Happy Reds birthday, Connie Ryan!
February 27, 1920
Connie Ryan’s given name is Cornelius Joseph Ryan. I had no idea “Connie” was short for Cornelius, but there are a number of ballplayers that have used that moniker: Connie Mack, Connie Murphy, Connie Creeden, Connie McGeehan, and Connie Walsh. There is also the less-common spelling of “Conny” used by Conny Doyle. No one named “Connie” has played in the big leagues since Connie Johnson retired in 1958, but his given name was Clifford, not Cornelius.