Baseball History for April 23rd

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1861 John Peltz
1863 Lou Galvin
1875 Bob Ganley
1879 Harry Cheek
1882 Connie Walsh
1886 Harry Coveleski
1888 Jim Scott
1895 Tom Knowlson
1896 Elam Vangilder
1898 Charlie Dorman
1900 Jim Bottomley

Cardinals first baseman when hitting was at a level never seen before (at least not until steroids) and somehow made it to the Hall of Fame.  He was famous, but not nearly as good as many of the modern first basemen.

1900 Joe Kelly
1906 Ray Starr
1907 Dolph Camilli
1915 Walter Brown
1916 Jack Creel
1917 Tony Lupien
1921 Warren Spahn

A legitimate hall of famer – got kind of a late start as a regular, pitched every four days and never got hurt, and won more games than any lefty ever.

1923 Sammy Meeks
1924 Chuck Harmon
1925 Buddy Peterson
1935 Ron Blackburn
1937 Duke Carmel
1939 Chico Fernandez
1945 Jorge Rubio
1947 Pat Jacquez
1949 Bob O’Brien
1955 Tom Dixon
1957 Darryl Cias
1967 Rheal Cormier
1968 Guillermo Velasquez
1977 Andruw Jones

For years, the best center fielder in the National League.  And then he suddenly had a hard time keeping off the weight.  His arrival, very sudden and explosive, was awesome.  His demise was equally sudden.

1977 Jason Tyner
1979 Henry Owens
1979 Carlos Silva
1979 Rich Thompson
1981 Sean Henn
1983 Fernando Perez
1984 Dave Davidson
1985 Emilio Bonifacio

As a Marlin, he was just a fun guy to watch.  Played hard with crazy speed – and could play all over.  Was a better shortstop than Hanley Ramirez, but Hanley hit way better so he got the job.

1986 Luis Durango
1990 Louis Head
1994 Garrett Cleavinger


1895 John Ewing
1911 George Craig
1913 Charlie Pabor
1925 Ad Gumbert
1926 Henry Schmidt
1928 Joe Miller
1930 Larry Twitchell
1930 Rube Manning
1932 Lon Knight
1933 Tim Keefe
1935 Swede Carlstrom
1943 Cliff Curtis
1950 Dike Varney
1950 Bill Hallman
1961 Jack Barry
1963 Harry Harper
1969 Freddie Moncewicz
1972 Dino Chiozza
1972 Charlie Miller
1974 Cy Williams
1985 Bob Wilson
1985 Whitey Wistert
1989 Howie Krist
1990 Pete Wojey
1992 Deron Johnson
1995 Jake Daniel
2005 Earl Wilson
2006 Billy Queen
2007 Sammy Meeks
2014 Connie Marrero

Just shy of his 103rd birthday – he was the oldest living player at the time of his death…

2015 Dick Barone
2018 Dave Nelson
2020 Dan Walters


1939 Marv Owen’s 4 hit game includes 4 doubles – the 11th documented game of its kind.

1946 Dodger Ed Head blanks the Braves without allowing a hit, and his fielders did a lot of work.  He fanned one and walked three.

1952 Rookie pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm homered in his first at bat.

1954 Hank Aaron hits his first career homer off Vic Raschi.  Aaron, unlike Wilhelm, would hit a lot more homers.  Wilhelm never hit another…

1964 Houston’s Bob Johnson fires a no-hitter against the Reds.  However, he got the loss.  In the 9th, Pete Rose bunted and Johnson threw the ball away, allowing Rose to reach second base.  After advancing on a ground out, Vada Pinson hit what should have been a routine out to Nellie Fox, who booted it, allowing Rose to score.  Johnson was the first pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter and lose.

1999 Fernando Tatis is the first (and still only) player to hit two grand slams in the same inning – both off of Chan Ho Park.

2004 Barry Bonds is intentionally walked four times in one game by the Dodgers.  The Dodgers win in 12 innings…  It was the first of four games, all in 2004, where Bonds was walked intentionally four times.

2008 With a win over the Rockies in Coors Field, the Cubs win their 10,000th game.  At the time, they were a scant 535 games over .500.


1917 Cincinnati purchases outfielder Jim Thorpe from the New York Giants.

1968 The Cubs get Jim Hickman and Phil Regan from the Dodgers for Ted Savage and Jim Ellis.

1978 Philadelphia signs amateur free agent infielder Juan Samuel.

1982 New York trades Bob Watson to the Braves for minor leaguer Scott Patterson.

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