About Paul Proia

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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…”

https://www.baseball-reference.com/

SOURCES:

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 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

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 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

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 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

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.

Sources:

Baseball-reference.com

Findagrave.com

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 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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.)

TRANSACTION WIRE:

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 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

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 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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.)

TRANSACTION WIRE:

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).

Baseball History for August 5th

<— AUG 04     AUG 06 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1865 Bob Langsford
1867 Jacob Ruppert
1872 Merle Theron (Doc) Adkins
1889 Ralph McConnaughey
1890 Hal Irelan
1892 Fred Ostendorf
1893 Jack Harper
1899 Sam Gibson
1899 Walter Howard (Slim) McGrew
1904 Vic Frazier
1905 Ray Pepper
1913 Fabian Gaffke
1914 Bob Daughters
1914 Bob Loane
1919 Lewis Edward (Buddy) Gremp
1920 Eddie Lukon
1921 Edward Joseph (Ebba) St. Claire
1924 Eddie Yuhas
1924 Rube Novotney
1925 Tony Jacobs
1927 Rocky Krsnich
1937 Dwight Siebler
1937 Bill Pleis
1939 Tommie Aaron
1940 Ossie Chavarria
1943 Nelson Briles
1947 Bernie Carbo
1951 Mardie Cornejo
1953 Jesus de la Rosa
1953 Rick Mahler
1953 John Hale
1953 Rick Bosetti
1956 Dave Rozema
1956 Dave Edler
1958 Reid Nichols
1966 Jerry Nielsen
1968 John Olerud
1969 Marcos Armas
1971 Carlos Pulido
1972 John Wasdin
1976 Bobby Kielty
1977 Mark Mulder
1977 Eric Hinske
1978 Jamal Strong
1981 Carl Crawford
1984 Sean Kazmar
1985 Travis Denker
1987 Tim Federowicz
1989 Guido Knudson
1989 Chasen Bradford
1990 Nick Martinez
1991 Ben Heller
1991 Andrew Bellatti
1992 Domingo Santana

OBITUARIES:

1896 Ben Stephens
1911 Bob Caruthers
1922 Tommy McCarthy
1929 Tony Brottem
1940 Ed Bruyette
1955 Norm Glockson
1956 Paddy Siglin
1960 George Chalmers
1963 Herb Crompton
1964 Ed Coleman
1969 Ralph Caldwell
1969 Verdo Elmore
1972 Red McKee
1975 Bill Morrell
1978 Jesse Haines
1987 Jocko Conlon
1988 Ralph Michaels
1989 Max Macon
1992 Lefty Wilkie
1992 Jim Marquis
2002 Willis Hudlin
2002 Darrell Porter
2005 Cal Hogue
2006 Con Dempsey
2018 Bob Sadowski

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT!!!

1921 Well – if you could bring a radio to the park… Harold Arlin is the first play-by-play man for Pittsburgh’s KCKA, as Pittsburgh tops Philadelphia, 8 – 5.

1969 Willie Stargell is the first player to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium – a 506 ft. blast to help down LA, 11 – 3.

1973 Phil Niekro’s knuckler was never better. Atlanta beats the Padres, 9 – 0, and Phil doesn’t allow a hit.

1986 Eric Davis is strikeout victim #4000 for Steve Carlton – now a Giant.

1993 San Diego’s Tony Gwynn has a 6 for 7 day, his fifth game with at least five hits in the season.

2007 Tom Glavine beats the Cubs for his 300th career win.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1916 Pittsburgh purchases Burleigh Grimes from Birmingham in the Southern Association by sending four players to that minor league club.

