About Paul Proia

Technology Professional, Amateur Baseball Historian, Published Author, Husband, Father. I try the best I can with the limited skills God gave me.

Baseball History for August 14th

<— AUG 13     AUG 15 —>


1846 Harry Schafer
1856 Alex McKinnon
1867 Frank Hafner
1881 Bill O’Hara
1884 Bill Reynolds
1887 Art Phelan
1887 Fred Lamlein
1888 William Baker (Babe) Borton
1888 Al Clancy
1898 Bill Clowers
1899 Kyle (Skinny) Graham
1901 Oscar Siemer
1904 Les Cox
1910 Billy Myers
1912 Paul Dean
1929 Jim Pisoni
1930 Dale Coogan
1930 Earl Weaver
1937 Joe Horlen
1937 Bert Cueto
1950 Jim Mason
1954 Mark Fidrych
1959 Don Carman
1960 Edwin Rodriguez
1962 Mark Gubicza
1963 Mike Cook
1964 Tommy Shields
1964 Mark Leonard
1966 Dana Allison
1967 Joe Grahe
1971 Mark Loretta
1972 David Manning
1975 Eric Cammack
1975 Scott Stewart
1975 McKay Christensen
1977 Juan Pierre
1977 Scott Chiasson
1979 Angel Santos
1981 Chris Saenz
1984 Clay Buchholz
1984 Nevin Ashley
1985 Esmil Rogers
1985 Chris Valaika
1987 David Peralta
1987 Jeremy Hazelbaker
1988 Alex Liddi
1990 Chris Rowley
1991 Dylan Covey
1991 Giovanny Gallegos
1992 Josh Bell


1907 Scott Hastings
1913 Chummy Gray
1925 Asa Stratton
1931 Bob Edmondson
1934 Guy Morrison
1940 Charlie Hollocher
1943 Joe Kelley
1945 Tommy Clarke
1947 Woody Crowson
1948 Phil Collins
1954 Fabian Kowalik
1956 Frank Dupee
1957 Tim Hendryx
1960 Fred Clarke
1960 Henry Keupper
1961 Harry Colliflower
1968 Ray Mowe
1973 Claude Willoughby
1978 Maury Newlin
1979 Mack Wheat
1984 Spud Davis
1984 Lynn McGlothen
1997 George Pfister
1999 Pee Wee Reese
1999 Pat Mullin
2000 Ken Heintzelman


1933 Philadelphia’s Jimmie Foxx not only hits for the cycle, but drives in nine runs in an 11 – 5 win over Cleveland.

1937 Bad day times two… Detroit takes a pair of games from the Browns in a double header. The first game went 16 – 1; the second game went 20 – 7.

1971 Bob Gibson is awesome – firing a no-hitter to beat Pittsburgh in Three Rivers Stadium… As there were no no-hitters in Forbes Field, it was the first no-hitter in Pittsburgh since 1907.


1909 The White Sox purchased Shano Collins from Springfield in the Connecticut State League.

1916 The Giants purchased Ross Youngs from Sherman of the Western Association.

1952 The Tigers sent Vic Wertz, Dick Littlefield, Martin Stuart and Don Lenhardt to the Browns for Ned Garver, Bud Black, Jim Delsing, and Dave Madison.

1963 Boston signed amateur free agent pitcher Jim Lonberg.

1980 Texas sends Gaylord Perry to the Yankees for Ken Clay and (later) minor leaguer Marv Thompson.

Baseball History for August 13th

<— AUG 12     AUG 14 —>


1858 Charles F. (Fatty) Briody
1865 Hercules Burnett
1868 Harry Ely
1869 Jack Sharrott
1871 Fielder Jones
1884 Charles J. (Hack) Schumann
1884 George Perring
1886 Wingo Anderson
1886 Thomas Edward (Lefty) George
1888 Frank Gordon (Limb) McKenry
1889 Henry Antone (Cotton) Knaupp
1903 Steve Swetonic
1906 Carlos Moore
1906 Art Shires
1906 Cliff Garrison
1906 Kemp Wicker
1907 George Susce
1910 Lou Finney
1913 Wes Flowers
1917 Sid Gordon
1918 Elmer Weingartner
1930 Wilmer David (Vinegar Bend) Mizell
1930 Bob Wiesler
1933 Bob Giggie
1935 James Timothy (Mudcat) Grant
1938 Bill Stafford
1940 Tony Cloninger
1941 Jim French
1947 Fred Stanley
1948 Erskine Thomason
1949 Andre Thornton
1950 Rusty Gerhardt
1955 Odie Davis
1959 Tom Niedenfuer
1963 Jeff Ballard
1963 Dennis Powell
1964 Gary Cooper
1964 Tom Prince
1964 Jay Buhner
1965 Mark Lemke
1969 Alex Fernandez
1970 Eddie Gaillard
1974 Jarrod Washburn
1974 Scott MacRae
1977 Will Ohman
1979 Jon Switzer
1979 Corey Patterson
1979 Roman Colon
1980 Jonah Bayliss
1981 Cory Doyne
1981 Randy Messenger
1983 Dallas Braden
1984 Boone Logan
1985 Scott Elbert
1987 Dustin Garneau
1987 J. J. Hoover
1988 Brandon Workman
1990 Hansel Robles
1990 Joe Ortiz
1991 Randal Grichuk
1992 Taijuan Walker
1997 Colby Allard


