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    Can you name a player whose last Major League appearance was not only on his birthday, but in a World Series-clinching game for his team?

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    I think I've heard this one before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1905 Giants View Post
    I think I've heard this one before...
    Did someone ask this question recently? If so, I missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian2813 View Post
    Did someone ask this question recently? If so, I missed it.
    No it was in a trivia book.
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    I won't spoil it for the rest of you who might be thinking of what the answer might be... but I will give you some how do you like that type of clues!

    One, the batter drew a walk as a pinch hitter for his team that night and he is most definitely associated with that franchise.

    Two, this particular World Series was well known for something interesting happening, but not during any one particular game. You had to look at the whole series.

    Three, he is not a Junior but a "the third" but he did not go by that per se. Like RG3, but not RG3.

    And he is still alive and is part of what we might call a baseball family.

    I know about this player. I won't pretend that I know he is the only possible answer to the question. There might be more than one, but I only know this guy.

    And I have another great clue, one that is very timely, if you need it. I will stop back in two days to see how everyone is doing and give out that one if need be.
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    Ill take a stab: Robin Yount?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Base Coach View Post
    I won't spoil it for the rest of you who might be thinking of what the answer might be... but I will give you some how do you like that type of clues!

    One, the batter drew a walk as a pinch hitter for his team that night and he is most definitely associated with that franchise.

    Two, this particular World Series was well known for something interesting happening, but not during any one particular game. You had to look at the whole series.

    Three, he is not a Junior but a "the third" but he did not go by that per se. Like RG3, but not RG3.

    And he is still alive and is part of what we might call a baseball family.

    I know about this player. I won't pretend that I know he is the only possible answer to the question. There might be more than one, but I only know this guy.

    And I have another great clue, one that is very timely, if you need it. I will stop back in two days to see how everyone is doing and give out that one if need be.
    This is indeed the player I'm thinking of. And like you, I have no idea if any other players meet the criteria in the original question.

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    Ill take a stab: Robin Yount?
    Nope.

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    Yount was born in September and ended his carer in Milwaukee in 1993.

    Not being mean...I am really interested in why you chose Yount of all people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
    Yount was born in September and ended his carer in Milwaukee in 1993.

    Not being mean...I am really interested in why you chose Yount of all people.
    HA! I was wondering the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
    Yount was born in September and ended his carer in Milwaukee in 1993.

    Not being mean...I am really interested in why you chose Yount of all people.
    In fairness, I wouldn't have known off the top of my head that Yount's birthday was in September.

    Does anyone want anymore hints? Do you care to share the good hint you have, Second Base Coach?

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    Weeeeeeelllllllll..... OK. The player we are talking about shares the birth date (not the same year) with a Hall of Fame player who was elected to the Hall within the last ten years.
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    Here's another hint: Think 1980's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian2813 View Post
    In fairness, I wouldn't have known off the top of my head that Yount's birthday was in September.

    Does anyone want anymore hints? Do you care to share the good hint you have, Second Base Coach?
    But, it doesn't matter if his birthday is in February -- his team never won a clinching game of the World Series. And didn't he retire a decade after their only World Series appearance? I think that is what BA was getting at, not the birthday part so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr28 View Post
    But, it doesn't matter if his birthday is in February -- his team never won a clinching game of the World Series. And didn't he retire a decade after their only World Series appearance? I think that is what BA was getting at, not the birthday part so much.
    Yeah, I understand that. I'm just saying.

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    Yount was just the first name to pop in my head lads. I just wanted to give the first guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1905 Giants View Post
    Yount was just the first name to pop in my head lads. I just wanted to give the first guess.
    So far it's the only guess. Does anyone else want to make one? There have been plenty of hints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian2813 View Post
    So far it's the only guess. Does anyone else want to make one? There have been plenty of hints.
    I'll guess Sutton on the 1988 Dodgers - I believe he ended his career with the Dodgers that year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn View Post
    I'll guess Sutton on the 1988 Dodgers - I believe he ended his career with the Dodgers that year
    I think they dropped him late in the season, he wasn't around the team at all when they won I don't think.
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    Here is another hint. Herr28 would know a lot about this particular World Series as he has a rooting interest in one of the franchises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn View Post
    I'll guess Sutton on the 1988 Dodgers - I believe he ended his career with the Dodgers that year
    Quote Originally Posted by Herr28 View Post
    I think they dropped him late in the season, he wasn't around the team at all when they won I don't think.
    That's right. The Dodgers released Sutton in August of that year, so he's not the answer.

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    LAST HINTS....

    This player shares a birth date with one of the four brand new HOF inductees.

    The father of this player was a Major Leaguer.

    The uncle of this player also retired that year as a manager. In fact that year the manager ran a team in the same division as our mystery player.

    And get this.... The uncle did at one point manage his nephew's team, but not the year they both retired.

    I think he managed that team his nephew was on for something like four or five years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Base Coach View Post
    LAST HINTS....

    This player shares a birth date with one of the four brand new HOF inductees.

    The father of this player was a Major Leaguer.

    The uncle of this player also retired that year as a manager. In fact that year the manager ran a team in the same division as our mystery player.

    And get this.... The uncle did at one point manage his nephew's team, but not the year they both retired.

    I think he managed that team his nephew was on for something like four or five years.
    Roy Smalley on the 1987 Twins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn View Post
    Roy Smalley on the 1987 Twins?
    Correct! Roy Smalley's final game in the majors was Game 7 of the 1987 World Series, which happened to fall on his birthday, October 25.

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    What a way to say goodbye! They won that game and in come from behind fashion.

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