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Friday, December 13, 2013

Blow Out the Candles December 13

The first African-American to play in the American League, Larry Doby, was born in Camden, South Carolina on this date in 1923
1958 Topps #424
Career highlights and awards
7× All-Star (1949–1955)
World Series champion (1948)
Negro Leagues champion (1946)
2× AL home run champion (1952, 1954)
AL RBI leader (1954)
Cleveland Indians #14 retired
Hall of Fame 1998

Happy 71st birthday to Cubs great  and Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins.
1969 Topps #640
According to SABR, Fergie maintains that he was born in 1942 not 1943.

 Fergie is definitely #1 on my list when I think of great Cubs pitchers. Jenkins, who finished his career with 284 wins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. His #31 jersey was retired by the Cubs in 2009 along with fellow #31 Greg Maddux.

Former Blackhawk Doug Mohns is  celebrating his 80th birthday today.
1994 Parkhurst Tall Boys #27
 The pride of Capreol, Ontario, Doug was a seven time All-Star in his 22 year NHL career.
In Chicago, Mohns was part of the Scooter line along with Hawks greats Stan Mikita and Ken Wharram.

Actor/comedian Dick Van Dyke is celebrating his 88th birthday today.
I've always been a Dick Van Dyke fan.  Look at the guy.  He's still going strong at 88!  I read his recent memoir.  There's nothing startling in it but it's a fun read.

Actress Kathy Garver is celebrating her 68th birthday today. Kathy played older sister, Sissy, on the 1960's sitcom, Family Affair with Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot.

Kathy in 2008

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