Baseball History for February 21st

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1867 Jouett Meekin

152 wins as a pitcher tops the birthday boys…

1870 Bill Duzen
1875 Luther “Dummy” Taylor
1876 Silent John Titus
1879 Ed Smith
1880 William “Lucky” Wright
1880 Joe Hughes
1881 Sam Fletcher
1886 Alex Remneas
1890 George Beck
1893 Norman Plitt
1893 Marsh “Cap” Williams
1896 Turkey Gross
1896 Dick McCabe
1903 Tom Yawkey
1907 Snipe Hansen
1914 Milt Gray
1924 Lloyd “Red” Hittle
1936 Ted Savage
1940 Doug Gallagher
1942 Fred Newman
1943 Jack Billingham

I remember him with the Reds – his 145 wins tops pitchers who played since 1901…

1943 Joe Foy
1945 Tom Shopay
1947 Charlie Walters
1947 Terry Ley
1948 Bill Slayback
1953 Rick Lysander
1958 Alan Trammell

MVP of the birthdate…

1961 Joel Skinner

Decent catcher – son of Bob…

1963 Jim Olander
1965 Oscar Azocar
1971 Jeff Schmidt
1975 Brandon Berger
1977 Chad Hutchinson
1978 Rene Reyes
1981 Adam Greenberg
1982 Edwin Bellorin
1983 Franklin Gutierrez
1988 Tyler Lyons
1991 Devon Travis

West Palm Beach area kid (Wellington) making good with the Blue Jays.

OBITUARIES:

1901 Dennis Driscoll
1914 Farmer Vaughn
1918 Joe Fogarty
1927 Ike Rockenfield
1932 John Peters
1934 Jim Roxburgh
1934 Doc Adkins
1938 George Merritt
1940 John Taber
1941 Frank “Fiddler” Corridon
1944 Jack Enzenroth
1945 Paul Revere “Shorty” Radford
1946 Bill Cunningham
1948 Irv “Stubby” Ray
1953 Buck Freeman
1969 Honest Eddie Murphy
1970 Tom “Scoops” Carey
1970 Joe Shaute
1972 Phil Hensiek
1973 Gilly Campbell
1975 Steve “Flip” Filipowicz
1978 Slicker Parks
1982 Ray Shearer
1989 Chet Ross
1999 Vinegar Bend Mizell
1999 George Gill
2002 Bill Faul
2003 Rusty Peters
2006 Mark Freeman
2007 Sherman “Roadblock” Jones
2010 George “Bo” Strickland
2014 Hector Maestri
2014 Eddie O’Brien

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1968 The first Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed by owners and players. The minimum salary is set at $10,000…

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1904 The Tigers sold ancient catcher Deacon McGuire to the Highlanders. The 1904 Highlanders, with McGuire as a frequent catcher (he appeared in over 100 games, 97 behind the plate though 40 years old), just missed winning the AL Pennant.

1923 The Indians released Stuffy McInnis. The Hall of Fame first baseman had hit .305 for Cleveland in 1922, but had other plans. He later signed with the Boston Braves of the NL, where he would hit .315 with 95 RBI and 37 sacrifice hits…

1953 Proving ANYBODY could be traded one year too soon, the Dodgers sold Tommy Lasorda to the St. Louis Browns.

1957 The Giants signed amateur free agent Manny Mota. Mota would play one year with the Giants in 1962 before being traded…

1991 The Yankees sign the perpetually haunted Steve Howe. Howe hadn’t pitched in the majors since 1987 with Texas. Howe’s first year in NY was a success – finishing with a 1.68 ERA in 48.1 innings.

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