Baseball History for September 5th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1856 Jimmy Knowles
1856 Tug Thompson
1859 Gene Vadeboncoeur

Vadeboncoeur played semi-pro ball with the Chicago Unions in 1883 and a few other minor league outlets. He got a four game tryout with the Phillies in July, 1884, getting three hits in fourteen at bats. He moved on to the Eastern New England League and hung around the Boston area for a while. In 1887, he was catching for Rutland in Vermont and, given the length of his name, he was called “Vady” in the papers. Listed as a catcher but little else is known about him – including things like what arm he threw with and which way the Louiseville, Quebec native batted. Baseball-Reference.com doesn’t list a death date, but FindaGrave.com has an entry that suggests he died on 06 October 1935 in Haverhill, MA, where he rests in a local cemetery. (The year and location is confirmed by an entry in the Massachusetts Death Index.) And, his Professional Baseball Player Profile in Ancestry.com lists him as about 5’6″ and 150 pounds, batting and throwing right handed. (The death date listed there is 16 October 1935.)

He was living in Onondaga, NY according to the 1875 New York Census, the son of Onesime and Angela Vadeboncouer, and living with a large family – seven kids!

1861 Jumbo Davis
1869 Ed Stein
1872 Al Orth
1873 Bill Carrick
1874 Nap Lajoie
1876 Pete LePine
1882 Jul Kustus
1883 Lefty Leifield
1888 Bill Chambers
1888 Ody Abbott
1892 Cap Crowell
1893 Don Rader
1895 Ted Jourdan
1896 Gil Gallagher
1899 Max Bishop
1900 Merv Shea
1900 Ike Kamp
1905 Danny Musser
1908 Bill McGhee
1911 Buddy Hassett
1915 Bob Maier
1916 Ernie White
1919 Ray Goolsby
1919 Tom Jordan
1920 Gene Bearden
1921 Vince Shupe
1930 Wayne Belardi
1935 Tom Patton
1936 Bill Mazeroski
1937 Karl Kuehl
1942 Dave Morehead
1955 Gil Patterson
1959 Jamie Nelson
1960 Candy Maldonado
1960 Tim Birtsas
1960 Chris Green
1961 Tom Dozier
1963 Jeff Brantley
1964 Ron Rightnowar
1965 Jeff Baldwin
1965 Rob Richie
1970 Mike Potts
1971 Brian Bevil
1972 Jimmy Haynes
1973 Justin Atchley
1974 Andy Barkett
1974 Calvin Maduro
1975 Randy Choate
1975 Rod Barajas
1977 Jason Hart
1978 Matt Watson
1979 Ryan Spilborghs
1979 Cliff Bartosh
1983 Chris Young
1983 Jeff Stevens
1985 Tyler Colvin
1987 Scott Barnes
1989 Nick Maronde

Florida Gator drafted by the Angels – made his way quickly to the majors because he had
great command and solid K/BB ratios. In fact, he struck out the first four batters
he ever faced in the big leagues in 2012.  His ERAs in the majors climbed from 1.50 to
6.75 to 12.79. After a lat injury, he never seemed like the same guy. Trivia: He
pitched for New Zealand in the World Baseball Classic in 2014.

1989 Zach Walters

University of San Diego grad, taken by Arizona but has been moved around a lot…
Came up with Washington in 2013, played for Cleveland and the Dodgers – mostly in a
utility role as he can play virtually anywhere. He has power – in 2014, 10 of his 23 hits were for homers… He’s moved from the Dodgers to Cincinnati and Kansas City, and during 2017 and 2018 he spent time playing independent baseball in KC and St. Paul.

OBITUARIES:

1909 Bill Popp
1912 Tug Arundel
1920 Jerry Turbidy
1923 Dots Miller
1925 Emil Huhn
1943 Cecil Ferguson
1947 Bill Ludwig
1951 Jim Keesey
1954 Maurice Archdeacon
1962 John Potts
1964 Fred Stem
1966 Frank Withrow
1967 Jack Tising
1969 Harry O’Neill
1973 Chick Davies
1973 Jack Fournier
1976 Jim O’Neill
1982 Tom Hurd
1991 Loyd Christopher
1992 Ron Davis
1992 Billy Herman
1994 Hank Aguirre
2003 Harley Grossman
2009 Buddy Blattner

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1908 Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker tosses a no-hitter – three errors in the field prevents a perfect game – to beat Boston.

1922 Philadelphia’s Win Noyes has a rough day – he allows 22 hits and 15 runs in seven innings before finally getting a little relief help. Among those beating him up included Babe Ruth, who went 5 for 6 with four RBI and a third inning homer.

1971 J. R Richard beat San Francisco in his MLB debut, striking out a record 15 batters.

1998 Barry Bonds reaches base for the fifteenth consecutive time: nine hits and six walks.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1890 Cincinnati signs Billy Clingman – Clingman was Jim Presley with less power.

1934 The Phillies release Hack Wilson. Wilson’s demise was REALLY fast.

1961 Baltimore signs everybody’s favorite reliever of the 1969 team – Eddie Watt.

1963 The Mets sign amateur free agent Ron Swoboda.

1964 The Yankees send cash and two players to be named later to Cleveland for Pedro Ramos. Ralph Terry and Bud Daley would be sent in October and November.

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