Saturday, April 15, 2006

April 15th, 1915

Joe Hoover Born

In the department of "Woah, that's creepy" there have been six Hoovers to ever play in the Majors. Of that six, four were either born, died, or both within the period April 12th through April 16th. Charlie and John Hoover--astoundingly, they're all no relation as best as I can figure--are on the only Major League Hoovers to not have April 12th-16th represent a significant point in their existence. (Although Charlie has a weird thing of his own, he was born on September 28th and died on September 21st.)

As for all the rest, that five-day span is a big one. The first is Buster Hoover, who was born on April 12th, 1863. He would go onto a mediocre career in the 1880s and 90s, but meanwhile Joe Hoover--that's our title guy--was born in April 15th, 1915. The next Hoover April event was, sadly, Buster's death which came on April 16th, 1929. Nothing major would happen for a while until 1976 when Phil Hoover--the most recent Major League Hoover--was born on April 14th. Just a few years later however, Dick Hoover (terrible name, that one) passed away on April 12th, 1981. To review then:

April 12th, 1863: Buster Hoover Born
April 15th, 1915: Joe Hoover Born
April 16th, 1929: Buster Hoover Dies
April 14th, 1976: Paul Hoover Born
April 12th, 1981: Dick Hoover Dies

Like I said, whoa, that's creepy.

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