Happy Birthday, Henry McCormick!

Henry (or Harry, as it was used interchangeably) McCormick was perhaps the best semi-professional pitcher of the late 1870s, pitching for the Syracuse Stars when the Stars would tour the eastern half of the United States and beat all the best National League teams.

Harry McCormick - Spalding Library

McCormick’s picture from Al Spalding’s private collection.

Born in Syracuse, New York on 25 October 1855, Patrick Henry McCormick was the third child (of four) born to Patrick and Julia McCormick, both Irish immigrants who arrived in the United States in the late 1840s.   His mother did the bulk of the work – both in raising the children and putting food on the table – as his father died in November, 1859.  To pay the bills, Julia took in laundry and did ironing for much of her adult life.

Somewhere along the way, Henry learned the game of baseball and the Stars of Syracuse was one of the best amateur teams around.  Starting as an alternate pitcher and eventually becoming the ace of the staff, McCormick and his teammates played all of the great amateur and semi-professional teams it could.  Often, the Stars would win – managed by their catcher, Mike Dorgan, and surrounded by players who came from the Live Oaks of Lynn, Boston, New York City, and Syracuse, they were a smart and confident bunch.

“(McCormick’s) pitching is very puzzling and effective, the strongest batters in the League being unable to hit him with any degree of safety…”

“Base-Ball.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 02 October 1876, Page 6.

When the National League was formed in 1876, those teams would play exhibitions against the Stars – and the Stars frequently won.  McCormick shut out Cap Anson’s Chicago club, 2 – 0, and held other wins over St. Louis, Boston, Hartford and the Mutuals.  Dorgan, who eventually would have to give up catching, took a spot on the Browns.  In early 1877 the St. Louis Browns and Syracuse matched up in a 15-inning scoreless tie – McCormick allowed just seven hits for his efforts.  A player this good deserved a nickname – and the one I found was “The Unwashed” McCormick, which might make sense to someone else…

Dorgan returned to the Stars for 1878 and that club agreed to play in the International League, where it took a pennant.  When spots opened up to join the National League, Syracuse – with its national reputation for being as good as the professionals – was invited to join the league.

It was one thing to be a great amateur team, and another to work a major league schedule and the Stars struggled to make it to the end of the season, disbanding after playing 70 games (just about the entire schedule).  Meanwhile, McCormick did his best until his arm practically fell off.  He pitched in 54 contests, throwing 49 complete games and nearly 460 innings of work.  His 18 – 33 record belies how good he really was – five shutouts, for starters, and the team was 4 – 15 in decisions assigned to other pitchers.  McCormick and Dorgan did combine for a rather odd putout.  According to the Syracuse Herald (and quoted in the Buffalo Express), “…a foul tip hit Dorgan in the head, bounded off (his) cranium to the pitcher’s position, and was caught by McCormick.”

McCormick did, however, suffer from a lame arm.  Even though the 1880 U.S. Census listed him as a baseball player, McCormick wasn’t playing professionally that season and at some point he moved to Texas to take up cattle ranching.  That life didn’t stick – feeling better, he moved up north again to take a job as the alternate pitcher for Worcester in the National League.  Worcester finished in last, and the weak armed McCormick lost eight of nine decisions.

“Mack is a good pitcher and a strong batter, and is a reliable man.”

“Harry M’Cormick”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 29 July 1883, Page 11.

The American Association opened for business in 1882, and feeling better than he had the last two seasons, McCormick took the job as alternate pitcher for Will White and the Cincinnati Reds.  White and McCormick actually met nearly a decade earlier when White was learning the ropes playing for the Live Oaks in Lynn, MA.  Playing with a great team behind him, Cincinnati would win the Association crown, McCormick won fourteen of twenty-five starts and was a key player for that championship squad.  The next year, he fell back to 8 – 6, his ERA nearly doubled, and his arm went lame again – McCormick was released.  He did get a save, sort of.  Prior to a game with Columbus on 21 July 1883, a player pretended to be sick while McCormick raced to the railroad station to pick up Hick Carpenter, who apparently was late making a train and arrived just as the game started.  To appear in the game back then, you had to be part of the starting line up.  The fake illness gave McCormick just enough time to get Carpenter to the ballpark – late, but on time for the first pitch.

For 1884, McCormick signed with Minnesota of the newly formed Northwestern League, but he didn’t make it very far.  Before long, he tried pitching for Trenton and that was equally disastrous.  He wound up quitting the team and being suspended (briefly) for jumping.  McCormick’s last attempt to play was with Syracuse in 1885, but he couldn’t ever make it to the mound.

“Henry McCormick has not occupied the box as yet for the Stars. His many friends are anxious to see him don a Star uniform and do some of the good work that made him famous in days gone by.”

“Syracuse Mention.,” The Sporting Life, 03 June 1885, Page 5.

In the summer of 1879, McCormick and his best friend, Mike Dorgan, got married to sisters.  Mike married Jennie Connor – they would remain married for the rest of their lives together.  Henry married Mary Connor – and when the census taker came in 1880, Henry was living at home with his mother and two sisters.  Mary was gone – and I haven’t figured out where she went.

His baseball life over, McCormick took a job as a tender along the Erie Canal.  Like his baseball career, that job didn’t last very long either.  In the fall of 1889, McCormick came down with Cholera Morbus, and McCormick left for the next league on 08 August 1889.  Like his father for whom he was named, he was 33 years old when he passed.