1933 Elliot Bigelow
1936 Irv Hach
1940 Buck Stanley
1948 Nig Perrine
1952 Hal Haid
1967 Mike Hechinger
1968 Lefty Guise
1972 Herman Besse
1972 George Weiss
1980 Tom Miller
1983 Charlie Gilbert
1988 Mel Almada
1995 Mickey Mantle
1996 Ray Shore
1998 Rafael Robles
2001 Jim Hughes
2002 Jack Creel
2003 Charlie Devens
2007 Ox Miller
2007 Phil Rizzuto
2012 Johnny Pesky


1902 – In game two of a double header, Philadelphia’s Harry Davis stole first base. Here’s how the story was told in the Detroit Free Press the next day (Page 3).

“A peculiar play was made by Harry Davis in the sixth inning. He was on first and Fultz was on third with two out. Davis went down to draw a throw andd allow Fultz to come in. Dave did not have a lead and Davis safely reached second. Then, to the surprise of every one, he ran back to first, and it is probably the first time in the history of the game that first base was stolen. He then made another break towards second, drawing a throw which let in Fultz.”

So – the double steal was on, but Fultz missed the sign and never stole home. Davis stole first to try again, and then another double steal was called for – Davis drew a throw and Fultz stole home. Crazy.

1969 Oriole ace Jim Palmer no hits Oakland, 8 – 0. He had just come off the disabled list earlier in the week.

1979 Lou Brock singles off the Cubs (literally – off the hand of Dennis Lamp) for his 3000th hit.


1907 Pittsburgh purchases Babe Adams from Denver of the Western League.

1986 Minnesota sends Ron Davis and minor leaguer Dewayne Coleman to the Cubs for Ray Fontenot, George Frazier, and minor leaguer Julius McDougal.

Frazier had complained that Harry Caray’s disparaging commentary about Frazier’s pitching contributed to his struggles and was happy to leave.

2004 Los Angeles signs amateur free agent (slugger) Carlos Santana.

Happy Birthday, Favel Wordsworth!

This is less a biography than it is a first person retelling of trying to find out information about an obscure player who spent a dozen games with the Resolutes of Elizabeth (NJ) the lone year this amateur team became a professional team in the National Association for the 1873 season.

I was trying to find Favel Wordsworth’s obituary.  And while I didn’t find that, I did see that someone had posted a picture of Wordsworth on Ancestry.com and listed the spelling as Favell. Additionally, baseball records only know that Wordsworth was born in 1850 but according to a private record on Ancestry.com, a member notes a birth date of 27 November 1850. Even that date is probably wrong, though. Favel is listed in the 1850 census as being six months old when the enumerator visited the Wordsworth home in late October, 1850.  That puts Favel’s birthday around April 15th, give or take a few weeks.

According to the 1850 US Census and 1855 New York Census, Favel (or Favell) Parry Wordsworth was born to William and Charlotte (Parry) Wordsworth. The Wordsworths came to the United States aboard the Hannibal in 1837 with a few children and two of Charlotte’s sisters in tow. William was a lawyer; Charlotte took care of a large brood of children. Favel had at least five siblings, and spent most of his short life in New York City. He was a love child – the parents were both about 40 when Favel came along and his nearest sibling, Alice, is seven or eight years older than he.

Wordsworth makes your baseball encyclopedia because he played a dozen games with the Elizabeth Resolutes of the National Association in 1873, mostly at shortstop. It was the only season that Elizabeth was part of the National Association – they played twenty-three games, winning just two.

Scanning New York area newspapers of 1873, I noticed Favel the baseball player went by Wadsworth.  (Baseball playing was frown upon in some circles, and his dad was a lawyer and all that.) And, I found an article in the Brooklyn Review that he may have violated Association rules by playing with a new team before his “probation” ended.  Per the rules, a player released by one team couldn’t play with another team in an Association game for sixty days.  Anyway, as the 1873 season was organized, a Wadsworth was listed on the Philadelphia club.

“On May 26th, the Philadelphians played the Resolutes of Elizabeth, at Philadelphia, and in the game the Resolutes played Wadsworth as short-stop. Now, Wadsworth played as short-stop in the “regular match” played April 8th, between the Philadelphia Club and the Villanovas, and consequently he was ineligible to play in any other club nine from April 8th to June 8th. So, his playing in the Resolute nine in this game makes the contest null and void. The professionals must be kept to a strict observance of their own association’s rules, and it is the duty of the President of said association to see that it is done.”

“Base Ball,” Brooklyn Review, 01 June 1873, Page 6.

You’d think that if anyone would have had a problem with this, it might have been Philadelphia – since they were the team that decided Wadsworth/Wordsworth wasn’t good enough for their own team.

