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    Birthdays- 11/4

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    Osvaldo Fernandez (43) -Spent time in the Reds rotation in 2000 (successfully) and 2001 (not so much).

    Chris Bushing (44) -Worked 4.1 innings for the 1993 Reds.

    Joe Beggs -Reliever for the 1940 world champs.

    Others:

    Carlos Baerga (43) -One of those guys whose career went into a nosedive at age 27, just when most careers start to go up. In 1993 he became the first switch-hitter to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. Mark Bellhorn has since matched this feat.

    Tito Francona (78) -Terry's dad, and a fine OF in the '50s and '60s. In 1959 he batted .363, but fell 28 ABs short of qualifying for the batting title (Harvey Kuenn won it at .353). P.S.- Tito's middle name was "Patsy".

    Dick Groat (81) -Two-time All-American basketball player at Duke, signed by the Pirates and sent to the majors without playing a day of minor league ball. NL MVP in the Pirates 1960 championship season. Currently does color commentary for U. of Pittsburgh basketball games.

    Tommy Leach -"Wee Tommy" was a jack-of-all-trades around the turn of the century. He's interviewed in The Glory of Their Times, and his chapter is one of my favorites.

    Bobby Wallace -Shortstop in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Selected to the HOF in 1953. Managed the Reds briefly in 1937.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays- 11/4

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Tommy Leach -"Wee Tommy" was a jack-of-all-trades around the turn of the century. He's interviewed in The Glory of Their Times, and his chapter is one of my favorites.
    One of my favorites too. What a tremendous book.

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    Re: Birthdays- 11/4

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Dick Groat (81) -Two-time All-American basketball player at Duke, signed by the Pirates and sent to the majors without playing a day of minor league ball. NL MVP in the Pirates 1960 championship season. Currently does color commentary for U. of Pittsburgh basketball games.

    In the 1964 World Series (Game 4), Groat, playing for the Cardinals, pulled the hidden ball trick on Mickey Mantle of the Yankees. This was only the second time in WS history for the 'play', the other being in 1907.


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