“He was cool-headed, had good speed and puzzling curves and was a strategist. He was likewise a man of good habits, popular, and his many friends will regret to hear of his demise.”

“McCormick Dead.,” The Sporting Life, 14 August 1889, Page 1.

Sources:

Baseball-reference.com

Findagrave.com

McCormick’s biography by Charles Faber on SABR.ORG

1860, 1870, 1880 US Censuses
1855, 1865, 1875 New York Censuses
1860 US and NY Census Mortality Schedule

“Syracuse Champions.,” The Sporting Life, 03 October 1888, Page 1.

“Base-Ball.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 02 October 1876, Page 6.

“Wonderful Work.,” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 02 May 1877, Page 5.

“Dorgan’s Woe.,” Buffalo Express, 21 May 1879, Page 4.

“Once More.,” Buffalo Express, 22 July 1879, Page 4.

“The Old Story.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 31 July 1879, Page 8.

“Sporting Notes.,” Buffalo Express, 08 August 1879, Page 4.

“Notes.,” Buffalo Express, 11 August 1879, Page 4.

“They’ll Shine No More.,” Buffalo Express, 11 September 1879, Page 4.

“Sporting News,” Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, 25 June 1881, Page 3.

“Notes.,” Buffalo Express, 12 July 1881, Page 4.

“Harry M’Cormick”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 29 July 1883, Page 11.

“Base Ball.,” St. Paul Globe, 17 February 1884, Page 3.

“Notes.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 09 March 1884, Page 10.

“This is Official,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 06 April 1884, Page 13.

“Reinstated.,” Boston Globe, 04 April 1885, Page 2.

“Base Ball.,” St. Paul Globe, 11 May 1885, Page 2.

“Syracuse Mention.,” The Sporting Life, 03 June 1885, Page 5.

“McCormick Dead.,” The Sporting Life, 14 August 1889, Page 1.

“Base Hits.,” Buffalo Express, 11 August 1889, Page 14.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Harry McCormick” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 8, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-c085-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Baseball History for August 8th

<— AUG 07     AUG 09 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1859 Hal McClure
1861 John (Jocko) Milligan
1864 Thomas H. (Toad) Ramsey
1865 Henry Fournier
1865 Billy Gumbert
1867 Clarence Lemuel (Cupid) Childs
1870 Dan Leahy
1875 Ernie Baker
1884 James Hiren (Hi) West
1889 Al Cypert
1889 Jimmy Esmond
1891 Walter Francis (Chick) Keating
1893 Jack Smith
1897 Ken Holloway
1897 Charlie Eckert
1898 John Slappey
1903 Clise Dudley
1906 Forest Charles (Tot) Pressnell
1913 Cecil Travis
1917 Ken Raffensberger
1918 Charles Emory (Red) Roberts
1918 Marlin Stuart
1927 Johnny Temple
1928 Vern Morgan
1932 Vicente Amor
1936 Frank Howard
1943 Jim Miles
1947 Jose Cruz
1952 Greg Mahlberg
1952 Mike Ivie
1953 Al Woods
1954 Mark Ross
1956 Cliff Speck
1957 Ray Fontenot
1958 Alan Fowlkes
1959 Dave Meier
1963 Ron Karkovice
1963 Brett Gideon
1966 John Hudek
1967 Kevin Belcher
1967 Matt Whiteside
1969 Ray Montgomery
1975 Chad Meyers
1977 Jeremy Hill
1978 Brian Sanches
1978 Alexis Gomez
1980 Jack Cassel
1980 Craig Breslow
1981 Eddy Rodriguez
1982 Ross Ohlendorf
1982 Donny Lucy
1982 Matthew Brown
1985 Deunte Heath
1985 Blake Wood
1989 Anthony Rizzo
1989 Greg Garcia
1991 Yandy Diaz

OBITUARIES:

1889 Harry McCormick
1895 Ed Colgan
1911 Joe Walsh
1913 John Gaffney
1927 Billy Gilbert
1929 Dan Minnehan
1932 Steve Bellan
1933 Bill Irwin
1934 Wilbert Robinson
1941 Ralph Works
1952 Bob Neighbors
1958 Fred Winchell
1959 Phil Lewis
1974 Howie Pollet
1977 Tod Dennehey
1980 Allan Collamore
1982 Al Gould
1984 Bert Hamric
1997 Oad Swigart
1999 Harry Walker
2004 Pete Center
2005 Gene Mauch
2006 Dino Restelli
2009 Cal Ermer
2014 Red Wilson
2016 Mike Brumley

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1976 The White Sox take the field in shorts – they split a doubleheader with Kansas City. The first game, wearing shorts, the Sox win. The second game, with the Sox wearing long pants, went to the Royals.

1988 Wrigley Field is lit up – the first night game in the venerable old park is played, but only for three innings. Rain.

(An hour or so after the game is called, I piled into my loaded 1988 Toyota Corolla and headed off to college at the University of Kansas.)

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1913 The Yankees paid $12,000 and sent two players, Ezra Midkiff and Bert Daniels, to Baltimore of the International League for Fritz Maisel.

