Happy Birthday, Tom Colcolough!

Thomas Bernard Colcolough, born 08 October 1870, was a Charleston, SC native who pitched for the Pirates from 1893 to 1895 and got a second shot with the Giants in 1899.  Find below a biography in quotations.

“Tom Colcolough was yesterday released by the Pittsburg club. He was given a thorough trial, but proved wanting in nerve. In a minor league, Tom will be the top of the heap. There, the batters are impatient and bang at everything in sight. In the National League, the batters are more careful and deliberate, and this is the cause of Tom’s poor showing this season. Colcolough was secured by the Pittsburg club in 1893, along with Joe Sudgen, from the Charleston Club. In that year, he pitched three games for the Pittsburg team, winning two. Last year he won eight games and lost five. This year he pitched three full games, winning one and losing two.”

“Two New Pitchers,” Pittsburgh Daily Post, 04 June 1895, Page 6.

“Tom Colcolough, the Charleston, S. C., pitcher, gained his first reputation as a boxman of more than the average ability while playing with the team managed by Denny Long, at Charleston, in 1893. Before the close of the season, Colcolough and Joe Sugden were sold to Pittsburgh for $1,500… His father is a wealthy man at Charleston, and Tommie always remains near the “little red smokehouse” during the winter.”

Blake, Percy H. “Southern Boys in Base Ball,” Nashville Tennessean, 19 December 1897, Page 25.

“Tom Colcolough has been added to the pitching staff of the New York team, and it is very probable that he will be signed as a regular member of the club before the team returns home. With his valuable assistance to-day the players were given the benefit of some of the best batting practice they have yet had. Colcolough (pronounced Coakley) has an arm like iron, and he shot the ball around the shins and the pates of the New Yorkers like a Mauser bullet.

“Colcolough has been doing a little practice during the winter, and consequently his arm was in good condition, and he says he can stand the pace he started in without danger. He resides in Charleston, and was one of the pitchers of the Pittsburgh club as late as two years ago. When Manager Watkins took charge of the Pirates he allowed the Wilkes-Barre club, of the Eastern League, to secure Colcolough’s services. His lack of control was his chief fault, although he won many good and close games…”

“Tom Coakley. The Old Wilkes-Barre Pitcher Puts Up a Bold Front at Charleston,” Dollar Weekly News (Wilkes-Barre), 25 March 1899, Page 5.

“Ex-Pitcher Tom Colcolough – once a Pirate – has bobbed up as an alderman in Charleston, S. C.”

“National League News,” The Hutchinson Daily Independent, 23 February 1905, Page 6.

According to US Census data (1900, 1910) and his South Carolina death certificate, Tom was the son of James and Ellen (Kelly) Colcolough, who were Irish immigrants. After his baseball career wound down, he married Annie Bernadine and later owned a poultry store. They had three children (Marguerite, Thomas (Jr.), and James). In 1919, Tom was working as a welder at the naval yard when he succumbed to a heart attack on 10 December 1919. Annie, who was eleven years younger than Tom, would remarry years later and passed away in 1968.

Happy Birthday, Howard Blaisdell!

“The League umpire failed to put in an appearance and ‘Dick’ Blaisdell was taken by mutual consent. His umpiring was the rankest ever seen on the grounds and he was hooted and hissed continually.”

“Haverhills, 7; Newburyports, 6.,” Boston Globe, 26 July 1885, Page 4.

In any other year, Howard Blaisdell likely doesn’t make it to the big leagues, but 1884 wasn’t just any year – there were three major leagues with the addition of the Union Association.  With Kansas City off to a slow start and looking to find people who could play, Blaisdell got a tryout with the Kansas City Unions for about a week in July, 1884.  Thankfully, it happened for Blaisdell in 1884, because he didn’t have many other years.

Howard Carleton Blaisdell was born 18 June 1862 in Bradford, Massachusetts to Richard and Frances A. (Carleton) Blaisdell – which might help explain how Howard became Dick Blaisdell in your baseball encyclopedia.  (He should be Howard Blaisdell.)  Howard was the second of five children born to the shoe manufacturer and housewife.  Richard and Frances were destined to be together.  Richard met Frances when he worked as a carpenter and lived with the Carleton family around 1850.  After they married (and after the Great War for Slavery), Richard Blaisdell was a prison warden in Rhode Island; his second in command was a relative of Frances.  The Blaisdell family can trace its heritage back to a Ralph Blaisdell who came from Bolton, Lancaster, England to what is now Maine in 1635.

