Baseball History for January 11th

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1859 George Pinkney
1867 Bill Niles
1868 Charles Frederick (Silver) King
1876 Elmer Flick
1877 Ed Murphy
1879 John Reid (Harry) McIntire
1884 Art Watson
1888 Clarence Ashley (Skipper) Roberts
1890 Mickey Keliher
1890 Max Carey
1895 John Leo (Paddy) Driscoll
1898 Gene Lansing
1899 Alvin Floyd (General) Crowder
1900 Edward Timothy (Lefty) Taber
1901 George McNamara
1906 Lawrence Terrell
1910 Lynwood Thomas (Schoolboy) Rowe
1911 Roy Hughes
1915 Albert Ernest (Dutch) Mele
1918 Al Gardella
1918 Ernie Andres
1919 Lou Rochelli
1921 Al Kvasnak
1922 Neil Berry
1923 Frank Fanovich
1928 Carl Powis
1928 Loren Babe
1929 Don Mossi
1937 Jack Curtis
1940 Hank Fischer
1942 Danny Napoleon
1944 Frank Baker
1944 Jim McAndrew
1948 Glenn Redmon
1948 Rick Henninger
1955 Dan Norman
1959 Lloyd McClendon
1962 Donn Pall
1967 Nikco Riesgo
1968 Ben Rivera
1969 Manny Acta
1971 Alex Delgado
1971 Rey Ordonez
1972 Jermaine Allensworth
1974 Warren Morris
1974 Cody McKay
1978 Greg Aquino
1989 Rico Noel
1990 Danny Salazar
1992 Stevie Wilkerson
1995 J. P. Crawford
1995 Nick Solak
1995 Stephen Nogosek


1912 Lefty Marr
1914 Walt Goldsby

Suicide – gunshot to the forehead in Dallas, Tex.

1922 Miah Murray
1929 Mike Golden
1936 Turkey Gross
1945 Harry McNeal
1951 Bill Wagner
1953 Doc Moskiman
1954 Sumner Bowman
1965 Wally Pipp
1968 George Hunter
1969 Ollie Fuhrman
1973 Doc Hamann
1973 Rivington Bisland
1992 Orville Jorgens
1993 Frank Quinn
1994 Joe Sprinz
1994 Lucas Turk
1997 Stu Martin
1998 Joe Becker

St. Louis native, baseball lifer – after catching for the Indians (briefly – two seasons) and touring the minors (and serving with the Navy during World War II) he became a pitching coach in the minors and then the majors from 1955 to 1970 with the Dodgers, Cardinals and Cubs.  Worked with Koufax, Drysdale, Gibson, and Jenkins.  Not a bad list…  He died after a long illness at his home in St. Louis at 89. – “Joseph E. Becker,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 13, 1998: B5.

1999 Jim Dyck

Brain cancer took the baseball nomad of the two decades following World War II. – “Cancer claims Jim Dyck, 76,” Mansfield News-Journal, January 12, 1999: 10.

2000 Bob Lemon

Lemon died in a Long Beach, California convalescent home at 79. – “Hall of Famer, former Sox manager Bob Lemon dies,” Daily Herald, January 13, 2000: Section 2, Page 3.

2013 Fred Talbot

The pitcher of the late 1960s passed away at 71 after a long illness, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. – “Obituary,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 18, 2013: 8C.

2014 Jophery Brown

Brown pitched at Grambling and was added to the school’s Hall of Fame six months after he died of complications while being treated for cancer.  The ballplayer turned Hollywood stuntman was just shy of 69. – Keise, Kevin. “Former Grambling resident dies,” The Gramblinite, January 30, 2014.

2016 Monte Irvin

The son of a sharecropper turned Hall of Fame outfielder died at 96.


1915 Colonel Jacob Rupert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase the New York Yankees from Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for a basement price of $460,000.

1968 Ewing Kauffman becomes the owner of the franchise that would eventually become the Kansas City Royals.

1971 If only to help him drive… John Hiller takes himself to the hospital as he’s having a heart attack. Hiller missed the season, came back in 1972, and in 1973 the Tiger pitcher set a record with 38 saves.

1973 Bowie Kuhn describes concepts such as the DH and interleague play to help the AL catch up to the more popular NL. His original play for interleague play was to put teams in same cities against each other.

Anyway – the AL votes to use the DH on a three year experimental basis. The NL declines. The only no vote in the AL? Charlie Finley. It was HIS idea!!! He’s mad nobody likes the designated runner.


1913 Cleveland really wanted Nick Cullop – they sent five players and $5,000 for him AND added extra money to help New Orleans purchase a few pitchers.

1960 The Phillies sent Richie Ashburn to the Cubs for Al Dark, John Buzhardt, and Jim Woods.

1968 St. Louis sent Alex Johnson to the Reds for Dick Simpson.

1977 Chicago sends Rick Monday and Mike Garman to the Dodgers for Bill Buckner, Ivan de Jesus, and Jeff Albert.

As a kid, I initially pronounced the new Cubs shortstop as Ivan Dee Jesus – without the Spanish pronunciation (I didn’t know better) until I heard it pronounced correctly by Jack Brickhouse.

In the 1977 secondary draft, the Yankees used a first round pick to take Willie McGee.

1979 Toronto signs free agent hitter Rico Carty.

1983 Boston drafted Ellis Burks in the first round of the secondary draft.

2003 Florida sent Nate Robertson (who later came back), Gary Knotts, and Rob Henkel to the Tigers for Mark Redman and Jerrod Fuell. Redman was the lone veteran starter on the Marlins World Series staff.

2005 Arizona sent Randy Johnson to the Yankees for Javier Vazquez, Dioner Navarro, Brad Halsey and cash.

2010 Cincinnati signs amateur free agent (and Cuban refugee) Aroldis Chapman.

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