MILESTONES: July 23 birthdays for Michelle Williams, Marlon Wayans, Daniel Radcliffe
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was born in 1936; “Beverly Hills Cop” star Ronny Cox, who was born in 1938; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dino Danelli (The Young Rascals), who was born in 1944; “Rock On” singer David Essex, who was born in 1947; The Manhattan Transfer singer Janis Seigel, who was born in Brooklyn in 1952; “Cheers” star Woody Harrelson, who was born in 1961; “ER” star Eriq La Salle, who was born in 1962; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash (Guns N’ Roses), who was born in 1965; model and actress Stephanie Seymour, who was born in 1968; “Angel” star Charisma Carpenter, who was born in 1970; “In Living Color” star Marlon Wayans, who was born in 1972; Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, who was born in 1980; and “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe, who was born in 1989.
DODGER TOWN, PART 1: Pee Wee Reese was born on this day in 1918. He played shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1940 to 1957 and played his final season after the team moved to L.A. in 1958. A 10-time All-Star, he is known for his kindness toward Jackie Robinson after Robinson broke the color line in 1947. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984 and died in 1999.
DODGER TOWN, PART 2: Don Drysdale was born on this day in 1936. “Big D” pitched for the Brooklyn and L.A. Dodgers from 1956 to 1969, compiling a win-loss record of 209-166 with a career ERA of 2.95. In L.A., he and Brooklyn native Sandy Koufax teamed up in the rotation to intimidate opponents. Following his playing career, he was a successful broadcaster. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984 and died in 1993.
DODGER TOWN, PART 3: Jackie Robinson became the first African-American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this day in 1962. In his speech, he said, “I want to thank all of the people throughout the country who were just so wonderful during those trying days. I appreciate it at no end. It’s the greatest honor any person could have and I only hope that I’ll be able to live up to this tremendously fine honor.” Robinson died in 1972.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Brooklyn was the most wonderful city a man could play in.”
— Pee Wee Reese, who was born on this day in 1918
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