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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:31 pm 
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Location: Meridian, MS
The following famous people were born on February 29th (leap year day):

POPE PAUL III (1468)
BASEBALL PLAYER PEPPER MARTIN (1904)
SINGER DINAH SHORE (1916)
ACTOR ARTHUR FRANZ (1920)
BASEBALL PLAYER AL ROSEN (1924)

Al Rosen was my first favorite baseball player, beginning in 1954.

I just looked him up, a few minutes ago, on the internet, called his home in California, and spoke with him for 4 minutes. He was very nice and friendly. I can't describe what a treat it was to talk with one of my childhood sports heroes. Not many people get to do that.

In 1953, Al Rosen was the first unanimous choice ever for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. That year, he missed winning the Triple Crown by less than a percentage point in his batting average.

He led the league in home runs (43) and runs batted in (145). He batted .336, but was beaten out by Mickey Vernon's .337 (rounded off). That happened on the last day of the season, when he was called out, on a controversial play at first.

After retiring as a Cleveland Indians player, he was President of the New York Yankees and the top executive for both the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants.

Over the years, I met and talked with Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and Mickey Mantle.

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Jeff "Corky" East
Class of 1960

I thank my God in my every remembrance of you, Meridian, and the wonderful childhoods some of us had.


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