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    Birthdays: 6/4

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    Kurt Stillwell (47) -The second pick overall in the June draft, he never was that kind of star, but he had some good years and when he was traded to make room for Barry Larkin, the Reds got Danny Jackson for him. He's gone over to the dark side now; he works for Scott Boras.

    Lee Magee -A Ciincinnati native; he became a drinking and game-fixing buddy of the notorious Hal Chase. He confessed to throwing games in February of 1920, right before the Black Sox scandal broke. He ended up running a coal company in Columbus, OH.

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    Tony Pena (55) -I remember him mostly for his weird stance behind the plate, with one leg sticking straight out sideways. I hope he gets another chance to manage.

    Terry Kennedy (56) -Son of long-time player and executive Bob Kennedy; they were the first father-son combo to drive in runs in the World Series (how's that for an obscure record). he was also Ricky Henderson's last professional manager.

    Phil Linz (73) -Utility player best remembered for the "Harmonica Incident" in 1964. On the bus after a tough loss, Phil was playing a mournful version of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" on his harmonica, angering manager Yogi Berra. Berra knocked the harmonica out of Linz's mouth; anyway, supposedly the incident led Yankee management to believe that Yogi had lost control of the team. It doesn't sound like much, but it was a big deal at the time.

    Tim Murnane -Played eight years in the bigs, then became a pioneering sportswriter for the Boston Globe. One of the first journalists inducted into that wing of the HOF.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 6/4

    If Marge Schott had her way Larkin would have been traded and she would have kept Stillwell. She loved Stillwell. I don't know who talked her out of that but I am sure glad they did. Trading Stillwell turned out great all around. They kept a HOFer and got a good starting pitcher in return.
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    Re: Birthdays: 6/4

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Tony Pena (55) -I remember him mostly for his weird stance behind the plate, with one leg sticking straight out sideways. I hope he gets another chance to manage.
    He said that he did the leg thing in order to help his pitchers keep their pitches low in the strike zone.


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