Baseball History for July 10th

<— JULY 09     JULY 11 —>


1855 Jim Hart
1859 Ed Dundon
1864 Ed Conley
1864 Jimmy McAleer
1865 Bobby Lowe
1867 Bob Allen
1874 Gus Dundon
1876 John Puhl
1882 John Herman (Dutch) Rudolph
1888 Harry Spratt
1894 Jim Walsh
1896 Bill Schindler
1899 Wally Kopf
1903 Johnny Niggeling
1906 Ad Liska
1906 Hal McKain
1907 John Michaels
1915 George Dickey
1917 Hugh Alexander
1918 Chuck Stevens
1919 Dain Clay
1926 Harry MacPherson
1928 John Glenn
1937 Larry Burright
1938 Mike Brumley
1940 Pete Craig
1940 Gene Alley
1945 Hal McRae
1948 Rich Hand
1951 Bob Bailor
1954 Andre Dawson
1956 Vance McHenry
1965 Buddy Groom
1967 Lee Stevens
1969 Marty Cordova
1978 Sam Marsonek
1979 Tyrell Godwin
1980 Jesse Foppert
1986 Byung Ho Park
1987 Johnny Giavotella
1987 Jermaine Curtis
1987 Greg Infante
1988 Ryan Wheeler
1989 Will Smith
1989 Scott Alexander
1990 John Lamb
1993 David Hess
1993 Jalen Beeks
1993 Chad Sobotka
1994 Josh Rogers


1897 Kid Baldwin
1922 Harvey Bailey
1923 Joe Stabell
1935 Paul Hines
1944 Tom Walker
1945 Bill Barnes
1949 Red Downey
1951 Bobby Messenger
1956 Joe Giard
1960 Harry Redmond
1967 Skinny Graham
1968 Allie Moulton
1971 Wally Judnich
1986 Harl Maggert
1988 Ernie Nevel
1990 Henry Coppola
1992 Walt Masters
1997 Dwight Lowry
2001 Tony Criscola
2004 Art Rebel
2006 Angel Fleitas
2008 Steve Mingori
2010 Ed Palmquist
2010 Johnny Van Cuyk
2019 Jim Bouton


1911 Phillies outfielder Sherry Magee is suspended for the rest of the season (appealed down to 36 games) for clocking umpire Bill Finneran. It was a one-punch kayo…

1934 Carl Hubbell’s All Star Game outing includes fanning Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin consecutively.

1936 Chuck Klein’s tenth inning homer helps beat the Pirates in Forbes Field, 9 – 6. It was his fourth homer of the game…

1947 Cleveland’s Don Black fires a no-hitter to beat the Athletics, 3 – 0.

2009 Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez throws a no-hitter to beat San Diego, 8 – 0.


1979 Philadelphia traded a player to be named later to the White Sox for Jack Kucek. That player was Jim Morrison, who turned into a pretty good major league player for about a decade.

1980 Pittsburgh signs amateur free agent Rafael Belliard.

2009 The Mets send Ryan Church to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur.

Happy Birthday (maybe), Seymour Studley!

“Studley, the favorite, took the bat, and sent a ball to third, on which he made his first.”

“Local News.”, Washington Evening Star, 04 September 1867, Page 3.

Seymour (Sy) Studley was a member of Washington DC’s pioneer professional baseball clubs, briefly getting time with the Washington Nationals of the National Association in 1872 – which is how he lands in your baseball encyclopedia.

Seymour L. Studley was the first of four children born to Luther and Lucy Ann (Main or Maine) Studley in May, 1841.  The “L” may, in fact, be Luther but that hasn’t been identified either…  Luther was a land trader while Lucy Ann, ten years his junior, took care of a growing family.  Seymour arrived in Byron, New York but soon after his family moved to the Rochester area where they would stay for the next several years.  While there, Studley played on many of the amateur baseball clubs of his city, developing friendships with other local athletes.

Like many youths of his age, he registered with the U. S. Army for the Civil War, serving in Company C of the 54th New York Infantry; His time served would cover 1863 and part of 1864.  Afterward, he moved to Washington D.C. where he took up a position as a clerk in the U.S. Treasury.  In fact, his moving there may have been connected to that of his friend, Harry Berthrong, who came from Rochester, served in the Army during the Civil War, and would become a baseball player in the District when the war ended.

In the years immediately following the war, Washington’s National baseball club played all of the great eastern amateur and semi-professional teams.  Studley was a popular outfielder – I’m guessing with the ladies (more on that later) – and he hung around with the top club of the city from 1866 through at least 1872.  Along the way, he picked up the nickname “Warhorse” and occasionally was called “Seems” – which was short for Seymour. It was in 1872 that the National club joined the National Association – and for about three weeks, Seymour was an outfielder in what we now call the major leagues.  He only got two hits in his 21 at bats, and his professional days ended.

At some point, he migrated west landing as a collector and then salesman for a local newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Mentioned earlier was Studley’s interactions with the ladies…  In the 1865 New York Census, he is married to an Anna Studley while living with his Rochester family.  By the 1870 US Census, he’s living with two women who are also clerks for the U.S. Treasury in Washington D.C.  One of them, Ernestine Becker, would become his wife.  He’s also listed as the father to a child born to a Jene Studley about this time. suggests that he fathered two children in the 1870s, Francis and Josephine, neither of whom saw a second birthday.

