Baseball History for May 17th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1852 Sam King
1857 Billy Reid
1858 Henry Oberbeck
1860 Frank Mountain
1865 Al Mays
1868 Fred Woodcock
1878 Rube Vickers
1886 Elmer Steele
1888 Irv Porter
1892 Hal Carlson
1894 Frank Woodward
1897 Harry Riconda
1903 Cool Papa Bell
1906 Al Eckert
1908 Leo Norris
1910 Lou Chiozza
1912 Ace Parker
1927 Jim McDonald
1932 Billy Hoeft
1932 Ozzie Virgil
1939 Dick Smith
1946 Dan Monzon
1948 Carlos May
1952 Porfi Altamirano
1957 Pascual Perez
1962 Greg Mathews
1963 Tom Newell
1964 Rob Nelson
1966 Jack Voigt
1969 Rick Huisman
1974 Wiki Gonzalez
1975 Scott Seabol
1976 Jose Guillen
1978 Carlos Pena
1978 John Foster
1982 Nick Masset
1983 Jeremy Sowers
1985 Todd Redmond
1989 John Cornely

OBITUARIES:

1905 John Abadie
1908 Harry Spence
1931 Charlie Ferguson
1933 Bill Van Dyke
1941 Bill Husted
1949 Bill Swarback
1954 Roy Parker
1954 Earl Tyree
1957 Dummy Deegan
1961 Barney Slaughter
1961 Otto Knabe
1965 Bill Bartley
1969 Pants Rowland
1975 Sig Broskie
1982 Dixie Walker
1989 Specs Toporcer
1995 George Metkovich
2001 Ike Brown
2002 Joe Black
2004 Buster Narum
2007 Bill Wight
2011 Harmon Killebrew

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1925 Tris Speaker gets three hits in a loss to Washington and Tom Zachary to pass the 3000 hit mark.

1927 Bob Smith of Boston goes 22 innings in a complete game loss to the Cubs in Braves Field. He allows 20 hits and nine walks, but just four runs – faces 89 batters (!) in the contest.

1944 Bobby Doerr completes the cycle in the second game of a double header.

1963 Don Nottebart fires a no hitter to beat the Phillies, the first thrown by a Houston Colt-45. The Phillies lose, 4 – 1, but score on an error, bunt, and sacrifice fly – which, at the time, tied the score at one.

1970 Hank Aaron singles off of Wayne Simpson of the Reds for his 3000th hit.

1979 The Cubs and Phillies combine for 11 homers in a 23-22 Phillies win in wind blown Wrigley Field. I believe you can still watch that game on MLB.com. It’s fascinating just for the view of the old ball park and the voice of Jack Brickhouse.

2002 Erubiel Durazo drives in nine runs on three homers and a double – the Diamondbacks outslug the Phillies, 12 – 9.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1923 The A’s purchase Rube Walberg from Portland for $10,000.

1931 Chicago sends Willie Kamm to the Indians for Lew Fonseca.

1956 St. Louis gives up Bill Virdon to the Pirates for Bobby Del Greco and Dick Littlefield.

1971 Boston signs free agent Luis Tiant, who had been released by Atlanta.

1976 A trade your author didn’t understand… The Cubs gave Andre Thornton to the Expos for Steve Renko and Larry Biittner.

1985 Kansas City gets Lonnie Smith from the Cardinals for John Morris.

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Baseball History for May 16th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1858 Alex (or Aleck) Voss

Big pitcher, also an outfielder and first baseman. Voss only spent one year at the major league level, and that with two teams in the Union Association in 1884, where he combined to lose 20 games against 5 wins.  A railroad guy and a painter when not working, his life unraveled when drinking took over his life and he became abusive toward his wife.  Eventually he was sent to a worker’s prison and he died in obscurity before turning 50.

