Baseball History for April 17th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1820 Alexander Cartwright
1852 Cap Anson
1862 Henry Mullin
1863 Charlie Ferguson
1864 Jersey Bakley
1869 John Grimes
1870 Ad Yale
1875 Charlie Jaeger
1878 Judge Fuchs
1879 Tom Needham
1884 Jake Daubert
1891 Scott Perry
1892 Morrie Schick
1903 Elmer Miller
1903 Bob Osborn
1906 Eddie Delker
1907 Bobby Stevens
1909 Chuck Sheerin
1914 Lefty Smoll
1917 Stan Andrews
1923 Solly Hemus
1937 Roberto Pena
1945 Dennis Paepke
1950 Pedro Garcia
1954 Denny Walling
1955 Tom Runnells
1957 Dave Huppert
1965 Craig Worthington
1967 Marquis Grissom
1969 Jeff Ball
1971 Keith Johnson
1972 Gary Bennett
1979 Jorge Piedra
1980 Max St. Pierre
1981 Ryan Raburn
1984 Jed Lowrie
1987 Dan Jennings
1989 Deolis Guerra

OBITUARIES:

1883 John Bergh
1893 Joe Farrell
1898 Bobby Mathews
1909 Oscar Westerberg
1912 Ace Stewart
1923 Frank Keffer
1931 George Daisy
1933 Thomas Griffin
1937 Bill Foxen
1938 Alex Beam
1946 Jack Quinn
1948 Pat Deisel
1959 Fred Brainard
1960 Ricardo Torres
1964 Kid Willson
1967 Dutch Rudolph
1973 Vic Aldridge
1973 Lefty Weinert
1979 Joe Conzelman
1980 Ed Miller
1980 Hooks Iott
1983 Dutch Leonard
1991 Les Mallon
1994 Walter Wilson
1996 Bill Serena
2012 Stan Johnson

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1925 Babe Ruth undergoes surgery on an intestinal abcess that would sideline him for the first 40 games of the season.

1934 Red Barber works his first game on the radio – for the Reds, of course.

1945 Pete Gray makes his debut for the Senators – getting a hit on four trips.  Gray, now 30, has but one arm.

1953 Mickey Mantle’s homer off of Chuck Stobbs is measured at 565 feet (disputed these days), which is considered the longest MLB homer.

1969 Montreal’s Bill Stoneman tosses a no-hitter to beat the Phillies, 7- 0.  It was just the ninth game in Expo history – Stoneman also made the first start for the Expos, but only got one out in the first inning before being removed.

1976 Mike Schmidt hits four consecutive homers to help the Phillies beat the Cubs, 18 – 16, in extra innings.  The Cubs had an eleven run lead at one point.  (Schmidt added a single in six at bats.)

2001 Barry Bonds hits his 500th career homer – into McCovey Cove.

2009 Gary Sheffield launches his 500th homer…  Meanwhile, Jason Kubel hits for the cycle – with a grand slam completing the task.

2010 Ubaldo Jimenez throws a no-hitter to beat the Braves in Atlanta, 4 – 0.  Jimenez is the first Rockie to accomplish the feat.  A pickoff play and a double play helped Jimenez survive six walks in the first five innings.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1909 Boston purchases Jimmy Slagle from the Cubs.

1960 For some reason, the Indians agreed to trade Rocky Colavito to the Detroit Tigers for Harvey Kuenn.  Kuenn was the batting champ, while Colavito was the homer champ.

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