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    Birthdays: 5/27

    I'll be at the "Greatest Spectacle In Racing" all day tomorrow, so here goes:

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    Jacob Brumfield (47) -His career got a late start, but he had a couple of nice years off the Reds bench in the early '90s.

    Gary Nolan (64) -14-8, 2.58 as an 18-year-old in the majors. Nowadays they'd treat that arm like it was Waterford crystal; back then they just kept running him out there. He was done by age 29.

    Others:

    Frank Thomas (44) -Used to swing a rusted piece of rebar in the on-deck circle...Was ejected from the game in which he hit his 500th home run.

    Jeff Bagwell (44) -Yes, both 1994 MVPs were first basemen born on the exact same day...BaseballReference lists his nickname as "Bagpipes". I never heard that in my life; I always just heard "Bags"...One guy I truly hated to see come up against the Reds.

    Terry Moore -Hustling CF for the "Gashouse Gang" Cardinals. He must have been quite a team leader; on a team with Musial, Frisch, Mize, Medwick and Slaughter, Terry Moore was selected to be the captain.

    Pinky Higgins -3B who holds a record with hits in 12 consecutive ABs. Later a manager and GM of the Red Sox, where he shared owner Tom Yawkey's views on integration, making the Bosox the last team to sign an African-American player. In 1968 he struck and killed a highway worker while driving under the influence; he served prison time and then had a fatal heart attack shortly after his release.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/27

    Gary Nolan started the first Reds game I ever attended. Was one of my favorites even before.

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/27

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Gary Nolan started the first Reds game I ever attended. Was one of my favorites even before.
    He was one of my favorites as well. I am really glad that he seems to have patched things up with the Reds.

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/27

    The thread about promotions got me remembering that Nolan was one of those whose posters I had up on my wall as a kid, along with Rose, Bench, and Jerry West.


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