Baseball History for April 16th


1859 Steve Dignan
1866 Jim Devlin
1867 Piggy Ward
1870 Pop Swett
1874 Ira Belden
1880 Crese Heismann
1880 Phil Stremmel
1881 Gene Ford
1883 Ed Gagnier
1891 Ricardo Torres
1891 Charlie Meara
1892 Dutch Leonard
1900 Walt Schulz
1903 Paul Waner
1906 Tommy Sewell
1908 Babe Phelps
1916 Pete Suder
1925 Alton Brown
1929 Ed Winceniak

A Cubs infield prospect from the early Ernie Banks era…  Born and raised in Chicago, too.  You can read about him here.

1938 Rich Rollins
1939 Bernie Allen
1940 Garry Roggenburk
1942 Jim Lonborg

If you watched Cheers on television, Sam Malone was a former Red Sox pitcher turned bar owner.  The photo behind the bar, supposedly of Sam, was that of Lonborg.

After his remarkable 1967 season, he was skiing and wrecked his knee and while he had a few good years, he was never that good again.

1943 Frank Fernandez
1944 Bob Montgomery

Fisk’s backup for many years, then a broadcaster for a long time.

1946 Sergio Robles
1953 Bruce Taylor
1953 Don Reynolds
1954 Bruce Robinson
1955 Bruce Bochy
1955 Rick Jones
1958 Rick Grapenthin
1960 Curt Young
1969 Fernando Vina
1969 Ken Takahashi
1971 Marc Sagmoen
1972 Antonio Alfonseca

Six fingered (both hands) reliever for the Marlins some time back now…  For a few years, he wasn’t half bad.

1975 Kelly Dransfeldt
1979 Justin Huisman
1979 Justin Wayne
1983 Tommy Manzella
1990 Travis Shaw
1991 Nolan Arenado
1991 Paco Rodriguez
1993 Keone Kela


1893 John Fox
1907 Bill Zies
1910 Tom Loftus

Manager, owner, played for a while, too.  He was the first manager that got something out of Rube Waddell.  Loftus was the owner and manager of Columbus in 1898 who took Rube and got more than 25 wins out of him before Rube went back to the Pirates.  He also managed the 1901 Chicago Remnants, where Rube also played, but wasn’t the owner and therefore had less leeway in dealing with him.  Rube pitched well, but he eventually ran from the team over any number of issues.

1910 Bill Kienzle
1913 Jerry Harrington
1914 Podge Weihe
1916 Fred Mann
1916 Jim McTamany
1924 Buster Hoover
1931 Bucky Veil
1941 Howard Wakefield
1944 Pop Foster
1945 Chick Fewster
1948 Dick Kauffman
1953 Sam Gray
1955 Louis Graff
1956 George Puccinelli
1964 Gus Williams
1964 Charlie Case
1965 Chick Tolson
1967 Jim Tennant
1968 John Michaelson
1970 Mal Eason
1971 Ron Northey
1975 Frank Wayenberg
1980 Jerry Conway
1981 Effa Manley
1985 Benny Zientara
1989 Jocko Conlan
1991 Al Verdel
2001 Hank Riebe
2013 Jack Daniels
2015 Ollie Brown


1929 Earl Averill is the first American Leaguer to hit a homer in his first major league at bat.

1935 Babe Ruth’s first game as a National Leaguer includes a homer off of Carl Hubbell.  His Braves win, 4 – 2.

1940 Bob Feller tosses an opening day no-hitter to beat the White Sox, 1 – 0.  I wrote about it here.

1948 WGN televises its first Cubs game with Jack Brickhouse behind the mic.

1972 Cubs rookie Burt Hooten no-hits the Phillies in his fourth career start, 4 – 0.

1978 Bob Forsch repeats Hooton’s trick, beating the Phillies, 5 – 0 without surrendering a hit.

1983 Steve Garvey passes Billy Williams – taking over the record for longest consecutive games played streak in the National League.  He makes it to 1207 before a dislocated thumb ends his run later that year.


1938 The Cubs acquire Dizzy Dean from the Cardinals for the low price of Curt Davis, Clyde Shoun, Tuck Stainback, and about $185,000.

1935 The Red Sox sign catcher/spy Moe Berg.

1971 Luis Tiant, looking for a gig, signs with the Atlanta Braves.


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