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    Birthdays: 12/5

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    Felix Rodriguez (39) -A Red in '97; in '98 he became one of the original Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Chico Ruiz -A favorite of mine, obviously, due to his positive outlook and hi dramatic steal of home in 1964. Also the only major leaguer to pinch hit for Johnny Bench.

    Bobby Mattick -A shortstop in the early 1940s who was plagued with double vision and as a result never hit much. He helped the organization much more as a scout, signing Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson and Curt Flood, among others.

    Others:

    Cliff Floyd (39) -Retired to Florida where he lives with a large extended family including the children of his sister, who passed away.

    Gary Roenicke (57) -Now an Oriole scout, he lives in a town called Rough And Ready, California.

    Patsy Tebeau -19th-century player. When he managed the Cleveland Spiders in the 1890s, one of the players he managed was his older brother. Potential for some awkwardness there...
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 12/5

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
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    Chico Ruiz -A favorite of mine, obviously, due to his positive outlook and hi dramatic steal of home in 1964. Also the only major leaguer to pinch hit for Johnny Bench.
    He died when he drove his car into a sign pole while driving alone outside of San Diego during the early morning hours of February 9, 1972. He was 33.


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