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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Blow Out the Candles March 17

Cubs favorite, Hank Sauer was born in Pittsburgh, PA on this date in 1917.
 1952 Topps #35

1952 was Hank's NL MVP year.  He Led the league in homers with37 and RBI with 121.

Hank with Johnny Mize, May 19, 1948
Hank with teammate Ralph Kiner.  Along with centerfielder Frank Baumholtz they were dubbed the "Quicksand Kids" for their collective lack of speed.

Ransom Jackson, Hank and Ernie Banks
May 20, 1956

Hall of Fame QB, Sammy Baugh was born in Temple, TX on this date in 1914.

This is Sammy as a rookie, Sept 11, 1937
"Slingin' Sammy"
Sammy with two of his four sons, Oct 15, 1949

Career highlights and awards

Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963)
College Football Hall Of Fame (1951)

5× All-Star selection (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942)
Pro Bowl selection (1951)
7× First-team All-Pro selection (1937, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948)
2× Second-team All-Pro selection (1938, 1941)
2× NFL Player of the Year (1947, 1948)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1940s All-Decade Team
1937 Cotton Bowl Classic MVP
70 Greatest Redskins
Redskins' Ring of Fame
Washington Redskins #33 retired

Author James Morrow is turning 65 today.
"... as Kurt Vonnegut pointed out [...] the literary novel has become extraordinarily privatistic of late. It's as if the big issues (Does God exist? from whence springs decency? what sort of species is Homo Sapiens?) were either settled or not worth discusssing, and serious writers should therefore confine themselves to their various ethnic heritages and interpersonal relationships."
— James Morrow (Nebula Awards 27)
"The odor of bowel wind is known to every human, but the fragrance of book glue has crossed only a fraction of mortal nostrils. And yet it behooves us not to judge the unlettered too harshly. We must stay the impulse to write CHUCKLEHEAD above their doors and carve DOLT upon their tombstones."
— James Morrow

Three of my copies of his books.

Musician and forming member of the bands, Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, Paul Kantner is celebrating his 71st birthday today.

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