June 21, 2006
Yankee Birthday Data
Did you know (?) that:
+ Jim Beattie and George Steinbrenner share the same birthday.
+ There have been 88 men to play for the Yankees who were born in the month of May - the only month in the year to have less than 100 men born (in it) who went on to wear the pinstripes.
+ The only "Leap Year Baby" to ever play for the Yankees was Terrence Long.
+ There's never been someone, yet, born in 1985 to play for the Yankees.
Did you know that Alan Embree and Mark Wohlers were born on the same exact month/day/year? Bernie Williams and Denny Neagle were born on the same month/day/year as well. Ditto Clay Bellinger and Gary Sheffield.
Did you know that Tony Clark, Ramiro Mendoza and Andy Pettitte were all born on the same exact month/day/year?
Fun stuff. (Thanks Lee!)
Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 21, 2006 11:30 AM
Wow. Only 4 Yankees share my birthday.
But, I got to see 3 of them play and the 4th is in the HOF. Cool.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 21, 2006 11:54 AM
Mate, this is so geeky I don't even know where to start! I was apparently born the same day as Scott Erickson.
My own favourite bit of biographical baseball trivia is here: http://tinyurl.com/mwgay
Carl Pavano was born the day after Alfonso Soriano. Meaningless, but, fun.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 21, 2006 12:12 PM
No Yankee has been born on my son's birthday since 1917. Only one Yankee has the same birthday as my daughter - and he stunk, major. Bummer.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 21, 2006 12:36 PM
Yankees born on Halloween:
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 21, 2006 12:42 PM
Two completely anonymous Yanks - Elmer Miller and Dick Simpson - were born on my birthday (7/28) and none since 1943. I was born a day after ARod in the same year and he was born in NYC so I like to think that it coulda/shoulda been me.
Also interesting: Joe McCarthy and Rickey Henderson were both born on Christmas Day except its not the Joe McCarthy I thought it was...
Just scrolling through the data, I saw that someone named "Liz Funk" once played for the Yankees. Word.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 21, 2006 01:41 PM
"Played" is a strong word. Liz appeared in 1 game as a member of the Yanks and recorded no stats whatsoever.
Hey, I said "once." :-)
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 21, 2006 02:39 PM
I knew about Pettitte and Mendoza being born on the same exact day, but didn't know that Clark was also.
Just the other day, I was looking at the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia's raw data, just to confirm 'that Alex Rodriguez was the all time leader in HR for players who was born after I was (4/24/71).
But, Rodriguez isn't. At least not yet. He's #2, behind Manny Ramirez.
Posted by: Lee Sinins at June 21, 2006 03:22 PM
I was born on the same day as Sam Marsonek and Roger Maris. So I've got that going for me. Which is nice.