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How many Hall of Famers and All-Stars have a given birthday?

Posted by Andy on February 16, 2011

A commenter recently pointed out that the team of best players with a Valentine's Day birthday isn't very good.

I guess when we look up any particular day, we hope to find a few Hall of Fame players and a whole bunch of All-Star caliber players.

Here's a bit of a reality check, though.

The Hall of Fame has 295 members. That total includes 60 people who made it as a manager, pioneer, execute, or umpire, meaning there are only 235 Hall of Fame players. That works out to an average of just about 0.65 Hall of Famers per day, and since a few probably have the same birthday I'm guessing as many as 40% of the days of the year have no Hall of Famers born that day.

I made a rough approximation of the total number of All-Star appearances and it looks to be about 4,000. That's the total number of times any player made the All-Star team. It looks like there have been something like 1,300 different players elected to at least one All-Star game, meaning that the average number of All-Star game appearances per All-Star player is about 3.

With about 1,300 All-Star players, that's an average of about 3.5 such players per day.

What does this mean? A typical average birth day would have 0 or 1 Hall of Famers and 3 or 4 players with a total of about 10 All-Star appearances.

So, yeah, a date with no Hall of Famers and just 1 player with 1 All-Star appearance is definitely well below average.

What dates can you find that are above or below average?

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106 Responses to “How many Hall of Famers and All-Stars have a given birthday?”

  1. I just looked randomly at September 15th. That's Gaylord Perry's birthday. He's the only HOFer and he had 5 A-S appearances. Matt Thornton was an A-S last year. I didn't see any other All-Stars on there.

    It's a fairly averagish day, I guess.

  2. My birthday, Feb. 28, is brutal. Only one player, Red Sox 3B Frank Malzone, was an All-Star. Somehow he made eight All-Star teams with a career .274 BA and .399 SLG.

    On the plus side, I share a birthday with the guy who played Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati.

  3. I can't believe you forgot Nov. 21, in which not one, but two greats were born in Donora, PA.
    Stan Musial and Ken Griffey Jr.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/birthdays.cgi?month=11&day=21
    And Freddie Lindstrom also was born on that day.
    So that's a possible 3 HOFers, and AS Hank Blalock.

    Ted Williams shares a birthday with HOF Kiki Cuyler and 7 other all stars, including 2 time all stars Cliff Lee, Dave Chalk, and Tug McGraw

  4. I picked another holiday at random, this time Halloween on October 31.

    No Hall of Famers. However we have the following All-Stars:

    Fred McGriff (5 times)
    Steve Trachsel (1)
    Mickey Rivers (1)
    Dave McNally (3)
    Ken Keltner (7)
    Matt Nokes (1)

    So that's 6 All-Stars with 18 total appearances, well above average.

  5. How exactly did I "forget" Nov 21?

  6. Sorry, didn't mean to be confrontational.
    I think it's cool they not only share a birthday but a birthplace.

  7. Christmas not only has 2 HOF (Rickey Henderson and Nellie Fox) but also a grand total of 42 All Star appearances, more than any other day I've looked at, let alone birthdays.

  8. My birthday is October 20th, which has two HOFers - Mickey Mantle and Juan Marichal; two former MVP's - Juan Gonzalez and Keith Hernandez, but after that the pickings get pretty slim.

  9. January 31st has three Hall of Famers with Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks and Nolan Ryan. George Burns would've been an All-Star if All-Star games existed in his prime, and he won the 1926 MVP. After that there's a pretty big dropoff, but three HOFers is pretty good.

  10. Rickey Henderson grew up only getting half the presents?! That might explain his penchant for stealing.

  11. Two All-Stars were born on Leap Day. Al Rosen and Pepper Martin. No HOF-ers.

  12. November 13th - Who do you like better, Pat Hentgen (Cy Young winner, 1 All-star selection) or Mel Stottlemyre Sr. (five All-star selections)? I'll take Stottlemyre.

    That's about the best thing going for major league players, unless you want to add Wes Parker and his Gold Gloves. Oh wait, Dan Petry made an All-star team too. The best position player is ... Johnny Kling, maybe? Or Wes Parker - tough to tell, and not in a Willie-Mickey type of debate. The saving grace for that day, which disqualifies it from consideration at the bottom of the barrel, is that Buck O'Neil was born on Nov. 13.

  13. Spartan Bill Says:

    My birthday is Nov 19, it isnt too bad for offense as I do have HOF Roy Campanella and Ryan Howard who may be a HOF himself one day, but look at these career W-L records

    Jack Nabors 1-25
    Al Pratt 12-26
    Dickie Noles 36-53

    In fact the whole list totals 218-286 that's a 433 %age and projects to 70-92 over 162 games

  14. @Spartan Bill, that's my birthday, too. Bob Boone, I think, was also born on that date. Didn't he make at least a couple of All-Star appearances?

  15. As best as I can tell, the record for HOF-ers appears to be May 14th with 5.

    Earl Combs
    Tony Perez
    Ed Walsh
    Alex Pompez (NeL Pioneer)
    JL Wilkinson (NeL Pioneer)

    Two dates have two inductees, April 2nd and April 6th

    April 2nd:
    Luke Appling
    Hughie Jennings
    Don Sutton
    Al Barlick (Umpire)

    April 6th:
    Mickey Cochrane
    Ernie Lombardi
    Bert Blyleven (2011)
    Smokey Joe Williams

  16. ... sorry... two dates have *four*.

  17. Both Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas were born on May 27, 1968. I wonder if any particular date has a better duo?

