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.

Happy Birthday, “Crese” Heismann!

The son of German immigrants – his accent likely turning his name, Chris to Crese – Crese Heismann was a left-handed thrower who was one of many fresh arms signed by the American League and assigned to the Baltimore franchise to help it finish the 1902 season.

Christian Ernst (later Ernest) Charles Heismann arrived on 16 April 1880 to August Ernst and Mary (Roettger) Heismann, a farmer who lived on the fringes of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Chris was the oldest of six kids, five of them boys (and another one, Edwin, also a ballplayer).  In time, Christian would work on that farm before his live left arm gave him a chance to be a pitcher.

“No team this season has been able to take the measure of the Shamrocks, who lay claim to possessing the fastest left-handed twirler in this part of the country in Chris Heisman… His work will be watched with interest by minor league managers.”

“Prout and Ward.”, Topeka State Journal, 29 August 1901, Page 2.

Heismann worked his way through to the Shamrocks of Cincinnati, one of the strongest semi-professional teams in the state where he earned a reputation for a lively fastball.  By the end of the 1901 season, Heismann was signed by the Cincinnati Reds and given a chance to show his stuff during the end of a down season.

“Had the Red squad seconded the able efforts of “Crese” Heisman, the second game would have gone on the tab as a Cincinnati win, for the lad from Groesbeck pitched in magnificent form. He held the mighty swatsmen from Quakerdom down like a veteran who knew their weaknesses…

“Heisman’s Great Work”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 01 October 1901, Page 4.

Heismann remained with the Reds in 1902, but wasn’t around long – even though he won two of three decisions.  He landed with Evansville, but that minor league team ran into financial difficulty, so he was eventually released in early July.  At that time, the Baltimore Orioles franchise of the American League was being demolished by owner/manager John McGraw, who sold his shares in the club to John T. Brush, owner of the National League’s New York Giants and stole a number of players for the Giants and Reds.  Desperate for any live arms, Heismann was signed to pitch for Baltimore and he made three more starts for the remnants of the Orioles, losing all three decisions.

“We have the best pitcher in the state, and he is Manager “Chris” Heisman of the Sally league” – Darlington News.

The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, SC), 22 May 1907, Page 3.

At that point, Heismann became a bit of a minor league nomad.  He pitched in Butte, Montana in 1903, then he headed to the south.  According to Baseball-Reference, Heismann pitched in places like Columbia, Savannah, and Roanoke before returning to his native Cincinnati, where he became a successful grocer.

“Chris Heisman, the former left-handed pitcher of the Reds, has, like Bid McPhee, quit the professional ranks for good. He may play with some K. I. O. League club this summer, but as must of his time will be taken up supplying the Fairview Heights people with groceries it is hardly likely the Saturday Afternoon League will secure the clever southpaw’s services. Chris has three brothers in the grocery business with him, but Ed is the only other ball player in the lot. Ed played short for College Hill last season and pitched for Manager Ripley’s Rushville team, winning most of his games.”

“Baseball Gossip.”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 02 February 1908, Page 8.

In 1910, Heismann married Ida Louise Riemeier.  They had a son, Carl, in 1916.  Five years later, a second child died just two days after birth.  Carl died just after his 23rd birthday in a car accident in Albuquerque, NM.  At the time, he was the youngest salesperson on the road for Procter and Gamble.  Ida and Chris spent the rest of their years owning grocery stores in Ohio and, for a brief period after the death of their second child, in Indiana.  Chris passed to the next league on 30 November 1951 in Cincinnati, OH.


1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 US Censuses
Ohio County Marriage Records

“Amateur Baseball Gossip”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 28 July 1901, Page 14.

“Prout and Ward.”, Topeka State Journal, 29 August 1901, Page 2.

“Philadelphia 10, Cincinnati 2.”, St. Joseph Gazette-Herald, 01 October 1901, Page 8.

“Heisman’s Great Work”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 01 October 1901, Page 4.

“Evansville Players Released.”, Indianapolis Journal, 08 July 1902, Page 6.

The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, SC), 22 May 1907, Page 3.

“Baseball Gossip.”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 02 February 1908, Page 8.

Also, Butte (MT) Miner box scores in 1903.

“Carl Heismann.”, Cincinnati Enquirer, 26 April 1939, Page 17.


Happy Birthday, Rick Grapenthin!

