Baseball History for July 20th

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1847 John Hatfield
1855 Sam Weaver
1877 John Peter (Red) Kleinow
1878 Oscar Graham
1880 Harry Cassady
1880 Eddie Kolb
1885 Si Pauxtis
1888 Dave Callahan
1890 Raymond Ellis (Red) McKee
1896 William Clarence (Mutt) Wilson
1896 Ollie Fuhrman
1897 August G. (Happy) Foreman
1900 Hunter Lane
1901 Henry Emmett (Heinie) Manush
1903 Howard Maple
1908 Ed Madjeski
1909 Otto Bluege
1912 Emmett Jerome (Heinie) Mueller
1915 Gene Hasson
1916 Don Black
1924 Claude Crocker
1936 Jim McManus
1938 Tony Oliva
1942 Mickey Stanley
1946 John Lamb
1953 Gary Woods
1960 Mike Witt
1964 Mark Lee
1964 Jim Lewis
1971 Charles Johnson
1971 Ray McDavid
1974 Bengie Molina
1982 Jake Fox
1982 Jason Miller
1984 Danny Dorn
1984 Alexi Casilla
1988 Ty Kelly
1988 Stephen Strasburg
1989 Kevin Siegrist
1989 Tyler Saladino
1989 Matt Szczur
1989 Steve Selsky
1989 Mike Marjama
1990 Tyler Webb
1992 Tyrell Jenkins
1993 Pedro Severino
1994 Duane Underwood, Jr.
1994 Anthony Alford


1920 Bill O’Neill
1922 Dick Pierson
1929 Rupert Mills
1939 Jack Reis
1941 Ralph Kreitz
1955 Joe Shannon
1959 Morrie Arnovich
1964 Bill Schardt
1964 Bill Narleski
1983 Chick Sorrells
1986 Bill Steinecke
1987 Tom Winsett
2000 Jim Suchecki
2010 Jimmy McMath


1906 Brooklyn’s Mal Eason blanks the Cardinals, 2 – 0, without allowing a hit. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat noted that his 95 minute effort was a lot of simple outs – “The Cardinals didn’t even ‘nearly’ make a hit.” The last batter tapped weakly to Eason for the last out.

1944 Brown pitcher Nelson Potter is the first pitcher since the pitch was banned to be suspended (ten days) for throwing a spitball.

It was throught that half the pitchers in baseball did something illegal in throwing the ball toward the plate, but Potter was having his first successful season for a team that usually wasn’t competitive – and had been warned by umpire Cal Hubbard in his game against the Yankees.

Grayson, Harry. “Banished Pitcher Just Unlucky; Half of Pitchers Use Sly Stuff,” Great Falls Tribune (NEA Wire Copy), 01 August 1944, Page 8.

1958 Jim Bunning, would-be US Senator, blanks the Red Sox, 3 – 0, without allowing a hit. Bunning, a Tiger in 1958, would throw a perfect game with the Phillies six years later – the first to throw a no-hitter in both leagues.

1970 Dodger starter Bill Singer fires a no-hitter to top the Phillies, 5 – 0.

1976 Hank Aaron takes Dick Drago deep to left for his final MLB homer – #755 – against the Angels.


1907 The Giants purchase Larry Doyle from Springfield in the Three I League for $4,500.

What made this interesting was that a month later, the Giants could have drafted him – but they didn’t want to wait.

Apparently the check itself was big news and, at the same time, thought to be a hoax. A “picture” of the check was duplicated and sold for a nickel each. Later, NL President Harry Pulliam confirmed the price and validity of the deal.

“The Famous Larry Doyle Check”, Decatur Herald and Review, 30 August 1907, Page 3.

Also, the deal certainly happened a couple of days earlier, as it made the front page of the Streator (IL) Free Press on 18 July 1907. Maybe it wasn’t reported to the league until the 20th.

1916 New York sends Christy Mathewson, Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie to the Reds for Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. Matty wanted to manage, so McGraw let him go.

1961 The Mets signed amateur outfielder Paul Blair.

2012 Houston sends J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter to Toronto for Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joe Musgrove, Carlos Perez, David Rollins, Asher Wojchiechowski and (later) Kevin Comer.

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