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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Today's Birthdays

Karim Garcia LAN b. 1975, played 1995-1997. A Mexican-born player whose altitude-inflated stats convinced the Dodgers to send down Todd Hollandsworth in his stead. He never hit well at the major league level, and so bounced around as a journeyman outfielder for variously the Diamondbacks, Indians, Tigers, Orioles, Yankees, and Mets. Probably best remembered for his 2003 postseason with the Yankees, in particular Game 5 of the ALCS, in which he drove in a pair on a bases-loaded RBI single off Derek Lowe. Currently playing in the Japanese Leagues.

Greg Gohr CAL b. 1967, played 1996

Gary Johnson ANA b. 1975, played 2003

Pete Richert LAN b. 1939, played 1962-1964, 1972-1973, All-Star: 1965-1966. The only major league pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning in his debut game (the third inning of a contest against the Reds on April 12, 1962), he had the misfortune of coming up at a time when the Dodgers' rotation was stacked. Traded in December 1964 to the Senators, along with Frank Howard and others, for Claude Osteen and others, he spent a number of years with the Orioles during the peak of their dominance in the late 60's and early 70's, returning to the Dodgers in 1972. He finished his career in 1974 with St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Earl Yingling BRO b. 1888, played 1912-1913, d. 1962-10-02


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