  18. Spartan Bill Says:

    @14 JoeC

    We on Nov 19 did about double the norm with the All-Stars and appearances

    Campanella 8
    Boone 4
    Howard 3
    Duchsherer 2
    DiSarcina 1
    Stu Martin 1

    We also did OK in a variety of other sports getting Ahmad Rashad, Kerri Strug and Gail Devers. As well as hot actresses Meg Ryan, Allison Janney and Jodie Foster.

    Garfield was also born on November 19 (the President, not the cat)

  19. All Star Appearances. The date I get is August 9th with 13.

    Tommy Agee
    Bill Campbell
    Brian Fuentes
    Julian Javier
    Matt Morris
    Jerry Moses
    Claude Osteen
    Troy Percival
    Ted Simmons
    Steve Swisher
    Matt Young
    Jeff Zimmerman
    Jason Heyward

    A close second is Nov 26th with 12:

    Bob Elliott
    Chuck Finley
    Leftyy Gomez
    Larry Gura
    Jay Howell
    Bob Johnson
    Bob Lee
    Eddie Miller
    Mike Moore
    Jorge Orta
    Harold Reynolds
    Bob Walk

    ... I've never done these types of searches before. Please let me know if I've made errors. :-)

  20. January 23 is pretty horrible.

    Best Hitter OPS-wise is Erubiel Durazo
    Most Games Played hitter is Chico Carrasquel (also most ASG with 4)
    Kurt Bevacqua is second with most games played.

    Pitching?
    Mark Wohlers? Alan Embree?

    I guess my son will top this list someday :)

  21. The list I found of MLB players with today as their birthday had no HOFers or ASs.

  22. @21
    Yes. I was just about to post that. Three dates of the year have no All-Stars:

    Jan-26
    Jan-27
    Feb-16

    Every other birthdate (including Leap Day) is represented by at least one All-Star player appearance.

  23. October 18: Bobby Knoop, Willie Horton, and two silent types: George Hendrick and Greta Garbo.

  24. JohnnyChance Says:

    My birthday, August 1st. Always seemed to be one of most boring days in history when I have looked it up past, and the trend continues with baseball players.

    4 ASG appearances: Gregg Jefferies (2), Adam Jones, and Shigetoshi Hasegawa. No HOF'ers.

    Only 3 players with more than 1000 games, only another 4 over 500.

    Did find a cool name though: Slim Love.

  25. Juan sin Miedo Says:

    August 20th
    7 All Stars
    1 HoF
    Graig Nettles leads this list with 6 selections
    followed by:
    Todd Helton (5)
    Mark Langston (4)
    Al Lopez (HoF) (2)
    Andy Benes (1)
    Tom Brunansky (1)
    Beau Bell (1) 1937

    Special Mention: Under the Heading of "Very Cool Name"
    Kalvoski Daniels AKA Kal Daniels

  26. I've just realized that I always confused Al Rosen and Al Lopez, after they both got mentioned here...

  27. Went with my birthday, January 20th. No HoFers, but Camilo Pascual, Ozzie Guillen, Brian Giles, David Eckstein, Geovany Soto and Joe Dobson combined for 14 All-Star games and, interestingly, two RoYs.

  28. more people are born in sep and nov than in other months, maybe you could take that into account if you look into it further.

  29. JohnnyChance Says:

    I just looked through January. A few really pitiful birthdays in there, and especially Jan 25th-27th.

    Jan 25th: 1 ASG appearance, 1 player with 1000+ games played, 67 was the most wins by a pitcher.
    Jan 26th: 0 ASG appearances, 1 player with 1000+ games played, 104 was the most wins by a pitcher.
    Jan 27th: 0 ASG appearances, 2 players with 1000+ games played, 97 was the most wins by a pitcher.

  30. From what I can tell, my birthday, November 7, is pretty bad. 5 All-Stars (Dick Stuart, Joe Niekro, and Jim Kaat 3 times). Of course, we DO have Kaat's 16 GG, so that's got to count for something, right? And I almost forgot. We have the greatest of all. The one, The Only...

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nolanth01.shtml

  31. My birthday, June 22, has four All-Stars: Carl Hubbell (the only Hall of Famer who shares my birthday), Ian Kinsler, Walt Masterson, and Brad Hawpe. After those, it gets pretty pathetic.

  32. My birthday, March 21st, is a stinker. Tommy Davis, Shanty Hogan and Manny Sanguillen are the best of the lot. Best pitcher: Al Fitzmorris. And born on the exact same day: Fernando Arroyo (24-37, 4.44).

  33. Looking at my birthday, no Hall of Famers and it appears not even an all star: March 31

  34. @33
    Marv Grissom was born on March 31st. He retired all four batters he faced in the 1954 All-Star Game, including strikeouts to Nellie Fox and ted Williams.

  35. My birthday (June 7) has a couple players who had their careers cut short, Thurman Munson and Herb Score. After that, it's Don Money and nobody else.

  36. @31 - Dan W, how could you forget that Marv Grissom made the 1954 NL squad :) He was 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA and 11 saves in the first half. Well, I guess he didn't actually know he had 11 saves since the stat didn't yet exist, but managers knew how valuable he was.

    Heck, Grissom pitched an inning and a third allowing no runs, striking out two guys who weren't the easiest to strike out (Nellie Fox and Teddy Ballgame - not too bad!)

