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 October 17th


1857 Bill Morgan
1859 William (Buck) Ewing
1861 Dan Stearns
1863 Charles Columbus (Count) Campau
1870 George Nicol
1873 Frank Edward (Pop) Dillon
1877 Ed Kenna
1886 Bert Maxwell
1887 Harry Kirsch
1892 Frank Madden
1892 Ted Welch
1898 Clint Blume
1900 Ernie Wingard
1906 Paul Derringer
1908 Robert Abial (Red) Rolfe
1915 Mike Sandlock
1917 Johnny Ostrowski
1918 Howie Moss
1919 Charlie Cozart
1921 Ken Brondell
1927 Johnny Klippstein
1928 Jim Gilliam
1929 Hardy Peterson
1931 Dan Porter
1933 Bob Powell
1942 Pete Cimino
1945 Bob Christian
1946 Rich Folkers
1947 Jim Hutto
1957 Kelly Paris
1960 Ken Dixon
1961 Dan Pasqua
1962 Glenn Braggs
1963 Ravelo Manzanillo
1965 Charlie Montoyo
1967 Mark Johnson
1969 Chris Tremie
1970 John Mabry
1974 John Rocker
1974 Curt Lyons
1974 Luis Pineda
1975 Hector Almonte
1976 Seth Etherton
1976 Jason Jones
1979 Gil Velazquez
1979 John Ennis
1981 Brett Campbell
1981 Edwin Maysonet
1982 Abe Alvarez
1983 Mitch Talbot
1985 Jose De La Torre
1985 Carlos Gonzalez
1986 Dan Butler
1988 Stefen Romero
1989 Chris Mazza
1990 Rafael Montero
1992 Hanser Alberto
1994 Myles Straw


1905 Joe Otten
1937 Clyde Hatter
1939 George Bristow
1940 George Davis
1944 Jack Powell
1950 Tom Tuckey
1951 Al Clancy
1953 Jim Delahanty
1961 Harry Felix
1962 Olaf Henriksen
1964 Carson Bigbee
1966 Bob Swift
1971 Mike Massey
1977 Cal Hubbard
1981 Johnny Peacock
1982 Hank McDonald
1985 Bud Sheely
1987 Pete Cote
1989 John Mackinson
1992 John O’Connell
1996 Bob Adams
2004 Ray Boone
2007 Mickey Rutner
2010 Joe Lis


1960 National League owners agree to expand, awarding franchises to New York (Mets) and Houston (Colt 45’s).

1971 Roberto Clemente homers and Steve Blass tops the Orioles in Game Seven to give the Pirates a World Series championship.

1979 Willie Stargell homers and the Pirates beat the Orioles in Game Seven to give the Pirates a World Series Championship.

1989 An earthquake prior to Game Three halts the World Series between Oakland and San Francisco.


1929 Cincinnati purchases outfielder Bob Meusel from the Yankees.

1962 St. Louis sends Larry Jackson, Lindy McDaniel, and Jimmy Schaffer to the Cubs for George Altman, Don Cardwell, and Moe Thacker.


Baseball History for October 16th


1856 George Strief
1866 Fred Lake
1879 Art Devlin
1881 Will Harridge
1881 Mark Garfield (Moxie) Manuel
1883 Lew Groh
1885 Dan Howley
1886 Harry Fanwell
1888 Jake Kafora
1890 Milo Allison
1894 Mike Menosky
1895 Bill Skiff
1896 John Brock
1897 Garland Buckeye
1900 Nick Cullop
1900 Leon Allen (Goose) Goslin
1901 Al Yeargin
1904 Walter William (Boom-Boom) Beck
1907 Bill Breckinridge
1909 Oliver Hill
1915 Paul Masterson
1919 Ed Bahr
1921 Matt Batts
1924 Bob Cain
1928 Len Yochim
1931 Dave Sisler
1935 Manny Montejo
1936 Jack Baldschun
1940 Dave DeBusschere
1941 Tim McCarver
1942 Pete Lovrich
1949 Don Hood
1950 Jeff Terpko
1950 Hugh Yancy
1953 Rodney Scott
1954 Chris Bourjos
1954 Mike Dimmel
1955 Kurt Seibert
1956 Dan Firova
1959 Kevin McReynolds
1959 Brian Harper
1961 Billy Taylor
1961 Dave Stapleton
1965 Darren Reed
1967 Josias Manzanillo
1969 Matt Ruebel
1970 Scott Davison
1971 Larry Mitchell
1981 Anthony Reyes
1985 Enerio Del Rosario
1990 Kyle Lloyd
1991 Edgar Santana
1991 Jonathan Schoop
1992 Bryce Harper
1992 Rosell Herrera