1914 The White Sox sent $12,000 and (later) Andrew Slight to Milwaukee of the American Association for Happy Felsch.

1926 The Giants sent Hack Wilson and (later) Pip Koehler to Toledo of the American Association for Earl Webb.

1990 Pittsburgh sent Willie Greene, Scott Ruskin, and (later) Moises Alou to the Expos for Zane Smith.

1996 Texas sent Ryan Demptster and (later) Rick Helling to the Marlins for John Burkett.

1997 The Mets sent Lance Johnson and (later) Manny Alexander to the Cubs for Brian McRae, Turk Wendell, and Mel Rojas.

Baseball History for August 7th

<— AUG 06     08 AUG —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1858 William P. (Sparrow) Morton
1859 Al Bauer
1862 Jim Gray
1864 William H. (Adonis) Terry
1871 Otis Stocksdale
1876 Lou Nordyke
1876 Pat Carney
1883 Tom Richardson
1886 Bill McKechnie
1887 Chet Nourse
1895 Ed Gill
1899 Ted Wingfield
1899 Guy Sturdy
1905 Jim Cronin
1907 Clarence Heise
1908 Clyde Hatter
1912 Tom Drake
1915 Les Fleming
1922 Bob Alexander
1927 Everett Lamar (Rocky) Bridges
1927 Art Houtteman
1929 Don Larsen
1931 Ray Crone
1936 Ron Henry
1936 Jerry McNertney
1936 Robert Sidney (Tex) Nelson
1942 Gary Dotter
1950 Mike Poepping
1951 Charlie Chant
1951 Jim Sadowski
1954 Steve Kemp
1955 Steve Senteney
1962 John Trautwein
1967 Jason Grimsley
1969 Brian Kowitz
1969 Stan Spencer
1970 Greg Pirkl
1970 Marc Pisciotta
1970 Rich Croushore
1972 Kerry Lacy
1973 Danny Graves
1975 Geronimo Gil
1976 Edgar Renteria
1977 Tyler Yates
1984 Wade LeBlanc
1986 Jordan Danks
1987 Ryan Lavarnway
1987 Josh Smith
1987 Rafael Ynoa
1987 Kirk Nieuwenhuis
1989 Tommy Kahnle
1990 Jose Dominguez
1990 Tony Zych
1990 Carter Capps
1991 Mike Trout
1992 Jose Deleon
1992 Michael Perez

OBITUARIES:

1893 John Kenney
1917 Bill Loughran
1926 Moose Baxter
1930 Emmett Seery
1945 Bobby Veach
1946 Tad Quinn
1948 Charlie Wacker
1951 Bill Wynne
1951 Biff Wysong
1953 Abner Powell
1956 Hughie Tate
1959 Ben Dyer
1959 Bill McGill
1965 Walt Whittaker
1972 Red Anderson
1973 Wilbur Cooper
1985 Johnny Rucker
1991 Jimmy Cooney
2003 Mickey McDermott
2010 Keith Drumright
2017 Don Baylor

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1963 Jim Hickman is the first Met to hit for the cycle (he did it against the Cardinals) – and he did it in order starting with a single…

1978 Both Mel Allen and Red Barber are the first two broadcasters added to the Hall of Fame as recipients of the Ford C. Frick Award.

1999 Wade Boggs homers for this 3000th hit.

2004 Chicago’s Greg Maddux wins his 300th game; the Cubs topped the Giants.

2007 Barry Bonds homers off Mike Bacsik of the Nationals, his 756th career shot which passes Hank Aaron.

2016 Ichiro Suzuki’s triple in Colorado is the 3000th hit of his MLB career.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1904 The Giants send Moose McCormick to the Pirates; the Pirates send Jimmy Sebring to the Reds, who then send Mike Donlin to the Giants.

1913 Boston purchases Dolph Luque from Long Branch of the New York-New Jersey League.

1958 Pittsburgh signs amateur free agent outfielder Willie Stargell.

1961 Detroit signs amateur free agent outfielder Willie Horton.

1964 Philadelphia sends Gary Kroll and Wayne Graham to the Mets for Frank Thomas.

2015 Cleveland sends Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher (and $) to the Braves for Chris Johnson.

Baseball History for August 6th

<— AUG 05     AUG 07 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1860 Jim McDonald
1864 Bobby Wheelock
1872 Sam Mertes
1875 John Davis (Brownie) Foreman
1881 Bayard Heston (Bud) Sharpe
1884 Sherry Magee
1884 Herman Bronkie
1884 Jake Boultes
1888 Hy Gunning
1889 Frank Edward (Buck) Thrasher
1890 Frank Barron
1890 Jack Wallace
1896 Ray Blades
1903 Hal Wiltse
1903 Jim Turner
1904 Herb Cobb
1905 Ed Roetz
1906 Ed Crowley
1906 Clyde Elias (Chad) Kimsey
1907 Tom Hughes
1909 Al Veach
1912 Daniel Albert (Bud) Hafey
1914 Tommy Reis
1917 John McGillen
1918 Leon Culberson
1919 Bobby Sturgeon
1924 Van Fletcher
1926 Ralph Richard (Blackie) Schwamb
1926 Clem Labine
1928 Herb Moford
1936 Dave Gerard
1937 Cam Carreon
1937 Wayne Schurr
1937 Joe Schaffernoth
1941 Ray Culp
1943 Jim Hardin
1945 Andy Messersmith
1947 Jim Dunegan
1949 Mike Reinbach
1954 Ken Phelps
1955 Steve Nicosia
1955 Jim Pankovits
1955 Ron Davis
1957 Bob Horner
1965 John Ramos
1966 Stan Belinda
1968 Darryl Scott
1969 Keith Mitchell
1972 Duane Singleton
1974 Chris Heintz
1974 Luis Vizcaino
1975 Victor Zambrano
1976 Kris Wilson
1982 Justin Germano
1984 Osiris Matos
1986 Jake McGee
1991 Wilmer Flores
1992 John Gant

