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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Twins Birthdays--July 23

    There are no players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Twins Birthdays--July 19

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    Billy Gardner (1927)
    Dan Graham (1954)
    Gus Gandarillas (1971)


    Infielder William Frederick “Slick” Gardner played for the Twins for a couple of months in 1961, then managed them from 1981-1985. He was born in Waterford, Connecticut and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent in 1945. He was up and down a lot in a lengthy minor league career, reaching AA in 1945, dropping back to Class A through 1948 (with one year ...
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  10. Twins Birthdays--July 18

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    Rudy May (1944)
    Torii Hunter (1975)
    Glenn Williams (1977)


    Left-hander Rudolph May was in the Twins’ organization for his first year of professional baseball. He was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, went to high school in Oakland, California, and signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1962. He played for Bismarck-Mandan in the Northern League, going 11-11, 4.29. The White Sox chose him in the first-year player draft but ...
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  11. Twins Birthdays--July 17

    For the second consecutive day, there are no players with connections to the Minnesota Twins who were born on this day.
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  12. Twins Birthdays--July 16

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  13. Twins Birthdays--July 15

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    Brett Merriman (1966)
    James Baldwin (1971)


    Right-hander Brett Alan Merriman pitched for the Twins in 1993 and 1994. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, went to high school in Nevada, Missouri, attended Grand Canyon University, and was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in 1988. He did not pitch that badly in two years in the minors, although he had problems with his control, but was released by the Indians late in 1990 ...
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  14. Twins Birthdays--July 14

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    Danny Walton (1947)
    Vic Rodriguez (1961)


    This is also the birthday (1924) of Ralph Rowe, who was a Twins coach from 1972-1975.


    Outfielder Daniel James Walton played for the Twins in 1973 and 1975. He was born in Los Angeles, went to high school in La Puente, California, and was drafted by Houston in the tenth round in 1965. He hit very well in the minors, hitting over .300 with 45 homers combined in 1966-1967. ...
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