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  • Happy Birthday & Welcome to the Show

    Hello Baseball Fever Fans,

    Though visitors at Baseball Almanac can't see players who debuted as they debut, we do add them to the database almost always the same day they make their debut. Simply makes it easier for us to keep up with the data and make the end of season updates much easier. This year the end of season stats, for every player and every team, will be "in the books" before the World Series even begins because of this and many other back-end (Control Panel upgrade built in the off-season) updates.

    Back to debuts, today on SportsCenter they showed Willie Mays celebrating his birthday at the ball park in San Francisco. He offered to help Barry Bonds hit a home run to tie Babe Ruth. Follow along and I promise to drink more coffee before making these posts. I wondered how long about Mays made his debut then wondered about his birthday celebration. No connection, but it did make me think about guys who made their debut on their birthday because they could celebrate both at the same time at the park.

    Baseball Players who made Major League Debut on their Birthday

    Born             |   Debut           |   Name (in Alphabetical Order)
    09-13-1915   |   09-13-1939   |   Morrie Aderholt
    06-12-1941   |   06-12-1961   |   Gerry Arrigo
    08-18-1955   |   08-18-1978   |   Bruce Benedict
    05-21-1909   |   05-21-1935   |   Mace Brown
    05-06-1921   |   05-06-1948   |   Bob Chesnes
    04-20-1954   |   04-20-1976   |   Doug Clarey
    09-03-1962   |   09-03-1986   |   Dave Clark
    08-31-1893   |   08-31-1916   |   Murphy Currie
    06-15-1978   |   06-15-2002   |   Zach Day
    09-22-1946   |   09-22-1964   |   Larry Dierker
    05-05-1917   |   05-05-1945   |   George Dockins
    04-14-1898   |   04-14-1925   |   Jess Doyle
    04-15-1940   |   04-15-1966   |   Woodie Fryman
    09-06-1867   |   09-06-1890   |   Pete Gilbert
    10-03-1925   |   10-03-1943   |   Chris Haughey
    09-13-1934   |   09-13-1959   |   Tom Hughes
    09-09-1983   |   09-09-2003   |   Edwin Jackson
    04-17-1971   |   04-17-2000   |   Keith Johnson
    08-01-1976   |   08-01-2002   |   Kevin Joseph
    08-09-1950   |   08-09-1974   |   Junior Kennedy
    04-11-1945   |   04-11-1969   |   Mike Kilkenny
    05-04-1945   |   05-04-1965   |   Rene Lachemann
    08-27-1867   |   08-27-1890   |   Dan Long
    09-26-1969   |   09-26-1993   |   Brian Looney
    09-09-1970   |   09-09-1993   |   Dan Miceli
    09-01-1868   |   09-01-1890   |   Mike O'Rourke
    09-15-1956   |   09-15-1977   |   John Pacella
    06-10-1933   |   06-10-1960   |   Ed Palmquist
    07-08-1964   |   07-08-1988   |   Ken Patterson
    09-30-1967   |   09-30-1991   |   Yorkis Perez
    09-16-1891   |   09-16-1913   |   Dick Robertson
    06-27-1892   |   06-27-1918   |   George Ross
    09-07-1953   |   09-07-1978   |   La Rue Washington
    05-17-1868   |   05-17-1892   |   Fred Woodcock

    Hope you enjoyed this little bit of "research" as much as I did putting it together for you,

    Sean

  • #2
    Thats one hell of a birthday present.Nice research,Sean!

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    • #3
      Hope you enjoyed this little bit of "research" as much as I did putting it together for you
      Yes indeed!
      "Someone asked me if I took steroids. I said, 'No. I had a contract with Wheaties.'"
      --Bob Feller

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      • #4
        Jarrod Saltalamacchia was called up on his 22nd birthday in 2007

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        • #5
          It strikes me as odd that there's only one July birthday-debut on the list. I understand that, due to the expanded rosters, September would be well-represented, and that there might be more April birthday-debuts because of rookies who make the opening day roster, but only one in July? Weird.
          He's guilty of excessive window shopping.

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          • #6
            I love baseball history and I love the fact you did the research. I've heard of a number of these. But a few were not exactly household names.
            27 World Championships
            22 retired numbers
            Isn't it great to be a Yankee fan?
            Baseball was, is, and always will be to me the best sport-Babe Ruth

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            • #7
              Only a few on the MLB debut on their birthday list had long-term success in the big leagues. Those few would include Dierker, Arrigo, Benedict, Fryman and Lachmann (more as a coach and manager than as a player).
              Jose Reyes who has had an all-star career with over 2,000 hits and nearly 500 stolen bases almost was a member of this club but the New York Mets debuted him on June 10, 2003 - one day before his 20th birthday.

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