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    Birthdays- 8/30

    Reds:

    Scott Brown (54) Hard-throwing country boy for the '81 Reds; later traded for Clint Hurdle by baseball genius Dick Wagner.

    Cal McVey- 1B of the 1869 Red Stockings; returned as a player/manager in '78.

    Others:

    Adam Wainwright (30) -Gosh, is he 30 already? I still think of him as a young pitcher.

    Cliff Lee (33)

    Marlon Byrd (34) -Ballplayers are supposed to peak at age 27 or 28; Marlon did the exact opposite. Freely available five years ago; a lot of teams are kicking themselves now.

    Rennie Martin (56) -I remember Dan Quisenberry joking about how wild Rennie was so I looked it up. Dan Quisenberry was right...

    Tommy Dean (66) -The first shortstop in San Diego Padre history; he hit .176 that year, and unbelievably, he was their best offensive shortstop that year. Look it up if you don't believe me.

    Ted Williams -No "head" jokes here; Teddy Ballgame deserves better.

    Kiki Cuyler -His real name was "Hazen", so a nickname would seem to be in order, but "Kiki" seems a bit cruel- it comes from him stuttering when trying to say his last name. Nowadays you'd have a lawsuit over that.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Beer is good!! George Anderson's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays- 8/30

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
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    Ted Williams -No "head" jokes here; Teddy Ballgame deserves better.

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    I didn't realize Ted's son John Henry died a few years back.

    He seemed like a flake.
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    6 months of heartbreak Bob Borkowski's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays- 8/30

    I like the often told Ted Williams story that Hillerich & Bradsby presented him with 4 bats weighing 34 ounces and 1 weighing 33-1/2 ounces, and challenged him to identify the lighter bat, which he was consistently able to do.


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