Happy Birthday, Charlie Schmutz!

Charles Otto Schmutz was a rather tall spitballer who first garnered fame as a high school pitcher in Seattle and eventually found his way to the Brooklyn Robins.

Charlie SchmutzBorn on 1 January 1891, Charlie Schmutz was born in San Diego but soon moved to the Seattle area with his father, Frank, and his stepmother, Alice.  Frank had a few different jobs, including car conductor and restaurant proprietor, while Alice took care of the family.  Charlie also had a kid brother, Ernest, who was a few years younger than he.  Charlie couldn’t hit, but boy could he throw.  He would join one of the more accomplished high school baseball teams you may ever read about.  His Seattle High team was so good that, with Schmutz on the mound, they actually beat the Seattle Giants of the Northwestern League in an exhibition game in 1907.  Soon after, that team went on a 31 game tour of the east.  First baseman Charlie Mullen was so impressive, that Charles Comiskey signed him to a contract with the White Sox during the tour.  A couple of other players earned nods with major and minor league teams.

Schmutz agreed to join Tacoma in the Northwestern League as soon as he graduated in 1909.  Listed at 6′ 1″, he was called “Big Charlie” in the local papers – not only was he tall for his time, but he carried at least 180 pounds on his frame (and was listed at 195 when he joined the Robins five years later).  By the time Schmutz had moved to Vancouver, he also acquired the nickname “King”.  Schmutz threw a hard fastball and, as a change of pace, a nasty spitball.

Amos Rusie, who convinced Brooklyn to sign Schmutz, said Charlie had greater speed than any pitcher he had ever seen in the minors.  It’s hard to say how hard he threw, though.  An article announcing his arrival in the big leagues said, “Schmutz has one of the most peculiar deliveries ever seen in the big show. He heaves much like a shot putter.”

Schmutz moved around some during his baseball career – after two and a half years with Tacoma, he was sent to Vancouver in July, 1912.  His season, covering both teams, resulted in a 13 – 17 record, but with just 57 walks in his 261 innings of work, and 94 strikeouts.  In 1913, he won far more often than he lost and, on Rusie’s recommendation, Charles Ebbets broke out the Brooklyn Robins’ checkbook and purchased Schmutz from Vancouver.

A story that made the wires said that Schmutz was in a car with former Giant Arthur Bues and Bues’ fiancee when they were pulled over for speeding. When they faced a judge, Schmutz offered to do all the talking, and stammered his way through a story about a couple trying to get married using nothing but baseball terms. The judge was
sufficiently amused at Schmutz’s effort and, instead of collecting the fine, offered to marry the couple instead.

After finishing the season in the Pacific Northwest, Schmutz returned a contract to Ebbets and joined Brooklyn for spring training, 1914.

Schmutz was good enough to make the team, but he was pretty much the last guy on the pitching staff.  He’d only see action when games were out of hand, or when the Robins were desperate to give a starter the day off.    He may have struggled with a shin injury, too – one article suggested that he may have had up to three different surgeries on his shin to address the problem.  This pattern continued into the 1915 season, when the lack of work affected his ability to consistently throw strikes.  As such, Schmutz became a nomad.  He was first optioned to Newark, then sold to Salt Lake City, and finally traded to Seattle.  That was just the 1915 season.

Charlie stayed in Seattle until 1916.  However, he held out at the beginning of the 1917 season and was eventually dealt back to Vancouver.  Before he could pitch, though, Schmutz registered for the U.S. Army and was soon serving his time with the 362nd Company in Europe.  After a two year hitch, he returned to Washington and married Brenda Jenkins in June, 1919.  They had a daughter, Nancy, but it wasn’t long before Brenda passed away, leaving Charlie a widow with a young daughter.  Already done playing baseball professionally, Schmutz was now occasionally playing semi-professional baseball while working as an electrician.

His major league career consisted of just 19 appearances, five starts, and a 3.52 ERA to go with his 1 – 3 record.  He had just one appearance in relief in 1915.