OBITUARIES:

1912 Dick Van Zant
1914 Ed Curtis
1927 Chick Pedroes
1929 Andy Cusick
1932 Ducky Holmes
1936 Charlie Girard
1937 Bruno Block
1942 Gordon McNaughton
1946 Tony Lazzeri
1947 Gene Good
1953 Bill Phyle
1955 Hooks Cotter
1962 Bob Williams
1964 Curly Ogden
1983 Tip Tobin
1983 Jimmy Wasdell
1993 Tex Hughson
1993 Bob Miller
2000 Marv Felderman
2001 Jim Mallory
2008 Karl Kuehl
2017 Darren Daulton

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1952 Satchel Paige shuts out the Tigers as the Browns win, 1 – 0. For Paige, he is the oldest pitcher to throw a complete game shutout. (As to how old, he won’t tell you.)

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1897 Boston signed New Castle’s Charlie “Piano Legs” Hickman.

1937 Brooklyn purchased Pete Coscarart from Portland of the PCL.

1967 Philadelphia signs amateur free agent hitter Andre Thornton.

1974 Kansas City signed free agent DH Orlando Cepeda.

2003 The Yankees sent Armando Benitez to Seattle for Jeff Nelson. The Yankees got Benitez from the Mets in July – but it didn’t work out.

2004 Colorado sent Larry Walker to the Cardinals for a minor leaguer and two players to be named later.

2018 Detroit sent pitcher Mike Fiers to Oakland for two minor leaguers (later).

Baseball History for August 5th

<— AUG 04     AUG 06 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1865 Bob Langsford
1867 Jacob Ruppert
1872 Merle Theron (Doc) Adkins
1889 Ralph McConnaughey
1890 Hal Irelan
1892 Fred Ostendorf
1893 Jack Harper
1899 Sam Gibson
1899 Walter Howard (Slim) McGrew
1904 Vic Frazier
1905 Ray Pepper
1913 Fabian Gaffke
1914 Bob Daughters
1914 Bob Loane
1919 Lewis Edward (Buddy) Gremp
1920 Eddie Lukon
1921 Edward Joseph (Ebba) St. Claire
1924 Eddie Yuhas
1924 Rube Novotney
1925 Tony Jacobs
1927 Rocky Krsnich
1937 Dwight Siebler
1937 Bill Pleis
1939 Tommie Aaron
1940 Ossie Chavarria
1943 Nelson Briles
1947 Bernie Carbo
1951 Mardie Cornejo
1953 Jesus de la Rosa
1953 Rick Mahler
1953 John Hale
1953 Rick Bosetti
1956 Dave Rozema
1956 Dave Edler
1958 Reid Nichols
1966 Jerry Nielsen
1968 John Olerud
1969 Marcos Armas
1971 Carlos Pulido
1972 John Wasdin
1976 Bobby Kielty
1977 Mark Mulder
1977 Eric Hinske
1978 Jamal Strong
1981 Carl Crawford
1984 Sean Kazmar
1985 Travis Denker
1987 Tim Federowicz
1989 Guido Knudson
1989 Chasen Bradford
1990 Nick Martinez
1991 Ben Heller
1991 Andrew Bellatti
1992 Domingo Santana

OBITUARIES:

1896 Ben Stephens
1911 Bob Caruthers
1922 Tommy McCarthy
1929 Tony Brottem
1940 Ed Bruyette
1955 Norm Glockson
1956 Paddy Siglin
1960 George Chalmers
1963 Herb Crompton
1964 Ed Coleman
1969 Ralph Caldwell
1969 Verdo Elmore
1972 Red McKee
1975 Bill Morrell
1978 Jesse Haines
1987 Jocko Conlon
1988 Ralph Michaels
1989 Max Macon
1992 Lefty Wilkie
1992 Jim Marquis
2002 Willis Hudlin
2002 Darrell Porter
2005 Cal Hogue
2006 Con Dempsey
2018 Bob Sadowski

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT!!!

1921 Well – if you could bring a radio to the park… Harold Arlin is the first play-by-play man for Pittsburgh’s KCKA, as Pittsburgh tops Philadelphia, 8 – 5.

1969 Willie Stargell is the first player to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium – a 506 ft. blast to help down LA, 11 – 3.

1973 Phil Niekro’s knuckler was never better. Atlanta beats the Padres, 9 – 0, and Phil doesn’t allow a hit.

1986 Eric Davis is strikeout victim #4000 for Steve Carlton – now a Giant.

1993 San Diego’s Tony Gwynn has a 6 for 7 day, his fifth game with at least five hits in the season.

2007 Tom Glavine beats the Cubs for his 300th career win.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1916 Pittsburgh purchases Burleigh Grimes from Birmingham in the Southern Association by sending four players to that minor league club.

