Reader Kahuna Tuna put together this fantastic post on the best players born on Thanksgiving Day, which is a challenge since the date varies from year to year.
Starting position players:
C: Mike Scioscia (11/27/1958)
1B: Freddy Leach (11/23/1897) (played far more games as an outfielder, but there’s no full-time 1B)
2B: José López (11/24/1983)
3B: Scott Sheldon (11/25/1968) (more of a supersub, but there’s no full-time 3B)
SS: Billy Rogell (11/24/1904)
OF: Ricky Ledee (11/22/1973)
OF: Eddie Collins Jr. (11/23/1916)
OF: Lynn King (11/28/1907)
Backup catchers (lots of them born on Thanksgiving): Tim Laker (11/27/1969), Bob Finley (11/25/1915), Bubber Jonnard (11/23/1897) and Pius Schwert (11/22/1892)
Backup infielders: Roxey Roach (2B/SS — 11/28/1882), Dan Minnehan (3B — 11/28/1865). Overall, it’s a very versatile crew: López and Sheldon can play any infield position, Laker plays some 1B, and Rogell can handle 2B or 3B if needed
Leach, Sheldon, Roach, Minnehan and Pat Rooney (11/28/1957) will be the backup outfielders
Slash stats for the position players: .266/.328/.382/.710. No position player hit more than 80 career homers (López’s current total). Leach’s 102 career OPS+ is the best of the bunch, with Scioscia at 99, Ledee at 91, López at 86, Rogell at 84, Sheldon at 65, Collins at 61 and King at (shudder) 45. Runs will be hard to come by. Their GM will want to trade a pitcher for a first baseman with some punch.
The key man in the starting rotation is a Hall of Famer:
Starting pitchers: Lefty Gomez (11/26/1908), Mike Moore (11/26/1959), Pedro Astacio (11/28/1968), Benn Karr (11/28/1893)
Relief pitchers: Claude Jonnard (11/23/1897), Randy Veres (11/25/1965), Denny Riddleberger (11/22/1945), Marty O’Toole (11/27/1888), Yusmeiro Petit (11/22/1984), Terry Burrows (11/28/1968). Riddleberger and Burrows are the LOOGYs.
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