Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Happy 48th Birthday Julio Franco

Just wanted to wish former Brave Julio Franco a happy 48th B-Day. If you just stumbled upon this site and don't know who Franco is, he would be the 1st baseman for the Mets and the former 1st baseman for the Braves. Yes he really is 48 and he's still playing the game at a higher level than most players in their mid 20s. He's a freak of nature, by baseball age standards your career is supposed to be over in the late 30's.

He is no doubt baseballs oldest player and he wants to break the record as being the only 50 year old major leaguer ever.

He made his major league debut April 23, 1982, here's what was going on back in 82;

* Clemson defeats Nebraska 22-15 in the Orange Bowl in Miami for the National Collegiate Football Championship.
* The first "Late Night with David Letterman" show is broadcast
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" sells 20 million albums to become the largest selling record ever
* Liposuction is introduced.

* Ozzy bites the head off a live bat thrown at him at a January 20 performance.
* John Belushi dies March 5 of cocaine and heroin

* Heisman Trophy: Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB Points: 1,926

* Super Bowl XVI: San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Score: 26-21

* "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" ... Chicago Top 10 song
*"I Love Rock n' Roll" ... Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Top 10 song

* "Eye of the Tiger" ... Survivor Top 10 song
* Annie - Movie
* E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial - Movie

Oh and by the way, Franco made his MBL Debut before current stars and teammates, Jose Reyes and David Wright were born.

Here's to you Franco, hope you make it to 50.


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