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    Birthdays- 7/22

    No Reds today, or at least none that I could find...

    Others of note:

    Rob Johnson (28)- Career backup catcher with bad teams and an unmemorable name; is he baseball's most obscure player?

    Dave Stieb (54)

    Cliff Johnson (64)- He looked 64 when he broke in. Born to DH but it took a long time for the Astros to figure that out; they kept figuring that since he was big and strong they could make a catcher out of him. They couldn't. If he'd come up in the American League he might have had quite a career, cause he could mash.

    Sparky Lyle (67)- Lots of you have probably read "The Bronx Zoo" and I haven't, so I'll leave the Sparky commentary to someone else.

    Jack Glasscock (deceased)- One of the greatest players of the 19th century, with one of the most unfortunate names...
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays- 7/22

    Dave Steib was a very good pitcher for the Blue Jays. He flirted with quite a few no hitters and finally got one near the end of career,IIRC. A cousin of mine said he played against him in American Legion baseball. He said in a game he played against him he was brought in from the outfield to pitch. They figured he wasn't any good but found in short order he was really good.

    I think I read the Bronx Zoo a long time ago bit really don't remember anything about it now. There were a lot books that came out at that time from players that were all about the same. They were probably trying to write the next "Ball Four".
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    Re: Birthdays- 7/22

    "The Bronx Zoo" was a really good book.

    How those Yankee teams won with all the drama and controversy is pretty amazing.

    Sparky Lyle was pretty hard on Reggie Jackson.
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    Re: Birthdays- 7/22

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Cliff Johnson (64)- He looked 64 when he broke in.


    Young Cliff Johnson, age 33-ish.
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    Re: Birthdays- 7/22

    He looks sad... possibly because of the way his hat fits.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Wasn't it Cliff Johnson who got into a locker room fight with Goose Gossage?
    ...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.

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    Re: Birthdays- 7/22

    Quote Originally Posted by CySeymour View Post
    Wasn't it Cliff Johnson who got into a locker room fight with Goose Gossage?
    Yes that's right. He busted the Goose's shoulder or arm and was promptly traded. I had forgotten about that.
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    Re: Birthdays- 7/22

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Rob Johnson (28)- Career backup catcher with bad teams and an unmemorable name; is he baseball's most obscure player?
    I have to admit he was obscure to me until I checked him out at Baseball Reference. Better to have played in the majors obscurely than never to have played at all, I guess.


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