Baseball History for November 21st

<— NOV 20 NOV 22 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1851 Bobby Mathews
1854 Charlie Bennett
1855 John Valentine
1865 Henry Youngman
1865 Park Swartzel
1869 Alex Beam
1869 Billy Clingman
1880 Simmy Murch
1885 Gus Hetling
1893 Robert Lyndon (Ziggy) Hasbrook
1894 Bill Morrisette
1897 Andy High
1898 Walter Zink
1899 Augie Swentor
1899 Charlie Gibson
1901 Johnson Fry
1905 Freddie Lindstrom
1905 Les Mallon
1908 Paul Richards
1914 Carl (Pinky) Jorgensen
1914 George Scharein
1920 Stan Musial
1924 Warren Hacker
1935 Dick Bertell
1937 Tony Balsamo
1940 Tommy McCraw
1943 Daryl Patterson
1952 Bill Almon
1954 Alan Hargesheimer
1954 Gary Wilson
1955 Rick Peters
1958 Mike Mason
1959 Jeff Barkley
1959 Scott Terry
1960 Mark Eichhorn
1962 Dick Schofield
1967 Darron Cox
1967 Roy Bunyan (Tripp) Cromer
1969 Ken Griffey
1971 John Roper
1973 Todd Erdos
1973 Dan Murray
1975 Brian Meadows
1979 Barbaro Canizares
1980 Hank Blalock
1981 Enrique Cruz
1984 Quintin Berry
1988 Ryan LaMarre
1988 Matt West
1989 Robert Stock
1989 Jose Pirela
1992 Abel De Los Santos
1992 Jason Garcia

OBITUARIES:

1888 Len Sowders
1898 Bill Hague
1917 Z. H. Taylor
1921 Socks Seybold
1926 John Shaffer
1934 Fred Glade
1937 Al Pratt
1938 Polly Wolfe
1947 Slow Joe Doyle
1954 Uel Eubanks
1957 Bugs Bennett
1958 Mel Ott
1962 Whitey Hilcher
1963 Ed Hock
1966 Hack Miller
1971 Norm Branch
1974 Leon Pettit
1977 Ron Willis
1982 Buck Marrow
1982 Frank McCormick
1987 Dusty Cooke
1988 Carl Hubbell
1991 Bryan Stephens
1996 Earl Cook
2010 Steve Kuczek
2011 Greg Halman

His brother, Jason, stabbed Greg. Jason was apparently under a psychosis caused by marijuana use.

2013 Mike Palagyi
2013 George Werley
2015 Kerry Dineen
2015 Ken Johnson
2016 Tom Fisher
2019 Val Heim

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

2011 Justin Verlander wins the AL MVP award. He had already won the Cy Young award – and, since he also won a Rookie of the Year award, he became just the second player (Don Newcombe) to win all three.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1933 The Cubs send Mark Koenig, Ted Kleinhans, Harvey Hendrick, and $65,000 to Philadelphia for Chuck Klein.

1934 New York sends four players and cash to San Francisco of the PCL for outfielder Joe DiMaggio.

1968 Minnesota sends Jim Merritt to the Reds for Leo Cardenas.

1972 The Cubs sent Bill North to the Athletics for Bob Locker.

Baseball History for November 20th

<— NOV 19 NOV 21 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 George Mundinger
1858 Laurie Reis
1858 Joe Sommer
1862 Dan Casey
1866 Kenesaw Landis
1869 Clark Griffith
1873 Tom Fleming
1878 Martin Glendon
1880 George McBride
1881 James Arthur (Swat) McCabe
1882 Andy Coakley
1883 Arthur Augustus (Ben) Egan
1883 Harry Welchonce
1887 John Scheneberg
1888 Ray Powell
1889 Eddie Edmonson
1891 Leon Cadore
1894 Welton Claude (Rube) Ehrhardt
1896 Cecil Duff
1897 Larry Benton
1898 Tim McNamara
1902 John Olgus (Augie) Prudhomme
1906 Joe Ogrodowski
1915 Angel Valdes (Jack) Aragon
1917 Andrew Joseph (Jess) Dobernic
1917 Felix Mackiewicz
1917 Mike Schemer
1919 Rinaldo Joseph (Rugger) Ardizoia
1921 Neill Sheridan
1929 Lou Berberet
1930 Don Leppert
1936 Herm Starrette
1936 Jay Ritchie
1945 Jay Johnstone
1945 John Sanders
1945 Rick Monday
1949 Ron Cash
1951 Jackson Todd
1953 Duane Theiss
1967 Alex Arias
1968 Steve Schrenk
1968 Chuck Ricci
1971 Kevin Lomon
1971 Gabe White
1973 Brandon Kolb
1975 (David Jonathan) J. D. Drew
1978 Bill White
1979 Lino Urdaneta
1981 Sam Fuld
1983 Brock Peterson
1984 Jo-Jo Reyes
1985 C. J. Fick
1985 Greg Holland
1986 Alex Guerrero
1987 Jeff Locke
1988 Cody Allen
1990 David Washington
1992 Shawn Morimando
1994 Jake Newberry
1995 Amed Rosario
1995 Jeremy Beasley
1996 Tarik Skubal
1996 Nick Neidert

