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Thread: Birthdays: 12/6

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    Member chicoruiz's Avatar
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    Birthdays: 12/6

    No Reds per se, although a few with Cincy ties:

    Jose Contreras (40) -In 2006, he became the first pitcher in 30 years to start two consecutive regular-season games (he started the game before and the game after the All-Star break).

    Adam Hyzdu (40) -Broke Junior's home run record at Moeller H.S. and held a number of minor-league slugging records, but it never really happened for him in the majors, although he was once named NL Player of the Week.

    Tim Foli (61) -First overall pick in the 1968 draft. Once hit for the so-called "natural" cycle: single, double, triple, and homer in that order. Remembered by Reds fans for his 2000 fistfight with fellow coach Ron Oester.

    Tony Horton (66) -Not the fitness guru;the promising Indians prospect whose career was derailed by stress-related issues.

    Larry Bowa (66) -Shares a birthday, a position, and a red-a** attitude with Tim Foli.

    Stan Hack -Top NL third baseman of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Mostly a leadoff hitter; who was the last 3b to be primarily a leadoff hitter?

    Tony Lazzeri -Great second baseman. Remember what I said about the "natural" cycle? Only sixteen have done it; Foli is one and Lazzeri is another. Lazzeri capped his off with a grand slam. Lazzeri died at age 42 after falling down the stairs; he was an epileptic and the speculation is that his fall was called by a seizure.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 12/6

    Never knew that about Lazerri. That's why this thread is so great. Lots of good trivial information.
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    For a Level Playing Field RedFanAlways1966's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays: 12/6

    It is strange... when I see Tony Lazzeri's name my 1st thought is striking out to Grover Cleveland Alexander in game 7 of the 1926 World Series after Jesse Haines developed a blister on his throwing hand. Not the Hall of Fame, not the natural cycle, not the 11 RBIs in one game... a strikeout. I guess I have ssen that Alexander movie one too many times, lol.
    Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.

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    6 months of heartbreak Bob Borkowski's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays: 12/6

    Adding Jocko Conlan. He was an outfielder for the White Sox in 1935 when he was presented with an unusual opportunity. During a game with the St. Louis Browns one of the 2 umpires fell ill due to the heat. Because he had a reputation for honesty, Conlan filled in and it went well. The following year he made the transition from player to umpire complete, beginning in the minor leagues.

    His NL umpiring career lasted from 1941 to 1965.

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