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chicoruiz
04-30-2012, 09:15 AM
Only 27 major leaguers were born on this day; an unusually low number. It's usually 40-50.

Reds:

Charley Jones -In the 1870s, players jumped around a lot from team to team and even league to league, but Charley played as much in Cincinnati as anywhere else. He was one of the preeminent sluggers of the earliest days of the game. The 1879 Brooklyn Redcaps had the top two career home run hitters on the same team: Jones and Lip Pike. That's happened two other times: Ruth and Gehrig, and Harry Stovey and Dan Brouthers. Anyway, getting back to Jones, he apparently led an interesting personal life; there's a an item from 1885 about his common-law wife catching him with another woman and throwing cayenne pepper in his eyes. Ouch... The date of Jones's death was a mystery for 100 years until an SABR researcher uncovered evidence in 2011 that Jones had died in 1911. I don't think he's in the Reds Hall Of Fame, but he maybe should be...

Others:

Phil Garner (63) "Scrap Iron"...In September of 1978 he hit grand slams in consecutive games...Recorded the 10,000th hit in the history of the A's franchise.

Bob Hendley (73) -Cubs pitcher... On September 9, 1965, Bob pitched a one-hitter against the Dodgers. Unfortunately, his opponent, Sandy Koufax, pitched a perfect game and Hendley lost a 1-0 decision. Five days later, Bob pitched a four-hitter, and did actually manage to get a 2-1 win.

Chet Laabs -Outfielder for the Browns mostly, during the war years...Noted for being Bob Feller's 18th strikeout victim when 18 was the single-game record, and for hitting two homers on the final day of the 1944 season to help clinch the pennant for the Brownies.

Walter Brown -Known by his nickname of "Jumbo", which he acquired the old-fashioned way; by tipping the scales at 295. One of the first career relief pitchers.

oneupper
04-30-2012, 09:28 AM
Only 27 major leaguers were born on this day; an unusually low number. It's usually 40-50.


Parents were busy watching pennant races! :D
or on summer vacation

(Probable Conception dates: August 4 - Aug 12).

Bob Borkowski
05-01-2013, 12:25 AM
Phil Garner (63) "Scrap Iron"...In September of 1978 he hit grand slams in consecutive games...Recorded the 10,000th hit in the history of the A's franchise.



1979 with the Pirates was his best year and his icon at the time was the scrappy, similarly-mustachioed cartoon hero Yosemite Sam.