Rick Grapenthin was a Linn Grove, Iowa native who was signed by the Expos as a free agent after a college career at both Mesa Community College and Indiana State University. Grapenthin (pronounced Grap-En-TEEN) earned professional notice following a summer pitching for Storm Lake in the Northwest Iowa League where at one point he was striking out more than two batters per inning, including a 25 strikeout game. “Dave Potratz, a radio announcer at Spencer (High School), suggested I attend an Expos tryout at Mankato, Minn.,” said Grapenthin. “It was run by Jim Fanning, a former Iowan, and Bob Gebhard. I threw pretty well and they were impressed. They offered me a contract and sent me to Jamestown, N.Y… I was terrible at first. But they made me a relief pitcher and things got a little better.”

Grapenthin had a great 1982 season in A San Jose and AAA Wichita, earning a spring training invitation the following spring. He was among the last players sent down to the minors, but within days he was recalled by the Expos due to an injury to Woodie Fryman. He sat on the bench for nearly three weeks before he finally got to pitch in a major league game. In his debut, he entered a game after Scott Sanderson was removed with a foot injury and allowed four runs on four hits (two homers – Bob Horner and Chris Chambliss) and earned the loss against the Braves. Back to the minors he went – but he got two more chances in 1984 and 1985. He signed with San Diego in 1986 and spent a season in AAA, then spent two more seasons with Louisville in the St. Louis chain. After a short stint with two AL teams (NY, DET) in 1989, he called it a career.

Felipe Alou, who managed Grapenthin in the minors for Montreal, said that the Iowa native had a solid fastball, but no dependable breaking pitch. “Grapenthin has a major league arm,” said Alou. “He’s got a good fastball but needs to work on the breaking pitch. He has one of the best arms we have in terms of strength.”  Later, he added a fork ball to go with a fastball and slider.

Grapenthin won one game in relief, made one emergency start (losing to the Cubs on a Keith Moreland grand slam) in 1984, and had three career losses. As a reliever, he garnered two saves in his 18 relief appearances. He tallied a 6.35 ERA in 34 innings. As a hitter, he had two hits in seven at bats, and even scored a run.

Richard Ray Grapenthin was born 16 April 1958 in Linn Grove, IA.  Right before spring training in 1985, he married Lucinda (Cindy) Carol Taylor – like Grapenthin, a graduate of Indiana State University.  After calling his baseball playing career overn he spent time as an assistant coach at Clemson.  Grapenthin went back to college, getting a Masters from the Kellogg School of Management at NU, and then working in marketing management for a number of sports equipment and sporting goods companies. He currently serves as the CEO of BoneChip Enterprises.


Indiana Marriage Records

Hersom, Terry. “NWI League flash”, Sioux City Journal, 28 June 1980, Page 9.

“Grapenthin whiffs 25 as Storm Lake wins”, Sioux City Journal, 29 June 1980, Page D2.

“Raines Triples His Payment, Helps Expos Defeat Cubs, 4-3.”, Palm Beach Post, 15 April 1983, Page D1.

“Behanna Has Braves Believing, 5 -2”, Los Angeles Times, 04 May 1983, Page III-6.

Grett, Wayne. “Thank Heaven for tryout camps”, Des Moines Register, 07 June 1983, Pages S1, S2.

Rogers, Kim. “Grapenthin seeks baseball bliss”, Indianapolis News, 14 February 1985, Page 31.

Happy Birthday, Dizzy Sutherland!

Dizzy Sutherland went from a full-time cabbie and weekend pitcher to a tryout with Charlotte and eventually a September call up for the Washington Senators in six months.

Actually, Howard Alvin Sutherland’s life had a few more turns than that…  He was born 09 April 1922 to Ruby Garner and John Sutherland – who met when both were boarders at a home owned by Sutherland’s sister.  Sutherland was about twenty years older than Ruby, and not long after he sired older sister Erma and Howard, he was gone.  Ruby remarried – first to Raymond Groves and then to John DeGroot before finding stability in her married life.

Howard played ball in his home town Washington D.C., and then took a job in construction.  Soon after, however, he registered for the draft and later enlisted in the United States Army for World War II.  Private First Class Sutherland was part of an airborne mission in Italy when, within 30 minutes of hitting the ground and dispatching his parachute, he was taken hostage by German soldiers and spent the rest of the war in a German prison camp where the usually portly kid lost 100 pounds in two years.