The Resolutes of Elizabeth continued to lose games (and, presumably, fans) and the team disbanded as the season rolled into August.  The 60 day probation rule was waived to allow Doug Allison and other Resolutes players to take part in Association games for other teams.  (Doug Allison was a pretty famous player back then – a member of the 1869 Cincinnati Reds, among other stops.)

Favel Wordsworth passed away on 12 August 1888.  He was buried at the Church of the Redeemer on August 15th – his name in the New York dioceses record book says Favel B. Wadsworth.

I couldn’t find a marriage record, death certificate, or obituary.  I did, however, reach out to the Ancestry.com member who apparently is a distant relative.  This story is left as “to be continued…”



NY Passenger and Immigration Lists
1850 US Census
1855 New York Census

“Base Ball.,” Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, 24 March 1873, Page 1.

“The Resolute Club Players,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 09 September 1873, Page 2.

Baseball History for August 12th

<— AUG 11     AUG 13 —>


1848 Samuel B. (Pony) Sager
1866 Tom Dowse
1867 Dan Lally
1868 Charlie Bell
1868 Jerry Harrington
1870 Ed Scott
1871 Andy Dunning
1879 Watty Lee
1880 Christy Mathewson
1887 Marc Hall
1887 Erv Lange
1889 Ted Goulait
1891 Bill Lathrop
1892 Ray Schalk
1893 John Michaelson
1894 Paul Carpenter
1899 Bill Black
1900 Spence Harris
1905 Don Hurst
1909 Arthur William (Skinny) Graham
1912 Harlond Clift
1918 Charlie Gassaway
1919 Fred Hutchinson
1921 Lefty Wallace
1927 Charlie White
1928 Bob Buhl
1935 Ken McBride
1936 Ellis Burton
1936 Tom McAvoy
1956 Bobby Bonner
1958 Robert Lee (Rusty) McNealy
1962 Dave Pavlas
1962 Urbano Lugo
1963 Kent Anderson
1965 Barry Manuel
1965 Joe Millette
1966 Dean Hartgraves
1968 Reggie Harris
1968 Tony Longmire
1973 Gene Stechschulte
1974 Shane Monahan
1974 Matt Clement
1975 Luis Ordaz
1976 Lew Ford
1976 Ismael Villegas
1978 Michel Hernandez
1979 D. J. Houlton
1985 Zack Cozart
1985 Jhonatan Solano
1988 Jake Dunning
1988 Jhan Marinez
1988 Jose Tabata
1989 Kyle Lobstein
1990 Ryan Weber
1991 Chris Owings
1993 Hunter Wood
1994 Ian Happ

Casey and I were at the game where Happ batted leadoff for the Cubs on Opening Day in Miami and started the season with a homer.

1996 Julio Urias


1888 Favel Wordsworth

So obscure is Favel’s story that your baseball encyclopedia doesn’t know his birthday and they list his name as Wordsworth even though he played as Wadsworth.

1920 Elmer Horton
1932 Jake Boyd
1934 Ed Andrews
1939 Jack Darragh
1948 Billy Graulich
1951 Paul McSweeney
1956 Warren Miller
1959 Johnny Burnett
1959 Mike O’Neill
1959 Ed Goebel
1960 Leo Murphy
1963 Dick Braggins
1971 Shorty Dee
1975 Lew Riggs
1981 George Lyons
1990 Fay Thomas
1991 Chick Starr
1997 Rex Barney
2002 Enos Slaughter
2006 Junior Wooten
2008 George Gick
2011 Ernie Johnson
2014 Gordon MacKenzie
2017 Paul Casanova


1948 Cleveland sets a major league record when fourteen different players get a hit in a 26 – 3 win over the Browns. All told, Cleveland gets 29 hits.

1974 Nolan Ryan ties the major league record (since broken) by striking out 19 Red Sox batters in a 4 – 2 win.

1984 Atlanta and San Diego have one of the greatest days of fighting when Pascual Perez plunks Alan Wiggins to open the game. The rest of the day, San Diego pitchers aim at Perez – leading to a huge brawl in the second inning, and smaller skirmishes in three other innings.

1994 Players went on strike; owners didn’t try to stop them. Baseball would lose the opportunity to see two players vie for a triple crown (Frank Thomas, Albert Belle) and Matt Williams or Ken Griffey make a run at Roger Maris’ home run record. And we lost a World Series.

2001 Greg Maddux finally walks a batter after 72.1 innings. Bobby Cox asked Maddux to intentionally walk Steve Finley.

2018 The Cubs infielder David Bote, as a pinch hitter, launches a grand slam to beat the Nationals, 4 – 3. It’s the first time since 1959 that anyone hit a pinch hit grand slam to overcome a three run deficit to win a game.


1927 The Yankees sent $125,000 for Lyn Lary and Jimmie Reese.

Neither played for the Yankees right away – it was a tough lineup to crack… Lary gave the Yankees a few good years at short before his batting average fell by 60 points. At least he had a 12 year major league career. Reese had a good half year in 1930 and by 1932 was gone. Reese’s claim to fame was being Ruth’s roommate on roadtrips. He was once quoted as saying “I roomed with Ruth’s suitcase.”