At this point, you have to wonder if his westward migration is tied to his problem with women – and possibly alcoholism.  In 1883, he marries a Katie Clark in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Three years later you’ll find the first note of a Mr. Studley getting arrested and fined for disorderly behavior.  Around 1890, Studley began living with and eventually married Mary E. Brennan, an Irish immigrant with a history of toxic behavior.  In the years before they married, Brennan had been the housekeeper of a local bondsman and had a child by him.  A few years later, she had been removed from the home, a restraining order was put in place, and her child was left in the care of the father.  Brennan, according to the 1900 US Census, had nine children, seven that were still alive, and none of them were living with her in any capacity.

Anyway – two people with severe drinking problems and now a penchant for violent behavior were living with each other.  Over the next decade, Seymour and Mary would drink themselves to oblivion – and then get in the wildest of violent fights, with many of them landing on the pages of the local Lincoln newspapers.  In fact, by July 1890, the Nebraska State Journal noted that they “…have been arrested divers times for drunkeness and quarrelling.”  (Spelling left alone here.)

They were just getting started.

In 1892, they pulled each other’s hair and scratched each other – and Seymour tried to bite Mary’s nose off.  Four months later, after another fight:

“…(T)he court informed them that in its opinion they were well-developed, corpulent nuisances, and as there was no reason shown why they should be allowed to exist on earth, he gave them fifteen days in the city jail.”

“A Great Scheme”, Lincoln Evening News, 30 August 1892, Page 5.

In 1893, she tried to slit his throat while he was sleeping; he suggested a different blade and used the time she spent sharpening her knife to find a board.  When Mary returned, Seymour clobbered her about the head several times until neighbors and police intervened.  “When told that he had possibly killed the woman Studley sniffed contemptuously and said that it couldn’t be done.”

“Love One Another.”, Lincoln Evening News, 07 July 1893, Page 1.

In 1899, Mary allegedly threw kerosene on him and set him on fire.

And if Mary wasn’t bludgeoning him, Mother Nature helped out.  He was severely injured when a tornado ripped through Lincoln in 1896 and shattered windows of the hotel where Studley worked as a porter.  Flying glass cut Studley in several places, requiring a lengthy hospital stay.

The CRAZY part is that with all of this drunken behavior and violent outbursts (and what had to be WEEKS of jail time), he was regularly hired to serve on voter registration boards.

On 09 July 1901, having somehow passed his 60th birthday and survived the previous century, death called Studley away from this earth.  He died in Grand Island, NE and is buried in a soldier’s cemetery with a Civil War headstone there.

Mary, now in need of Studley’s Civil War pension, traveled to Omaha to register for his pension as Studley’s widow.  Soon after collecting $30, she went on a bender and when she returned in a drunken stupor to the “old ladies’ home” she used as a hotel, she was arrested for disorderly conduct.  So she spent the night in jail.  The next day she faced a judge and paid a fine.  Told to go home, she found a local bar – and got arrested for drunken behavior again.

Nearly 13 years later, Seymour Studley’s luck finally changed.

Silas J. Brown, of Rochester, N. Y., has written Police Chief Copelan a letter asking him to try to find Seymour L. Studley, last heard of in Cincinnati 23 years ago. Some news of great advantage awaits the man, the letter says.

“Seek Seymour L. Studley.”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 24 April 1914, Page 16.

Except, of course, Studley was a corpse.


1850, 1870, 1900 US Census
1855, 1865 New York Census

Nebraska and Washington DC Marriage Records
Washington DC Birth Records

Civil War Draft Registrations
Civil War Pension Applications
Civil War Headstone Applications

“Sports and Pastimes.”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 06 July 1866, Page 2.

“Base Ball – National vs. Union, Alias Haymakers” National Republican, 05 September 1867, Page 3.

“Base Ball.” National Republican, 26 June 1869, Page 4.

“Base Ball.” National Republican, 25 June 1870, Page 4.

“Police Court.”, Nebraska State Journal, 29 October 1886, Page 8.

“He Was Jealous Of Mary.”, Nebraska State Journal, 26 July 1890, Page 3.

“He Chastised His Mistress.” Lincoln Evening News, 26 July 1890, Page 4.

“The Police Court Record.”, Nebraska State Journal, 14 May 1891, Page 2.

“Pensions Granted.”, Lincoln Journal Star, 13 October 1891, Page 4.

Nebraska State Journal, 29 October 1891, Page 7.

“Run Him To Earth”, Lincoln Evening News, 16 April 1892, Page 5.

“A Great Scheme”, Lincoln Evening News, 30 August 1892, Page 5.

“Love One Another.”, Lincoln Evening News, 07 July 1893, Page 1.

“City In Brief.”, Lincoln Evening News, 11 June 1894, Page 5.

“Gets His Homestead”, Lincoln Evening News, 09 May 1896, Page 1.

“Touched By A Tornado”, Lincoln Evening News, 13 May 1896, Page 1.

“City In Brief.”, Lincoln Evening News, 12 July 1899, Page 6.

“Registration Of Voters.”, Nebraska State Journal, 14 October 1900, Page 7.

“Death of Seymour L. Studley.”, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 13 July 1901, Page 14.

“King Alcohol’s Cruel Trick”, Omaha Daily Bee, 02 October 1901, Page 4.

“Seek Seymour L. Studley.”, Cincinnati Equirer, 24 April 1914, Page 16.

