Literary birthday greetings:
1953 – Dan Quisenberry, pitcher; All-Star (d. 1998)
On Days Like This: Poems, by Quisenberry, Helicon Nine Editions, 1998.
Also on this date:
1905 – In Lynn, Massachusetts, Rube Waddell prevents a fire by carrying a burning stove out of a store and throwing it into a snow bank. Three days later he flees nearby Peabody to escape charges of assaulting and injuring his wife’s parents. Three years later, the St. Louis Browns purchase Waddell from the Philadelphia Athletics. The Browns pay $5,000 for Waddell, who won 19 games with a 2.15 ERA in 1907. Waddell will win 19 games this season, while lowering his ERA to 1.89.
Rube Waddell: The Zany, Brilliant Life of a Strikeout Artist, by Alan Howard Levy, McFarland, 2001.
1994: Former National Basketball Association star Michael Jordan signs a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. Jordan will report to spring training before being assigned to the Class-AA Birmingham Barons. After one season in the minors, Jordan will return to the NBA.
Rookie: When Michael Jordan Came to the Minor Leagues, by Jim Patton, Perseus, 1995.