(Thanks, NationalPastime.com for the extra note.)

1940 Cincinnati signed catcher Jimmie Wilson.

Wilson was about 40, but after the death of Willard Hershberger and injuries to Ernie Lombardi, the Reds needed help behind the plate. Wilson wound up one of the heroes of the 1940 World Series.

1987 Atlanta sends Doyle Alexander to Detroit for John Smoltz.

Alexander was nearly perfect for the Tigers, helping Detroit to win the division. Smoltz, of course, had a Hall of Fame career as a starter and reliever for Altanta (and a few other teams down the stretch).

Baseball History for August 11th

<— AUG 10     AUG 12 —>


1853 Michael Joseph (Doc) Kennedy
1868 Dan O’Connor
1874 Ed Walker
1876 Danny Murphy
1877 Harry McNeal
1881 Harry Glenville (Doc) Tonkin
1884 Pete Knisely
1887 Harry Swan
1891 Karl Adams
1891 Walter Barbare
1893 Cecil Algerton (Red) Causey
1899 Frank Brazill
1907 Louid Norman (Bobo) Newsom
1907 Gordon Rhodes
1907 Forest Docenus (Woody) Jensen
1907 Jim Galvin
1913 Bob Scheffing
1917 Frank Joseph (Lefty) Hoerst
1919 Luis Olmo
1922 Bobby Wilkins
1922 Cal Cooper
1928 Bob Stephenson
1932 Steve Korcheck
1936 Bill Monbouquette
1938 Vada Pinson
1942 Sal Campisi
1943 Leroy Reams
1946 Eddie Leon
1946 Mike Hedlund
1949 Luis Melendez
1951 Jim Hughes
1953 Dennis Lewallyn
1953 Rex Hudson
1954 Gary Holle
1955 Bryn Smith
1958 Dorn Taylor
1960 Al Pedrique
1963 Van Snider
1963 Mike Huff
1965 George Canale
1965 Carlos Martinez
1965 John Mitchell
1972 Andrew Lorraine
1976 Bubba Crosby
1978 Eric Crozier
1979 Jorge Padilla
1980 Kurt Birkins
1984 Melky Cabrera
1986 Colby Rasmus
1986 Pablo Sandoval
1987 Drew Storen
1988 Andrew Lambo
1990 Mayckol Guaipe
1991 Wilfredo Tovar
1995 Michael Chavis


1919 Frank Todd
1922 Sam King
1929 Red Long
1935 Jack Zalusky
1938 Red Hill
1943 Fred Woodcock
1947 Harry Davis
1950 Frank Smykal
1955 Babe Ellison
1955 Jerry Byrne
1960 Harry McChesney
1962 Jake Volz
1969 William Marriott
1970 Paul Gillespie
1971 Rusty Pence
1975 Rollin Cook
1981 Walt Huntzinger
1986 Tom Gorman
1987 John McGillen
1993 Bill Wilson
1995 Al Smith
2010 Nellie King
2011 Joe Trimble
2011 Bob Will


1950 Braves starter Vern Bickford blanks the Dodgers, 7 – 0, without allowing a hit.

1961 Warren Spahn wins his 300th game, beating the Cubs, 2 – 1.

1991 White Sox rookie Wilson Alvarez, in only his second career start, blanks the Orioles, 7 – 0, without allowing a hit.


1919 Philedelphia’s Connie Mack purchases Eddie Rommel from Newark of the International League for $2500.

1950 The Braves sign amateur free agent Gene Conley.

1980 San Diego sends John D’Acquisto to the Expos for (later) Randy Bass.

2008 Cincinnati sends Adam Dunn and cash to Arizona for Dallas Buck and (later) Wilkin Castillo and Micah Owings.

Baseball History for August 10th

<— AUG 09     AUG 11 —>


1847 Scott Hastings
1848 Larry Ressler
1850 Jim Clinton
1859 Larry Corcoran
1859 Sid Farrar
1863 Billy Alvord
1863 George Henry
1866 Ebeneezer Ambrose (Ed) Beatin
1866 Herb Goodall
1872 John George (Chink) Heileman
1877 Charles Eugene (Truck) Eagan
1888 Charlie Hartman
1890 Joseph Isadore (Pat) Kilhullen
1892 Elmer Jacobs
1895 Joe Schepner
1897 Frank Welch
1905 Ed Wineapple
1905 Willie Wells
1905 Jim Oglesby
1908 Odell Hale
1908 Bill Trotter
1911 Taffy Wright
1916 John Kelly (Buddy) Lewis
1916 Jim Mertz
1922 Clint Hartung
1923 Pete Gebrian
1923 Gary Gearhart
1923 Bob Porterfield
1927 Bob Chakales
1933 Rocco Domenico (Rocky) Colavito
1939 Charlie Shoemaker
1939 Johnny Lewis
1949 Tom Brown
1949 Jimmy McMath
1953 Tom Brookens
1962 Mike Schooler
1963 Jerald Clark
1964 Andy Stankiewicz
1964 Bill Wilkinson
1965 Al Osuna
1966 Gerald Williams
1967 Chuck Carr
1971 Sal Fasano
1977 Julio Ramirez
1977 Lorenzo Barcelo
1978 Jorge Campillo
1979 Dan Johnson
1979 Brandon Lyon
1981 Fernando Cortez
1982 Josh Anderson
1982 Jeff Frazier
1984 Jeff Marquez
1987 Matt den Dekker
1987 Wilson Ramos
1988 Sammy Solis
1990 Anthony Gose
1992 Archie Bradley
1993 Anthony Banda
1994 Chance Adams
1995 Monte Harrison


