A bevy of literary birthday greetings

January 31, 2011

I haven’t done the research, but I would venture to guess Jan. 31 has the record for most Hall of Famers born: Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, and Nolan Ryan.

Robinson would have been 92 today. As befits his stature in American as well as baseball history, there are dozens of books written about him, for all age levels. Here are just a few:

Robinson played himself in the eponymous film version of his life. Much as I hate to say anything negative about him, I felt his performance was a bit wooden, and the movie as a whole lacking in good production values. (I know: grinch, right?)

Mr. Cub turns80 today. I bet he still wants to play two.

Then there’s the Ryan Express, turning 64 today.

Robinson wasn’t the only one to play himself in front of the camera…

And while he wasn’t on the same level, here’s a nod to Hank Aguirre, born this date in 1931.

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