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Friday, March 9, 2012

Blow Out the Candles March 9

Another one of those Swingin' A's, Bert Campaneris is 70 today.
1971 Topps #440
Bert was a six time All-Star, led the AL in steals six times and won three World Series.

March 3, 1966 Spring Training  Bradenton, FL
Oct. 22, 1973
With Blue Moon Odom May 22, 2004

 Hall of Fame shortstop Arky Vaughan was born in Clifty, Arkansas on this date in 1912.
1986 Cramer Baseball Legends #122

Arky was a nine time All-Star and career .318 hitter.
Dolph Camilli, Billy Herman, Pee Wee Reese and Arky Vaughan, Spring Training of 1941 or 42 in Havana Cuba
Arky Vaughan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985

Cardinals player and manager Billy Southworth was born in Harvard, Nebraska on this date in 1893.
1992 Conlon Collection #627
Southworth won three World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, one as a player and two as manager.
The Second One Was Better. St. Louis, Missouri: Happy Red Birds congratulate Johnny Beazley after he won the second game of the World Series with a 4-3 score. Seated left to right: manager Billy Southworth and catcher Walker Cooper. Standing left to right: Enos Slaughter, Stan Musial, Beazley, and George Kurowski.
Billy Managed the Boston Braves to the NL Pennant in 1948.  His boys  (1 9 4 8) are Tommy Holmes, Earl Torgeson, Marv Rickert and Connie Ryan.
Billy Southworth was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008.

Actor Will Geer was born in Frankfort, Indiana on this date in 1902.

Geer was  known to most of us as Grandpa Walton but did you know that he earned a Masters Degree in Botany at the University of Chicago?  He was also an early gay rights activist and was a Comminist party member who was Blacklisted in the 1950's. He toured government work camps in the 1930's along with folk singers such as Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie.  He is credited with introducing Woody to Pete Seeger in 1940.

Will Geer reading Mark Twain

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