  37. Jeff Trotter Says:

    My birthday is April 19th, and it's got a decent collection of guys:

    Joe Mauer (4 x All-Star and 1 MVP)
    Zack Duke (1 x All-Star)
    George Sherrill (1 x All-Star)
    Frank Viola (3 x All-Star and 1 Cy Young)
    Whitey Kurowski (5 x All-Star)
    Bucky Walters (6 x All-Star and 1 MVP)

    No Hall of Famers yet, but I don't think it's a stretch to project Joe Mauer for induction one day.

  38. Malcolm Gladwell wrote in Outliers about how there are biases for various birthdates in certain sports. It wouldn't surprise me if there are/have been biases for baseball as well.

  39. For July 5, I count one HOF'er (Goose Gossage) and one additional A-S selection (Gary Matthews, 1979.)
    Kinda weak.

  40. Some of you are really missing the point. To pick on #39 in particular, one HOFer is above average. And Gossage and Matthews together had 10 All-Star games. That's average. Overall, that's pretty much an exactly average day.

  41. November 17th (my birthday) - somewhat above average:

    Player ASG
    Tom Seaver HOF 12
    Gary Bell 4
    Ryan Braun 3
    Mike Garcia 3
    Jeff Nelson 1
    Mitch Williams 1
    Ray Lamanno 1

    Total - 1 HOF, 7 All-Stars with 25 total ASG's

    When I was just getting into baseball cards, I checked the entire 1976 topps set to she who shared my birthday. There were 2 - Tom Sevaer and Tom Detorre, which I absolutely loved as a 7 year-old named Tom. I thought all players born on that date had to be named Tom, but as I look now, they are the only 2 (out of 50+) players born on 11/17 to have that name.

    Side note - it seems like there are a lot of guys on this thread with November birthdays. Although, probably those are the one's that stand out as I read through the posts.

  42. July 14th:

    16 ASGs, no HOFers and nobody with a legit chance unless Tim Hudson has about 5 more years in a row like last season (not likely).

    But I have a new favorite born-on-my-birthday player: Billy McCool.

    Hell yeah, that's a name!

  43. Yeah, I'd rather have July 5 for a birthday than mine, May 28. Exactly 1 All Star Game represented by Duane Ward. Kirk Gibson is also born on that day, but surprisingly never made an all star game.

  44. Kirk Gibson has got to be the best player in the All-Star era to have never made an All-Star team, at least when measured by career accomplishments.

  45. @44

    Tim Salmon is arguably better if you only count the regular season. Up there are John Tudor, Hal Trosky, Richie Hebner, Wally Berger, Oscar Gamble.

  46. Wowsers Tim Salmon. I did not realize. Good list, Jeff J.

  47. It was probably hard to get those guys a spot when you had these luminaries taking up multiple spots

    Birdie Tebbetts 4x
    Glenn Beckert 4x
    Rollie Hemsley 5x
    Eddie Miller 7x (check out 1946!)
    Frank Malzone 8x

  48. @44 RE: Gibson and 0 ASG,

    Kirk's best chance probably would have been 1985 when Sparky Anderson was choosing the reserves due to the Tigers winning the AL Pennant in 1984.

    If you look at that Tigers on the 1985 AL All-Star team, Whitaker started at 2B and Sparky chose Morris (Started the game), Parrish, Trammell, Willie Hernandez and Dan Petry.

    The 4 reserve OF chosen were Phil Bradley (Sea), Gary Ward (Tex), Tom Brunansky (Min) and Baines (Chi), and each of them were the lone representatives for their teams (from what I could tell with a quick glance).

    So it would have taken some shuffling to get Kirk in there, but Sparky probably could have left off Petry and chosen a pitcher from one of the teams with an OF (Sea, Min, Chi, or Tex). I didn't look at any of the splits or anything and I don't know just how much Sparky wanted to include Petry and/or Gibson on the team - all of which would have been factors in any decision.

  49. September 26 -my birthday

    Four All Stars
    Bobby Shantz (3)
    Rich Gedman (2)
    Dave Duncan (1)
    Thurman Tucker (1)

    Longest careers enjoyed by Shantz and Dave Martinez (16 years)

    Most games (1918) and hits (1599) - Martinez

    With 119 wins, Shantz is the only pitcher with more than 50 wins. Bert Humphries had 50 wins exactly.

    Oddest name -Yurendall DeCaster

  50. Sep. 9 ain't bad
    Waite Hoyt, Frank Chance, Frankie Frisch (plus Mike Hampton, Alvin Davis, Todd Zeile, Reggie Sanders, Bobby Abreu)

  51. Juan sin Miedo Says:

    Here is an interesting list sort of ?
    On July 4 there are just 2 All Stars and no HOF
    Vinny Castilla (2)
    Brenden Donnelley (1)
    But if you take into account July 4 as the conception date, and based on a perfect pregnancy 40 weeks or 9 months, players born on April 4th (40 weeks later) there is an interesting list of All Star and one guy that should be in the HoF.
    Gil Hodges is the player that i am referring to that should be in the Hall, he was selected to 8 All Star Games.
    Followed by some familiar names
    Scott Rolen (6)
    Jim Fregosi (6)
    Mickey Owen (4)
    Ray Fosse (2)
    Tom Herr (1)
    Joe Vosmik (1) 1935
    I take into account the 4th of July because it is a big day of celebrations and cohabitation.

  52. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    #15/... DavidRF Says:
    "Two dates have two inductees, April 2nd and April 6th...
    April 6th:
    Mickey Cochrane
    Ernie Lombardi
    Bert Blyleven (2011)
    Smokey Joe Williams

    My sister's birthday is also April 6th, so I looked it up...
    All-Star appearances by non-HOFers, 4 players/ 6 ASG total:
    Brett Boone (3)
    Marty Pattin
    Phil Regan
    Don Elston

    ALSO - Ken Williams, now the White Sox general Manager
    - (Utility) Lou Merloni, who was born/raised in Framingham, MA, where I also grew up.

