Jimmy Stewart (73) –Played every position but pitcher in his career. Later an advance scout for the Reds and Phillies.
Frank Thomas (83) – A Red in 1959. Played for two of the worst teams in history- the ’52 Pirates and the ’62 Mets- and with a total of seven teams that lost at least 100 games. Nicknamed “The Big Donkey” because of his contrary ways; he played with a young Dick Allen in Philly, and as you’d expect they got along like a cobra and a mongoose. His disposition must not bother his wife; they’ve been married for 60 years.
Jose Reyes (29) –Timed in 8.72 seconds from first to third…Founder of his own record label, EL7 Records, for whom he’s recorded several reggae songs, including the heartbreaking “Bate Roto” (“Broken Bat”).
Odalis Perez (34) –The first pitcher in baseball history to be credited with a postseason win before he had a regular season win. Three others have done it since.
Dave Cash (64) –Had the unenviable task of replacing Bill Mazeroski at second base for the Pirates…Was a part of Pittsburgh’s groundbreaking all-black lineup in 1971...Since they were active at the same time, it would have been nice if he and Don Money could have been a DP combination...
Ernie Nevers –Pitched a few years for the Browns, but is better known as one of the greatest football players of all time, both at Stanford and in the NFL…Once scored 40 points in an NFL game, still a record…Also played professional basketball…At age 40 he enlisted in the Marines and volunteered for combat duty. He was sent to the South Pacific, where his unit got separated and was reported missing in action for months. When they were rescued, a number of them had died and Nevers had shrunk from his normal 205 pounds to 110.
Charlie Hollocher –A good shortstop for the Cubs whose career was derailed by persistent abdominal pain. The pain was so intense that he quit the game and eventually took his own life. Some have suggested that the pain was psychosomatic, but I don’t have enough faith in 1920s medicine to say anything like that.
Roger Bresnahan –First catcher to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Sportswriters nicknamed him the “Duke of Tralee” because he claimed to be from Tralee, Ireland; actually he was from the somewhat more prosaic town of Toledo, Ohio. He’s also sometime given credit for inventing shin guards, although they were in use in the Negro Leagues before Roger adopted them.