Baseball History for July 9th

<— JULY 08     JULY 10 —>


1851 James (Red) Woodhead
1854 John Cullen
1859 Fred Tenney
1865 Jimmy Cooney
1871 Jack Egan
1874 Dan Kerwin
1874 Jack Powell
1875 Pete McBride
1881 Leon Mark (Biddy) Dolan
1883 Dave Shean
1885 Charles Lincoln (Buck) Herzog
1887 Bill McCorry
1889 Jack Boyle
1891 Jim Scoggins
1893 Turner Barber
1893 Tony Faeth
1893 Harry Eccles
1895 Joe Gleason
1896 Carl Holling
1897 Glenn Myatt
1899 Fred Johnston
1901 Lou Polli
1904 Art Daney
1906 Johnny Vergez
1909 Jimmy Shevlin
1910 Ray Thomas
1915 Tony Criscola
1916 Ned Harris
1929 Wally Post
1931 Gene Fodge
1932 Truman Eugene (Tex) Clevenger
1932 Bud Black
1932 Orville Inman (Coot) Veal
1933 Ray Rippelmeyer
1937 Gordon MacKenzie
1943 Mike Andrews
1944 Hal Haydel
1944 Roland Thomas (Sonny) Jackson
1946 George Stone
1949 Steve Luebber
1955 Willie Wilson
1956 Guy Hoffman
1963 Mark Higgins
1974 Tom Evans
1981 Tommy Hottovy
1983 Robert Manuel
1983 Miguel Montero
1987 Rusney Castillo
1993 Oscar Hernandez
1993 James Bourque
1993 Jace Fry


1893 Tom Terrell
1901 Sy Studley
1914 Ossee Schrecongost (Tuberculosis)

Ossee was Rube Waddell’s catcher for much of his career, including their first game with Louisville in 1897 and their days in Philadelphia from about 1902 to 1907. Rube passed away three months earlier of the same disease.

1919 Aleck Smith
1924 Bill McCloskey
1929 Pete Cassidy
1938 George Dickerson
1951 Huck Wallace
1951 Harry Heilmann
1956 Buddy Ryan
1962 Moose McCormick
1966 Mule Suttles
1968 Hap Collard
1971 Mike Konnick
1974 Leo Mangum
1976 Tom Yawkey (Leukemia)

There are some who believe that Yawkey’s plaque in the Hall of Fame should be removed given his legacy of racism as owner of the Red Sox. The street named after him near Fenway Park has already been renamed.

1984 Charlie Uhlir
1986 Red Lucas
1997 Stan Rojek
2001 Al Lary
2004 Tony Lupien
2008 Don Eaddy
2009 Jessie Hollins
2010 Frank Verdi
2012 Chick King
2014 Don Lenhardt
2014 Bill Koski
2018 Sammy Esposito
2019 Glenn Mickens


1969 Tom Seaver’s bid for a perfect game is crushed when Cubs pinch hitter Jim Qualls lines a single past the pitcher into center. The greatest Met would get a no-hitter nine years later with the Reds.

2002 Bud Selig declares the All Star Game a tie after eleven innings. Both teams scored seven runs.

2011 Derek Jeter homers off David Price for his 3000th career hit – he’d have five hits on the day.


1898 Louisville purchases first baseman Harry Davis from Pittsburgh. Davis would find greater fame a few years later with Connie Mack and the Athletics.

1909 The White Sox acquired Lena Blackburne from Providence of the Eastern League for two players (Jake Atz, Mike Welday) and $6,500 – all of which were sent later…

1912 The White Sox purchased Eddie Cicotte from the Red Sox.

According to the Boston Globe, Cicotte wasn’t interested in joining the White Sox unless he got a portion of the sale price and a promise that he’d paid the value of the Boston bonus should Boston win the World Series (which Boston won over the Giants).

(“Cicotte Sold To Chicago.”, Boston Globe, 10 July 1912, Page 7.)

It took about four days to iron out the details, but Cicotte reported to the White Sox and resumed a fine (and flawed) career.

1914 Boston spends at least $25,000 to purchase Ernie Shore, Ben Egan, and pitcher George Ruth from Baltimore. That Ruth fellow would help the Red Sox win two World Series as a pitcher, and then turn into a pretty good hitter…

1960 The Los Angeles Dodgers released pitcher Tom Lasorda. He’d come back – but only would pitch batting practice…

1986 The Yankees send Ed Whitson to San Diego for Tim Stoddard.

2010 Seattle sends Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe to Texas for Justin Smoak, Josh Lueke, Blake Beavan, and Matt Lawson.

Happy Birthday, Frank McIntyre!

This is a little early…  I stumbled on Frank’s story because he died on July 8th shortly after making his MLB debut and decided to just write the story.  To be fair, there isn’t a whole lot to work with, so it’ll be much shorter than most of my bios.

Frank McIntyre was born to Michael and Tresa (Theresa?) McIntyre on 12 July 1859 in Walled Lake, MI.  Frank was the third child, following two older sisters born to the laborer and his much younger (like, two decades younger) wife.  Both Michael and Tresa were born in Ireland and came to the US by 1850.

In time, the family moved into Detroit and Frank learned to play ball on the lots of his hometown.  While still an amateur he was signed by the Detroit Wolverines of the National League and thrown right into the fire, facing the Philadelphia Athletics on 16 May 1883.

“To the credit of McIntyre, be it said that he stood up manfully through it all and faced the storm undauntedly. Not only that but he pitched the succeeding innings of a long and trying game as effectively as he did the opening ones…

He showed that he had the speed, nerve and endurance, and he will be given an opportunity by the Detroit management to develop that ability that he possesses.”

“Sporting Matters.”, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 1883, Page 5.

McIntyre was solid until the sixth when fielding errors cost led to an eight run rally, which was pretty much the only time Philadelphia threatened at all.  However, Detroit came back to tie it in the ninth and won it in the eleventh inning.

As for that opportunity, Detroit management let him go within days of his start.

