Wildcard Wednesday: “Here are just a few of the key ingredients: dynamite, pole vaulting, laughing gas, choppers…”

Happy Wildcard Wednesday/Cinco de Mayo!

On this day in history…

Robert Feld, 1990 National Scrabble champion, was born in Nashville on this day in 1955.

Phildelphia pitcher Charles Albert “Chief” Bender born, 1884

Alan Shepherd becomes first American in space, 1961

Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1949

Los Angeles Angel pitcher Bo Belinsky no-hit the Orioles, 1962

Willie Mays hit his 512th homerun, 1966

The A’s released pinch-runner Herb Washington (who played in 104 games without batting, fielding or pitching, scoring 33 runs and stealing 30 bases) 1975

Pete Rose collected his 3000th hit, 1978

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The FBB would like to extend condolences to the family of the legendary Ernie Harwell, who passed away yesterday. Mr. Harwell was a great broadcaster, and an even better man. He will be missed.

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This will be my last post this week, as I am leaving tomorrow morning for a wee baseball trip. The sister and me will be heading up to Pittsburgh for the Cubs game Thursday, and then on to Cincinnati to catch Friday’s game there. Look for a full report next week!

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