Baseball History for April 12th

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1859 John Harkins
1860 Sandy Nava
1862 Harry East
1863 Buster Hoover
1875 Lew Post
1876 Vic Willis
1879 Bill Clancy
1879 Fred Brown
1880 Addie Joss
1881 Harry Ostdiek
1887 Sam Agnew
1888 Charlie Pick
1888 Bill Bailey
1888 Harry Sullivan
1888 Kid McLaughlin
1895 Sammy Vick
1898 Trader Horne
1898 Mickey O’Neil
1899 Bernie Henderson
1908 Joe Vitelli
1909 Eric McNair
1910 Bill Miller
1912 Jack Wilson
1918 Chucho Ramos
1922 Bill Wight
1926 Lou Possehl
1926 Walt Moryn
1928 Bill Stewart
1929 Mel Held
1930 Johnny Antonelli
1933 Charlie Lau
1940 Woodie Fryman
1942 Tommie Sisk
1942 Dale Roberts
1943 Ken Suarez
1943 Vicente Romo
1944 Terry Harmon
1956 Jose Alvarez
1960 Bill Lindsey
1964 Jerry Goff
1964 Mike Macfarlane
1968 Dave Staton
1968 Cliff Brantley
1971 Matt Williams
1972 Paul Lo Duca
1973 Antonio Osuna
1976 Jeff Wallace
1977 D. J. Carrasco
1979 Jordan De Jong
1980 Daniel Garcia
1981 Hisashi Iwakuma
1982 Justin Ruggiano
1985 Adonis Garcia
1985 Brennan Boesch
1986 Brad Brach
1989 Pedro Hernandez
1989 Raudel Lazo
1990 Edgar Olmos
1990 Burch Smith
1993 Kyle Bird
1994 Tomas Nido
1995 Gabe Speier
1996 Dennis Santana
1996 Adam Haseley

OBITUARIES:

1889 Frank Ringo
1929 Tom Phillips
1937 Ed Morris
1940 Fred Klobedanz
1941 Frederick Boardman
1947 Tom Sullivan
1966 Gussie Gannon
1966 Joe Harris
1968 Frank Sigafoos

While mowing his lawn, his wife found him slumped near the lawnmower.  Sigafoos died of a heart attack on April 12, 1968.

1970 Dick Brown
1970 Red Shannon
1971 Ed Lafitte
1977 Tim McCabe
1977 Hal Leathers
1979 Sam Edmonston
1980 Mel Preibisch
1981 Dick Hoover
1983 Carl Morton
1988 Frank Skaff
1989 Arnold Carter
1990 Johnny Reder
1991 Gene Lillard
1999 Cliff Ross
2001 Nelson Burbrink
2004 Frank Seward
2008 Jim Goodwin
2009 Gene Handley
2011 Eddie Joost
2014 Hal Smith
2018 Len Okrie
2020 Glenn Beckert

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT!

1933 Opening Day the fans wanted?  Ruth homers twice, Sammy Byrd hits a pair, and Gehrig, Simmons, and Foxx all homer in a 12 – 6 opening day win for the Yankees over the A’s.

1965 Don Drysdale homers off of Larry Jackson of the Mets on Opening Day – the only pitcher to have homered in two different Opening Day starts.  He homered in 1959 against the Cubs and Bob Anderson.

1988 Bobby Witt commits four balks in eight innings of work…  He lost to Detroit, 4 – 1.

1992 Cleveland defeats Boston, 2 – 0, without getting a single hit.  Matt Young walked seven batters in getting the loss.  Kenny Lofton walked, stole two bases, and scored on an error.  Two walks and a fielder’s choice scored another run in the third.

1994 Boston’s Scott Cooper hits for the cycle against the Royals in Kaufman Stadium.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1962 Detroit sends Steve Demeter to Cleveland for Norm Cash.

1977 Detroit trades away Willie Horton – sending him to Texas for Steve Foucault.

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