Phillies great Richie Ashburn was born in Tilden, Nebraska on this date in 1927.
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"To cure a batting slump, I took my bat to bed with me. I wanted to know my bat a little better."
Richie taking hitting with Willie Mays
Novelist Philip Roth is celebrating his 80th birthday.
— Philip Roth
Among others, Roth wrote:
"MyGod! The English language is a form of communication! Conversation isn't just crossfire where you
shoot and get shot at! Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill! Words aren't only bombs
and bullets —no, they're little gifts, containing meanings!"
— Philip Roth (Portnoy's Complaint)
— Philip Roth (The Plot Against America)