Rescued and returned home, he soon married another Washington D.C. native, Mary Rose Redin, on 30 July 1945.  They had two children, Jennifer and Sherry.  To pay the bills, Sutherland took up driving a cab.  On the weekends, the former high school pitcher started pitching semi-professional baseball to help get in shape.  Spencer Abbott, a Senators scout, caught one of his games and recommended him to Senators management in 1948.  The next spring, Sutherland reported to spring training soft from spending too much time behind the wheel.

“But he had guts,” Charlotte manager Rabbit McDowell said, ” and a helluva curve.”

Another story, possibly apocryphal, suggested that Dizzy bragged about his pitching to Senators pitcher Bobo Newsom, who was riding in Sutherland’s cab, and Newsom recommended that someone check it out to see if it was legit.

It worked – Sutherland opened the 1949 season with Charlotte, where he was immediately successful, winning 18 games for a last place team.  The left hander’s curveball was the feature, but he could change speeds and spot a good enough fastball.  The Senators chose to give him a look in Washington – but not before the Disabled American Veterans gave Sutherland a special citation and plaque for having recovered from his prison camp health to pitch professional baseball.   The Sporting News noted:

“Sutherland, aptly called Dizzy, was wounded in three places by shrapnel during the late war, in which he must have set a record for quick capture. He was taken prisoner by the Germans within 30 minutes after he had bailed out with airborne troops over Italy and spent the remainder of the war in a prison camp.

“The Purple Heart holder was still 100 pounds underweight two years ago, finally got on the road to recovery and made vast strides. Now he weighs 200 and had a 17 – 10 record through September 6, for the Hornets, the city’s first last-place team in history. It was for this record and his health comeback that the DAV awarded him a special plaque, after which he went out and defeated Rock Hill, 5 to 4.”

Bisher, Furman. “Washington Cabbie in Winter and Winning Hurler in Summer”, The Sporting News, 14 September 1949, Page 20.

On September 20th, Sutherland got the start against the St. Louis Browns.  “I was scared to death,” Sutherland later said of his performance. “Normally I’m not wild, but that night I couldn’t have found the plate with radar.”  He walked three in the first inning, but a couple of ground balls and a pop up allowed him to escape allowing just one run.  In the second inning, he walked two then allowed a double to pitcher Joe Ostrowski, then another walk and a single.  He was pulled in favor of reliever Dick Welteroth.

He had two chances to work his way up the minor league ladder, but each time the Chattanooga Lookouts went in another direction.  So, he spent two more years with Charlotte – in his three seasons he won 49 and lost just 32 in 110 outings.  That last year, he was the winning pitcher when Charlotte clinched a pennant in 1951.  The next spring, after being sent to Richmond, his pitching days were over.

Sutherland would remarry and pick up four step children in addition to his two daughters.  But his time on earth, like his major league career, ended too quickly.  Sutherland passed to the next league on 26 August 1979.


1920, 1930 US Census
1979 Washington Post Obit (undated copy)
Social Security Applications
WWII Application
World War II Enlistment Records
North Carolina Marriage Records

Collett, Ritter. “Journal of Sports”, Dayton Journal-Herald, 01 July 1950, Page 10.

“Taxicab Driver May Make Grade With Nats”, Asheville Citizen-Times, 03 March 1950, Page 29.

Robbins, Zane. “Hornets Clinch Tri-State Pennant”, 27 August 1951, Page 13.

“Nooga Hurlers Sharp in Beating Tigers”, Nashville Tennessean, 11 April 1952, Page 49.

Bisher, Furman. “Washington Cabbie in Winter and Winning Hurler in Summer”, The Sporting News, 14 September 1949, Page 20.

Happy Birthday, Vedie Himsl!

Vedie Himsl

Image of Vedie Himsl from the New York Daily News, 22 April 1961, Page 31.

Avitus “Vedie” Himsl was the first Chicago Cubs manager in 1961 when the Cubs tried using a rotation of different coaches as the manager.  And, Himsl is the only manager in major league history born in the state of Montana.

