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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Blow Out the Candles November 30

The multi-talented Bo Jackson is celebrating his 51st birthday today. One of the greatest, "what might have been" stories in sports, Bo did amaze us while he could.
2006 UD Legendary Cuts 144/225

"I hate to blow my own horn, but I gave a lot of people fits."
1990 Score Hot Card #2 of 10

“Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you've got patience. They'd both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy - and a little more patient.”








Friday, November 29, 2013

Blow Out the Candles November 29

7 time All-Star Orestes "Minnie" Minoso is celebrating his 88th birthday today. Minnie started his career in 1949 with the Indians and finished with the White Sox in 1980 meaning he played in a remarkable 5 decades(sort of).





Detroit Tigers great Bill Freehan is celebrating his 72nd birthday today. Bill was an 11 time All-Star, won 5 Gold Gloves and was a member of the 1968 World Series Champions.
1968 Topps #375




 Celebrating his 74th birthday today, is 3 time All-Star Dick McAuliffe. McAuliffe was also a member of the 1968 Tigers and though he hit only .222 in the Series he did drive in three and scored five times.
 1968 Topps #285
2004 UD Timeless Teams #28

















Here's Dick facing Bob Gibson. He was the first batter of the series and struck out. He did single in the 6th in a 4-0 loss.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Blow Out the Candles November 28

Singer, songwriter, composer, Randy Newman is celebrating his 70th birthday today.  I love his wicked sense of humor.  Here's his entry from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


No one likes us-I don't know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let's drop the big one and see what happens

We give them money-but are they grateful?
No, they're spiteful and they're hateful
They don't respect us-so let's surprise them
We'll drop the big one and pulverize them

Asia's crowded and Europe's too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada's too cold
And South America stole our name
Let's drop the big one
There'll be no one left to blame us

We'll save Australia
Don't wanna hurt no kangaroo
We'll build an All American amusement park there
They got surfin', too

Boom goes London and boom Paris
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We'll set everybody free
You'll wear a Japanese kimono babe
And there'll be Italian shoes for me

They all hate us anyhow
So let's drop the big one now
Let's drop the big one now




The Great Nations of Europe had gathered on the shore
they'd conquered what was behind them and now they wanted more
so they looked to the mighty ocean and took to the western sea
The great nations of europe in the 16th century

Hide your wives and daughters, hide the groceries too
The great nations of europe comin through

The Grand Canary Islands first land to which they came
they slaughtered all the canaries there which gave the land its name
there were natives there called guanches, guanches by the score
bullet's, disease the portugese, they weren't there any more

now they're gone, they're gone, they're really gone
you never seen anyone so gone
there's pictures in a museum, some lines written in a book
but you won't find a live one, no matter where you look

Hide your wives and daughters, hide the groceries too
The great nations of europe comin through

columbus sailed for india found salvidor instead
he shook hands with some indians and soon they all were dead
they got tb and typhoid and athletes foot, diptheria and the flu
'scuse me great nations comin through

balboa found the pacific and on the trail one day
he met some friendly indians whom he was told were gay
soooooooooooooo
he had them torn apart by dogs on religious grounds they say
the great nations of europe were quite holy in their way

now they're gone, they're gone, they're really gone
you never seen anyone so gone
some bones hidden in a canyon some paintings in a cave
they're no use tryin to save them, there's nothin left to save

hide your wives and daughters, hide your sons as well
with the great nations of europe you never can tell

where you and i are standing on the end of a century
europes have sprung up everyone as even i can see
but there on the horizon is the possiblity
that some bug from out of africa might come for you and me
destroying everything in it's path from sea to shining sea
like the great nations of europe in the 16th century







Canadian musician Paul Shaffer is celebrating his 63rd birthday today.  A former band member on SNL Paul has been bandleader for David Letterman since 1982.




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blow Out the Candles November 27

Iconic 1960's musician Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington on this date in 1942. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.






Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blow Out the Candles November 26

HOFer Hugh Duffy was born in Cranston, Rhode Island on this date in 1866. Duffy holds the record for highest batting average in a season, .440 in 1894.
2006 SP Legendary Cuts #31


Hugh and Ted

HOFer Left Gomez was born in Rodeo, California on this date in 1908.
 
 

 Judging by these quotes Lefty was a humble man with a good sense of humor.


Gomez, Gehrig and Foxx at the 1939 All-Star Game.
Vernon "Lefty" Gomez, New York Yankee pitcher, connects in the seventh inning for the third of four singles he hit against the Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium in New York.

I highly recommend this recent biography written by Lefty's daughter:

Cartoonist Charles "Sparky" Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on this date in 1922.

Readers of this blog know that I've been a fan of Schulz's Peanuts (a name he never liked by the way) for my entire life.  Sparky drew the strip for nearly 50 years from October 1950 until just before his death in  January 2000.  
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