1866 Billy Hart
1872 John O’Connell
1876 George Barclay
1886 Clarence Lehr
1894 Paddy Smith
1895 Colonel Snover
1896 Red Ostergard
1902 Howard Fitzgerald
1902 Watty Clark
1904 Abe White
1917 George Jumonville
1919 Lefty Phillips
1919 Stubby Overmire
1920 Dave Philley
1926 Rube Walker
1928 Billy Martin
1933 Bob Bruce
1949 Rick Reuschel
1951 Mike Potter
1953 Rick Rhoden
1955 Jack Morris
1956 Tack Wilson
1957 Mark Funderburk
1959 Mitch Webster
1959 Bob Patterson
1967 Frank Seminara
1967 Doug Brocail
1969 Mike Heathcott
1970 Jim Mecir
1974 Jerrod Riggan
1977 Ivanon Coffie
1978 Nick Bierbrodt
1982 Eugenio Velez
1983 Steven Register
1984 Jensen Lewis
1984 Rafael Martin
1987 Tyler Cloyd
1993 Luis Sardinas

OBITUARIES:

1903 Chicken Wolf
1918 Patsy Tebeau
1919 Germany Schaefer
1924 Candy Cummings
1927 Pat Murphy
1935 Wally Fessenden
1935 Mark McGrillis
1935 Pete Weckbecker
1939 Hal Kime
1940 Spike Shannon
1941 Art Williams
1952 Sal Campfield
1953 Jim Wallace
1961 Dick Harley
1963 Don Hankins
1964 Buzz Arlett
1968 Bill Brandt
1970 Dutch Ruether
1978 Mike Wilson
1980 Cap Peterson
1981 Tommy Mee
1981 Jim Finigan
1983 Mel Wright
1985 Johnny Broaca
1990 Pretzel Pezzullo
1998 Rufino Linares
2012 Kevin Hickey
2012 Thad Tillotson
2013 Frankie Libran

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1929 Met Ott completes the Cycle in the second game of a double header.

1984 Carlton Fisk completes the cycle on a 4 for 5 day…

2004 Ben Sheets fans 18 in a complete game win for the Brewers over the Braves.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1976 The Yankees send pitcher Larry Gura to the Royals for catcher Fran Healy.

1978 The White Sox send Bobby Bonds to the Rangers for Claudell Washington and Rusty Torres.

1909 Washington sent Bill Burns to the White Sox for Nick Altrock, Gavy Cravath, and Jiggs Donohue.

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Baseball History for May 15th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1855 Harry Salisbury

Rhode Island native who went to Brown University and managed to get in two seasons in the majors. In 1879 he was an alternate pitcher for Troy, winning four of ten decisions. In 1882, he returned to the majors pitching for Pittsburgh in the American Association. He won 20 games in his 38 starts, logging some 335 innings but allowing 188 runs.

They know he batted left – but nobody noted with what arm he threw with.  The picture on his Wikipedia page suggests he was a righty, but who knows…

1856 Fred Goldsmith

Walter Gilhooly. “In the Realm of Sport”, The Ottawa Journal (CAN), 10 July 1936, Page 16.

“This column may be credited to Dr. Cliff Keiller. Ten days ago Dr. Keillor paid a visit to his native haunts of London, Ontario. While there, a “booster day” was held at Tecumseh Park and some noteable figures in baseball history were present for the occasion. There was George “Mooney” Gibson, who originally hailed from London and became manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. There was “Jo Jo” Keenan, who had a long career in professional baseball. There was Bob Emslie, of St. Thomas, former umpire-in-chief of the National League. Jack Thompson, who was a catcher for London in the early days, was on hand, but the centre of attraction was the man who first discovered how to put a curve on a baseball. He was Fred Goldsmith of Birmingham, Michigan, baseball’s “grand old man,” who pitched London Tecumsehs to a world championship over the Chicago White Stockings in 1877.

“A civic address was read and then presented to Fred Goldsmith by Mayor Kingsmill. It was with London that Goldsmith got his start as a professional pitcher, and after the ceremony at the plate was finished Dr. Keillor sat and fanned with him in the grand stand.

DESCRIBES FIRST CURVE BALL.