1888 Ed Duffy
1894 Ed Conley
1895 Kid Summers
1901 Jim Duncan
1904 Mike Slattery
1916 Henry Killeen
1926 Charlie Levis
1932 Frank Eustace
1934 Highball Wilson
1936 Dennis Fitzgerald
1938 Joe Knight
1939 Nick Allen
1945 Hack Eibel
1949 Jack Ryan
1952 Vince Shields
1954 Dave Davenport
1959 Frank Okrie
1959 Sled Allen
1959 Herb Bradley
1962 Ray Powell
1968 Ellis Kinder
1969 Larry Boerner
1971 Dave Coble
1972 Johnny Rawlings
1993 Jimmie DeShong
1995 Joe Szekely
1998 Frank Carswell
2006 Tony Curry
2009 Jose Herrera
2010 Valmy Thomas
2011 Don Williams
2012 Eddie Yost


1909 Babe Adams wins his third game, an 8 – 0 win over Detroit, to give the Pirates their first World Series championship.

1912 Fred Snodgrass drops a flyball in center field, which allows the tying run to score in game seven as the Red Sox took the Series. The Giants outfielder, right after the error, made a spectacular catch of a Tris Speaker smash, but the error is what people remember…

1962 Giants slugger Willie McCovey crushes a ball – but right at Bobby Richardson – whose catch ends Game 7 in favor of the Yankees.

1969 The Amazing Mets finish off the Orioles to win the World Series in five games.

1985 Cardinal Jack Clark crushes a Tom Niedenfuer pitch to beat the Dodgers and head to the World Series.

2003 Aaron Boone’s 11th inning homer puts the Yankees in the World Series, and crushes the Red Sox, who thought this might be the year they finally broke the Curse of the Bambino.

2014 Travis Ishikawa hits a three-run homer to win the NLCS for the Giants, and eliminating the Cardinals.


1888 Detroit has a fire sale! Boston picks up Dan Brouthers, Deacon White, Charlie Bennett, Charlie Ganzel, and Hardy Richardson for about $30K; Pittsburgh grabs Pete Conway and Jack Rowe; and Philadelphia snags Sam Thompson for about $5K.

1952 The Browns are busy – sending Duke Markell and $35K to Syracuse for Bobo Holloman, and sending Tommy Byrne and Joe DeMaestri

1961 The Yankees purchased Robin Roberts from the Phillies.

Baseball History for October 15th!


1852 Thorny Hawkes

Played two seasons in the majors… In 1879, he batted .208 as a second baseman with Troy in the NL, then resurfaced in 1884 with Washington in the AA where he batted .278 with little power in 38 games.

Danvers, Mass., Feb. 2 – Thorndyke P Hawkes, 77, star shortstop of the Washington Nationals forty years ago, died here late today. Besides his reputation of being the best hitter of his time, Hawkes held a record of making 18 plays in one game without error. This record has never been bettered.

“Former Ball Star Dies”, Anniston Star, 03 March 1929, Page 12.

