Best Braves Birthday Performances


On Jason Heyward’s 23rd birthday, I decided to go through the best birthday performances by Braves in years past, even though the Braves have an off day.  Only half of all players have a chance to play on their birthdays, which is why players like Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy, and Tom Glavine are not on these lists.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc
1 Warren Spahn 1951-04-23 BSN BRO L 1-2 CG 16 ,L 15.2 10 2 1 2 8 1 99
2 Greg Maddux 1994-04-14 ATL SFG W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 3 1 0 0 9 0 88
3 Buzz Capra 1974-10-01 ATL CIN W 7-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 4 9 0 80
4 Dave Cole 1951-08-29 BSN CHC W 4-1 GS-9 ,W 8.1 3 1 1 6 6 0 73
5 Don Liddle 1953-05-25 (1) MLN CIN W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 3 1 1 6 1 0 72
6 Tiny Chaplin 1936-07-13 BSN PIT W 4-1 9.0 6 1 1 2 2 0 71
7 Pascual Perez 1984-05-17 ATL STL W 7-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 2 2 2 6 0 69
8 Warren Spahn 1961-04-23 MLN PIT W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 1 1 4 4 1 69
9 Johnny Sain 1947-09-25 BSN NYG L 1-3 8.0 6 2 1 0 5 1 69
10 Max Surkont 1953-06-16 (2) MLN PHI W 3-2 9.0 7 2 2 4 5 0 66
11 Manny Salvo 1941-06-30 BSN NYG L 0-3 12.0 11 3 3 6 4 0 66
12 Bob Smith 1926-04-22 BSN PHI W 6-2 9.0 6 2 2 5 2 0 64
13 Manny Salvo 1940-06-30 (2) BSN BRO W 7-2 9.0 9 2 2 2 3 1 62
14 Hugh McQuillan 1920-09-15 (1) BSN PIT L 1-2 8.0 6 2 2 2 2 0 62
15 Al Javery 1942-06-05 (1) BSN CIN L 2-3 8.2 6 3 1 4 1 0 61
16 Warren Spahn 1947-04-23 BSN NYG W 5-1 9.0 12 1 1 2 1 0 58
17 Johnny Lanning 1938-09-06 BSN NYG L 5-6 7.2 7 2 2 3 4 2 58
18 Nate Andrews 1943-09-30 BSN CHC L 4-5 11.2 12 5 4 2 2 0 57
19 Joe Oeschger 1922-05-24 BSN STL W 9-3 9.0 8 3 3 4 2 0 57
20 Milt Pappas 1969-05-11 ATL PHI W 4-3 GS-8 7.2 6 3 3 4 5 1 56
21 Johnny Sain 1948-09-25 BSN NYG L 2-3 GS-7 ,L 7.0 7 3 1 2 1 0 54
22 Steve Avery 1992-04-14 ATL CIN L 4-5 GS-7 7.0 5 4 4 2 4 1 53
23 Vern Bickford 1949-08-17 BSN NYG W 13-4 CG 9 ,W 9.0 8 4 4 5 3 1 53
24 Tommy Hanson 2009-08-28 ATL PHI L 2-4 GS-2 ,L 2.0 2 1 1 0 4 1 52
25 Warren Spahn 1948-04-23 BSN NYG L 1-3 GS-7 ,L 7.0 7 3 3 2 2 1 51
26 Pascual Perez 1983-05-17 ATL CHC L 3-4 GS-6 ,L 6.0 5 4 3 1 3 1 50
27 Rick Mahler 1988-08-05 ATL SFG W 8-5 GS-8 ,W 7.1 8 5 4 0 4 1 48
28 Denny Neagle 1997-09-13 ATL COL L 6-10 GS-6 6.0 7 5 3 1 5 0 46
29 Johnny Lanning 1936-09-06 BSN NYG W 3-2 8.1 13 2 2 4 0 0 45
30 Hal Goldsmith 1926-08-18 (2) BSN PIT W 4-3 3.2 8 1 1 0 2 0 43
31 Lefty George 1918-08-13 (1) BSN NYG L 4-5 7.0 7 5 5 3 2 0 42
32 Nels Potter 1948-08-23 BSN BRO W 3-2 GS-2 1.1 3 2 2 0 0 0 40
33 Russ Ortiz 2004-06-05 ATL PHI L 3-5 GS-6 ,L 6.0 9 5 5 3 8 0 39
34 Kent Greenfield 1927-07-01 (2) BSN NYG L 1-4 5.0 7 4 4 3 4 0 38
35 Carl Willey 1961-06-06 MLN CIN L 3-7 GS-5 ,L 4.1 7 4 3 3 3 1 35
36 Al Demaree 1919-09-08 (1) BSN PIT L 0-10 8.0 14 10 6 0 2 1 24
37 Socks Seibold 1931-05-31 (1) BSN BRO L 2-9 6.2 13 9 5 0 3 1 23
38 Tim Hudson 2006-07-14 ATL SDP W 15-12 GS-3 3.0 9 5 5 0 1 2 22
39 Warren Spahn 1949-04-23 BSN NYG L 3-11 GS-5 ,L 4.2 8 7 7 2 2 1 20
40 Don Hendrickson 1945-07-14 BSN CHC L 5-6 0.1 5 5 5 2 0 0 19
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/9/2012.

I did not know the infamous Warren Spahn performance was on his birthday.  Maddux’s 1994 complete game was the most dominant game on the list, allowing three baserunners and striking out nine.  John Rocker and Rudy Seanez are the only Braves to make relief appearances on their birthday during the postseason.

