Due to personal time constraints, this is a reprint from last year which has not been updated.
Pants Rowland (1879)
Chick Hafey (1903)
Dom DiMaggio (1917)
Joe Garagiola (1926)
Pat Dobson (1942)
Mike Martin (1944)
Ray Corbin (1949)
Lenny Randle (1949)
Don "Full Pack" Stanhouse (1951)
Cam Bonifay (1952)
Chet Lemon (1955)
Greg Johnston (1955)
Joe Bitker (1964)
Ryan Lefebvre (1971)
Chris Snyder (1981)
Cole De Vries (1985)
Clarence "Pants' Rowland spent his life in baseball. A catcher, he went on to manage the Chicago White Sox to the World Championship in 1917. He was an American League umpire from 1923-1927. He was also a minor league manager and executive, and was president of the Pacific Coast League from 1944-1954. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.
Mike Martin won over 2,000 games as the head coach of Florida State.
Cam Bonifay was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1993-2001 and is currently working in the Cincinnati organization.
Ryan Lefebvre appeared in six minor league games for the Watertown Indians in 1993. He was a Twins broadcaster in the 1997 and 1998 before moving to Kansas City in 1999, where he has been a broadcaster for the Royals ever since.
Joe Bitker was drafted by Minnesota in the sixth round in the 1984 January draft, but he did not sign.
This is a great day for players with colorful nicknames. In addition to those listed above, we have Sweetbread Bailey (1895), Kiddo Davis (1902), Dutch Dietz (1912), Monk Dubiel (1918), and Woody Main (1922).
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