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Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter yesterday when Posada announced his retirement.

Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter yesterday when Posada announced his retirement.

<a href='http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=77871ff5-2d73-45ad-b976-72e035bd353b&src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='Rosenthal: Larkin well deserved' >Video: Rosenthal: Larkin well deserved</a>

Congrats to Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

buck o'neil100 years ago today, Buck O’Neil was born. O’Neil was the 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball, following a distinguished career as a 1st baseman & manager for the Kansas City Monarchs in baseball’s Negro League.

Sadly, O’Neil was never inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, despite serving for 18 years on the Hall’s veterans committee.

buck o'neil legacy seat

But he has been recognized for his accomplishments on & off the field. In 2006, President Bush awarded O’Neil the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

He was also the 1st recipient of MLB’s Beacon of Life Award in 2007.

Kaufmann Stadium (home of the Kansas City Royals) features a single red seat known as the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat.  

O’Neil died in 2006 at 94.

Happy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! Peanut butter has been around for a loooong time but the peanut butter cookie made its debut in the early 20th century.

In 1916, scientist George Washington Carver published How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing It for Human Consumption, which included peanut butter cookie recipes.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame opened on this day in 1939 (72 years ago) in Cooperstown, NY.
24 years ago today (1987), President Ronald Reagan, speaking @ Germany&#8217;s Brandenburg Gate challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to &#8220;tear down this wall&#8221;.




In 1994 (17 years ago today), Nicole Brown Simpson &amp; her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered. Her former husband OJ Simpson was arrested for the crime, but was amazingly acquitted after a well-publicized trial in 1995.
Today&#8217;s Birthdays:
former President George H.W. Bush is 87; singer Vic Damone is 83; actor Jim Nabors (most famous as Gomer Pyle) is 81; sportscaster Marv Albert is 70, as is jazz musician Chick Corea; musician John Linnell of They Might Be Giants is 52, as is actor / comedian Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall fame; Oakland As outfielder (&amp; former New York Yankee) Hideki Matsui is 37; actor DJ Qualls is 33; musician Robyn is 32; The Dirtbombs drummer Ben Blackwell is 29; country singer Chris Young is 26; comedian &amp; YouTube celebrity KevJumba is 21; actress / musician / singer Allie DiMeco of The Naked Brothers Band is 19

Happy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! Peanut butter has been around for a loooong time but the peanut butter cookie made its debut in the early 20th century.

baseball hall of fame

In 1916, scientist George Washington Carver published How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing It for Human Consumption, which included peanut butter cookie recipes.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame opened on this day in 1939 (72 years ago) in Cooperstown, NY.

24 years ago today (1987), President Ronald Reagan, speaking @ Germany’s Brandenburg Gate challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”.

In 1994 (17 years ago today), Nicole Brown Simpson & her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered. Her former husband OJ Simpson was arrested for the crime, but was amazingly acquitted after a well-publicized trial in 1995.

Today’s Birthdays:

former President George H.W. Bush is 87; singer Vic Damone is 83; actor Jim Nabors (most famous as Gomer Pyle) is 81; sportscaster Marv Albert is 70, as is jazz musician Chick Corea; musician John Linnell of They Might Be Giants is 52, as is actor / comedian Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall fame; Oakland As outfielder (& former New York Yankee) Hideki Matsui is 37; actor DJ Qualls is 33; musician Robyn is 32; The Dirtbombs drummer Ben Blackwell is 29; country singer Chris Young is 26; comedian & YouTube celebrity KevJumba is 21; actress / musician / singer Allie DiMeco of The Naked Brothers Band is 19