Tuesday, August 08, 2006

August 8th, 1956

Cliff Speck Born

Today seems to be the day for people whose names are also things. The best example is our title, Cliff Speck who has nouns for both his names. This is a day, however, when names that are things practically represent the rule rather than the exception. Others born today include Al Woods, Jim Miles, Johnny Temple, Marlin Stuart (that's his real name, by the way) and Tot Pressnell. That last one is a nickname, but that's ok because Tot's real name was Forrest, so I guess he's on the all-Park Service team with Al Woods.

Johnny Temple is by far the best player of his lot, the only one to have made an All-Star game (he actually made four) while the rest are a fairly underwhelming bunch so perhaps having a name that is also a thing (or, for that matter, a name that is two different things) is too much of a burden for players born on August Eighth to bear.

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