Columbus, however, gave the kid a chance and on 16 June 1883 McIntyre beat Pittsburgh in ten innings.  Again, the kid with the swift release had just one really off inning, but his team rallied late and won in extra innings.  Four days later, Pittsburgh got a second chance to face McIntyre in Columbus and pummeled the kid’s pitching.  Since Columbus ownership saw the one bad outing, that was all for for McIntyre and he returned home to Detroit.

I mentioned that McIntyre didn’t live long after this.  The “traveling man” (that was the job listed in the Michigan State Death Record) died of consumption (tuberculosis) on 08 July 1887, only four days shy of his 28th birthday.


Michigan Death Records

1860 US Census

“Sporting Matters.”, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 1883, Page 5.

“Thrice Defeated”, Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, 16 June 1883, Page 2.

“Another Game Won.”, Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, 21 June 1883, Page 8.

Baseball History for July 8th

<— JULY 07     JULY 09 —>


1855 Lester Dole
1859 Hank O’Day
1867 Ed Pabst
1868 Harry Gilbert
1870 Ira Davis
1872 Frank Sexton
1874 Jay Parker
1874 Johnny Siegle
1875 Herbert Theodore (Buttons) Briggs
1882 Oscar Westerberg
1883 Howard Elbert (Ducky) Holmes
1885 Joe Crisp
1887 George Hunter
1887 Bill Hunter
1887 Jim Bluejacket
1889 John Martina
1890 Harold Bell (Rowdy) Elliott
1890 Wally Mayer
1890 Ivey Wingo
1890 Clarence Dickson (Lefty) Russell
1891 Clyde Barfoot
1893 Bill Brown
1893 Dan Woodman
1896 Roy Crumpler
1901 Gomer Russell (Tex) Wilson
1903 Clint Brown
1912 Francis James (Salty) Parker
1914 George Fallon
1919 Charlie Gilbert
1926 Gene Patton
1929 John Powers
1929 Hector Lopez
1930 Eddie Phillips
1930 Glen Gorbous
1931 Zach Monroe
1933 Al Spangler
1938 Bill Spanswick
1939 Ed Keegan
1940 Darrell G. (Bucky) Brandon
1941 Ken Sanders
1941 Gary Kroll
1943 George Culver
1945 Jim Ollom
1948 Lerrin LaGrow
1951 Alan Ashby
1956 Terry Puhl
1960 Mike Ramsey
1964 Ken Patterson
1964 Bob Kipper
1965 Jerome Walton
1965 Chuck Malone
1968 Garland Kiser
1969 Ernie Young
1969 Bobby Ayala
1969 Rosario Rodriguez
1974 Danny Ardoin
1975 David Moraga
1977 Craig House
1982 Renyel Pinto
1983 John Bowker
1984 Kevin Russo
1986 Jaime Garcia
1987 Josh Harrison
1987 Christian Friedrich
1987 Mason Tobin
1992 Mike Gerber
1993 Caleb Frare
1994 Stephen Gonsalves


1887 Frank McIntyre
1895 Steve King
1929 Joe Kappel
1941 Lucky Wright
1941 Jack Wadsworth
1954 Wiley Taylor
1958 Bill McAfee
1960 Joe Krakauskas
1963 Roy Sanders
1968 Nap Shea
1969 Red Rolfe
1969 Bill Carrigan
1970 Jimmy Grant
1980 Wenty Ford
1981 Bill Hallahan
1986 Skeeter Webb
1986 Johnny Cooney
1988 Frank Ellerbe
1996 Jim Busby
1996 Jim Baumer
2010 Clint Hartung
2013 Dick Gray
2014 John Hoover
2014 Tom Veryzer
2016 Turk Lown
2016 Hal Hudson
2019 Paul Schramka


1912 The Cubs take out the Giants, 7 – 2, ending the 19 game winning streak of pitcher Rube Marquard.

1941 Ted Williams takes Claude Passeau deep with two outs in the ninth to win the All Star Game for the American League – the first time the all star game ended with a game winning hit.

1994 Boston’s John Valentin snares a Marc Newfield liner, steps on second to get the second out, then tags Kevin Mitchell for baseball’s tenth unassisted triple play.


1960 Cincinnati signs amateur free agent hitter Pete Rose.

1972 Detroit signs free agent pitcher John Hiller.

1999 Florida sends reliever Matt Mantai to the Diamondbacks for Brad Penny, Vladimir Nunez and (later) Abraham Nunez.

2008 Oakland sends Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Cubs for Josh Donaldson, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, and Sean Gallagher.

Baseball History for July 7th

<— JULY 06     JULY 08 —>


1868 Willard Mains
1873 Oscar Streit
1876 Frederick Bidds (Happy) Iott
1882 George Suggs
1885 George Moriarty
1886 Bert James
1893 Franklin Burton (Dutch) Wetzel
1896 John Jenkins
1902 Art Merewether
1906 Dick Bass
1906 Leroy Robert (Satchel) Paige
1909 Billy Herman
1910 Ernie Sulik
1911 Leon William (Red) Nonnenkamp
1919 Hugh East
1921 Johnny Van Cuyk
1923 Joe Smaza
1923 Ed Sanicki
1924 Mel Clark
1924 John Simmons
1926 George Spencer
1927 Sammy White
1927 Hal Keller
1929 John Romonosky
1936 Bill Kunkel
1937 George Smith
1938 Bob Lipski
1945 Chuck Goggin
1945 Bill Melton
1946 Rick Kester
1948 Tommy Moore
1948 Bob Gallagher
1949 Tim Nordbrook
1955 Jerry Dybzinski
1956 Terry Bevington
1957 Dan Gladden
1958 Glenn Hoffman
1958 Tim Teufel
1966 Jeff Shaw
1966 Dave Burba
1968 Mike Busch
1968 Chuck Knoblauch
1973 Jose Jimenez
1973 Matt Mantei
1977 Andy Green
1980 John Buck
1981 Jon Huber
1983 Luke Montz
1983 R. J. Swindle
1983 Brandon McCarthy
1984 Alfredo Figaro
1985 Leyson Septimo
1987 Yangervis Solarte
1995 Franmil Reyes
1995 Richard Lovelady
1995 Nate Lowe