1939 The Reds send $40,000 and two players (Nino Bongiovanni and Frenchy Bordagaray) to the Yankees for Vince DiMaggio.

1977 Amateur free agent signings!!! Boston gets catcher Rich Gedman and Philadelphia catches a deer – Rob Dernier.

2004 Arizona sends Roberto Alomar to the White Sox for (later) minor leaguer Brad Murray.

Baseball History for August 4th

<— AUG 03     AUG 05 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1845 Phonney Martin
1867 Jake Beckley
1869 Mike Gaule
1875 Henry Clarke
1875 Ray Nelson
1878 Harry Hinchman
1879 Paddy O’Connor
1883 Lew Moren
1885 Tex Jones
1890 Dolf Luque
1891 Jim Haislip
1894 Sid Benton
1894 Jim Grant
1896 Chick Galloway
1896 Cliff Lee
1899 Ski Melillo
1902 Bill Hallahan
1902 Homer Blankenship
1902 Al Moore
1907 George Caster
1911 Tuck Stainback
1912 Bill Schuster
1912 Henry Coppola
1915 Luke Easter
1918 Frank McElyea
1918 Don Kolloway
1920 Bob Keegan
1929 Joe Pignatano
1930 Gabe Gabler
1932 Jim Coates
1934 Dallas Green
1937 Frank Kostro
1938 Ray Oyler
1939 Bob Meyer
1939 Dennis Higgins
1942 Angel Bravo
1942 Cleon Jones
1944 Rich Nye
1945 Mike Davison
1946 Kevin Collins
1947 Ken Poulsen
1948 Johnny Grubb
1949 Terry Humphrey
1951 Joe McIntosh
1957 Ben Hayes
1960 Steve Davis
1961 Mark Wasinger
1962 Roger Clemens
1962 John Farrell
1964 Ruben Rodriguez
1964 B. J. Surhoff
1965 Matt Merullo
1966 Jeff Johnson
1967 Domingo Martinez
1967 Steve Bieser
1968 Chris Hook
1969 Troy O’Leary
1970 Dax Jones
1972 Steve Bourgeois
1973 Eric Weaver
1973 Bob Howry
1975 Eric Milton
1976 Kazuo Fukumori
1976 Scott Linebrink
1977 Paxton Crawford
1978 Jon Knott
1978 Luke Allen
1982 Josh Roenicke
1986 Alex Castellanos
1987 Hiram Burgos
1987 David Martinez
1987 Mike Freeman
1990 Brian Ellington
1991 Jason Adam
1992 Domingo German
1993 Kevin Newman
1994 Brett Kennedy
1994 Orlando Arcia
1996 Brock Burke
1996 Brady Singer
1997 Mike Soroka

OBITUARIES:

1879 Charles Bierman
1897 John Gilroy
1920 Frank Fennelly
1924 George Nicol
1930 Sam Jackson
1944 Camp Skinner
1950 John Burke
1950 Harry Coveleski
1951 Tony Tonneman
1955 Mike Balenti
1958 Bob Gamble
1959 Chappy Charles
1959 Pop Williams
1961 Chuck Rose
1963 Bob Fisher
1964 Jerry Standaert
1966 Pug Cavet
1971 Frank Lamanske
1972 George Batten
1979 Hal Wagner
1980 Lefty Jamerson
1983 Ed Wheeler
1989 Wayne LaMaster
1991 Sammy White
1993 Bob Maier
1995 Dick Bartell
1996 Willard Brown
2002 Mike Payne
2006 Elden Auker
2007 Frank Mancuso
2016 Robert Ramsay
2018 Myron White
2019 Ernie Bowman

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT!!!

1884 Pud Galvin throws his second no hitter.

1910 Jack Coombs and Ed Walsh throw 16 innings of shutout ball – darkness ends the game in a tie between Philadelphia and Chicago.

1933 Flint Rhem goes eight innings, giving up 21 hits (!) and 16 runs in an 18 – 1 loss to the Giants. Why bother to bring in a pitcher to take the ninth??? Where was the manager???

1934 Mel Ott is the first player to score six runs in a game, having gone 4 – 4 with a walk and a hit batsman. The Giants scored 21 runs in the second game of a doubleheader to beat Philadelphia, 21 – 4.

1937 Joe Medwick lashes out four doubles to tie an MLB record

1945 Billy Salkeld goes 5 – 5 with 5 RBIs and completes the cycle for Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, St. Louis won, 6 – 5.

More importantly – Bert Shepard goes 5.1 innings in relief in his only game for the Washington Senators. Shepard, as you may remember, had an amputated leg… He allowed just a run on three hits.

1979 Phil Niekro ties J.R. Richard’s mark by being called for six wild pitches in an eight inning, complete game loss to Houston. Bruce Benedict was struggling – he gave up four of them and was replaced by Joe Nolan. In fairness, Richard had to be wilder – but he went all nine for a win the day he first had six wild pitches…

1983 Speaking of wild pitches – a warmup throw by Dave Winfield kills a seagull in Toronto. He’s arrested after the game for animal cruelty.

1985 White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver wins his 300th game, tossing a complete game win over New York in Yankee Stadium. That same day, Rod Carew slapped a single of Frank Viola for his 3000th career hit.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1899 Cincinnati purchases Socks Seybold from Richmond. Seybold would go on to be a HR leader before it was over. Just not for Cincy – in Philadelphia.

1902 Baltimore signs Ike Butler out of Shreveport. They were desperate for anyone who could throw then – having been ravaged by the evil John McGraw.

