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    Birthdays: 4/5

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    Jimmie Schaffer (76) -1 for 6 with the 1968 Reds. He did earn a World Series ring as the bullpen catcher for the 2005 Royals.

    Others:

    Cris Carpenter
    (47) -The ex-reliever, not the RedsZone whipping boy. He's currently teaching social studies in Gainesville, Florida, and as an educator probably has no problem explaining things to his son.

    Rennie Stennett (61) -One of three players to go 7 for 7 in a game; he did it in a game the Pirates won 22-0. In 1971 he was a member of the majors' first all-black starting lineup.

    Ron Hansen (74) -Kind of Cozart-ish; a good defensive shortstop with some pop who didn't hit for much of an average. Let's talk about Ron's 1968, shall we: he began by being traded from the White Sox to the Orioles for Tim Cullen. Later in the year, he turned an unassisted triple play. Following the triple play, he struck out in his next six at bats, then hit a grand slam homer. The day after the grand slam, he was traded back to the Sox... for Tim Cullen! Still the only time that's happened.

    Bill Dineen -Pitcher who completed 37 of 37 starts in 1904, back when men were men. Later became an umpire. A few days ago I mentioned the famous game in which Ernie Shore pitched a no-hitter in relief of Babe Ruth, who was tossed out after one batter- Dineen was the ump who tossed Ruth. Remains the only man to both pitch and umpire a no-hitter.

    Happy Opening Day, everyone!
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 4/5

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Cris Carpenter
    (47) -The ex-reliever, not the RedsZone whipping boy. He's currently teaching social studies in Gainesville, Florida, and as an educator probably has no problem explaining things to his son.
    You have no idea how blown my mind is right now. Sometimes I just don't pay enough attention. This does explain:

    1. Why I thought the current pitcher's name was spelled "Cris"

    and

    2. Why I was very confused when I found out he didn't pitch for the Cards before he pitched for Toronto.

    This is kind of like the two NFL kick returners with the same name who played one after the other, making it seem like this one guy never aged. I can't remember the name, but it seems like he played for the Cardinals too.

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    Re: Birthdays: 4/5

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Rennie Stennett (61) - In 1971 he was a member of the majors' first all-black starting lineup.
    Pretty startling how things have changed from then to now.


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