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A.J. Ellis’ wife gave birth in a car while he drove to hospital

Oct 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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A.J. Ellis finally getting an extended chance in the majors at age 31 and emerging as the Dodgers’ starting catcher was a pretty good story, but Ellis’ wife giving birth to their third child tops it pretty easily.

Molly Knight of has the details:

On Oct. 12, Ellis’ wife, Cindy, gave birth to the couple’s third child in the front seat of their car on Interstate 43 South just outside Milwaukee. Ellis–who estimates he was traveling 75 mph down the highway in a futile attempt to make it to the hospital–didn’t even have a chance to pull the vehicle off to the side of the road before the baby arrived. …

“The doctor she likes is about 30 miles from our house,” said Ellis, who makes his home in Milwaukee in the offseason. “But with our other kids she was in labor for hours and hours, so we thought we had plenty of time.” …

She began screaming at her husband that she didn’t think they were going to make it to the hospital. “And I’m thinking, this is 2012, not the ‘Oregon Trail.’ Of course we’re gonna make it,” Ellis said. “So I’m calmly telling her we’re making it. I figured she was just panicking because she was in excruciating pain.”

Two weeks later mom and daughter are both doing well, and according to Ellis “the vehicle has since reacquired that new car smell” thanks to a trip to the car wash.

  1. natsattack - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Cool AJ Ellis story:
    His grandmother was on the Titanic.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Thanks Nats! I didn’t realize that.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Yes, but did she give birth on the Titanic? Huh? Huh?? Probably not. Slacker Grandmom. :)

      I hope he opted for the Scotchguard.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Wow, cool story! It isn’t actually true, but cool nonetheless. First I had trouble with the math. He was born in 1981 and granny took a trip in 1912? Even if she was an infant, it’s a bit of a stretch. Anyway, according to, it was his great-grandmother who was supposed to take the Titanic, but missed the boat, and caught another ship that actually made it all the way across the Atlantic.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Children are horrible.™

  3. ron05342 - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Sounds about right, he was always late swinging at balls out of the strike zone, why should his personal life be any different?

    • canoyoulie - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      dude, it’s a child, and it’s life. you are sick and pathetic. who cares if he swung a bat a few times that didn’t result in results you wanted. get a life.

      • ron05342 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        The comment was pure levity, but I guess you are too dense to “get it.”

        Taking things too seriously? Maybe its you who needs to get a life.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Sounds like Robinson took you seriously. He seems a little tense. I would give him a pass on this one.
      Sometimes people salivate at the opportunity to shove their keyboard around.

  4. jlovenotjlo - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    So he likes to spend his summers in Los Angeles and his winters in Milwaukee. Why?

    • richwizl - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Get away from the flakes?

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