Avitus Bernard Himsl was born to Austrian immigrants Victor and Clara (Engels) Himsl on 02 April 1917 in the tiny town of Plevna, Montana – maybe a few rounds of long toss from the North Dakota border.  The Himsl family moved to Plevna in 1913 after living in Saskatchewan.  Victor owned the Plevna State Bank until it was closed during the Great Depression.  However, Avitus’s brother, Mathias, took over the bank’s assets, including a 320 acre plot of land, and used mineral royalties to pay off all depositors and creditors with interest – though it took nearly 40 years to complete the payments. In fact, the Plevna State Bank was the only bank in the United States closed during the depression that paid everybody back.

Avitus was one of seven children and he told Dick Young of the New York Daily News that his mother picked his name out of a book on the lives of saints. Tall and clean cut with horn-rimmed glasses, Young wrote, “His deep voice drones on, like a college prof delivering a lecture.” Avitus learned to play baseball in the fields of his youth. “We had what we called ‘cow pasture’ baseball with some of the people in town,” Himsl explained. “Some of the older guys thought they could still play. We had a pretty good club and would as far as Miles City to play.”  After playing all sports at Plevna High School, Himsl went to St John’s University in Collegeville, MN where he played football, basketball and baseball.  He played semi-professional ball during his summers in Minnesota.

Scouts found him – and after his junior year he signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers and starting playing with them after graduating in 1938. He was first assigned to Beaumont, TX and then Class D Alexandria. “My contract was handled under the table with Detroit,” remembered Himsl. “They had a lot of players in their system that year, and when they didn’t pay me some of the money I thought I was going to get, I wrote the commissioner.”

Kenesaw Mountain Landis met with Himsl and other players and decided that the Tigers (and later St. Louis) had too many players under their control and Himsl was among the first players that Landis declared were now free agents.  Vedie signed with St. Paul in the American Association and played there for four years before serving in World War II.

He tried a comeback for a year with the Dodger organization, but his lack of playing ball during the war sapped him of his ability to get batters out. After the 1946 season, he was done as a player. At that point, he became a scout and instructor, a business manager, and ran camps for the St. Louis Cardinals before joining the Cubs organization as a scout and minor league pitching instructor in 1952.

Vedie’s lone time in the major leagues was when he was named a member of the “College of Coaches”, an experiment in management by Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley. After the last spring training exhibition game against Boston, the team was flying to Houston when Wrigley called the general manager, John Holland, and told him who he wanted as the first manager in the rotation.

“It was the furthest thing from my mind, that I would be singled out,” Himsl told Jerome Holtzman. “I wasn’t expecting anything like that.” In fact, another Chicago paper called Himsl a 100-1 longshot to be the first manager. Himsl, then a pitching coach, knew that Wrigley had watched him manage a spring training game where every decision he made seemed to work and guessed that it made a strong impression on Wrigley.

Himsl managed the first eleven games, winning five, and then was replaced – as scheduled – by Harry Craft. Himsl left and took over the reins of the AAA team in Salt Lake City instead. However, after Craft’s two weeks were up, Himsl was given the top job again. That time, Himsl lost 13 of 18 decisions.  If he were alive, Holtzman would tell you that, while the encyclopedia says he got a third shot and lost three more games, Himsl spent the rest of the year as the minor league pitching instructor.  His 32 games as a manager (there was a tie in there) is among the shortest first terms as a manager in baseball history.

At the time, Himsl took the carousel in stride. “We’re all human,” Himsl told Dick Young. “There is a certain amount of personal thrill in calling the shots. But this is a team effort. None of us is fighting for the job. We know everybody will have an opportunity. None of us is making an issue of it, as the fans and writers seem to be.” Himsl admitted, though, that the players were likely the most affected because each manager liked different types of players and players didn’t know where they stood as managers changed.

While the College of Coaches is generally mocked – and was mocked considerably at the time – Himsl didn’t think it was necessarily a bad idea. “From a won-loss standpoint, it didn’t work… When you look back, the club didn’t do any better the years before the experiment and in the years after that.”

Himsl remained with the Cubs as a scout or instructor through the 1985 season, then retired and did some scouting in a limited capacity for the Cubs. “Vedie’s a terrific scout, one of the best in the country,” Whitey Lockman explained – Lockman was with the Marlins when that franchise was formed and Lockman tried to hire Vedie away from the Cubs. However, Vedie chose to stay with Chicago.

Himsl married Kathryn (Bloom) and had two sons. He lived the rest of his days in Chicago, passing away to the next league on 15 March 2004.


