Wildcard Wednesday: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Happy Wednesday once again, my friends, and happy Star Wars day!

First off, I just want to offer a big “YAY!” to Carlos Pena for finally hitting his first home run in Cubbie blue last night against the Dodgers. I had bet he’ll pick it up now that he doesn’t have that hanging over his head any longer.

Just look how happy he is!

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Now! Who’s ready for a bit of this-day-in-history? Anyone? No? Well, here it is, anyway:

Audrey Hepburn (1929) and George Will (1941) were both born this day.

A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella in Paris (1715)

The Yankees set a record with 8 sacrifices and beat Babe Ruth and the Red Sox 5-4 (1918)

The first legal Sunday baseball game was played in New York City (1919)

Lou Gehrig hit 3 consecutive home runs and the Yankees beat the Tigers 11-9 (1929)

Five died in a 2-day riot at Alcatraz in San Francisco (1946)

Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man & The Sea(1953)

The first ever Grammy Awards were held, with Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald among those honored (1959)

Pitcher Bob Shaw set a record with 5 balks in a single game (1963)

Willie Mays hit his 512th home run to break Mel Ott’s NL record (1965)

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And, finally, an amusing (non-baseball) photo I happened upon last week. It looks to me like these hockey player’s were trying to recreate Jan Brett’s classic children’s book The Mitten.

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One thought on “Wildcard Wednesday: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

  1. Yeah, Carlos Pena! I hope you’re right! šŸ™‚ By the way, I love the hockey photo and classic book reference. šŸ™‚

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