In a baseball area like Boston, Blaisdell became a pitcher for local teams, but when he signed with Lynn in 1884, the Boston Globe said he spent 1882 and 1883 in Fort Wayne and Milwaukee.  Skimming through the Boston Globe for the spring and summer of 1884, you can find eleven Massachusetts State League games in which Blaisdell pitched.  He also appeared in a handful of exhibitions against other squads, including the Boston Reserves and a game against the Kansas City Cowboys of the Union Association.

The Cowboys, starting off very slowly, were in the running for young talent to improve the team.  In July, they sent out offers to both Howard Blaisdell and Harry Oxley, Blaisdell’s catcher.  Blaisdell jumped at the chance and caught a train to meet the Cowboys.  The people of Lynn, however, made a strong effort to retain Oxley and, while they suspended Blaisdell for jumping his contract, the Lynns chose to remove Oxley’s suspension and exonerated him for possibly having convinced Blaisdell to take the Cowboys’ offer.  The Boston Herald noted that it was the first time that a Union Association team had stolen a player from another association.

Blaisdell got his first chance with Kansas City on 09 July 1884 and it was his best start.  Facing the Philadelphia Keystones, he lost 8 – 5 – the Keystones bunched runs in the first, fifth, and seventh.  He got a second chance at them a couple of days later, but got slaughtered – the Keystones won, 16 – 4.  After a single game as a right fielder, he went to the mound to face Baltimore on 14 July 1884 and lost that one, 15 – 2.  Soon after, Blaisdell went back to Massachusetts.

In Blaisdell’s profile found in Major League Baseball Profiles: 1871 to 1900 (Volume 2), historian Frank Vaccaro suggested that Blaisdell didn’t go to Massachusetts, but rather was traded to the Baltimore Unions for Henry Overbeck – which would make Blaisdell not only the first player stolen by the Unions but possibly involved in the first trade in major league baseball history.  Vaccaro notes that a player named “Scott” joined the Baltimores while Henry Overbeck switched from Baltimore to Kansas City a few days later.  Scott contributed to a thirteen game winning streak before being let go – and was never heard from again (or, for that matter, easily identified because all we know is Scott’s last name).  Vaccaro thinks that Scott is actually Blaisdell playing under an assumed name to avoid issues with his suspension.  The profile says that in order to confirm Vaccaro’s theory they would need to find a “smoking gun.”

Newspaper evidence suggests that Blaisdell and Scott are not the same person.  On the day that Scott appears in his first game for Baltimore, Blaisdell had returned from Kansas City by train to Lynn, claiming that new Kansas City manager Ted Sullivan asked Blaisdell to scout the east for players and was planning on staying in the area for ten days.  And, in early August, when Scott was playing in his last series with Baltimore on August 3rd and 4th, Blaisdell was scheduled to pitch for Biddeford against the Sanfords on August 2nd.  When the Sanfords saw that Blaisdell was on the mound for the Biddefords, they refused to play the game knowing Blaisdell was a suspended pitcher.  Why would someone “hiding” from a suspension and playing major league baseball leave his team for a day to pitch in a semi-pro game somewhere where his cover might be blown?

In 1885, he was reinstated and allowed to pitch for Haverhill.  Sadly, that’s where Blaisdell’s baseball career ends.  A year later, just 24 years old, Phthitis (tuberculosis) claimed the young pitcher on 20 August 1886.

SOURCES:

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

https://www.findagrave.com/

https://www.blaisdell.org/Index.htm (retrieved August 29, 2020)

Massachusetts Birth and Death Records
Massachusetts Marriage Records
New Hampshire Birth Records

1865 Rhode Island Census
1830, 1850, 1870, 1880 US Census
1882 Lynn, Massachusetts City Directory

Nemec, David (editor). Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871 – 1900, Volume 2, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, Page 353.

Lynn Box Scores, Boston Globe, April to July, 1884,

“Around the Bases,” Boston Globe March 25, 1884: 4.

“Balls and Strikes.,”Boston Globe, 12 April 1884, Page 5.

“Gossipy Gleanings,” Boston Globe, July 06, 1884: 3.

“Keystones, 8; Kansas Citys, 5.,” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 10 July 1884, Page 8.

