Baseball History for April 24th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1863 Jim Field
1873 Bob Ewing
1878 Charlie Graham
1889 Joe Wagner
1891 Pete Falsey
1893 Walt Smallwood

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Worked his way up from Norfolk, to Richmond, to Atlanta, to Newark to the New York Yankees over a five year period, ending in 1917.  The next year, though, Smallwood would be pitching for Camp Meade in the Army during World War I.  He got a few more games after the war ended but was dispatched to the minors for the next 12 years.  He would win about 190 games in the minors, mostly with teams like Newark, Minneapolis, Reading, and Pueblo – where he also managed the team.

Born in Dayton, MD, Smallwood eventually returned to his native state until his passing in 1967.

1894 Howard Ehmke

I think of him as the cagey veteran pitcher who beat the Cubs in the first game of the 1929 World Series.  Am I right?

1895 Dixie Parker
1895 Harry Harper
1896 Ken Penner
1896 Pug Griffin
1898 Andy Cooper
1903 Jimmy Moore
1906 Red Worthington
1910 Sam Harshaney
1913 Herb Harris
1920 Dixie Howell
1927 Frank Lucchesi
1936 Glen Hobbie
1943 Joe Verbanic
1943 Ivan Murrell
1944 Bill Singer
1948 Bob Beall
1952 Pat Zachry
1958 Bill Krueger
1958 Herman Segelke
1963 Tony DeFrancesco
1965 Mike Blowers
1967 Omar Vizquel
1968 Todd Jones
1972 Chipper Jones
1974 Will Cunnane
1976 John Barnes
1977 Carlos Beltran
1983 Daniel Barone
1985 Ryan Reid
1986 Aaron Cunningham
1987 Welington Castillo
1989 Steven Souza

OBITUARIES:

1899 Pat Luby
1905 Jim Gardner
1928 Harry Berthrong
1936 Tacks Latimer
1946 Joe Birmingham
1966 Rinaldo Williams
1971 Erv Lange
1978 Marty Walker
1979 Fred Koster
1980 Beryl Richmond
1982 Buster Ross
1987 John Mihalic
1992 Elio Chacon
1993 Jim McDonnell
1995 John Campbell
1996 Gary Geiger
2003 Fuzz White
2006 Sibby Sisti
2012 Fred Bradley

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1901 Chicago tops the Cleveland Blues, 8 – 2, in the first “major league” game of the American League.  The league, formerly known as the Western League, changed its name in 1900, but declared itself a major league for 1901 and proceeded to pilfer players from the National League to improve all the team’s rosters…

1913 Browns outfielder Gus Williams gets three hits, all triples, to tie a major league record.

1915 Frank Allen of the Pittsburgh Rebels Federal League club, no hits the St. Louis Terriers.

1917 Answer to the trivia question “Who threw the first no hitter for the New York Yankees?”  It’s George Mogridge.  He blanked the Red Sox 2 – 1 – three yankee errors helping score Jack Barry with the lone Red Sox run.

1945 Happy Chandler replaces Kennesaw Mountain Landis as commissioner of baseball.

1957 This was a bad inning…  Cub pitchers, and there were three of them, walked nine batters in the fifth inning of their game with the Reds.

1962 Sandy Koufax ties the major league record (again) by striking out 18 batters in a 10 – 2 win over the Cubs.  All nine starters and three pinch hitters strike out at least once.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1979 Toronto signs amateur free agent infielder Tony Fernandez.

2006 The Dodgers send Cody Ross to the Reds for a player to be named later (Ben Kozlowski).

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