Baseball History for August 26th

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1873 Charles Carrolton (Chick) Fraser
1877 Art Williams
1882 Mickey Corcoran
1887 Tom Drohan
1888 Frank Allen
1891 Bill Hopper
1892 Jesse Barnes
1894 Earl John (Sparky) Adams
1895 Axel Lindstrom
1906 Elmer Klumpp
1909 Gene Moore
1913 Hank Helf
1914 Al Cuccinello
1915 Heinz Becker
1916 Adrian Zabala
1917 George Barnicle
1917 Mike Naymick
1924 Alex Kellner
1925 Billy DeMars
1926 Frank Barnes
1929 Tom Poholsky
1935 Al Silvera
1941 Fred Wenz
1956 George Bjorkman
1957 Alex Trevino
1961 Jeff Parrett
1964 Chad Kreuter
1965 Jeff Richardson
1965 Carlos Quintana
1966 Victor Rosario
1968 Brian Bark
1969 Ken Grundt
1969 Ricky Bottalico

The only time I saw a game in Shea, Bottalico (then with Philadelphia) provided the tickets. He was friends with someone I knew in the Connecticut Department of Insurance, and I was hooked up…

1973 Mark Budzinski
1975 Morgan Ensberg
1975 Troy Mattes
1976 Alex Sanchez

Sanchez was a Cuban refugee – he escaped Cuba on a wooden raft in 1994.  The baseball prospect enrolled at Miami-Dade Junior College and two years later was drafted in the fifth round by the Tampa Bay Rays.  Sanchez was a good hitter – made contact and had high batting averages – but didn’t have a whole lot of power.  And, for a fast outfielder, he was awkward and error prone, which made him expendable.  The lack of power didn’t help, either.  Tampa waived him in 2001 and Milwaukee, in need of outfield help, picked him up.

Over the next five years, Sanchez improved his batting game – going from a really fast .280 hitter with little power but a lot of stolen bases to a solid .320 hitter, but with few walks, no power, fewer steals, and a reputation as a poor fielder.

Make him a DH/PH, right?  It’s not every day you find a .320 hitter with some speed and try not to use him in the outfield.

Nope – get rid of him.  In 2003, the Tigers got Sanchez from Milwaukee for Chad Petty and Noochie Varner and some coupons to Best Buy.  Then, in 2004 all Sanchez did was hit .322 in a half season of games to earn his release the following spring.   Detroit must have known something was up, though – they kept him around long enough to greet his mother for the first time in 11 years before granting Sanchez his release .  Tampa Bay signed their old draft pick – and as the 2005 season started Sanchez was notified that he was the first MLB player to fail a steroid test – information MLB made public, earning a ten day suspension under the new steroid policy.  Sanchez claimed that it was some over-the-counter supplement, apologized, and returned to work where he hit .346 in 43 games – and was released by Tampa Bay in June.

The 2005 season, already full of personal highs and lows, moved to the other side of the country.  San Francisco signed Sanchez, and within a few weeks he was on the DL with an elbow injury.  He went to Fresno on a rehab assignment and never made it back to the big leagues.  Cincinnati gave him a chance in the minors but he struggled in limited action at AAA.  He returned in 2007 and hit .359 (!) for the White Sox AAA affiliate and never got a chance to play in the majors.

Sanchez spent the next few years playing ball in Mexico, in Venezuelan winter leagues, and occasionally with organized baseball.  And he continued to hit until he retired in 2010.

1976 Geoff Geary
1977 Allan Simpson
1977 Agustin Montero
1979 Charlie Zink
1980 Brendan Harris
1982 Jayson Nix
1984 Kyle Kendrick
1985 Eric Fryer
1985 David Price
1985 Darin Mastroianni
1986 Xavier Cedeno
1986 Brett Wallace
1986 Luis Marte
1987 Ryan Brasier
1987 Greg Halman
1988 Mario Hollands
1988 Elvis Andrus
1990 Daniel Corcino
1992 Maikel Franco
1992 Trevor Gott
1995 Ranger Suarez
1998 Brusdar Graterol

OBITUARIES:

1921 Henry Oberbeck
1928 Snake Wiltse
1934 Bill Kling
1941 Stoney McGlynn
1947 Hugh McQuillan
1948 Rip Cannell
1955 Sol White
1968 John Kroner
1970 Eddie Rommel
1972 Danny MacFayden
1979 Dizzy Sutherland
1984 Bill Trotter
1985 Dick Wakefield
1985 Stu Clarke
2000 Ed Rakow
2010 Cal McLish
2016 Steve Korcheck
2016 Joe DeMaestri
2019 Tom Jordan

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1884 Kansas City’s Dick Burns throws the first no-hitter in Union Association history, topping Cincinnati, 3 – 1. The Union Association lasted just this one year. 15 errors were made in the game – seven by Kansas City, leading to the only run. However, according to newspaper reports on the game, it was a foggy, wet day so maybe we could cut them some slack…

1916 Athletics pitcher Bullet Joe Bush fires a no-hitter to beat Cleveland, 5 – 0. A walk to Jack Graney provided the lone Indian baserunner.

1947 The recently signed Brooklyn Dodger, Dan Bankhead, makes his debut – the first African-American pitcher in the majors. He got swatted around some – but hit a homer in his first trip to the plate…

1962 Minnesota’s Jack Kralick tosses the first no-hitter in Twins history. He lost the perfect game with a one-out walk in the ninth to George Alusik.

1985 Eddie Murray does more than his fair share in a 17 – 3 win over California. The Baltimore first baseman hits three homers and drives in nine.

1991 Royals ace Bret Saberhagen throws a no-hitter to beat the White Sox. In the fifth, Dan Pasqua hit a line drive to left that was originally ruled a double, but later Kirk Gibson was ruled to have made an error. (Pasqua hit the ball pretty hard twice and drew a walk – and had nothing to show for it.)

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1957 Baltimore signs free agent Dizzy Trout.

1979 The Yankees signed free agent slugger George Scott.

1983 New York sends two players to be named later and cash to the Padres for John Montefusco. The two players? Dennis Rasmussen and Edwin Rodriguez.

2002 Seattle signs amateur free agent infielder Asdrubel Cabrera.

2003 San Diego sends Jason Bay, Oliver Perez and a player to be named later (Cory Stewart) to Pittsburgh for Brian Giles.

2012 Arizona sends Joe Sanders and cash to Baltimore for Matt Lindstrom.

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