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Thread: Birthdays: 2/17

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    Birthdays: 2/17

    Reds:

    Scott Williamson (36) -9th-round pick of the Reds who rocketed through the minors in two years and was the Rookie of the Year and all-star in 1999.

    Others:

    Alan Wiggins -Stole 120 bases in the Cal League one year. Talent-wise he's a good comp for Billy Hamilton; Billy seems to have his head on much straighter, though. Wiggins was the first major league player to die of AIDS; a disease he probably contracted due to IV drug use.

    Roger Craig (82) -Had some good years with the Dodgers and Cards, but is best remembered now for losing 46 games in the Mets' first two years, and for being a pitchiing coach/manager/split-finger guru.

    Rod Dedeaux -Brief major league career; longitme USC baseball coach who sent many players to the majors and mentored a young batboy named Sparky Anderson.

    Wally Pipp -Quick, who was the first Yankee to lead the AL in homers? That's right, it was Wally Pipp. I've read that when Gehrig's streak finally ended, Pipp, by then a paint salesman, happened to be at the game. Wally was later one of the first writers for Sports Illustrated.

    Nemo Leibold -Black Sox outfielder; one of the few regulars on the team who was neither banned for life nor elected to the Hall Of Fame.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Knowledge Is Good Big Klu's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays: 2/17

    Craig and Pipp are both former Reds.
    Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.

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    6 months of heartbreak Bob Borkowski's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays: 2/17

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

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    Wally Pipp -Quick, who was the first Yankee to lead the AL in homers? That's right, it was Wally Pipp.
    And you may be asking yourself when was that and how many did he hit. Well, in 1916 he hit 12 and then in 1917 he again came out on top with 9.


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