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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blow Out the Candles Nov 29

7 time All-Star Orestes "Minnie" Minoso turns 84 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.

1968 Topps #375

Detroit Tigers great Bill Freehan turns 68 today. Bill was an 11 time All-Star, won 5 Gold Gloves and was a member of the 1968 World Series Champions.

Also celebrating a 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.

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.


  1. re Minnie Minoso:

    I always considered Minoso's 3 games in 1976 and 2 games in 1980 to be nothing more than a bogus publicity stunt to claim the "played in most decades" status. He retired in 1964, and should have stayed retired.

    (Yes, Eddie Gaedel was a publicity stunt also, but that's all he was. Minoso was once a very good player. HE should have known better, and had more respect for the game than to suit up for these few token games. It was a sham!)

    Jim from Downingtown
    (Topps '66, '67, '68 blogs)


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