“He had pertinent interesting things to say about baseball as he had known it over a lifetime, and now in its 89th year. He had some interesting things to show. One was a silver pass to all baseball parks in the National and American Leagues, and signed by the presidents of both circuits. But the most interesting was an editorial from the Brooklyn Eagle of August 17, 1970, signed by Henry Chadwick, the then editor of that newspaper, describing the first demonstration of curve ball pitching the fans of that town had ever seen. This is what Henry Chadwick saw and told 66 years ago:

‘Fred Goldsmith has won fame by developing a ball that twisted, proving to countless skeptics that a sphere could cheat natural laws.

‘Yesterday at the Capitoline Grounds a large crowd assembled and cheered lustily as a youth from New Haven, Connecticut, named Fred Goldsmith, demonstrated to the satisfaction of all that a baseball could be so manipulated and controlled by throwing it from one given point to another as to make a pronounced arc in space.

‘An eight-foot pole was driven in an upright position at either end. Another pole was set in the same manner half-way between the two poles, planted directly on the line.  Now everything was set for the test. Goldsmith was placed on the left side of the chalk-line near the end pole, facing the pole at the other end. The purpose of this was that the ball delivered from the thrower’s hand was to cross the line, circle the centre pole, and return to the same side of the line from which it was thrown, before reaching the far pole. This feat was successfully accomplished six or eight times, and that which up to this point had been considered an optical illusion and against all rules of philosophy was now an accomplished fact.’

KEEPS IT FOR LONDON.

“Fred Goldsmith sets great store by that editorial. The Brooklyn Eagle is no longer in existence and a number of museums in the United States have tried to obtain it from him. He’s been offered fairly substantial sums for it, but he told Dr. Keillor that he intended leaving it to the city of London.

“We asked the doctor if he knew anything of the baseball history of Goldsmith. He had it right at his fingertips, proving that an excellent reporter was lost when he decided to study medicine.

“Fred Goldsmith was born in New Haven in 1856. He commenced his baseball career with Wesleyan College in 1874.  He became a professional when he joined the Lynn, Mass., team and later went to the New Haven Club. Previous to signing with the Tecumsehs, he had been with the St. Louis Browns. His first curveballs were pitched with the Tecumsehs, and he won the long distance throwing championship at Kingston in 1876. Goldsmith stayed with the Tecumsehs until they disbanded in 1878, undefeated champions of the world. From London he went to Troy, NY., and later to the Chicago White Stockings. He was with the Sox when they won the world pennant in 1881-82, and retired in 1884.”

I’ll jump in now…  Goldsmith and Candy Cummings both argued that each was the first to throw the curve.  Cummings won the decision and it got him in the hall of fame.  Goldsmith was more successful and helped three Chicago teams to pennants.  He’s worthy of a longer entry.

1858 Jack Corcoran
1879 C. B. Burns
1881 Emil Leber
1888 Steve Yerkes
1890 Ben Spencer
1890 Claude Thomas
1890 Harry Smith
1891 Karl Meister
1893 Sam Fishburn
1895 Joe Evans
1895 Jimmy Smith
1905 Chet Falk
1907 Ed Baecht
1911 Howie Storie
1914 Jimmy Wasdell
1919 Ed Wright
1923 Dale Matthewson
1926 Fred Baczewski
1931 Ben Johnson
1938 Al McBean
1948 Bill North
1949 Steve Dunning
1952 Rick Waits
1953 George Brett
1967 John Smoltz
1970 Scott Watkins
1974 A. J. Hinch
1975 Steve Woodard
1975 Graham Koonce
1976 Eric DuBose
1976 Tyler Walker
1976 Jason Karnuth
1978 Guillermo Rodriguez
1978 Clayton Andrews
1980 Josh Beckett
1981 Justin Morneau
1982 Rafael Perez
1983 Clint Sammons
1984 Everett Teaford
1985 Jim Adduci
1986 Brandon Barnes
1987 David Adams
1987 Michael Brantley
1987 Brian Dozier
1991 Rafael Ortega

OBITUARIES:

