How did your team do on your Birthday?

Mar 17, 2009

I utilize Baseball-Reference.com quite a bit, especially in my Cooperstown Chronicles series.  While clicking around on the site I noticed a page for Box Scores.  You could basically look up any box score going back to 1956.  My favorite team is the Boston Red Sox.  I wanted to see how they did on the day I was born.  Wouldn’t you know it, they beat Detroit 7-5 (box score).

OK, now that I’ve shared my results, I’m asking you to check out to see how your favorite team did on your birthday.  If your favorite team didn’t play on your birthday, perhaps you wedding anniversary (the Sox lost on mine).  You can also check our box scores for the NFL to see if your team played on your birthday.

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  1. Brad
    March 17th, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Of course, like I already assumed would be the case, the Red Sox lost on my birth date (7/11/80). They lost 7-6 to the Brewers in Milwaukee.

    My wedding anniversary (April 3) was the day before the season began in 2004 so at least they didn’t lose then (of course they lost 7-2 to the Orioles the day after my wedding, but I won’t go there).

    But, the first year I was married just so happens to be the year the Sox finally won it all, so there may be something involved there. I’m sure my wife will try to take credit for it lol.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    The year I got married the Sox lost to the Yanks on Aaron f’n Boone’s HR. I did listen to the Oakland series on the radio in Hawaii on the Road to Hana. I was very pleased she would let me listen to the Sox on our honeymoon.

    Check this:
    My dad was born in 46 (Sox lost to Cards), I was born in 75 (Sox lost to Reds), my first son was born in 04 (Sox beat Cards). My second son was in utero in 07 when the Sox beat Colorado.

  3. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    The Patriots won the SB both when my oldest son was in utero (Panthers) and the year he was born (Eagles).

    The Pats lost to the Giants when my second son was in utero.

  4. Brad
    March 17th, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    That’s bizarre man.

    I watched the Duke/UConn Final Four game in the hotel while on our honeymoon in 2004 (actually rushed to the hotel to make sure I could watch it), to which the wife replied “you know I thought we had other plans for this weekend”.

    Duke hasn’t been to the Final Four since. Ironic? I think not. LOL

  5. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    LOL. Hell hath no fury…

  6. CK0712
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    Here’s my hubby’s-ya he’s older then me :)

    1967 Pittsburgh Pirates
    81-81, Finished 6th in National League
    View League Standings and Leaders
    Scored 679 runs, Allowed 693 runs.
    Managed by Harry Walker and Danny Murtaugh
    Ballpark: Forbes Field (ballparks.com)
    Attendance: 907,012 (9th of 10)
    Park Factors
    (multi-year): Batting – 100, Pitching – 99
    (one-year): Batting – 98, Pitching – 98
    Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers
    Postseason World Series (4-3): St. Louis Cardinals over Boston Red Sox

    here’s mine :)

    1977 Philadelphia Phillies
    101-61, Finished 1st in NL Eastern Division
    View League Standings and Leaders
    Scored 847 runs, Allowed 668 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 98-64
    Managed by Danny Ozark
    Ballpark: Veterans Stadium (ballparks.com)
    Attendance: 2,700,070 (2nd of 12)
    Park Factors
    (multi-year): Batting – 105, Pitching – 103
    (one-year): Batting – 101, Pitching – 99
    Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
    Postseason:Lost NL Championship Series (3-1) to Los Angeles Dodgers

  7. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    I’d say you trumped him, but you already know that. He robbed the cradle. Nice.

    My wife is also born in 77. She has a winter bday so there was no baseball game. She wasn’t born on a Sunday so no Vikes.

    1977 Minnesota Twins (Franchise Encyclopedia: 1976/1978)
    84-77, Finished 4th in AL Western Division
    View League Standings and Leaders
    Scored 867 runs, Allowed 776 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 89-72

    The Vikes did well for her in 77 winning the division and losing to Dallas in the Conference Championship

  8. CK0712
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    LMFAO!

    He robbed the cradle. Nice.

    do you have a football one?

    aw hell, the twins could have lost to anyone else besides a dallas team LMAO!

  9. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Confuscious said “Birthdays cum once a year….be happy you are not a birthday”

  10. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    I wasn’t born on a Sunday either.

    3rd – funny.

  11. CK0712
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    i wasn’t born on a sunday either, but it would be fun to check out. if you come across one lemme know!

  12. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/

    The Pats got beat 7-0 two days after I was born. The Pat lost to the Skins the day after my wedding.

    The Vikes beat the Lions the day after my wife was born.

  13. CK0712
    March 17th, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    steelers won on hubby’s bday stomping the packers!

    eagles kicked the giants to the curb, picked the closest time to my bday, they don’t play football on my birthday :(

  14. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    Nice.

  15. CK0712
    March 17th, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    that was kewl & different, thanks!!

  16. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    No problem. I thought it was cool.

  17. David Funk
    March 18th, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    My birthday is November 29, 1974(the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday), but the day after is when my Sooners completed a perfect season by pounding Oklahoma State 44-13 at home under second-year head coach Barry Switzer. Because of being on probation for academic reasons under Chuck Fairbanks prior to Switzer taking the head coaching position, they weren’t allowed to play in a Bowl in 1973 or 1974. But that didn’t stop them from winning the national title via the AP Poll. They were very good that year. How good? Have a look at these numbers:

    They outscored opponents 473-92 which means the average margin of victory was 43-8(they were 11-0). Only one team got within a touchdown of beating them and that was Texas in a 16-13 win. That includes going on the road to beat No. 6 Nebraska by two touchdowns after trailing early. They scored at least 37 points in all games except three of them and scored at least 63 in three games. Their average yards p/g was 508. The defense didn’t allow anyone to score more than 14 points on them all year(that was because of Selomnizing that year with Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon terrorizing on the defensive line). They split the national title with USC that year because they lost their first game against Arkansas, but won the Rose Bowl against Ohio State. But the Sooners won the NC the following year which was their fifth in school history.

    As far as the Chicago Bears, let’s see: 4-10 and in last place in the NFC Central Division. They did win that Sunday on December 1st by beating the Giants at home 16-13, so both my football teams did win that weekend. Relief came in a big way by landing Walter Payton in the 1975 NFL Draft. That turned out pretty well.

    Very nice idea!

  18. LestersLegends
    March 18th, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Thanks David. Pretty cool stuff.

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