They Say It’s My Birthday

So tomorrow is my birthday, and like any good baseball fan, I want to know which players share my wondrous day.  Not surprisingly, Baseball Reference “has an app for that.”  With it, you can find out the Major Leaguers born on that day, or any other day of your choosing.

Let’s highlight the big names that share my birthday:

Randy Winn 1974 110 662 .284
Dave Parker 1951 339 1493 .290
Bill Virdon 1931 91 502 .267
Roy Smalley 1926 61 305 .227
Frank McCormick 1911 128 954 .299
Irish Meusel 1893 106 819 .310
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 6/8/2012.

Not a great list, but not too bad.

Beyond having three .300+ seasons at the plate, Randy Winn’s only moment of recognition may have been his selection as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays representative at the 2002 All-Star Game.

Dave Parker won the NL MVP in 1978, finished in the top three in voting three other times and was noted for an absolute hose of an arm in the outfield.

Bill Virdon was the 1955 NL Rookie of the Year and a two-time Manager of the Year (once in each league).  As a member of the Pirates in the 1960, his World Series Game 7 bad hop grounder struck the Yankees’ Tony Kubek in the throat, fueling the rally that eventually led to Bill Mazeroski’s Series-winning homer.

Roy Smalley was a weak-hitting shortstop in the 1950s for the Cubs, Phillies and Braves.  A career .660 OPS, he nonetheless launched 21 homers and drove in 85 runs in 1950, accounting for more than one-third of his career homers and more than one-quarter of his career RBI.

Frank McCormick appeared in nine All-Star games, led the NL in hits three straight years (1938-40) and was the NL MVP in 1940.

Emil Frederick (Irish) Meusel was the older brother of the Yankees’ Bob Meusel.  He led the NL with 125 RBI in 1923, and appeared in four World Series during his career, batting .276 with three homers and 17 RBI in 23 games.

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