Thorndyke Proctor Hawkes was the fifth of seven children to Timothy and Mary Ann (Smith) Hawkes of Danvers.  Tim was a shoemaker, while Mary Ann was busy raising a large family…  Like his father, Thorndyke took up shoemaking.  In later years, he would serve as a druggist and later was selected as the Danvers postmaster.  He would marry Mary Twombly Perley and they would have two children, Perley and William.  Mary was a descendant of William Perley, who led a company of minute men at the battle of Bunker Hill.  Hawkes died in Danvers, MA on 02 February 1929.


1860 US Census
1870 US Census
1880 US Census
1900 US Census
1910 US Census
1920 US Census

Mass Birth Records
Mass Marriage Records
North America Family Histories


1860 Edgar Smith
1863 Con Murphy
1869 Jack McMahon
1874 Emil Frisk
1875 Charley O’Leary
1876 Percy Coleman
1887 Bob Harmon
1889 Bert Hall
1889 Charles Franklin (Chick) Evans
1893 John Karst
1893 Gil Whitehouse
1896 John Reaves (Mule) Watson
1897 Dennis John (Dinty) Gearin
1897 Sam Gray
1899 John Chapman
1902 Evar Swanson
1903 George William (Mule) Haas
1904 Bill Lewis
1906 Samuel Byrd
1908 Hugo Klaerner
1909 Mel Harder
1912 Nick Tremark
1918 Austin Knickerbocker
1926 Don Carlsen
1927 Bill Henry
1928 Gail Henley
1928 Jim Command
1930 Don Robertson
1931 Gail Harris
1936 Arthur Leonard (Red) Swanson
1939 Lou Klimchock
1944 Dick Such
1945 Jim Palmer
1946 Scott Northey
1951 Tommy Toms
1951 Mitchell Page
1954 Glenn Gulliver
1964 John Barfield
1967 Carlos Garcia
1968 Matt Dunbar
1971 Chad Mottola
1973 David Cortes
1973 Mendy Lopez
1973 Tim Young
1977 Mitch Jones
1978 Josh Rabe
1978 Juan Cruz


1928 Pony Sager
1931 Oscar Graham
1943 Joe Rickert
1947 Pol Perritt
1957 Neal Ball
1960 Jack Wallace
1962 Possum Whitted
1965 Fritz Brickell
1975 Mickey Grasso
1984 Red Cox
1986 Larry Kopf
1989 Lou Guisto
1992 Jackie Sullivan
1996 Mike Balas
1996 Tom Ferrick
2005 Al Widmar
2005 Don Rowe
2013 Rudy Minarcin
2015 Neill Sheridan


1892 In his first start, Bumpus Jones fires a no hitter as the Reds beat the Pirates. His career went downhill from there – but really quickly, even though the fame of that game seemed to keep him around a long time.

1946 Enos Slaughter’s dash from first to home on a Harry Walker single helps the Cards beat the Red Sox, 4 – 3, in game seven of the World Series.

1986 Taking sixteen innings to do it, the Mets come back to beat Houston, 7 – 6, and earn a trip to the World Series.

1988 A wounded Kirk Gibson reaches out for a back door slider from Dennis Eckersley and hits a two-run homer to help the Dodgers beat the A’s.


1926 Philadelphia spends $65,000 to purchase Baltimore’s Joe Boley. Well spent, Mr. Mack.

1956 The Kansas City A’s purchased Bob Cerv from the Yankees.

1964 St. Louis signs amateur free agent pitcher Pedro Borbon (borbon, borbon…).

1968 Expansion Draft! The Royals take Roger Nelson from Baltimore, while Seattle takes Don Mincher from the Angels. A good baseball fan who is, say, 55 to 60 years old, would know pretty much every name on the draft list.

