Baseball History for October 8th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1857 John Bergh
1858 Jim Conway
1862 Charlie Manlove

Briefly played for the Giants in the National League and Altoona in the Union Association in 1884. He got three hits with Altoona, but none in ten at bats for the Giants. From what it looks like, he was an infielder and occasional outfielder, despite what the clipping from 1925 says, or his obituary.

While still playing locally, Manlove Had been added to the Pennsylvania League list of substitute umpires…

“Charlie Manlove will make a good umpire…”

“Some Newsy Notes.”, Altoona Tribune, 14 May 1892, Page 1.

Charlie Manlove arden [SIC] baseball booster and former catcher of the New York Giants is to assume the managerial reins of the Gables City League team, with the opening game of the second playing cycle. The selection of Mr. Manlove will prove a popular move as Charlie has never lost interest in the game which he, himself, played so deftly.

Since taking the defunct Irving-King franchise, Gables have been without official leadership. Red Plowman, catcher and captain, has satisfactorily performed this duty but the need of a capable business and bench manager has long been felt…”

“Charlie Manlove to Pilot Gable Crowd”, Altoona Tribune, 20 July 1925, Page 11.

Charles H. Manlove, 89, retired Altoona businessman and former professional baseball player, died Tuesday.

Manlove played baseball for Richmond, Va., and Reading and Altoona, Pa., before joining the New York Giants as a catcher in 1884. He entered the cigar business when his playing days ended. Manlove was a native of Philadelphia.

“Former Player Dies”, The Gazette and Daily (York, PA), 14 February 1952, Page 27.

1863 Jimmy Peoples
1870 Tom Colcolough

Thomas Bernard Colcolough was a Charlerston, SC native (1870 to 1919) who pitched for the Pirates from 1893 to 1895 and got a second shot with the Giants in 1899.

“Tom Colcolough was yesterday released by the Pittsburg club. He was given a thorough trial, but proved wanting in nerve. In a minor league, Tom will be the top of the heap. There, the batters are impatient and bang at everything in sight. In the National League, the batters are more careful and deliberate, and this is the cause of Tom’s poor showing this season. Colcolough was secured by the Pittsburg blub in 1893, along with Joe Sudgen, from the Charleston Club. In that year, he pitched three games for the Pittsburg team, winning two. Last year he won eight games and lost five. This year he pitched three full games, winning one and losing two.”

“Two New Pitchers.”, Pittsburgh Daily Post, 04 June 1895, Page 6.

“Tom Colcoloiugh, the Charleston, S. C., pitcher, gained his first reputation as a boxman of more than the average ability while playing with the team managed by Denny Long, at Charleston, in 1893. Before the close of the season, Colcolough and Joe Sugden were sold to Pittsburgh for $1,500… His father his a wealthy man at Charleston, and Tommie always remains near the “little red smokehouse” during the winter.”

Blake, Percy H., “Southern Boys in Base Ball.”, Nashville Tennessean, 19 December 1897, Page 25.

“Tom Colcolough has been added to the pitching staff of the New York team, and it is very probable that he will be signed as a regular member of the club before the team returns home. With his valuable assistance to-day the players were given the benefit of some of the best batting practice they have yet had. Colcolough (pronounced Coakley) has an arm like iron, and he shot the ball around the shins and the pates of the New Yorkers like a Mauser bullet.

“Colcolough has been doing a little practice during the winter, and consequently his arm was in good condition, and he says he can stand the pace he started in without danger. He resides in Charleston, and was one of the pitchers of the Pittsburgh club as late as two years ago. When Manager Watkins took charge of the Pirates he allowed the Wilkes-Barre club, of the Eastern League, to secure Colcolough;s services. His lack of control was his chief fault, although he won many good and close games…”

“Tom Coakley. The Old Wilkes-Barre Pitcher Puts Up a Bold Front at Charleston”, Dollar Weekly News (Wilkes-Barre), 25 March 1899, Page 5.

“Ex-Pitcher Tom Colcolough – once a Pirate – as bobbed up as an alderman in Charleston, S. C.”

“National League News.”. The Hutchinson Daily Independent, 23 February 1905, Page 6.

