Bob Meusel was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played eleven
seasons between the years 1920 to 1930, all but one for
the New York Yankees. He was best known as a member of the "Murderers'
Row" of the New York Yankees championship teams of the 1920s. Meusel,
a left fielder noted for his strong throwing arm, batted fifth behind
Baseball Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He led the American
League in home runs (33), runs batted in (138) and extra-base hits
(79) in 1925. Nicknamed "Long Bob" because of his height,
Meusel hit a .309 career batting average while making 368 doubles, 94
triples, 156 home runs, and driving in 1,067 runs in his career.
Meusel played his entire career with the Yankees, with the exception
of the 1930 season in which he played for the Cincinnati Reds. He
drove in 100 runs five times and hit .300 seven times. He hit for the
cycle a record-tying three times. His brother, Irish, was a star
outfielder in the National League. He had a comparable career batting
average (.310) but, unlike Meusel, he had a weak throwing arm which
prevented him from being a great outfielder.
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Imjin War: About twelve Korean ships commanded by Admiral Yi Sun-sin
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of Myeongnyang in the Myeongnyang Strait.
The Football Association, the oldest governing body in football, was
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The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona,
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Second Sino-Japanese War: Xie Jinyuan and his 'Lone Battalion' of
Chinese soldiers began the Defense of Sihang Warehouse against waves
of Japanese attackers during the Battle of Shanghai.
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fraudulent referendum supervised by his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu.
U.S. President George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law,
significantly expanding the authority of U.S. law enforcement agencies
in fighting terrorism in the United States and abroad.
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Contempt loves the silenceit thrives in the darkwith fine winding
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