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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Check Out My COMC Cards Part 1

If you're a regular reader you won't be surprised when I tell you that I opened a package on Christmas day from COMC dated June 7.  Judge me if you like.
Part one is a handful of tennis cards.  As the years go by I find that I'm less and less interested in tennis.  I grew up in a golden age of tennis in the 1960's and 70's.  Since the late 90's my interest has waned probably along with a good percentage of Americans.  Maybe it has something to do with a lack of great American players.  Anyway, here are some cards of players I do like.

Ladies first:

The Williams sisters have grown on me over the years.  Have there ever been  any more successful siblings male or female than Venus and Serena?  I'm also sympathetic with Venus having someone close to me who is living with the same chronic illness, Sjogren's Syndrome.
I love Kim as much for her sense of humor as her tennis, 
Caroline, or as I call her, "The Woz" has won 20 WTA tournaments and was ranked #1 for 67 weeks has yet to break through and win a Grand Slam event.  She's another woman, who's personality and sense of humor I like, Caroline does an impression of her friend Serena Williams.
At age 25, Joker is #1 in the world and is already considered by many to be one of the best of all-time.

I never considered myself an Agassi fan but I do now after having read his terrific book, Open.

Blow Out the Candles January 31

If today is your birthday you share it with a trio of baseball's elite -- and one sultry voiced brunette.

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

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks is celebrating his 82nd birthday today.
2008 UD Goudey #324
1961 Topps #485

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 celebrating his 66th birthday today.
1975 Topps #500 
1968 Topps #177
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 is celebrating his 76th birthday today.

Acttess, Suzanne Pleshette was born in New York City 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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Santo Saturday on Wednesday?

When I saw these two Panini Copperstown Collection variations with BIN's and free shipping on Ebay I snapped them up immediately.  I'm still in search of the /299 variation.  I've only seen 1 or 2 so far.  I love the red and blue.


Blow Out the Candles January 30

Former player and current Nationals manager Davey Johnson is celebrating his 70th birthday today.
 1968 Topps #273
As this card tells us, Davey got the last hit off Sandy Koufax.  It came in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the 1966 World Series.
Here's a brief video of Davey talking about it with a great line from Sandy:

Davey in Game 3 of the 1970 World Series.

Davey had some pretty nice accomplishments:
4× All-Star selection (1968, 1969, 1970, 1973)
3× World Series champion (1966, 1970, 1986)
3× Gold Glove Award winner (1969, 1970, 1971)
1973 NL Comeback Player of the Year
1997 AL Manager of the Year

In addition to his 4 World Series (2 wins) with the Orioles as a player,  Davey managed the 1986 Mets their second World Series Championship.
That's Davey just to the left of the Mets logo.

 Met's video featuring 1986 Topps cards

Comedian Dick Martin was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on this date in 1922.

Dick is best known for his work on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In which ran on ABC from 1968 to 1973.  For it's first two full seasons it was the #1 rated show in America.
October 11, 1968

Dick went on to a second career as a sitcom director.  He was the primary director on Newhart.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blow Out the Candles January 29

Hall of Famer Joe Primeau was born on this date in 1906.

Primeau was a member of Toronto's "Kid Line".  One of his linemates' birthday was just ten days ago.  Check it out here. 
As a coach, Primeau is the only man to have won the Allan, Memorial and Stanley Cups.

Actress Katharine Ross is celebrating her birthday today (somewhere between 69 and 73).

Two of Ross's most memorable performances came early in her career:

In 1967 she played Mrs. Robinson's daughter Elaine opposite Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate".

In 1969 she played the role of Etta Place opposite Redford and Newman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".

Katherine has penned a bunch of childrens books.  Here are a couple of examples:

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