“Keystones, 16; Kansas Citys, 4.,” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 12 July 1884, Page 6.

“Innocents Abroad.,” Kansas City Daily Times, July 12, 1884: 8.

“Balls and Strikes.,” Boston Globe, July 16, 1884: 2.

“Baltimore Unions 17, Kansas City 5.,” Baltimore Sun, 17 July 1884, Page 1.

“Gossipy Gleanings,” Boston Globe, 18 July 1884, Page 2.

“The Kansas City Unions.,” Kansas City Star, July 19, 1884, Page 1.

“Base-Ball.,” Baltimore Sun, 05 August 1884, Page 4.

“Around the Bases.,” Boston Globe, 05 August 1884, Page 5.

“Newburyports, 7; Roxburys, 4.,” Boston Globe, 07 September 1884, Page 8.

“Blacklisted Baseballists Reinstated,” Bridgewater Courier-News, 04 April 1885, Page 2.

“Gossipy Gleanings.,” Boston Globe, 16 April 1885, Page 3.

“Haverhills, 7; Newburyports, 6.,” Boston Globe, 26 July 1885, Page 4.

Happy Birthday, Henry Burroughs!

“The feature of the game was a fine running catch by Force in the second, and another magnificent running fly-catch by Burroughs in the third inning…”

“Base Ball – Olympics of this City versus the Olympics of Baltimore” Washington (DC) Evening Star, 11 August 1871, Page 4.

Henry was one of the members of the original Washington baseball teams, playing a number of different positions for the Olympics in 1871 and 1872 when Washington had an entry in the National Association. In 12 games in 1871, he contributed 15 hits – six for extra bases, including a homer – and then appeared in two games the following season, collecting a single hit in his seven official at bats (and a walk). From what I can tell, he played with the Olympics in 1870 prior to that team joining the National Association. It was a professional team, with players being hired from a variety of different cities in addition to the local ball players.

Olympics of Washington - Berthrong at top right

Burroughs with his Olympic Teammates.  Burroughs is right in front (#9), with Dave Force (#7) to the left, Asa Brainard (#8) behind him to the left, and Doug Allison (#10) behind to the right.

Burroughs was born 03 February 1845 to Joseph and Hannah Palmer (Searles) Burroughs. Joseph was a fur blower and made hats while Hannah was busy raising six kids. It looks like Henry worked for his father when not playing ball. He stayed in the D.C. area after his playing days taking a clerk position an government auditor office. He must have gotten ill and returned home to family where he passed away on 31 March 1878.

Sources:

1850 US Census
1865 Newark City Directory
FindAGrave.com
1873 US Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service
Baseball-Reference.com
“Base Ball.”, National Republican, 18 June 1870, Page 4.
“Base Ball – Olympics of this City versus the Olympics of Baltimore” Washington (DC) Evening Star, 11 August 1871, Page 4.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Olympics of Washington, D.C., A. J. Leonald, l. f., G. W. Hall, c. f., H. W. Berthrong, r. f. , F. A. Waterman, 3b., C. J. Sweasy, 2b., E. Mill, 1b., D. W. Force, s. s., Asa Brainard, p., H. F. Borroughs, D. L. Allison, c., J. W.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 19, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-c2c4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

 

Baseball History for August 18th

<— AUG 17     AUG 19 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1855 Edward Cramer
1857 Sam Wise
1862 Harry Koons
1868 Harry Keener
1872 Eddie Hickey
1874 Henry Risk (Dick) Harley
1876 Gus Dorner
1889 Bill Brady
1890 George Daniel (Buck) Weaver
1891 Wally Gerber
1893 William Marriott
1893 Bernie Duffy
1893 Burleigh Grimes
1897 Jonathan (Mandy) Brooks
1898 Bill Knowlton
1898 Hal Goldsmith
1899 Bernie Friberg
1908 Jim Peterson
1913 Tommy Heath
1915 Max Lanier
1920 Bob Kennedy
1927 Roger Bowman
1934 Roberto Clemente
1934 Billy Consolo
1935 Bob Humphreys
1939 Joe (The Immortal) Azcue
1940 Paul Popovich
1944 Mike Ferraro
1946 Jim Magnuson
1947 Lowell Palmer
1947 Charles Henry (Bucky) Guth
1949 Charlie Hudson
1955 Bruce Benedict
1958 Don Crow
1958 Bob James
1959 Terry Blocker
1960 Mike LaValliere
1961 Jack Howell
1962 Scott Arnold
1965 Marcus Lawton
1966 Bob Zupcic
1970 Bobby Higginson
1971 Albie Lopez
1974 Jayson Durocher
1974 Chris Stowers
1976 Brian Bowles
1978 Kevin Barry
1978 Matt Hensley
1980 Jason Perry
1981 Pat Misch
1982 Josh Rupe
1986 Tony Cruz
1986 Evan Gattis
1986 Andrew Taylor
1987 Justin Wilson
1989 Daniel Webb
1990 Yimi Garcia
1990 Eric Yardley
1992 Austin Hedges