According to census data (1900, 1910) and his death certificate, Tom was the son of James and Ellen (Kelly) Colcolough, who were Irish immigrants. After his baseball career wound down, he married Annie Bernadine and later owned a poultry store. They had three children (Marguerite, Thomas (Jr.), and James). In 1919, Tom was working as a welder at the naval yard when he succumbed to a heart attack on 10 December 1919. Annie, who was eleven years younger than Tom, would remarry years later and passed away in 1968.

1884 Larry McClure
1885 Johnny Lush
1887 James Otis “Doc” Crandall
1887 Larry Pratt
1887 Dennis Berran
1887 Frank Stephen “Ping” Bodie
1887 Owen Joseph “Donie” Bush
1890 Walter Tappan
1891 Monte Pfeffer
1891 Doug Neff
1895 Ed Wingo
1896 Tim Murchison
1902 Paul Schreiber
1910 Wally Moses
1913 Lee Rogers
1916 Joe Callahan
1916 Rex Cecil
1917 Hal Toenes
1917 Danny Murtaugh
1919 Bob Gillespie
1920 George Metkovich
1929 Bob Mabe
1934 Mickey Harrington
1942 Bill Landis
1943 Don Pepper
1944 Ed Kirkpatrick
1946 Mike Wegener
1946 Paul Splittorff
1946 Ralph Gagliano
1948 Rick Stelmaszek
1948 Bernie Williams
1949 Enos Cabell
1955 Jerry Reed
1956 Jeff Lahti
1957 Bob Skube
1957 Mike Chris
1959 Bryan Little
1959 Mike Morgan
1959 Jack Hardy
1965 Jimmy Kremers
1966 Jay Gainer
1967 J. T. Bruett
1970 Olmedo Saenz
1970 Sandy Martinez
1970 David Doster
1971 Joe Ayrault
1972 Willie Adams
1975 Andy Thompson
1978 Keith Reed
1983 Antoan Richardson
1985 Cody Eppley
1986 Adron Chambers
1986 Erik Davis
1989 Taylor Featherston
1990 Robbie Erlin

OBITUARIES:

1905 Bill Sullivan
1912 Heinie Heitmuller
1913 Elmer Cleveland
1934 Bill Snyder
1936 Red Ames
1948 Al Orth
1952 Joe Adams
1957 Paul Russell
1962 Ralph Head
1969 Willie Ramsdell
1971 Murray Wall
1973 Raymond Haley
1976 John Bottarini
1978 Jim Gilliam
1980 Lloyd Johnson
1981 Bill Nagel
1982 Bill Meehan
1986 Max Surkont
1988 Boob Fowler
1988 Bob Boken
1991 Ed Hanyzewski
2002 Jodie Beeler
2004 Johnny Sturm
2004 Tony Giuliani
2005 Swede Larsen
2006 Ivan Murrell
2008 Les McCrabb
2010 Dale Roberts
2013 Andy Pafko

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1908 The Cubs top the Giants, 4 – 2, in a make up game to win the National League Pennant.

1922 The Giants top the Yankees in game five to win the World Series.

1927 The Yankees clobber the Pirates in game four – sweeping the World Series.

1929 Howard Ehmke was a surprise starter, and Mack’s decision worked as Ehmke fanned 13 Cub batters in a 3 – 1 victory.

1939 The Yankees sweep the Reds – in the tenth inning, Ernie Lombardi is run over by Charlie Keller and Joe DiMaggio score while Lombardi was shaking out the cobwebs.

1956 Don Larsen throws a perfect game, topping the Dodgers, 2 – 0.

1959 Los Angeles finishes off the White Sox in six games.

1977 Tommy John tops Steve Carlton and the Phillies for a series clinching win for his Los Angeles Dodgers.

1995 Edgar Martinez doubles home Ken Griffey, Jr. to complete a comeback to beat the Yankees in the ALDS.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1936 St. Louis sends Ripper Collins and Roy Parmalee to the Cubs for Lon Warneke.

1963 St. Louis signs amateur pitcher Steve Carlton.

2008 Kansas City signs amateur pitcher Yordano Ventura.

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