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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blow Out the Candles October 31

Orioles great Dave McNally was born on this date in 1942.
1971 Topps #320

Dave was part of the great starting rotation for the Baltimore in the 60's and early 70's. He was 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 4 World Series. Lifetime, in 14 seasons he was 184-119 with a 3.24 ERA.
"Dave (McNally) was an unbelievable competitor. He did it with cunning and intelligence. He loved to set you up with a change, fool you with that tremendous curve and then throw the fastball by you. Plus, he was 100% gentleman. He was the kind of guy you wanted your son to be." - Hall of Famer Earl Weaver
McNally and Palmer in their classic Orioles uniforms.

Eric Nesterenko is celebrating his 80th birthday today. He played 16 seasons for the Blackhawks and was a member of the  Stanley Cup Championship team in 1961.
2006/07 Parkhurst #81
 Eric getting a stick in the head courtesy of one Maurice "Rocket" Richard
Black eyed Nesterenko and the always excited Golden Jet.

Phil Goyette is also celebrating his 80th birthday today . He played 16 years in the NHL and was lucky enough to be on Stanley Cup winners with Montreal his first four.
1969-70 Topps #21
One of the more unflattering cards you'll see.  This being Halloween, add a few scars to his face and a couple of bolts to his neck and --- you get the picture.


Astronaut Michael Collins turns 83 today. Mr. Collins was the command module captain on the Apollo 11 mission which landed the first men on the moon. He's one of only 24 humans who have flown to the moon and back.



Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin

Comedian Brian-Doyle Murray is celebrating his 68th birthday today.


Brian is  the older brother of Bill Murray.
 Of his many roles I remember him best as the bubble boy's father on Seinfeld, and the Mayor of Punxsutawney in Groundhog Day.


Lastly, folk singer/songwriter, Tom Paxton tis celebrating his 76th birthday today.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blow Out the Candles October 30

Phillies HOFer Big Ed Delehanty was born in Cleveland, Ohio on this date in 1867.
Ed's career batting average of .346 is 5th all-time.
"When you pitch to (Ed) Delahanty, you just want to shut your eyes, say a prayer and chuck the ball. The Lord only knows what'll happen after that." - Crazy Schmit in Autumn Glory (Louis P. Masur, 2003)Ed batted .346 lifetime. In a game against the White Sox on July 13, 1896 he hit 4 home runs. The Phillies still lost 9-8. It seems a little unfair since there were five Delahanty's , but only three brother combos have had more combined hits. Ed died on July 2, 1903 when he fell (?) off the International Bridge near Niagra Falls.Here's his obituary from the New York Times.

Another member of the Hall of Fame, Bill Terry of the New York Giants, was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this date in 1898.
2004 Fleer Greats #12

 Bill was the last NL player to hit over .400 in a season, .401 in 1930. Terry finished his 14 year career with 2193 hits and a.341 batting average. He was on three pennant winners and won one World Series.


T is for Terry
The Giant from Memphis
Whose .400 average
You can't overemphis.
--Ogden Nash

Braves great Joe Adcock was born in Coushatta, Louisiana on this date in 1927.
2005 UD Classics #50
OK, what are the odds of this? Only fifteen players in major league history have hit 4 home runs in one game and two of them were born on October 30. Joe accomplished the rare feat on July 31, 1954.
Aaron, Adcock, and Mathews

Pitcher Jim Perry is celebrating his 78th birthday today
2001 Topps Archives #64


While not a HOFer like his younger brother Gaylord, Jim had a great career. He won a Cy Young and was a three time All-Star. His lifetime record was 215-174. Their combined 529 wins is just 10 behind the record held by Phil and Joe Niekro.
English impressionist artist Alfred Sisley was born on this date in 1839.
Portrait of Alfred Sisley by Renoir
Here are a few of his works:


This painting, Regatta at Molesey so impressed fellow artist Gustave Caillebotte that he purchased it for his personal collection. Caillebotte is famous for his "Rainy Day Paris" (below)

If you live in or near Chicago or plan to visit you can see this great painting (a print of which hangs above our fireplace) as well as the Sisley below.



Today is also Henry Winkler's birthday. "The Fonz"is celebrating bis 68th birthday today. "Aaay"

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blow Out the Candles October 29

New York Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin is celebrating his 60th birthday today.
Denis was a long time Florida Panthers broadcaster.
Potvin won four Stanley Cups.

Musician and co-founder of the band WingsDenny Laine is celebrating his 69th birthday today.




Painter, instructor and host of The Joy of Painting Bob Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Florida on this date in 1942.

Actress, director, producer Kate Jackson is celebrating her 65th birthday today.






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