Schmutz passed to the next league on 27 June 1962.

Other Links:

For a list of other players who celebrate birthdays on January 1 (or other baseball history for that date), go here!

Sources:

“Tigers Win Two From Seattle Websters”, Tacoma Times, 29 March 1909, Page 2.

“Spitball Schmutz Will Twirl Today”, Tacoma Times, 19 April 1911, Page 2.

“Another Pitcher Bought By Ebbets”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 21 July 1913, Page 18.

“Beavers Put Kink in Tail of the Bengals”, Vancouver Daily World, 05 September 1913, Page 14.

“Baseball Notes”, St. Louis Star and Times, 05 November 1913, Page 10.

“Baseball Player Saves Friend From The Law”, Decaturs Daily, 31 December 1913, Page 2.

“Schoolboys Now Baseball Stars”, Wilmington Evening Journal, 07 September 1914, Page 14.

“Charles O. Schmutz Enthuses Over Prospects of Superbas”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 18 January 1915, Page 18.

“Salt Lakers Are Again Winners”, Odgen Standard, 17 July, 1915, Page 2.

“Schmutz Does Well; Frisk’s Error Costly”, Tacoma Times, 24 September, 1915, Page 2.

“Schmutz is Beaver Now”, Tacoma Times, 18 April, 1917, Page 6.

“Many Players at Lake”, Seattle Star, 03 October 1917, Page 8.

“Schmutz Will Pitch”, Seattle Times, 02 October 1920, Page 10.

Documents Via Ancestry.com

1940 US Census

1930 US Census

1910 US Census

1900 US Census

1919 Marriage License…

WWI Registration

WWII registration

WWI Service Record…

Picture used in the following article:

http://sportspressnw.com/2122105/2011/wayback-machine-seattles-first-athletic-ambassadors

It belongs to the David Eskanazi collection…

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Baseball History for December 31st

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1842 Tom Berry
1852 Alfred Metcalfe
1857 Michael Joseph “King” Kelly
1861 Jerry McCormick
1861 Walt Goldsby
1863 Pete Sweeney
1870 Tommy Connolly
1879 Fred Beebe
1884 Bobby Byrne
1891 Charlie Flannigan
1894 Jim Murray
1894 Joe Berry
1900 Syl Johnson
1918 Fats Dantonio
1918 Al Lakeman
1919 Tommy Byrne
1919 Loyd Christopher
1924 Ted Gray
1933 Ken Rowe
1947 Manny Muniz
1951 Joe Simpson
1953 Jose Baez
1955 Jim Tracy
1961 Rick Aguilera
1961 Steve Engel
1961 Donell Nixon
1965 Sil Campusano
1971 Brian Moehler
1971 Esteban Loaiza
1975 Sam McConnell
1977 Chris Reitsma
1980 Jesse Carlson
1982 Julio DePaula
1982 Ronald Belisario
1985 Evan Reed
1986 Nate Freiman
1988 Alex Colome
1989 Kelvin Herrera

OBITUARIES:

1898 Martin Duke
1903 Joe McGuckin
1905 Frank Bonner
1907 Jocko Flynn
1911 Pete Gilbert
1912 Charlie Sprague
1914 John Farrow
1914 John O’Brien
1915 Tip O’Neill
1925 Denny Sullivan
1927 Jack Sharrott
1933 Jim Donnelly
1936 Doc Casey
1944 Bill Chappelle
1954 Tom Raftery
1955 Clint Brown
1958 Jack Doyle
1961 Dutch Lieber
1962 Del Mason
1962 Al Mamaux
1963 Bill Batsch
1963 Junie Barnes
1964 Doc Wallace
1964 Bobby Byrne
1964 Red Rollings
1967 Shovel Hodge
1972 Roberto Clemente

One of the first sport deaths to really shock me – one assumes you know how he died.

He nearly died in a car wreck on the same day in 1954 when his car was nailed by a drunk driver. He had back issues the rest of his career.

