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Also on today's birthday team, Primate/Sabermetrician/Drunkard: Chris Dial
The other two players with at least 4 ASG's in each league are Vladimir Guerrero & Miguel Cabrera. I guess it is easy to forget that the Expos and Marlins were/are MLB teams.
Aha! I figured they must have been players from long ago when there were fewer teams and you had a better chance of being an All-Star.
Today's birthday team is so uninspiring, I cheated and looked at tomorrow's team.
It has Germany Schafer who, on August 4 1911, became just the second player in baseball history to successfully steal first base in a game (after Jean Segura, who did the trick in April 2013).
I said to myself "In 18 years, that centerfielder and that shortstop will lead the Sox to a World Series win." True story.
Well, that center fielder was no stranger to baserunning adventures.
#5 is a slow 1B/OF that I had to really dig for. He played on an expansion team.
5 is a slow 1B/OF that I had to really dig for. He played on an expansion team.
Staub not enough games at 1B, but he and the #5 guy were contemporaries
Not Watson. I just checked, this guy played on two expansion teams!
At least Eddie Ainsworth is probably the best player born in the Russian Federation.
IIRC Ron Fairly is---or was, if someone else has done it since---the only player with 200+ career homers to never hit 20 in a season....
OK, I found #4 using PI. And he did it using an remarkably efficient number of games.
I've been looking at PI and I still haven't found #4....
Is the correct answer the guy with the first hit in World Series history?
(It was "Wee ### ####.")
IN THE FORUMS pages of SomethingAwful.com, a 24-year-old who calls himself Weed Mouse is getting tired of the Trout hype. So on June 27, he decides to change the conversation. "I made a remark that this season is only his floor if he is Mickey Mantle," says Mouse, a recent college graduate in St. Louis. It's too early to say, he argues, but still Mouse dubs Trout the Millville Meteor, a play on the Commerce Comet, Mantle's hometown-inspired nickname. "I am a bit of a fan of the old-timey baseball nicknames: Splendid Splinter, Georgia Peach, the Freshest Man on Earth, etc.," he says. "They are certainly better than lazy garbage like A-Rod and Han-Ram. Getting to troll massive amounts of people is just a bonus."
SomethingAwful users update Trout's Wikipedia page with the nickname. For citation, they use legitimate-looking links that don't actually reference the nickname (which, after all, hadn't existed before that day). The links fool Wikipedia's editors and buy Weed Mouse some time. Within days, journalists and bloggers start picking up the name and using it in their articles. SomethingAwful users quickly update the Wikipedia citations with real examples that prove the Millville Meteor is in active circulation. Two weeks later, Baseball-Reference.com updates its Mike Trout page. SportsCenter uses it on July 18.
Trout hears the nickname. "I don't know where they got that," he says. But later in the summer, on eBay, a baseball is being sold that Trout has inscribed with it, in silver ink.
Assuming that you mean that there is another player besides Ron Fairly who has been an All-Star for both the Expos and Blue Jays, that has me completely baffled. I have no idea whom it would be.
No player in history has played the exact number of games in Misirlou's clue.
(It was "Wee ### ####.")
Well, now I'm curious...
Boy, I can't read. Or write. Or something.
Fairly is indeed the only person to make the All-Star team for both Canadian teams.
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