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    Birthdays: 5/13

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    Chris Nichting (46) -Product of Cincinnati's Elder H.S., he pitched for the hometown team in 2001.

    Jose Rijo (47) -How long was Jose's career? Well, let's put it this way: he was a teammate of both Phil Niekro and Adam Dunn; Lou Piniella and Wily Mo Pena. His comeback after missing six years was a great human interest story; it also enabled him to pitch in the majors after already receiving a Hall of Fame vote.

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    Barry Zito (34) -One source listed him as having a 111-6 record when the offense scored at least four runs for him. I don't know how that compares with other pitchers, but it sounds pretty good to me...Known as a flake; he travels with a pink satin pillow and collects stuffed animals.

    Leon Wagner -"Daddy Wags", a colorful player who made his name with the early Los Angeles Angels. For a while he owned a clothing store, and used the slogan "Get Your Rags From Daddy Wags". At the time of his death in 2004, he was living in a shed behind a video store and supposedly struggling with substance abuse.

    John Roseboro -Exactly the opposite of the flamboyant Wagner, Roseboro was a quiet, self-effacing guy who caught the great Dodger staffs of the early 1960s, and made a few all-star teams in his own right. He was involved in a major controversy in 1965 when Juan Marichal, at the plate, reacted to a brushback pitch by turning around and bonking Roseboro on the head with his bat. A bench-clearing brawl and suspensions ensued; Roseboro and Marichal eventually made up and became friends.

    Larry Gardner -Probably the pre-eminent third baseman of the dead ball era. Played in four World Series with the Red Sox and Indians. Smart player; he noticed that Ty Cobb always licked his lips before bunting. "After that", he recalled later, "I don't think Ty ever bunted for a hit against me".
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/13

    Barry Zito has his money invested with the Motley Fool guys.
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    Re: Birthdays: 5/13

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Leon Wagner -"Daddy Wags", a colorful player who made his name with the early Los Angeles Angels. For a while he owned a clothing store, and used the slogan "Get Your Rags From Daddy Wags". At the time of his death in 2004, he was living in a shed behind a video store and supposedly struggling with substance abuse.
    He was also known as 'Cheeky' for his high cheek bones (being of half Native American and half African-American descent).


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