1978 Tod Davis
1980 Bob Shawkey
1988 Wes Flowers
1994 Jack Shepard
1996 Sam Narron
1999 Harry Kimberlin
1999 Larry Bearnarth
2000 Fritz Dorish
2003 Max West
2004 Charlie Cozart
2006 Marv Breeding
2015 Vern Rapp

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

There were no games or events (beyonds births, deaths, or transactions) worthy of note.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1916 The White Sox released the oft-injured Ed Walsh.

1966 The Braves send Eddie Mathews, Arnold Umbrach and (later) Sandy Alomar to the Astros for Dave Nicholson and Bob Bruce.

1974 The Yankees win the bidding war for Catfish Hunter.

1990 Oakland sells veteran Scott Sanderson to the Yankees.

 

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Baseball History for December 29th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1861 Joe Flynn
1882 Frank Delahanty

One of about five Delahanty brothers to play in the big leagues.  Frank had a nice career if you include his time in the American Association, too.

1884 Lou Fiene
1885 Gus Salve

Lefty pitcher with somewhat of a baby face who got a two game (one complete game loss) tryout with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908. His career is mostly pitching in the south – a few seasons in Richmond, but a few other stops in between. Not bad for a kid from Boston…

1888 Bill McAllester
1890 George Aiton
1891 Dave Skeels

Washington native (and Native American) who attended Gonzaga and played college baseball one season there in 1909. He pitched in one game for the Tigers in 1910 after a season playing minor league ball in Western Canada.  As you can imagine, any nicknames assigned to him included his heritage, most frequently being called “Chief”.

DAVE SKEELS NEEDS MORE EXPERIENCE

Speaking of Dave Skeels, the former Western Canada League twirler, the Detroit News says:

“Dave Skeels, who pitched his first game as a Tiger yesterday, was the victim of a hard batting bee by the Naps. The Tigers managed to win, 9 – 8, because Eddie Summers came to the rescue and pitched remarkable ball for three innings.

“Skeels has a good curve and lots of speed. He needs a lot of experience, but since he is only 19 he has plenty of time to get that. He should be a good pitcher some day.”

Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1910, Page 6.

He was sold back to Seattle by the Tigers the following spring but lasted but one season before his arm left him.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Skeels was a good switch hitter who played the outfield when not pitching and was a fast runner, too.  Skeels considered trying out as an outfielder on the off chance his arm didn’t recover.  At one time, he held the Northwestern League record for strikeouts with 15. He also fanned 21 in the second game of a double header, a game that lasted eleven innings (he had 16 after nine).

“Big Dell’s Record League’s Best”, Missoulian (Missoula, MT), 20 May 1913, Page 3.

“Pitcher Skeels Comes Near Equalling A World’s Record”, Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1910.

“Dave Skeels”, Detroit Free Press, 08 September 1910, Page 9.

“Skeels In Shape; Signs With Giants”, Vancouver Daily World, 05 February 1912, Page 14.

According to the 1920 US Census and the Indian Census Rolls of 1924, Skeels lived on the Colville Reservation in Washington, married Hilda Pearson (her parents came over from Sweden), and they had four kids (Loraine, Evaline, and Louisa were alive, his son George Lloyd had died). Skeels died in 1926 in a Tuberculosis sanitarium.

1893 Joe Smith
1894 Hank DeBerry
1895 Clyde Barnhart
1904 Bill Sweeney
1911 Bill Knickerbocker
1926 Tom Upton
1934 Ramon Conde
1937 George Perez
1941 Bruce Brubaker
1941 John Upham
1946 Ken Rudolph
1952 Dennis Werth
1956 Dave Ford
1959 Mike Brown
1960 Jim Wilson
1962 Devon White
1964 Craig Grebeck
1964 Rod Nichols
1966 Luis de los Santos
1968 James Mouton
1969 Scott Ruffcorn
1972 Jim Brower
1973 Tomas Perez
1974 Richie Sexson
1974 Emil Brown
1975 Jason Pearson
1975 Thomas Jacquez
1975 Jaret Wright
1977 Jimmy Journell
1977 Jack Wilson
1982 Kevin Hart
1982 Brad Davis
1991 Odubel Herrera

