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    Birthdays: 3/28

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    Paul Wilson (39) -One of the Mets healded "Generation K" pitching prospects, along with Bill Pulsipher and Jason Isringhausen. Career 40-58; his 2004 season with the Reds was probably his best year.

    Jimmie Coker (77) -Third-string catcher in the mid-60s. It's one thing to not be able to beat out Johnny Edwards, but to not be able to beat out Don Pavletich???

    Jimmy Barrett -Reds CF around the turn of the 20th century. A fast runner and wonderful defender. He eventually moved to Detroit and had a few good years before losing his job (not very graciously) to a young Ty Cobb. One other thing: Jimmy was the first major league player to play 162 games in a season; he did it in a season when Detroit played 10 ties.

    Others:

    Glenn Davis (51) -Power-hitting 1B unfortunately best remembered for being on the wrong side of one of the most lopsided trades in history; Baltimore gave up Steve Finley, Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling to get him. It wasn't really Glenn's fault; he had major injury issues. Currently owns the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus, Georgia, and serves on the city council there.

    Vic Raschi -Won 21 games three years in a row for the Yankees and later surrendered Hank Aaron's first big league home run.

    Lon Warneke -"The Arkansas Hummingbird"; kind of Dizzy Dean in a lower key. Later a big-league umpire. there's a good article about him in the Neyer-James Book of Pitchers.

    "Chief" Moses Yellowhorse -A member of the Pawnee tribe, he was the first full-blooded Native American to play in the bigs (Louis Sockalexis, the "Cleveland Indian", predated him but was apparently not full-blooded).
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 3/28

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Jimmie Coker (77) -Third-string catcher in the mid-60s. It's one thing to not be able to beat out Johnny Edwards, but to not be able to beat out Don Pavletich???
    Pavletich had a nice little run with the Reds in '64-'65-'66 putting up a .764, .907, and .863 OPS respectively.

    I'll take that any day from my second-string catcher. Particularly in that pitching-rich era.

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    Re: Birthdays: 3/28

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    "Chief" Moses Yellowhorse -A member of the Pawnee tribe, he was the first full-blooded Native American to play in the bigs (Louis Sockalexis, the "Cleveland Indian", predated him but was apparently not full-blooded).
    Interesting. I wonder who the last full-blooded Native American was to play MLB. I also wonder if MLB has taken steps to bring baseball to Native American reservations to hopefully bring more Native Americans to the game.
    Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.

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    Re: Birthdays: 3/28

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Vic Raschi -Won 21 games three years in a row for the Yankees and later surrendered Hank Aaron's first big league home run.
    Part of the Yankees impressive 'Big 3' from the late 40s and early 50's. Eddie Lopat and Allie Reynolds were his cohorts.


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