    Many baseball seasons have Opening Day on April 6th - in 1973 that was the first time the DH was used (Ron Bloomberg, NYY)

    Musically, Andre Previn, Merle Haggard, and Jerry Mulligan were born. In the real world, in 1862 the Battle of Shiloh started in the Civil War.

  53. @51

    Shouldn't you calculate conceptions for Valentine's Day then?

  54. Juan sin Miedo Says:

    How about New Years Eve/Day
    Conception Jan 1
    Born Oct 1
    Rod Carew (HoF) (18)
    Mark McGwire (12) (PEDS)
    Jeff Reardon (4)
    Roberto Kelly (2)
    Matt Cain (1) *so far
    Vance Law (1) (Son)

  55. Juan sin Miedo Says:

    @ 53
    You asked for it you got it
    Febuary 14th conception
    Novermber 14th Born
    surprisingly small list and no HoF as compared to my other lists.
    Curt Shilling (6)
    Willie Hernandez (3)
    Jim Piersall (2)
    Kent Bottenfield (1)
    Jim Brewer (1)

  56. I share my birthday (Dec. 1st) with All-Stars/notables Kirk Rueter, Reggie Sanders, George Foster, Larry Walker, Walter Alston, and Marty Marion, among others.

  57. Paul K. @ 2: Regarding Frank Malzone. If you run a PI search for most cumulative WAR by an AL third baseman (played at least half his games at third) over the nine-season stretch from 1957 through 1965, you get the top two guys as Brooks Robinson and Frank Malzone. It is indeed somewhat surprising that the only guys to play third base for the AL in more A-S Games than Malzone have been Brooks Robinson, Wade Boggs and George Brett, but Frank was clearly the best third baseman in the AL in 1957, the best or second-best in '58 and also near the top in '59.

    Bill James in his New Historical Abstract placed Malzone 59th among all third basemen in basebal history and discusses the difficulties Frank endured that led him to miss out on major league playing time until a relatively late age (he was 2nd in the AL ROY voting at age 27) .

    In the tabletop baseball game of my youth, Challenge The Yankees, Frank was one of the "All-Stars" of the early 1960s who were the opposing team in the game to the Maris/Mantle era Yanks.

    Definitely the greatest Red Sox player born and raised behind enemy lines in the Bronx, New York.

  58. my birthday sept. 23 has only 3 total all-star games between two guys, Jeff Cirillo and Pete Harnisch.
    Hopefully Matt Kemp, Joba Chamberlain or Chris Volstad will bring that number up.

    Also @ 44 regarding Gibson and Salmon, heres a blog I just posted yesterday about almost the exact same thing. Feel free to take a look:
    http://www.andypatton.net/?p=151

  59. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    #58/... birtelcom Says: " It is indeed somewhat surprising that the only guys to play third base for the AL in more A-S Games than Malzone have been Brooks Robinson, Wade Boggs and George Brett, but Frank was clearly the best third baseman in the AL in 1957, the best or second-best in '58 and also near the top in '59. Bill James in his New Historical Abstract placed Malzone 59th among all third basemen in baseball history..."

    Before Wade Boggs came up (and frequently well afterwords - look at the RBI!) Malzone was usually referred to as the all-time Red Sox third baseman. I know that nowadays, the correct answer would be "Jimmy Collins", but a lot of people refused to acknowledge the validity of deadball-era baseball {they'd choose Dom Dimaggio or Fred Lynn as the all-time Red Sox CFer}.

  60. @58 "heres a blog I just posted yesterday about almost the exact same thing. Feel free to take a look:
    http://www.andypatton.net/?p=151
    "

    Pat Burrell would be surprised to learn that he's ANY kind of 3rd baseman, let alone one of the best :-O

  61. My birthday, April 28th, is dominated by Reds. Best batter is Barry Larkin. Top two in victories are Red Lucas and Tom Browning.

  62. Small heads-up to anyone using either the Play Index or the "Players born on..." pages to find HOF born on a certain day:

    -- Those searches exclude the 18 HOFers from the Negro Leagues who never played in MLB: Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, Oscar Charleston, Martin Dihigo, Pop Lloyd, Ramond Brown, Andy Cooper, Frank Grant, Pete Hill, Biz Mackey, Jose Mendez, Luis Sandhop, Mule Suttles, Ben Taylor, Cristobal Torriente and Jud Wilson.

    -- Those searches include HOFers who did play in MLB but who were inducted as managers, etc.

    OK, back to your birthday fun....

  63. HOFers who played in MLB, by month of birth:

    January -- 15
    February -- 14
    March -- 18
    April -- 25
    May -- 22
    June -- 11
    July -- 19
    August -- 21
    September -- 21
    October -- 24
    November -- 19
    December -- 23

    Or, to put it the other way 'round:

    25 -- April
    24 -- October
    23 -- December
    22 -- May
    21 -- September
    21 -- August
    19 -- November
    19 -- July
    18 -- March
    15 -- January
    14 -- February
    11 -- June

  64. November 3rd --

    Bob Feller
    Dwight Evans
    Ken Holtzman
    Bob Welch
    Me

  65. Old Cleveland Municipal Stadium has the same "birthday" as me. I just hope that people can tell us apart based on size or condition.
    My birthday is also the trading deadline. Thank goodness that didn't start until AFTER I was born, I didn't want my mom getting any ideas.
    Don't forget to tip your waitress big, but not so big that she falls down :-O

  66. @60 wow oops must have been a little too tired when posting that blog, thanks for the correction!

