Thursday marked the Chinese New Year, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit or Hare - The Chinese Zodiac runs in 12 year cycles rather than a 12 (or 13 month Ophiuchus??) cycle.
Year of the Rabbit luminaries include:
Born in 1927 Richie Ashburn!
Sorry, PC still on the blink so your getting Photos rather than scans.
Bert Blyleven (1951)
Red Dooin (1879)
Chapman was killed by pitch thrown by Carl Mays in 1920. The incident led to rule changes regarding the use of new baseballs and batting helmets. Red Dooin was the Phillies catcher roughly 100 years ago.
Johnny Callison (1939)
Cy Young (1867)
Lou Gehrig (1903)
Placido Polanco (1975)
Lot of great Year of the Rabbit players - 1987 is off to a pretty good start as well - I am saving that spot for Phillies Prospect Dominic Brown.
Other rabbits I didn't have the patience to look for included Joe Gordon (1915) and Jim Bouton (1927).
Going Way Back
Representing 1855 Paul Hines who won the first triple crown in 1878. Another Triple Crown Winner, Carl Yastrzemski is a Rabbit as well (1939). The first Rabbit would be Nate Berkenstock (1831) who is the earliest born player in the history of baseball.
That is a lot of incredible names but perhaps the most significant Baseball related Year of the Rabbit Birth is Hall of Famer Walter James Vincent Maranville or RABBIT MARANVILLE born November 11 1891.