Baseball History on September 6th

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1852 George Warren (Jumbo or Juice) Latham

George Juice Latham

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Juice Latham, Utica, N. Y. January 1875” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 6, 2020.

1860 Charlie Berry

His son probably had the better career – Charles F. Berry played for Mack and coached for a long time.  This is Charles Joseph Berry, who played in the middle 1880s and played for three different teams in the Union Association in 1884 – which is the extent of his major league career. says Berry died 16 February 1940, but all of the obituaries say he died on 22 January 1940.

1864 Thomas P. (Oyster) Burns

Oyster Burns got his major league start in Baltimore – with both the American Association and Union Association clubs.  He would eventually land in Brooklyn where he was a member of the pennant winners of 1890.  Along the way, he led his league in homers, triples, and games played (once each) and finished with a .300 career batting average.  For a while after his playing days he was an umpire – until the day a catcher deliberately stepped out of the way of a pitch aimed at Burns’s head (thankfully, Burns ducked in time).  Oyster called it a baseball career soon after.  Upon retiring, he opened a cafe in Brooklyn, the city where he would live the rest of his days.  Later, he was a cigar representative and then a city corporation inspector, which is what he was doing when a stroke felled him in 1928.

Burns had the odd morning when Tom Burns, a Chicago infielder, died in March, 1902.  Some writers wrote that Tom “Oyster” Burns had died, confusing the two Tom Burns, and so a Brooklyn writer went to Burns’ cafe to pay his respects – or at least confirm that Burns was actually dead.  So, Oyster Burns had the odd opportunity to read his own obituary.  He would live another twenty six years.

Other than baseball and people, Burns loved flowers and maintained a large garden at his Brooklyn home.

“Tom Burns, Noted Player Of The 1890s, Dies At Age Of 64,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12 November 1928, Page 28.

1867 Pete Gilbert

Gilbert was a Springfield, Massachusetts resident because he spent a number of years playing baseball there after his major league career ended.  Born in Baltic, CT, Gilbert had a four season career in the early 1890s – his two best seasons were brief stays of just less than 30 games, but he had a full season with Baltimore in the American Association in 1891 where he didn’t hit well enough to stick around.  After his playing career wound down, he bought a shop that sold newspapers and cigarettes.  On the last day of 1911, his rheumatism acted up and he chose not to return home and was planning to sleep at the shop.  The next morning, his son and a janitor broke into the store to find Gilbert dead.

“Pete Gilbert Dead,” Berkshire Evening Eagle, 01 January 1912, Page 14.

1878 George Hildebrand

Played just eleven games as an outfielder for Brooklyn in 1902 and about a dozen years playing with San Francisco and Sacramento in the California and Pacific Coast Leagues.  The San Francisco native became an American League umpire where he worked more than 3500 straight games.  Two stories I found on Hildebrand.  First, he is someone associated with the development of the spitball.  He was watching Frank Corridon moisten his fingers before throwing a change of pace pitch at Providence, tried it himself, and the catcher struggled to handle the sharp break.  After showing Corridon what he did, Corridon took it from there and became a successful pitcher, winning 28 games that season.  Hildebrand later showed it to Elmer Strickland, who used it in a long and successful career.  The second?  Apparently, he never paid for a cab.  He would go to car dealerships claiming to be interested in cars and get a “test drive” ride to the ball park.

1883 Harry Owen (Dick) Bayless
1888 Danny Mahoney
1888 Urban Clarence (Red) Faber
1889 George Kahler
1893 Bill Murray
1894 Billy Gleason
1895 Joseph Patrick (Shags) Horan
1896 Frank McCrea
1896 Paul Zahniser
1899 Del Bissonette
1903 Tommy Thevenow
1904 Willie Underhill
1910 Johnny Lanning
1911 Harry Danning
1911 Vallie Eaves
1912 Vince DiMaggio
1921 Jack Phillips
1922 Lou Ciola
1922 Harry Perkowski
1924 George Schmees
1924 Jim Fridley
1924 Hal Jeffcoat
1931 Stan Pawloski
1934 Tom Flanigan
1946 Fran Healy
1949 Mike Thompson
1954 Steve Macko
1960 Greg Olson
1960 Al Lachowicz
1961 Roy Smith
1963 John Pawlowski
1964 Mike York
1968 Pat Meares
1975 Derrek Lee
1976 Micheal Nakamura
1978 Frank Brooks
1978 Alex Escobar
1981 Mark Teahen
1983 Jerry Blevins
1985 Mitch Moreland
1988 Arnold Leon
1990 Donnie Hart
1991 Tyler Austin
1991 Nick Rumbelow
1992 Socrates Brito
1992 Marco Hernandez
1992 Wes Parsons
1994 Clint Frazier
1994 Harold Ramirez
1996 Jordan Hicks
1997 Dustin May


1927 Lave Cross
1932 Frank West
1940 Mordecai Davidson
1947 Joe Gingras
1956 Stubby Magner
1958 Hugh Hill
1958 Tommy de la Cruz
1971 Artie Dede
1971 Andy Kyle
1972 Charlie Berry
1973 Charlie Kavanagh
1974 Sammy Hale
1976 Vern Fear
1977 Ray Fitzgerald
1980 Gus Ketchum
1981 Eddie Ainsmith
1988 Lew Krausse
1990 Al Veach
1996 Barney McCosky
2007 Al Kozar
2013 Santiago Rosario
2015 Barney Schultz
2019 Chris Duncan
2019 Jose Moreno
2019 Wally Westlake
2020 Lou Brock


1905 White Sox lefty Frank Smith fires a no-hitter as the Sox crush Detroit, 15 – 0.

1912 Giant Jeff Tesreau no hits the Phillies and wins, 3 – 0.

1995 Cal Ripken plays in his 2131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record.

1996 Baltimore’s Eddie Murray connects for his 500th career homer.

2006 Florida’s Anibel Sanchez blanks the Diamondbacks, 2- 0, without allowing a hit.  I was already a fan of his; this just kind of sealed the deal.


1923 The New York Giants purchased two players from Portsmouth, VA, including Hack Wilson.

1943 Brooklyn signed amateur free agent Gil Hodges.

1964 Pittsburgh purchased Wilbur Wood from the Red Sox.

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