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Friday, May 31, 2013

Blow Out the Candles May 31

Hall of Famer Broadway Joe Namath is celebrating his 70th birthday today.
 Namath at Alabama

Hall of Fame Boston Bruins goaltender Tiny Thompson was born in Sandon, British Columbia on this date in 1903.

Hall of Fame defenseman Art Coulter was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on this date in 1909

Actress, comedian, writer Susie Essman is celebrating her 58th birthday today.

This video has lots of bad words-LOTS.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blow Out the Candles May 30

Bears great Gale Sayers is celebrating his 70th birthday today.
 1993 Classic Pro Line Profiles #578

Some big names here
Gale in 2008, still "supporting the team".

Hall of Famer Amos Rusie was born in Mooresville, Indiana on this date in 1871.

The Giants without Rusie would be like Hamlet without the Melancholy Dane.
O.P. Caylor, NY Herald

Former Chicago Cubs fan favorite Tony Campana is celebrating his 27th birthday today.

The "King of Swing" Benny Goodman was born in Chicago, Illinois of this date in 1909.

The man of a thousand voices, Mel Blanc was born in San Francisco, California on this date in 1908.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blow Out the Candles May 29

John "Blue Moon" Odom is celebrating his 68th birthday today.
As a member of the Oakland A's Blue Moon earned three World Series championships.
From The Hardball Times
Contrary to what some might believe, A's owner Charlie Finley didn't give Odom the “Blue Moon” nickname, as he had Jim “"Catfish" Hunter. Odom actually picked up the moniker long before he signed his first professional contract with Kansas City. “Back in fifth grade in football practice,” Odom explained, “a guy named Joe Mars started calling me ‘Moonhead.’ I really didn’t like that. (He said) ‘I’m calling you that because your face is round. We can’t call you ‘Yellow Moon’ (because of) your complexion. So we’re gonna call you ‘Blue Moon.’ ”
In addition to the roundness of his face, some observers felt the nickname fit because Odom often appeared to be in a somber mood. After a series of personal struggles that came with his post-playing days, Odom has turned his life around, becoming an active member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Odom also has grown to appreciate his nickname, which has given him a strong identity in retirement. “I used to hate that name,” Odom said a few years back, “but now I love it. I’m known all over the world as Blue Moon now.”

Procol Harum co-founder Gary Brooker is also celebrating his 68th birthday today.

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