Literary birthday greetings:
1895 – Babe Ruth, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer (d. 1948)
Lest we forget:
2007 – Lew Burdette, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1926)
Lew Burdette of the Braves, by Gene Schoor, Putnam, 1960.
Also on this date:
1934: New York sportswriter and broadcaster Ford Frick is named the public relations director of the National League. In nine months, Frick will become the league’s President and will later become commissioner, succeeding Happy Chandler. Frick had previously played an instrumental role in promoting the birth of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Games, Asterisks, and People: Memoirs of a Lucky Fan, Frick, Crown Publishers, 1973.
1995 – US President Bill Clinton’s deadline for a resolution to the baseball strike passes without a resolution. On January 26th, Clinton had told the players and owners to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by today. The strike will continue for nearly two more months.
“Strike Three!” – A Player’s Journey through the Infamous Baseball Strike of 1994, by Russ Cohen featuring Nikco Riesgo, Lulu, 2010.