Dave Parker (61) -"The Cobra" was baseball's first million-dollar-a-year player...In 1979 he literally hit the cover off of a ball; he hit it so hard the seam came open...He's had both knees replaced, but as far as I know is doing fine.
Frank McCormick -His career didn't really get started till he was 27, but he was still a 9-time All-Star, and one of only three players to lead the league in hits for three consecutive years (Rogers Hornsby & Ginger Beaumont)...One year he only struck out 26 times in the entire season...Later a color man on Reds TV.
Ray Shore -Never played for the Reds, but "Snacks" was a batting practice pitcher, coach and scout for more than 20 years...An unsung hero of the BRM, he served as advance "superscout" in those years, and advised Bob Howsam on a number of his best trades, including the Joe Morgan trade.
Julio Gotay -IF in the early 1960s. I heard a story once that when he first came up to the bigs, every time he got paid he would faithfully write a check to his folks back home, put a stamp on the envelope, and then drop it into the trash can in the clubhouse, thinking it was a mailbox. I'm not sure it was Gotay, but it's too good a story not to repeat.
Bill Virdon (80) -Pirate outfielder known for his glasses and his fine defense. Later managed several teams...Twice he was replaced as manager by the guy he had originally replaced: in Montreal by Jim Fanning and in Pittsburgh by Danny Murtaugh...He also managed the Yankees right before Billy Martin's first term.
Dude Esterbrook -19th-century player mentioned here becuse more players should be named "Dude"...He bacame increasingly eccentric in later life, and eventually committed suicide by jumping from a train that was carrying him to a mental institution.