1900 John Traffley
1924 Ed Swartwood
1941 William Lackey
1942 Larry Milton
1946 Ed Mayer
1959 Jake Hewitt
1959 Fred Johnston
1961 John Taff
1964 Harley Boss
1968 Bill Drescher
1969 Shag Shaughnessy
1970 Ed Gerner
1971 Goose Goslin
1972 John Milligan
1972 Dixie Parker
1974 Lou North
1975 Johnny Gooch
1979 Jerry Akers
1984 Nick Goulish
1991 Ken Jones
1994 Showboat Fisher
1998 Packy Rogers
2013 KC Broadcaster Fred White

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1912 Ty Cobb takes on a Highlander heckler – fake name was Otto Blotz – who happened to have only one hand…

1915 It’s No Hitter Day! (See Below) Let’s get it started with Claude Hendrix of the Chicago Whales in the Federal League as he blanks Pittsburgh’s Rebels, 10 – 0.

1941 Joe DiMaggio starts his historic 56 game hitting streak against the White Sox.

1944 Clyde Shoun shuts down the Braves. The Reds pitcher wins, 1 – 0, and completes a no hitter.

1952 Virgil Trucks throws a no-hitter as the Tigers beat the Senators, 1 – 0. Vic Wertz ended the game in the ninth with a homer.

1960 Don Cardwell, only days earlier acquired in a trade, throws a no hitter for the Cubs (beating the Cardinals) thanks to Walt “Moose” Moryn’s shoestring catch.

1973 Nolan Ryan throws the first of his no hitters, blanking the Royals, 3 – 0, in Kansas City.

1981 Indians hurler Len Barker throws a perfect game to knock off the Blue Jays, 3 – 0.

1991 Paul Molitors four hits include completing the cycle. The Brewers topped the Twins, 4 – 2.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1956 Brooklym purcahses Sal Maglie from the Indians. Admittedly, this isn’t the Maglie of the Giants days, but he still had a little left in the tank, finishing 13 – 5 with the Dodgers in 26 starts with 9 complete games.

1960 Cleveland sends Pete Whisenant to the Senators for Ken Aspromonte.

1971 Atlanta releases Luis Tiant.  He’d get scooped up by the Red Sox and turn into an ace.

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Happy Birthday, Hustling Horace Phillips!

Horace Phillips never played in the majors, but he did manage. There were a lot of changes going on with the game in the 1870s and 1880s, new leagues formed – both major and minor – and players regularly jumped from team to team when opportunities presented themselves.  Phillips had a reputation for encouraging players to jump teams (among other types of occasional thievery).  At some point in early 1884, George Bradley – who had left the Philadelphia team of the American Association and signed with the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds – was the target of other teams who thought they could steal Bradley’s services. One of them was Horace Phillips.

“Mr. George W. Bradley, the well known pitcher, under contract with the Cincinnati Union Club, has during the past week been made the target for the most infamous influences to induce him to break faith with the Union organization of this city. The persons who engineered this disreputable movement were officials of the Cincinnati (American) Club, Charlie Fulmer, one of the players, and Horace Phillips of the Grand Rapids team… Soon after his arrival here, Horace Phillips, whose reputation among ball players is too well known to need repetition, was engaged for a monetary consideration to induce Bradley to ignore his contract.”

At that point, Phillips and Fulmer got Bradley to leave town and allegedly mixed threats and warnings to try and break Bradley down. When, after a full day of convincing got Bradley to agree, word got out to the management of the Outlaw Reds, and their leadership found Bradley and managed to get Bradley to change his mind and stay with the Reds.

“Dishonorable Performance”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 04 April 1884, Page 4.

Anyway – Bradley never left his team, apparently never got paid by Cincinnati either requiring him to sue for past wages, and then – for jumping from Philadelphia to the Union Association – Bradley was blacklisted from the majors for some time. Maybe he should have taken Phillips’ offer!!!

(George Bradley’s SABR bio written by Brian Englehardt.)

For what it’s worth, Phillips left his gig in Grand Rapids when the team folded and his was signed by the Pittsburgh Allegheny club.

