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chicoruiz
04-12-2012, 07:58 AM
Reds:

Woodie Fryman -I was bound to dislike him after he was acquired in the deal that sent my favorite player, Tony Perez, to Montreal. He didn't help the situation by pitching poorly and feuding with Sparky. Woodie passed away last year.

Others:

Charlie Lau -Backup catcher turned hitting guru. Although not officially retired, his number 6 has not been worn by a member of the White Sox since he passed away at the age of 50.

John Antonelli -How times have changed; In 1948 John received the largest bonus ever paid to an amateur player. It was $52,000...

Eric McNair -Shortstop nicknamed "Boob" not because he was stupid, but because there was a popular comic strip at the time called "Boob McNutt" (Rube Goldberg drew it). Led the league in doubles once. A few years after his wife passed away he married her sister. Died young, as did many of our April 12 birthdays.

Addie Joss -"The Hoosier Thunderbolt"; had the lowest career WHIP in history (.097). Elected to the HOF despite not playing 10 full seasons, which used to be the minimum. Died young. The first true All-Star game was held as a benefit for his family.

Vic Willis -"The Delaware Peach"...Starred for the great Boston teams of the latter 19th century...Pitched the last no-hitter of the 19th century. Did NOT die particularly young.

Bob Borkowski
04-12-2013, 10:39 PM
John Antonelli -How times have changed; In 1948 John received the largest bonus ever paid to an amateur player. It was $52,000...



After his retirement from baseball in 1962, he returned to his hometown of Rochester, NY and for many years ran a chain of Firestone Tire stores bearing his name.