OBITUARIES:

1888 Asa Brainard
1916 Ed Doheny
1924 Bill White
1928 Mort Scanlan
1930 George Stutz
1930 Ginger Shinault
1930 Sandy Piez
1935 Harley Payne
1936 Bill Prough
1947 George Blaeholder
1948 Larry Hoffman
1951 Hi Bithorn
1952 Bob Meinke
1962 Tiny Graham
1965 Alex Main
1977 Jimmy Brown
1978 Walt Alexander
1979 Ed Albrecht
1980 Art Reinholz
1981 Don Plarski
1988 Earl Mossor
1988 John Happenny
2004 Gus Niarhos
2004 Ken Burkhart
2010 Steve Boros
2011 Rosman Garcia
2014 Bob Usher
2015 Ed Mayer
2015 Frank Malzone

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

2002 Riverfront Stadium is demolished.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1981 St. Louis signs free agent pitcher Joaquin Andujar.

1995 San Diego signs free agent outfielder Rickey Henderson.

2006 San Francisco makes a significant investment in free agent pitcher Barry Zito…

2009 The Mets sign Jason Bay to a four year deal.

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Baseball History for December 28th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1847 Count Sensenderfer

His real name was John Phillips Jenkins Sensenderfer.  They called him Count because of his mustache and his bearing.

AN OLD-TIMER DEAD

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John P. Sensenderfer, of the Famous Old Athletics, Passes Away.

Special to “Sporting Life.”

Count SensenderferPhiladelphia, Pa., May 5. – John P. J. Sensenderfer died on Sunday, May 3, at his home, 1023 Brown Street, after a brief illness.  Mr. Sensenderfer is remembered by the baseball fans, for he was a member of the old Athletics when they won championships, just as the present Athletic Club did last year.  From 1865 to 1876 he played centre field on the famous Athletic Club of those years, and accompanied the team when the Athletic and Boston Clubs toured Europe in 1874.  Mr. Sensenderfer was born in this city December 28, 1847.  Although he studied law he never practiced it, but engaged in mercantile pursuits.  When he gave up playing baseball he was appointed a clerk in the Receiver of Taxes office and was later Deputy Collector of Delinquent Taxes.  He was City Commissioner in ’87, and continued in the office for three terms.  Of late he represented the fourteenth ward in the Democratic City Committee, and was for some time secretary of the body.  He was secretary of both conventions that nominated Governor Pattison for the terms for which he was elected, and was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention of 1884 that nominated Cleveland, and was also an elector.

Sporting Life, 09 May 1903, Page 5.

1860 Cal Broughton

Catcher for many teams of the 1880s, and later a locally famous police chief in Evansville, Wisconsin.

According to his obituary in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, he was born on his parent’s farm in Magnolia, Wisconsin, then served as the Evansville Police chief from 1900 to 1916. Arthritis contributed to his demise – he spent the last three years of his life confined to a bed at the home of his nephew before passing away on March 15, 1939.

“Old Baseball Star Passes”, Green Bay Press-Gazette, 16 March 1939, Page 24.

Broughton gave up his post for private interests, but was called back to duty and won an election for Chief of Police in Evansville in 1928.

“Diamond Star Elected”, Eau Claire Leader, 05 April 1928, Page 15.

1864 Charlie Kalbfus

Played on the Washington Nationals in 1883 and 1884, but only one of those games counts as a major league game (a Union League game in 1884).

1875 Bill Karns
1887 Pete Henning
1891 Ralph Arthur “Doc” Carroll
1898 Bill Kelly
1900 Ted Lyons
1901 Roscoe Albert “Wattie” Holm

Wattie Holm, Ex-Big Leaguer, Kills Wife, Self

Roscoe Albert (Wattie) Holm, 48, a former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player, fatally shot his wife and then himself Friday in what Clay county Coroner Lyle Frink termed a murder and suicide.

