Baseball History for December 21st

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1858 Steve Dunn

A London, Ontario native, Steve Dunn played in nine games with the St. Paul White Caps in the Union Association in 1884, batting .250 with a couple of doubles. St. Paul was a late addition to the Union Association and didn’t survive very long at all.

Steve Dunn, the regular first baseman of the Milwaukee club, is described by one of the papers of that city as “a stout, muscularly built young man, about twenty-five years of age, five feet seven inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.”

“Miscellaneous.”, St. Paul Globe, 18 April 1884, Page 2.

Steve Dunn is playing first base for the Milwaukees with his old time energy, which means that he has thrown off the lethargy that attacked him before the close of the season of 1883.

“Base Ball Notes”, Port Huron Times Herald, 28 May 1884, Page 2.

Steve Dunn, first baseman of the Milwaukee club, has been nick-named “Loose-Jointed Steve.”

“Notes.”, St. Paul Globe, 30 May 1884, Page 5.

Steve Dunn, Milwaukee’s first baseman, has been released. He was severely injured in his Michigan trip, and will go to his home in Ontario for a few weeks. He is an excellent player, and will be a prize for some club as soon as recovered.

“Notes.”, St. Paul Globe, 29 June 1884, Page 7.

According to notes in the Globe on 10 July 1884, he injured himself at Grand Rapids on May 30th when he pitched for an inning and messed up his arm. By mid August, he was with St. Paul but playing as a catcher when St. Paul played a long home and home series against Minneapolis. He later appeared in a couple of games against Milwaukee, where the local fans appreciated seeing their old first baseman.

“The St. Paul Team.”, St. Paul Globe, 19 August 1884, Page 4.

“Cushman Corraled Them”, St. Paul Globe, 05 September 1884, Page 4.

1859 Bill Traffley

Traffley was briefly a catcher for Chicago in 1878 then, after a run through the minors, he returned to play in the American Association from 1883 to 1886. Likely the first major leaguer from Staten Island, he spent a long time playing for and managing teams in Des Moines before succumbing to tuberculosis in 1908 in that city.

1861 Harry Maskrey

Might require a longer story with citations and all that…  Played one game with Louisville in 1882. At some point, he moved to Kansas and developed a reputation for being a great clerk and manager of hotels.  He moved back to his hometown of Mercer, PA and got into the hotel business with his brothers (one, Leech, was also a major leaguer) and ran hotels for the rest of his life.

1861 Dell Darling
1865 Frank Zinn
1869 Joe Harrington
1878 Warren Gill
1882 Bert Weeden
1884 Steve White
1886 Joe Quinn
1887 Cy Williams
1897 Hal Haid
1897 Pete Scott
1900 Doc Hamann
1905 Fred Koster
1907 Freddie Muller
1911 Josh Gibson
1911 Nino Bongiovanni
1913 Heinie Heltzel
1920 Bill Werle
1922 Jay Difani
1925 Kent Peterson
1925 Bob Rush
1927 Jack Daniels
1930 Danny Kravitz
1936 Howie Reed
1936 Ralph Lumenti
1941 Paul Casanova
1942 Pete Charton
1947 Elliott Maddox
1948 Dave Kingman
1949 Larry Bradford
1950 Jim Wright
1952 Joaquin Andujar
1957 Tom Henke
1960 Andy Van Slyke
1960 Roger McDowell
1966 Paul Swingle
1970 John Hope
1972 LaTroy Hawkins
1972 Dustin Hermanson
1976 Tony Cogan
1977 Freddy Sanchez
1977 Buddy Carlyle
1977 D’Angelo Jimenez
1978 Dicky Gonzalez
1980 Royce Ring
1982 Philip Humber
1983 John Mayberry
1983 Taylor Teagarden
1984 Eddie Gamboa
1985 Brian Schlitter
1985 Ed Easley
1985 Matt Mangini
1987 Khris Davis
1988 Cody Stanley
1988 Danny Duffy
1988 Asher Wojciechowski
1989 David Rollins
1990 Kendall Graveman
1990 Mike Clevinger
1993 Josh Staumont


1909 Jack Keenan

Black Jack spent a few years touring the minors, but got a one-game tryout with Cincinnati in the American Association.  He gave up nine runs – not a single one was earned.  Anyway – Keenen died at 40 (just a few days short of 41) of tuberculosis.  His friends say that his lungs had been damaged when, as a fire fighter, he was thrown from the fire truck when it was involved in a collision, resulting in broken ribs and punctured lung. – “Supreme Umpire,” Cincinnati Enquirer, December 22, 1909: 9.

1912 Jim Gilman
1912 Jim Conway
1933 Louie Heilbroner
1936 Fred Gunkle
1942 Ira Davis
1943 Jack Warner
1943 Jim Cudworth
1946 Bill Evans
1949 Teddy Kearns
1950 Dad Lytle
1957 Marty Berghammer
1963 Happy Townsend
1963 Harry Williams
1964 Delos Brown
1970 Chubby Dean
1976 Walt Lynch
1978 Joe Mathes
1980 Tony Jacobs
1985 Joe Genewich
1987 Joe Sherman
1988 Willie Kamm
1989 Blackie Schwamb

Per the book “Wrong Side of the Wall” by Eric Stone, Schwamb, a convicted murderer, died of lung cancer.

1993 Ernie Kish
1993 Ham Schulte
2005 Elrod Hendricks
2007 Jack Lamabe
2011 Bud Bloomfield
2012 Boyd Bartley
2019 Norm Angelini


1960 Chicago owner Phillip Wrigley announces the Cubs will not have a manager for the 1961 season, but will use a “college of coaches” that includes Charley Grimm, Harry Craft, Ripper Collins and others in rotation.


1954 Baltimore signed free agent infielder Johnny Pesky.

1977 Montreal signed free agent pitcher Ross Grimsley.

1982 San Diego signs free agent first baseman Steve Garvey.

1995 Kansas City sends Wally Joyner and Aaron Dorlarque to San Diego for Bip Roberts and Bryan Wolff. Meanwhile, the Yankees re-signed free agent pitcher David Cone and Baltimore signed free agent second baseman Roberto Alomar.

2001 Boston signs free agent outfielder Johnny Damon.

2007 Cincinnati trades Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera.

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