1915 Mike DePangher
1933 Neal Finn
1936 Bill Pounds
1939 Deacon White
1941 Jack Gilbert
1942 Harry Spies
1945 Cal Crum
1947 Dick Egan
1958 John Sullivan
1959 Norwood Gibson
1964 Glenn Gardner
1965 Pat Burke
1967 Joe Weiss
1971 Ray Phelps
1973 Paul Musser
1980 Chink Taylor
1981 Merl Combs
1982 Joe Dugan
1983 Vic Wertz
1990 Don Bessent
1993 Ben Chapman
1995 Al Unser
2003 Ribs Raney
2011 Dick Williams


1923 Cleveland is the first American League team to score a run in all innings they bat (only eight – a home game) when they clout the Red Sox, 27 – 24. The Indians put up 13 in the sixth inning, and only had one run innings in the fourth and seventh innings.

2009 Alan Embree wins a game without throwing a pitch. Having entered the game, Embree picked off Austin Kearns to end the top of the eighth, and then Colorado rallied to win in the bottom of the eighth.

2011 Firefighter Shannon Stone reaches for a ball thrown toward him by Josh Hamilton, loses his footing, and falls about twenty feet to his death in the outfield stands.


1902 Philadelphia purchases outfielder Danny Murphy from Norwich of the Connecticut State League.

1948 Satchel Paige signs with Cleveland – and would win six of seven decisions down the stretch for the World Series bound team.

1972 Oakland signs amateur free agent outfielder Claudell Washington.

2008 Cleveland sends CC Sabathia to the Brewers for Matt LaPorta, Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson and (later) Michael Brantley.

Baseball History for July 6th

<—JULY 05     JULY 07 —>


1843 Wes Fisler
1856 Fred Robinson
1861 Jake Aydelott
1865 Mike Jones
1871 George Paynter
1875 Bill Magee
1879 Ed Holly
1881 Walter Carlisle
1881 Roy Hartzell
1890 Lucien Edward (Lefty) Gervais
1891 Steve O’Neill
1893 Clarence Clemet (Shovel) Hodge
1899 Lenny Metz
1905 Ned Porter
1908 Darrell Elijah (Cy) Blanton
1916 Bill Donovan
1917 Ken Sears
1918 Hal Marnie
1919 Hardin Cathey
1920 Jay Avrea
1924 Frank Kellert
1929 Angelo LiPetri
1930 Karl Olson
1938 John Boozer
1938 Barry Shetrone
1947 Lance Clemons
1947 Nestor Chavez
1952 Cardell Camper
1954 Jason Thompson
1954 Willie Randolph
1957 Rich Murray
1960 German Rivera
1963 Todd Burns
1963 Lance Johnson
1966 Darrin Winston
1966 Jeremy Hernandez
1967 Omar Olivares
1969 Jeff Darwin
1972 Greg Norton
1977 Mike Ryan
1990 Preston Tucker
1991 Nick Goody
1992 Manny Machado
1994 Andrew Benintendi
1994 Brandon Lowe
1996 Jonathan Hernandez


1934 Ray Francis

Francis had a heart attack on his first day with the motorcycle patrol in Atlanta.  He was 41.

“Ray Francis Dies Of Heart Attack”, Atlanta Constitution, 07 July 1934, Page 1.

1941 Jack Theis
1949 Ike Caveney
1951 Ted Easterly
1965 Jimmy Ring
1966 Sad Sam Jones
1967 Jim Asbell
1967 Cotton Knaupp
1968 Chief Youngblood
1970 Harry Wolter
1973 Wickey McAvoy
1980 Walt Craddock
1982 Bob Johnson
1986 Eddie Yuhas
1998 Ed Sanicki
2003 Ed Chandler
2005 Al Porto
2008 Ron Jackson
2017 Dom Zanni


1933 Babe Ruth’s homer gives the American League the win over the National League, 4 – 2, in the first All Star Game held in Comiskey Park.

1977 Greg Gross homers for the Cubs. It was his first, but it took 1888 plate appearances to get that first one – the longest it took any player to get homer #1.

1983 The All Star Game returns to Comiskey Park on the 50th anniversary of that first one. This time it was a Fred Lynn grand slam, the first slam in an all star game, that allowed the American League to break an 11 game winning streak held by the NL.


