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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blow Out the Candles March 3

John Montgomery Ward was born in Bellefonte, Pa on this date in 1860.
 1994 UD Baseball The American Epic #10

(not mine)
(also not mine, damn!)

Played For:
Providence Grays (1878-1882), New York Gothams or Giants (1883-1889, 1893-1894), Brooklyn Ward's Wonders (1890), Brooklyn Grooms (1891-1892)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1964

Biography:

John Ward excelled as both a star pitcher and top-flight shortstop during his 17-year Major League career. In 1879, he led Providence to the pennant with a league-leading 46 victories, and in 1880 authored the second perfect game in big league history. As the star shortstop for the New York Giants, Ward helped the club capture its first two pennants in 1888 and '89. A staunch opponent of the reserve clause, Ward organized the Players' Brotherhood (baseball's first union) and formed the short-lived Players League in 1890.

Did You Know:
that on Aug. 17, 1882, John Ward pitched an 18-inning, complete-game shutout, the longest shutout by one pitcher in big league history?

"No player before or after his day on the diamond ever did more to bring the sport to its present high standing and popularity. He was considered the model ballplayer of the century."
Sam Crane, NY Journal



"Wee Willie" Keeler was born in Brooklyn, NY on this date in 1872.
 1983 Cramer Baseball Legends #99
Wee Willie at bat in 1908

Willie's motto was "hit'em where they ain't".   He did-- 2,932 times in 19 years.
Keeler bunting

Actress Jean Harlow "the Blonde Bombshell" was born in Kansas City, Missouri on this date in 1911.
In "Public Enemy" 1931
Harlow and Cagney

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