  67. haha

    Marv Grissom! Of course.

  68. Okay, so I have one all star on my birthday, Marv Grissom...

    On the flip side, I don't recognize one name of the guys who DIED on my birthday, March 31.

  69. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    Perhaps naturally, I checked my birthday -- December 29 -- and found it to be a real slow day for both births and deaths. No Hall of Famers born that day, and only if you include Asa Brainard {a member of the original Cincinnati Red Stockings} are there any 12/29 deaths in the Hall. No MVPs, either; and only two players -- Jack Wilson and Devon White -- are December 29 " Birthday Boys"made the All-Star game {White made it three times, though}.

    Looks like a good thing that I decided to go into farming.

  70. My Birthday- April 14, some really good Braves on here

    Pete Rose 17x
    Future HOF Greg Maddux 8x
    David Justice 3x
    Steve Avery 1x
    Carlos Perez 1x
    Brad Ausmus 1x
    Don Mueller 2x

    Total of 33 All-Star Appearances
    21 gold gloves with a battery of Maddux and Ausmus

  71. My birthday (May 3rd) has two HOF pitchers but both of them are borderline - Ruffing and Rixey.

    All-stars include Ryan Dempster, Davey Lopes, Chuck Hinton, and the immortal Chris Cannizzaro who made the all-star team for the expansion Padres while compiling a whopping .587 OPS.

  72. @63, as James Russell Lowell might have put it, what is so rare as a HoFer in June?

  73. Random Sports Guy Says:

    The results for my birthday, June 30th:

    Garrett Anderson - 1972, 3 time all-star, 17 seasons
    Tony Fernandez - 1962, 5 time all-star, 17 seasons
    Mark Grudzielanek, 1970, 1 time all-star, 15 seasons

    Then comes the following hacks:
    Jim Stoops, Mike Carp, Drew Sutton, Otis Thornton, Yo-Yo Davalillo, Jack Albright, Dino Chiozza, and George Stultz.

  74. dukeofflatbush Says:

    I remember I first noticed Rickey Henderson was born on Christmas Day in 1993, the year he finished the season with 1,993 games. I was only 16 at the time, but I remember thinking if 1 'Henderson' game was played on each christmas in a descending annual chronology, his first game would be year 0.
    Just 16 year old foolishness.

  75. DoubleDiamond Says:

    @15 - May 14 also has two perfect game pitchers born on that date:

    Dennis Martinez
    Roy Halladay

    June 27 has no Hall of Famers yet, but some folks who hang out here think that Jim Edmonds may qualify.

    Not many ASG appearances, either:

    Johnny Estrada - 1 (which is 1 more than I thought he'd had, in 2004 when he was with the Braves)
    Edmonds - 4
    Jeff Conine - 2
    Rico Petrocelli - 2
    Eddie Kasko - 2
    Gus Zernial - 1

    In fact, before I peeked, I figured that Edmonds, Conine (whose birthday is listed as June 26 in some places), Petrocelli, and Zernial would be on this list, so I got two suprises in Estrada and Kasko.

    So few June birthdays in the HOF. Being a 30-day month doesn't explain it especially since April is also a 30-day month, and that month has the most.

    My birth year, 1952, has no HOFers and no one promising as a player. It's too bad that Fred Lynn didn't live up to his early promise. Here's hoping that Jim Riggleman (born in November of that year) can turn around a not-so-promising managerial career to eventually qualify. Otherwise, our best hope is an executive, broadcaster, or writer. These categories usually get inducted at a later age than players who go in via the regular (non-Veterans committee) vote.

    1952 is a weak year in other categories. I can't even name many singers and actors born that year. (Christopher Reeve was one.) I once checked some of the famous family singing groups of my generation, including the Jacksons, Osmonds, and Cowsills, and they had kids born in 1951 and/or 1953, but none joined my parents in producing a kid in 1952.

    Going back five months to January 27, a date with no or very few All-Stars, in the past several years, the Phillies have had two different pitchers (not at the same time) born on January 27, 1983. Gavin Floyd has shown some signs of greatness since his trade to the White Sox, but he still struggles at times. Lefty reliever Mike Zagursky had a successful debut a few years ago, but he has been beset by injuries since then and is fairly low on the team's bullpen depth chart right now.

  76. There's a member of the Yankee All-Time roster born on just about every day of the year. I use those birthdays as the topics of my own daily blog.

  77. I share my birthday, May third, with two Hall of Famers, Red Ruffing and Eppa Rixey. Davey Lopes, a six-time All-Star was also born on May 3rd, as was George Gore, who played long before the All-Star era, but would have certainly made several teams had he had the opportunity.
    My birth year, 1972, has no Hall of Famers yet, but Manny Ramirez and Larry Jones are likely candidates, and Andy Pettitte, Jason Varitek, Garrett Anderson, and Carlos Delgado are among several other fine players born that year.

  78. Jan. 12

    No hall of famers and 3 all-stars

    Randy Jones 2x (Also a Cy Young winner)
    Mike Marshall 1x (the outfielder)
    Dontrell Willis 2x (Also a ROY)

  79. Though January 26 and 27 claim no all star appearances, those dates have a Rookie of the Year winner and a career .200 hitter/actor/Hall of Famer. Angel Berroa was born on the 27th, and the immortal Bob Uecker came into the world on the 26th.

