Friday, January 13, 2006

January 13th, 1964

Billy Jo Robidoux Born

I'm not even going to pretend that I picked this one for anything other than the name. The last name, incidentally, is pronounced "Ro-ba-doe" such that when the name was announced as a whole, it would rhyme. I can only imagine this gave famed Yankee Stadium announcer Bob Sheppard great joy each time Robidoux came to bat.

Unfortunately for fans everywhere, Robidoux didn't come to the plate very often. He was hyped as a prospect after success in the minors and the Brewers summoned him to the Majors in 1986 as a replacement for the aging Cecil Cooper. As it turned out, Robidoux--who was just twenty-two--was obviously not ready, hitting just .227 and twice ending up on the disabled list. Whatever had brought Robidoux success in the minors would elude him throughout his big league career which also included stints with the White and Red Sox, as Robidoux never hit higher than .253 nor topped the two hundred plate appearance mark after his rookie year.

Billy Jo Robidoux may have been something of a bust as a player, but hey, he always had that name.

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