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.