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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Today's Birthdays

Ed Goodson LAN b. 1948, played 1976-1977. A left-handed pinch-hitting specialist for the Dodgers in the last three years of his career, but why, God, why?

Ed Head BRO b. 1918, played 1940, 1942-1944, 1946, d. 1980-01-31. Supposedly taught himself to pitch right-handed after his left arm was irrepairably damaged in a car crash; his career was shortened by injury in the 1946 season. Along with Barry Foote, Rollie Fingers, Roy Face, Ricky Bones, Dave Brain, and Harry Cheek, formed one member of the All Body Parts Team. Heh.

Balor Moore CAL b. 1951, played 1977

Danny Richardson BRO b. 1863, played 1893, d. 1926-09-12

Vern Ruhle CAL b. 1951, played 1986, d. 2007-01-20. Pitched mostly as a starter in a 13-year career with the Tigers, Astros, Indians, and in his final season, with the Angels on their 1986 division-winning squad. In the 1981 NLDS, he held the Dodgers down to two earned runs in Game 4, but Fernando Valenzuela pitched a four-hit, one-run complete game. Ruhle gave up two runs while making only two outs in the Angels' 1986 ALCS Game 4, which the Angels won anyway, 4-3. Ruhle later became a pitching coach for the Astros, Phillies, Mets, and Reds, as well as coaching in the minors and for Cal State Fullerton. He passed away last Saturday of cancer.

Ray Schmandt BRO b. 1896, played 1918-1922, d. 1969-02-02

Derrick Turnbow ANA b. 1978, played 2000, 2003-2004, All-Star: 2006. How much do Angel fans care now about losing him to waivers? He got an All-Star nod this last year, it's true, but he was also a much worse pitcher than the year before. Not every garbage pile pickup works all the time, but the Brewers doubled down on their young fireballer, giving him a 3-year, $6.5M contract.


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