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Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand
Monday, December 19, 2005
No, Virginia, there never was any Santa Claus in baseball.
But Al Clauss, who pitched in five games for the Detroit Tigers in 1913, might have been a distant relative and of course, there were Billy and Bobby Klaus, a couple of infielders who played in the 1950s and 1960s.
There isn’t a Kringle or a Scrooge, but there was Jesus Alou, whose brothers were Matty and Felipe as well as—according to Hank Greenwald—Skip, Bob, Boog, Toot and Bebop.
Plus, don’t forget Ken Rudolph, the old Cubs catcher and one of four descendents of the famous reindeer, and if you check baseball-reference.com, you’ll find not only the Commerce Comet (Mickey Mantle) but an outfielder named Cupid Childs who played in the 1890s.
No mention of Bubba “Bing” Crosby?
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