1915 Boston signs Art Nehf, who had been pitching in Terre Haute.

1931 Chicago signs Louisville’s Billy Herman.

1958 Cleveland purchases Randy Jackson from the Dodgers.

1962 New York releases Vinegar Bend Mizell.

1964 San Francisco signs amateur free agent Bobby Bonds. That worked out okay…

1967 Chicago picks up Pete Mikkelsen when he was waived by Pittsburgh. Ike Futch played with Mikkelsen in Augusta, I believe.

1972 Kansas City signs amateur free agent U. L. Washington. The toothpick was signed later.

1982 New York trades Joel Youngblood to Montreal for a player to be named later (Tom Gorman).

Youngblood, who had started a day game for the Mets, singled home two runs in the third inning off of Fergie Jenkins and then had to be pulled from the game in the fourth inning. He hopped on a plane to Philadelphia in time to enter that game in the sixth inning for Jerry White in right field. In the next inning, he singled off of Steve Carlton. Now THAT’S a big day.

1989 The White Sox send Mark Davis to California for Mark Doran and Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez would last, what, 20 years?

Baseball History for August 3rd

<— AUG 02     AUG 04 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1849 Charlie Snow
1855 Frank Sylvester (Silver) Flint
1870 Richard P. (Stub) Brown
1873 Ed McFarland
1884 Tom Reilly
1885 Samuel Beryl (Doc) Ralston
1886 Al Kaiser
1888 Jay Rogers
1889 Gus Getz
1894 Harry Heilmann
1894 George Hale
1902 Joe Sprinz
1902 Doug Taitt
1909 George Meyer
1911 Art Evans
1912 Vernon Sprague (Whitey) Wilshere
1917 Milo Candini
1920 Vic Johnson
1920 Jim Hegan
1921 Joe Lafata
1925 Dave Hoskins
1927 Dick Welteroth
1928 Cliff Ross
1928 Dick Hyde
1940 Roger Repoz
1952 Dan Meyer
1959 Mike Jeffcoat
1959 Jim Gott
1960 Sid Bream
1962 Mackey Sasser
1964 Kevin Elster
1968 Kevin Morton
1968 Rod Beck
1969 Steve Dixon
1971 Chris Sexton
1972 Wendell Magee
1973 Blake Stein
1975 Roosevelt Brown
1976 Troy Glaus
1977 Justin Lehr
1981 Travis Bowyer
1981 Felix Sanchez
1983 Mark Reynolds
1984 Sergio Escalona
1984 German Duran
1984 Matthew Joyce
1988 Pat McCoy
1989 Roberto Gomez
1992 Bubba Starling
1995 Zac Gallen
1997 Luis Robert
1998 Jonathan Arauz

OBITUARIES:

1918 Mike Lawlor
1934 Charlie Hastings
1940 Willard Hershberger

Suicide. Just 29, Hershberger slit his throat with a razor blade. The Reds had lost both games of a doubleheader on August 2nd and Hershberger was distraught, taking the losses very personally. Manager Bill McKechnie spent hours talking to him, and by the evening he seemed okay – even ate a big meal.

The next day, he didn’t appear at the ballpark – but he answered the phone and told the team he’d eventually get to the ballpark. Gabe Paul, then the traveling secretary for the Reds, asked Sam Cohen, a friend of Hershberger’s to pick him up and when Cohen got there he got a hotel maid to unlock the door. That’s when they found Hersheberger’s lifeless body.

“Cincinnati Catcher Commits Suicide”, The Morning Call, 04 August 1940, Page 11.

1942 Jack Sutthoff
1942 Jack Hayden
1942 Lyle Bigbee
1947 Al Tesch
1947 Vic Willis
1954 Art Hoelskoetter
1955 Mule Shirley
1961 Tom Downey
1962 War Sanders
1966 Earl Blackburn
1968 John Jenkins
1976 Homer Ezzell
1980 Bill Hubbell
1981 Jim McLeod
1984 Elmer Smith
1985 Cloy Mattox
1990 Bob Brown
1995 Harry Craft
2007 Lee Griffeth

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1914 Les Nunamaker, Yankees catcher, gets three assists in an inning by throwing out Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach trying to steal, and picking off Hugh High, who was leading too far off first base – all in the seventh inning. (It didn’t matter – Detroit won 4 – 1 anyway.)

Now THAT’S helping your pitcher.

Batchelor, E. A. “New York Cannot Hit Coveleskie,” Detroit Free Press, 04 August 1914, Page 12.

2015 Mike Hessman hits his 433rd minor league homer, passing a mark set 79 years earlier by Buzz Arlett.

2015 Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle – again! Only four players have done this trivial quirk three times – the other three did so more than 80 years earlier.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1899 Baltmore sent Gene Demontreville and Jerry Nops to Brooklyn for Hughie Jennings. That trade lasted all of five days, when all three players were returned to their prior teams. (When is a trade not a trade?)

1960 Detroit sent manager Jimmy Dykes to the Indians for their manager, Joe Gordon.

1967 The Yankees sent Elston Howard to Boston for Pete Magrini and (later) Ron Klimkowski. Howard helped get the Red Sox to the World Series – something Howard had done nine times with New York.

1990 Atlanta sent Dale Murphy to the Phillies for Jeff Parrett (and there were three players named later, including Tommy Greene).

