Baseball History for June 13th

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1845 Joe Simmons

He’s the answer to the trivia question “Who managed the 1875 Keokuk Westerns of the original National Association?” Keokuk went 1 – 12, and Simmons, who also played in the outfield, never saw action as a player in a major league game after that. Keokuk folded.

It wasn’t the only time he managed a team that folded. He took the gig with Wilmington in the 1884 Union Association, winning two of twenty decisions, before that team folded, too. He managed in Wilmington again in 1890, but didn’t survive that season either. (“Manager Joe Simmons Released”, Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 August 1890, Page 3.)

He played a little, too. He was an outfielder with the 1871 White Stockings, and for Cleveland in 1872 – usually as a backup. And Simmons played on the Forest City squad (Rockford, IL) that featured Albert Spalding and nearly beat the undefeated Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869. (“J. Fred Cone”, Chicago Inter Ocean, 14 April 1896, Page 2.)

I’ve seen box scores where he’s an umpire (1888, Syracuse vs. Chicago – Chicago Tribune, 28 September 1888, Page 6. “The Ball Field.”, Philadelphia Times, 16 August 1882, Page 3.), and he managed some in the minor leagues, too.

Also, Nemec, David. “Major League Baseball Profiles, Vol. 1”, Page 604.

1850 Bobby Clack

Light hitting outfielder for the Reds in the first National League season after two seasons with Brooklyn in the Association. Must have been pretty well respected as he was called on to be an umpire from time to time.

“News and Notes’, Cincinnati Enquirer, 26 July 1876, Page 8.

1851 Jim Mutrie

You could argue that this former player and manager was the father of baseball in New York City (and the guy who called his NL team the Giants). For a great biography, check out Peter Mancuso’s article for SABR.

1871 Fred Klobedanz

Lefty pitcher with Boston at the end of the 1800s, good enough hitter to be a fourth or fifth outfielder, probably. He hit .324 with 20 RBIs in a season he won 26 games. Spent forever pitching in the minors until his arm gave out around 1906 or 1907.

I found articles that showed he spent at least one winter as a roller polo referee.

“Want Referees With Backbone”, Indianapolis Morning Star, 28 December 1903, Page 7.

“Fred Klobedanz, at one time admitted to be the greatest living southpaw, is satisfied to pitch for a New England League team, where his salary can’t be over $150 a month. And today Klobey is as good as ever, but each year finds him lazier and fatter than the preceding one.”

“Sporing Items”, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 07 June 1902, Page 2.

“Fred A. Klobedanz, the baseball player, had a narrow escape, Wednesday morning, when the Sun Dial Hotel in New Bedford was badly damaged by fire. The fire was discovered soon after midnight. Mr. Klobedanz and Dennis E. Bohan, one of the proprietors of the hotel, occupied a room on the third floor of the building. When they (were) awakened by the cries of fire in the street they saw that escape was impossible by the hallway, and they opened the windows in the room, letting out the smoke, and hung out the window for air. They were on the point of wrapping themselves up in the bed clothing and, using a mattress, make the jump to the street. The cheering news that the firemen were raising ladders, however, prevented them from trying this method, and they soon got down a ladder raised by the firemen.”

One man, Jamed F. Hennessy, died in the fire.

“Narrow Escape of Klobedanz”, Fitchburg Sentinel, 23 November 1905, Page 5.

1873 Walter Coleman
1875 Gene McCann
1878 Bill Bergen
1879 Charlie Malay
1882 Charlie Fritz
1889 Fred Sherry
1891 Marty Kavanagh
1894 Henry Baldwin
1895 Emilio Palmero

Left-handed pitcher from Cuba…

Emilio Palmero 1915

(Havana, Jan. 26) “It is said that a conference with Emilio Palmero, the Cuban pitcher, is one of the objects of John McGraw’s induction into the game of golf. Young Palmero recently pitched a no-hit game in Havana and it looks as if he would develop into a wonderful left-hander. McGraw, it is said, was also commissioned to attempt to lure Armando Marsans back from the Feds to the National League. His commission came from Garry Gorman, who is anxious to get the Cincinnati outfielder back again. Palmero and Marsans are great chums.”

“Is Sought By McGraw For New York Giants”, Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 27 January 1915, Page 10.

Up and down between the majors and various minors, and managed in the minors at various times, so he was around the game for a long time. Palmero pitched briefly with the Giants in 1915 and 1916, went 4 – 7 with the 1921 St. Louis Browns, split four decisions with the Senators in 1926, and got three games with the Boston Braves in 1928. I can see why he didn’t stick – in 90 innings he had a 5.00 ERA in part because he walked 49 guys and fanned just 26.