Wattie Holm with CardinalsHolm, who played every position but was essentially an outfielder, participated in the 1926 and 1928 World Series with the Cards.  He left the major leagues shortly afterwards because of a bad arm and for years managed the Storm Lake Whitecaps, a semi-pro team.

Frink said Holm also shot and injured his daughter, Margaret, a recent 8th grade graduate.  She was hospitalized in Spencer.

The Holms lived in an upstairs apartment in the home of Fred Sindt and were preparing to move when the shooting occurred.  Frink said he had not been able to determine a motive.

Holm recently had been working at Sportsmen’s Inc., a sporting goods store in spencer.  He had been living in Everly about a year.Wattie Holm in 1946

Sindt told authorities he heard several shots about 8:30 a.m. and that in a few minutes Margaret came running down the stairs screaming.  Holm’s body was found at the bottom of the stairs; Mrs. Holm’s body was upstairs.  Frink said Holm used a .38 caliber revolver.  Everly is about 12 miles northwest of Spencer.

Mason City (IA) Globe-Gazette, 19 May 1950, Page 1.

1906 Tommy Bridges

His real name was Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges.

1912 Otto Denning
1915 Harry Sweeney
1920 Leycester Doyle “Tex” Aulds

Leycester may actually have been Leslie, but his family called him Doyle.  Tex Aulds scored the opening touchdown for the Randolph Ramblers in the 1944 Cotton Bowl, a game that ended in a 7 – 7 tie with the Texas Longhorns.  He was a corporal during World War II, and the Pampa, TX native (actually born in Louisiana, but moved to Pampa) also was a fine catcher who made it to the Red Sox in May, 1947.

1921 Nelson Burbrink
1923 Don Thompson
1923 Frederic Clinton “Tony” Daniels
1924 Stanislaw “Steve” Kuczek
1946 Bill Lee
1947 Aurelio Rodriguez
1949 John Milner
1950 Steve Lawson
1952 Ray Knight
1952 Jose Sosa
1960 Zane Smith
1960 Carl Willis
1963 Mel Stottlemyre
1971 Benny Agbayani
1971 Melvin Nieves
1972 Einar Diaz
1975 B. J. Ryan
1979 Bill Hall
1984 Barret Browning
1987 Shawn O’Malley
1989 Austin Barnes

OBITUARIES:

1901 George Flynn
1935 Jack Corcoran
1941 Jack Hickey
1943 Steve Evans
1944 Bill Bowman
1952 Deacon Jones
1963 Ray Keating
1967 Bill Pertica
1970 Doc Ozmer
1974 Jack Salveson
1979 Red Tramback
1979 Jim Mosolf
1979 Hank Butcher
1981 John Bischoff
1992 Sal Maglie
1993 Augie Galan
2011 Don Mueller

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!!

1944 Senator Buddy Lewis was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Burma Theater of World War II.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1957 Cincinnati trades Ted Kluszewski to Pittsburgh for Dee Fondy.

1994 San Diego sends six players (including Derek Bell) to Houston for Ken Caminiti, Steve Finley and four others.

1995 Chicago sends Tim Raines to the Yankees for a player to be named later (Blaise Kozeniewski).

1998 Detroit sends Luis Gonzalez to the Diamondbacks for Karim Garcia.  That worked out amazingly well for Arizona…

2011 Oakland sends Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox for Josh Reddick, Raul Alcantara, and Miles Head.

2015 Cincinnati acquires four prospects (sort of) from the Yankees for reliever Aroldis Chapman.

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Baseball History for December 27th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1861 Jim Curtiss
1862 Ducky Hemp

Among the smallest and lightest men playing baseball in the 1880s.

I’m still doing the research, but I can give you the quick summary.  William Henry Hemp was a St. Louis native who played in various leagues in the Midwest during the 1880s and 1890s.  Among his stops were playing for Dallas in the first season of the Texas League (Dallas won the pennant) and the 1889 season in Evansville where he led his team in hitting and the league in stolen bases.  These two seasons earned Hemp a tryout with the Pittsburgh entry in the Players League for 1890, and given that his manager would be Guy Hecker, who managed Hemp in Evansville, he had someone who knew what kind of player he could be.

