Baseball History for May 2nd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1847 Herb Worth

Credited with a single game for the Brooklyn Atlantics in 1872, which was then a team in the original National Association. He got a hit – it was a double – and he drove in a run.

1862 Ollie Beard

I first heard about Ollie Beard when writing about Rube Waddell. By then, he was more of a player-manager, being brought in temporarily to run the Detroit Wolverines of the Western League in 1898.  At that point, a Detroit writer called him a refrigerator playing second base – which has to be one of the original uses of kitchen appliances to describe an overweight player.

Anyway, Beard played in the majors – he was a regular for the Cincinnati Red Legs in 1889 and followed the Red Legs when it moved from the American Association to the National League in 1890. That gig didn’t last long – he found work with Louisville in 1891 and didn’t hit as well as he had the previous two seasons and was dispatched to the minors, where he spent at least a decade down there… His batting average followed his career path – after hitting .285 in his first season with a fair number of extra base hits and 36 stolen bases, he fell off to .268 with just 30 steals, and in 1891, he was down to .241 with half the extra base hits and only seven steals – hence his demise.

1866 Reddy Mack

American Association player during the second half of the 1880s, where he earned a job as a teen.  Merely a tolerable hitter (usually around .240) except for 1887 where as a 21-year-old he batted .308 and drew 83 walks for a .415 on base percentage.

He never approached that again – and his days as a major leaguer ended after the 1890 season.

1876 Jack Morrissey
1886 Larry Cheney
1887 Eddie Collins

Briefly Rube’s teammate in 1907 while still in college (caught, costing him his college eligibility) – the finest second baseman who ever lived.

1891 John Leary
1896 Bill Piercy
1898 Lucas Turk
1899 Gale Staley

Short story?  Was a bit of a prospect coming out of the Piedmont League in 1925 when the Cubs grabbed him and gave him seven games after joining the team in September.  He hit well enough – 11 for 26 – but apparently was a bit error prone at second base.  (And maybe they figured out he wasn’t really 21 or 23 as he said.)  Anyway – he drifted west, played three years in Los Angeles and another with Portland in the Pacific Coast League before his career ended in 1930.

1899 Skinny O’Neal
1902 Freddy Sale
1915 Whitey Miller
1915 Ken Richardson
1925 Ralph Brickner
1932 Eddie Bressoud
1939 Gates Brown
1941 Clay Carroll
1948 Larry Gowell
1949 Steve Grilli
1954 Keith Moreland
1959 Brick Smith
1962 Jim Walewander
1965 Felix Jose
1970 Joe Crawford
1971 Brent Bowers
1975 Mark Johnson
1977 Luke Hudson
1985 Jose Ascanio
1985 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1988 Neftali Feliz
1990 Erasmo Ramirez
1991 Jonathan Villar
1992 Yadiel Rivera

OBITUARIES:

1902 Bill Greenwood
1903 Odie Porter
1908 Ed O’Neil
1944 Art Thomason
1945 Joe Corbett

Gentleman Jim’s brother, a pitcher with the Orioles and a 20 game winner as a rookie in 1897.

1947 Ossie France
1948 Dick Cogan
1950 Al Klawitter
1950 Jo-Jo Morrissey
1953 Fred Miller
1965 Wally Hood
1969 Steve Larkin
1970 Art Delaney
1972 Jack Smith
1976 Dan Bankhead
1979 Lou Raymond
1982 Leo Callahan
1983 Archie Yelle
1989 Virgil Stallcup
1994 Buck Fausett
1996 Pinky Jorgensen
1997 Don O’Riley
1998 Johnny Grodzicki
2004 Moe Burtschy

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1876 Chicago’s Ross Barnes hits the first homer in NL history against the Reds.

1917 Fred Toney and Hippo Vaughn both complete a no-hitter through nine innings – but the game is tied. Chicago scored two on the Reds in the 10th, and Vaughn completed his gem for the win.

1939 Benching himself for the good of the team, Lou Gehrig sits out ending his consecutive games played streak at 2130.

1954 Stan Musial hits five homers in a double header, a record.

1959 Frank Robinson completes the cycle, resulting in 5 RBI in a 16 – 4 slaughter of the Dodgers.

1984 Andre Thorton is the second player to get six walks in a game, contributing just one run in a 9 – 7 Indians win over Baltimore in 16 innings.

2002 Seattle’s Mike Cameron pounds out four homers in a game against the White Sox. Bret Boone followed the two with homers of his own, making them the first teammates to go back-to-back in the same inning. All four of Cameron’s homers were solo shots.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1902 Pittsburgh sells Rube Waddell to the Chicago Orphans, allegedly for a box of cigars.

1924 Connie Mack signs Amos Strunk.

1963 Cleveland sends Jim Perry to the Twins for Jack Kralick.

1975 A day that crushed a young Paul Proia… The Cubs trade Burt Hooten to the Dodgers for Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon.

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