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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Blow Out the Candles December 13

The first African-American to play in the American League, Larry Doby, was born in Camden, South Carolina on this date in 1923
1958 Topps #424
Doby was a 7 time All-Star with the Cleveland Indians and hit .318 in the 1948 World Series, which the Indians won in 6 games vs. the Boston Braves.

Happy 69th birthday to Cubs great  and Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins.
1973 Topps #180

 Fergie is definitely #1 on my list when I think of great Cubs pitchers. Jenkins, who finished his career with 284 wins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. His #31 jersey was retired by the Cubs in 2009 along with fellow #31 Greg Maddux.

Former Blackhawk Doug Mohns turns 78 today.

1994 Parkhurst Tall Boys #27

 The pride of Capreol, Ontario, Doug was a seven time All-Star in his 22 year NHL career.
In Chicago, Mohns was part of the Scooter line along with Hawks greats Stan Mikita and Ken Wharram.

Actor/comedian Dick Van Dyke is celebrating his 86th birthday today.
I've always been a Dick Van Dyke fan.  Look at the guy.  He's still going strong at 86!  I read his new book this summer.  There's nothing startling in it but it's a fun read.

Actress Kathy Garver turns 66 today. Kathy played older sister, Sissy, on the 1960's sitcom, Family Affair with Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot.

Kathy in 2008

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