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UPI Almanac for Monday, July 28, 2008.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, July 28, 2007.

Oakland honors 'Black Aces'

OAKLAND, Calif., May 30 (UPI) -- The Oakland Athletics Wednesday honored 13 African-American pitchers who were 20-game winners in the major leagues.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 28, the 209th day of 2006 with 156 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 28, the 209th day of 2005 with 156 to follow.
By United Press International

Ex-Phish members busy with own projects

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Former Phish bandmates, two months after disbanding, are busy producing solo albums, recording with the likes of Herbie Hancock and performing for TV tapings.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 28, the 210th day of 2004 with 156 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2003 with 156 to follow.
By United Press International

Dontrelle Willis named to All-Star team

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) -- Flordia Marlins rookie lefthander Dontrelle Willis was named to the National League All-Star team Friday as an injury replacement.

It's only rock 'n' roll

In the summer New Orleans turns downright tropical. Surrounded by the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico, the city is scorched by the pulsing midday sun. The elements scour the landscape.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 28, the 209th day of 2002 with 156 to follow.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced the opening dates of a two-year world tour, which will kick off on Aug. 7 at Continental Airlines Arena in Springsteen's home state of New Jersey.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Pittsburgh 3; Arizona 2

PHOENIX, May 7 (UPI) -- Randy Johnson lost Monday night for the first time in seven decisions this season as the Arizona Diamondbacks fell, 3-2, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener

American League MVP winners

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- American League Most Valuable Player Award winners:

Cy Young Award winners

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball Cy Young Award winners
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Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. (born July 28, 1949) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. During a 17-year career, he pitched for the Oakland Athletics (1969-77), San Francisco Giants (1978-81; 1985-86), and Kansas City Royals (1982-83).

Blue, the oldest of six children, was born and raised in Mansfield, Louisiana. His father worked as a laborer in an iron foundry. In high school he pitched for the baseball team and also was the quarterback for the football team. He received several offers to play college football, but his father died suddenly. Soon after, Blue signed a contract with the Oakland A's.

Unlike many southpaws, Blue was a power pitcher that worked fast and pounded the strike zone. He possessed a breaking curveball that he threw on occasion and an above average change-up, but his signature pitch was a blistering fastball that dialed up to nearly 100 miles per hour. In The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers, all-time hits leader Pete Rose stated that Blue 'threw as hard as anyone' he had ever faced, and baseball historian Bill James cited Blue as the hardest-throwing lefty, and the second hardest thrower of his era, to only Nolan Ryan.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Vida Blue."
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