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    Birthdays: 5/19

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    Alan Knicely (57) -Had some great years in the minors, including being the 1984 minor league Player of the Year, but could never get it going in the majors.

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    Brandon Inge (35) -In 2005, Inge had to be put on the DL after he injured his shoulder adjusting his son's pillow.

    Turk Wendell (45) -Outspoken, somewhat flaky reliever...Wore uniform #99, and in 2000 signed a three-year contract for $9,999,999.99...Expressed a desire to play his last year in the majors for free "as a tribute to the game", but was told the players' union wouldn't allow it...Currently owns a hunting and fishing camp in Colorado.

    Eric Show -A tragic, messed-up life...A member of the ultra-conservative John Birch Society; after he gave up Rose's hit, Graig Nettles suggested he might be kicked out "for making a Red famous"...Found dead in his bed at a drug rehab center at age 37; he apparently had ingested a "speedball".

    Curt Simmons (83) -As a high schooler, he pitched and played the outfield in a high school all-star game in which the managers were Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. After the game, Babe advised him to stick to the outfield and forget about pitching. He didn't take the Bambino's advice, and ended up winning 193 games in the majors. He and Smoky Burgess were the last players from the 1940s to retire (unless you count Minnie Minoso).

    Gil McDougald -For a long time he was best known as the man who hit the line drive that hit Herb Score, but there was a lot more to him...In his rookie year he tied a record with six RBIs in one inning...He and Pete are the only players to be selected to the All-Star Game at three different positions...Ironically, he was a vicitm of a batted ball himself; Bob Cerv hit a batting practice liner that hit Gil in the ear and caused severe hearing loss. Later in life a cochlear implant restored his hearing, and he eventually testified before Congress on their value.
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    Re: Birthdays: 5/19

    Wendell was "somewhat flaky?" Understatement of the year

    It's another reason to love baseball---the sport lends itself to personalities and "flakes" which make the game fun. I do worry that in the age of year-round youth baseball and "academies" that we might be sucking some of the personality out of the game. Bryce Harper is a great talent, but he is like a robot created in a test tube.

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    Knicely could flat out knock the cover off the baseball in AAA. Reds gave him a shot.

    I read somewhere he has a child that was very ill during his playing days. I do not remember what it was.
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    I didn't know Show had died.
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    Re: Birthdays: 5/19

    Alan Knicely Kincely, as I liked to call him, would have fit perfectly in the stream of consciousness thread, concerning ex-reds who wore glasses.

    "Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/19

    Alan Knicely set a major league record in 1983 when he went to the plate 98 times and hit 99 infield pop-ups. At least that's the way I remember it.

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/19

    Quote Originally Posted by tixe View Post
    Alan Knicely set a major league record in 1983 when he went to the plate 98 times and hit 99 infield pop-ups. At least that's the way I remember it.
    Didn't Nena record a song about that?
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    Re: Birthdays: 5/19

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Brandon Inge (35) -In 2005, Inge had to be put on the DL after he injured his shoulder adjusting his son's pillow.
    Oh, wow!


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