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    Birthdays: 1/10

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    Vern Geishert (66) -Never appeared in a game for the Reds, but was a part of two key trades as a minor leaguer: he arrived in the deal that sent Alex Johnson and Chico Ruiz (sniff) to California for Jim McGlothlin, and he went to San Francisco along with Frank Duffy in the legendary George Foster deal.

    Jim O'Toole (75) -A mainstay of the 1961 pennant winners. Started a game the day after he got married. He and his wife produced 11 children in the first 13 years of marriage, and he now has 34 grandchildren. Happy 75th, Jim...

    Harry Wright -The first Red, and the first major league manager.

    Others:

    Rich Dotson (53) -Cincinnati kid who went 22-7 for the 1983 White Sox.

    Willie McCovey (74) -The absolute scariest opposing hitter ever as far as I'm concerned. A classy guy too; I always rooted for him when he wasn't playing the Reds.

    Chick Stahl -A good player who is remembered now mostly for committing suicide by drinking carbolic acid in 1907. The reason for his taking his own life remains unclear; he was a newlywed and had just been named player-manager of the Red Sox. He was known to suffer from bouts of extreme depression; beyond that, speculation ranges from an impending paternity suit to some confusion about his own sexual identity.
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/10

    Willie McCovey (74) -The absolute scariest opposing hitter ever as far as I'm concerned. A classy guy too; I always rooted for him when he wasn't playing the Reds.
    Me too. Stretch was the man!
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/10

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Willie McCovey (74) -The absolute scariest opposing hitter ever as far as I'm concerned. A classy guy too; I always rooted for him when he wasn't playing the Reds.
    His renowned final AB in the 1962 series, a hard liner to Bobby Richardson is here.

    http://youtu.be/bD1TPzwIG9I

    And Richardson's remembering it is in this Times' piece:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/sp...ichardson.html
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/10

    McCovey along with Willie Stargell are my all time favorite non-Reds. McCovey could hit some of the highest and longest HR's possible. They were true bombs. I saw him hit one at Riverfront that was about as high as it was long.
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/10

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    His renowned final AB in the 1962 series, a hard liner to Bobby Richardson is here.

    http://youtu.be/bD1TPzwIG9I

    And Richardson's remembering it is in this Times' piece:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/sp...ichardson.html
    "Why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?" - Charlie Brown, from Charles Schulz's December 22, 1962, Peanuts comic strip.

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    McCovey was the first player I ever saw hit a home run in a major league game in person.


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