Baseball History for November 28th

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1858 Daisy Davis

So I spent a little time digging into this but did not immediately find anything really exciting. Here’s where I am so far.

John Henry Albert Davis was born to William and Annie (Shirreffs) Davis in Boston – dad was a blacksmith and shipwright while mom raised five kids of which John was the youngest. The Davis parents were likely immigrants, but not very clear based on US Census data, which also suggests they had a stop in New Hampshire prior to moving to Boston around 1856 (or the Boston area) for the rest of their lives. (1870 and 1880 says William was from Nova Scotia and Annie was from Scotland while 1860 says New Hampshire, for example.) Anyway – Davis grew up in a huge baseball town and by the time he was old enough to start playing at least on good town teams he was working as a blacksmith. In 1884, Davis lands on the St. Louis Browns, a very good team with a pretty full roster of decent pitchers. With the highest ERA and a 10 – 12 record, the Browns decide that they don’t need a fifth starter and he’s allowed to move to Boston for the rest of the season.

Except, of course, that Daisy Davis was a pretty good pitcher. He had the best K/9 data, didn’t walk that many batters, and probably had room to improve. Instead, he got shelled a little with his home club as 1884 finished and he wasn’t used all that much in 1885 – the Boston Nationals had two solid starters who split 100 starts down the middle. Davis took a job pitching for Toronto and went 16 – 7 with good strikeout and control numbers in 1886. You’d think that SOMEBODY would have given him a chance following that, but his career appears to end there. He went home to his wife, the former Minnie Brown (she was eight years younger than John). They moved to Lynn, MA where Davis became a clerk until the fall of 1902, when pneumonia (or tuberculosis, per took him to the next league on November 5, 1902.

Sources include the 1860, 1870, and 1880 US Censuses, 1865 Mass. Census, Massachusetts birth, marriage, and death records, and

1861 Bill Conway
1865 Dan Minnehan
1867 Ed Cassian
1870 Heinie Peitz
1874 Stan Yerkes
1876 Lee Fohl
1877 Jim Jackson
1882 Roxey Roach
1883 Fred Osborn
1887 Bill Prough
1891 Frank O’Rourke
1893 Benn Karr
1895 Bill Anderson
1895 Molly Craft
1905 Ed Chapman
1907 Lynn King
1910 Bill McWilliams
1910 Ed Gallagher
1911 Bill DeLancey
1916 Max West
1918 Russ Meers
1922 Wes Westrum
1927 Carlos Paula
1928 Billy Queen
1937 Purnal Goldy
1937 Corky Withrow
1941 Fritz Fisher
1949 Dave Augustine
1950 Jim Fuller
1953 Sixto Lezcano
1957 Pat Rooney
1958 Pat Murphy
1958 Dave Righetti
1959 Jeff Datz
1960 Ken Howell
1963 Walt Weiss
1964 Craig Wilson
1964 John Burkett
1965 Matt Williams
1968 Terry Burrows
1968 Pedro Astacio
1968 Scott Sheldon
1969 Robb Nen
1971 Bill Simas
1972 Geraldo Guzman
1972 Jose Parra
1976 Adam Bernero
1979 Nook Logan
1979 Mike Schultz
1983 Carlos Villanueva
1988 Kevin Quackenbush
1989 Taylor Davis
1989 Danny Hultzen
1989 Angel Sanchez
1989 Jesus Montero
1992 Jose Trevino
1993 Yefry Ramirez
1994 Miguel Diaz


1903 Jack Easton
1914 Tug Wilson
1930 Ed Hendricks
1936 Bob Casey
1944 Elmer Miller
1946 Bill DeLancey
1949 Art Kruger
1957 Ed Donnelly
1959 Ed McFarland
1959 Blondy Ryan
1961 Earl Moore
1962 Harry Moran
1970 Orlie Weaver
1977 Bob Meusel
1979 Herb Bremer
1983 Chet Boak
1989 Bill Posedel
1990 Tommy Hughes
1991 Stan Wentzel
1993 George Piktuzis
1999 Dick Errickson
2004 Connie Johnson
2006 Sam Calderone
2007 Bob Marquis
2008 Red Murff
2010 Cal Emery
2010 Gil McDougald
2019 John Strohmayer


1938 Monty Stratton has his leg amputated following a hunting accident where he was shot in the right leg.

1974 George Steinbrenner is suspended for two years by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for his illegal contributions to Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign.


1927 Pittsburgh trades Kiki Cuyler to the Cubs for Sparky Adams and Pete Scott.

1960 Philadelphia drafts Choo-Choo Coleman from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 Draft.

1961 The Mets send cash and (later) Gus Bell to the Braves for Frank Thomas and (later) Rick Herrscher.

1967 The Dodgers send Ron Perranoski, John Roseboro and Bob Miller to the Twins for Mudcat Grant and Zoilo Versalles.

Meanwhile, the Senators take Toby Harrah from the Phillies in the Minor League Draft.

1972 The Dodgers send Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bobby Valentine and Mike Strahler to the Angels for Andy Messersmith and Ken McMullen.

1988 Pittsburgh sends Denny Gonzalez and (later) Felix Fermin to Cleveland for (later Jay Bell).

1992 Seattle signs amateur free agent hitter David Ortiz.

2003 Boston sends Brandon Lyon, Casey Fossum, Jorge De La Rosa and Mike Goss to the Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling.

2014 Oakland sends Josh Donaldson to Toronto for Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Franklin Barreto.

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