Baseball Birthdays: April twentieth

Preston Gomez was called Pedro, down in Cuban climes.
Here he managed three teams, six years, finished last four times.

Tommy Hutton could have hit two-fifty were he faster.
Played good first for several years then became a broadcaster.

Milt Wilcox was a good third starter, Tigers ’84.
Won seventeen in season and in playoffs won two more.

Don Mattingly was dubbed by Yankee fans, "Donnie Baseball."
He never made the playoffs. And he’ll never make the Hall.

Baseball Birthdays: April nineteenth

Bucky Walters pitched the Reds to series victory.
In thirty-nine, he was sublime, the N.L. MVP.

Harry Craft played until service called in forty-two.
Became first manager of Colts and, later, Astros, too.

Rick Miller broke in with the Sox and then came back again.
But center field was given to a kid named Freddie Lynn.

Frank Viola, with the Twins, won series MVP.
And next year won Cy Young award, a crafty lefty he.

Baseball Birthdays: April eighteenth

"Wahoo" Crawford was a slugger in the dead ball age.
Top-ten hitter of all time, according to one gauge.

Duffy Lewis roamed the left field cliff at Fenway Park.
His team won three series and he often was the spark.

Von McDaniel lost control after his rookie year.
His older brother, Lindy, had a very long career.

Jim Eisenreich’s Tourette’s syndrome made baseball life a strain.
He persevered for fifteen years, a hero, it is plain.

Baseball Birthdays: April seventeenth

Alexander Cartwright wrote the early rules of play.
But credit, as inventor, went to Abner Doubleday.

"Cap" Anson may have been the first superstar of the game.
But gambling and his racist bent have long since soiled his name.

Solly Hemus was a battler. He could give and take it.
Not too wise, he told Bob Gibson he would never make it.

Marquis Grissom hit in fifteen straight world series games.
Yet, in lists of his time’s stars, he’s not amongst the names.

Baseball Birthdays: April sixteenth

Paul Waner was "Big Poison" and his brother Lloyd was "Little."
He holds a record, fourteen straight games with extra base hittle.

"Dutch Leonard" had the lowest single season ERA.
He feuded with Ty Cobb, as did most players in his day.

Jim Lonborg made Sox dream come true with Cy Young victory.
He could have had a long career, but he preferred to ski.

Bob Montgomery, backup backstop, career BoSock Red,
Was the last to bat without a helmet on his head.

Baseball Birthdays: April fifteenth

Willie Davis sailed the center pasture like a glider.
Played thirteen years for L.A., taking over for Duke Snider.

Woody Fryman was a portly lefty from Kentucky.
That he pitched four one-hitters proved that he was not lucky.

Ted Sizemore was the rookie of the year in sixty-nine.
Was traded for Dick Allen once, like swapping teak for pine.

Milton Bradley played for eight ball clubs in just ten years.
Was strung a little tighter than most of his game day peers.

Baseball Birthdays: April fourteenth

Pete Rose broke Cobb’s hit record, but won’t make the Hall of Fame.
It seems that "Charlie Hustle" got caught gambling on the game.

Greg Maddux won 355 and four Cy Young Awards.
His pitches had late movement and cut corners just like swords.

David Justice spent some time on t.v. commentary.
He won two Series rings, but, even better, Halle Berry.

Steve Avery was the youngest guy to win a playoff game.
He pitched too much, blew out his arm, and never was the same.

Baseball Birthdays: April thirteenth

John Stephenson played ten years but not many know his name.
He pinch hit the last out in Jim Bunning’s perfect game.

Jeff Bittiger won just four games, an unimpressive stat.
He did, however, hit a homer in his first at bat.

Wes Chamberlain got into one World Series as a Phil.
Got traded to the Red Sox when he was over the hill.

Doug Strange is strange in that he went ten years with little trace.
Though in the field it could be said he played most every place.

Baseball Birthdays: April twelfth

Addie Joss pitched nine years near turn of century.
Has second-lowest ERA in baseball history.

Bob Zuk was scout for ten ball clubs for over forty years.
He signed three players who went on to Hall of Fame careers.

Johnny Antonelli was an all star Giant, east and west.
Twenty wins and series sweep in fifty-four were lefty’s best.

Charlie Lau, a backup backstop, did not have good stats.
Gained his fame as hitting coach: tutored many bats.

Baseball Birthdays: April eleventh

Jim Hearn pitched his best years for Giants, in the Polo Grounds.
Had two inside-the-park home runs, nine total, which astounds.

Sid Monge pitched ten years relief. He came from Mexico.
His best years were with Cleveland, where he had an awesome ‘fro.

Bret Saberhagen, with the Royals, won two Cy’s, a no-no and a ring.
Pitched best in odd-numbered years there, which, unto itself’s a curious thing.

Jason Varitek, catcher, captain, helped the Red Sox break the "curse."
Caught four no-hitters and in plate collisions seldom came out worse.