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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Blow Out the Candles Nov 8

HOFer, Bucky Harris was born on this date in 1896. Harris managed the 1924 Washington Senators to their only World Series Championship. At age 27, he was also their second baseman. He is sixth all-time in wins for a manager with 2,157.

1965 Topps #144

Lifetime Met, Ed Kranepool is turning 65 today. He got his first taste of the major leagues at age 17. Casey Stengel said of him at the time : "He's only seventeen and he runs like he's thirty." Kranepool would get another chance and would remain a Met through the 1979 season. As a member of the Miracle Mets of 1969 he hit a home run in game 3 of the World Series.

2007 Parkhurst #21

HOF goaltender Johnny Bower turns 85 today. Johnny won three Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs. Commenting on Bobby Hull's improved slap shop Johnny remarked, "He needs another shot like I need a hole in the head, which I may get."

Writer Bram Stoker was born on this date in 1847. He is best known for his novel, Dracula.

1st edition

Psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach was born on this date in 1884. He developed the well known ink blot test that bears his name.

The late Minnie Ripperton was born on this date in 1947. She died of cancer in 1979. Minnie only lived long enough to record five studio albums. I still have my copy of Perfect Angel bought at the time it was released. Minnie is the mother of SNL alum Maya Rudolph.

Singer Bonnie Raitt turns 60 today. Daughter of Broadway star John Raitt, Bonnie has released 18 albums and has 9 Grammy's.

Singer, songwriter Rickie Lee Jones turns 55 today. Her debut album is another in my collection.


  1. Funny. I was just trying to figure out how old Rickie Lee Jones was a couple of days ago. 55, wow.

  2. Good stuff as always... I feel compelled to dig out that Rickie Lee Jones record right now and give it a spin, thanks!


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