1899 Henry Buker
1912 Ed Sales
1933 George Mangus
1934 Joe Ward
1937 John Keefe
1950 Leo Kavanagh
1951 Win Kellum
1962 Dummy Murphy
1963 William Kinsler
1966 Chuck Dressen
1968 Charlie Boardman
1989 Tom Hughes
1990 Cookie Lavagetto
1993 Bill Ferrazzi
1993 Quincy Trouppe
2001 Ramon Monzant
2001 Lou Boudreau
2005 Ted (Double Duty) Radcliffe
2014 Bob Wiesler
2014 Jim Command
2017 Don Gross


1944 Braves pitcher Red Barrett needs just 58 pitches to fell the Reds, 2- 0. 58!

1971 Harmon Killebrew hammers two Mike Cuellar pitches for homers – his 500th and 501st homers of his career. (The Orioles won anyway.)

2003 Rafael Furcal snares a Woody Williams liner, steps on second, and tags Orlando Palmeiro to complete baseball’s 12th unassisted triple play.


1897 Washington purchased Roger Bresnahan from Lima of the Ohio State League. Roger was a pitcher then…

1986 Detroit sent Ken Hill and (later) Mike Laga to the Cardinals for Mike Heath.

1993 Philadelphia sent Jose DeLeon to the White Sox for Bobby Thigpen.

1995 Detroit sent Mike Henneman to the Astros for (later) Phil Nevin.

Happy Birthday, Henry McCormick!

Henry (or Harry, as it was used interchangeably) McCormick was perhaps the best semi-professional pitcher of the late 1870s, pitching for the Syracuse Stars when the Stars would tour the eastern half of the United States and beat all the best National League teams.

Harry McCormick - Spalding Library

McCormick’s picture from Al Spalding’s private collection.

Born in Syracuse, New York on 25 October 1855, Patrick Henry McCormick was the third child (of four) born to Patrick and Julia McCormick, both Irish immigrants who arrived in the United States in the late 1840s.   His mother did the bulk of the work – both in raising the children and putting food on the table – as his father died in November, 1859.  To pay the bills, Julia took in laundry and did ironing for much of her adult life.

Somewhere along the way, Henry learned the game of baseball and the Stars of Syracuse was one of the best amateur teams around.  Starting as an alternate pitcher and eventually becoming the ace of the staff, McCormick and his teammates played all of the great amateur and semi-professional teams it could.  Often, the Stars would win – managed by their catcher, Mike Dorgan, and surrounded by players who came from the Live Oaks of Lynn, Boston, New York City, and Syracuse, they were a smart and confident bunch.

“(McCormick’s) pitching is very puzzling and effective, the strongest batters in the League being unable to hit him with any degree of safety…”

“Base-Ball.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 02 October 1876, Page 6.

When the National League was formed in 1876, those teams would play exhibitions against the Stars – and the Stars frequently won.  McCormick shut out Cap Anson’s Chicago club, 2 – 0, and held other wins over St. Louis, Boston, Hartford and the Mutuals.  Dorgan, who eventually would have to give up catching, took a spot on the Browns.  In early 1877 the St. Louis Browns and Syracuse matched up in a 15-inning scoreless tie – McCormick allowed just seven hits for his efforts.  A player this good deserved a nickname – and the one I found was “The Unwashed” McCormick, which might make sense to someone else…

Dorgan returned to the Stars for 1878 and that club agreed to play in the International League, where it took a pennant.  When spots opened up to join the National League, Syracuse – with its national reputation for being as good as the professionals – was invited to join the league.

It was one thing to be a great amateur team, and another to work a major league schedule and the Stars struggled to make it to the end of the season, disbanding after playing 70 games (just about the entire schedule).  Meanwhile, McCormick did his best until his arm practically fell off.  He pitched in 54 contests, throwing 49 complete games and nearly 460 innings of work.  His 18 – 33 record belies how good he really was – five shutouts, for starters, and the team was 4 – 15 in decisions assigned to other pitchers.  McCormick and Dorgan did combine for a rather odd putout.  According to the Syracuse Herald (and quoted in the Buffalo Express), “…a foul tip hit Dorgan in the head, bounded off (his) cranium to the pitcher’s position, and was caught by McCormick.”

McCormick did, however, suffer from a lame arm.  Even though the 1880 U.S. Census listed him as a baseball player, McCormick wasn’t playing professionally that season and at some point he moved to Texas to take up cattle ranching.  That life didn’t stick – feeling better, he moved up north again to take a job as the alternate pitcher for Worcester in the National League.  Worcester finished in last, and the weak armed McCormick lost eight of nine decisions.

