Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Oldest Living Major Leaguer about to hit 99  

Clinton Recorder, a small shoreline newspaper here in Connecticut has an article about Paul Hopkins. Paul was another player who spent a little time in the major leagues and went on to live a long life. (That seems to be a theme around here lately .)

Paul was probably best known for serving up Babe Ruth's 59th home run in 1927 and resides in Chester Connecticut; as does a high school buddy of mine and noted minimalist Sol LeWitt. Happy birthday, Paul!! (Man oh man, I feel like Willard Scott.)

I consider myself a history buff. By no stretch of the imagination am I a historian. But Jules Tygiel is a history professor. He has written a couple of books that focus on baseball history: Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy and Past Time: Baseball as History, Tonight I picked up Past Time on the reccomendation of a fellow baseball fan. I look forward to reading it. Hopefully I'll learn a few things that will help me out in my quest for ballyard knowledge.

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