“The Directors of the Allegheny Club have secured “”Hustling Horace” Phillips to take charge of the team for the balance of the season as manager. He will arrive on Monday and will probably bring three or four of the best men of the late Grand Rapids Club with him…”

“‘Hustling’ Horace Goes to Pittsburg”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 15 August 1884, Page 2.

As for Phillips, he kind of lost his marbles in 1889 and his managing career ended. He was treated and eventually placed in an asylum.

“Horace Phillips, ex-manager of the Pittsburg Club, is reported as dying in an Eastern insane asylum. A more thoroughly informed base ball man than Mr. Phillips the profession never produced. In later years he branched out as a manager and club organizer, establishing such well-known clubs as the Grand Rapids, The Hornellsville, The Syracuse Stars, the Columbus, and finally the Pittsburgs, to whose erratic performances the malady from which he has been suffering for two years is charged.

“Possibly no man in the business developed as many stars of the first magnitude as did Mr. Phillips. To him the profession is indebted for Dan Brouthers, Fred Dunlap and others who have filled the public eye and drawn largely from the coffers of the magnates. As an advertiser of his club Horace Phillips had no equal in the country. Things which would drop from the lips of other men without creating interest would fall from his laden with the most gorgeous possibilities and freighted with the greatest comfort. He knew a news item, and could give it vent with a polish and earnestness that was certain to find its lodgment in the paper of whatever reporter he gave it to. On making a bargain for a player Horace Phillips was always at home. No better evidence of this can be sought than his getting from the crafty Von der Ahe for almost a song such players as Jake Beckley and Harry Staley. Mr. Phillips was also a successful theatrical manager, and it was during the indulgence of a delusion that he had returned to that calling that the light of his wonderful mind went out never to be rekindled again.”

“Alas Poor Phillips”, The Sporting Life, 11 April 1891, Page 6.

A long search by Peter Morris, a SABR member, found that Phillips died in the Philadelphia Hospital for the Insane on Feb 26, 1896.

SABR Biographical Research Committee Report (Jan/Feb, 2011)

“Horace Phillips Stricken”, The Sporting Life, 7 August 1889, Page 1.

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Happy Birthday, Bruce Hartford!

What follows is an article that appeared in the Shreveport (LA) Times back in 1921 that does a pretty good of breaking down the life and times of shortstop Bruce Hartford, who appeared in about eight games with Cleveland in 1914.

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Bruce Hartford, the boy who went up into thin air Sunday and pulled down a beeline drive is a Chicago youngster. The Windy City means the same to him as a picture of home-made pies. It was up there that he used his first slingshot on panes of glass and in his back yard shot holes through the family checker-board with his cat and rat rifle.

Hartford was not one of those bellowing young chaps who went up and down Dearborn Street with a chip on their shoulders. He believes in letting trouble come his way and when it does he usually handles it with red-hot tongs.

The early days of Hartford were free of baseball. He would rather go out swimming to one of the beaches than play ball on the sand lots. Even when he went to high school in the big city later he never felt the craving to have the girls draw his picture on their text books.  He put his mind to his studies for he wanted to go out into the world and give Edison the keys to science.

Newton, so the old rags tell us, was one day sleeping under a tree and an acorn stabbed him in the nose. This set him to thinking and he propounded the famous laws of motion. That was years ago, long before they ever thought of using rhubarb as pie filler. In like manner Bruce Hartford was awakened to big possibilities by being shoved into a game one day by slippery chance. He set the fans oogle-eyed. He played so brilliantly that the school paper wrote him up under fat headlines.

When ever a ball came near him he gobbled it quicker than a bass does a crawfish. He was quick with the pellet, too. He always got it away from him in time to make the runner to first look like as if he were pulling sand bags. Some fielders fight the ball just as a fat woman does a wasp. Tain’t right.  Watch Hartford. He shows ’em.

Well to cut off the current and burrow back into the time when Williams Jennings Bryan was still fresh and primeval, Hartford played amateur ball around Chicago and attracted so much attention that Terre Haute heard of his doings and in 1910 he packed his duds for the Central League. He stayed with them until Bloomington waved a pretty cheque in front of Hartford’s face. It maddened him to think that he was getting more of the golden mazuma at Terre Haute so he burnt his bridges in that fair city and went to Illinois.