OBITUARIES:

1893 Ed Dundon
1932 Candy LaChance
1934 Doc Potts
1958 Archie Stimmel
1961 John Leary
1971 Jim McCloskey
1976 Walt Irwin
1978 George Harper
2018 Ozzie Van Brabant
2019 Paul Smith

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1910 Rickwood Field in Birminham opens – the oldest park still used in baseball. It’s two seasons older than Fenway Park and four seasons older than Wrigley Field.

1914 Braves Field opens in Boston – the first to have more than 40,000 seats. (The Braves topped the Cards, 3 – 1.

1960 Lew Burdette blanks the Philles as the Braves win, 1 – 0. In completing his no-hitter, Burdette hit Tony Gonzalez with a pitch in the fifth inning (the only base runner), but got out of it with a double play.

1967 Tony Conigliaro is hit in the face with a Jack Hamilton fastball, shattering a cheekbone. It essentially ends Conigliaro’s career.

2007 How’s this for a pitcher helping his cause? Micah Owings gives up just three hits in seven innings – but he had four hits himself, including two homers, and drove in six runs. Arizona wins 12 – 6 over the Braves.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1903 The Giants, on a spending spree, acquire Art Devlin from Newark of the Eastern League.

1915 Detroit sends Baby Doll Jacobson and cash to the Browns for pitcher Bill James. I mention this because this is the OTHER Bill James, and not the guy who was really good for Boston in the NL… He was, though, a competent pitcher at the time.

1930 The Cubs pick up High Pockets Kelly, who had been sent down to Minneapolis, for a player to be named later (Chick Tolson). Kelly, just about done as a major leaguer, would hit .331 for the Cubs down the stretch, so it worked out okay.

1995 Los Angeles sent two minor leaguers to the Mets for Brett Butler.

2010 The Cubs sent Derrek Lee to the Braves for three minor leaguers.

Baseball History for August 17th

<— AUG 16     AUG 18 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1861 Chris McFarland
1866 George Harper
1871 Bill Keister
1871 Charlie Brown
1873 Effie Norton
1883 Walt Justis
1888 Vince Molyneaux
1891 Reginald Bertrand (Jack) Powell
1891 Arch Reilly
1892 Johnny Rawlings
1896 Doug McWeeny
1897 Ed Lennon
1897 Joe Bradshaw
1898 Bill Pertica
1900 Elmer Pence
1901 Charles Akin (Slim) Embry
1904 Augie Walsh
1905 Johnny Watwood
1906 Harvey Willos (Hub) Walker
1907 Ed Durham
1910 Pat McLaughlin
1913 Rudy York
1919 Clem Hausmann
1919 Ernie Nevel
1920 Vern Bickford
1923 Tom Clyde
1923 Duke Markell
1924 Larry Ciaffone
1930 Glen Gann (Buck) Varner
1933 Jim Davenport
1936 John Buzhardt
1937 Diego Segui
1938 Dick Lines
1941 John Wesley (Boog) Powell
1943 Ken Turner
1946 Claude Edward (Skip) Lockwood
1948 Bill Parsons
1950 Larry Johnson
1950 Dave Lemanczyk
1951 Clell Lavern (Butch) Hobson
1957 Bill Landrum
1959 Jeff Moronko
1959 Brad Wellman
1963 Jeff Fischer
1965 Alex Cole
1966 Tony Barron
1967 Kelly Mann
1971 Roberto Ramirez
1971 Jim Converse
1971 Jorge Posada
1972 Jeff Abbott
1973 Adam Butler
1974 Jeff Liefer
1976 Mike Cervenak
1976 Yohanny Valera
1976 Matt Anderson
1977 Mike Maroth
1978 Chad Qualls
1980 Chris Waters
1980 Jeff Ridgway
1980 Mike O’Connor
1980 Brett Myers
1982 Travis Metcalf
1983 James Benjamin (Tuffy) Gosewisch
1983 Dustin Pedroia
1983 Tyler Greene
1987 Thomas Neal
1990 Kyle Farmer
1991 Dillon Overton
1993 Victor Caratini
1993 Jesse Winker
1995 Blake Taylor

OBITUARIES:

1914 Harry Steinfeldt

According to his Kentucky death certificate, Steinfeldt suffered a cerebral hemorrhage four days earlier.

