Kobe Bryant and Theodore Roosevelt did things this week, so you should too…
August 22, 1902: Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. President to ride in an automobile. Many have done so since. Some with more success than others.
August 22, 2007: The Texas Rangers defeat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, scoring the most runs by a team in MLB’s modern era. In MLB’s pre-modern era, the Chicago Colts (now known as the Cubs) beat the Louisville Colonels 36-7 in 1897.
August 23, 1978: Kobe Bean Bryant is born in Philadelphia. The five-time NBA champion and 18-time NBA All-Star retired at the end of this past season, concluding his 20-year career with a 60-point game. And today, he announced that he is managing a $100 million venture capital firm with tech entrepreneur Jeff Stibel (left), saying that he would rather be remembered for his investments than his achievements in basketball. Good luck with that, Kobe!
August 24, 1989: Pete Rose is banned from MLB for gambling on baseball. Now, not to go on a rant here, but if you ask me, this man deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He bet that his own team would win games. Yes, he clearly had a gambling problem and shouldn’t have bet on the games, but he wasn’t point shaving or anything. I just don’t see how that warrants being banned for life. If Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints during BountyGate, can get reinstated to the NFL after paying players to hurt opponents, then why can’t an idiotic gambler who happens to hold the record for most hits in history get reinstated to the MLB?
August 27, 2011: Hurricane Irene causes $16.5 billion in damage to the East Coast, becoming the seventh most costly hurricane in U.S. history. Which is just awful. I don’t really have anything else to say about that.
August 28, 1956: Actor Luis Guzmán is born. Which means he will turn 60 this Sunday. Guzmán first rose to fame in the 1980s, appearing in numerous TV shows and films, such as Carlito’s Way and Boogie Nights. Of course, all of those appearances take a backseat to the one he made on The Donnelly Show on this website earlier this year. Happy birthday, Luis!