Happy Birthday, Wyman (actually Wiman) Andrus

First of all, I’m not sure why he’s known as Wyman Andrus.  His middle name is actually his mother’s maiden name…

William Wiman Andrus was born to American parents who moved to Orono, Ontario, Canada for a period of time after the Civil War.  He arrived on 14 October 1858 to Edson and Mary (Wiman) Andrus.  It’s hard to say if he went by William or Wiman – both were seen at various times in the papers – but Andrus was both intelligent and athletic.  As a ballplayer, he played in Minneapolis, Hamilton, and Buffalo and other northeastern cities for various minor league teams as an infielder but occasionally as an outfielder.  In 1887, for Portland in the New England League, he batted .447 with 122 stolen bases, drew 77 walks and scored 165 runs in 103 games (!).  (I flipped through the season’s box scores – there were a couple of teams that weren’t really good enough to play with these guys.  Five regulars batted at least .386, and while Andrus led the team in batting average, another player had 141 stolen bases.)

What is consistent over the years is that box scores showed Andrus as the lead off hitter.  In 1885, he got to play in one game for Providence in the National League (making him briefly a teammate of Joe Start), which is how he makes it to our list of birthdays.  He went hitless, but played a flawless third base – and then he was back in the minors.  As his baseball career wound down, his medical career kicked off.   He completed studies at Trinity Medical School and then headed west.

“W. W. Andrus, the crack outfielder of last year’s Buffalo International Club, yesterday signed with Providence. Andrus has put in a successful winter season at Trinity Medical School, where he came out with honors in his first year examination…”

“Around the Bases.”, Buffalo Courier, 10 April 1891, Page 8.

1892 would be the last year Andrus was a professional baseball player – from now on, he would be a pioneer doctor in southeastern Montana.  After first moving to Billings, he took over a practice in Miles City in December, 1893.

Dr. Wiman Andrus, the genial young medico, who for the past two weeks has been holding down Dr. McDowell’s share of practice during his temporary absence, has gone to Miles City with the intention of establishing himself in the profession at that place. Dr. Andrus will have no difficulty in reaching the Miles City heart as amongst his other social accomplishments he is a magnificent base ball player. To the care of Will Savage and Joe Swerdtiger he is especially consigned. – Billings Gazette.

Yellowstone Journal, 30 June 1893, Page 3.

Wiman Andrus - Advert

Advert in Yellowstone Journal on 23 December 1893, Page 2.

Wiman Andrus“Dr. William Wiman Andrus, widely known Montana surgeon and physician, former state legislator and past president of the State Board of Medical Examiners and the State Medical association, died at his home here last night. He had been ill but a short time.

“Dr. Andrus was born in Orono, Ontario, October 14, 1858, and was graduated from Trinity University, Toronto.

“He came to Billings in 1891 and moved to Miles City two years later. There he was associated with others in the founding of the Miles City clinic, and for 35 years was surgeon for the Northern Pacific system in Southeastern Montana.

“Dr. Andrus also was medical examiner and physician for the state industrial school here; was Miles City health officer, and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

“He served two years in the Montana legislature and was mayor of Miles City for 10 years.

“Surviving are the widow, the former Corma Ireland, daughter of a pioneer Montana family, a son and a daughter.”

“Dr. W. Andrus of Miles City Dies Suddenly”, Missoula Missoulian, 19 June 1935, Page 3.

(AP Photo) Billings Gazette, 19 June 1935, Page 1.

Let’s take a second to fill in some details.  Andrus married Sarah Corma Ireland in November, 1895.  She was 15 years younger than the good doctor – they soon had a son, Edson, and then five years later a daughter, Kathleen.  They were relatively wealthy – the 1920 US Census showed they had a servant in their home.  (She wasn’t the first one – the first one I found was a young lady named Bessie Sandin, a Swedish woman who ran away from a man in Minneapolis and Andrus took in as a domestic servant in 1897.  Not long after her arrival, she must have taken a few implements from Dr. Andrus’ office and performed an abortion on herself – and she died.)   Andrus passed away on 17 June 1935 – his death made all of the major papers in Montana.  Sarah’s passing in 1943 noted that she was an active member of society and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


1887 Portland Team Stats – Baseball-Reference.com
FindAGrave.com – William Wiman Andrus
FindAGrave.com – Sarah Corma (Ireland) Andrus

1850, 1880, 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940 US Censuses

Montana Death Certificates
Montana Marriage Certificates

“Dr. W. Andrus of Miles City Dies Suddenly”, Missoula Missoulian, 19 June 1935, Page 3.