    January 31 boasts some of baseball's best. Hall of Fame double play combo Jackie Robinson and Ernie Banks might not get many opportunities with Nolan Ryan on the mound. Not to mention MVP George Burns and ERA champs Hank Aguirre and Josh Johnson.

    December 1 features 3 MVP's in Marty Marion, George Foster, and Larry Walker. HOF Walter Alston might win a pennant with that squad.

    Christmas not only claims 3 HOF's (Henderson, Pud Galvin, Nellie Fox) but also has 67 major leaguers. I'd be interested to know if there is a day with more players born that made it to the Big Show.

  80. June 4 -- Tony Pena, and that's about it. Only four guys with at least 1000 games played (Lee Magee just barely), and only one pitcher over 1000 IP: Bob Klinger, again barely. I'm pretty sure I'd lose any matchup with any other date: though I would have descent catching (Terry Kennedy as my backup).

  81. January 16th:

    3 Hall of Famers (Dizzy Dean, Jimmy Collins and Albert Pujols) plus a Cy Young Winner (Jack McDowell)

  82. June 29th has Harmon Killebrew power for the Hall. He was always one of my favorite players because we shared birthdays, but not years.

    Wilbert Robinson can manage the team.

    Good players, Pedro Guerrero, Bobby Veach, Rick Honeycutt, Bob Shaw, Dizzy Trout,

  83. February 5th, my wife's birthday, has me whupped as far as Hall players are concerned. Hank Aaron and Roberto Alomar. But I've got better players after that.

  84. June 25th, my oldest son, has no HOFers. He does have some good non-eligible players in Carlos Delgado, Aramis Ramirez and a 70's pitcher named Dick Drago. He's got Alejandro Pena and Bob Stanley out of the pen.

  85. August 5th, my youngest son (that's it by the way), has no HOFer's. He does have John Olerud, Nellie Briles, Mark Mulder, Carl Crawford and (to keep the Aaron brother's in the family), Tommy Aaron to go along with Hank who has my wife's birthday.

  86. My birthday is July 13. Stan Coveleskie is the only Hall of Famer born on that day.
    All Star participants arfe Yadier Molina (2), Ryan Ludwick(1) abd Bill Caudill(1).
    One old time player I wish to mention born on July 13 is Gene Packard. In the two-year existence of the Federal League he won 20 games. He threw lefthanded and pitched for the Kansas City Packers both years. In the National League he had several seasons before and after the Federal League with a mediocre 45-43 record.

  87. November 21 was my father's birthday. I had picked up on the number of fine players, including Musial, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Fred Lindstrom.
    In the deaths I noticed that Mel Ott and Carl Hubbell died on that date several years apart. They were both Hall of Famers who played their entire career with the New York Giants, mostly as teammates.

  88. Thomas Court Says:

    @44
    I never knew that Kirk Gibson had never a single All-Star team. I knew up until a few years ago there was, what I believed, to be a player who would potentially make the Hall of Fame without making an All-Star team. Consider:

    7 straight seasons of 22+ Home Runs
    4 seasons during that stretch of 100+ RBI's
    6 straight Gold Gloves
    At the time he was still only 28 years old.
    No All-Star appearences due to the league talent ahead of him

    Injuries robbed him of a chance to do the seemingly impossible.
    That player's name is Eric Chavez

  89. Chavez still remains one of the better players to never make an all-star game, sad he never got a chance to keep playing healthy into his thirties, he was consistently one of the best at his position.

  90. @44, 48, 88:
    how about an MVP (K. Gibson), who never made an All-Star team? That can't be too common, either....(no instances come to mind, actually).

  91. Chavez is in camp with the Yankees this spring although I'd think it's a longshot for him to make the club.

  92. Mike Felber Says:

    Leap year only needs 1/4 of the players to make these lists to be proportionately good. Meaning lucky.

  93. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    #79/ Jack Says: "... Christmas not only claims 3 HOF's (Henderson, Pud Galvin, Nellie Fox) but also has 67 major leaguers. I'd be interested to know if there is a day with more players born that made it to the Big Show."

    I believe that it is quite possible that at least a few of these 67 MLB players listed as born on December 25th had the date of birth "fudged" by the parents, so that it would be listed as Christmas Day. There's an average of about 39.6 players-per-day, so 67 would be significantly higher. Pure speculation, of course...

  94. I share August 22nd with Carl Yastrzemski and Paul Molitor, as well as a HOF manager, Ned Hanlon.
    Of course, the only other player that was an all-star was Randy Wolf, so there's that.

  95. I did a study of all-time birthday teams, with the players ranked by HOF Career Standards. Here are the top 10 All-Birthday Teams:

