Comments on: How many Hall of Famers and All-Stars have a given birthday? This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: DoubleDiamond Sat, 19 Feb 2011 00:33:14 +0000 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

By: Bill Tuck Fri, 18 Feb 2011 04:51:24 +0000 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.

By: Bill Tuck Fri, 18 Feb 2011 04:30:41 +0000 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).

By: Todd Fri, 18 Feb 2011 03:17:07 +0000 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.

By: DoubleDiamond Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:17:15 +0000 @95, For your list of 23-Aug 20-May, how about Ron Blomberg (Aug. 23) for DH?

By: Jesse011 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:09:29 +0000 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.

By: Bill Tuck Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:41:10 +0000 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.

By: sycasey Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:03:21 +0000 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.

By: T Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:59:26 +0000 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.

By: Mets Maven Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:56:41 +0000 Here's the All-Birthday team, ranked by HOF Standards. Jennings has an asterisk because he's not in his primary position.

Name HOF Std.
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