(AP Photo) Billings Gazette, 19 June 1935, Page 1.

“Students Wed.”, Helena Daily Independent, 02 September 1925, Page 10.

“Local Notes”, Billings Gazette, 20 November 1895, Page 3.

“Around the Bases.”, Buffalo Courier, 10 April 1891, Page 8.

Box Score, Buffalo Express, 18 August 1889, Page 15.

“The World of Sport.”, Buffalo Express, 20 January 1889, Page 10.

Box Score, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 29 May 1888, Page 6.

Box Score, St. Paul Globe, 18 June 1884, Page 4.

“News of the State.”, Ravalli Republican, 20 October 1897, Page 2.

“Local Notes.”, Billings Gazette, 24 March 1899, Page 5.

Yellowstone Journal, 30 June 1893, Page 3.

Baseball History for October 14th


1842 Joe Start

Joe Start’s career spans the beginnings of professional baseball, through the National Association, and finally the National League – and he was a star first baseman for about 25 years.  More incredibly, if you think about it, the rules of the game were really changing between the 1860s and the 1880s.  Stiff-armed underhanded throwers became hard tossers throwing balls from any arm slot.  Fielders went from playing barehanded to wearing gloves. The number of strikes and balls changed over those years – as did the quality of playing fields and number of leagues, the number of games, and the quality of play. And Joe Start was good enough to play at the top levels of his sport from 1860 to 1886.

The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings toured the country playing the best clubs in the National Association (and other teams) without losing. This winning streak continued into 1870, when they met up with Start’s Brooklyn Atlantics on 14 June 1870.

“With two out and two on the bases, Joe Start came to the plate. McVey was playing a deep right field, as he was aware of Start’s style of lifting the leather in that direction when he hit it squarely. Everything depended on the man at the bat. He was equal to the emergency, for catching a ball where he could let out, he drove it high over McVey’s head into a surging crowd, and around the bases he went, while McVey pushed the crowd back. As Mac emerged from the crowd and swung his arm back to line it home Start had turned third and was making for home to the accompaniment of the cheers of the spectators. It was a close race, for McVey was the best and hardest long distance thrower of his day and was on his mettle. ‘Doug’ Allison stood on home plate waiting for the ball, that was coming straight as an arrow. The umpire bent low to give his decision. The ball came to Allison waist high, just in time to get his man, but he dropped the ball. Start scored the winning run, and the great team was defeated for the first time in two years. Thus Joe Start was entitled more than eveer to the name of ‘Old Reliable.'”

Murnane, T. H. “‘Old Reliable’ Won It.”, Boston Globe, 31 December 1888, Page 3.

Murnane didn’t quite tell the story correctly – and 18 years had passed since the game had been played.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, the Red Stockings had taken a 7 – 5 lead in the top of the eleventh inning.  After a leadoff single, Start did just as Murnane described – only he plated just the one run and stopped at third base.  He scored the tying run on an infield hit one out later; Bob Ferguson reached base and drove in Start with the tying run and later scored the winning run through his own aggressive base running and a Red Stocking error.

“The Atlantics Triumphant.”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 15 June 1870, Page 2.

(As an aside, the two pitchers, Asa Brainard and George Zettlein, combined to throw 551 pitches.)

