Re: Birthdays- 8/28
In my haste to get this in last year I neglected to mention Dode Paskert, who played for the Reds for four seasons in the early part of the 20th century. Dode was a slap-hitting center fielder known for speed and defense. He was once imprisoned briefly in 1914 when a car he was driving accidentally struck and killed a young boy; Paskert rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. He did, however, gain a measure of redemption seven years later when he spotted a house on fire and rushed into it to help. He made three trips into the burning house to rescue people, suffering severe burns himself but rescuing fifteen people, including five children he carried out on his shoulders.
His real name, by the way, was George; "Dode" was a turn-of-the-century nickname for someone not considered to be very bright.
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra