Baseball History for November 7th

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1857 Edward Sylvester (The Only) Nolan
1868 Julie Freeman
1872 Monte McFarland
1872 Billy Ging
1873 Frank Eustace
1885 Ed Mensor
1889 Tommy Thompson
1891 Tracy Baker
1898 Mike Pasquella
1906 Alan Strange
1910 Wilbur Lee (Bill) Brubaker
1911 Herb Crompton

Crompton was a Quad Cities area kid who spent two games with the Senators in 1937 and, after wandering all over the minors, got a longer run with the Yankees in 1945.  From his obituary, we learn that he came from a large family, married got sick in his early 50s, and died on 05 August 1963.  (A lot of what is said about Crompton’s career in those obituaries I found was wrong, though…)

Herb Crompton got his first hit in his debut game on April 26, 1937.  He had entered the game as a pinch runner for Shanty Hogan, then stayed in the game at catcher.  After hitting into a fielder’s choice off of Johnny Marcum, he reached the pitcher for a single to left.  A few weeks later, he was back in the minors.

1916 Joe Hatten
1919 Tommy Neill
1932 Dick Stuart

Dr. Strangeglove.  Could hit pretty well, but his reputation in the field left a lot to be desired.

1933 Bob Hale
1935 Jay Hankins
1938 Jim Kaat

Smart pitcher who had a long career (might still have the Twins career record for wins) and was the best fielding pitcher prior to the arrival of Greg Maddux.  Spent even more time in the broadcast booth where he’s been great.

1938 Jake Gibbs
1941 Clarence Jones
1944 Joe Niekro
1945 Dave Bennett
1947 Don Newhauser
1948 Tom Walker
1948 John Albert (Buck) Martinez

Still working the broadcast booth nearly 40 years after his solid career as a catcher ended.

1950 Willie Norwood
1951 John Tamargo
1955 Guy Sularz
1958 Reggie Patterson
1959 Rich Rodas
1961 Orlando Mercado
1965 Kevin Bearse
1966 Andy Tomberlin
1966 William Suero
1966 Brian Drahman
1967 Dave Wainhouse
1968 Russ Springer
1969 Dave Fleming
1971 Todd Ritchie
1972 Travis Smith
1973 Sean DePaula
1974 Glendon Rusch

When Rusch came to the majors with the Royals, I was a season ticket holder.  Rusch didn’t have a big fastball, but he had impeccable control and a simple, clean delivery.  He just got hit around some and it took a while for him to have a few good years – and rarely in consecutive seasons.  However, he looked so smooth out there, and was a lefty, that he stuck around for a dozen seasons.  From the beginning to the end, he would invariably win only about 40% of his decisions.

1974 Kris Benson
1976 Les Walrond
1978 Juan Salas
1979 Willie Collazo
1979 Juan Brito
1981 Dave Krynzel
1982 Brian Horwitz
1983 Esmerling Vasquez
1985 Mitch Harris
1988 Dariel Alvarez
1989 Sonny Gray
1990 Danny Santana
1992 Jordan Weems

OBITUARIES:

1888 Rit Harrison
1901 Tub Welch
1904 Fred Carroll
1918 Mike Tiernan
1922 Sam Thompson
1927 Ed Clark
1930 Warren Fitzgerald
1930 John Hanna
1942 Birdie Cree
1943 Bill Wolff
1946 Tom Daly
1947 Cy Wright
1948 Jake Smith
1954 Art Bues
1954 Charlie Frisbee
1966 Rube Bressler
1969 Chick Galloway
1970 Johnny Hudson
1970 Paul McCullough
1982 Jim Bivin
1989 Tommy Tatum
1993 Tex Shirley
1996 Eddie Lukon
2006 Johnny Sain
2006 Buddy Kerr
2009 Bob Dillinger
2010 George Estock
2014 Allen Ripley
2015 Fred Besana
2017 Roy Halladay

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1964 Baseball owners approve the Braves decision to move from Milwaukee to Atlanta after the 1965 season.

1973 Sylvia Presser, from the New Jersey Civil Rights Division, rules to allow girls to play Little League baseball.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1928 Boston unloads player-manager Rogers Hornsby to the Cubs for five players and $200,000. Emil Fuchs, the owner, would take over the reins of the Braves.

1973 Chicago sends Glenn Beckert (and Bobby Fenwick) to the Padres for outfielder Jerry Morales.

1985 Montreal signs amateur free agent pitcher Mel Rojas.

1997 The Yankees send Kenny Rogers (and cash) to the Athletics for a player to be named later – Scott Brosius.

2007 Houston sends Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett to the Phillies for Michael Bourn, Mike Constanzo, and Geoff Geary.

2011 Kansas City sends Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.

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