Young, Dick. “Himsl to ‘Wrigley’ Out of Cub Job in 48 Hrs.”, New York Daily News, 22 April 1961, Page 31.

“Vedie Himsl: Pride of Plevna”, Great Falls Tribune, 12 February 1991, Pages B-1, B-3.

Holtzman, Jerome. “Cubs’ 1st ‘coach’ was a longshot”, Chicago Tribune, 17 December 1991, Pages 4-1, 4-4.

“Himsl, Avitus”, Chicago Tribune, 17 March 2004, Page 3-9.

“Mathias A. ‘Matt’ Himsl”, Helena Independent-Record, 04 January 2007, Page 8.

Image of Vedie Himsl from the New York Daily News, 22 April 1961, Page 31.

1930 US Census


Happy Birthday, Chris Withrow!

Chris Withrow - JC HONG AP in ODESSA

Chris Withrow Photo by Jae C. Hong (AP) and appeared in the Odessa American, 04 April 2013, Page D1.

Chris Withrow was a first round pick of the Dodgers in 2007 out of Midland Christian High School.  A hard throwing right hander (upper 90s fastball with a hard slider), Withrow shifted from a starting role to reliever after returning from a back injury in 2012. “It’s a different mentality,” he told Adam Zuvanich of the Odessa American. “You go in and you may have one or two innings, and you go in and have your best stuff for that inning or two. There’s a little more adrenaline pumping when you get the phone call that you’re going in…”

Withrow was called up after 25 relief appearances at AAA Albuquerque where he had a 1.71 ERA in 2013 and earned a save in 26 appearances for the Dodgers. He opened the 2014 season with the Dodgers but was a little wild, so he returned to Albuquerque. Shortly after landing in New Mexico, however, he tore a ligament in his right elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery in 2014 – which meant he didn’t pitch at all the next season. In 2015, he was traded with Juan Uribe to Atlanta for Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas, and Juan Jaime. His MLB career ended after the 2016 season with Atlanta, though he was signed by Kansas City and sent to a minor league camp in 2017 – only to get injured again. In his three major league seasons, he won six decisions without a loss and posted a 3.07 ERA in 92 relief appearances.


Zuvanich, Adam. “Withrow starts season in Triple-A, embraces his new pitching role”, Odessa American, 04 April 2013, Page D1.

Zuvanich, Adam. “Paternity leave, playoffs – Withrow’s had a busy year”, Odessa American, 03 October 2013, Page D1, D4.

“Withrow suffers ligament injury”, Odessa American, 30 May 2014, Page D1.


Happy Birthday, Mike Degerick!

Michael Arthur Degerick was a teen pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in the early 1960s whose career was cut short by a line drive while pitching batting practice.

Born 01 April 1943 to Art and Pauline (Bylant) Degerick, it was his father, a semi-professional pitcher, who taught Mike to pitch – including showing him how to properly throw a curve ball at the age of 11. “The right way is breaking the wrist and not bending the elbow,” the elder Degerick explained. In addition to pitching for his school, Degerick was a regular in American Legion and Connie Mack tournament baseball programs.

Mike Degerick in Teaneck HS Photo that appeared regularly in Hackensack NewspapersAt Teaneck High School, Mike DeGerick went 12 – 2, including a no-hitter in a county tournament (his second no-hitter of the season), striking out 127 batters in 95 innings in his junior year. He might have been better as a senior, but didn’t get the offensive support (he had an 0.49 ERA). Based on his play, he was offered a scholarship to attend Duke University – both as a student AND as a baseball player.

The White Sox, led by scout Morris “Dutch” Deutsch, signed DeGerick out of high school, giving him a bonus “in excess of$50,000” and was dispatched to Class D Harlan (KY) in the Appalachian League. In his first start there, the Harlan Smokies pitcher fanned 17 Kingsport Pirate batters. After four starts, he was deemed ready to try pitching in A Level Charleston of the South Atlantic Leauge, but before he left he tossed a no-hitter against the Morristown Cubs, striking out a dozen hitters. By the end of August, Degerick was called to the major leagues by the Sox. Among those who got a September call included Herb Score, Gary Peters and Joel Horlen. He made his major league debut on Labor Day – and then enrolled for classes at Duke University. (He didn’t go – he played winter ball instead.)

