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Who's the best player with your birthday?

Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:20 pm
Bob Veale
Some people just have way too much time on their hands. Clearly, Larry Granillo of is one of those people, and we all are beneficiaries.

Granillo has created a calendar listing the five best players born on each day of the year, based on career WAR (wins above replacement). Pictured is today's No. 1, Pirates and Red Sox pitcher Bob Veale, who turns 75 today. He was an interesting player, a 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher and switch-hitter who won at least 13 games every year from 1964-69.

So who's the best from your birthday? Mine is Wally Pipp, and I'm surprised Lou Gehrig wasn't born on the same day just to knock him out of the top spot.

January 31 looks like the most impressive birthday, with Nolan Ryan, Ernie Banks and Jackie Robinson. November 21 features Stan Musial and Ken Griffey Jr. (who in addition were born in the same town, Donora, Pennsylvania). Christmas is another big day, with Rickey Henderson, Pud Galvin and Nellie Fox. 

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Pirates

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:56 pm

Who's the best player with your birthday?

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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2010 11:35 pm

Who's the best player with your birthday?

February 6 has Babe Ruth at #5 and #1.  

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:27 pm

Who's the best player with your birthday?

Rogers Hornsby.  Not bad.

Third on the list, by the way?  Chris Carpenter.  Egad.

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