Born: Jul 30, 1944
A five-time Gold Glove winner, Chicago-born Rader got a hit in his first big league at bat in 1967. The fiery redhead had a slick glove and home run power but did not hit for average. In nine seasons with the Astros, he hit .250 with 128 homers and 600 RBIs.
In 1975, the Astros traded him to San Diego and he later closed out his playing career with Toronto. Overall, Rader's average was .251 with 155 homers.
A live wire, Rader could be counted on for clubhouse pranks and peculiar media interviews. One of his most remembered was when he told kids to eat their baseball cards to help them remember all the information contained on the backs of them.
As a player, he seemed like an unusual choice to be a manager but "The Red Rooster" did just that with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and California Angels between 1983 and 1991. In seven seasons, his managerial record was 388-417 (.488) but the best his teams ever finished was third place.