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Baseball birthdays for May 11

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Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for May 11.

1) Charlie Gehringer (1903)
Gehringer is the lone Hall of Fame player born on this date. The Tigers great was also a six-time All-Star, the 1937 American League Most Valuable Player Award winner and won a World Series in 1935.

During a 19-year career — all with Detroit — Gehringer batted .320/.404/.480 with 184 home runs, 1,427 RBIs and 181 stolen bases. In 13 of his 16 full seasons, he batted better than .300, and he collected 200 hits and 100 RBIs in seven seasons each. During his MVP season in ’37, he led the AL with a .371 batting average.

2) Miguel Sanó (1993)
A big right-handed slugger and corner infielder for the Twins, Sanó has hit 25 or more home runs four times, including a career-high 34 homers in 2019 and 30 homers during the 2021 season. Sanó finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting in 2015 and was named as an AL All-Star in ’17.

3) Rip Sewell (1907)
Sewell spent 13 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 12 with the Pirates, as a right-handed starting pitcher. The four-time All-Star is largely credited with the development and use of the eephus, the slow and high-arcing pitch that often fools hitters. The eephus helped make Sewell one of baseball’s best pitchers in the 1940s. He won 21 games during back-to-back seasons in 1943-44. Sewell’s career ended after the 1949 season with a record of 143-97 with a 3.48 ERA. He was a cousin of Hall of Famer Joe Sewell and fellow big league players Luke Sewell and Tommy Sewell.

4) Francisco Cordero (1975)
The three-time All-Star closer nicknamed “Coco” pitched 14 years in the Major Leagues with the Tigers, Rangers, Brewers, Reds, Blue Jays and Astros from 1999-2012. The right-hander posted a 3.38 ERA and collected 329 saves — which ranks 17th all-time. His 150 saves for Cincinnati from 2008-11 have him ranked second all-time for the franchise.

5) Milt Pappas (1939)
An All-Star in 1962 and ’65 as a starting pitcher for the Orioles, Pappas played 17 years from 1957-73 and posted a record of 209-164 with a 3.40 ERA for Baltimore, Cincinnati, Atlanta and the Cubs. Unfortunately for Pappas, he was involved in one of the most lopsided trades in Major League history. After the ’65 season, the Reds sent Frank Robinson to the O’s in a deal that sent Pappas and two others to Cincinnati. Robinson, a future Hall of Famer, won the Triple Crown in 1966 and led the Orioles to their first World Series title. Pappas was 30-29 with a 4.04 ERA in 82 games over three seasons with the Reds.

Bobby Witt (1964)
The third overall selection in the 1985 Draft by the Rangers, Witt was 142-157 with a 4.83 ERA from 1986-2001 as a right-handed pitcher with Texas, the A’s, Marlins, Cardinals, Devil Rays, Cleveland and Diamondbacks. His son, Bobby Jr., is an infielder and was the second overall pick in the 2019 Draft by the Royals.

Walt Terrell (1958)
The right-handed pitcher was 111-124 with a 4.22 ERA in 11 seasons from 1982-92 with the Mets, Tigers, Padres, Yankees and Pirates.

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