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    Birthdays: 4/24

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    Pat Zachry (60) -Co-Rookie of the Year (with the immortal Butch Metzger). Traded to the Mets in the Seaver trade. During Rose's hit streak, Pat gave up the hit in game #37, which tied Rose with Tommy Holmes for the NL record. After being removed from the game, Zachry tried to kick a helmet, missed and kicked a concrete step instead. He broke a toe (I believe it was the one who went to market) and was out for the year.

    Dixie Howell -There were two "Dixie Howells" active in the majors at about the same time, and both played for the Reds. Millard "Dixie" Howell was a relief pitcher, but this one is Homer "Dixie" Howell, who was a backup catcher around 1950.

    Others:

    Carlos Beltran (35) -Growing up, Carlos's favorite sport was volleyball; his father had to force him to focus on baseball...

    Chipper Jones (40) -Holds the record for consecutive games with an extra-base hit: 14 in a row. He hit at least 20 homers in his first 14 big-league seasons; that's a record he shares with another Braves third baseman: Eddie Mathews.

    Omar Vizquel (45) -Another four-decade player; we've had a run of them lately. Omar, as you would expect, holds a number of longevity-related records: most DPs by a shortstop, most sacrifice hits after 1900, most hits by a native Venezuelan.

    Howard Ehmke -A lot of you probably know this story, but I'm going to tell it for those that don't... In 1929, Connie Mack chose Ehmke to start game 1 of the World Series, even though he'd only started eight games the entire season. Mack let Ehmke leave the club the last week of the season and scout the NL pennant-winning Cubs. Ehmke pitched a 3-1 complete game victory...After Ehmke retired, he started a company that made tarps for baseball fields; it's still in existence.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 4/24

    Great Stuff, Chico!
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    Re: Birthdays: 4/24

    Hard to believe Chipper is 40. When the Braves were on TBS everyday I can remember them talking about this young guy, named Chipper, in the minors who they thought would be real good.
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    Re: Birthdays: 4/24

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
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    Pat Zachry (60) - He broke a toe (I believe it was the one who went to market)
    Funny line. Are you a writer or a teacher or something in real life, chico?


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