1965 Pittsburgh signs amateur free agent pitcher Woody Fryman.

1979 Los Angeles purchases pitcher Fernando Valenzuela from Yucatan of the Mexican League.

Baseball History for July 5th

<— JULY 04     JULY 06 —>


1857 Jack Farrell
1863 Charlie Krehmeyer
1866 Lee Viau
1868 Pat Wright
1875 Lawrence Joseph (Frank) Freund
1877 Harvey Cushman
1881 Harry Herbert (Chub) Aubrey
1884 Jimmy Dygert
1884 Ward Miller
1885 Josh Swindell
1886 Beals Becker
1894 Hod Eller
1896 Hank Thormahlen
1896 Alexander Vernon (Buck) Freeman
1897 Tom Miller
1902 Frank Naleway
1904 Irving Darius (Bump) Hadley
1917 Tommy Warren
1921 Al Kozar
1926 Roy Hawes
1926 Mario Picone
1928 Jim Baxes
1931 Arnie Portocarrero
1934 Gordy Coleman
1936 Jack Krol
1943 Curt Blefary
1948 Dave Lemonds
1950 Gary Matthews
1951 Rich Gossage
1952 Don DeMola
1956 Rick Lancellotti
1962 Jeff Innis
1966 Dave Eiland
1967 Tim Worrell
1970 Doug Bochtler
1972 Marquis Donnell (Bo) Porter
1975 Alberto Castillo
1976 Jay Spurgeon
1981 Jesse Crain
1983 Marco Estrada
1988 Andre Rienzo
1989 Tony Cingrani
1991 Felipe Rivero
1993 Jorge Polanco


1883 Charlie Guth
1909 Frank Selee
1929 Ted Sullivan
1930 Frederick Fass
1936 Phil Wisner
1940 George Yeager
1944 Claude Rothgeb
1950 Joe Sargent
1953 Frank McCue
1963 Ben DeMott
1964 Dick Attreau
1966 Pete Fox
1969 Ed Hemingway
1974 Duster Mails
1975 Joe Kiefer
1980 Ben Tincup
1981 Horace Allen
1993 Charlie Bishop
1994 Bernie DeViveiros
2002 Ted Williams


1898 Lizzie Stroud pitches for Reading in the Eastern League – the first woman to pitch in organized baseball.

1947 Larry Doby strikes out when facing Chicago’s Earl Harrist. For the Indians pinch hitter, Doby is the first African-American to play in the American League.


1933 The Red Sox purchase Bucky Walters from Mission of the PCL.

1950 The Yankees acquire Billy Martin and Jackie Jensen from Oakland in the PCL, sending the Oaks cash and Eddie Malone to complete the trade.

1977 Los Angeles signs amateur hitter Ron Kittle.

1987 The Giants send Chris Brown, Mark Davis, Mark Grant, and Keith Comstock to the Padres for Kevin Mitchell, Dave Dravecky, and Craig Lefferts.

2014 Chicago sends Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for Addison Russell, Dan Straily, and Billy McKinney.

Happy Birthday, James “Chief” Roseman!

About 60 major league players were born on the Fourth of July but only James John Roseman both arrived and left this world on July 4th.

James John Roseman was the second child of three born to Thomas and Catharine Roseman, a pair of Irish immigrants who came to the United States in the years prior to the Civil War.  James arrived on 04 July 1856 and learned to play the game on the lots of his native Brooklyn.  He first played in local leagues and before his 20th birthday he had traveled to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1875.  There, the stocky but athletic Roseman was forced into mound duty.  According to the Buffalo Commercial, “He was in poor condition, having had little practice, and being eager to be effective, he began to drive the ball in with all his might. As he attempted to deliver the third ball his arm broke above the elbow, and the ball dropped to the ground.”

Roseman missed the rest of 1875 and all of 1876 but returned to play for Auburn (NY).  There, among teammates at a bar, he was decked by first baseman and captain William Tobin.  Roseman chose to avoid fighting the team captain and went outside.  However, he was goaded into fighting Tobin.  Roseman went back into the hotel and challenged Tobin to a fight.  So, the two willing combatants moved to an empty lot and held a boxing match.  They toed the scratch and, again, Tobin bloodied Roseman’s face.  Roseman leaned in, though, charged Tobin and got him into a headlock.  After landing several punches to Tobin’s head he then tripped him and landed on Tobin’s midsection.  The two came up for the second round and it went nearly the same as the first – Roseman took a punch, then he put Tobin in a headlock and pummeled him about the head and upper body.  Once again, Roseman took Tobin down and people were surprised that Tobin was able to toe the scratch for a third round.  However, the third round never got started – the police broke up the match and both combatants paid a $10 fine to the local judge.

Let’s return to baseball.

After two seasons playing on Brooklyn and New York semi-pro teams, Roseman was signed to play for Troy’s National League entry in 1882.  There, in addition to playing a fine center field, Roseman got in a row with pitcher Jack Lynch.  The rookie held his own on the field and in the barrooms, but Troy didn’t survive past the season.  The New York Metropolitans were formed in the American Association and Roseman landed as their center fielder.  Roseman was a mobile and willing fielder and his batting average increased some, though he sacrificed some power.  Roseman, however, was just getting started.  In 1884, Roseman was a key performer on a Metropolitan team that won the American Association.  He repeated his strong season in 1885, but the Mets would never be that good again.  At the end of that season, the Metropolitans were sold to Erastus Wiman, who moved the Metropolitans to a park on Staten Island.  And, Brooklyn’s Charles Byrne wanted to eliminate local competition in the American Association.  He tried to get the Metropolitans removed from the Association and he made offers to Dave Orr and James Roseman, two of the best players on the Mets roster.

Byrne’s efforts failed and Roseman returned to a Metropolitans team, signing a $3,000 contract to play on a team that was even worse than the 1885 team.  All but Dave Orr fell off in their batting – though Roseman remained a popular and moderately productive player.  Instead, Roseman became the subject of trade rumors throughout the off-season.  Eventually, Roseman was sold for $750 to the Philadelphia Athletics and agreed to a $2,000 contract with a $500 services contract for 1887.

