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!
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)
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.