Baseball History for December 29th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1861 Joe Flynn
1882 Frank Delahanty

One of about five Delahanty brothers to play in the big leagues.  Frank had a nice career if you include his time in the American Association, too.

1884 Lou Fiene
1885 Gus Salve

Lefty pitcher with somewhat of a baby face who got a two game (one complete game loss) tryout with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908. His career is mostly pitching in the south – a few seasons in Richmond, but a few other stops in between. Not bad for a kid from Boston…

1888 Bill McAllester
1890 George Aiton
1891 Dave Skeels

Washington native (and Native American) who attended Gonzaga and played college baseball one season there in 1909. He pitched in one game for the Tigers in 1910 after a season playing minor league ball in Western Canada.  As you can imagine, any nicknames assigned to him included his heritage, most frequently being called “Chief”.

DAVE SKEELS NEEDS MORE EXPERIENCE

Speaking of Dave Skeels, the former Western Canada League twirler, the Detroit News says:

“Dave Skeels, who pitched his first game as a Tiger yesterday, was the victim of a hard batting bee by the Naps. The Tigers managed to win, 9 – 8, because Eddie Summers came to the rescue and pitched remarkable ball for three innings.

“Skeels has a good curve and lots of speed. He needs a lot of experience, but since he is only 19 he has plenty of time to get that. He should be a good pitcher some day.”

Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1910, Page 6.

He was sold back to Seattle by the Tigers the following spring but lasted but one season before his arm left him.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Skeels was a good switch hitter who played the outfield when not pitching and was a fast runner, too.  Skeels considered trying out as an outfielder on the off chance his arm didn’t recover.  At one time, he held the Northwestern League record for strikeouts with 15. He also fanned 21 in the second game of a double header, a game that lasted eleven innings (he had 16 after nine).

“Big Dell’s Record League’s Best”, Missoulian (Missoula, MT), 20 May 1913, Page 3.

“Pitcher Skeels Comes Near Equalling A World’s Record”, Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1910.

“Dave Skeels”, Detroit Free Press, 08 September 1910, Page 9.

“Skeels In Shape; Signs With Giants”, Vancouver Daily World, 05 February 1912, Page 14.

According to the 1920 US Census and the Indian Census Rolls of 1924, Skeels lived on the Colville Reservation in Washington, married Hilda Pearson (her parents came over from Sweden), and they had four kids (Loraine, Evaline, and Louisa were alive, his son George Lloyd had died). Skeels died in 1926 in a Tuberculosis sanitarium.

1893 Joe Smith
1894 Hank DeBerry
1895 Clyde Barnhart
1904 Bill Sweeney
1911 Bill Knickerbocker
1926 Tom Upton
1934 Ramon Conde
1937 George Perez
1941 Bruce Brubaker
1941 John Upham
1946 Ken Rudolph
1952 Dennis Werth
1956 Dave Ford
1959 Mike Brown
1960 Jim Wilson
1962 Devon White
1964 Craig Grebeck
1964 Rod Nichols
1966 Luis de los Santos
1968 James Mouton
1969 Scott Ruffcorn
1972 Jim Brower
1973 Tomas Perez
1974 Richie Sexson
1974 Emil Brown
1975 Jason Pearson
1975 Thomas Jacquez
1975 Jaret Wright
1977 Jimmy Journell
1977 Jack Wilson
1982 Kevin Hart
1982 Brad Davis
1991 Odubel Herrera

OBITUARIES:

1888 Asa Brainard
1916 Ed Doheny
1924 Bill White
1928 Mort Scanlan
1930 George Stutz
1930 Ginger Shinault
1930 Sandy Piez
1935 Harley Payne
1936 Bill Prough
1947 George Blaeholder
1948 Larry Hoffman
1951 Hi Bithorn
1952 Bob Meinke
1962 Tiny Graham
1965 Alex Main
1977 Jimmy Brown
1978 Walt Alexander
1979 Ed Albrecht
1980 Art Reinholz
1981 Don Plarski
1988 Earl Mossor
1988 John Happenny
2004 Gus Niarhos
2004 Ken Burkhart
2010 Steve Boros
2011 Rosman Garcia
2014 Bob Usher
2015 Ed Mayer
2015 Frank Malzone

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

2002 Riverfront Stadium is demolished.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1981 St. Louis signs free agent pitcher Joaquin Andujar.

1995 San Diego signs free agent outfielder Rickey Henderson.

2006 San Francisco makes a significant investment in free agent pitcher Barry Zito…

2009 The Mets sign Jason Bay to a four year deal.

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