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    Birthdays- 7/29

    Reds:

    Johnny Ruffin (41)- Would have been better with a better organization, IMHO; the Reds of Ruffin's time could never get him to refine his natural gifts enough to be successful.

    Dan Driessen (60)- For whatever reason, he never really had the big year everyone thought he would have.

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    Chad Billingsely (27)

    Ryan Braun (31)- Yet I keep thinking of him as a young player.

    Greg Minton (60)- Had a long career and never really had a bad year.

    Don Wert (73)- Best remembered as a throw-in in the deal that sent Denny McClain to Washington.

    Felix Mantilla (77)- His swing was supposedly perfect for Fenway Park; check out his stats for his Boston years as opposed to the years before and after.

    Chief Meyers- Catcher in the first part of the 20th century, mostly with McGraw's Giants. A Native American, an intellegent and dignified man, and a fine offensive player. Would be a HOF candidate if his career had been longer. Lived to be 91; recited "Casey At The Bat" on the TODAY show when he was way up in his eighties.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays- 7/29

    Wiki has Ryan Braun's birthday as Nov. 17, 1983,
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    Re: Birthdays- 7/29

    Oops...sloppy work on my part. This is another Ryan Braun; a pitcher who appeared briefly for the Royals. Sorry...
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays- 7/29

    I was a huge Johnny Ruffin fan. He was the key to the Tim Belcher trade. I really thought Ruffin would be the next Rijo or Soto.
    "Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.

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    Re: Birthdays- 7/29

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Dan Driessen (60)- For whatever reason, he never really had the big year everyone thought he would have.
    No, but he had a career filled with lots of good years. Until I checked his stats I didn't think he belonged in the Reds Hall of Fame. After I checked...well, I'm a believer.
    I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.


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