1853 Charlie Waitt
1857 Tom Poorman
1858 Wyman Andrus
1861 Paul Radford
1862 Norm Baker
1864 Jim Chatterton
1866 Charlie Abbey
1868 Fred Underwood
1871 Ed Eiteljorge
1872 Suter Sullivan
1883 Harry Huston
1884 Homer Davidson
1885 Bill Leard
1885 Ivy Olson
1886 Vincent Maney
1886 Joe Walsh
1886 Ona Dodd
1889 Mark Stewart
1890 Charlie Becker
1891 Bert Gallia
1896 Oscar Charleston
1897 Vance McIlree
1909 Jimmy Ripple
1913 Hugh Casey
1914 Harry Brecheen
1915 Ken Heintzelman
1915 William Ford
1915 Max Macon
1924 Bill Renna
1924 Dave Jolly
1934 Tom Cheney
1940 Billy Sorrell
1940 Tommy Harper
1941 Art Shamsky
1944 Rich Robertson
1945 Tom Silverio
1946 Al Oliver
1946 Frank Duffy
1948 Ed Figueroa
1948 Brent Strom
1953 Kiko Garcia
1954 Willie Aikens
1955 Jesus Vega
1960 Bill Bathe
1962 Carl Nichols
1964 Joe Girardi
1967 Dave Hajek
1967 Pat Kelly
1968 Zak Shinall
1969 Hector Ortiz
1971 Midre Cummings
1974 Erik Sabel
1976 Henry Mateo
1978 Ryan Church
1979 Duaner Sanchez
1981 Boof Bonser
1982 Jerry Gil
1982 Carlos Marmol
1983 Alberto Arias
1984 Kris Johnson
1987 Kole Calhoun
1988 Seth Maness
1988 Merrill Kelly
1990 William Cuevas
1991 Brad Wieck
1991 Willians Astudillo
1992 Miguel Del Pozo
1993 Austin Dean


1890 Gus Williams
1891 Larry Corcoran
1915 Bill Reidy
1919 Harry Blake
1922 Rasty Wright
1927 Ed Hughes
1928 Billy Milligan
1928 Bill Stuart
1929 Joe Borden
1931 Al Niehaus
1934 Les Cox
1944 Topsy Hartsel
1945 Fred Tyler
1949 Huyler Westervelt
1950 Jocko Fields
1952 Jim Banning
1954 Bill Swanson
1961 Clyde Southwick
1968 Lynn Brenton
1971 Doc Prothro
1985 Ossie Bluege
1988 Abie Hood
1988 Vic Raschi
2001 Ben Sankey
2003 Wil Culmer
2007 Fred Bruckbauer
2007 Owen Friend
2008 Tom Tresh


1905 Christy Mathewson’s third shutout finishes the A’s; the Giants take their first World Series.  John McGraw, evil bastard that he was, chickened out of playing the 1904 AL champs…

1906 The White Sox finish off the 116 win Cubs, 8 – 3, to win the World Series.

1908 The Cubs take down the Tigers in game five the last time the Cubs would win the World Series for a LONG time.

1976 Yankee first baseman Chris Chambliss crushes the Royals with a game winning homer to send New York to the World Series.

1984 Kirk Gibson’s homers finish off San Diego – Detroit wins the World Series in five games.

1985 Go Crazy! Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith homers to beat the Dodgers in game five of the NLCS.

2003 The Cubs melt down five outs from going to the World Series as the Marlins come back against Mark Prior to win game six. The game is most famous for ruining the public life of Steve Bartman, who was one of many people who were reaching for a foul ball that Moises Alou tried to catch while reaching over a wall along the left field line.

2015 Jose Bautista’s bat flip puts the exclamation mark on the Blue Jays finishing the Rangers to earn a trip to the ALCS.


1888 Philadelphia purchases Lave Cross from Louisville.

1929 Cincinnati purchases Harry Heilmann from Detroit.

1944 The Browns sign amateur free agent Roy Sievers.

1952 Cincinnati sends Cal Abrams, Gail Henley, and Joe Rossi to the Pirates for Gus Bell.

1968 Expansion Draft… The Padres took Ollie Brown from San Francisco while the Expos took Manny Mota from the Pirates with first picks… The list of players drafted is a veritable who’s who of guys who landed on baseball cards between 1965 and 1975 for us collectors.