1939 The Reds send $40,000 and two players (Nino Bongiovanni and Frenchy Bordagaray) to the Yankees for Vince DiMaggio.

1977 Amateur free agent signings!!! Boston gets catcher Rich Gedman and Philadelphia catches a deer – Rob Dernier.

2004 Arizona sends Roberto Alomar to the White Sox for (later) minor leaguer Brad Murray.

Baseball History for August 4th

<— AUG 03     AUG 05 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1845 Phonney Martin
1867 Jake Beckley
1869 Mike Gaule
1875 Henry Clarke
1875 Ray Nelson
1878 Harry Hinchman
1879 Paddy O’Connor
1883 Lew Moren
1885 Tex Jones
1890 Dolf Luque
1891 Jim Haislip
1894 Sid Benton
1894 Jim Grant
1896 Chick Galloway
1896 Cliff Lee
1899 Ski Melillo
1902 Bill Hallahan
1902 Homer Blankenship
1902 Al Moore
1907 George Caster
1911 Tuck Stainback
1912 Bill Schuster
1912 Henry Coppola
1915 Luke Easter
1918 Frank McElyea
1918 Don Kolloway
1920 Bob Keegan
1929 Joe Pignatano
1930 Gabe Gabler
1932 Jim Coates
1934 Dallas Green
1937 Frank Kostro
1938 Ray Oyler
1939 Bob Meyer
1939 Dennis Higgins
1942 Angel Bravo
1942 Cleon Jones
1944 Rich Nye
1945 Mike Davison
1946 Kevin Collins
1947 Ken Poulsen
1948 Johnny Grubb
1949 Terry Humphrey
1951 Joe McIntosh
1957 Ben Hayes
1960 Steve Davis
1961 Mark Wasinger
1962 Roger Clemens
1962 John Farrell
1964 Ruben Rodriguez
1964 B. J. Surhoff
1965 Matt Merullo
1966 Jeff Johnson
1967 Domingo Martinez
1967 Steve Bieser
1968 Chris Hook
1969 Troy O’Leary
1970 Dax Jones
1972 Steve Bourgeois
1973 Eric Weaver
1973 Bob Howry
1975 Eric Milton
1976 Kazuo Fukumori
1976 Scott Linebrink
1977 Paxton Crawford
1978 Jon Knott
1978 Luke Allen
1982 Josh Roenicke
1986 Alex Castellanos
1987 Hiram Burgos
1987 David Martinez
1987 Mike Freeman
1990 Brian Ellington
1991 Jason Adam
1992 Domingo German
1993 Kevin Newman
1994 Brett Kennedy
1994 Orlando Arcia
1996 Brock Burke
1996 Brady Singer
1997 Mike Soroka

OBITUARIES:

1879 Charles Bierman
1897 John Gilroy
1920 Frank Fennelly
1924 George Nicol
1930 Sam Jackson
1944 Camp Skinner
1950 John Burke
1950 Harry Coveleski
1951 Tony Tonneman
1955 Mike Balenti
1958 Bob Gamble
1959 Chappy Charles
1959 Pop Williams
1961 Chuck Rose
1963 Bob Fisher
1964 Jerry Standaert
1966 Pug Cavet
1971 Frank Lamanske
1972 George Batten
1979 Hal Wagner
1980 Lefty Jamerson
1983 Ed Wheeler
1989 Wayne LaMaster
1991 Sammy White
1993 Bob Maier
1995 Dick Bartell
1996 Willard Brown
2002 Mike Payne
2006 Elden Auker
2007 Frank Mancuso
2016 Robert Ramsay
2018 Myron White
2019 Ernie Bowman

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT!!!

1884 Pud Galvin throws his second no hitter.

1910 Jack Coombs and Ed Walsh throw 16 innings of shutout ball – darkness ends the game in a tie between Philadelphia and Chicago.

1933 Flint Rhem goes eight innings, giving up 21 hits (!) and 16 runs in an 18 – 1 loss to the Giants. Why bother to bring in a pitcher to take the ninth??? Where was the manager???

1934 Mel Ott is the first player to score six runs in a game, having gone 4 – 4 with a walk and a hit batsman. The Giants scored 21 runs in the second game of a doubleheader to beat Philadelphia, 21 – 4.

1937 Joe Medwick lashes out four doubles to tie an MLB record

1945 Billy Salkeld goes 5 – 5 with 5 RBIs and completes the cycle for Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, St. Louis won, 6 – 5.

More importantly – Bert Shepard goes 5.1 innings in relief in his only game for the Washington Senators. Shepard, as you may remember, had an amputated leg… He allowed just a run on three hits.

1979 Phil Niekro ties J.R. Richard’s mark by being called for six wild pitches in an eight inning, complete game loss to Houston. Bruce Benedict was struggling – he gave up four of them and was replaced by Joe Nolan. In fairness, Richard had to be wilder – but he went all nine for a win the day he first had six wild pitches…

1983 Speaking of wild pitches – a warmup throw by Dave Winfield kills a seagull in Toronto. He’s arrested after the game for animal cruelty.

1985 White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver wins his 300th game, tossing a complete game win over New York in Yankee Stadium. That same day, Rod Carew slapped a single of Frank Viola for his 3000th career hit.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1899 Cincinnati purchases Socks Seybold from Richmond. Seybold would go on to be a HR leader before it was over. Just not for Cincy – in Philadelphia.

1902 Baltimore signs Ike Butler out of Shreveport. They were desperate for anyone who could throw then – having been ravaged by the evil John McGraw.

1915 Boston signs Art Nehf, who had been pitching in Terre Haute.

1931 Chicago signs Louisville’s Billy Herman.

1958 Cleveland purchases Randy Jackson from the Dodgers.

1962 New York releases Vinegar Bend Mizell.

1964 San Francisco signs amateur free agent Bobby Bonds. That worked out okay…

1967 Chicago picks up Pete Mikkelsen when he was waived by Pittsburgh. Ike Futch played with Mikkelsen in Augusta, I believe.

1972 Kansas City signs amateur free agent U. L. Washington. The toothpick was signed later.

1982 New York trades Joel Youngblood to Montreal for a player to be named later (Tom Gorman).

Youngblood, who had started a day game for the Mets, singled home two runs in the third inning off of Fergie Jenkins and then had to be pulled from the game in the fourth inning. He hopped on a plane to Philadelphia in time to enter that game in the sixth inning for Jerry White in right field. In the next inning, he singled off of Steve Carlton. Now THAT’S a big day.

1989 The White Sox send Mark Davis to California for Mark Doran and Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez would last, what, 20 years?