Literary birthday greetings:
1919 – Monte Irvin, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer
Nice Guys Finish First: The Autobiography of Monte Irvin, by Irvin and James A. Riley, Carroll & Graf, 1996.
1929 – Syd Thrift, general manager (d. 2006)
The Game According to Syd: The Theories and Teachings of Baseball’s Leading Innovator, by Thrift and Barry Shapiro, Simon & Schuster, 1990
1940 – Ron Santo, infielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer (d. 2010)
Ron Santo: A Perfect 10, by Rich Wolfe and Pat Hughes, Lone Wolf Press, 2011
Ron Santo: For the Love of Ivy, by Santo and Randy Minkoff, Taylor Trade, 2004
1963 – Paul O’Neill, outfielder; All-Star
Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir, by O’Neill and Burton Rocks, William Morrow, 2003
Lest we forget:
1934 – John McGraw, infielder, manager; Hall of Famer (b. 1873)
John McGraw, by Charles C. Alexander, Viking, 1988
Also on this date:
1905 – The Chicago Cubs go to Santa Monica, California for spring training, while most clubs go south or stay close to home.
Chicago Cubs: Baseball on Catalina Island (Images of Baseball), by Jim Vitti, Arcadia Publishing, 2010
1957 – The United States Supreme Court decides 6-3 that baseball is the only professional sport exempt from antitrust laws. The issue arises when pro football seeks similar protection from the laws.
Baseball and the American Legal Mind, by Spencer W. Waller and Neil B. Cohen, Garland Science, 1995