Baseball History for October 13th


1849 Garret C. (Gat) Stires
1858 Fred Lewis
1876 George Edward (Rube) Waddell
1876 Bill Donovan
1877 Ham Patterson
1883 Walter Blair
1885 Jim Hanley
1888 Jack Onslow
1889 Charles William (Sandy) Piez
1889 Frank Smykal
1891 Fred McMullin
1892 Chauncey Burkam
1893 William Martin (Pickles) Dillhoefer
1893 Charles Harry (Dick) Spalding
1894 Charles August (Swede) Risberg
1894 Bob Allen
1895 Jim Roberts
1895 Mike Gazella
1895 Ben Paschal
1896 Claude Davidson
1896 Charlie See
1897 Elliot Bigelow
1900 Heinie Odom
1901 Phil Hensiek
1904 Howie Carter
1912 Xavier Rescigno
1914 Frankie Hayes
1916 Ray Hathaway
1924 Charlie Silvera
1924 Dee Fondy
1926 Eddie Yost
1931 Eddie Mathews
1932 Dick Barone
1937 Lou Clinton
1938 Ron Moeller
1941 Jim Price
1942 Bob Bailey
1943 Jerry Robertson
1946 John Strohmayer
1948 Randy Moffitt
1950 Dick Pole
1951 Frank LaCorte
1954 George Frazier
1956 Andy Beene
1961 Mike Capel
1963 Bryan Hickerson
1964 Chris Gwynn
1967 Scott Cooper
1967 Trevor Hoffman
1967 Monty Fariss
1968 Julio Valera
1969 Tim Crabtree
1969 Damian Miller
1970 Kennie Steenstra
1981 Taylor Buchholz
1983 Chris Seddon
1984 Steven Lerud
1984 Hayden Penn


1909 Sleeper Sullivan
1913 Mike Heydon
1916 Cyclone Miller
1925 Gus Schmelz
1941 George Proeser
1955 Fred Lear
1956 George Dumont
1959 Dave Wills
1962 Gus Hetling
1964 Scrappy Moore
1969 Harry Huston
1970 Fred Mitchell
1973 Icehouse Wilson
1974 Sam Rice
1975 Swede Risberg
1977 Joe Bratcher
1978 George Jeffcoat
1981 Jack Knott
1984 Ed Carroll
1984 Dixie Carroll
1984 High Pockets Kelly
1988 Ramon Romero
1990 Lino Donoso
1999 Tex Aulds
2004 Mike Blyzka


1862 Jim Creighton homers – but the torque of his swing may have contributed to a ruptured inguinal hernia, which kills him.

1903 Boston blanks Pittsburgh to win the first World Series between the National and American Leagues.

1914 The Boston Braves, at one point in last place in the NL, sweeps the Philadelphia As to win the World Series.

1921 The Giants blank the Yankees, 1 – 0, to win the World Series.

1960 Bill Mazeroski homers in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Pirates a 10 – 9 win over New York in game seven of the World Series.

1970 Dave McNally hits a grand slam – the first by a pitcher in the World Series – as Orioles clout the Reds.

1985 Vince Coleman gets his leg stuck in the tarp while stretching prior to game 4 of the NLCS, ending the rookie’s season.

2002 Adam Kennedy hits three homers as the Angels top the Twins to head to the World Series.


1907 A three team AL deal – The Highlanders send Frank LaPorte to Boston, Boston sends Freddy Parent to the White Sox, and the White Sox send Jake Stahl to the Highlanders.

