Friday, August 18, 2006

August 18th, 1955

Bruce Benedict Born

In the past, I've done birthdays that you might describe using words or phrases like "awful" or "best forgotten." Not all baseball birthdays, however, are so awful. Bruce Benedict, in fact, celebrated his twenty-third birthday in style, but more on that in a moment. For his career Benedict was never much of a player, as he simply had no power at all--his career slugging percentage is .299, below that of Rey Ordonez or Mike Hampton--but he lasted twelve seasons in the Majors and even made the All-Star team twice.

Moving on though, we come to his birthday in 1978. As I mentioned, Benedict was turning twenty-three (coincidentally, the same age I'll be turning at my next birthday) and while he is from Alabama, Benedict was spending it in St. Louis. Why St. Louis? Because Benedict was a recently called up member of the Atlanta Braves, and made his Major League debut in the eighth inning of a 5-1 Braves' loss, getting a single in his only at-bat in the ninth. 1-1 in one's first Major League game on your birthday. That's a great birthday.

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