Baseball History on April 7th

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1850 Walter Terry
1858 Milo Lockwood

Milo Lockwood was a pitcher and utility player for the Washington Nationals of the Union Association in 1884.  He wasn’t on a very good team, and Lockwood was part of the problem.  In his eleven outings, he lost nine of ten decisions.  And, as a backup right fielder, center fielder, or third baseman, he didn’t hit enough to keep his job – he was released about six weeks into the season.

Milo Hathaway Lockwood was born 07 April 1858 to C. B. and Jane (Hathaway) Lockwood in Solon, OH.  C.B. owned a hardware company and was on the board of directors for a large insurance firm in New York.  Milo went to Hiram Collage and spent two years studying law at the University of Michigan.  He even served as a lawyer for the second district, but was removed from that role in 1885.  Eventually he went back to work for his father and lived an upper class life.  In 1890, he went to Brooklyn and married Frances Mary Pollard and they returned to live in Cleveland.  They never had any children

Over time, however, Lockwood struggled with rheumatoid sciatica.  In 1897, he and Frances spent a summer in Ecomony, PA.  An early October afternoon, after mingling with friends in the hotel office, and after telling his wife he was going to take his afternoon nap, he picked up a pistol and fired it into his temple.

“…The only cause his friends in the town can ascribe is despondency from a long sickness. He has been a sufferer from acute sciatic rheumatism for a number of years. He leaves a wife, who is at the hotel, and has been there with her this summer, but no children.

“…Not five minutes before he (fired) the fatal shot he had been chatting with friends in the office of the hotel, and had retired to his room to read. Before lying down to take an accustomed afternoon siesta, he spent some moments with Mrs. Lockwood and he then stepped into the bedroom adjoining. Within five minutes his wife heard a shot and rushing into the room found her husband gasping his last on the floor with a bespattered temple, where the bullet had entered, and his head resting in a pool of blood. There had not been the slightest intimation that Lockwood had contemplated such an act, nor, from what can be gathered in the town, is there any circumstances surrounding his career which would make him rather face the “ills he knew not of” than to enjoy the society of his wife and friends. If an exceedingly genial disposition, generous to a fault, and seemingly in the position to spend his money freely, there were few people whom he had met in the old settlement who did not count themselves as a friend of Mr. Lockwood’s.

“About the only circumstance in connection with the affair is the oddity of a man of his prominence in the Forest City choosing such a quiet place as the old town of Economy in which to spend the summer: but since the 26th day of August he and his wife have to all appearances led the most contented existence, broken only by little pleasure excursions to the surrounding country… (H)e had spent much time at Hot Springs in hopes of being freed from the pains of sciatic rheumatism, and it was his intention to return there this fall.”

“Suicide at Economy.”, Pittsburgh Press, 10 October 1897, Page 16.

Other Sources:

1860, 1880 US Censuses
Baseball-Reference.com
FindAGrave.com
Student Lists, Hiram Colleage Yearbooks (1875, 1876)
Student Lists, University of Michigan (1923, Pg. 965)
Brooklyn Daily Eagle 06 March 1878, Page 1.
“The First Innings.”, National Republican (DC), 02 April 1884, Page 5.
“The Second District Court.”, Wood River Times (Hailey, ID), 30 July 1885, Page 3.
“Married.”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 03 January 1890, Page 3.
“Lockwood-Pollard.”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 03 January 1890, Page 2.
“Put a Bullet Through His Head.”, Meadville Evening Republican, 11 October 1897, Page 1.

1873 John McGraw

I know – New York legend.

I don’t buy it.  As a player – he was a cheat and an umpire baiter.  As an owner/manager, he deliberately tried to destroy the Baltimore Orioles for his own personal gain – leaving his team in a lurch, and taking half the team (and all the good players) with him to the Giants and Reds (who had been owned by the Giants owner, John T. Brush).  While managing the Giants, he was accused of getting help from the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was throwing games to help the Giants win pennants (that manager was Roger Bresnahan).  Then, after he testified in a case against Hal Chase – who was trying to get Giants players to lay down for cash – he then HIRED Chase to play first base for his Giants – putting in place all the people necessary for his best friend, Arnold Rothstein, to fix a World Series.

I got more, too.

To me John McGraw was the most despicable man to play a significant role in the development of the game.

1874 Harry Wilhelm
1874 John Ganzel
1879 Art Weaver
1883 Bill Cooney
1885 Charlie Rhodes
1886 Ed Lafitte
1887 Jack Ferry
1893 Fletcher Low
1893 Desmond Beatty
1894 Fred Lear
1894 Horace Milan
1902 Buck Redfern
1905 Joe Hassler
1907 Oral Hildebrand
1908 George Hockette
1918 Bobby Doerr

At the time of his death, he was the oldest living Hall of Famer, at 99, and the last man alive to have played a baseball game in the 1930s.

1921 Frank Seward
1930 Richie Myers
1933 Joe Hicks
1933 Bobby Del Greco
1942 Tom Phoebus

His first two starts with the Baltimore Orioles were complete game shutouts.  He had two good seasons.  Then, his arm left him and he became a nomad in search of a place to land.  Historically, pitchers who have begun their career with two straight shutout wins have had less than stellar or complete careers.  The last one before Phoebus?  Karl Spooner.

1944 Bill Stoneman

Threw the first no-hitter in Expos history.

1948 Rick Sawyer
1951 Dave Oliver
1951 Dave Cripe
1955 Bobby Mitchell
1957 Rick Engle
1966 Freddie Benavides
1969 Ricky Bones
1971 Mark Thompson
1973 Brett Tomko

For, like, a decade I thought his career was over – but he kept pitching for somebody with ERAs between 4 and 5.5 all the way to 2011.

1975 Ronnie Belliard

I bet he can still hit about .270.

1977 Jimmy Osting
1977 Ben Petrick
1979 Danny Sandoval
1979 Adrian Beltre

Will be the third guy named Adrian to make it to the Hall of Fame.

1980 Vinny Rottino
1983 Wes Whisler
1986 Chia-Jen Lo
1988 Charles Brewer
1993 Eduardo Rodriguez

OBITUARIES:

1914 Charlie Ganzel
1927 Billy Alvord
1927 Ray Miller
1957 Jim Scott
1959 Johnson Fry
1963 Jim Ball
1964 Johnny Tillman
1967 Shanty Hogan  (A catcher once traded for Rogers Hornsby.  Really.)
1968 Mahlon Higbee
1969 Sy Rosenthal
1970 Ollie Voigt
1993 Bob Alexander
1993 Howie McFarland
1995 Frank Secory
1997 Luis Aloma
2005 Bob Kennedy
2015 Jose Capellan

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!

1979 Bob Forsch throws a no hitter – his Astros beat Atlanta, 6-0.

1984 Detroit ace Jack Morris wows Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola – he throws a no-hitter and beats the White Sox on the NBC Saturday Game of the Week.  (I can remember watching that game on television – and it really set the tone for the Tigers that year, who started 35 – 5 and eventually won the World Series.)

2013 Will Middlebrooks clocks three homers – four hits, four runs four RBIs – in a 13-0 crushing of R.A. Dickey and Toronto.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1932 The Dodgers trade Pea Ridge Day to Minneapolis to acquire High Pockets Kelly.

1979 Los Angeles trades Rick Rhoden to Pittsburgh for Jerry Reuss.

2005 Anaheim signs free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales.

2006 Cleveland trades Brandon Phillips to Cincinnati for a player to be named later (Jeff Stevens).

Oops.

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