Baseball History for May 12th

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1862 Chicken Wolf

How, as a baseball historian, can you not enjoy a player with a name like Chicken Wolf?

His given name was William Van Winkle (Jimmy) Wolf. Wolf had a long career with Louisville in the American Association when Louisville was pretty good. One who didn’t jump to the Players League in 1890, he took advantage of talent reduction to turn from a .285 type hitter to finish the year at .363 with 98 RBI.

He grew up with Pete Browning in Louisville, spent three games with St. Louis in the NL when the American Association died, but otherwise was a Louisville guy through and through. He died in his early 40s, apparently never recovering from an injury received trying to fight a fire.

1864 Doc Oberlander
1866 Lave Cross

Lave was a long time third baseman in the latter years of the 1800s. For whatever reason, he’s not as highly regarded as one with his career stats – which occasionally turns up when the SABR Overlooked Players list comes around. There are discussions about his merit – whether people who played with him thought he was truly great and all that. I know this – he was pretty good for a long time and a tough cookie as well – hand one of the longer games played streaks prior to Everett Scott.

1868 Harry Truby
1886 Milo Netzel
1887 Gene Krapp
1887 Casey Hageman
1889 Alex McCarthy
1889 Al Schulz
1893 George Kaiserling
1893 Hob Hiller
1895 Jim Poole
1897 Joe Dugan
1898 Earl McNeely
1899 Tod Dennehey
1900 Phil Voyles
1902 Dutch Henry
1906 Charlie Butler
1910 Lefty Mills
1911 Archie McKain
1915 Harry Dean
1916 Dixie Parsons
1916 Hank Borowy
1922 Johnny Hetki
1923 Ed Lyons
1925 Yogi Berra

Only the greatest catcher, as a winner, ever.

1930 Tom Umphlett
1935 Felipe Alou

I was always a fan of his – he seemed to be a pretty good manager, too.

1938 Norm Gigon
1940 Tom Timmermann
1941 Floyd Weaver
1942 Ted Kubiak
1947 Bob Heise
1947 Vic Albury
1950 Pat Darcy
1951 Joe Nolan
1953 Taylor Duncan
1955 Ralph Botting
1957 Lou Whitaker

The Lave Cross of our time. Played a lot – had some limitations (he had a major platoon split; he was somewhat goofy but in a good way) but was very, very good for a long time. I can’t believe he got so little support in Hall of Fame voting.

1959 Willie Lozado
1959 Kevin Bass
1965 Angel Escobar
1966 Rafael Bournigal
1967 Kenny Greer
1968 Mark Clark
1976 Wes Helms

A good reserve – was a fan of his when he played in Miami.

1978 Josh Phelps
1979 Travis Dawkins
1980 Felipe Lopez
1982 Jamie D’Antona
1983 Jack Egbert
1983 Blake Lalli
1983 Evan Meek
1984 Chris Robinson
1987 Adam Liberatore
1987 Lance Lynn
1989 Bradin Hagens
1992 Jonathan Davis
1993 Taylor Guilbeau
1994 Jesmuel Valentin
1997 Jonathan Stiever


1913 John O’Brien
1936 Frank Zinn
1944 John Pappalau
1952 Charlie Young
1953 Ed Summers
1957 Fred Bennett
1960 Gus Felix
1971 Heinie Manush
1979 Clyde Kluttz
1988 Hank Schenz
1994 Si Johnson
2011 Carlos Pascual


1910 Albert (Chief) Bender walks one batter, else his no-hitter would have been a perfect game. The umpire that day was Bill Dinneen, who also threw a no-hitter.

1915 Red Faber’s shutout is completed by throwing just 67 pitches… He got out of two innings on three pitches each.

1930 Larry Benton is the first pitcher to allow six homers in a game. The Giants starter got the win, though, as New York topped the Cubs in Wrigley Field, 14 – 12.

1955 Cubs pitcher Sam Jones throws a no hitter to beat the Pirates, 4 – 0.

1970 With a broadcast call by Jack Brickhouse that echos in the heads of many, many Cubs fans… Ernie Banks hits his 500th homer off Pat Jarvis in Wrigley Field.

2001 I remember the broadcast of this one, too, though I was listening on the radio. A. J. Burnett walks nine batters – each batter once – but completes a no hitter to beat the Padres, 3 – 0.

2008 Indian Asdrubal Cabrera turns an unassisted triple play against the Blue Jays.


1982 Minnesota sends Doug Corbett and Rob Wilfong to the Angels to get Tom Brunansky, Mike Walters, and cash.

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