Within two weeks of the season starting, Roseman spent the night in Baltimore with friends and earned the wrath of the Athletics who didn’t appreciate Roseman’s night on the town.  He was suspended for a month and fined $100.  Roseman’s batting average failed to return to his 1884-85 peak and the Athletics released him in mid-June.  The Metropolitans, who were now barely able to win a third of their games, brought back their popular outfielder.  Roseman couldn’t help – and by this time he was considerably heavier.  The Mets let Roseman go – Roseman finally signed to play with Brooklyn for about a week – he played in just one game for his hometown team.

Roseman played a season with Albany, a minor league organization, and he started asking for chances to play again.  His opportunity came in 1890 when the Players League opened for play and teams were scrambling for able bodies to fill roles.  Chris Von der Ahe signed the older, rounder Chief Roseman – even let him run the club for a few weeks – and Roseman hit about .341.  He was released, briefly played for Louisville, and then went home to Brooklyn.

One story that made the rounds while Roseman was a manager involved how he dealt with Chris Von der Ahe’s trying to play scout when he owned the Browns.  Apparently, Von der Ahe was trying to sign players on the cheap and he signed a catcher named Adams for $40 a month plus room and board… So Roseman got him a loosely fitting uniform and sent him out to warm up. Seeing that the kid wasn’t that good during the pre-game warm up, Roseman put Adams behind the plate for the first pitch. Then, he told the kid to wear his glove on the wrong hand when playing back, but when he moved up close behind the plate, he could put his glove on the correct hand – claiming that this was a Freemason signal for some of the teammates. Roseman also told the catcher to wear his mask backwards when playing back. Elton Chamberlain fired the first pitch to Adams – and it was the only pitch Adams faced.  He was removed immediately – and Roseman told Von der Ahe to let him pick the players on the team.

My favorite story told about Von der Ahe and Roseman, though, had to do with Jack Stivetts.  There were a number of Italian saloons near the ballpark and players had a reputation for visiting the bars and drinking.  Von der Ahe noticed that Stivetts wasn’t around for the morning practice and asked Roseman if Stivetts had been out drinking.

“No, sir,” said Roseman. “Jack hasn’t been well for two days. He’s at home now with lumbago.” Lumbago was a term for pain in the lower back.

Von der Ahe thought Lumbago was the name of one of the Italian saloon owners and he told Roseman to fine Stivetts $10 for his being absent.

“One of Chris’s Breaks.”, Nashville Banner, 27 February 1897, Page 9.

When not playing baseball, Roseman owned and operated a gaming hall and bar.  Roseman enjoyed this life – he was known for his willingness to drink.  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle once wrote that it was probably a good idea that Brooklyn hadn’t signed Roseman in 1886.  “Though the team would have been strengthened by the addition of Orr, it would not have been by placing Roseman in it, as his playing skill is offset by objectionable ways.”

Throw in the fights early in his career, and Roseman was a lively guy.  He was also well-liked.  O. P. Caylor followed Roseman in 1887 and said that he was just the best person – worked hard, was kind, and easy to talk to.  So how did an Irish immigrant get the nickname Chief?  Because the boisterous outfielder would let out war-whoops in the field, sometimes adding, “Stick your chest out!” loud enough for all to hear.  Other players might join in the war cries – leading to the Mets briefly being called “the Indians” in various papers while Rosemen was with New York.

Roseman’s days with his bar ended around 1899.  By then, Roseman had been married to Sarah J. Smith for about 20 years.  They had five children and lived a more normal life after Roseman started working for the City of New York, spending 34 years working in the Sewer Department.  After Sarah’s death, he married Sarah Clancey Hoar – his second wife of Irish heritage.  He outlived both wives and two of his children.  Roseman finally passed to the next league on 04 July 1938 – entering and exiting the world via Brooklyn.



1860, 1900, 1910, 1930 US Censuses

New York Marriage Indexes

“Sports And Pastimes.”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 15 June 1881, Page 1.

“Base-Ball.”, New York Times, 27 August 1881, Page 8.

“Notes.”, Buffalo Commercial 09 June 1882, Page 3.

“Sporting Notes.”, Buffalo Commercial, 26 March 1883, Page 3.

“Lynch Licked.”, Louisville Courier-Journal, 30 June 1884, Page 8.

“Our League Pets’ Departure.”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 05 May 1885, Page 5.

“Pittsburgs, 13; Metropolitans, 4.” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 12 May 1885, Page 4.

“To Stand By Mr. Wiman”, New York Times, 13 December 1885, Page 10.

“The Base-Ball Muddle.”, Marion County Herald, 01 January 1886, Page 2.

“Sports And Pastimes.”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 31 Jamuary 1886, Page 11.

“Base Ball Gossip.”, Buffalo Times, 22 March 1886, Page 2.

“Sports And Pastimes.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 11 September 1886, Page 1.

“Base Ball.”, The Sporting News, 11 December 1886, Pages 2, 3.

“Diamond Dust.”, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 09 December 1886, Page 5.

“From The Bat Bag”, Democrat and Chronicle, 30 January 1887, Page 7.

“Philadelphia Times, 06 February 1887, Page 11.

“Base Ball News.”, Philadelphia Inquirer, 03 March 1887, Page 2.

“Sporting News.”, Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 April 1887, Page 3.

“Base Ball Notes.”, Pittsburgh Daily Post, 25 April 1887, Page 6.

“Diamond Sparks.”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 02 May 1887, Page 8.

“Athletic Players Released.” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 16 June 1887, Page 8.

Brooklyn Standard Union, 16 June 1887, Page 4.

“Mets, 7; Athletics, 4.”, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 19 June 1887, Page 11.