Player Year #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB TOBwe SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Randy Moore 1934 2 Ind. Games 8 7 3 0 0 1 2 1 4 0 .429 .500 .857 1.357
Denis Menke 1963 2 Ind. Games 10 10 4 0 0 1 3 0 5 2 .400 .400 .700 1.100
Red Worthington 1932 1 Ind. Games 3 3 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Earl Williams 1972 1 Ind. Games 5 4 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 1 .500 .600 1.250 1.850
Billy Urbanski 1932 1 Ind. Games 5 5 2 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
Billy Urbanski 1934 1 Ind. Games 5 5 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
Joe Torre 1963 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 1 .667 .750 1.000 1.750
Joe Torre 1966 1 Ind. Games 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 .500 .600 .500 1.100
Joe Torre 1968 1 Ind. Games 5 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 .500 .600 .750 1.350
Max Surkont 1953 1 Ind. Games 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Eddie Stanky 1949 1 Ind. Games 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 .500 .600 .500 1.100
Jack Smith 1926 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Sibby Sisti 1949 1 Ind. Games 4 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 .500 .500 1.500 2.000
Sibby Sisti 1952 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 .667 .750 1.000 1.750
Al Simmons 1939 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Oscar Siemer 1926 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Vince Shupe 1945 1 Ind. Games 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Edgar Renteria 2006 1 Ind. Games 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 .500 .600 .500 1.100
Biff Pocoroba 1975 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 .667 .750 1.000 1.750
Biff Pocoroba 1978 1 Ind. Games 4 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Terry Pendleton 1991 1 Ind. Games 5 5 4 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 .800 .800 .800 1.600
Terry Pendleton 1992 1 Ind. Games 4 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 .750 .750 .750 1.500
Greg Olson 1991 1 Ind. Games 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 .500 .750 .500 1.250
Greg Olson 1993 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Joe Oeschger 1922 1 Ind. Games 4 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 1.000 1.000 1.333 2.333
Ken Oberkfell 1985 1 Ind. Games 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .750 .750 .750 1.500
Gene Moore 1936 1 Ind. Games 5 5 3 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 .600 .600 1.600 2.200
Felix Millan 1972 1 Ind. Games 5 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .400 .400 .800 1.200
Roy McMillan 1961 1 Ind. Games 5 3 2 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 .667 .400 .667 1.067
Gary Matthews 1978 1 Ind. Games 5 4 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 .500 .600 .500 1.100
Marty Martinez 1967 1 Ind. Games 5 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 .333 .600 .667 1.267
Derrek Lee 2010 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Ryan Klesko 1998 1 Ind. Games 4 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 .333 .500 1.333 1.833
David Justice 1996 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Chipper Jones 1996 1 Ind. Games 5 5 4 1 0 1 2 0 4 1 .800 .800 1.600 2.400
Chipper Jones 2008 1 Ind. Games 4 3 3 0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Chipper Jones 1998 1 Ind. Games 5 5 4 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 .800 .800 1.000 1.800
Chipper Jones 2001 1 Ind. Games 5 5 2 0 0 2 3 0 2 0 .400 .400 1.600 2.000
Chipper Jones 2002 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Chipper Jones 2011 1 Ind. Games 5 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 4 0 .667 .800 1.000 1.800
Chipper Jones 2012 1 Ind. Games 4 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 .333 .500 1.333 1.833
Andruw Jones 2001 1 Ind. Games 5 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Andruw Jones 2002 1 Ind. Games 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Andruw Jones 2004 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Andruw Jones 2007 1 Ind. Games 5 3 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 .667 .600 1.000 1.600
Deron Johnson 1968 1 Ind. Games 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .500 .750 1.250
Sonny Jackson 1971 1 Ind. Games 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Glenn Hubbard 1983 1 Ind. Games 5 5 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 .600 .600 .600 1.200
Glenn Hubbard 1981 1 Ind. Games 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .500 .500 .750 1.250
Bob Horner 1978 1 Ind. Games 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 1.000 .667 1.000 1.667
Johnny Hopp 1946 1 Ind. Games 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .500 .500 .750 1.250
Johnny Hopp 1947 1 Ind. Games 4 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Eric Hinske 2010 1 Ind. Games 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Jason Heyward 2010 1 Ind. Games 4 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 .333 .500 1.333 1.833
Billy Herman 1946 1 Ind. Games 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 1.000 1.000 1.667 2.667
Wes Helms 2002 1 Ind. Games 4 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 .500 .500 .750 1.250
Buddy Hassett 1939 1 Ind. Games 4 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 .500 .500 .750 1.250
Tony Graffanino 1997 1 Ind. Games 5 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 .750 .600 .750 1.350
Sid Gordon 1951 1 Ind. Games 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 .333 .500 .667 1.167
Sid Gordon 1952 1 Ind. Games 5 5 2 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
Carden Gillenwater 1945 1 Ind. Games 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Marcus Giles 2006 1 Ind. Games 5 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 1 .500 .600 .750 1.350
Frank Gibson 1925 1 Ind. Games 4 4 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 .500 .500 .750 1.250
Andres Galarraga 1998 1 Ind. Games 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 .500 .750 .500 1.250
Darrell Evans 1973 1 Ind. Games 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 .333 .500 .667 1.167
Johnny Estrada 2004 1 Ind. Games 4 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 .750 .750 .750 1.500
Mike de la Hoz 1966 1 Ind. Games 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Rico Carty 1972 1 Ind. Games 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Eddie Brown 1926 1 Ind. Games 5 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Dusty Baker 1975 1 Ind. Games 5 5 3 1 0 1 2 0 3 0 .600 .600 1.400 2.000
Felipe Alou 1966 1 Ind. Games 6 6 2 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/9/2012

This list contains all performances of at least 3 PA and an OPS above 1.000.  Chipper leads with seven games, followed by Andruw with four and Joe Torre with three.  None of these performances quite match up with Spahn or Maddux, however.

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