Where is my mind?

The obvious answer to that if you’ve seen my twitter pictures lately has been the new Zelda release: Breath of the Wild. A true love letter to Zelda fans, I highly recommend it to fans and new players alike.

Gaming commentary aside, I figured I’d take the last post and expand on it some – so here’s the list of players that share my birthday! According to Baseball-Reference, there are 53 current or former MLB players who were born on September 27th. While I don’t share a birthday with Michael Jordan like Angela does… I do have Michael Jack Schmidt! Unfortunately, that’s about it as you’ll see soon.

Minnesota Bias:
Jon Rauch(1978) played with us in part of 2009 and all of 2010 before moving on in 2011. As the tallest MLB player, his Twins jersey is at the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. :).

Dick Lanahan(1911) pitched 9 games in the majors for the franchise in 1935 and 1937. Played with/coached by a 42 year old Rogers Hornsby in 1938.

Bob Veselic(1955) had two September call-ups in 1980 and 1982. Sadly passed away from cancer in 1995.

Chick Gagnon(1897) played parts of 4 games in 1924 for the Senators.

Harry Chozen(1859) born in Winnebago, Minnesota. Long-time minor leaguer, played in one late September game in 1937 going 1 for 4 as a fill-in catcher for Ernie Lombardi. McNeese St. players can be awarded with the Harry Chozen Baseball Scholarship.

Joe Vizner(1915) born in Minneapolis, Minnesota(duh…). Played with the 1889 American Association winning Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Later would play with the Minneapolis Millers minor league team. Died only a county or two over from my birth place.

Yearly bias:
For those that share my birth year as well as birth day. Still waiting for my name to be called on draft day, or does that make me an UFA? :).
David Hale has played with the Braves and Rockies. Drafted out of Princeton University in the 3rd round of 2009, he had his best year in 2014, with 87.1 ip, pitching to a 3.30 era with 44 strike outs and 39 walks mostly in relief. March 1st, 2017 signed as a free agent to return to the Braves.

Grant Green was taken 13th overall in the same 2009 MLB draft, making the majors in 2013 with the Athletics and Angels. Spent part of last year with the Giants big league club before signing with the Nationals for 2017.

Charlie Eakle(1887, that is…) Played two games for the Baltimore Terrapins in the Federal League in 1915. Hit 2-7 with a stolen base.

Stars – All-Stars:
Jon Garland(1979) went to the 2005 All-Star game before winning the World Series with the White Sox that same year. Famously gave up Alex Rodriguez’s 200th home run in 2001.

Vicente Padilla(1977) made the 2002 NL All-Star team with the Phillies pitching two innings and allowing no hits, one walk before the game was called in a tie.

Whit Wyatt(1907) made four consecutive All-Star Game appearances with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939-1942. Dodgers Executive Larry MacPhail acquired rights midway through 1938 season – Larry’s son is well known throughout Twins Territory as GM of Twins from 1986-1994. Whit received MVP votes in 1940-1943 placing as high as third in 1941 – a year he finished a leauge leading 22 wins and 10 losses with 23 complete games, a league leading 7 shutouts, and 176 strikeouts in 288.1 innings. Also lead the league in FIP(2.77), WHIP(1.058), and strikeouts/walk ratio(2.15). Went 1-1 in the 1941 World Series against the Yankees in games 2 and 5. Finished his career with 106 wins, 95 losses, a 3.79 ERA, and 24.7 WAR.

Mike Schmidt(1949) …if you don’t know much about Mike Schmidt you should probably brush up on your baseball history. 12 All-Star Games, 10 Gold Gloves, 1980, 1981, 1986 NL MVPs. 1980 World Series MVP with the Phillies – 8 for 21, with a double and two home runs in the Series alone batting .381/.462/.714. Inducted to Cooperstown in 1995 on 96.5% of ballots.

Some others of note:
Gary Sutherland(1944) pitched for 13 years with the Phillies, Expos, Tigers, Astros, Cardinals, Padres, and Brewers. Brother Darrell Sutherland also had MLB experience in the 1960s(1964-66; 1968). Gary finished his career with 754 hits, 109 doubles, 10 triples, 24 home runs, and a .243/.291/.308 batting line mostly as a second basemen.

Doug Baird(1891) started his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1915, seeing time with the Cardinals, Brooklyn Robins(Dodgers), Giants, and Phillies across 6 MLB seasons ending in 1920 as a mostly third basemen. Racked up 492 career hits, 86 doubles, 45 triples, and 6 home runs finishing with .234/.291/.326 as a batter.

Dick Hall(1930) enjoyed a lengthy MLB career spanning three decades making his debut in 1955 and retiring in 1971. Enjoyed most of his success with the Orioles, he also pitched for the Pirates, Phillies, and Kansas City Athletics. Finished with 93 wins and 75 losses mostly in relief pitching to a 3.32 ERA in 1259.2 innings of work. Made a few World Series appearances to end his career – his team losing to the Mets in the 1969, came back with Baltimore in 1970 and beat Cincinatti, in 1971 the Orioles lost to Pittsburgh in the Series and the now 40  year old Dick decided to call it quits.

John Lannan(1984) spent 6 years with the Nationals starting in 2007 after being drafted in their initial 2005 MLB draft. Last pitched in the Majors in 2014, though he pitched in the Royals minor league system last year. Signed a contract for the 2017 with the Nationals. Winning 46 games and lost 58 with a 4.18 ERA. Mostly used as a starting pitcher with 862.0 innings striking out 450 batters.

Dave Wickersham(1935) played for the entirety of the 1960s with the Tigers and Pirates inbetween trips to Kansas City with the Athletics and Royals. Won 19 games with the Tigers in 1964. Finished his career having won 68 games, with 57 losses in 1123 innings as both a starter and reliever. Struck out 638 batters, and only walked 384. Sported a career 3.66 ERA. Currently the oldest living Royal.

So who shares your birthday? Anybody share both your birthday and birth year? I’ll be curious to hear who shares births with whom. :).

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