Baseball History for May 6th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1846 Harry Deane
1849 Count Gedney

The mystery of Alfred W. Gedney’s life was buried with him here yesterday. The old-time ball player, who never used a glove, died at the age of 76 last Friday. He was a member of the champion Philadelphia baseball team, which was the first American outfit to tour Europe, but for the past 25 years he absolutely shunned professional ball and never saw a game.

In 1890 Gedney played the outfield for the Hackensack team, and since then had occasionally practiced with local teams when his day’s work as an accountant was done. He always was grimly silent on his professional baseball career.

“Former Star Dies in Baseball Mystic”, New Castle (PA) Herald, 27 March 1922, Page 11.

1855 John Firth
1859 Gid Gardner
1864 Michael McDermott
1865 Artie Clarke
1865 Bill Stemmyer
1873 Cooney Snyder
1875 Pat Duff
1877 John Lovett
1883 Ed Karger
1890 Luke Boone
1890 Walton Cruise
1893 Pat Griffin
1898 Dewey Metivier
1898 Al Wingo
1901 Earle Brucker
1907 Ivy Andrews
1908 Jack Owens
1915 Les Webber
1917 Mike McCormick
1921 Dick Wakefield
1921 Bob Chesnes
1923 Earl Turner
1926 Dick Cole
1931 Willie Mays
1932 Charlie Rabe
1934 Tom Baker
1934 Leo Burke
1939 Russ Gibson
1940 Bill Hands
1944 Masanori Murakami
1948 Frankie Libran
1951 Steve Staggs
1953 Larry Andersen
1954 Albert Williams
1956 Alberto Lois
1957 Kim Seaman
1958 Keefe Cato
1962 Tom Bolton
1968 Phil Clark
1973 Mike Kinkade
1973 Israel Alcantara
1975 Jim Chamblee
1976 Earl Snyder
1977 Benito Baez
1981 Dustin Nippert
1986 Matt Langwell
1987 Gerardo Parra
1989 Jose Alvarez
1990 Jose Altuve

OBITUARIES:

1907 Frank Sellman
1920 Bill McTigue
1928 Sam Wright
1945 Eddie Zimmerman
1946 Bill Deitrick
1947 Ferdie Moore
1949 Charlie Hallstrom
1949 Speed Kelly
1952 Rube Dessau
1952 Harry Berte
1953 Jim Jones
1956 Harry Ostdiek
1957 Ralph Judd
1959 Al Scheer
1959 Vance McIlree
1960 Vern Bickford
1960 Merlin Kopp
1963 Larry Woodall
1975 Les Burke
1979 Charlie Ripple
1979 Bunny Roser
1979 Allen Elliott
1980 Harry Sweeney
1982 Beauty McGowan
1983 Nelson Greene
1985 Kirby Higbe
1985 Joe Glenn
1985 Red Peery
1986 Len Schulte
2003 Art Houtteman
2004 Joe Lafata
2005 Pete Gebrian
2005 Lee Stine
2010 Robin Roberts
2011 Duane Pillette
2014 Billy Harrell

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1917 Yesterday, with help from a scorer, Ernie Koobs threw a no-hitter for the Browns. Today – the Browns got a second no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader. Bob Groom blanked the White Sox, 3 – 0.

1951 Pirate lefty Cliff Chambers no hits the Braves, 3 – 0.

1953 Bobo Holloman tosses a no-hitter for the Browns. He beats the Athletics, 6 – 0.

1982 Gaylord Perry wins his 300th game as his Mariners top the Yankees.

1984 Cal Ripken completes the cycle – finishing with a homer… The other cycle on this date was completed by Ed Lennox (1914) while with Pittsburgh in the Federal League.

1998 Kerry Wood fans 20 Astros in a one hit win at Wrigley Field.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1930 New York sends Cedric Durst and cash to Boston for Red Ruffing.

1941 Chicago sends Billy Herman to the Dodgers for Charlie Gilbert, Johnny Hudson and cash.

1987 Montreal signs free agent pitcher Dennis Martinez.

2007 Roger Clemens comes out of retirement (sort of) and signs with the Yankees.

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