Hemp was an active and very fast outfielder who occasionally would be a backup pitcher or an infielder (he even caught).  Many articles make note of Hemp’s ability to gracefully and quickly run down even the deepest fly balls.  They also talk about his gift of gab – Hemp never ducked anyone and was frequently thrown out of games for jawing with umpires.  He had a remarkable sense of humor, too – after one player tagged him out with a particularly rough swipe, Hemp arose and said that he would find an axe, chop the player down to his size, and then give him the licking he deserved.

In the end, his career at the highest levels failed because he failed to hit – but at the lower levels he continued to play.  There are notes about his playing on very good semi-pro baseball teams in his late forties in his hometown of St. Louis (and still jawing with umpires).  Hemp would take over his father’s tin can manufacturing company and ran that – marrying Catherine (Kitty) Mahony and raising three kids along the way – until his death in 1923.

1864 Bill Bishop
1864 Jim Dee
1873 Pete Lamer
1873 Tom Thomas
1876 Sam Woodruff
1876 Charlie Carr
1885 Jiggs Parson
1886 George Textor
1890 Ernie Krueger
1897 Jackie Tavener
1904 John Shea
1912 Jim Tobin
1913 Red Lynn
1916 Charlie Brewster
1917 Herb Karpel
1920 Dutch McCall
1922 Connie Johnson
1930 Norm Larker
1937 Bobby Klaus
1941 Phil Gagliano
1942 Byron Browne
1943 Roy White
1949 Chico Escarrega
1952 Mark Budaska
1952 Craig Reynolds
1955 Gary Weiss
1963 Jim Leyritz
1965 Tom Marsh
1968 Dean Palmer
1972 Mike Busby
1973 Raul Gonzalez
1974 Nate Bland
1975 Jeff D’Amico
1980 Jason Repko
1981 David Aardsma

Nothing against Aardsma, a talented reliever of recent days, but I always loved that Hank Aaron was the first player listed in baseball encyclopedias.  Aaron has an argument that he was the greatest player who ever lived, certainly the player whose greatness lasted the longest, and it made a certain amount of sense that the one time home run king was listed first.  Now it’s Aardsma.

1982 Michael Bourn
1982 Chris Gimenez
1983 Cole Hamels

Always liked him as a pitcher, though I didn’t like that he threw at Bryce Harper to welcome him to the league.  His recent donation of a $10 million home to Camp Barnabas, which provides services to children and their families who have significant health issues makes him superhuman.

1988 Addison Reed
1988 Rick Porcello
1990 Tyler Duffey

OBITIARIES:

1898 John Sneed
1907 Jim Andrews
1916 Freeman Brown
1919 Jerry Hurley
1920 Harvey Cushman
1928 George Meister
1932 Andy Piercy
1932 Pop Schriver
1933 Fritz Buelow
1945 Gene Cocreham
1945 Cy Swaim
1948 Marv Peasley
1951 Ernie Lindemann
1955 Jim Fairbank
1956 Hob Hiller
1962 Jake Flowers
1964 Art Phelan
1965 Bob Smith
1967 Paul Lehner
1975 Lou Lowdermilk
1976 Press Cruthers
1982 Harry Kingman
1986 Jack Wallaesa
1995 Al Barlick
1995 Oscar Judd
1996 Gene Brabender
2000 Roy Partee
2001 John Hoffman
2003 Ivan Calderon

Calderon was shot at a bar in his hometown of Loza, Puerto Rico.

2004 Ernest Groth
2015 Dave Henderson

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1874 According to Nationalpastime.com, the first baseball game in Cuba is played in Pueblo Matanzas between a team from Havana and a club team in Matanzas.  After seven innings, the game is called on account of darkness with Havana holding a 51 – 9 lead.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1926 Boston signs outfielder/first baseman Jack Fournier.

