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Monday, May 22, 2006

Today's Birthdays

No "Pickoff Moves" today: I'm too busy and got to bed really late last night. So chew on this for a bit.

Tommy John LAN,CAL b. 1943, played 1972-1974, 1976-1978, 1982-1985, All-Star: 1968, 1978-1980. "Make something up," John told Dodgers team physician Frank Jobe. He did, and hundreds, perhaps thousands of careers have been saved as a result, including that of top Angels pitching prospect Nick Adenhart. But outside of his famous surgery, he pitched well from 1972-1978 with the Dodgers (missing 1975 because of his eponymous surgery), and three largely ineffective years with the Angels. A four-time All-Star and a four-time nominee for (but never winner of) the Cy Young Award, he retired following an incredible 26-year career.

Alan Levine ANA b. 1968, played 1999-2002. If I remember correctly, he ended up with a World Series ring, even though he didn't make the postseason roster. Released by the Giants last year, he appears to be out of baseball.

Bill Lohrman BRO b. 1913, played 1943-1944, d. 1999-08-13

Ron Piche CAL b. 1935, played 1965


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