Category Archives: Keeping Track

Happy Birthday–September 8

Val Picinich (1896)
Buck Leonard (1907)
Jim Bagby (1916)
Steve Hargan (1942)
Ken Forsch (1946)
Don Aase (1954)
Mike Dyer (1966)
Gil Meche (1978)
Nick Hundley (1983)
Rob Delaney (1984)
Logan Schafer (1986)

First baseman Buck Leonard was a star in the Negro Leagues.  He was a teammate of Josh Gibson on the Homestead Grays, and was considered the Lou Gehrig to Gibson's Babe Ruth.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to Rhubarb_Runner’s father.

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Happy Birthday–September 8

Oyster Burns (1864)
Red Faber (1888)
Tommy Thevenow (1903)
Johnny Lanning (1910)
Harry Danning (1911)
Vince DiMaggio (1912)
Hal Jeffcoat (1924)
Harry Dunlop (1933)
Fran Healy (1946)
Greg Olson (1960)
Roy Smith (1961)
Pat Meares (1968)
Derrek Lee (1975)
Micheal Nakamura (1976)
Jerry Blevins (1983)
Mitch Moreland (1985)
Tyler Austin (1991)

Harry Dunlop caught in the minors for fourteen years and was a coach for seventeen years.  He caught the minor league no-hitter in which Ron Necciai struck out twenty-seven batters and the back-to-back minor league no-hitters of Bill Bell.

We would also like to wish a happy anniversary to Mom and Dad MagUidhir.

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Happy Birthday–September 5

Al Orth (1872)
Nap Lajoie (1874)
Lefty Leifield (1883)
Max Bishop (1899)
Merv Shea (1900)
Gene Bearden (1920)
Bill Mazeroski (1936)
Karl Kuehl (1937)
Tom Hallion (1956)
Candy Maldonado (1960)
Jeff Brantley (1963)
Jimmy Haynes (1972)
Rod Barajas (1975)
Randy Choate (1975)
Jason Hart (1977)
Chris Young (1983)

Karl Kuehl was a coach for the Twins from 1977-1982.  He was a minor league manager for several seasons and also managed the Montreal Expos in 1976.  His minor league managing career started in 1959, when he managed the Salem Senators in the Northwest League at age 21.

Tom Hallion has been a major league umpire from 1986-1999 and 2005-present.

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Happy Birthday–September 4

Tillie Walker (1887)
Eddie Waitkus (1919)
Hawk Harrelson (1941)
Paul Jata (1949)
Doyle Alexander (1950)
Frank White (1950)
Mike Piazza (1968)
Luis Lopez (1970)
Aaron Fultz (1973)
Pat Neshek (1980)
Jordan Schafer (1986)
Cody Martin (1989)
Aaron Slegers (1992)

Cody Martin was drafted by Minnesota in the 20th round in 2010, but did not sign.

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Happy Birthday–September 3

Bill Armour (1869)
Mike Kahoe (1873)
Art Fromme (1883)
Ed Konetchy (1885)
Eddie Stanky (1915)
Morrie Martin (1922)
Steve Boros (1936)
Alan Bannister (1951)
Rene Gonzales (1960)
Dave Clark (1962)
Ced Landrum (1963)
Eric Plunk (1963)
Luis Gonzalez (1967)
Chad Fox (1970)
Matt Capps (1983)

Bill Armour managed Cleveland from 1902-1904 and Detroit from 1905-1906.  He also managed in the minor leagues for several years.

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Happy Birthday–September 2

Al Spalding (1850)
Joe Heving (1900)
Monte Pearson (1908)
Marv Throneberry (1933)
Don Williams (1935)
Jerry Crider (1941)
Danny Goodwin (1953)
Rick Manning (1954)
Rex Hudler (1960)
Jeff Russell (1961)
Terry Jorgensen (1966)
Rich Aurilia (1971)
Jason Hammel (1982)
Ronald Torreyes (1992)
Aaron Whitefield (1996)

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to bjhess.

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Happy Birthday–September 1

Jim O’Rourke (1850)
Joe Brown (1918)
Joe Astroth (1922)
Cloyd Boyer (1927)
Rico Carty (1939)
Craig Skok (1947)
Garry Maddox (1949)
Rob Wilfong (1953)
David West (1964)

Joe Brown was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1956-1976.

Craig Skok was drafted by Minnesota in 1967, but did not sign.

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Happy Birthday–August 31

Dad Clarkson (1866)
Duke Farrell (1866)
Red Ehret (1868)
Monte Cross (1869)
Eddie Plank (1875)
Sarge Connally (1898)
Ray Berres (1907)
Ray Dandridge (1913)
Danny Litwhiler (1916)
Frank Robinson (1935)
Boots Day (1947)
Claudell Washington (1954)
Tom Candiotti (1957)
Von Hayes (1958)
Mike Hartley (1961)
Pat Howell (1968)
Hideo Nomo (1968)
Tim Raines (1979)
Ramon Santiago (1979)
Armando Gabino (1983)
Juan Nicasio (1986)
John Hicks (1989)

Ray Dandridge is considered by some to be the greatest Negro League third baseman.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to brianS’ son.

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Happy Birthday–August 30

Cal McVey (1849)
Pol Perritt (1891)
Bing Miller (1894)
Kiki Cuyler (1896)
Johnny Lindell (1916)
Ted Williams (1918)
Frank Funk (1935)
Tug McGraw (1944)
Roger Erickson (1956)
Randy O’Neal (1960)
Marlon Byrd (1977)
Cliff Lee (1978)
Luis Rivas (1979)
Roberto Hernandez (1980)
Adam Wainwright (1981)
Taylor Hearn (1994)

Frank Funk served as a pitching coach for five major league teams (not all at the same time).

Randy O’Neal was drafted by Minnesota in 1979, but did not sign.

Taylor Hearn was drafted by Minnesota in 2014 but did not sign.

 We would also like to wish a happy birthday to cheaptoy's trinket.

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