Baseball History for February 3rd



1845 Henry Burroughs

“The feature of the game was a fine running catch by Force in the second, and another magnificent running fly-catch by Burroughs in the third inning…”

“Base Ball – Olympics of this City versus the Olympics of Baltimore” Washington (DC) Evening Star, 11 August 1871, Page 4.

Henry was one of the members of the original Washington baseball teams, playing a number of different positions for the Olympics in 1871 and 1872 when Washington had an entry in the National Association. In 12 games in 1871, he contributed 15 hits – six for extra bases, including a homer – and then appeared in two games the following season, collecting a single hit in his seven official at bats (and a walk). From what I can tell, he played with the Olympics in 1870 prior to that team joining the National Association. It was a professional team, with players being hired from a variety of different cities in addition to the local ball players.

Burroughs was born 03 February 1845 to Joseph and Hannah Palmer (Searles) Burroughs. He was a fur blower and made hats while she was busy raising six kids. It looks like Henry worked for his father when not playing ball. He stayed in the D.C. area after his playing days taking a clerk position an government auditor office. He must have gotten ill and returned home to family where he passed away on 31 March 1878.


1850 US Census
1865 Newark City Directory
1873 US Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service
“Base Ball.”, National Republican, 18 June 1870, Page 4.
“Base Ball – Olympics of this City versus the Olympics of Baltimore” Washington (DC) Evening Star, 11 August 1871, Page 4.

1851 George Edward “Live Oak” Taylor

As a teen playing amateur ball in the Bay Area, he advanced and drifted through a variety of leagues – the majority of them semi-professional – until his death from a lung disease (tuberculosis?) in 1888.

1860 Gene Derby
1872 Lou Criger

Cy Young’s catcher for a long period of time.

1879 Ralph Savidge
1880 Newt Randall
1882 Frank Barberich
1885 Harry Franklin “Slim” Sallee

Giants pitcher 100 years ago – I mentioned him once a few years back.

1890 Larry MacPhail
1896 Nelson Louis “Chicken” Hawks
1901 Ernie Maun
1903 Joe Stripp
1915 Lee Ravon “Buck” Ross
1918 Sid Schacht
1921 Elmer Cable “Red” Durrett
1922 Jim Dyck
1925 Harry Byrd
1931 Glenn Cox
1935 Dick Tracewski
1935 Don Kaiser
1944 Celerino Sanchez
1944 Wayne Comer
1947 Joe Coleman
1949 Arnold Ray “Bake” McBride
1951 Mike Wallace
1952 Fred Lynn

My first favorite baseball player who wasn’t on the Cubs.  His career wound down because he could never stay healthy, but for a few years there he was as good a ball player as any in baseball.

1957 Don Welchel
1961 Freddie Toliver
1962 Joe Klink
1965 Rich Scheid
1966 Paul McClellan
1969 Terry Bradshaw
1971 Scott Klingenbeck
1971 Eric Owens
1973 Ryan Long
1976 Bart Miadich
1980 Jared Michael “Skip” Schumaker
1986 Lucas Duda
1992 Orlando Calixte
1993 Kyle Dowdy
1993 Austin Davis
1994 Rougned Odor

Reigning boxing champion of baseball.

1995 Andrew Knizner


1901 Tom O’Brien
1905 Art Twineham
1930 Gus Sandberg
1936 Andy Boswell
1938 Mike Donovan
1942 Happy Finneran
1942 Frank Luce
1943 Jake Virtue
1950 Dick Spalding
1953 Frank Donnelly
1955 Fred Brown
1961 Dana Fillingim
1968 Jake Pitler
1977 Chi-Chi Olivo
1978 Mike Herrera
1978 Ray Flaskamper
1978 Pete Compton
1983 Trader Horne
1988 Jocko Thompson
1990 Erv Kantlehner
1991 Walter Brown
2000 John Leovich
2002 Mel McGaha
2011 Ron Piche
2013 Steve Demeter
2018 Roy Dietzel
2019 Bob Friend


1886 According to, Albert Spaulding opened his sporting good company with $800 of his personal savings. Spaulding would become the official ball of many sports at various times, including baseball, tennis, golf, and football. Maybe we should have been there to invest, no?


1898 Louisville sends Bill Hill to the Reds to acquire Dummy Hoy, Claude Ritchey, and Red Ehret. Hoy should be a Hall of Famer, and Ritchey would pair with Honus Wagner for the next decade to turn double plays for the Pirates.

1979 Minnesota moves Rod Carew to the Angels for outfielder Ken Landreaux, Dave Engle, Brad Havens, and Paul Hartzell.

1987 Montreal sends Jeff Reardon and Tom Nieto to the Twins for Neal Heaton, Yorkis Perez, Jeff Reed, and minor leaguer Alfredo Cardwood.

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