1960 Cleveland signs free agent catcher Paul Casanova.

1966 Philadelphia signs amateur free agent infielder Toby Harrah.

1984 The Yankees sign free agent pitcher Ed Whitson.

2001 Anaheim sends Mo Vaughn to the Mets for Kevin Appier.

2005 Arizona sends Troy Glaus and Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays for Miguel Batista and Orlando Hudson.

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Baseball History for July 2nd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1859 Ed Beecher
1864 Fred Carroll
1864 Bob Gilks
1869 Walter Plock
1888 Grover Hartley
1888 Pat McGehee
1890 Len Madden
1895 Frank Thompson
1900 Joe Bennett
1900 Ernie Vick
1904 Pete Susko
1909 Gil English
1914 Bob Allen
1915 Hal Wagner
1929 Chuck Stobbs

One time Boston Red Sox bonus kid – famous for serving up Mickey Mantle’s 565 foot homer, too.  After many years in baseball (and a 100+ game winner), he later coached at George Washington University, managed the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy (which gave us Frank White, among others), and was a minor league instructor for the Indians.  (Thanks, Baseball Players of the 1950s.  Great book.)

1930 Pete Burnside

Dartmouth grad, Giants pitcher (later a few AL teams), later went and got a masters degree at his hometown school of Northwestern and would coach high school baseball in at New Trier HS in Winnetka, Illinois until his retirement.

1938 Hal Reniff
1938 Don Choate
1945 Ron Slocum
1951 Keith Marshall
1953 Tony Armas
1962 Tom Gilles
1964 Joe Magrane
1964 Jose Canseco

Ginormous slugger – steroid user and teacher. His size, strength, and speed helped usher in the chemical era of baseball. His demise wasn’t pretty, but for a few years there, he was nothing if not a dynamic ball player.

1964 Ozzie Canseco

Proof that rarely do both twins have the same professional careers. The Olson twins is the exception that proves the rule.

1965 Steve Sparks
1966 Tim Spehr
1969 So Taguchi
1971 Joel Adamson
1974 Sean Casey
1978 Greg Dobbs
1980 Jermaine Van Buren
1980 Nyjer Morgan

Hockey player turned outfielder…

1981 Angel Pagan
1983 Sam Deduno
1984 Wladimir Balentien
1986 Brett Cecil
1986 Rene Tosoni
1988 Chris Marrero
1990 Jerad Eickhoff

OBITUARIES:

1903 Ed Delahanty

Fell off bridge over Niagara Falls after leaving a train, likely intoxicated…

1928 Pete Hotaling
1929 Buck Hooker
1933 Tommy Dowd
1935 Hank O’Day
1937 Joe Yeager
1945 Frank Grube
1950 Joe Gormley
1956 Roy Wilkinson
1958 Carlos Moore
1958 Yip Owens
1962 Josh Clarke
1969 Art Scharein
1969 Clarence Woods
1971 Frank Mack
1971 Chester Emerson
1972 Rankin Johnson
1973 Chick Hafey
1973 George McBride
1974 Paul Strand
1979 Ed Stauffer
1985 Guy Bush
1986 Peanuts Lowrey
1988 Tom Drake
1991 Al Glossop
1993 Joe Muich
1997 Dee Moore
1998 Leon Brinkopf
2012 Ed Stroud

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE:

1930 White Sox outfielder Carl Reynolds homered in three consecutive innings – the first, second, and third innings – two of them were inside-the-park homers.

1963 Juan Marichal tops Warren Spahn in a 1 – 0, 16 inning duel. Willie Mays homered in the 16th to win the game.

1970 Tony Horton gets four hits in five trips to complete the cycle…

2013 Homer Bailey of the Reds fires his second no-hitter, blocking the Giants, 3 – 0.

2016 Cleveland’s Rajai Davis clicks off four hits in five trips and completes the cycle.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1888 Detroit signs Deacon McGuire.

