Happy Birthday–July 31

Joe Sugden (1870)
Laughing Larry Doyle (1886)
Art Nehf (1892)
Allen Russell (1893)
Elmer Riddle (1914)
Curt Gowdy (1919)
Hank Bauer (1922)
John Vukovich (1947)
Dave Dombrowski (1956)
Leon Durham (1957)
Mike Bielecki (1959)
Scott Bankhead (1963)
Ted Barrett (1965)
Gabe Kapler (1975)
Rene Rivera (1983)

Hall of Fame broadcaster Curt Gowdy was the voice of the NBC Game of the Week from 1965-1975.

Dave Dombrowski was the general manager of the Montreal Expos/Florida Marlins and of the Detroit Tigers and is currently the president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox.

Ted Barrett has been a major league umpire since 1994.

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2020 Game 6: Cleveland at Twins

Not so surprisingly, the Twins are one of the three best teams in the league by record at the time of this writing. More surprisingly is that the other two are the Rockies and the Padres.

It feels very strange to write about the Twins right now as if I believe the season will just go on, but for now, I foolishly remain hopeful that we had our one misstep and from here on out, it's smooth sailing. Cleveland, who's apparently mulling a name change also, sends Shane Bieber against Jose Berrios in what should be a good matchup, assuming Berrios goes ahead and forgets what happened on Opening Day (for his part, Bieber threw six scoreless against the Royals, with 14 of his 18 outs being of the strike variety. Bieber is extremely prone to giving up the long ball, however, so let's sit back and enjoy the three true outcomes tonight.

Happy Birthday–July 30

Casey Stengel (1890)
Frankie Pytlak (1908)
Tony Lucadello (1912)
Joe Coleman (1922)
Paul Minner (1923)
Joe Nuxhall (1928)
Gus Triandos (1930)
Bud Selig (1934)
Vic Davalillo (1939)
Bob Barton (1941)
Pat Kelly (1944)
Doug Rader (1944)
Jim Spencer (1946)
Ellis Valentine (1954)
Clint Hurdle (1957)
Steve Trout (1957)
Scott Fletcher (1958)
Tom Pagnozzi (1962)
Scott Diamond (1986)

Tony Lucadello was a major league scout for forty-eight years.

Allan Huber "Bud" Selig was the commissioner of baseball from 1992-2014.

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2020 Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Twins

Daniel Ponce de Leon
vs
Rich Hill

I don't know how much 40-year-old Hill can provide. 40-year-old Cruz remains ageless while cast-off Bailey did just fine yesterday. Hill started 13 games last year with otherwise excellent numbers. If he starts 13 games this year, it will mean very different things from last year.

Every morning I let the two-year-old pick out his shirt. He had already picked out one shirt when I showed him "the baseball" shirt while I put away the laundry. Immediately, the current choice was cast aside and he demanded the baseball shirt. I get it little guy, I too want to enjoy this season while it lasts.

Happy Birthday–July 29

Earl Moore (1877)
George Cutshaw (1886)
Cedric Tallis (1914)
Felix Mantilla (1934)
Don Wert (1938)
Bill Whitby (1943)
Hisashi Yamada (1948)
Dan Driessen (1951)
Greg Minton (1951)
Ken Burns (1953)
Dave LaPoint (1959)
Luis Alicea (1965)
Mike Williams (1968)
Seth Greisinger (1975)
Mike Adams (1978)
Ryan Braun (1980)

Cedric Tallis was the general manager of the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees.

Submarine pitcher Hisashi Yamada won 284 games in Japan.

Ken Burns made an Emmy-award winning documentary about the history of baseball.  He also made a documentary on Jackie Robinson.

Every year I am surprised to learn that there was a Ryan Braun who pitched for Kansas City in 2006 and 2007.

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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.