Today’s Who Knew? tidbits include a famous (or infamous depending on your feelings) food combination and the birthday of one of baseball’s greatest sluggers.
CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
One of the South’s most famous food creations is chicken and waffles. But this delicious combination of flavors was actually born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. During the 1940s, the Wells Supper Club was a popular late-night spot and attracted Jazz musicians after their gigs. They’d come in hungry, but found that they’d arrived too late for dinner, but too early for breakfast. In order to accommodate the musicians, the restaurant came up with the genius idea of serving a bit of both meals. Hence, fried chicken for dinner and waffles for breakfast.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken N’ Waffles in Southern California founded National Chicken and Waffles Day this year to highlight this delicious cuisine pairing and to dedicate the day as one of service and volunteerism. Check out Roscoe’s foundation website to see more ways to get involved and celebrate National Chicken and Waffles Day.
MICKEY MANTLE’S BIRTHDATE
On October 20th, 1931, Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle is born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma.
He was a center fielder who spent his whole career (1951-1968) with the New York Yankees and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. His career Batting Average was .298. He had 2,415 hits in his career. He also hit 536 Home Runs. He also had 1,509 Runs Batted In. He has the second highest OPS+ (On-base plus slugging) among center fielders.
He is a 20x All-Star, 7x World Series champion, 3x American League MVP winning back-to-back in 1956-57, He won the Triple Crown in 1956, Gold Glove Award Winner (1962), AL Batting Champion (1956), 4x AL Home Run Leader. His #7 Jersey number is retired by the New York Yankees.
Who Am I? Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tom Petty.
Congratulations to Jackie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.
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