“Closely Contested.”, Brooklyn Citizen, 26 June 1887, Page 2.

“Diamond Dust.”, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 29 August 1887, Page 3.

Brooklyn Daily Times, 10 September 1887, Page 4.

“The National Game.”, Brooklyn Daily Times, 03 October 1887, Page 1.

Caylor, O.P. “Caylor’s Comment.”, The Sporting Life, 05 October 1887, Page 4.

“Fifteenth Ward Democratic Club.”, Brooklyn Times Union, 06 October 1887, Page 2.

“A Memorable Battle.”, The Sporting Life, 16 November 1887, Page 2.

“Notes And Comments.”, The Sporting Life, 18 July 1888, Page 5.

“Not So Easy.”, Buffalo Morning Express, 24 July 1888, Page 5.

“Notes and Comments.”, The Sporting Life, 06 February 1889, Page 2.

“Notes and Gossip.”, The Sporting Life, 10 May 1890, Page 4.

“Notes and Gossip.”, The Sporting Life, 09 August 1890, Page 4.

“Sure To Win It.”, The Sporting Life, 16 August 1890, Page 8.

“Louisville Lines.”, The Sporting Life, 20 September 1890, Page 8.

“Editorial Views, News, Comment.”, The Sporting Life, 28 May 1892, Page 2.

“Sporting”, Buffalo Enquirer, 08 April 1896, Page 8.

“One of Chris’s Breaks.”, Nashville Banner, 27 February 1897, Page 9.

“May Open At Eastern Park.”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 02 April 1897, Page 4.

“Baseball Talk.” Buffalo Courier, 14 November 1898, Page 3.

Kelly, Walter C. “The Wild World of Sport”, Buffalo Courier, 09 March 1903, Page 9.

“How It Was Done.” Buffalo Times, 04 April 1905, Page 8.

“James Roseman, Ex-Ball Player”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 05 July 1938, Page 11.

Baseball History for July 4th

<— JULY 03     JULY 05 —>


1847 Levin Jones
1852 Jerry Turbidy
1853 Bill Sullivan
1856 James John (Chief) Roseman
1858 Chris Fulmer
1859 Mickey Welch
1861 Louie Heilbroner
1863 Jim McTamany
1864 Fred Donovan
1865 Frank Millard
1880 Edward Ottis (Pinky) Swander
1880 George Mullin
1884 Jack Warhop
1884 Lou Manske
1886 William Jennings (Duke) Kenworthy
1890 Milt Reed
1891 Jacob Frank (Stump) Edington
1898 Bobby Murray
1900 James Lavoisier (Dot) Fulghum
1900 Wes Kingdon
1904 Ed Cotter
1904 Mel Ingram
1917 Mike Palagyi
1922 Loren Bain
1928 Chuck Tanner
1929 Werner Joseph (Babe) Birrer
1929 Bill Tremel
1929 Bill Tuttle
1930 George Steinbrenner
1931 Bobby Malkmus
1937 Gordon Seyfried
1942 Hal Lanier
1944 Fred Rico
1946 Joe Henderson
1947 Jim Minshall
1947 Jim Nelson
1948 Ed Armbrister
1948 Wayne Nordhagen
1954 Jim Beattie
1954 Dan Larson
1962 Johnny Abrego
1963 Jose Oquendo
1967 Vinny Castilla
1971 Brendan Donnelly
1973 Jay Canizaro
1974 Jeff Harris
1979 Amauri Sanit
1981 Francisco Cruceta
1983 Sergio Santos
1985 Jared Hughes
1989 Jabari Blash
1990 Matt Dermody
1992 Zac Curtis
1992 Mike Ford


1892 Frank Millard
1907 Connie McGeehan
1911 Jimmy Mathison
1922 John Pickett
1925 George Derby
1938 Chief Roseman
1947 Jeff Sweeney
1960 Frank Parkinson
1961 Jake Hehl
1962 Abe Kruger
1966 Jesse Purnell
1969 Lew Drill
1973 Walter Schmidt
1974 Jack Compton
1978 Joe Vance
1980 Jack Martin
1984 Doyt Morris
1986 Oscar Roettger
1993 Walter Stephenson
1994 Tex Hoyle
1994 Cal Cooper
2006 Chet Hajduk
2008 Julio Gotay
2011 Wes Covington
2014 Earl Robinson
2017 Gene Conley


1905 Rube Waddell and Cy Young pitch into the 20th inning before the Athletics score two to break the tie, 4 – 2.

1908 Giants pitcher Hooks Wiltse loses his perfect game when he hits George McQuillan with a pitch with two outs in the ninth. The Giants scored in the tenth to win, 1 – 0, and Wiltse completed the extra innings no-hitter.

1912 Tigers ace George Mullin sends the holiday crowd home happy as he no-hits the Browns to win 7 – 0 (and adds three hits of his own).

1932 Bill Dickey is suspended 30 days for breaking the jaw of White Sox outfielder Carl Reynolds with a single punch. Reynolds collided with Dickey trying to score and Dickey wasn’t happy, so he decked Reynolds. Dickey was suspended for a month and fined $1,000.

1939 Lou Gehrig Day in NYC – includes the famous “Luckiest man on the face of the earth…” speech.

That same day, Jim Tabor hit a pair of grand slams against the Athletics.

1984 Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox, 4 – 0.


1946 The Braves signed amateur infielder Alvin Dark.

1961 Milwaukee purchases Johnny Antonelli from Cleveland.

2002 Seattle signs amateur free agent pitcher Felix Hernandez.