In the early part of spring, before dealers could force straw hats on the populace Hartford went to the Cleveland Americans.  He played shortstop with them and made a good fielding record.  But it was decided by the generals of the Lake Erie hamlet that Hartford was a youngster and needed more hot suns and a deeper coat of tan. So he was sent to Des Moines.  But the powers that be at Des Moines so fixed it up with Cleveland that the fast sprinter remained in Iowa wheat fields for three years. (My note: It was six years. Back to the article.)

At the end of this time the Germans were shooting the arc lights into bits on the outer Parisian boulevards and Hartford thought khaki would agree with his complexion and went into the military game of chess. He made a few moves, mainly on the advice of the war department, and the latest one pleased his folks at home immensely. He was released from service with honors.

Last year two cities saw him play. In the beginning of the year he went away up to Seattle, where once can play ball and look at the wind freezing icicles up in the mountains. Down into Kansas City he came next. That was about the middle of last year, when Billy Smith’s team was struggling. But he remained in Kansas City for the rest of the year and this spring crossed the Red River full of hope. He is setting up tees here in baseball and spreading fame all over the landscape. The way he has played of late has the fans all worked up like young wine. He can hit, run like a fawn, and play spectacularly and dependably. “Watch Hartford,” is what Billy Smith says. We are watching him. Anybody that sees Gasser Park games cannot help but watch Hartford. He is a phenom, and when he gets up again his ability is going to keep him on an upper roost. Hartford is giving his best to Shreveport and the fans know it.

Quinn, Joseph J. “Vest Pocket Sketches of the Gassers: Bruce Hartford”, Shreveport Times, 05 April 1921, Page 14.

Hartford stayed at Shreveport another season, then spent time with Birmingham, and then moved east to the New York-Penn League through 1929. Baseball-Reference says he played in more than 2200 games at the minor league level. He was never really a GREAT hitter – little power, not always over .260, but he could play enough. 2200 games is a very full career.

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Baseball History for May 14th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1853 Horace Phillips

Horace never played in the majors, but he did manage several teams. There were a lot of changes going on with the game in the 1870s and 1880s, new leagues formed – both major and minor – and players regularly jumped from team to team when opportunities presented themselves.  Phillips had a reputation for encouraging players to jump teams. At some point, the stress of being a manager (both on field and business management) as well as trying to get involved in theatrical promotions took its toll on him and before he turned 37 years old, he lost his marbles.

1856 James Lehan

Infielder with Washington in the Union Association.  Batted .333, but in just 12 at bats.

1858 Bill Tierney

Boston native, played semi-professionally there then a few seasons in the minors.  Got in one game for Cincinnati in the American Association in 1882 and one more game with Baltimore in the Union Association.

Tierney’s brief stay in Cincinnati was because he could only play first base. Cincinnati needed someone with more flexibility (Wheeler could pitch, play first, and right field), so they signed Harry Wheeler and sent Tierney back to Boston.

“Baseball.”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 06 May 1882, Page 5.

1872 John Wood

Appeared in one game for the Browns, faced four batters and got nobody out.  As you can figure out, he allowed a run and, as such, has an infinite ERA.

1878 J. L. Wilkinson

One of the founders of the modern Negro Leagues in 1920, also a long time owner of the Kansas City Monarchs.  And a Hall of Famer.   His SABR bio was written by Charles F.. Faber.

1881 Ed Walsh

Spitballer, among the most durable pitchers in baseball for about six or seven years.  But the end came quickly – his shoulder went and he couldn’t do what he had done from 1906 to 1912.  Died of cancer.

Stuart Schimler wrote his bio for SABR.

1884 Tony Smith

Must have been a heck of a fielder considering he played a 100 games once but in his three MLB seasons never hit above .187.  Shortstop with the 1907 Senators (where his average peaked at .187) and two years a few years later with the Brooklyn Bridegrooms.

