Vol 8, No 193
July 12, 1997
Clemens starts with the Toronto Blue Jays
Today in Sports
Cowboys Training Camp opens at Thousand Oaks
THOUSAND OAKS (1963)
After training in Oregon (1961), Minnesota (1962) and Michigan (1963), The Dallas Cowboys opened training camp for their 1963 season at California Lutheran College at Thousand Oaks, California on this date in 1963. They would continue to conduct spring training at Thousand Oaks for the next 20 years.
Born This Date
Future Astronaut Rick Husband born in Amarillo
On this date in 1957, astronaut Rick Douglas Husband was born in Amarillo. Husband graduated from Amarillo High School in 1975, and went on to receive a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech. In 1990, he earned his Masters degree from California State University in Fresno.
He later served in the U.S. Air Force, leaving in 1995 to join NASA.
Husband served on two Space Shuttle Missions, his second was the ill fated Columbia with tragically exploded over the Southwestern United States on February 1, 2003.
Actor Jay Thomas born in Kermit
On this date in 1949, actor Jay Thomas was born in Kermit Texas. Thomas played numerous rolls on television including Mork and Mindy and Murphy Brown. On Cheers, he played a professional hockey player and Carla's boyfriend, Eddie Labec. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his roll in Mr Holland's Opus.
Pianist Van Cliburn born in Shreveport
SHREVEPORT LA (1934)
On this date in 1934, classical pianist, Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr (Van Cliburn) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. When he was six, his family moved to Kilgore, Texas. At 14, he won the National Music Festival Award, and played at Carnegie Hall. At 17, he attended Juliard. In 1958, just six months after the Soviets launched Sputnik, Van Cliburn won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. He was just 23.
Clemens with Toronto
BOSTON MA (1997)
After more than ten years with the Boston Red-Sox, which ended with Red Sox general manager referring to Clemens as being in the "twilight of his career", former Red-Sox legend, and native Texas, Roger Clemens started his first game with the Toronto Blue Jays on this date in 1997.
Clemens, who played in the 1983 College World Series for the University of Texas, would go on to play for the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros, racking up a 156-67 win-loss record after entering his "twilight years".