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Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Donovan dies at 89

Art Donovan (photo by Marylandstater via wikipedia commons)

Art Donovan, a fan favorite in the good old days of the National Football League, has passed away at age 89.

Donovan died August 4, 2013 at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore from a respiratory disease.

Donovan was a feisty defensive lineman who use to tell hilarious stories about his football career which fans really enjoyed and kept him popular years after his retirement.

Donovan was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

A native of Bronx, New York, Donovan helped the Baltimore Colts win the NFL championship in 1958 and 1959.

His career lasted from 1950 to 1961 having also played for the New York Yanks and the Dallas Texans.

Donovan served in the United States Military, Marine Corps in World War II.

 

Hall of Fame outfielder Stan ‘The Man” Musial dies at age 92

Stan Musial in 1953 (photo by Bowman Gum in public domain via wikipedia commons)

The baseball player who made the city of Donora, Pa. famous, Stan “The Man” Musial died yesterday at age 92.

Musial died at age 92 of natural causes on January 19, 2013 at his home in Ladue, Missouri surrounded by his family and friends. His death occured on the same day as fellow MLB Hall of Famer Earl Weaver.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement this evening regarding the passing of Hall of Famer Stan Musial at the age of 92:

“Major League Baseball has lost one of its true legends in  Stan Musial, a Hall of Famer in every sense and a man who led a great American life.  He was the heart and soul of the historic St. Louis Cardinals franchise for generations, and he served his country during World War II. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, Stan’s life embodies baseball’s unparalleled history and why this game is the national pastime.

“As remarkable as ‘Stan the Man’ was on the field, he was a true gentleman in life.  All of Major League Baseball mourns his passing, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, admirers and all the fans of the Cardinals.”

“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” said William DeWitt Jr., Chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.” “The entire Cardinals organization extends its sincere condolences to Stan’s family, including his children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, as well as his eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren,” DeWitt said.  “We join fans everywhere in mourning the loss of our dear friend and reflect on how fortunate we all are to have known ‘Stan the Man’.”

Musial was the first player in Cardinals history to have his uniform number retired, and he was a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection in 1969, being named on 93 percent of the ballots.  At his retirement ceremony at the end of the 1963 season, Musial was referred to as “baseball’s perfect warrior, baseball’s perfect knight” by Commissioner Ford C. Frick.     Frick’s words are inscribed at the base of a bronze statue of Musial that stands outside Busch Stadium.  The now iconic statute, which sits on Musial Plaza along Stan Musial Drive, serves as a popular, almost hallowed, gathering spot for generations of Cardinals fans.

Musial played for the Cardinals from 1941-1944, 1946-1963. He missed the entire 1945 season to serve in the United States Navy during World War II.

Musial’s Hall of Fame career included a .331 batting average, 3.630 base hits, 475 homers, 1,951 RBI’s, a 24-time All-Star, 3-time World Series champion, 7 batting championships and his number 6 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Friday, April 27, 2012; Historical news, Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Friday, April 27, the 118th day of 2012. There are 248 days left in the year before we moved into 2013.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

* In 1822, the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

* In 1941, German forces occupied Athens during World War II.

* In 1972, the Apollo 16 mission to the moon ended safely.

* In 1973, acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned after it was revealed that he had destroyed files from the safe of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt.

* In 1982, the trial of John W. Hinckley Jr., who had shot four people, including President Ronald Reagan, began in Washington. (The trial ended with Hinckley’s acquittal by reason of insanity.)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Jack Klugman turns 90 today (2005 photo by Phil Konstantin via wikipedia commons)

Casey Kasem is 80 today (2006 photo by Alan Light via wikipedia commons)

Sheena Easton turns 53 today (2009 photo by djnaquin67 via wikipedia commons)

90 JACK KLUGMAN, actor who played Oscar Madison on the Odd Couple TV show

80 CASEY KASEM, Radio & TV disc jockey host. Long-time host of American Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo

73 JUDY CARNE, actress-comedian from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; former wife of Burt Reynolds

64 KATE PIERSON, rock singer for the musical group the B-52′s

61 ACE FREHLEY, rock musician formerly of the group, Kiss

53 SHEENA EASTON, pop singer from Scotland

28 PATRICK STUMP, rock musician from the group, Fall Out Boy

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Wednesday, April 25, 2012; almanac, historical news & birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday, April 25, the 116th day of 2012. We have 250 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* On April 25, 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured New Orleans.

* In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.

* In 1901, New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile-registration bill that imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways.

* In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses.

* In 1972, Polaroid Corp. introduced its SX-70 folding camera, which ejected self-developing photographs.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Al Pacino is 72 today. (2010 photo by Andrea Ricca & Ran Zag via wikipedia commons)

72 AL PACINO, famous actor

67 STU COOK, bass player for the group, Creedence Clearwater Revival

52 ART SCHLICHTER, former Ohio State and NFL quarterback from Washington Court House, Ohio

48 HANK AZARIA, who portrays Moe the bartender, Apu the India native, Police Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons since 1989

48 ANDY BELL, singer from the group Erasure

43 RENEE ZELLWEGER, actress from the Bridget Jones movies

Art Schlichter turns 52 today (photo courtesy of OSU)

 

2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Richie Evans, National NASCAR modified champion

 

Richard Ernest Evans, known to his racing counterparts and friends as Richie Evans. He was an American race car driver who won nine NASCAR National Modified Championships, including eight in a row from 1978 to 1985. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists this achievement as “one of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports”. Evans won virtually every major race for asphalt modifieds, most of them more than once, including winning the Race of Champions three times.. Evans was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on June 14, 2011. As one of the Class of 2012, Richie will be one of the Hall’s first 15 inductees, and is the first Hall of Famer from outside NASCAR’s premier series.

Evans left his family’s farm at age 16 to work at a local garage in Rome, New York. After he found early success in street racing, then became a winner in drag racing, an associate suggested he try building a car to race at the nearby Utica-Rome Speedway. He ran his first oval-track car, a 1954 Ford Hobby Stock numbered PT-109 (after John F. Kennedy’s torpedo boat in World War II, in 1962. He advanced to the Modifieds, the premier division, in 1965, winning his first feature in the season’s final night.

 

In 1973, Evans became the NASCAR National Modified Champion. In 1978, the “Rapid Roman” won a second title and did not relinquish his crown during the next seven years. Evans took over four hundred feature race wins at racetracks from Quebec to Florida before he was killed in a crash at Martinsville Speedway in 1985 while practicing for the Winn-Dixie 500 tripleheader in late 1985 (three races in one day — a 200-lap Modified race, a 200-lap Busch Series race, and a 100-lap Late Model race). Before his fatal crash, Evans had clinched NASCAR’s inaugural Winston Modified Tour (now known as Whelen Modified Tour championship.

 

In 1982, NASCAR created the Whelen All-American Series, then known as the Winston Racing Series, to reward successful short-track racers and to provide incentives for them to support their local weekly short tracks, known now as NASCAR Home Tracks. A region-based series when Evans competed (now an international series, based on individual state and provincial champions), Evans won the Northeast Region championship all four years that he competed in it, from 1982 through 1985, but did not win the national championship.

 

Richie Evans won 28 championships at 11 different tracks in 4 states.

 

Evans was born July 23, 1941 and died October 24, 1985.

Richie Evans at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in 1985 (photo by Kenny via wikipedia commons)

 

 

 

Info compiled from NASCAR, Radio, TV & Wikipedia

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