From 2000 to 2004, when I lived in Baltimore, every February 6 meant buying a birthday cake. Getting champagne and ginger ale. Lining up a guest speaker. And making sure I would have at least one television camera present.
All so a group of people could sing happy birthday to someone who had been dead since 1948. But this isn't just anyone, it's the greatest baseball player of all time.
* 714 home runs
* .342 batting average
* 2873 hits
* 94-46 pitching record with an ERA of 2.28
* 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings pitched in the World Series
So today I wish my dear "friend" George -- and since I spent five years being his spokesperson, that's how I've always thought of him -- a happy 116th birthday!