Baseball History for December 6th

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1859 Frank Shaffer

Barely a major leaguer, as he played six games for Altoona when Altoona was granted a franchise in the Union Association in 1884.

“Shaffer, who will play on third base, comes from the Detroit, though he first played with Smith in the Jenning’s of Pittsburgh. He is five feet eleven inches in length and weighs 160. He is a diamond setter by trade.”

“Base Ball Briefs,” Altoona Tribune, February 7, 1884: 3.

1865 William H (Pat) Whitaker
1867 John Henry (Tun) Berger
1873 Harry Wolverton
1881 Dave Rowan
1885 Jack Stansbury
1886 Peter Raymond (Hap) Morse
1893 Hack Eibel
1894 Christian Frederick Albert John (Bruno) Betzel
1894 Walter Mueller
1896 Bob Larmore
1896 Frank Luce
1899 John Bertrand (Jocko) Conlan
1903 Tony Lazzeri
1909 Stan Hack
1913 Bill Kirksieck
1914 Cecil Washington (Turkey) Tyson
1920 Gus Niarhos
1925 Rance Pless
1927 Tommy Brown
1934 Dan Dobbek
1937 Freddie Velazquez
1938 Amado Samuel
1942 Arnold Umbach
1944 Tony Horton
1945 Larry Bowa
1945 Jay Dahl
1950 Tim Foli
1952 Chuck Baker
1952 Jeff Schneider
1953 Gary Ward
1954 Mike Parrott
1955 Luis Rosado
1957 Steve Bedrosian
1959 Larry Sheets
1963 Lance Blankenship
1964 Kevin Campbell
1966 Terry McDaniel
1967 Kevin Appier
1971 Jose Contreras
1971 Adam Hyzdu
1972 Rick Short
1972 Neil Weber
1977 Kevin Cash
1978 Chris Basak
1978 Jason Bulger
1980 Ehren Wassermann
1986 Ryan Tucker
1988 Adam Eaton
1991 Mike Mayers
1992 Cam Gallagher
1993 Taylor Jones
1995 Allen Cordoba


1905 Jack Leary
1911 Ed Glenn
1911 John Hamill
1942 Amos Rusie
1943 Charley Hall
1943 George Magoon
1948 Bill Dammann
1950 Jing Johnson
1952 Don Hurst
1955 Honus Wagner
1956 Jim Mullen
1959 Wid Conroy
1962 Dutch Hoffman
1964 Bobby Keefe
1965 Frank Crossin
1975 Jim Stroner
1976 Mandy Brooks
1977 John Pomorski
1985 Burleigh Grimes
1987 Jim Johnson
1989 Art Parks
1993 Ray Thomas
1997 Lou Clinton
1999 Roy Talcott
2002 Clarence Beers
2017 Tracy Stallard
2018 Al Gallagher

“Dirty Al” was the first San Francisco native to play for the Giants… His nickname followed a generally unkempt appearance and willingness to get dirty in so many different ways.  Managed the Durham Bulls for a while, too.

2018 Jose Castillo (and)
2018 Luis Valbuena

Castillo and Valbuena were driving together after a Venezuelan Winter League game in Caracas when a group of highway bandits ran their SUV off the road, then robbed and killed them (another passenger, Carlos Rivera, survived).  According to reports, the team preferred that players ride on the team bus, which is usually protected by armed security.

Sanchez, Fabiola. “Valbuena, Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela,” Shreveport Times, December 8, 2018: B4.


1920 A US Court of Appeals reverses a prior decision to award cash to the Baltimore franchise of the Federal League, thus upholding the reserve clause.

1941 Mel Ott takes over for Bill Terry as manager of the New York Giants.

1960 A new franchise for the American League is awarded to Gene Autry and placed in Los Angeles.


1921 New York sends George Burns, Mike Gonzalez and $150K to the Reds for Heinie Groh.

1938 New York sends Dick Bartell, Gus Mancuso and Hank Lieber to the Cubs for Billy Jurges, Frank Demaree, and Ken O’Dea.

A year later, Bartell would be moved by the Cubs to the Tigers for Billy Rogell.

1959 The White Sox sent Norm Cash, John Romano and Bubba Phillips to the Indians for Minnie Minoso, Dick Brown, Jake Striker, and Don Ferrarese.

1973 Houston sends Jimmy Wynn to the Dodgers for Claude Osteen and David Culpepper.

Also, Minnesota swaps catcher George Mitterwald with Chicago’s Randy Hundley.

1976 Milwaukee is busy… George Scott and Bernie Carbo are sent to Boston for Cecil Cooper. And, Jim Colburn and Darrell Porter head to the Royals for Jamie Quirk, Jim Wohlford and (later) Bob McClure.

1979 Kansas City sends Al Cowens and Todd Cruz (and later Craig Eaton) to the Angels for Willie Aikens and Rance Mulliniks.

1982 Oakland sends Tony Armas and Jeff Newman to the Red Sox for Carney Lansford, Garry Hancock, and Jerry King.

1984 Chicago sends LaMarr Hoyt and two minor leaguers to the Padres for Ozzie Guillen, Tim Lollar, Bill Long, and Luis Salazar.

1988 Cleveland sends Julio Franco to the Rangers for Jerry Browne, Oddibe McDowell, and Pete O’Brien.

1989 San Diego gets Joe Carter from Cleveland for Sandy Alomar, Jr., Carlos Baerga and Chris James.

2010 San Diego sends Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly, Rey Fuentes and (later) Eric Patterson.

2016 The White Sox send Chris Sale to the Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

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