Baseball History for February 22nd

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1853 Harry Spence

Harry Spence ArticleHarry Spence never played in the majors, but his minor league managing career got him a shot to manage the 1888 Indianapolis Hoosiers of the National League.  I found this history of Spence in the Boston Globe (03 October 1887, Page 2.)

His obituary in the Indianapolis News suggested he died of heart disease, was born in London and was prepped at Trinity College to join the ministry, but fell for baseball when he came to America.  Other sources say he was born in New York (including and his memorial).

“Harry L. Spence was buried yesterday at Elmwood. Do you remember him? Ridiculous to ask. The ordinary baseball mind doesn’t go back that far. Spence played third base for and captained the Indianapolis team the last two seasons that outfit was in the National League. His name was a household word once. He was 52 years old when he went out suddenly, and the great national game was not represented at his grave even by a bunch of flowers.”

HEK. “In the Wake of the News”, Chicago Tribune, 21 May 1908, Page 13.

Also, “Former Indianapolis Manager Found Dead”, Indianapolis News, 19 May 1908, Page 10.

1854 George Washington (Jumbo) McGinnis
1865 Ed Silch
1868 George Davies
1870 Charles Alston (Pussy) Tebeau
1874 Bill Klem
1877 Joe Gannon
1878 Charlie Moran
1881 Roy Radebaugh
1884 Jim Ball
1887 William Edward (Pat) Hilly
1888 Ed Hawk
1891 Clarence Mitchell
1892 Albert Charles (Doc) Waldbauer
1893 Sydney Brooks
1894 Tom Grubbs
1894 Bill Hall
1895 Ed Monroe
1895 Roy Graham
1895 Tony DeFate
1896 Ferdie Moore
1900 Roy Spencer
1901 Dan Jessee
1901 George Bennette
1910 Saul Davis
1907 Marty Hopkins
1907 Dan Dugan
1909 Art Bramhall
1911 Bill Baker
1918 Jackie Sullivan
1919 Johnny Lucadello
1920 Karl Drews
1922 George Genovese
1922 Frankie Zak
1925 Bob Wilson
1929 Ryne Duren
1929 Charlie Peete
1930 Lyle Luttrell
1931 Chet Nichols
1934 Sparky Anderson
1938 Steve Barber
1948 Bruce Christensen
1948 Tom Griffin
1948 Mike Rogodzinski
1956 Joe Lefebvre
1963 Don Wakamatsu
1965 Eric Yelding
1968 Kazuhiro Sasaki
1972 John Halama
1973 Rick Heiserman
1973 Russ Johnson
1977 J. J. Putz
1979 Steve Colyer
1980 Ramon Nivar
1982 Kelly Johnson
1982 Adalberto Mendez
1983 Daniel Nava
1983 Casey Kotchman
1983 Arturo Lopez
1983 Brian Duensing
1983 Carlos Fisher
1987 Thomas Field
1987 Carlos Peguero
1988 Rocky Gale
1989 Chris Bassitt
1991 Tim Peterson
1992 Dixon Machado
1992 Braden Shipley
1992 Kevin McCarthy
1995 German Marquez
1996 Thairo Estrada


1890 Bill Blair
1892 Ed Rowen
1901 Tom Kinslow
1922 George Hogan
1931 Willie Bobo
1933 Bill Shettsline
1935 Marsh Williams
1938 Mert Hackett
1939 Frank Morrissey
1954 Chief Wilson
1954 Rufus Battle
1954 Roy Parnell
1957 Jim Begley
1962 Paul Speraw
1964 Ike Samuels
1964 Kid Butler
1965 Clarence Huber
1972 Johnnie Oden
1981 Andy High
1984 Red Lutz
1985 Army Rhodes
1986 Duke Lattimore
1991 Jimmy Pattison
1991 Joe Craig
2004 Andy Seminick
2005 Ben Huffman
2013 Mario Ramirez
2018 Jack Hamilton
2022 Julio Cruz


1938 Washington Redskin QB Sammy Baugh signs a contract to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Sam Baugh Signs With Cardinals”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 22 February 1938, Page 14.

Sammy BaughBaugh played third base at Texas Christian University in college, so he wasn’t totally lost as a ballplayer. He joined the squad for spring training, expected that he’d be playing in the minors, but would be able to leave the team to play for Washington when football season came around. At one point, late in March, it appeared that Baugh would be the starting third baseman for St. Louis. However, he didn’t hit as well as he played the field and was dispatched to Columbus. Baugh’s baseball career lasted about six weeks – he was released by Columbus back to the Cards in late May after hitting .220 with a pair of doubles among his thirteen hits. The Cardinals then sent Baugh to Rochester of the International League. Baugh hit a homer for Rochester, but batted just .183 there (13 hits in 71 at bats). However, the Redskins decided to sign Baugh to a three-year contract that banned him from playing baseball and he returned to the gridiron for good.

Keener, Sid C. “Baugh Named Cardinals’ No. 1 Third Baseman by Frisch”, St. Louis Star and Times, 28 March 1938, Page 20.

“Sammy On Diamond” (Photo), Oregon County Times-Leader, 31 March 1938, Page 4.

“Paul Dean and Baugh Released to Minors by Cardinals”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 05 April 1938, Page 12.

“Release Sammy Baugh”, Sedalia Democrat, 22 May 1938, Page 8.

“Cardinals Option Baugh to Rochester”, 24 May 1938, Page 20.

“Baugh’s New Contract Bans Pro Baseball”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 03 August 1938, Page 14.


1966 New York sends Jimmie Schaffer, Wayne Graham, and Bobby Klaus to Philadelphia for Dick Stuart.

1993 St. Louis sends Felix Jose and Craig Wilson to Kansas City for Gregg Jefferies and Ed Gerald.


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