DCS: del bissonette

In 1927, as a minor leaguer, Del Bissonette led the International League in five categories — runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, and RBIs. The next season, Del signed with the Brooklyn Robins (a team that would eventually become the Brooklyn Dodgers) as a first baseman. He achieved a .320 batting average and became only the third Major Leaguer to be …

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IF: samurai

Aspiring photographer Toshiro Mifune reluctantly attended an audition at Japan’s premier film studio, Toho Productions. Asked to portray a man in a violent rage, young Toshiro flung himself around the room, rolling on the floor, growling uncontrollably. The other young actors were astonished by the unnervingly realistic exhibition, but he lost the audition. He did, …

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DCS: mae clarke

Philadelphia native Virginia Klotz moved to New York City to pursue her dream of acting. She got work as a dancer while she was the room mate of future Hollywood siren Barbara Stanwyck. Virginia, now using the stage name “Mae Clarke,” signed on with Universal Pictures and was immediately cast in some big films, all …

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