December 30 Birthday- Sandy Koufax. YOU NEVER HEARD OF SANDY KOUFAX?

Sandy Koufax, baseball player
December 30, 1935-

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax? by Jonah Winter. illustrated by Andre Carrilho (Illustrator)
(Random House, 2009)

Sandy Koufax was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. But his career didn’t begin on a high note. He was an inconsistent player, he was shy, and he faced discrimination as one of the few Jewish ball players. After a short hiatus from the game, Koufax returned as a powerhouse pitcher. In 1965, Koufax refused to play in the World Series because it interfered with a High Holy day.

December 30 Birthday: Bo Diddley, SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL: THE FOUNDERS OF ROCK AND ROLL


Bo Diddley, musician
Dec. 30, 1928-June 2, 2008

Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

A double page spread in this collective bio is devoted to rocker, Bo Diddley. This artist played the violin as a child, and then switched to the guitar as a teen. He is credited with the invention of a thump-thump-a beat on the guitar.

Read more about Bo Diddley at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.