I wrote late last night, so I won’t add any new news here (not much happened since 11:30). However, if you are enjoying what you see here – keep reading the other posts. I will, however, provide my Baseball 365 content…
(1897) Ross Youngs
Youngs is one of the least known Hall of Famers – a very good right fielder for the Giants who hit over .300 in seven straight seasons and played in a number of World Series. He died due to a kidney disorder at 30.
His stats suggest that he was a Brett Butler type with maybe a LITTLE more power, but not much. He stole 153 bases, but was probably thrown out over 100 times. John McGraw says he was the best outfielder he ever saw, and the Veteran’s Committee added him to the Hall in 1972 at a time any old player with a batting average over .300 was being added. As such, if he were playing today, he’d probably never make it to the Hall of Fame.
(1906) Dr. Howdy Grosskloss
Howdy had a brief career with the Pirates about 75 years ago, then gave up baseball to be a doctor and eventually wound up one of the early leaders of the University of Miami’s medical school. You can read what I wrote about him here…
(1921) Chuck Connors – movie star
(1930) Frank Lary – Yankee Killer
(1946) Leroy Stanton
(1946) Bob Watson – one of my favorite old Astros…
(1950) Ken Griffey, Sr.
(1982) Andre Ethier
(1985) Clayton Mortensen
(1882) William Hulbert – the first commissioner of the National League.
(1956) Ginger Beaumont – outfielder for the early 1900s Pirates.
(1984) Karl Spooner
Karl Spooner was a Dodger prospect at the same time as Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Unfortunately, his knee went bad and that affected his shoulder, and the rest is history. I wrote about Spooner’s life here.
(1995) Billy Myers
(1962) Dodger Stadium opens in Chavez Ravine. With more than 52,000 in attendance, the Dodgers lose to Cincinnati, 6 – 3.
The same day, the Houston Colt-45s begin with a 11 – 2 win over the Cubs.
(1973) John Mayberry’s homer keys a rout as the Royals top Texas in the first game played at Royals Stadium.
(1947) Jackie Robinson signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers.