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06-29-2012, 07:55 AM

Pedro Viola (29) -Currently toiling away in the Oriole farm system.

Larry Stahl (71) -On September 2, 1972, Milt Pappas retired the first 26 Padres he faced, only to lose his perfect game when he walked Stahl with two outs in the ninth. Ball three and ball four were reportedly pretty close; a gutsy call by umpire Bruce Froemming...During Stahl's Reds year (1973) he made a practice of giving his teammates haircuts in the clubhouse.


Pedro Guerrero (56) -A great natural hitter who once reached base in 14 consecutive plate appearances...In 2002 he was accused in a drug conspiracy case, and his attorney defended him by saying that he was "borderline retarded" and too mentally deficient to be a conspirator. He was acquitted.

Rick Honeycutt (58) -Current Dodger pitching coach..Pitched in 30 career postseason games...In 1995 and 1996 he was the oldest player in baseball.

Harmon Killebrew -Had the most homers of any right-handed hitter in AL history until A-Rod passed him recently...In 1959 the Reds offered Washington $500,000 cash for him. The Griffith family was known to love their dollars, but they turned us down...Came to the plate 9831 times without a sacrifice bunt, a record until Frank Thomas broke it.

Dizzy Trout -Had a few good years during World War Two when the talent pool was depleted, but otherwise a .500 pitcher...Father of pitcher Steve Trout...Made a comeback in his 40s after pitching well in an old-timers game.

Bobby Veach -Member, with Cobb and Heilman, of one of the great outfields of all time...The only man to pinch-hit for Babe Ruth after the Babe became an everyday player.

Wilbert Robinson - "Uncle Robby"; the rotund (listed at 5'8", 215) longtime catcher and Brooklyn manager. The first catcher to situate himself close to the batter full-time... Once caught a triple-header, followed by a double-header the next day.

Bob Borkowski
06-30-2013, 07:23 AM
Larry Stahl (71) During Stahl's Reds year (1973) he made a practice of giving his teammates haircuts in the clubhouse.

Aha! So that's why, as I think back, the Reds all seemed to have the 'scruffy' look that year.