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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blow Out the Candles February 29 It's Not Their Fault


I know there's no February 29th this year but that's not the fault of those born on Feb. 29.  So here's a bonus group of birthday honorees.

1953 AL MVP Al Rosen is celebrating his 89th birthday today.
 1994 Ted Williams Co. #28
2005 UD Signature Decades #SD-AR
On being a Jewish ballplayer:

"I can only tell you this, there was anti-Semitism throughout my playing days, and it came from the stands, it came from the managers, the coaches and players. But as time went on, and particularly after the birth of Israel as a nation, I think that a new aura took over and people had more respect for Jewish athletes or Jews generally, because it showed once again that Jews were not to be taken lightly and that they could fight as well as be bookkeepers and accountants and that sort of thing. The kind of taunting and things like that that I heard personally from the benches softened a great deal after 1946."
Al and Larry Doby celebrating a win over the Baltimore Orioles April 1954
Athlete of the Year 1953


Would you like to see a great Al Rosen card collection?  Greg of
 has one.  Click here.

Gashouse Gang favorite Pepper Martin was born in Temple, Oklahoma on this date in 1904.
 Pepper and wife Ruby 1931
"I'm arresting you for speeding" 1931
Pepper Martin, Terry Moore and Joe Medwick, at training camp in 1936
Chick Hafey, George Watkins, Pepper Martin and Wally Roettger

Musician, Composer and Big Band leader, "JD", Jimmy Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania o this date in 1904.

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