1925 Pittsburgh acquires Paul Waner and Hal Rhyne from the San Francisco Seals.

1949 The Yankees send cash and (later) Eddie Malone to Oakland of the PCL to acquire Jackie Jensen and Billy Martin.

1970 Kansas City sends Pat Kelly and Don O’Riley to the White Sox for Gail Hopkins and John Matias.

1974 New York sends Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore to the Cardinals for Joe Torre.

Baseball History for October 12th


1848 Sam Field
1854 Charlie Morton
1855 John Carbine
1856 Charles Marvin (Pop) Smith
1857 Charles Augustine (Chub) Collins
1860 Frank Ringo
1869 Ed Householder
1869 Malachi Kittridge
1874 Jimmy Burke
1882 John Preston (Pete) Hill
1882 Ivan Howard
1883 Charlie French
1884 Frank Rooney
1888 Bill Swanson
1888 Max Fiske
1889 Dick Cotter
1890 Joe Jenkins
1890 Frank Talmadge (Dixie) Davis
1892 Rupert Mills
1893 Hank Ritter
1894 John Merritt
1899 Bernard Daniel (Bub) Kuhn
1901 Erv Brame
1902 Stew Bolen
1903 Robert Clyde (Dutch) Holland
1903 Jack Crouch
1905 Rick Ferrell
1906 Joe Cronin
1907 Al Smith
1907 Phil Weintraub
1910 Walter Signer
1911 Malton Joseph (Red) Bullock
1912 Ed Moriarty
1912 Al Unser
1915 Lou Novikoff
1916 Sam Gentile
1917 Ray Murray
1926 John Kennedy
1927 Harold Ray (Doc) Daugherty
1930 Joe Trimble
1935 Larry Sidney (Bobo) Osborne
1935 Tony Kubek
1940 Glenn Beckert
1945 Herman Hill
1954 Garth Iorg
1954 Gil Kubski
1955 Jim Lewis
1956 Steve Shirley
1962 Sid Fernandez
1966 Jorge Pedre
1969 Jose Valentin
1969 Derrick White
1970 Tanyon Sturtze
1971 Tony Fiore
1973 Leslie Brea
1982 Casey McGehee
1982 Paul Janish
1983 Nolan Reimold
1986 Trevor Bell
1988 Nick Tepesch
1988 Jose Ortega
1989 Francisco Pena
1991 JT Riddle
1992 Jandel Gustave
1993 Ketel Marte
1993 Sal Romano


1892 Ernie Burch
1910 George Mundinger
1915 Bert Myers
1917 Bill Clay
1918 Harry Glenn
1918 Tom Burr
1935 Ray Treadaway
1945 Henry Oxley
1948 Bill Gardner
1951 Bill Essick
1951 Pug Griffin
1951 Rube Vinson
1954 Walter Holke
1962 Rube Geyer
1963 Clyde Goodwin
1965 Curt Davis
1973 Jim Mattox
1983 Charlie Engle
1986 Norm Cash
1987 Snake Henry
1989 Joe Foy
2005 Mike Naymick
2006 Johnny Callison
2008 Juan Jimenez
2012 Jim Kremmel


World Series Winners:

1907 Cubs – on Mordecai Brown’s shutout of Detroit.

1916 Red Sox – Ernie Shore keeps Brooklyn at bay.

1920 Indians – Stan Coveleski blanks Brooklyn.

1967 Cardinals – Bob Gibson ends Boston’s dream.

In other news…

1948 The Yankees hire Casey Stengel to manage the team… That would work out just fine for New York, huh?

1954 Connie Mack gets approval to sell the A’s to Arnold Johnson, who would take the team to Kansas City.

1982 Brewer Paul Molitor is the first player to have a five hit game in the World Series…

1986 Dave Henderson homers off of Donnie Moore in one of the great back and forth games in baseball history. Boston, down to its last strike, clips the Angels in the eleventh inning.


1965 Washington sends Woodie Held to Baltimore for John Orsino. Meanwhile, the Phillies sign amateur free agent Larry Bowa.

1966 Pittsburgh sends Wilbur Wood to the White Sox for a player to be named later – Juan Pizarro.

1986 San Diego signs amateur free agent Jose Valentin.