2002 Arizona signed amateur free agent hitter Carlos Gonzalez.

Baseball History for August 2nd

<— AUG 01     AUG 03 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1874 Bill Hill
1876 William Gideon (Kid) Nance

Nance came from the Texas Leagues – he replaced Ollie Pickering, who was in a slump, in the Louisville outfield in 1897.

1877 War Sanders
1881 Frederick William (Bucky) Veil
1882 Jim Holmes
1882 Leon Kessling (Red) Ames
1886 Dwight Stone
1890 Angel Aragon
1898 Emmett Bowles
1899 Arthur Bernard (Tink) Riviere
1901 Charlie Caldwell
1902 Joe Klinger
1906 Bill Posedel
1909 Bill Phebus
1924 Lloyd Merriman
1932 John Pregenzer
1943 Tom Burgmeier
1944 Chris Coletta
1952 Jesus Manuel (Bombo) Rivera
1952 Art James
1955 Jim Dorsey
1956 Roger LaFrancois
1956 Derek Botelho
1961 Danny Sheaffer
1964 Cliff Young
1965 Paul Marak
1966 Tim Wakefield
1967 Scott Taylor
1968 Frank Cimorelli
1969 Dae-Sung Koo
1971 Steve Sinclair
1973 Mike Venafro
1974 Matt Miller
1975 Joe Dillon
1977 Julio Mateo
1978 Matt Guerrier
1979 Humberto Quintero
1979 Matt Riley
1979 Colby Lewis
1982 Grady Sizemore
1983 Huston Street
1984 Luke Hughes
1984 Konrad Schmidt
1987 Juan Jaime
1988 Brett Jackson
1989 Onelki Garcia
1991 Parker Bridwell
1992 Dylan Moore
1993 Paul Dejong
1993 Keury Melia
1996 Keston Hiura

OBITUARIES:

1882 Gene Kimball
1898 Val Robinson
1899 John Ward
1903 Bill Sweeney
1905 George Snyder
1932 Dan Brouthers
1934 Reggie Richter
1938 Jim Curry
1944 Arthur Hauger
1946 Carl Lind
1951 Guy Cooper
1955 Peaches O’Neill
1961 Harry Gardner
1961 Walter Morris
1963 Pete Standridge
1970 Mike Cvengros
1974 Ty Pickup
1975 Jess Buckles
1979 Thurman Munson

His Cessna clips a tree and crashes just short of the runway at Akron-Canton regional airport.

1988 Bob Berman
1993 Joe Gantenbein
1994 Dick Jones
2004 Mike Schultz
2005 Milt Graff
2011 Al Federoff
2015 Jack Spring

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1921 A jury acquits eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series.

1985 On a single by Rickey Henderson, White Sox center fielder Luis Salazar throws out Bobby Meacham at the plate – and Carlton Fisk remains standing long enough to tag Dale Berra, who also tried to score on the play.

I remember watching this game from a hotel room in Albany, NY a day before heading to Cooperstown to tour the Hall of Fame and Museum. I haven’t seen Ross Tarlow in years… Hey, Ross. Drop me a line.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1961 Kansas City sends Reno Bertoia and Gerry Staley to Detroit for Bill Fischer and Ozzie Virgil.

1968 Washington sent Ron Hansen to the Chicago White Sox for Tim Cullen.

1985 California sends Mike Brown, Pat Clements, and (later) Bob Kipper to the Pirates for John Candelaria, George Hendrick, and Al Holland.

2001 St. Louis sends Ray Lankford to San Diego for Woody Williams.

Baseball History for August 1st

<— JULY 31     AUG 02 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1850 Michael Campbell
1865 Ed Gastfield
1865 Frank Grant
1872 Clay Fauver
1875 Wiley Davis
1875 Harry Croft
1881 Tom Walker
1890 Edward Haughton (Slim) Love
1891 Bob Emmerich
1892 Roy Sanders
1895 Clem Llewellyn
1899 Joe Shaute
1902 Howard Freigau
1906 Frank Bushey
1916 Elmer Donald (Pep) Rambert
1916 Floyd Stromme
1917 Chet Johnson
1921 Ray Hamrick
1923 George Bamberger
1925 Bobby Balcena
1943 Jackie Warner
1947 Tony Muser
1948 Tommy Smith
1950 Wayne Tyrone
1950 Milt May
1951 Pete Mackanin
1952 Greg Gross
1954 Roger Miller
1957 Myron White
1960 Dave Anderson
1962 Scott Anderson
1967 Gregg Jefferies
1968 Shigetoshi Hasegawa
1968 Brian Bohanon
1969 Brent Knackert
1969 Kevin Jarvis
1971 Travis Driskill
1972 Freddy Garcia
1974 Justin Baughman
1976 Kevin Joseph
1978 Tim Olson
1984 Brandon Kintzler
1985 Cole Kimball
1985 Adam Jones
1988 Roenis Elias
1989 Madison Bumgarner
1989 Nick Ramirez
1990 Kennys Vargas
1990 Aledmys Diaz
1995 T.J. Zeuch

OBITUARIES:

1897 Jake Seymour
1898 Charlie Hackett
1903 Charlie Bohn
1914 Gid Gardner
1914 Con Murphy
1920 Frank Norton
1932 Haddie Gill
1938 Tug Thompson
1946 Bert Sincock
1951 Harry Curtis
1952 Phil Douglas
1958 Ike Boone
1966 Hank Gowdy
1974 Tom Kirk
1989 Don Heffner
1991 Chris Short
1994 Bernie James
2002 Jack Tighe
2005 Milt Nielsen
2007 Pete Naktenis
2008 John Simmons
2011 Alex Pitko
2011 Joe Caffie
2012 Don Erickson
2013 Babe Martin
2015 Hank Izquierdo

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1923 Harry Frazee sells the Red Sox to a group led by J. A. Robert Quinn, who was a business manager of the Browns.

