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Friday, May 18, 2012

Blow Out the Candles May 18 Full House Today

Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson is celebrating his 75th birthday today.
Career highlights and awards
18× All-Star (1960, 1960², 1961, 1961², 1962,1962², 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969,1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)
2× World Series champion (1966, 1970)
16× Gold Glove Award (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)
AL MVP (1964)
World Series MVP (1970)
MLB All-Star Game MVP (1966)
Roberto Clemente Award (1972)
Babe Ruth Award (1970)
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1966)
Baltimore Orioles #5 retired
Major League Baseball All-Century Team

The straw that stirs the drink, Reggie Jackson is celebrating his 66th birthday today.

Career highlights and awards
14× All-Star (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975,1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
5× World Series champion (1972, 1973, 1974,1977, 1978)
2× Silver Slugger Award (1980, 1982)
AL MVP (1973)
2× World Series MVP (1973, 1977)
Babe Ruth Award (1977)
Oakland Athletics #9 retired
New York Yankees #44 retired

Hall of Fame right winger Jari Kurri is celebrating his 52nd birthday today.

Tennis great Fred Perry was born in Stockport, England on this date in 1909.
Perry is still the last British Men's Wimbledon Champ.  His 1936 win was his third in a row and one of eight overall Grand Slam titles.

Film director Frank Capra was born in Bisacquina, Sicily, Italy on this date in 1897.
Some of Capra's films:

MAD magazine cartoonist Don Martin was born in Petterson, New Jersey on this date in 1931.

Actor, director and TV exec and artist Dwayne Hickman is celebrating his 78th birthday today.

Actress, comedian, writer and producer Tina Fey is celebrating her 42nd birthday today.


  1. I almost feel left out that it isn't my birthday today!

  2. Wow...lots of great birthdays today. Jari Kurri was one of my all-time faves and the reason I got into hockey. Very underrated part of that Edmonton Oilers dynasty. And even though Brooks Robinson retired three years before I was born, I collect his cards when I can (love that 68 Topps btw). Class act and an unbelievable 3rd baseman--that pic with all the gold gloves says it all. Brooks embodies what baseball should be. Reggie Jackson....polar opposite. I think he was before his time; his self-promoting quotes would be perfect fodder for the 24-hour news cycle, ESPN/internet/social media (could you imagine MrOctober44 on Twitter?) and his contract demands/all-or-nothing HR swing would fit in perfectly with today's game.

    Great post, and very interesting video clips. I'll have to watch them all tonight.


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