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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blow Out the Candles April 20

Hall of Fame shortstop Dave Bancroft was born in Sioux City, Iowa on this date in 1891.
 1991 Conlon Collection #17

Dave was known as a brainy sort of guy.  Here's a story about his first game as a Giant after having been traded from Philadelphia:
When Bancroft took the field in his first game as a Giant, catcher Frank Snyder called him to a conference on the mound and offered to explain the team's signs. "Why, have they changed?" asked Bancroft. "If not, I know them already."

Dave's nickname was "Beauty" for his habit of yelling out the compliment whenever his pitcher threw a great pitch.

Artist Joan Miro was born in Barcelona, Spain on this date in 1893.
For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. ”
“The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.”
“I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness.”
“Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension.”
“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
"Miro's Chicago" or "The Sun, the Moon and One Star"
"Woman and Bird" 1982

Actor Clint Howard is celebrating his 54th birthday today.

 Leon on The Andy Griffith Show

Very creepy on Star Trek
Gentle Ben

Clint with Dad Rance Howard
Clint has appeared in 17 films directed by his brother Ron, including Backdraft, Parenthood, Apollo 13, and Cocoon.
 Apollo 13
Family Guy
Clint accepting a lifetime achievement award from MTV

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