Mike Degerick With Dad Art and Dutch Deutsch at contract signing

Art Degerick (L) and Morris “Dutch” Deutsch (R) smile with Mike Degerick as Mike signs his first professional contract out of high school.

When he went to spring training in 1962, the still 18-year-old pitcher was put under the wing of the oldest player still hurling – Early Wynn. Dispatched to Savannah, he and Dave Debusschere tossed one-hitters to beat Asheville in the same doubleheader on 07 August 1962. Degerick followed up his 9 – 2 record in Harlan with a 12 – 8 record with a fine 2.89 ERA in his second professional season. Score, DeBusschere, J.C. Martin, Ken Berry, Gary Peters and Degerick got called up to the majors for September of that season. For the second straight fall, he appeared in just a single game for the White Sox, though this time he held his opponent scoreless.

Mike Degerick with Early Wynn and Steve Selsky.png

Early Wynn (R) with teen prospects Degerick (L) and Steve Selsky.

After spring training in 1963, Degerick was dispatched to Indianapolis – one of many young starters who didn’t make the White Sox major league roster. (Another was Dennis McLain, who was sold to Detroit for the waiver price of $25,000.) From Indianapolis, he was sent to Lynchburg, VA.

Mike Degerick With White SoxWhite Sox manager Al Lopez was happy with the way Degerick pitched but said he was sent to the minors to work on a couple of flaws. First, he didn’t hold runners on first base very well. And, he wasn’t necessarily very good at fielding his position. Lopez said, “When Mike joined us out of high school, he would drop his arms to his sides after delivering. We worked hard with him, but these are faults difficult to break after it becomes a habit.” Lopez would say this after Degerick’s season would end abruptly.

Each time Degerick was called up to the majors, he was called up alongside Herb Score. He and Score have something else in common. Degerick was tossing batting practice on 12 April 1963 when a line drive off the bat of Billy Davidson hit Degerick behind the left temple, leaving a half-inch dent in Degerick’s skull. According to those who saw it, Degereck “had no chance to deflect the drive with his glove…” He was immediately taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where surgery was performed to help repair the damage. He quickly recovered enough to respond to questions, but it was obvious that his season was over.

To Degerick’s credit – he didn’t quit. He returned to work through spring training with the White Sox minor league program in 1964.  He then pitched three games in relief for Sarasota and Clinton that season. In 1.2 innings, he allowed two hits and six walks. He allowed five runs, three earned, and his career ended. His life didn’t however. He’d play catch with his friends while completing a business management degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He was already married – he married Joan Jalbert, his high school sweetheart, before spring training in 1962 and they had four children. He became the freshman baseball coach at Fairleigh Dickenson by 1968, then after college became a respiratory therapist in Livingston, New Jersey.  He later remarried Elizabeth Odeven in 1974.


New Jersey Marriage Index
US Baseball Questionnaire, 1964.

Fein, Jack. “Degerick Tosses 2-0 No-Hit Game”, Hackensack Record, 06 May 1960, Page 5

Kurland, Bob. “Degerick Blanks Hackensack, 1-0”, Hackensack Record, 1961, Page 36.

Newman, Rudy. “Degerick Signs With Chisox, Receives $50,000 Plus Bonus”, Hackensack Record, 24 June 1961, Page 11. (Also Hackensack Photo of Signing.)

“Degerick Gets Bonus”, Bridgewater Courier-News, 24 June 1961, Page 15.

“Kingsport Loses, 7 – 2, at Harlan”, Kingsport Times, 07 July 1961, Page 7.

Neuman, Rudy. “High School Stars Fail to Impress At Tryouts”, Hackensack Record, 10 July 1961, Page 28.

Degerick Ready For Promotion to Sally Loop”, Hackensack Record, 29 July 1961, Page 9.

“Mike Degerick No-Hits Cubs”, 26 August 1961, Kingsport News, Page 6.

“White Sox Recall Score, 4 Others”, Fort Myers News-Press, 31 August 1961, Page 31.

Hengen, Bill. “ChiSox Student Passes Test on Way to Duke”, Minneapolis Star, 05 September 1961, Page 36.

Photo from 1962 with Early Winn was a UPI photo appearing in the Ottawa Citzen on 27 February 1962, Page 11.

(Mike Degerick with Early Wynn and Steve Selsky)

“Chisox Sign Talent for Farm Affiliates”, Wilmington Morning News, 26 October 1961, Page 38.