“Mack is a good pitcher and a strong batter, and is a reliable man.”

“Harry M’Cormick”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 29 July 1883, Page 11.

The American Association opened for business in 1882, and feeling better than he had the last two seasons, McCormick took the job as alternate pitcher for Will White and the Cincinnati Reds.  White and McCormick actually met nearly a decade earlier when White was learning the ropes playing for the Live Oaks in Lynn, MA.  Playing with a great team behind him, Cincinnati would win the Association crown, McCormick won fourteen of twenty-five starts and was a key player for that championship squad.  The next year, he fell back to 8 – 6, his ERA nearly doubled, and his arm went lame again – McCormick was released.  He did get a save, sort of.  Prior to a game with Columbus on 21 July 1883, a player pretended to be sick while McCormick raced to the railroad station to pick up Hick Carpenter, who apparently was late making a train and arrived just as the game started.  To appear in the game back then, you had to be part of the starting line up.  The fake illness gave McCormick just enough time to get Carpenter to the ballpark – late, but on time for the first pitch.

For 1884, McCormick signed with Minneapolis of the Northwestern League – Minneapolis, St. Paul and Stillwater were new for the 1884 season.  McCormick didn’t make it very far, though he beat Quincy in their second game – the first win for Minneapolis that season.

“What has been expected for some time culminated today in the dishonorable discharge of McCormick for drunkeness and other discreditable conduct. The trouble was kept quiet with the hope that he would change his course, but he seemed to be going from bad to worse with no sign of improving.”

“Minneapolis at Grand Rapids,” Minneapolis Tribune, 21 May 1884, Page 2.

Before long, he tried pitching for Trenton and that was equally disastrous.  He wound up quitting the team and being suspended (briefly) for jumping.  McCormick’s last attempt to play was with Syracuse in 1885, but he couldn’t ever make it to the mound.

“Henry McCormick has not occupied the box as yet for the Stars. His many friends are anxious to see him don a Star uniform and do some of the good work that made him famous in days gone by.”

“Syracuse Mention.,” The Sporting Life, 03 June 1885, Page 5.

In the summer of 1879, McCormick and his best friend, Mike Dorgan, got married to sisters.  Mike married Jennie Connor – they would remain married for the rest of their lives together.  Henry married Mary Connor – and when the census taker came in 1880, Henry was living at home with his mother and two sisters.  Mary was gone – and I haven’t figured out where she went.

His baseball life over, McCormick took a job as a tender along the Erie Canal.  Like his baseball career, that job didn’t last very long either.  In the fall of 1889, McCormick came down with Cholera Morbus, and McCormick left for the next league on 08 August 1889.  Like his father for whom he was named, he was 33 years old when he passed.

“He was cool-headed, had good speed and puzzling curves and was a strategist. He was likewise a man of good habits, popular, and his many friends will regret to hear of his demise.”

“McCormick Dead.,” The Sporting Life, 14 August 1889, Page 1.




McCormick’s biography by Charles Faber on SABR.ORG

1860, 1870, 1880 US Censuses
1855, 1865, 1875 New York Censuses
1860 US and NY Census Mortality Schedule

“Syracuse Champions.,” The Sporting Life, 03 October 1888, Page 1.

“Base-Ball.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 02 October 1876, Page 6.

“Wonderful Work.,” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 02 May 1877, Page 5.

“Dorgan’s Woe.,” Buffalo Express, 21 May 1879, Page 4.

“Once More.,” Buffalo Express, 22 July 1879, Page 4.

“The Old Story.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 31 July 1879, Page 8.

“Sporting Notes.,” Buffalo Express, 08 August 1879, Page 4.

“Notes.,” Buffalo Express, 11 August 1879, Page 4.

“They’ll Shine No More.,” Buffalo Express, 11 September 1879, Page 4.

“Sporting News,” Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, 25 June 1881, Page 3.

“Notes.,” Buffalo Express, 12 July 1881, Page 4.

“Harry M’Cormick”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 29 July 1883, Page 11.

“Base Ball.,” St. Paul Globe, 17 February 1884, Page 3.

“Notes.,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 09 March 1884, Page 10.

“This is Official,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 06 April 1884, Page 13.

“Minneapolis at Grand Rapids,” Minneapolis Tribune, 21 May 1884, Page 2.

“Reinstated.,” Boston Globe, 04 April 1885, Page 2.

“Base Ball.,” St. Paul Globe, 11 May 1885, Page 2.

“Syracuse Mention.,” The Sporting Life, 03 June 1885, Page 5.

“McCormick Dead.,” The Sporting Life, 14 August 1889, Page 1.

