July 6, 1933: Comisky Park in Chicago hosted first Major League Baseball All Star Game as part of the World’s Fair. The next All Star Game is next Tuesday in San Diego.
July 6, 1944: In 1942, Jackie Robinson was drafted into the Army. Two years later on this date, he refused to move to the back of the desegregated bus. Less than three years after that, Robinson became the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues and earned the first Rookie of the Year award.
Yesterday: The entire Chicago Cubs infield and one outfielder were named to start in this year’s All Star Game. Manager Joe Madden commented, “It’s great scouting and development on the part of the Cubs.” We don’t know that we’ve ever heard anyone say that about the Cubs before.
Lest you think Lofty Ambitions has let our excitement over a few Cubs wins this season distract us from the main topics of this blog, here are a couple of astronaut birthdays in July.
July 12, 1957: Rick Husband was born in Texas. He joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1994 and flew STS-96 five years later, when Discovery became the first space shuttle to dock with the International Space Station. Husband commended STS-107 in 2003, which ended in disaster as Columbia broke apart during reentry.
July 18, 1921: John Glenn was born in Ohio. Glenn was selected as one of NASA’s first seven astronauts and became the first American to orbit Earth in space in 1962. He also testified before Congress that year that women should be excluded from the astronaut corps. The day after he retired from NASA that year, he began his run for Senate. Though he withdrew from that race after an injury, he later served in the Senate for more than twenty years. In 1998, at age 77, Glenn returned to space aboard the shuttle Discovery.