1947 Cleveland signs infielder/outfielder Larry Doby.

1957 Cincinnati signs amateur pitcher Claude Osteen.

1961 Boston signs amateur infielder Rico Petrocelli.

1970 Kansas City signs amateur infielder Frank White. White attended a local tryout and made the club.

1973 Detroit signs amateur free agent Ron LeFlore.

1990 Montreal signs amateur pitcher Ugueth Urbina.

1998 Tampa Bay signs amateur infielder Jorge Cantu.

1999 Florida signs amateur infielder Miguel Cabrera.

2007 Atlanta signs amateur pitcher Julio Teheran.

2009 Chicago signs amateur catcher Willson Contreras.

2013 The Cubs send Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman to the Orioles for Jake
Arrieta, Pedro Strop and cash.

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Baseball History for July 1st

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1855 George H. (Foghorn) Bradley
1857 Roger Connor
1859 John Kiley
1861 John Clarkson
1861 Charlie Daniels
1861 Frank Keffer
1870 Charlie Nyce
1871 Jim Duncan
1876 Jim Buchanan
1878 Fred Holmes
1879 John Atz
1883 Jack Quinn
1885 Ed Larkin
1888 Ben Taylor
1889 William (Lefty) James
1891 Fritz Scheeren
1893 Howie Camp
1896 Bert Cole
1900 Mel Simons
1900 Louis Brower
1902 Kent Greenfield
1913 Frank Barrett
1913 Guido (Wedo) Martini
1915 Norman Robert (Babe) Young
1915 Cletus Elwood (Boots) Poffenberger
1918 Al Tate
1920 Paul Lehner
1924 Ken Wood
1924 Jack Bruner
1928 Hersh Freeman
1933 Frank Baumann
1936 Dick Drott
1937 Ron Nischwitz
1938 Craig Anderson
1945 Billy Rohr
1951 Jim Otten
1952 Kerry Dineen
1959 Tony Walker
1971 Jamie Walker
1980 Nelson Cruz
1981 Matt Carson
1982 Justin Huber
1984 Rich Thompson
1985 Chris Perez
1986 Charlie Blackmon
1989 Brett Oberholtzer
1989 Mike Montgomery
1990 Colin Rea
1991 Michael Wacha
1992 Aaron Sanchez

OBITUARIES:

1903 Jimmy Cooney
1915 Phil Coridan
1917 Al Buckenberger
1921 Amos Booth
1924 Jerry D’Arcy
1937 Russ Hall
1946 Hub Knolls
1948 Pete Knisely
1962 Sam Mayer
1963 Earl Moseley
1964 Jay Rogers
1966 Goldie Rapp
1968 Dave Barbee
1970 Herb Hall
1971 Walt Kinney
1972 Will Koenigsmark
1980 Curt Coleman
1982 Ray Scarborough
1982 Footsie Blair
1988 Ed Sauer
1998 Ed Connolly
2003 Bill Miller
2012 Mike Hershberger

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE:

1902 Rube Waddell, in his Philadelphia debut, strikes out 13 in a 2 – 0 win over Baltimore. Waddell faced just 27 batters and, in the sixth inning, becomes the first pitcher in AL history to strike out the side on nine pitches.

1920 Walter Johnson tosses a 1 – 0 no-hitter over Boston. An error by Bucky Harris prevented a perfect game.

1930 Chuck Klein goes 4 – 5 in completing the cycle – the first of two in his career.

1951 Bob Feller completes his third no-hitter, topping the Tigers, 2 – 1.

1990 Andy Hawkins of the Yankees goes eight no-hit innings but loses to the White Sox, 4 – 0 thanks to walks and errors.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1908 New York purchases Chief Meyers from St. Paul and Rube Marquard from Indianapolis (both of the American Association).

1921 Philadelphia sends Casey Stengel and Johnny Rawlings to the Giants for Goldie Rapp, Lance Richbourg and Lee King.

1993 Atlanta signs amateur outfielder Andruw Jones.

 

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