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Monday, November 11, 2013

Blow Out the Candles November 11

Walter James Vincent "Rabbit" Maranville was born on this date in 1891.
At only 5'5", Rabbit  holds the career record for putouts by a shortstop with 5, 139 in 23 seasons.  He was elected to the HOF in 1954.

Andy High, Rabbit, Frankie Frisch, and Jim Bottomley
The Babe snags a Rabbit
Eppa Rixey and Rabbit

Another HOFer, Harold Joseph "Pie" Traynor was born on this date in 1898.

Pie plate

Russian writer, philosopher and  novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow on this date in 1821.  His best known works are Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot.

"I am called a psychologist, it's not true, I am only a realist in the highest sense, i.e, I depict all the depths of the human soul."

“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” 
― The Brothers Karamazov

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.” 
― Crime and Punishment

“Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.”

“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.” 

Painter Paul Signac was born in Paris on this date in 1863.

Watercolor Notre Dame 1910

The Papal Palace 1900

Hoosier writer Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis on this date in 1922.

Vonnegut's best known works are Slaughterhouse Five, Cats Cradle and Breakfast of Champions.  I've read most his work and am happy to own this kitchy retitled edition of Player Piano released in 1954, two years after the original:

Vonnegut had a cameo in Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 comedy Back to School:

Actor/Comedian Jonathan Winters was born in Bellbrook, OH on this date in 1925.

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