1890 Alex Pompez

One time owner of the New York Cuban Giants (he signed Minnie Minoso among others), later a scout for the Giants when he saw that the Negro Leagues would fail in the wake of integration (he scouted Cepeda, Oliva among others), Pompez was a Cuban-American and the only Key West born person in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1892 Bruce Hartford

Forever minor leaguer from about 1910 to 1929, an athletic shortstop who played more than 2200 games in the minors.

1899 Earle Combs
1901 Drew Rader
1903 Doc Land
1913 Johnny Babich
1913 Howie Gorman
1914 Jim Shilling
1914 Chink Zachary
1916 Red Hayworth
1917 Bob Thurman
1918 Wimpy Quinn

The Cubs tried to take this first baseman and make a pitcher out of him, which likely killed any chance of his staying in the majors.  That and World War II.

1925 Les Moss
1936 Dick Howser
1942 Tony Perez
1944 Jim Driscoll
1947 Dick Tidrow
1948 Dave LaRoche
1954 Dennis Martinez
1955 Hosken Powell
1957 Fran Mullins
1959 Brian Greer
1963 Pat Borders
1963 Shawn Barton
1965 Joey Cora
1965 Isidro Marquez
1968 Mark Dalesandro
1970 Larry Sutton
1971 Takashi Kashiwada
1973 Brad Rigby
1973 Anthony Shumaker
1974 Jim Crowell
1976 Brian Lawrence
1977 Roy Halladay
1982 Kevin Melillo
1984 Luke Gregerson
1986 Efren Navarro
1986 Jackson Williams
1989 Christian Colon

An interesting collection of Hall of Famers (Walsh, Combs, Perez, Wilkinson, and Pompez) and otherwise famous players (Moss, Howser, Tidrow, LaRoche, Martinez, Cora, Halliday).

OBITUARIES:

1900 Billy Taylor
1908 John O’Connell
1913 Dennis Coughlin
1921 John Farrell
1931 Doc Newton
1934 Lou Criger
1940 Harry Gaspar
1943 Bob Allen
1944 Billy Hart
1949 Mike Kahoe
1952 Red Dooin
1952 Bert Cunningham
1958 Billy Clingman
1964 Dave Altizer
1965 Lee Quillin
1966 Tom Connolly
1967 Vic Saier
1984 Elmer Riddle
1985 Bill Morley
1985 Harry Byrd
1986 Joe Sparma
1986 Frank O’Rourke
1986 Tom Turner
1987 Luke Sewell
1997 Eddie Delker
1998 Bill Sodd
2003 Dave DeBusschere
2004 Bill Hoffman
2004 Rip Coleman
2006 Jim Lemon
2008 Floyd Wooldridge
2009 George Williams

Criger was Cy Young’s catcher for many, many years. He also is one of four teammates of Rube Waddell to die on this date. Criger was on the Browns with Rube at the end of the road (1909), while Cunningham and Clingman were with Rube in 1897 with the Colonels. Daredevil Dave Altizer played with Rube in 1912 with the Minneapolis Millers.

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!

1920 Walter Johnson gets a win in relief – his 300th of his career – beating the Tigers.

1927 Chicago’s Guy Bush goes the distance to beat the Boston Braves, 7 – 2, in 18 innings. His mound opponent – Charlie Robertson (of perfect game fame) – was finally pulled when the Cubs routed Robertson in the 18th.

1967 Dooley Womack actually WAS there – Mickey Mantle hits his 500th career homer off Baltimore’s Stu Miller, a Mother’s Day gift for his wife. Womack pitched the last 3.1 innings to earn the win in relief.

1968 55 years to the day that Walter Johnson’s record 55.2 inning scoreless streak comes to an end, Don Drysdale shuts out the Cubs to begin his 58.1 inning scoreless streak.