Steinfeldt is the third baseman of that Tinker to Evers to Chance team – a very good player.  He had been released in 1912 and, according to his obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer, was working with his father-in-law for a company that manufactured baking utensils.

1920 Ray Chapman

Fractured skull and related injuries after getting beaned by Carl Mays the day before.

1930 Harry Maskrey
1940 Bock Baker
1950 Paddy O’Connor
1950 Pit Gilman
1951 Doc Crandall
1951 Ren Wylie
1961 Jack McCandless
1964 Happy Felsch
1967 Ray Caldwell
1968 Forrest More
1969 Frank Shellenback
1974 Johnny Barrett
1975 Jack Schulte
1975 Jack Enright
1976 Bert Tooley
1980 Jonah Goldman
1982 Moxie Meixell
1986 Walt Lanfranconi
1986 Sammy Vick
1989 Fred Frankhouse
1993 Al Sima
1998 Johnny Lipon
1999 Randy Heflin
2002 Jimmy Bloodworth
2007 Dee Sanders
2009 Davey Williams
2013 Jack Harshman
2013 Rod Craig
2014 Dick Teed
2017 Steve Arlin

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1904 Boston’s Jesse Tannehill blanks the White Sox, 6 – 0, without allowing a hit.

1933 Lou Gehrig passes Everett Scott’s consecutive game record by appearing in his 1,308th game.

1992 Los Angeles starter Kevin Gross no-hits the Giants, 2 – 0.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1929 The Yankees purchased Lefty Gomez from San Francisco of the PCL for $45,000.

1967 Houston sent Eddie Mathews to the Tigers for (later) Fred Gladding and Leo Marentette.

1986 Seattle sends Dave Henderson and Spike Owens to the Red Sox for three players to be named later, including Mike Brown and Mike Trujillo.

Happy Birthday, Henry Buker!

Henry Buker is a man quite hidden to history…  An infielder and outfielder for Detroit in 1884, Buker (sometimes Baker) had a single season as a professional baseball player and then went back to being anonymous – at least to history.

Henry Leslie Buker was born in Portland, Maine in 1859.  His mother was named Margaret.  Somewhere around the time of the Great War for Slavery, Margaret took her two sons, William and Henry, to the south side of Chicago.  Margaret met and married one of Chicago’s great land pioneers, Benjamin Shurtleff.  It was the second marriage for both of them.

Likely when Henry got to Chicago (technically, Lake View, Illinois – a section of the south side of Chicago) Buker learned to play baseball.  He was good enough to get a tryout with the new Minneapolis entry of the Northwestern League.  Among his teammates would be someone MightyCaseyBaseball.com just covered, Henry McCormick.  Buker (called Baker in the Minneapolis papers) only played in a game or two and found himself on the bench after spraining a finger and perhaps getting sick.  (And, like McCormick, his name was interchangeably Henry or Harry.)  A month later, Buker was allowed to leave and somehow got a tryout with Detroit in the National League.  He impressed the team because he was athletic and at least a reasonably good contact hitter in practice.

Originally an outfielder, Buker’s first major league game with Detroit was as a shortstop. And he went by Buker, and not Baker, in the newspapers.

“Buker, Detroit’s new right fielder, made his first appearance with the team on Saturday, but it was at short stop. For an initial performance, and out of position, he did very well and created a favorable impression from the moment he fielded the first ball, batted by O’Rourke, to Scott. He had nine chances and missed two of them, one slipping through his fingers, and the other jumping over his shoulder.” 

“Fair Balls.,” Detroit Free Press, 08 June 1884, Page 11.

