Some science geeks declare today to be “Mole Day“. Mole Day is:
… an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM, making the date 6:02 10/23 … The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number, which is approximately 6.02×1023, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of substance …
Which brings us to one Fenton Mole. He is the only “Mole” to have played in the Majors. (No, Moe Berg being a spy during WWII doesn’t count.) Mole spent three years in the Yankees minor league system before finally getting a chance as a back-up to first baseman Tommy Henrich late in the ’49 season. He started eight games and saw action in two others, compiling a .185/.267/.333 line in 30 plate appearances. He then returned to the minors, where he bounced around some more affiliates before ending his career after the 1952 season.
Mr. Mole is still with us at age 87 … the VORG hopes he is well.