    2-Apr 21-Nov
    Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    C C Bennett 26
    1B Jennings* 34 Blalock* 11
    2B Avila 22 Andy High* 17
    3B Hector Cruz 3 Almon* 11
    SS Appling 57 Schofield 15
    OF R Smith 35 Musial 76
    OF Incavilia 11 Griffey Jr. 61
    OF Sample 5 Lindstrom 27
    P Sutton 58 Mathews 47
    P Tommy Bond 47 Eichorn 16
    P Pierce 35 Hacker 8
    P Radatz 17 Meadows 5
    P Ed Siever 16 Mike Mason 3
    340 323
    26-Nov 15-Jun
    Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    C B Schneider 4 Parrish 32
    1B Tenney 25 T Clark 16
    2B H Reynolds 16 G Baker 5
    3B Hebner 19 Boggs 58
    SS E Miller 16 C Pennington 0
    OF Duffy 54 B Williams 48
    OF B Johnson 46 Butler 36
    OF B Elliott* 34 Dusty Baker 24
    P Gomez 34 Pettitte 42
    P C Finley 27 T Lincecum 28
    P Gura 17 Mendoza 13
    P M Moore 14 M Weaver 7
    P Clay Bryant 14 Dal Canton 5
    320 314
    18-Nov 5-Jan
    C Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    1B McGuire 27 Luke Sewell 23
    2B D Ortiz 30 Kittle* 12
    3B Gene Mauch 0 Gantner 4
    SS Sheffield* 61 Dahlen* 48
    OF Fletcher 18
    OF Bichette 31 Stephenson 33
    OF Sievers 26 Kauff 25
    P S Henderson 14 M Thompson 6
    P Moyer 40 Caruthers 48
    P Coombs 30 Rube Foster 28
    P T Gordon 15 Hough 27
    P Petkovsek 12 Fassero 10
    Burkhart 9 D Jackson 6
    295 288
    4-Aug 14-May
    C Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    1B Humphrey 0 Borders 21
    2B Beckley 50
    3B Melillo 12 Cora 19
    SS Surhoff* 28 T Perez* 41
    OF Galloway 16 Howser 6
    OF Luke Easter 15 Combs 37
    OF Grubb 15 Thurman 9
    P Troy O'Leary 13 H Powell 2
    P Clemens 73 Ed Walsh 52
    P Luque 23 Halladay 39
    P Coates 17 D Martinez 37
    P Linebrink 14 LaRoche 11
    Howry 8 Tidrow 9
    284 283
    23-Aug 20-May
    Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    C Lollar 30 R Hernandez 27
    1B J Franco 42 J Harris 25
    2B Frey 23 Grantham 31
    3B Kell 29 K Boyer 36
    SS G Davis 54
    OF Mitchell 22 Murcer 26
    OF J O'Rourke 12 A Kearns 9
    OF C Blake* 14 Werth 16
    P Richie 18 D Wells 40
    P G Bush 17 Newhouser 34
    P Boddicker 13 T Morgan 14
    P C Jones 5 T Stottlemyre 13
    P N Potter 4 Wilcy Moore 7
    282 278

  96. I compiled the ten All-Time Birthday teams, based on HOF standards. Here they are:

    2-Apr 21-Nov
    Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    C C Bennett 26
    1B Jennings* 34 Blalock* 11
    2B Avila 22 Andy High* 17
    3B Hector Cruz 3 Almon* 11
    SS Appling 57 Schofield 15
    OF R Smith 35 Musial 76
    OF Incavilia 11 Griffey Jr. 61
    OF Sample 5 Lindstrom 27
    P Sutton 58 Mathews 47
    P Tommy Bond 47 Eichorn 16
    P Pierce 35 Hacker 8
    P Radatz 17 Meadows 5
    P Ed Siever 16 Mike Mason 3
    340 323
    26-Nov 15-Jun
    Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    C B Schneider 4 Parrish 32
    1B Tenney 25 T Clark 16
    2B H Reynolds 16 G Baker 5
    3B Hebner 19 Boggs 58
    SS E Miller 16 C Pennington 0
    OF Duffy 54 B Williams 48
    OF B Johnson 46 Butler 36
    OF B Elliott* 34 Dusty Baker 24
    P Gomez 34 Pettitte 42
    P C Finley 27 T Lincecum 28
    P Gura 17 Mendoza 13
    P M Moore 14 M Weaver 7
    P Clay Bryant 14 Dal Canton 5
    320 314
    18-Nov 5-Jan
    C Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    1B McGuire 27 Luke Sewell 23
    2B D Ortiz 30 Kittle* 12
    3B Gene Mauch 0 Gantner 4
    SS Sheffield* 61 Dahlen* 48
    OF Fletcher 18
    OF Bichette 31 Stephenson 33
    OF Sievers 26 Kauff 25
    P S Henderson 14 M Thompson 6
    P Moyer 40 Caruthers 48
    P Coombs 30 Rube Foster 28
    P T Gordon 15 Hough 27
    P Petkovsek 12 Fassero 10
    Burkhart 9 D Jackson 6
    295 288
    4-Aug 14-May
    C Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    1B Humphrey 0 Borders 21
    2B Beckley 50
    3B Melillo 12 Cora 19
    SS Surhoff* 28 T Perez* 41
    OF Galloway 16 Howser 6
    OF Luke Easter 15 Combs 37
    OF Grubb 15 Thurman 9
    P Troy O'Leary 13 H Powell 2
    P Clemens 73 Ed Walsh 52
    P Luque 23 Halladay 39
    P Coates 17 D Martinez 37
    P Linebrink 14 LaRoche 11
    Howry 8 Tidrow 9
    284 283
    23-Aug 20-May
    Name HOF Std. Name HOF Std.
    C Lollar 30 R Hernandez 27
    1B J Franco 42 J Harris 25
    2B Frey 23 Grantham 31
    3B Kell 29 K Boyer 36
    SS G Davis 54
    OF Mitchell 22 Murcer 26
    OF J O'Rourke 12 A Kearns 9
    OF C Blake* 14 Werth 16
    P Richie 18 D Wells 40
    P G Bush 17 Newhouser 34
    P Boddicker 13 T Morgan 14
    P C Jones 5 T Stottlemyre 13
    P N Potter 4 Wilcy Moore 7
    282 278

  97. Here's the All-Birthday team, ranked by HOF Standards. Jennings has an asterisk because he's not in his primary position.