His first major league hit was a double, but he didn’t get many hits after that.  In fact, in his 30 major league games, Buker only got 15 hits.  As you can imagine, a .135 batting average wasn’t going to keep him in the lineup.  Buker was a better shortstop than outfielder, though.  Buker’s last game with Detroit was James (Pud) Galvin’s no-hitter on 04 August 1884. Buffalo and Galvin clocked Detroit, 18 – 0. The only base runner was Buker, who – with one out in the ninth – reached on an error by Dan Brouthers, who dropped the throw from the third baseman. Galvin then struck out the next two batters to complete the no-hitter.

Days later, sports fans got one sentence noting the end of Henry Buker’s baseball career.

“Buker was released yesterday.”

“Fair Balls.,” Detroit Free Press, 09 August 1884, Page 8.

At this point, we can piece together some of his life.  Brother William was an actor – Henry took a job as a theatrical manager.  They became Baker brothers, rather than Buker brothers, too.  It’s hard to say how well this worked – when Margaret A. Shurtleff died in 1894, a year after becoming quite near an invalid, she left a good chunk of her $60,000 estate to fund scholarships at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.  The rest was divided between William, Henry and a grand-daughter, Edna Adell.  William felt cheated – maybe both brothers did – and wound up challenging the will for much of a decade.

Henry didn’t live much longer.  He fell ill and died at the home of his step-father, Benjamin Shurtleff, on 10 August 1899.  His brief death notice did not note any immediate family.

Somewhere in the early 1880s, Henry met and then married Florence Adell (Della) Oakford in a county well west of Chicago.  Married on 06 February 1883, almost exactly nine months later they had a daughter, Edna Adell.  Considering that six months after Edna was born Henry left to chase some baseball dream, this couldn’t have been an appealing life for Della.  She would leave and remarry a Mr. S. S. Kirkpatrick in Kansas in 1888 and eventually she moved all the way to California to live with her sister.  One figures that Harry and Edna didn’t have much of a relationship, but at least Margaret Shurtleff left her something when she passed on.

Benjamin Shurtleff has kind of a cosmic tangential baseball relationship with Henry (as well as the one created by his marriage to Margaret).  Henry was close to major league talent.  Shurtleff owned a large chunk of land that he later broke into smaller lots, turning perhaps a $30,000 profit on his investment.  That land is the several blocks immediately north and bordering what is now Guaranteed Rate Field (New Comiskey Park) in Chicago.  It ran from 31st to 33rd Street, between Wentworth and Princeton.  You can’t miss it on the map.

SOURCES:

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

https://www.findagrave.com/

1880, 1900, 1920, 1930 US Census
Cook County Death Index
Cook County Voter Registrations (1890, 1892)
Illinois, Illinois County (Warren County) Marriages
Kansas Marriage Index

“County Commissioners.,” Chicago Tribune, 03 February 1874, Page 2.

“Rain Prevented a Game.,” Minneapolis Tribune, 02 May 1884, Page 4.

“The Northwestern League.,” Minneapolis Tribune, 03 May 1884, Page 2.

“A Chance for Applause.,” Minneapolis Tribune, 04 May 1884, Page 2.

“Fair Balls.,” Detroit Free Press, 07 June 1884, Page 3.

“Fair Balls.,” Detroit Free Press, 08 June 1884, Page 11.

“Sporting Matters.,” Detroit Free Press, 10 June 1884, Page 8.

“Sporting Matters.,” Detroit Free Press, 05 August 1884, Page 8.

“Fair Balls.,” Detroit Free Press, 09 August 1884, Page 8.

“What’s the Matter with Chicago?,” Chicago Tribune 23 October 1887, Page 7.

“Mrs. Margaret A. Shurtleff.,” Chicago Tribune, 09 July 1894, Page 5.

“Mrs. Margaret A. Shurtleff.,” Chicago Inter Ocean, 09 July 1894, Page 3.

“News From The Civil Courts.,” Chicago Chronicle, 19 September 1896, Page 15.

“Sues To Have Will Set Aside.,” Chicago Tribune, 13 May 1899, Page 9.

“Deaths.,” Chicago Tribune, 12 August 1899, Page 5.

“Official Death Record.,” Chicago Tribune, 13 August 1899, Page 7.

“Chicago Pioneer Dies at Age of 95.,” Chicago Tribune 04 September 1906, Page 7.

