ANAHEIM, Calif. — A happy 52nd birthday to Terry Francona, who likely will celebrate by getting to the park ridiculously early to get ready for the the game.
The Sox are 4-4 on their manager’s birthday including a 2009 doubleheader sweep of the Twins. Other baseball notables born this day include Mickey Vernon, Jimmy Key, Mickey Morandini, Moose Haas and David Clyde.
(Yes, I realize Mickey Morandini is not necessarily a baseball notable. I just like picturing the late Harry Kalas saying “Mick-ey Mor-an-dini.”)
Last night was the 1,800th career game Francona has managed, 61st in baseball history. He is sixth among active managers in victories with 946 and one of 22 men in history with two World Series titles.
So happy birthday to the manager.