Wildcard Wednesday: Happy Birthday, Frank Oz!

Happy Wednesday, all. You know the drill…

Today’s notable birthdays:

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878), Ian McKellen (1939), and FRANK OZ! (1944).

And other stuff:

Eyre M. Shaw became the oldest Olympic gold medal winner at 78 years of age (1900)

Babe Ruth was suspended for one game and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire (1922)

Willie Mays made his Major League debut for the New York Giants and went 0-for-5 (1951)

Braves pitcher Max Surkont struck out 8 Reds batters in a row (1953)

Early Wynn won his 300th game (1963)

Dennis Eckersley made his Major League debut in Cleveland, shutting out the A’s 6-0 (1975)

“Star Wars” was released (1978)

Fergie Jenkins became the 7th pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts (1982)

The Red Sox traded Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner (1984)

The Mariners traded Mark Langston to the Expos for Randy Johnson (1989)


Who caught the Cubs and Red Sox in their vintage uniforms on Saturday? I didn’t (stupid FOX), but fortunately there were lots of photos.


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


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.


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!