-Star, won 5 Gold Gloves and was a member of the 1968 World Series Champions.
1968 Topps #375

 Celebrating his 73rd birthday today, is 3 time All-Star Dick McAuliffe. McAuliffe was also a member of the 1968 Tigers and though he hit only .222 in the Series he did drive in three and scored five times.
 1968 Topps #285
2004 UD Timeless Teams #28

Here's Dick facing Bob Gibson. He was the first batter of the series and struck out. He did single in the 6th in a 4-0 loss.


  1. Minoso's "playing in 5 decades" was a sham.

  2. Don't dis the Mis! Or Veeck. Love the guy or hate him, Bill knew that the game was entertainment and did nothing but try and keep the fans happy for 9 innings.

    Those are some mighty fine cards pictured today.

    1. Don't get me wrong. Minoso "playing in five decades" isn't the same as Jamie Moyer but I love Bill Veeck. The guy's a legend in my book. The fact that most of the owners in baseball hated him is high enough recommendation for me. I wonder what would have happened if he had stayed with the Cubs organization back in the day. BTW if anyone wants a great baseball read for a cold winter's night try the newest Veeck biography,


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