Baseball History for March 13th

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1862 Joe McGuckin

Joseph W. McGuckin was a fine outfielder who got a brief shot with Baltimore at the end of 1890 when there were three leagues and he could get a shot at the highest leagues of this time.  In truth, he wasn’t a major league hitter, but he probably was a major league outfielder – graceful and quick into his late 30s.

Born in Paterson, NJ on 13 March 1862 to Michael and Susan McGuckin – he was the fifth of a baseball team of kids.  His younger brother, John, would also play in the outfield in the minor leagues (occasionally on the same teams as Joseph), but with less success.  In his twenties, McGuckin played for a number of teams in the northeast – places like Elmira and Binghamton and Oswego, even Hamilton and Toronto.  After his tryout with Baltimore (he went 4 for 37 as a hitter, but with three stolen bases) he headed west and played on the west coast.

Stockton, Jan. 23. – George Harper, the veteran baseball man, has just received the sad news of the death of Joe McGuckin in Paterson, N. J., on December 31st. McGuckin will be well remembered by local lovers of the national sport as the clever outfielder who covered center garden for Stockton in 1900, the last year of professional ball in the city.

The baseball player who has just completed the final circuit of earthly bases and reached home plate on the diamond where rules the Great Umpire, from whose decisions there is no higher appeal, was a warm favorite with the Stockton fans. He played ten seasons with the big teams of the Pacific coast, playing his last season with Sacramento in 1901. He was known as “Silent McGuck,” and sometimes as “Unhappy Joe.”

McGuckin came to California in 1891 and played his first game in the state for George Harper, who was then managing San Jose’s crack team. He and the veteran twirler were fast friends. McGuckin was a victim of consumption and during the past two years of his life retired from the sport. He was given a large funeral on January 2d. Poor Joe was a great favorite among the players and fans.

“The Sporting World in Brief”, Daily Morning Union, 24 January 1904, Page 5.
1870, 1880 US Censuses

1865 Charlie Bartson
1868 Bill Gilbert
1875 Charles Franklin (Chappie) McFarland
1877 Tim Flood
1879 John Kelly
1879 Mal Eason
1881 Ralph Glaze
1885 James John (Bruno) Block

Catcher, mostly a backup, with Washington, the White Sox (for three years) and finally with the Chicago Whales in 1914. In between, he was a regular with a few American Association teams (Milwaukee, Minneapolis).

“Jimmy Block, in addition to firing the shot in the tenth that routed the Mound city men, made a great showing behind the plate. On one occasion he intercepted a wild pitch heaved by (Jim) Scott and lined the ball to second so neatly that (Burt) Shotten, who had attempted to go down from first, was out by yards.”

Daniel, Harry. “Chicken Mattick and James Bruno Block Save Day For Sox”, Chicago Inter Ocean, 13 April 1912, Page 4.

1886 John Franklin (Home Run) Baker
1888 Wally Smith
1889 Byrd Lynn
1890 Dizzy Dismukes
1892 George Joseph (Chippy) Gaw
1892 Patsy Gharrity
1892 Eric Erickson
1896 Alejandro Oms
1897 Lew Malone
1899 Otis Brannan
1906 John Lloyd (Ike) Powers
1908 Harlin Pool
1909 Harry Kimberlin
1915 James Buster (Buzz) Clarkson
1917 Joe Walsh
1918 Eddie Pellagrini
1920 Frank Biscan
1921 Joe Rossi
1921 Alex Broome
1922 Cliff Mapes
1923 Pedro Miro
1925 Ray Martin
1928 Bob Greenwood
1930 Doug Harvey
1931 Carlos Pascual
1931 Don Bessent
1935 Bill Dailey
1936 Don Miles
1939 Al Luplow
1940 Gary Kolb
1942 Marv Staehle
1948 Steve Barber
1949 Denny O’Toole
1954 Terry Leach
1954 Randy Bass
1957 Duane Walker
1959 Luis Aguayo
1962 Tom Funk
1962 Terry Lee
1963 Mariano Duncan
1964 Will Clark
1970 Jorge Fabregas
1971 Scott Sullivan
1973 Dario Veras
1979 Johan Santana
1980 Byron Gettis
1981 Mike Aviles
1988 Jason Rogers
1989 Sandy Leon
1990 Scott Oberg
1991 Eddie Butler
1991 Manny Banuelos
1991 Mark Leiter, Jr.
1993 Robinson Lever
1995 Nicky Lopez
1995 Keegan Thompson


1885 Herman Dehlman
1919 Jim Toy
1928 Bobby Wheelock
1929 Sherry Magee
1932 Sammy Strang
1934 Fielder Jones
1938 Rube Ellis
1940 Ira Flagstead
1942 Gene Steere
1943 Earl Smith
1950 George Young
1951 Joe Hughes
1952 Vincent Maney
1955 Buck Sweeney
1955 Joe Vernon
1961 Si Pauxtis
1961 Joe Berry
1961 David Whatley
1964 Mack Allison
1975 Red Marion
1976 Johnny Pasek
1977 Hap Glenn
1979 Bill Steen
1983 Bill Anderson
1986 Jack Warner
1987 Wayne Osborne
1989 Tice James
1993 Joe Wiley
1994 Buddy Rosar
1995 Leon Day
1996 Dick West
1999 Bill Peterman
2000 Harry Bright
2005 Frank House
2013 Ducky Detweiler
2015 Al Rosen
2019 Leroy Stanton


1954 Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, making a spot available for Braves rookie Henry Aaron.

1960 Bill Veeck’s Chicago White Sox becomes the first team to wear jerseys with names on the backs of the uniforms in an exhibition.


1971 The Angels purchase Dodger catcher Jeff Torborg.

2008 St. Louis signs free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse.


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