1977 Kansas City’s Jim Colburn blanks the Texas Rangers, 6 – 0, throwing a no-hitter. Toby Harrah was hit by a pitch in the fifth and Jim Sundberg was walked in the sixth – though he was eliminated by a double play. I believe it was the first Royals no hitter in Royals stadium…

1996 Dwight Gooden throws a no hitter as the Yankees top Seattle, 2 – 0. Gooden was wild enough to be effective – he walked six batters and only fanned five – and he threw two wild pitches. How many pitches did Gooden throw??? 130??? Derek Jeter batted eighth in that game…

2000 Eric Young steals five bases in a 16-15 loss to the Expos. Twice he stole second and third base in the same inning… Young, who shares the record of six stolen bases in a game, is the only Cub with five thefts in a game.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1969 Chicago sends Sandy Alomar and Bob Priddy to California for Bobby Knoop.

1998 Florida sends Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, and Gary Sheffield to Los Angeles for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile. Piazza didn’t stay in Florida for two weeks…

2005 Philadelphia trades Marlon Byrd to the Nationals for Endy Chavez.

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Baseball History for May 13th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1851 Frank Buttery
1853 Felix Moses
1859 Leo Smith
1864 Jack McGeachey
1870 George Bristow
1878 Frank Hemphill
1878 Jack Burns
1883 Jimmy Archer
1884 John Halla
1884 Alex Main
1884 Bert Niehoff
1886 Larry Gardner
1886 Frank Miller
1890 Otis Lambeth
1895 Frank Mills
1895 Red Lanning
1897 Hugh Canavan
1901 Pat Burke
1901 Leo Taylor
1901 John Jones
1902 Hal Neubauer
1910 Boze Berger
1917 Lou Stringer
1917 Carden Gillenwater
1918 Lon Goldstein
1924 Cliff Fannin
1927 Dusty Rhodes
1928 Bob Smith
1931 Jack Shepard
1933 John Roseboro
1934 Don LeJohn
1934 Leon Wagner
1942 Billy MacLeod
1947 Steve Kealey
1949 Terry Hughes
1950 Juan Beniquez
1950 Bobby Valentine
1960 Lenny Faedo
1965 Jose Rijo
1966 Chris Nichting
1968 Braulio Castillo
1969 Lyle Mouton
1971 Mike Sirotka
1975 Mickey Callaway
1975 Jack Cressend
1977 Robby Hammock
1977 Chris Oxspring
1978 Ryan Bukvich
1978 Barry Zito
1983 Clay Timpner
1983 Zach Jackson
1985 David Hernandez
1986 John Ely
1987 D. J. Mitchell
1990 Mychal Givens
1991 J. R. Murphy

OBITUARIES:

1903 Thomas Lynch
1905 Sam Gillen
1929 George Stallings
1943 Jack Hendricks
1943 Pat Malone
1953 Jim Field
1955 Lefty George
1961 Al Humphrey
1961 Binky Jones
1965 Bill Brown
1965 Dick Wantz
1967 Eddie Pick
1967 Jim Walsh
1970 Urbane Pickering
1970 Johnny Stuart
1977 Adam DeBus
1983 Lerton Pinto
1984 Russ Young
1984 Walt French
1989 Al Reiss
1991 Hal Gregg
1993 Milt Jordan
2002 Bill Rodgers
2007 Gomer Hodge
2010 Jay Schlueter
2015 Earl Averill

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1952 Rocket Ron Necciai fans 27 Welch (WV) Batters in the Appalachian League. One player reached on a drop third strike – else it would have been a perfect game.

1958 Stan Musial gets his 3000th hit of Moe Drabowsky of the Cubs.

2015 Indians starter Corey Kluber fans 18 in just eight innings, allowing one hit, before being pulled for a reliever in a 2 – 0 win over the Cards.

Also, it’s funky hits day… Bobby Doerr (1947), Fred Lynn (1980) and Fred Lewis (2007) all hit for the cycle. Joe Kuhel tied a MLB record with 3 triples (1937), and Billy Werber (1940) and Kirby Puckett (1989) tied records with four double games.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1960 The Cubs acquire Don Cardwell and Ed Bouchee from the
Phillies for Tony Taylor and Cal Neeman.

2007: Florida sends reliever Jorge Julio to Colorado for
reliever Byung-Hyun Kim.

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