Baseball History for June 14th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1847 Dick McBride

His career started as the Civil War ended – was among the best pitchers of the National Association, winning 149 and losing 74 for Philadelphia, then losing four decisions for Boston in the first NL season in 1876.

1861 Charlie Buffinton

Very good pitcher from 1883 to 1892 – won 233 games, helped Boston win a pennant, and his 45 win season in 1884 would have been better remembered had not Hoss Radbourn won 60.

His career ended because the leagues combined and somehow he got assigned to Baltimore – which wasn’t very good yet – and he was basically released and suspended. He passed too soon, too – leaving this world at 46 as he was getting ready for heart surgery.

A fine summary can be found in David Nemec’s Major League Baseball Profiles – 1871-1900, Volume 1, Pgs. 22, 23.

1869 Harvey Watkins
1870 Jim Gilman
1872 Doc Parker
1882 Mike Cunningham
1887 Walt Tragesser

Spent most of his life in Lafayette, Indiana (born there in 1887, died there in 1970). For a while in between, he was a catcher of some skill, usually in a backup role.

1889 Ray Morgan
1889 Bill Harper
1891 Jack Reis
1891 Frank Withrow
1895 Ike Davis
1898 Bill Doran
1899 William Pierson
1914 George Myatt
1917 Hal Manders
1917 Ray Hoffman
1922 Bud Hardin
1925 Fenton Mole
1926 Don Newcombe
1928 Herb Plews
1933 Jim Constable
1935 Neil Wilson
1937 John Weekly
1950 Bill Fahey
1953 Luis Aponte
1953 Mark Lee
1956 Mike Grace
1957 Tony Castillo
1957 Greg Brock
1960 Mike Laga
1960 Pat Larkin
1966 Randy Tomlin
1967 Jerry Spradlin
1967 George Tsamis
1967 Brian Turang
1975 Peter Munro
1978 Edgar Gonzalez
1982 Michael Hollimon
1984 Jesus Guzman
1989 Chase Whitley
1989 Hector Neris

OBITUARIES:

1906 Mike Sullivan
1918 George Wheeler
1928 Con Daily
1935 Walt Kuhn
1937 Bert Miller
1943 Fred Kommers
1949 Charlie Moran
1959 Ed Cotter
1966 Bill Walker
1970 Webbo Clarke
1973 Twink Twining
1973 Fred Johnson
1974 Walt Slagle
1980 Johnny Hodapp
1982 Red Evans
1983 Speed Martin
1984 Duke Markell
1989 Pat Capri
1994 Monte Weaver
2005 Bob Lennon
2009 Hal Woodeshick
2010 Oscar Azocar
2012 Al Brancato

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1948 Pittsburgh’s Wally Westlake gets four hits in five trips, completing the cycle.

1965 Jim Maloney can’t get any help from his offense, so he carries a no-hitter into the eleventh inning. Unfortunately, Johnny Lewis breaks up the no-hitter with a leadoff homer and the Mets beat Maloney and the Reds, 1 – 0. Maloney fanned 18 batters.

1966 The Miami Marlins of the Florida State League defeat St. Petersburg, 4 – 3, in 29 innings. The game lasted one minute shy of seven hours.

1969 Reggie Jackson drives in ten on five hits (two homers) – Oakland tops Boston, 21 – 7.

1974 Nolan Ryan throws a reported 235 pitches in a 13 inning stint against the Red Sox. Two games of pitches!!! Luis Tiant kept pitching – only 165 pitches, but lost the game in the 15th inning. Ryan fanned 19 – including Cecil Cooper six times (one of eight players to suffer that fate).

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1919 The Giants signed a kid out of Fordham who would be a star – Frankie Frisch.

1934 Philadelphia purchased Bucky Walters from the Red Sox.

1939 Detroit sends Harry Eisenstat and cash to the Indians for Earl Averill.

1950 Cleveland sends Mickey Vernon to the Senators for Dick Welk.

1952 The Braves sign free agent outfielder Hank Aaron. They paid $10,000 to the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues for that right.

1956 St. Louis send Red Schoendienst, Jackie Brandt, Dick Littlefield, Bill Sarni and (later) Gordon Jones to the Giants for Alvin Dark, Whitey Lockman, Ray Katt, and Don Liddle.

1957 The White Sox signed amateur hitter Johnny Callison.

1961 The Kansas City Athletics promoted Bud Daley to the Yankees and took Art Ditmar and Deron Johnson in his stead.

1975 Boston gets Denny Doyle from the Angels for cash and a player to be named later (Chuck Ross).

2015 Three Team Deal!!! Tampa sends Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan and two minor leaguers to the Padres. Washington sends Travis Ott and Steven Souza to the Rays. THe Padres sent Burch Smith and two minor leaguers to Tampa, then
sent Joe Ross and a player to be named later to Washington. That player? Trea Turner.

A LOT of good and interesting trades and signings on this day – too many to
list here.

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