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  1. Twins Birthdays--August 9

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    Bill Campbell (1948)
    John Moses (1957)
    Pat Mahomes (1970)
    Ryan Radmanovich (1971)
    Mike Lamb (1975)
    Brian Fuentes (1975)
    Drew Butera (1983)


    Right-handed reliever William Richard Campbell pitched for the Twins from 1973-1976. He was born in Highland Park, Michigan, went to high school in Pomona, California, and was signed by the Twins as an amateur free agent in 1970. A starting pitcher in the minors, ...
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  2. Twins Birthdays--August 8

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    Ray Fontenot (1957)
    Dave Meier (1959)

    Craig Breslow (1980)



    Left-hander Silton Ray Fontenot appeared in 15 games for the Twins in 1986. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, went to high school in LaGrange, Louisiana, and was drafted by Texas in the 34th round in 1979. He was traded to the Yankees in October of that year in a multi-player deal that included, among others Mickey Rivers, Oscar Gamble, and Gene Nelson. ...
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  3. Twins Birthdays--August 7

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    Ron Henry (1936)
    Gary Dotter (1942)

    Mike Poepping (1950)
    Danny Graves (1973)


    Catcher Ronald Baxter Henry played for the Twins in 1961 and again in 1964. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and began his professional career in 1954 with independent Class C Boise. He went to the Milwaukee Braves’ system in 1955 and stayed there six years. He looked like a pretty good player, really; he hit over .300 twice, and had ...
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  4. Twins Birthdays--August 6

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    Ron Davis (1955)
    Chris Heintz (1974)


    Right-handed reliever Ronald Gene Davis pitched for the Twins from 1982-1986. Born and raised in Houston, he was drafted by the Cubs in the third round in the January draft in 1976. He was a starter in the minors, and a rather mediocre one, but did substantially better when moved to the bullpen in 1978. What prompted the move was Davis’ trade to the Yankees in June of 1978 for Ken Holtzman. ...
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  5. Twins Birthdays--August 4

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    Frank Kostro (1937)
    Matt Merullo (1965)
    Eric Milton (1975)



    Infielder/outfielder Frank Jerry Kostro played for the Twins from 1964-65 and 1967-1969. He was born in Windber, Pennsylvania, went to high school in Pittsburgh, and signed with Detroit as a free agent in 1956. He was generally a high-average hitter without a lot of power in the minors. He hit .332 at Class D Jamestown in 1956, then settled in as a guy who would ...
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  6. Twins Birthdays--August 3

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    Travis Bowyer (1981)


    Right-hander Travis Charlton Bowyer made eight relief appearances for the Twins in 2005. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, went to high school in Bedford, Virginia, and was drafted by Minnesota in the twentieth round in 1999. He struggled as a starter, but turned things around when he was moved to the bullpen in 2002. He had some outstanding seasons as a reliever in the Twins’ system; the best was the last ...
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  7. Twins Birthdays--July 31

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    Rene Rivera (1983)


    Catcher Rene (Rivera) Rivera appeared in forty-five games for the Twins in 2011. Born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, he was drafted by Seattle in the second round in 2001. He spent the next seven years in the Mariners organization not doing much on offense, but still got three stints in the majors. One assumes he was considered an excellent defensive catcher. His best year in the minors appears to have been ...
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  8. Twins Birthdays--July 30

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    Pat Kelly (1944)
    Scott Diamond (1986)


    The brother of Hall of Fame football player LeRoy Kelly and the brother-in-law of Andre Thornton, Pat Kelly had a solid professional career of his own. Outfielder Harold Patrick “Pat” Kelly appeared in 20 games for the Twins in 1967-1968. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1962. He had a huge year in 1964, hitting .357 with 16 homers in Class A ...
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  9. Twins Birthdays--July 29

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    Bill Whitby (1943)
    Seth Greisinger (1975)


    Right-hander William Edward Whitby appeared in four games for the Twins in 1964. He was born in Crewe, Virginia, went to high school in Victoria, Virginia, and signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1961. A starter for most of his minor league career, he did not do a lot in his first few years, but had a solid year at AA Charlotte in 1964. He was promoted to Minnesota for about two ...
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  10. Twins Birthdays--July 24

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    Cotton Nash (1942)
    Mike Adams (1948)


    First baseman Charles Francis ”Cotton” Nash had 13 at-bats for the Twins from 1969-1970. A tall man (6’6″), he was born in Jersey City, went to high school in Port Charles, Louisiana, and attended the University of Kentucky, where he starred in basketball as well as baseball. He was nicknamed “Cotton” as a child because of his bright blond hair. He was signed by the Angels as a free ...
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  11. Twins Birthdays--July 23

    There are no players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.
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  12. Twins Birthdays--July 22

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    Bill Zepp (1946)


    Right-hander Bill Zepp pitched for the Twins from 1969-1970. Born and raised in Detroit, he attended the University of Michigan, played in the Basin League for the Valentine Hearts, and was signed by the Twins as a free agent in 1968. A starter in the minors, he pitched very well there, posting an ERA of three in Class A Wisconsin Rapids in 1968 and going 15-3, 2.34 with a 1.08 WHIP in 1969 in AA Charlotte. He was ...
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  13. Twins Birthdays--July 21

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    Jim Manning (1943)
    Mike Cubbage (1950)
    Kimera Bartee (1972)
    Brian Buchanan (1973)
    Willie Eyre (1978)


    Right-hander James Benjamin Manning made five appearances with the Twins in 1962. He was born in L’Anse, Michigan, went to high school in Ewan, Michigan, and signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1961. He had a fairly mediocre year in Class D Wytheville in 1961, but started 1962 in the majors. He lasted almost
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  14. Twins Birthdays--July 20

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    Tony Oliva (1938)
    Jason Miller (1982)
    Alexi Casilla (1984)


    Outfielder Tony Pedro Oliva played his entire career for the Twins, playing briefly in 1962-1963, making the team for good in 1964 and staying through 1976. He was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and signed as a free agent with Minnesota in 1961, one of the last Cubans allowed to leave the country to play major league baseball. The Twins released him, but he continued ...
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