“Base Hits.,” Buffalo Express, 11 August 1889, Page 14.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Harry McCormick” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 8, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-c085-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Baseball History for August 8th

<— AUG 07     AUG 09 —>


1859 Hal McClure
1861 John (Jocko) Milligan
1864 Thomas H. (Toad) Ramsey
1865 Henry Fournier
1865 Billy Gumbert
1867 Clarence Lemuel (Cupid) Childs
1870 Dan Leahy
1875 Ernie Baker
1884 James Hiren (Hi) West
1889 Al Cypert
1889 Jimmy Esmond
1891 Walter Francis (Chick) Keating
1893 Jack Smith
1897 Ken Holloway
1897 Charlie Eckert
1898 John Slappey
1903 Clise Dudley
1906 Forest Charles (Tot) Pressnell
1913 Cecil Travis
1917 Ken Raffensberger
1918 Charles Emory (Red) Roberts
1918 Marlin Stuart
1927 Johnny Temple
1928 Vern Morgan
1932 Vicente Amor
1936 Frank Howard
1943 Jim Miles
1947 Jose Cruz
1952 Greg Mahlberg
1952 Mike Ivie
1953 Al Woods
1954 Mark Ross
1956 Cliff Speck
1957 Ray Fontenot
1958 Alan Fowlkes
1959 Dave Meier
1963 Ron Karkovice
1963 Brett Gideon
1966 John Hudek
1967 Kevin Belcher
1967 Matt Whiteside
1969 Ray Montgomery
1975 Chad Meyers
1977 Jeremy Hill
1978 Brian Sanches
1978 Alexis Gomez
1980 Jack Cassel
1980 Craig Breslow
1981 Eddy Rodriguez
1982 Ross Ohlendorf
1982 Donny Lucy
1982 Matthew Brown
1985 Deunte Heath
1985 Blake Wood
1989 Anthony Rizzo
1989 Greg Garcia
1991 Yandy Diaz


1889 Harry McCormick
1895 Ed Colgan
1911 Joe Walsh
1913 John Gaffney
1927 Billy Gilbert
1929 Dan Minnehan
1932 Steve Bellan
1933 Bill Irwin
1934 Wilbert Robinson
1941 Ralph Works
1952 Bob Neighbors
1958 Fred Winchell
1959 Phil Lewis
1974 Howie Pollet
1977 Tod Dennehey
1980 Allan Collamore
1982 Al Gould
1984 Bert Hamric
1997 Oad Swigart
1999 Harry Walker
2004 Pete Center
2005 Gene Mauch
2006 Dino Restelli
2009 Cal Ermer
2014 Red Wilson
2016 Mike Brumley


1976 The White Sox take the field in shorts – they split a doubleheader with Kansas City. The first game, wearing shorts, the Sox win. The second game, with the Sox wearing long pants, went to the Royals.

1988 Wrigley Field is lit up – the first night game in the venerable old park is played, but only for three innings. Rain.

(An hour or so after the game is called, I piled into my loaded 1988 Toyota Corolla and headed off to college at the University of Kansas.)


1913 The Yankees paid $12,000 and sent two players, Ezra Midkiff and Bert Daniels, to Baltimore of the International League for Fritz Maisel.

1914 The White Sox sent $12,000 and (later) Andrew Slight to Milwaukee of the American Association for Happy Felsch.

1926 The Giants sent Hack Wilson and (later) Pip Koehler to Toledo of the American Association for Earl Webb.

1990 Pittsburgh sent Willie Greene, Scott Ruskin, and (later) Moises Alou to the Expos for Zane Smith.

1996 Texas sent Ryan Demptster and (later) Rick Helling to the Marlins for John Burkett.

1997 The Mets sent Lance Johnson and (later) Manny Alexander to the Cubs for Brian McRae, Turk Wendell, and Mel Rojas.

Baseball History for August 7th

<— AUG 06     08 AUG —>


1858 William P. (Sparrow) Morton
1859 Al Bauer
1862 Jim Gray
1864 William H. (Adonis) Terry
1871 Otis Stocksdale
1876 Lou Nordyke
1876 Pat Carney
1883 Tom Richardson
1886 Bill McKechnie
1887 Chet Nourse
1895 Ed Gill
1899 Ted Wingfield
1899 Guy Sturdy
1905 Jim Cronin
1907 Clarence Heise
1908 Clyde Hatter
1912 Tom Drake
1915 Les Fleming
1922 Bob Alexander
1927 Everett Lamar (Rocky) Bridges
1927 Art Houtteman
1929 Don Larsen
1931 Ray Crone
1936 Ron Henry
1936 Jerry McNertney
1936 Robert Sidney (Tex) Nelson
1942 Gary Dotter
1950 Mike Poepping
1951 Charlie Chant
1951 Jim Sadowski
1954 Steve Kemp
1955 Steve Senteney
1962 John Trautwein
1967 Jason Grimsley
1969 Brian Kowitz
1969 Stan Spencer
1970 Greg Pirkl
1970 Marc Pisciotta
1970 Rich Croushore
1972 Kerry Lacy
1973 Danny Graves
1975 Geronimo Gil
1976 Edgar Renteria
1977 Tyler Yates
1984 Wade LeBlanc
1986 Jordan Danks
1987 Ryan Lavarnway
1987 Josh Smith
1987 Rafael Ynoa
1987 Kirk Nieuwenhuis
1989 Tommy Kahnle
1990 Jose Dominguez
1990 Tony Zych
1990 Carter Capps
1991 Mike Trout
1992 Jose Deleon
1992 Michael Perez


