Baseball History for October 23rd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1832 William Hulbert
1860 Daniel Albion (Jack) Jones
1866 Mike Sullivan
1881 Lave Winham
1882 William Franklin (Birdie) Cree
1886 Russell Aubrey (Lena) Blackburne
1889 Abbott Paige (Jack) Mills
1889 Owen Conway
1889 Hugh Bedient
1894 Raymond Bloom (Rube) Bressler
1907 Lee Grissom
1910 Billy Sullivan
1920 Vern Stephens
1922 Ewell Blackwell
1929 Bruce Barmes
1930 Solly Drake
1931 Jim Bunning
1933 Wilbur Scott (Jake) Striker
1937 Bob Allen
1937 Cecil Butler
1939 George Williams
1944 Jim Rittwage
1949 Greg Thayer
1952 John Poff
1952 Randy Tate
1953 Michael Duane (Bo) McLaughlin
1954 John Castino
1956 Luis Silverio
1957 Dwight Lowry
1959 George Hinshaw
1961 Jim Presley
1965 Al Leiter
1972 Giomar Guevara
1975 Kazuo Matsui
1975 Todd Sears
1975 Todd Belitz
1976 David Riske
1978 John Lackey
1979 Ramon Castro
1979 Bud Smith
1980 Pedro Liriano
1981 Ben Francisco
1982 Denny Bautista

Dominican beanpole pitcher who was signed as a teen by the Marlins. Lots of stickers on his suitcase, not only in the minors and majors, but also pitching in various winter leagues and spending a few years in Korea. Might finally be done.

1985 Sam Demel

Horned Frog grad, Arizona reliever, who made 72 appearances between 2010 and 2012… Third round pick by Oakland in 2010, but traded to Arizona in mid 2010 for Conor Jackson. Became a nomad, and his career ended in 2013. He’s now a real estate guy, both as an agent and as an investor…
1987 Felix Doubront

Venezuelan pitcher, Boston prospect, who cleared ten wins twice but disappeared rather quicklly after a slow start in 2014. Traded to the Cubs, given shots with Toronto and Oakland, and now is searching for work.

1987 Kyle Gibson

First round pick of the Twins in 2009, Mizzou guy, owns a pretty good slider and changeup. Made quick progress in the minors – three levels in 2010, but joined the Tommy John club midway through 2011. Came back in 2012, and got the call to the bigs in 2013 after a strong run in AAA. Thirteen game winner in 2014, 11 more in 2015, but something went awry in 2016. Missed all of May with shoulder issues, struggled much of the year and his ground ball rate fell – lots more balls hit in the air (witness – 20 homers allowed in 147 innings). Gibson continues to pitch well in stretches, though, having won 35 games in his last three seasons.

OBITUARIES:

1912 Piggy Ward
1918 Jimmy Williams
1937 John Singleton
1940 Harry Krause
1943 Heinie Peitz
1947 Cy Rheam
1949 Bill Burdick
1965 Ed Fitzpatrick
1965 Ted Odenwald
1965 Chick Shorten
1965 Otis Lawry
1966 Jack Peerson
1966 Rex Cecil
1966 Fred Fussell
1968 Jack Bliss
1969 Monk Dubiel
1970 Sherry Robertson
1971 Woody Upchurch
1971 Jesse Petty
1977 George Gerken
1983 Buck Crouse
1986 Paul Gehrman
1992 Lou Rochelli
1993 Marv Blaylock
1993 John Wells
1996 Bob Grim
2000 Benny Culp
2003 Al Corwin
2004 Jim McDonald
2007 Don Nicholas
2008 Dave Melton
2013 Mario Picone

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1910 Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs gets his third win of the World Series as the Athletics top the Cubs in Chicago.

1993 Joe Carter’s homer in the ninth inning off of Phillies reliever Mitch Williams ends the World Series in favor of the Blue Jays.

2005 Scott Podsednik homers in the ninth to win Game Two of the World Series… The White Sox topped the Astros, 7 – 6.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1945 Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a minor league deal with the Montreal in the International League.

1973 Boston sends Ben Oglivie to Detroit for Dick McAuliffe.

1974 Breaking my Cub Fan heart… Chicago sends Billy Williams to Oakland for Darold Knowles, Bob Locker, and Manny Trillo. It probably was the right thing to do, really, and Williams got to play in the 1975 AL playoffs, but still…

1981 Kansas City sends Manny Castillo to Seattle for a player to be named later… That player? Bud Black.

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