Happy Wednesday! Who’s ready for a bit of this-day-in-history? I know I am.
Historic events of April 27th:
Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Rogers Hornsby (1896) and Casey Kasem (1932) were born.
Ferdinand Magellan (1521) and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1882) died.
British parliament passed the Tea Act, which eventually led to the Boston Tea Party. (1773)
West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the U.S. (1861)
1,450 paroled Union POWs were killed on their way home when the river steamer “Sultana” exploded on the Mississippi River. (1865)
The 4th modern Olympic Games opened in London. (1908)
Himmler ordered the establishment of Auschwitz concentration camp. (1940)
Boston Brave Jim Tobin no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944)
Babe Ruth day was celebrated at Yankee Stadium and throughout the United States. (1947)
Baltimore Oriole Tom Phoebus no-hit Boston. (1968)
Nolan Ryan passed Walter Johnson to become MLB’s strikeout king. (1983)
Over 70 inches of snow fell in Red Lake, Montana. (1984)
Coors Field opened in Denver. The Rockies beat the Mets 11-9 in 14 innings. (1995)
Finally, I want to get a word in about our old friend Sam Fuld. He seems to be taking the baseball world by storm. Any Cubs fan could have told you how good Sam was in the outfield. His heroics on defense are hardly a surprise. What is ever so pleasant is that he has been hitting like a maniac now, too. He’s batting .346, stealing bases, flirting with cycles… and people are taking notice. As a long time fan of Mr. Fuld, I couldn’t be more pleased. News stories are popping up all over the place. Here are just a few links, for those who may be interested.