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On August 13, 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 with the Sox in 2000 with a batting average of .270, 187 home runs, and 702 batted ins.

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On August 13, 2012: Author, publisher, and businesswoman Helen Gurley Brown passed away in New York City. Her book Sex and the Single Girl was published in 28 countries, inspiring a movie starring Natalie Wood. Brown then became the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, where she worked for 32 years. Throughout the ‘60s, she was an outspoken advocate of women’s sexual freedom and always maintained that women could have it all: “love, sex, and money.” Her work is known to have played a part in the sexual revolution.

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On August 13, 1929: Voice, stage, and television actor Pat Harrington, Jr. was born. He began acting on stage and on TV, and become famous in the ’50s as a member of Steve Allen’s TV comedy troupe, “Men on the Street.” Harrington was also well-known for his many appearances as the comedic “Guido Pazini” on The Jack Paar Show. Harrington is best known for his role as affable building superintendent Dwayne Schneider on the television sitcom One Day at a Time, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.