1893 John Kenney
1917 Bill Loughran
1926 Moose Baxter
1930 Emmett Seery
1945 Bobby Veach
1946 Tad Quinn
1948 Charlie Wacker
1951 Bill Wynne
1951 Biff Wysong
1953 Abner Powell
1956 Hughie Tate
1959 Ben Dyer
1959 Bill McGill
1965 Walt Whittaker
1972 Red Anderson
1973 Wilbur Cooper
1985 Johnny Rucker
1991 Jimmy Cooney
2003 Mickey McDermott
2010 Keith Drumright
2017 Don Baylor


1963 Jim Hickman is the first Met to hit for the cycle (he did it against the Cardinals) – and he did it in order starting with a single…

1978 Both Mel Allen and Red Barber are the first two broadcasters added to the Hall of Fame as recipients of the Ford C. Frick Award.

1999 Wade Boggs homers for this 3000th hit.

2004 Chicago’s Greg Maddux wins his 300th game; the Cubs topped the Giants.

2007 Barry Bonds homers off Mike Bacsik of the Nationals, his 756th career shot which passes Hank Aaron.

2016 Ichiro Suzuki’s triple in Colorado is the 3000th hit of his MLB career.


1904 The Giants send Moose McCormick to the Pirates; the Pirates send Jimmy Sebring to the Reds, who then send Mike Donlin to the Giants.

1913 Boston purchases Dolph Luque from Long Branch of the New York-New Jersey League.

1958 Pittsburgh signs amateur free agent outfielder Willie Stargell.

1961 Detroit signs amateur free agent outfielder Willie Horton.

1964 Philadelphia sends Gary Kroll and Wayne Graham to the Mets for Frank Thomas.

2015 Cleveland sends Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher (and $) to the Braves for Chris Johnson.

Baseball History for August 6th

<— AUG 05     AUG 07 —>


1860 Jim McDonald
1864 Bobby Wheelock
1872 Sam Mertes
1875 John Davis (Brownie) Foreman
1881 Bayard Heston (Bud) Sharpe
1884 Sherry Magee
1884 Herman Bronkie
1884 Jake Boultes
1888 Hy Gunning
1889 Frank Edward (Buck) Thrasher
1890 Frank Barron
1890 Jack Wallace
1896 Ray Blades
1903 Hal Wiltse
1903 Jim Turner
1904 Herb Cobb
1905 Ed Roetz
1906 Ed Crowley
1906 Clyde Elias (Chad) Kimsey
1907 Tom Hughes
1909 Al Veach
1912 Daniel Albert (Bud) Hafey
1914 Tommy Reis
1917 John McGillen
1918 Leon Culberson
1919 Bobby Sturgeon
1924 Van Fletcher
1926 Ralph Richard (Blackie) Schwamb
1926 Clem Labine
1928 Herb Moford
1936 Dave Gerard
1937 Cam Carreon
1937 Wayne Schurr
1937 Joe Schaffernoth
1941 Ray Culp
1943 Jim Hardin
1945 Andy Messersmith
1947 Jim Dunegan
1949 Mike Reinbach
1954 Ken Phelps
1955 Steve Nicosia
1955 Jim Pankovits
1955 Ron Davis
1957 Bob Horner
1965 John Ramos
1966 Stan Belinda
1968 Darryl Scott
1969 Keith Mitchell
1972 Duane Singleton
1974 Chris Heintz
1974 Luis Vizcaino
1975 Victor Zambrano
1976 Kris Wilson
1982 Justin Germano
1984 Osiris Matos
1986 Jake McGee
1991 Wilmer Flores
1992 John Gant


1912 Dick Van Zant
1914 Ed Curtis
1927 Chick Pedroes
1929 Andy Cusick
1932 Ducky Holmes
1936 Charlie Girard
1937 Bruno Block
1942 Gordon McNaughton
1946 Tony Lazzeri
1947 Gene Good
1953 Bill Phyle
1955 Hooks Cotter
1962 Bob Williams
1964 Curly Ogden
1983 Tip Tobin
1983 Jimmy Wasdell
1993 Tex Hughson
1993 Bob Miller
2000 Marv Felderman
2001 Jim Mallory
2008 Karl Kuehl
2017 Darren Daulton


1952 Satchel Paige shuts out the Tigers as the Browns win, 1 – 0. For Paige, he is the oldest pitcher to throw a complete game shutout. (As to how old, he won’t tell you.)


1897 Boston signed New Castle’s Charlie “Piano Legs” Hickman.

1937 Brooklyn purchased Pete Coscarart from Portland of the PCL.

1967 Philadelphia signs amateur free agent hitter Andre Thornton.

1974 Kansas City signed free agent DH Orlando Cepeda.

2003 The Yankees sent Armando Benitez to Seattle for Jeff Nelson. The Yankees got Benitez from the Mets in July – but it didn’t work out.

2004 Colorado sent Larry Walker to the Cardinals for a minor leaguer and two players to be named later.

2018 Detroit sent pitcher Mike Fiers to Oakland for two minor leaguers (later).