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Monday, August 5, 2013

Blow Out the Candles August 5

Hey, I'm a sports guy but I have to lead off today's birthdays with this man:

Astronaut Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on this date in 1930.

Solid all around player John Olerud is celebrating his 45th birthday today.
 BA.295, Hits 2,239, HR 255,  RBI 1230
2 time All-Star, 3 time Gold Glove winner, 1993 batting title, 2 time World Series Champion
John talking to Reggie Jackson

Quarterback Roman Gabriel is celebrating his 73rd birthday today.
 1968 Topps #132
Gabriel was a 2 time All American at North Carolina State and is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Gabriel was the #2 NFL draft pick in 1962 going to the LA Rams.
Roman was a 4 time Pro Bowl Selection and the 1969 AP NFL MVP.  He finished his 16 year career with 29, 444 passing yards and 201 TD's.

In his first year with the Philadelphia Eagles (1973) Roman was awarded the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing is celebrating his 51st birthday today.

Career highlights and awards
11× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1997)
All-NBA First Team (1990)
6× All-NBA Second Team (1988–1989,1991–1993, 1997)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988–1989,1992)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986)
NCAA Champion (1984)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1984)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1985)
Adolph Rupp Trophy (1985)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
#33 Retired by New York Knicks

Actress Maureen McCormick is celebrating her 57th birthday today.
You probably know her as Marcia Brady.

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