Baseball History for March 14th

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1849 John W. (Candy) Nelson

“It will not be surprising to discover after a few weeks’ playing that the association has signed several old timers under assumed names. Candy Nelson of Brooklyn is said to have signed with some new organization down this way. Candy has blue eyes, old gold hair and store teeth, and if discovered palming himself off as an ambitious youngster it will go hard with him.”

“Baseball Notes.”, Boston Globe, 28 March 1895, Page 6.

This was written five years after his last major league appearance – Nelson was already 46.  When the US Census took data in 1900, Nelson still listed his current job as that of a ball player.

Nelson was born Portland, ME on 14 March 1849, the fourth child of Peleg and Mary Nelson and their only son.  Peleg was a merchant and familiar with the world of shipping.  Candy played top level amateur ball in New York before logging his first season in the National Association in 1872.  Nelson was a regular shortstop for most of the New York City based teams – the Eckfords, Mutuals and Metropolitans (and once, briefly, as a Giant), as well as Troy and (briefly) Indianapolis.  And, he was a dependable shortstop for a long time, even being a regular at the position when he was 40 years old.

Candy Nelson was more than just the 19th century Derek Jeter.  He was also a bit like Max Bishop.  He led the National Association in walks once, albeit with just nine, but he took it to a new level in the mid-1880s.  Despite tolerable (but low) batting averages, he was a lead off hitter because he would draw a lot of walks – leading the league twice in 1884 and 1885.   This, along with his dependable nature, allowed him to play as long as he did.  He passed away in his adopted Brooklyn home on 04 September 1910, probably wishing he could still play ball.

1855 Bill Holbert
1857 Joseph Wiley
1860 Billy O’Brien
1864 Pit Gilman
1865 Tom Sexton
1867 Frank J. (Dad) Meek
1869 Billy Rhines
1871 Ben Conroy
1875 Wilbur Murdoch
1878 Willis John (Butch) Rementer

Short and stocky catcher of the early 1900s who caught in one game for Connie Mack in 1904.  I saw a picture of him – will need to share it.

butch rementer

1880 Lou Polchow
1884 Jud Daley
1885 Walt Devoy
1888 Henry Huston (Hub) Pernoll
1891 Dave Gregg
1894 Gene Layden
1897 Bruce Hitt
1900 Marty McManus
1905 Jack Rothrock
1914 John Wyeth (Red) Marion
1918 Arnold Carter
1921 Bill Kennedy
1928 Earl Smith
1942 Bob Raudman
1944 John Miller
1946 Ron Law
1947 Mike Strahler
1950 Dave McKay
1953 Tim Ireland
1956 Harold Delano (Butch) Wynegar
1957 Ty Waller
1957 Steve Lake
1960 Kirby Puckett
1960 Jerry Willard
1963 Mike Rochford
1965 Kevin Brown
1969 Jalal Leach
1970 Brent Gates
1973 Robert Dodd
1978 Matt Kata
1979 Jose Nunez
1981 Bobby Jenks
1984 Randor Bierd
1985 Steven Hill
1987 Blaine Hardy
1988 Josh Stinson
1989 Marwin Gonzalez


1905 Pete Meegan
1910 Mike Hines
1922 Danny Hoffman
1928 Nat Hudson
1933 Willie Mills
1937 Rudy Kling
1956 Lena Styles
1963 Charlie Harris
1966 Lee Magee
1967 Eddie Hunter
1968 Paul Carpenter
1969 Heinie Zimmerman
1970 Jim Levey
1974 Alex Pompez
1975 Tracy Baker
1978 Kent Greenfield
1980 Al Wickland
1984 Johnny Enzmann
1988 Zeb Terry
1992 Glenn Liebhardt
1994 Tony Freitas
1995 Charlie Letchas
1995 Leon Day
2003 Al Gionfriddo
2003 Ron Shoop
2017 Bob Bruce
2021 Frankie De La Cruz

Suffered a heart attack at just 37.  De La Cruz was a hard throwing pitcher whose MLB career consisted of four brief looks with four teams, but was still pitching in the Dominican winter leagues in the winter of 2020-21.


1993 Schottzie, the massive St. Bernard owned by Reds owner Marge Schott, is banned from major league playing fields following complaints from various players and staff.


1932 Cincinnati sends Clyde Sukeforth (great scout), Joe Stripp, and Tony Cuccinello to Brooklyn for Ernie Lombardi, Babe Herman, and Wally Gilbert.


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