    2-Apr
    Name HOF Std.
    C
    1B Jennings* 34
    2B Avila 22
    3B Hector Cruz 3
    SS Appling 57
    OF R Smith 35
    OF Incavilia 11
    OF Sample 5
    P Sutton 58
    P Tommy Bond 47
    P Pierce 35
    P Radatz 17
    P Ed Siever 16
    340

  98. So I share a birthdate with some solid names (Feb. 10). HOFer Herb Pennock, Alex Gordon (work in progress), Allie Reynolds, Lance Berkman, Lenny Dykstra, Jim Barr, Billy O'Dell, Larry McWilliams, & Cesar Izturis. What I found a bit more interesting were the cool names of guys born on that date; Kit McKenna, Doc Sechrist, Stubby Magner, Cotton Tierney, Jim Stump, Mike Champion, Jack Fimple, & Jayhawk Owens. Most of them were from many decades ago and I think players tended to have more interesting names back then. But overall, just a mediocre line-up, I guess.

  99. Definitely an above-average birthday for me (August 18):

    2 HOFers:

    Roberto Clemente
    Burleigh Grimes

    (The former is obviously deserving, the latter a questionable Veterans Committee selection, though Grimes is notable for pitching 19 season and for being the last pitcher legally allowed to throw a spitball.)

    Besides Clemente (who had 15 appearances), 3 other All-Stars:

    Max Lanier (2 appearances)
    Bruce Benedict
    Joe Azcue

    The last two were defensive specialist catchers who played in a time when such players could be selected as All-Star backups; neither was an especially good hitter. Notable player who never made an ASG: Bobby Higginson

    All in all, a pretty good day.

  100. April 27 is the birthday and wedding anniversary of Neil Tuck, my son.
    The only Hall of Famers born that day were Rogers Hornsby and Enos Slaughter. The only other player besides Slaughter (10) times, is Cris Carpenter(3) Of course if they had the All Star game when Hornsby was in his prime, he would have made many appearances.
    Two players with All Star appearances is the same as Feb. 29.
    No players who died on that date are in the Hall of Fame. Brooks Lawrence and Harland Clift were the only ones named to a squad.
    Jim Mooney played for the Cardinals in the early 30s. He died on April 27. His date of birth is Sept. 4, which is the same as Ashley, my daughter in law. I showed this to Neil and Ashley once. Probably the best player born on Sept 4 would have to be Mike Piazza, a future Hall of Famer who played in many All Star games.

  101. My birthday is pretty bad (3/10). It looks like the best hitter in the last 100 years is John Cangelosi or Tike Redman. Craig Ansman of the Tigers was actually the same day and from his birthplace possibly even the same hospital as me, but I don't think he made the majors.

  102. DoubleDiamond Says:

    @95, For your list of 23-Aug 20-May, how about Ron Blomberg (Aug. 23) for DH?

  103. My birthday, December 7, is pretty good. One Hall of Famer (Johnny Bench) and twenty-six total All-Star appearances by seven different players (14 by Bench).

    Plus, Tino Martinez, who was always a favorite of mine.

  104. Dec. 20 is Patricia, my wife's birthday.
    Branch Rickey and Gabby Hartnett are the two Hall of Famers to share that date.
    Hartnett died on his birthday. The only other All Star selection to die on that day was Tommy Byrne.
    Besides Hartnett (6) and Byrne (1) who were on All Star squads are David Wright (5) and Cecil Cooper (5).

  105. Beason and Jackson Tuck, my twin grandsons, were born on July 14. In an earlier comment it mentioned that there was nobody in the HOF born on that day.
    That is true, but there were seven players who were selected to All Star games. They are: Tim Hudson (3), Jose Hernandez (1), Robin Ventura (2), Steve Stone (1), Billy McCool(1), Bob Purkey (5) and Johnny Murphy (3).
    Jackie Jensen is the only player listed who died on that day.

  106. DoubleDiamond Says:

    Seeing December 20 in one of the past couple of posts got me curious about 2 days later, December 22. This date seems to have a lot of guys who were associated with Philadelphia teams born on it.

    I knew of Hall-of-Famers Connie Mack and Steve Carlton already. They are the only ones so far for this date.

    All Star Game appearances:
    Glenn Wilson = 1 (while with the Phillies in 1985)
    Lonnie Smith = 1 (while with St. Louis in 1982; had played for the Phillies earlier)
    Ken Landreaux = 1
    Steve Garvey = 10
    Steve Carlton = 10 (7 while with St. Louis, 3 while with the Phillies)
    Matty Alou = 2

    I'm surprised that Mike Jackson, who had two stints with the Phillies (although in the second one, after he was an established closer, he never made an appearance due to injuries), did not make an All Star Game during his years as a decent closer with Cleveland in the late 1990s.

    Two other players born on Dec. 22 who were with the Phillies were Tom Underwood and Tony Curry. I'd have to spend more time to see if any of the old-timers were also Phillies or, like Mack, were Philadelphia Athletics.

    To get to the December 22 page, I had to go through the one for today, February 18. While Dec. 22 is a birthdate of some successful pitchers (and others) who spent time with the Phillies, Feb. 18 is the birthdate of some disappointments - Tyler Green, Kyle Abbott, and Rocky Childress.

    Various success stories for today include:

    Hall-of-Famer Joe Gordon

    All Star Game appearances:

    Alexis Rios = 2
    Shawn Estes = 1
    Tyler Green = 1 (he had one good half-season, 1st half 1995, good enough for ASG selection)
    Rafael Ramirez = 1
    Jerry Morales = 1
    Manny Mota = 1
    Luis Arroyo = 2
    Joe Gordon = 9
    And a guy with a namesake son trying to make the Phillies this year:
    John Mayberry = 2