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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blow Out the Candles -- November 2

Travis "Stonewall" Jackson, Hall of Fame shortstop for the New York Giants in the 1920's and 30's, was born on this date in 1903.

"The greatest bunter I ever saw."
--Casey Stengel
Sam is second from left, Mel Ott is on the far right.

Johnny Vander Meer, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds was born on this date in 1914.
2006 SP Legendary Cuts #33

The 4 time All-Star lefty is best known as the only pitcher in Major League history to pitch back to back no-hitters. The first came on June 11, 1938 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati against the Boston Braves. Four days later he no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first ever night game at Ebbets Field. Leo Durocher made the final out for Brooklyn.

“Some kids are always chasing rainbows......but baseball is a world where you can catch them.”

Aussie tennis great, Ken Rosewall turns 75 today.

 One of the greatest players of the 1950's Rosewall was still winning championships in the '70's. Though he never won Wimbledon (he was a finalist 4 times) he did win eight Grand Slam titles.
Rosewall and Laver

Keith Emerson, founding member of the band Emerson, Lake & Palmer is turning 65 today.
I don't care who I play to, as long as they enjoy listening to what I play.

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