Re: Birthdays: 1/16
Enough birthdays today for a whole 'nother list:
Dick Sipek played for the 1945 Reds, batting .244. He was the last deaf player in the majors until Curtis Pride.
Reid Brignac (27) - A lot of us on this board wanted the Reds to acquire him to play short a few years ago, but his last two seasons have somewhat cooled everyone's interest.
Dave Stapleton (59) -Most famous for a game he didn't appear in; he was Bill Buckner's usual late-inning defensive replpacement who was sitting on the bench when Billy let the fateful grounder go between the wickets.
Ron Herbel had the lowest career BA of anyone with more than 100 ABs: .029. He was a pitcher, but even that doesn't excuse .029.
Ferdie Schupp had a couple of great years pitching for John McGraw's Giants. In 1916 he threw 140 innings with an ERA of 0.90, and the next year he pitched 272 innings with a 1.90 ERA. I'm currently in a computer sim league where we can draft any player in history based on his best season; I'm going to remember old Ferdie.
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra