Baseball History for February 18th

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1851 Frederick Boardman

Played in one game for Baltimore in the National Association in 1874, getting a hit against the Chicago White Sox. Baltimore must have needed an outfielder that day and Boardman fit the bill. He had played semi-professional ball in the Chicago area, practiced with and against the White Sox and later was a competent enough umpire to work a few league games when Chicago needed an umpire.

Brian Flaspohler wrote his bio for SABR and was kind enough to highlight the only time he appeared in a box score. (By the way, it’s really well researched.)

“Sporting News.”, Chicago Tribune, 30 August 1874, Page 16.

1856 Frank Whitney

“[The game] was opened by Crowley with a beautiful long high hit to left field which looked for all the world like a two or three baser, but Frank Whitney captured the ball in a way that surprised the audience and caused loud applause.”

Buffalo Commercial, 24 July 1878, Page 3.

Frank Whitney was an extra outfielder for Boston in 1876 where he added just 33 hits in his 34 games. He was a pretty good semi-professional ballplayer in the Boston area for several years, and his brother Art was a competent pitcher.

Bob LeMoine wrote his biography for SABR – an excellent piece of research and writing. The most interesting trivial tidbit is that having lived to 1943, he was the last surviving player from the initial season of the National League.

1860 Frank Fennelly
1864 John Shaffer
1864 Larry Twitchell
1865 George Winkelman
1871 Charlie Knepper
1875 Walter Thornton
1878 Curt Bernard
1879 Louis LeRoy
1880 Ray Luther “Dad” Hale
1887 Curt Coleman
1889 George Mogridge
1891 George Washington “Zip” Zabel
1891 Sherry Smith
1892 John Gallagher
1897 Walter McKinley “Huck” Betts
1915 Lew Flick
1915 Joe Gordon
1922 Joe Tipton
1922 Joe Brovia
1925 Joe Lutz
1927 Luis Arroyo
1927 Herm Wehmeier
1929 Cal Neeman
1930 Frank House
1938 Manny Mota
1939 Dal Maxvill
1939 Jesse Hickman
1939 Bob Miller
1941 Leo Marentette
1944 Syd O’Brien
1949 John Mayberry
1949 Jerry Morales
1950 Bruce Kison
1952 Marc Hill
1958 Rafael Ramirez
1960 Bob Fallon
1962 Rocky Childress
1963 Jeff McKnight
1963 LaVel Freeman
1964 Kevin Tapani
1967 Matt Turner
1967 John Valentin
1968 Kyle Abbott
1970 Tyler Green
1973 Shawn Estes
1974 Jamey Carroll
1975 Chad Moeller
1980 Walter Young
1981 Alex Serrano
1981 Alex Rios
1984 Brian Bogusevic
1990 Didi Gregorius

OBITUARIES:

1905 Tom Poorman
1906 Charlie Ingraham
1911 Buttons Briggs
1917 Charlie Fisher
1925 Charlie Dougherty
1935 Gene DeMontreville
1941 Tom Connelly
1944 Hub Pernoll
1945 John Munyan
1949 Marty O’Toole
1960 Fred Schemanske
1966 Marty McManus
1967 Ralph Miller
1968 Ben Egan
1971 Chuck Hostetler
1977 George Zackert
1978 Luke Hamlin
1980 George Hesselbacher
1980 Dick Stone
1994 Bill Clemensen
1997 Austin Knickerbocker
1998 Harry Caray

Heart attack while eating dinner with his wife, Dutchie, on Valentine’s Day – he survived it but four days.

2000 Lefty Hoerst
2001 Eddie Mathews
2001 Butch Wensloff
2007 Danny Reynolds
2009 Ben Flowers
2010 Bob Chakales
2011 Len Gilmore
2011 Spook Jacobs
2011 Buddy Lewis
2014 Al Greene
2016 Jim Davenport

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1943 William Cox purchases the bankrupt Philadelphia Phillies.

1960 Walter O’Malley purchases the land for a new stadium for his Dodgers for about $500K, a plot of land we know as Chavez Ravine.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1922 Cincinnati sends Rube Marquard and Larry Kopf to the Braves for Jack Scott.

1954 Washington sends Gil Coan to Baltimore for Roy Sievers.

1999 Toronto sends Roger Clemens to the Yankees for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd and Homer Bush.

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