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02-29-2012, 07:29 AM
As far as I can tell, no Red has been born on Leap Day.


Terrence Long (36) -There's a famous play in the 2001 ALDS where Derek Jeter cuts across the infield, grabs a bad throw from the outfield, and flips it backhand to the catcher to nail the runner. Anyway, Terrence Long was the Oakland batter on the play, which is pretty much his entire claim to fame.

Al Rosen (88)-Nicknamed the "Hebrew Hammer"; try getting away with that one nowadays. Al was a war hero; he navigated an assault boat under heavy fire at the landing on Okinawa. His baseball career was cut short by back problems, but for the years he played he was about as good as there was. Later a baseball executive.

Pepper Martin -"The Wild Horse Of The Osage"; a crazy, hustling ballplayer who wore himself out running into walls for the Gashouse Gang. Kind of like Rose, but personality-wise he made Pete look like Alistair Cooke. When asked how he ran so fast, he said, "I'm from Oklahoma, and out there once you get to runnin', there ain't much to stop you".

Dickey Pearce -Okay, we're going way back here... Dickey may have been the first man to get paid for playing baseball, with the 1856 Brooklyn Atlantics. He was also one of the first shortstops as we know the position, and a pioneer of bunting.

02-29-2012, 07:40 AM
Dickey Pearce. Ouch... That name hurts just a little. :)

02-29-2012, 08:14 AM
Terrence Long was a Bat, IIRC, so he was almost a Red.

Oh, and Al Rosen is the answer to who was the "youngest" HR champion, since he had had only 6 birthdays when led the AL in HRs in 1950.