 

 

Baseball History for August 16th

<— AUG 15     AUG 17 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 Samuel H. (Doc) Landis
1855 Warren William (Hick) Carpenter
1865 Ed Mayer
1870 Willie Clark
1872 Gene Steere
1884 Joe Hovlik
1886 Hub Northen
1887 Hank Robinson
1890 William Chester (Baby Doll) Jacobson
1892 Bill Keen
1893 Cy Wright
1895 Fred Bailey
1897 Bob Fothergill
1900 Billy Rhiel
1901 Mahlon Higbee
1908 Andy Bednar
1911 Herman Besse
1913 Ernest Edward Tiny Bonham
1913 Lew Carpenter
1922 Gene Woodling
1925 Willie Jones
1929 Curt Roberts
1931 Don Rudolph
1938 Robert Leroy (Buck) Rodgers
1941 Gene Brabender
1941 Larry Loughlin
1941 Bill Edgerton
1945 Jan Dukes
1948 Mike Jorgensen
1952 Al Holland
1953 Nick Leyva
1958 Jim Maler
1960 Bill Mooneyham
1961 Greg Jelks
1961 Donnie Scott
1964 Rick Reed
1965 Xavier Hernandez
1966 Terry Shumpert
1966 Steve Foster
1967 Bret Barberie
1970 Quinton McCracken
1973 Damian Jackson
1974 John Snyder
1974 Roger Cedeno
1975 Michael Coleman
1975 Jin Ho Cho
1978 Brian Gordon
1980 Ben Kozlowski
1980 Ryan Hanigan
1982 Freddy Sandoval
1985 Daric Barton
1986 Yu Darvish
1986 Martin Maldonado
1988 J. C. Ramirez
1988 Justin Grimm
1990 Adrian Sanchez
1992 Delino DeShields
1992 Connor Joe
1996 Tyler Stephenson

OBITUARIES:

1906 Tom Carey
1919 Ed McKean
1923 Bill Day
1923 Jim Scoggins
1927 Jerry Denny
1943 Beals Becker
1944 Tom Sullivan
1946 Billy Rhiel
1948 Babe Ruth

Throat cancer – and just 53 years old.

1953 Ty Tyson
1970 Kurt Krieger
1971 Walter Mueller
1972 Fred Bailey
1976 George Aiton
1977 Joe Kelly
1977 Charlie Barnabe
1977 Al Javery
1983 Earl Averill
1984 Tommie Aaron
1984 Fred Hahn
1985 Dick Drott
1993 Bama Rowell
2002 John Roseboro
2007 Chico Garcia
2010 Bobby Thomson

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1920 Maybe not, this time. Carl Mays’ rising fastball (he threw underhanded) catches Ray Chapman in the head, fracturing his skull. Chapman, the best shortstop of his day, died the next morning.

The Indians would wear black arm bands in his memory, then went on to win the AL pennant during the most chaotic of season endings (the Black Sox were kicked out with a week or so to go – costing them a shot at repeating; the Yankees were also in the running).

As for Mays, he already had a reputation for throwing inside and he didn’t usually get along with his teammates in New York. He was eventually sold to the Reds. All things considered, Mays was a really good pitcher.  When his career was over, Mays had a 207-126 record and his ERA was 2.92 despite spending so much time in a heaving batting era of baseball.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1911 Cleveland releases Cy Young. The end includes 511 career wins and a future award naming. Wire stories from that time suggested that Young wasn’t convinced he was done – but baseball teams were no longer interested in a heavyset 45 year old legend.

“‘Old Cy’ Young Released, Champaign Daily Gazette, 16 August 1911, Page 6.

Young’s release was HUGE front page news in the Boston Globe, where Denton T. had many of his finest seasons.

1963 Baltimore signs amateur free agent pitcher Jim Palmer. As I write this (2020), Mr. Palmer just had knee replacement surgery. Heal fast, sir.

1984 Cincinnati sent Tom Lawless to the Expos for their new manager, Pete Rose.

1999 The Mets signed amateur free agent infielder Jose Reyes.

2000 The Angels plucked David Eckstein off the waiver wire – the best thing that could happen to this plucky infield prospect.

