Kent Mercker (44) -Reds property on three separate occasions. Pitched the last no-hitter to date by a Braves pitcher (I think).
Tim Naehring (45) -Product of Cincinnati's LaSalle H.S. and Miami University. Homered in his second-to-last major league AB.
Geoff Combe (56) -Had the Southern League at his mercy in '78 and '79, but couldn't quite get over the hump in the majors.
Hal King (68) -His homer on July 1, 1973 will live forever in the hearts of all Reds fans.
Paul Blair (68) -"Motormouth"...Has four World Series rings and eight Gold Gloves. In 1971 he tried something few others have- converting to switch-hitting at the major league level. 57 ABs and 11 hits later he gave it up.
Danny Thompson -Twins shortstop of the early 1970s who played the last few years of his career after being diagnosed with leukemia. Died only ten days after playing his final game. Teammate Harmon Killebrew organized a yearly golf tournament in his honor that has to date raised almost 9 million dollars to fight the disease.
NOTE: On Thursday, Friday and Sunday mornings I'll be unable to get to a computer. I'm going to try to do these the night before and post them then, but if the morning rolls around and you don't see birthdays, someone else could jump in and cover for me. I'd hate for us to miss a day...