“Tourists Victims of 2 One-Hitters, 6-0, 2-0”, Ashville Citizen-Times, 08 August 1962, Page 14.

“Sox Recall Herb Score and 13 Others”, Chicago Tribune, 30 August 1962, Page F-2.

“White Sox Drop 7 To Reach 28 Limit”, Baltimore Sun, 09 April 1963, Page 22.

“Teaneck Ballplayer Injured in Florida”, Hackensack Record, 12 April 1963, Page 2.

“Bad Habit Leaves Degerick Open for Skull Fracture”, Casper Morning Star, 12 April 1963, Page 14.

Delliquanti, Don. “Days As Player Over at 23 For Teaneck’s Mike Degerick”, Hackensack Record, 15 July 1966, Page 24.

Marmo Ben. “Strictly Local”, Paterson News, 17 April 1968, Page 51.

Rowe, John. “Former stars’ dreams have faded”, Hackensack Record, 28 July 1974, Page C7. (Photo of Degerick with Sox on this same page.)

“Best of the Century”, Hackensack Record, 03 January 2000, Page 43 (discusses local high school baseball legends).


Baseball History for March 26th

<— MARCH 25     MARCH 27 —>


1850 Morrie Critchley
1869 Jack McCarthy
1879 Charles Moran
1884 Jimmy Lavender
1884 Rube Geyer
1889 Joseph Burns
1889 Brad Hogg
1891 Hardin Barry
1893 Frank Brower
1895 Joe Klugmann
1901 Jim Battle
1909 Alex Mustaikis
1913 Bill Zuber
1914 Hal Epps
1917 Clayton Lambert
1939 Al Neiger
1942 Mel Queen
1949 Roger Hambright
1955 Dan Morogiello
1958 Chris Codiroli
1961 Mickey Weston
1961 Mike Warren
1962 Kevin Seitzer
1963 Luis Medina
1964 Mike Loynd
1967 Jarvis Brown
1967 Shawn Hare
1968 Shane Reynolds
1968 Jose Vizcaino
1968 Gerald Alexander
1971 Jesus Tavarez
1971 Frank Lankford
1972 Jason Maxwell
1979 Jason Dubois
1981 Josh Wilson
1982 Brendan Ryan
1983 Eric Hacker
1988 Marcus Hatley
1990 Jett Bandy
1991 Michael Taylor
1991 Rob Refsnyder
1991 Hernan Perez
1991 Matt Davidson
1992 Ramon Flores


1922 Count Gedney
1936 Dan Costello
1936 Ed Hawk
1937 Jerry Nops
1942 Jimmy Burke
1944 Neil Stynes
1947 Jim Bluejacket
1949 Mike Jacobs
1960 Dan Tipple
1967 Squanto Wilson
1973 George Sisler
1974 Art Kores
1975 Harley Young
1986 Mel Bosser
2002 Whitey Wietelmann
2005 Marius Russo
2014 George Lerchen


1960 With the fear of political unrest affecting an exhibition game, the game in Havana between Cincinnati and Baltimore is moved to Miami.

2000 The Seattle Kingdome is demolished.


1952 St. Louis picked up Gene Mauch, who had been waived by the Yankees.

1952 St. Louis returned Tommy Lasorda to Brooklyn.

1974 Atlanta purchased Buzz Capra from the Mets. He’d lead the league in ERA…

1977 Texas sent Rodney Scott, Jim Umbarger and cash to Oakland for Claudell Washington.

1982 Chicago sent Paul Mirabella, Paul Semall (in April) and cash to Texas for Bump Wills.

1984 Chicago gets Tim Stoddard from Oakland for two minor leaguers. Then, the Cubs sent Bil Campbell and Mike Diaz to Philadelphia for Gary Matthews, Bobby Dernier, and Porfi Altamirano. Dernier and Matthews would join Ryne Sandberg to give the Cubs a potent top of the order in winning the NL East crown.

1992 San Diego sent Jose Valentin, Ricky Bones, and Matt Mieske to Milwaukee for Gary Sheffield and Geoff Kellogg.

1997 Florida sends Joe Orsulak and Dustin Hermanson to Montreal for Cliff Floyd.

2008 Kansas City trades a player to be named later to Colorado for Ramon Ramirez… That player? Jorge De La Rosa.