Baseball History for November 8th

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1853 John Farrow

Spent most of his life living in New Jersey, the long time catcher used to show off his mangled hands to patrons of the hotel and bar he operated with his son, John Jr.  He played locally in his teens and was invited to play with the Resolutes of Elizabeth in the National Association in 1873, then Baltimore in 1874.  After nearly a decade playing catcher for semi-pro and professional teams around his home of Perth Amboy, he got one last chance playing frequently with Baltimore in the American Association in 1884.  Farrow, now a widow and living with his son, fell ill in 1914.  With his son’s family ready to ring in the New Year, Farrow took his last breath shortly before midnight on December 31st.

1869 Joe Peitz
1870 Bill Hoffer
1876 Danny Shay
1893 Dave Black
1895 Kenneth Thomson (Mike) Knode
1896 Stanley Raymond (Bucky) Harris
1901 Frank Bernard (Beauty) McGowan
1907 Tony Cuccinello
1908 John Stoneham
1915 Wayne Ambler
1920 Wally Westlake
1922 Bob Brady
1930 Mike Roarke
1937 Rex Johnston
1940 Joe Nossek
1944 Ed Kranepool
1952 Jerry Remy
1952 John Denny
1954 Gary Lucas
1958 Paul Wilmet
1958 Bobby Moore
1962 John Fishel
1962 Rey Palacios
1963 Dwight Smith
1965 Jeff Blauser
1967 Henry Rodriguez
1967 Eric Anthony
1968 Jose Offerman
1969 Shane Halter
1973 Edgardo Alfonzo
1976 Carlos Casimiro
1976 Victor Alvarez
1977 Nick Punto
1980 Victor Marte
1985 Darwin Barney
1987 Bryan Shaw
1988 Yasmani Grandal
1989 Giancarlo Stanton

I got to watch him in Jupiter, FL playing High A ball.  If you hit, say, 25 homers in the Florida State League, that’s legitimate power.  Giancarlo, then known as Mike Stanton, hit 39.  He’s to right fielders what George Brett was to third basemen – one of those guys who keeps losing time to injuries, though Stanton’s have been pretty serious injuries.

1991 Nick Kingham
1996 Ljay Newsome

Made his debut with the Mariners in August, 2020.  In 499+ innings in the minors, Newsome walked just 62 batters…  A 26th round pick of the Mariners out of Chopticon High School in Morganza, MD, the La Plada, Maryland native is known as the “Quiet Assassin.”


1894 King Kelly
1911 Oscar Bielaski
1911 Frank Gatins
1912 Cupid Childs
1918 Larry Chappell
1927 Phil Bedgood
1929 Red Bittmann
1931 Sam Brown
1931 Frank Meinke
1934 Reddy Grey
1937 Henry Mullin
1942 Jim Handiboe
1951 Claude Ritchey
1957 Fred Anderson
1957 Joe Connor
1970 Ed Murray
1972 Harry Child
1973 Bob Chipman
1975 Vern Morgan
1975 Ray Shepardson
1975 Les Backman
1977 Jim Gladd
1977 Bucky Harris (see birthday, above)
1978 Steve Gerkin
1980 Dale Jones
1989 Johnny Lanning
1990 Earl Torgeson
1993 Hank Leiber
2012 Lee MacPhail
2013 Rod Miller
2016 Marlan Coughtry
2017 Don Prince
2018 Ron Negray


1928 Massachusetts votes to allow professional sports to play games on Sundays.


1955 Washington sends Mickey Vernon, Bob Porterfield, Tom Umphlett, and Johnny Schmitz to the Red Sox for Tex Clevenger, Karl Olson, Dick Brodowski, Neil Chrisley, and Al Curtis.

1967 The Mets get Art Shamsky from the Reds for the low price of Bob Johnson…

1974 San Diego sends Cito Gaston to the Braves for Danny Frisella.

1979 The Yankees are signing free agents – this time it’s Bob Watson and Rudy May.

1990 Los Angeles signs free agent outfielder Darryl Strawberry.

1999 Toronto sends Shawn Green and Jorge Nunez to the Dodgers for Raul Mondesi and Pedro Borbon.

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