Baseball has been good to me, through 56 years

Today I celebrate my 56th birthday and as I was born in ’56, the day seems doubly special. I woke up thinking I need to something I had never done before: find out what happened in baseball that day, Aug. 26, 1956, for my hometown team, the Cleveland Indians.

They played the Washington Senators that day and won 4-1, and it’s a kick to read the Tribe’s lineup. Early Wynn was the starting pitcher and Rocky Colavito was batting cleanup. What surprised me was that the Indians’ shortstop was Chico Carrasquel, whom I always associate with the White Sox.

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