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    Birthdays: 12/28

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    B.J. Ryan (36) -Despite the initials, his given name is Robert Victor. Came up with the Reds, then was traded along with Jacobo Sequea to acquire Juan Guzman. I wonder what ever happened to Jacobo Sequea; there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth among Reds faithful when he was traded.

    Mel Nieves (40) -Seems like forever since Mel's been around, but he's been active as recently as 2008 in a variety of independent and overseas leagues.

    Carl Willis (50) -Currently the Mariners pitching coach.

    Ray Knight (58) -The only Red to hit two home runs in one inning. The Reds traded him to Houston for Cesar Cedeno to make room at third base for Johnny Bench. So that worked out well...

    Others:

    Aurelio Rodriguez (64) -Good-field-no-hit 3B for the Tigers; he was somehow allowed to come to the plate 7000 times in the majors with a career OBP of .275. Also to be noted: his first name contains all five vowels.

    Bill Lee (65) -The Spaceman. In September of 2010 he became the oldest man to pitch in and win a professional game when he threw 5 2/3 innings for an independent team in Brockton.

    Tommy Bridges -Small, freckle-faced righty who won 194 games for the Tigers. Went away to World War Two, and didn't have much left when he came back. His later life was not happy.

    Ted Lyons -Known as "Sunday Ted" because in his later career he'd pitch only on Sundays, needing the extra rest for his aging arm. In the Hall of Fame despite a career 3.67 ERA. Once pitched a no-hitter that took 67 minutes to complete; Marty Brenneman would have loved it.

    Other name of note: Count Sensenderfer
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 12/28

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
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    [Aurelio Rodriguez (64) -Good-field-no-hit 3B for the Tigers; he was somehow allowed to come to the plate 7000 times in the majors with a career OBP of .275. Also to be noted: his first name contains all five vowels.
    Rodriguez passed in December of 2000
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Re: Birthdays: 12/28

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
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    B.J. Ryan (36) -Despite the initials, his given name is Robert Victor.
    Shades of J.D. Drew, whose given name is David Jonathan.
    "I can make all the stadiums rock."
    -Air Supply

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    6 months of heartbreak Bob Borkowski's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays: 12/28

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Ray Knight (58) -The only Red to hit two home runs in one inning.
    Yep, Knight was the first Red to do it...that was in 1980. But then Aaron Boone came along and also did it...that was in 2002.


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