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    Longest Battery Names

    While looking for a picture of Marty, I came across this picture and it got me wondering what the longest names for a pitcher and catcher with the Reds has been. This photo my get the award, Scott Klingenbeck pitching, Eddie Taubensee catching - if nothing else they get the Germania Society Oktoberfest Award:


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    Re: Longest Battery Names

    How about Dann Bilardello and Andy McGaffigan??
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    Re: Longest Battery Names

    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    How about Dann Bilardello and Andy McGaffigan??
    That's pretty good. I kept trying to think of any long named-relievers from the mid 90s who Damon Berryhill might have caught for.

    Didn't we have some guy named Pennington?

    Pennington + Berryhill = 19 though. Bah! Ya got me beat by one letter George. I may have to do some digging online now.
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    Well, if Jarrod Saltalamacchia makes it to the bigs and catches a few games, I suspect he'll win with whoever he catches.
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    Did Schoeneweis ever pitch to Pierzynski?

    How about Spooneybarger?
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    How about Ken Raffensberger and Johnny Wyrostek.
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    Re: Longest Battery Names

    (Sonny) Kim to (Dave) Ross might win for shortest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AvesIce51 View Post
    (Sonny) Kim to (Dave) Ross might win for shortest.
    Depending on who may have pitched when Ed Ott was catcher

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    Re: Longest Battery Names

    Al Hollingsworth - Willard Hershberger

    Ed Strelecki - Asby Asbjornson

    Short names

    Bo Diaz - Tom Hume

    Ivy Wingo - Ken Ash

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    Re: Longest Battery Names

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Al Hollingsworth - Willard Hershberger
    Whenever I see Hershberger's name, I always think of this...

    Willard McKee Hershberger (May 28, 1910 August 3, 1940) was a major league baseball catcher from 1938 to 1940. Hershberger has the unfortunate distinction of being the only major league player to commit suicide during the season.

    In 1938, Hershberger joined the Cincinnati Reds and was the backup catcher to Ernie Lombardi.

    The Reds were again in a pennant chase in 1940. A finger injury forced Lombardi out of the starting lineup in July, and Hershberger took over the full-time catching duties. He filled in for Lombardi well, batting .309 and playing solid defense. In July, the Reds blew a big lead in a game against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds and, perhaps in the heat of the pennant race, some Reds players whispered that they would have won the game if Lombardi was catching. On August 2, with Hershberger again catching, the Reds lost to a poor Boston Braves club. The next day, August 3, 1940, Hershberger slit his wrists and throat with a razor in a Boston hotel. Ironically, the Reds went on to win the World Series that year, their first title in 21 years.

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    After Hershberger's suicide, the Reds retired his uniform number 5 but then reactivated it in 1942. It was retired again for a Reds catcher a quarter-century later Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.

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    Not a Battery or Reds but a record nonetheless.
    William Joseph Van Landingham (born July 16, 1970 in Columbia, Tennessee) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played his entire Major League career with the San Francisco Giants (1994-1997).

    On May 29, 1996, Van Landingham started against Jason Isringhausen, then a starter for the New York Mets. They tied a record for the longest combined names of two starting pitchers. Per Wikipedia

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    I should have thought of Van Landingham, a former UK pitcher

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    Re: Longest Battery Names

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966 View Post
    After Hershberger's suicide, the Reds retired his uniform number 5 but then reactivated it in 1942. It was retired again for a Reds catcher a quarter-century later Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.
    Bench has said he took the number 5 because "back then, catchers wore single digits." This story seems to corroborate that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    While looking for a picture of Marty, I came across this picture and it got me wondering what the longest names for a pitcher and catcher with the Reds has been. This photo my get the award, Scott Klingenbeck pitching, Eddie Taubensee catching - if nothing else they get the Germania Society Oktoberfest Award:

    How about Dave Van Gorder and Charlie Leibrandt? (Gotta do what I can for my boy Dave!)
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    Re: Longest Battery Names

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    Depending on who may have pitched when Ed Ott was catcher
    Mark Lee to Ed Ott

    Or for the long AND short of it:

    John Candelaria to Ed Ott
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