 

Baseball History for August 15th

<— AUG 14     AUG 16 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1853 Billy West
1856 John Fischer
1857 Walter Hackett
1859 Charlie Comiskey
1861 Elmer Foster
1864 George Frederick (Doggie) Miller
1869 Tom Morrison
1871 Bill Kissinger
1872 Jack Warner
1872 Lew Carr
1875 Bob Becker
1875 Tom Hess
1877 Willie Mills
1885 Ed Moyer
1887 Joe Casey
1888 Ben Van Dyke
1889 Harry Smith
1891 Tim Bowden
1896 Bill Sherdel
1896 Ben Rochefort
1901 Les Sweetland
1906 George Allan (Red) Peery
1908 Bernie Walter
1911 Mort Flohr
1915 Charley Suche
1916 Cecil Garriott
1919 Ted Pawelek
1922 Jim McDonnell
1924 Frank Whitman
1926 Barney Schultz
1926 Jim Goodwin
1930 Bob Martyn
1932 Jim Snyder
1934 Seth Morehead
1935 Joey Jay
1940 Arlo Brunsberg
1940 Jose Santiago
1941 Tommie Reynolds
1942 Cap Peterson
1944 Mike Compton
1944 John Matias
1945 Don Robert (Duffy) Dyer
1945 Bobby Trevino
1946 Joe Lis
1946 Ernie McAnally
1947 Billy Conigliaro
1950 Tom Kelly
1953 Nino Espinosa
1958 Joe Cowley
1958 Randy Johnson
1958 Tom Dodd
1961 Chris Brown
1963 Eric Fox
1964 Jeff Huson
1966 Dan Walters
1966 Scott Brosius
1967 Mike James
1970 Tony Rodriguez
1972 Chris Singleton
1974 Ramon Morel
1975 Ben Ford
1975 Aaron Scheffer
1977 Allen Levrault
1978 Santiago Ramirez
1979 Ryan Budde
1979 Roberto Novoa
1980 Mel Stocker
1981 Oliver Perez
1984 Jarrod Dyson
1984 Tyson Brummett
1984 Chris Pettit
1987 Jorge De Leon
1990 Adam Cimber
1991 Jon Moscot
1992 Yorman Rodriguez
1993 Nick Gardenwine
1993 Jacob Webb

OBITUARIES:

1901 Gene Bagley
1901 Milt Whitehead
1912 Lou Polchow
1916 John Dyler
1923 Marty Hogan
1929 Jack Manning
1930 Guy Tutwiler
1936 Lew Richie
1941 Jacob Doyle
1943 Art Whitney
1947 Bill Hall
1947 Carlton Lord
1957 Ed Baecht
1960 Ed Wheeler
1963 Karl Drews
1965 Stan Pitula
1966 George Burns
1967 Karl Meister
1969 Howie Williamson
1970 Ray Bates
1972 Jeff Pfeffer
1973 Wild Bill Luhrsen
1976 Jim Henry
1976 Dick Lajeskie
1978 Ed Chaplin
1990 Bob Garbark
1994 Joe Brovia
1999 Greek George
2002 Arnie Moser
2003 Red Hardy
2008 Darrin Winston
2014 Jerry Lumpe
2015 Doc Daugherty
2015 Bud Thomas
2016 Choo Choo Coleman

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1905 The Athletics top the Browns, 2 – 0, in a rain shortened game. Rube Waddell kept the Browns without a hit and had struck out nine of fifteen St. Louis batters he faced.

1989 Dave Dravecky, having recently returned fro cancer surgery, snaps his arm while throwing a pitch. The arm never healed – eventually it and his shoulder were amputated.

1990 Phillies starter Terry Mulholland blanks the Giants, 6 – 0, without allowing a hit. The lone baserunner reached on an error and was removed by a double play.

2011 Jim Thome launches two homers against the Tigers; the last one was his 600th career homer.

2012 Felix Hernandez takes the Rays, 1 – 0, while throwing a perfect game. It was the third perfect game of the season (Humber, Cain).

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1910 Pittsburgh signs Max Carey from South Bend of the Central League.

1973 The White Sox picked up Minnesota Twins starter Jim Kaat off the waiver wire. That worked out pretty well…

1995 Kansas City sent Vince Coleman to Seattle for (later) Jim Converse.

Baseball History for August 14th

<— AUG 13     AUG 15 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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

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

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

TRANSACTION WIRE:

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

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

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

1963 Boston signed amateur free agent pitcher Jim Lonberg.

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

Baseball History for August 13th

<— AUG 12     AUG 14 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

OBITUARIES:

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

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

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

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

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

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

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


TRANSACTION WIRE:

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

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

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

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