This post first appeared on BaseballDigest.com
There are 120 days until Opening Day 2011 for Major League Baseball. There are 79 days until the boys of summer first start trickling in to their various spring training locations in Florida and Arizona. We are a month beyond the end of the 2010 World Series, and for many baseball fans it feels like a year. In an effort to keep the summer going all year round, BaseballDigest.com will bring you a Baseball Digest Birthday to celebrate every day.
Starting on December 1st, BaseballDigest.com will celebrate the past, the present, and the future of the sport by profiling players whose birthdays fall on a particular day. Soon into December, the Baseball Digest Birthdays will feature the late Darryl Kile, the great Lee Smith, and the immortal Johnny Bench. The birthdays featured will include Hall of Famers like Max Carey and Nolan Ryan, and current players like Chone Figgins. These are just a few of the expected players to be profiled. Handing the reigns over to the talented writing staff that make up BaseballDigest.com, each day will offer a unique look at players that make up the greatest sport in America.
Throughout the daily birthday profiles, you will find great links to issues of Baseball Digest magazine from years past, perhaps as far back as July 1945!
Whether a player is a Hall of Famer, a one time Most Valuable Player from the 1970’s, or a long time veteran with too many accolades to mention, chances are he will be featured as the off-season progresses. Profiling players long passed, some gone too early, and players just entering their primes, the daily look at Baseball Digest Birthdays promises to be an interesting adventure for all baseball fans.
Armed with a list of birthdays and a long winter ahead, the BaseballDigest.com team hope to keep the smell of grass fresh in the air long into the Hot Stove season and beyond. Be sure to check in with BaseballDigest.com every day and follow along as baseball history is profiled one player at a time.