1945 Mel Ott is the first National League batter to hit 500 homers, taking a Johnny Hutchings pitch deep at the Polo Grounds.

1962 Boston’s Bill Montbouquette nips the White Sox, 1 – 0 without allowing a hit.

1972 San Diego’s Nate Colbert hits five homers in a doubleheader, the second person (Stan Musial was the first).

2005 Rafael Palmeiro is suspended for violating the MLB steroid policy.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1896 The Phillies spent $1,500 wisely by purchasing Nap Lajoie from Fall River of the New England League.

1914 Cleveland purhased Bill Wambganss from Cedar Rapids of the Central Association.

1919 The Giants sent Joe Oeschger, Red Causey, Johnny Jones, Mickey O’Neill and a bunch of cash to Boston for pitcher Art Nehf.

1925 The Yankees paid $50,000 to Salt Lake City of the PCL for Tony Lazzeri – and then sent three players back to Salt Lake City the following spring.

1980 The Yankees signed amateur free agent pitcher Jose Rijo.

1985 Cleveland sent Bert Blyleven to the Twins for Jay Bell, Curt Wardle, Jim Weaver, and (later) Rich Yett.

Baseball History for July 31st

<— JULY 30     AUGUST 1 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1857 Charlie Reynolds
1864 Mark Creegan
1870 Joe Sugden
1880 Bob Unglaub
1883 Charles Eugene (Tuffy) Stewart
1883 Tommy Madden
1883 Clarence Hanford (Red) Munson
1886 Larry Doyle
1888 Pembroke Finlayson
1889 Dan Marion
1890 Oscar Martin (Slim) Harrell
1892 Art Nehf
1892 Erv Kantlehner
1892 David Carter (Mutt) Williams
1893 Allen Russell
1896 Raymond Edwin (Chick) Sorrells
1900 Henry William (Heinie) Scheer
1910 Glenn Liebhardt
1910 Gordon McNaughton
1912 Archie Wise
1912 Jesse Landrum
1913 Joe Mulligan
1913 Bill Fleming
1914 Elmer Riddle
1915 Jess Pike
1916 Billy Hitchcock
1920 Fred Bradley
1922 Hank Bauer
1925 Harry Malmberg
1927 Billy Shantz
1927 Al Aber
1931 Walter Gary (Rip) Coleman
1931 Joe Durham
1935 Terry Fox
1936 Vic Davalillo
1937 Fred Van Dusen
1943 Billy Wynne
1944 Frank Brosseau
1947 Earl Stephenson
1947 John Vukovich
1947 Pete Koegel
1949 Jay Schlueter
1953 Hank Small
1956 Gordie Pladson
1957 Leon Durham
1957 Howard Bailey
1959 Mike Bielecki
1959 Bob Johnson
1963 Scott Bankhead
1970 Mike Figga
1975 Randy Flores
1975 Gabe Kapler
1979 Andy Van Hekken
1979 J. J. Furmaniak
1983 Rene Rivera
1984 Fernando Hernandez
1992 Jose Fernandez
1992 Kyle McGrath
1996 Luiz Gohara

OBITUARIES:

1938 Doc Miller
1938 Bill Carney
1941 Jim Byrnes
1945 Snapper Kennedy
1960 Joe Klinger
1961 Bud Weiser
1972 Rollie Hemsley
1975 Max Flack
1991 John Dobb
1993 Sam Langford
1994 Hy Vandenberg
1996 Howie Goss
1997 Eddie Miller
2015 Billy Pierce
2018 Daryl Robertson

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1954 Joe Adcock homers four times in Ebbets Field as the Braves clock the Dodgers 15 – 7. Adcock also doubled – missing by perhaps a foot of hitting five homers in a game.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1888 Kansas City purchased Billy Hamilton from Worcester in the New England League.

1987 Cleveland sent Steve Carlton to Minnesota for Jeff Perry.

1989 The Mets send Rick Aguilera, Kevin Tapani, David West, Tim Drummond and (later) Jack Savage to the Twins for Frank Viola.

1993 Toronto sent Steve Karsay and (later) Jose Herrera to Oakland for Rickey Henderson.

1997 St. Louis sent T.J. Mathews, Eric Ludwick, and Blake Stein to Oakland for Mark McGwire.

1998 Seattle sent Randy Johnson to Houston for Freddy Garcia, Carlos Guillen, and (later) John Halama.

2004 Boston sends Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to the Cubs in a four-team trade that netted the Red Sox Doug Mientkiewicz and Orlando Cabrera. The Twins and Expos were also involved.

2008 Boston sends Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers in a three team trade that included getting Jason Bay from Pittsburgh and the Dodgers sending Andy LaRoche and Bruan Morris to the Pirates.

The list of 7/31 trades that had impact is long and wide. I could easily list 100 of them.

For a complete list, go here:

https://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/transactions.cgi?date=07-31