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    Birthdays: 6/19

    Reds:

    Devin Mesoraco (24) -His high school team was called the Punxsatawney Chucks.

    Bruce Chen (35) -A Red in 2002...I forgot he was actually Panamanian.

    Jerry Reuss (63) -1987 was his Reds year...Another player who appeared in four decades...Second pitcher (after Milt Pappas) to win 200 without having a 20-win season...In 1980 he pitched a no-hitter, losing a perfect game only due to a Bill Russell throwing error...In '82, pitching against the Reds, he gave up a single to the first batter, Eddie Milner, then retired the next 27 in order.

    Others:

    Bob Aspromonte (74) -Made his big league debut at age 18 for his hometown Brooklyn Dodgers...Eventually became the last active player to have been a Brooklyn Dodger, as well as the last active player to have been a Houston Colt '45...

    Lou Gehrig -Everybody knows about Lou, so instead of a comment I thought I'd reprint the poem by John Kiernan that was inscribed on the trophy given to him on Lou Gehrig Day. It's one of my favorites:

    To LOU GEHRIG

    We've been to the wars together;
    We took our foes as they came;
    And always you were the leader,
    And ever you played the game.
    Idol of cheering millions,
    Records are yours by sheaves;
    Iron of frame they hailed you
    Decked you with laurel leaves.
    But higher than that we hold you,
    We who have known you best;
    Knowing the way you came through
    Every human test.
    Let this be a silent token
    Of lasting Friendship's gleam,
    And all that we've left unspoken;
    --Your Pals of the Yankees Team.


    Eddie Cicotte -After the Black Sox scandal broke, Eddie was forced to live under an assumed name to avoid harassment. He worked for Ford for a while then had a strawberry farm...He always said that he'd done a bad thing, but that he'd tried to live his life since then in a way that would make up for it.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 6/19

    Unless it was someone else, I remember reading that Reuss was a multi-millionaire from his family BEFORE becoming a ballplayer.
    Salaries weren't that high back then of course, so you knew he wasn't in it for the money.
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    Re: Birthdays: 6/19

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    Unless it was someone else, I remember reading that Reuss was a multi-millionaire from his family BEFORE becoming a ballplayer.
    Salaries weren't that high back then of course, so you knew he wasn't in it for the money.
    I just recently read Leo Durochers book Nice Guys Finish Last and IIRC he said Reuss was from a rich family. Durcoher couldn't stand him either or most any of the "modern" players he managed in the early 1970's.
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    Re: Birthdays: 6/19

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Devin Mesoraco (24) -His high school team was called the Punxsatawney Chucks.
    Excellent.

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    Re: Birthdays: 6/19

    I thought everyone from Punxsatawney was born on February 2.


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