Emilio Palmero

(AP – Memphis) Alvin Crowder of Birmingham, pitching ace of the Southern Association, today was traded to the Washington Senators for Emilio Palmero and Curley Ogden, Senator hurlers, Clark Griffith, president of the American league champions, announced here tonight. Palmero, Cuban left hander, recently was purchased from the Columbus American Association club by Washington for a reported price of $10,000. He played with Minneapolis in 1919.

“Emilio Palmero Is Sent to Birmingham in Trade”, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 19 July 1926, Page 9.

1897 George Foss
1900 Chief Youngblood
1903 Carroll Yerkes
1904 John O’Connell
1907 Gene Desautels
1913 Hal Luby
1920 Hector Rodriguez
1922 Mel Parnell
1929 Bud Swartz
1932 Tom Gastall

Gastall was a bonus baby catcher for the Orioles in 1955 and 1956, having also been drafted to play quarterback by the Detroit Lions out of Boston College.  Gastall’s career ended because he fell in love with flying planes; he bought a used plane that had a bucket of bolts history and that plane went down in Chesapeake Bay on September 20, 1956.  Malcolm Allen, one of my favorite SABR bio authors, penned his story.

1932 Billy Williams
1936 Carl Mathias
1941 Marcel Lachemann
1950 Bob Strampe
1952 Ernie Whitt
1955 Bobby Clark
1966 Scott Coolbaugh
1967 Daren Brown
1971 Jason Thompson
1972 Darrell May
1974 Brian Sweeney
1977 Jose Ortiz
1979 Cory Aldridge
1979 Ben Diggins
1985 Pedro Strop
1986 Jonathan Lucroy
1987 Justin Miller
1989 Drew Smyly
1990 James McCann


1900 Frank Fleet
1914 Charlie Weber
1926 Johnny Beall
1928 Chuck Corgan
1931 Bill O’Hara
1933 Gat Stires
1958 Tom Stankard
1959 Irv Higginbotham
1962 Red Lanning
1967 Doug Baird
1967 Dick Reichle
1976 Claude Davenport
1982 Randy Bobb
1987 Huck Betts
1992 Len Rice
1996 Al Piechota
2000 Bobby Tiefenauer
2003 Lefty Hayden
2014 Joe Pittman
2014 Mark Ballinger


1905 Christy Mathewson blanks the Cubs, 1 – 0, without allowing a hit. It was his second no-hitter.

1913 Apparently this is Mathewson’s lucky day – he wins #300, again with the Cubs being the answer to the trivia question…

1918 The Browns’ Cliff Heathcoat takes the most time – nine at bats – to get four hits and complete the cycle.

1989 John Dopson struggles with men on base – in just 3.2 innings, he commits four balks. Ouch.

1948 The Yankees host Babe Ruth day, where he says goodbye to the fans. A great photo of Ruth, hunched over thanks to the ravages of cancer, looks out at a large crowd.

2003 Roger Clemens gets the Yankees a win over the Cardinals – his 300th career win. In the same game, he recorded his 4000th strikeout.

2012 Matt Cain blanks the Astros, 10 – 0, retiring all 27 batters – a perfect game. Cain helped out – he struck out 14 Houston batters, including Jose Altuve three times. Ted Barnett was behind the plate, the first umpire to work two perfect games (Cone, 1999).


1930 Washington sends former batting champ Goose Goslin to the Browns for former batting champ Heinie Manush and General Crowder.

1938 The Phillies sent converted third baseman, now pitcher, Bucky Walters to the Reds for Spud Davis, Al Hollingsworth, and cash.

1962 Houston signs amateur free agent catcher Jerry Grote.

1964 Amateur free agent signings – Joe Rudi (Athletics), Al Oliver (Pirates), and Ron Allen (Phillies).

1975 Texas wants Cleveland’s Gaylord Perry, so they give up Jim Bibby, Rick Waits, Jackie Brown, and cash.

1976 Atlanta gives up Darrell Evans and Marty Perez to get Willie Montanez, Craig Robinson, Mike Eden, and Jake Brown from the Giants. The Braves improved their hair quotient.

1979 Boston sends Pete Ladd, Bobby Sprowl (later) and cash to the Astros for Bob Watson.

1984 The trade that put the Cubs over the top… It was expensive – Joe Carter, Mel Hall, and Don Schulze (and minor leaguer Darryl Banks) were sent to the Indians for Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Hassey, and future Harry Caray whipping boy, George Frazier.

1997 San Diego sends Fernando Valenzuela, Phil Plantier, and Scott Livingstone to the Cardinals for Danny Jackson, Mark Sweeney, and Rich Batchelor.

2006 Oops… Cincinnati gives up a player to be named later for Brandon Phillips. Jeff Stevens completed the trade. STEAL!!!


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