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On August 13th, 1997: The Boston Red Sox traded Mike Stanley back to the New York Yankees. The catcher, who played in the Major League for 15 years, began his professional career playing for the Texas Rangers. Then, from 1992 to 1995, Stanley played for the Yankees, after which he was traded to the Sox, only to return to our side of the field a year later. He ended his career back the Sox in 2000 with a batting average of .270, 187 home runs, and 702 batted ins.

Stanley On This Day In NYCs History: Helen Gurley Brown Passed Away
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On August 13th, 2012: Helen Gurley Brown passed away. Aged 90 when she died, Brown was an incredibly seasoned author, publisher, and businesswoman. In 1962, at age 40, Brown’s book Sex and the Single Girl was published in 28 countries, staying on the lists of best selling books for over a year. Two years later, her book inspired a movie of the same name starring Natalie Wood, a year after which she became the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, where she worked for 32 years. Throughout the ‘60s, Brown was an outspoken advocate of women’s sexual freedom, always seeking to provide her following with role-models and a guide in her magazine, and maintaining that women could have it all: “love, sex, and money”. Her work, of course, played a part in what is often referred to as the sexual revolution. In 1997, Bonnie Fuller replayed Brown as editor-in-chief of Cosmo; however, Brown stayed on at Hearst publishing and remained the international editor for all 59 international editions of the magazine until her death.


On August 13th, 1929: Voice, stage, and television actor Pat Harrington, Jr. was born. After completing military service, Harrington took a job at NBC to kick off his entertainment career. He then began acting on stage and for TV, becoming famous in the ’50s as a member of Steve Allen’s TV comedy troupe, the “Men on the Street”. Harrington was also well-known for his many appearances as the comedic Italian immigrant “Guido Pazini” on The Jack Paar Show in the mid-’50s. In 1967, he appeared in the Elvis Presley film Easy Come, Easy Go. Harrington is best known, perhaps, for his role as affable building superintendent “Dwayne Schneider” on the 1975-1984 television sitcom One Day at a Time, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

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