Having a little medical procedure (not serious) Thursday morning, so I thought I'd get this done before I went to bed:
Arturo DeFreitas (59) -First baseman who came up through the Reds system, got brief cups of coffee in '78 and '79 without distinguishing himself, then decamped to the Mexican League, where he had a long career as player and coach.
Kosuke Fukudome (35) -Played in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics at age 19. At the time he was the youngest player ever to play Olympic baseball.
Mike Scott (57) -He of the practically unhittable splitter- if that's what it was; many still believe he was scuffing the ball. Anyway, whatever it was, it worked...
Amos Otis (65) -Fine all-around player. In 1971 he became the first player in 44 years to steal five bases in a game.
Granny Hamner -Shortstop for the 1950 "Whiz Kids" Phillies team. Later a manager in the Kansas City A's chain. When the team he managed ran short on pitching he took the mound as a knuckleballer and had some success. Ever alert to the possibility of getting some publicity, A's owner Charlie Finley recalled Granny to the majors as a pitcher, but it didn't work out, which was fine with Granny- he never really wanted to be a pitcher.
Hack Wilson- I had read before about his strange physique, but until I researched today's birthdays I didn't know that his build may have been the result of fetal alcohol syndrome. Hack had a pretty sad life; died broke and his son refused to even claim his body.
Jack Barry -The shortstop on Connie Mack's famous "$100,000 infield". Later the baseball coach at Holy Cross for over 40 years.