Baseball History for August 23rd

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1849 John O’Rourke
1850 Fred Andrus
1870 George Davis
1874 Cowboy Jones
1875 Bob Lawson
1883 Red Downs
1883 Lew Richie
1886 Sled Allen
1888 Ed Hallinan
1888 Paul Meloan
1890 Roy Crabb
1890 Heinie Elder
1890 Hal Schwenk
1893 Sam White
1894 Roy Leslie
1896 Cedric Durst
1901 Guy Bush
1905 Phil Page
1910 Lonny Frey
1911 Nels Potter
1915 Gil Torres
1917 Jim Prendergast

One of the rare guys to die on his birthday.

1918 Ken Holcombe
1918 Rocky Stone
1918 Ed Murphy
1921 Dale Mitchell
1922 George Kell
1924 Sherm Lollar
1930 Zeke Bella
1934 John Romano
1941 Marty Martinez
1941 John Morris
1942 Dave Dowling
1942 Danny Murphy
1943 Ed Barnowski
1943 Al Montreuil
1948 Ron Blomberg
1952 Jerry White
1957 Mike Boddicker
1958 Julio Franco
1960 Randy St. Claire
1960 Ed Hearn
1961 Tony Ghelfi
1964 Jeff Manto
1971 Allen McDill
1972 Raul Casanova
1973 Casey Blake
1974 Mark Bellhorn
1974 Alejandro Freire
1974 Bobby Estalella
1976 Cole Liniak
1976 Mark DiFelice
1979 Prentice Redman
1979 Chris Roberson
1980 Pat Strange
1980 Marcus McBeth
1987 Zach Braddock
1988 Miles Mikolas
1990 Mike Yastrzemski
1993 Tyler Glasnow
1993 Braxton Lee
1993 Max Povse
1994 Billy McKinney
1995 Carlos Tocci
1995 Lane Thomas
1996 Ronald Bolanos


1916 Bill George
1926 Emil Batch

According to his obituary in the Brooklyn Eagle, he died of heart disease at just 46 years old.

The obituary goes on to say that he hit two homers in his first game against Christy Mathewson, but that’s not true.  Getting a September cup of coffee with Brooklyn, he went 0 – 4 against Chick Fraser and Philadelphia on 13 September 1904.  However, he homered in both ends of a double-header three days later.  In the first game, he homered off of Matty, and then in the second game he homered off Joe McGinnity.  The truth is likely better than the legend given that this was Matty and Iron Man at their peak.

1958 Bill Breckinridge
1960 Jack Leiper
1968 Dutch Henry
1970 Red Smith
1970 Doc Gautreau
1973 Gene Ford
1977 Bubber Jonnard
1984 Charlie Robertson
1993 Jim Reninger
1994 Jim Prendergast
1997 Guy Curtright
1997 Buddy Hassett
2002 Hoyt Wilhelm
2003 Bobby Bonds
2004 Hank Borowy
2007 Bobby Herrera
2012 Bob Myrick
2016 Bryan Clutterbuck
2019 Clint Conatser


Well, maybe not. In 1989, Pete Rose agreed to his lifetime ban from baseball.

There were interesting games played on this date, but it is missing no-hitters, cycles, big hitting games, and what not.


1930 The Yankees send three players and a player to be named later to the San Francisco Seals for Frankie Crosetti. Julian Wera is the PTBNL…

1958 Baltimore selects Hoyt Wilhelm off the waiver wire. Wilhelm had been waived by Cleveland.

2002 Cincinnati signs amateur free agent Ryan Hanigan.

2009 Boston signs amateur free agent Xander Bogaerts.

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