OBITUARIES:

1895 Dick Hunt
1904 Dell Darling
1910 Jack O’Brien
1925 Walter Coleman
1928 Pete Lohman
1929 Babe Doty
1929 Jim Powell
1951 Fred Burchell
1951 Joe Rogalski
1952 Fred McMullin
1953 Billy Maharg
1954 Hod Fenner
1956 Bub Kuhn
1958 Bill Lathrop
1959 Roy Thomas
1960 Frank Brower
1963 Marty Hopkins
1968 George Maisel
1968 Fresco Thompson
1969 Paddy Baumann
1976 Les Hennessy
1984 Leon Williams
1989 Dolan Nichols
1996 Bill Sayles
1997 Dick Littlefield
1998 Dick Sisler
2010 Danny McDevitt

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

2008 George Steinbrenner, his health beginning to fail him, hands over the reins of the Yankees to his sons, Hal and Hank.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1947 The Giants take Hoyt Wilhelm from the Braves in the Rule 5 Draft.

1962 Boston sends Jim Pagliaroni and Don Schwall to the Indians for Dick Stuart and Jack Lamabe.

1981 Three team swap! Cleveland sends Bo Diaz to the Phillies, getting (later) Scott Munninghoff in return. The Phillies sent Lonnie Smith to the Cardinals, and the Cardinals sent Silvio Martinez and Lary Sorensen to the Indians.

Baseball History for November 19th

<— NOV 18 NOV 20 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1840 Nealy Phelps
1847 Al Pratt
1855 Denny Driscoll
1862 Billy Sunday
1867 John Roach
1873 Charlie Atherton
1881 Harry Lewis (Bill) Bailey
1887 Jack Nabors
1887 Mike Regan
1892 Everett Scott
1895 Billy Zitzmann
1898 Harry Courtney
1902 Joe Palmisano
1904 Elmer Tutwiler
1908 Harley Boss
1908 Joe Glenn
1912 Steve Gerkin
1912 Stu Martin
1914 Eddie Morgan
1921 Roy Campanella
1922 George Yankowski
1926 Bob Thorpe
1930 Joe Morgan
1938 Manny Jimenez
1938 Ted Turner
1942 Larry Haney
1943 Aurelio Monteagudo
1945 Bobby Tolan
1947 Bob Boone
1956 Dickie Noles
1961 Jeff Hearron
1966 Jeff Hartsock
1967 Gary Disarcina
1969 Steve Dreyer
1970 Jeff Berblinger
1970 J. J. Thobe
1971 Andy Sheets
1974 John Roskos
1974 Mario Valdez
1975 Clay Condrey
1977 Justin Duchscherer
1978 Jeff Bailey
1979 John-Ford Griffin
1979 Ryan Howard
1981 Jeff Gray
1982 Jonathan Sanchez
1985 Brad Harman
1986 Michael Saunders
1987 Bryan Holaday
1989 Michael Tonkin
1993 Framber Valdez
1993 Ian Gibaut
1993 Joey Gallo
1993 Ian Gibaut
1993 Franber Valdez
1996 Lewin Diaz
1998 Christian Pache

OBITUARIES:

1891 Ernie Hickman
1917 King Bailey
1926 Fred Smith
1930 John Russell
1937 Cub Stricker
1939 Frank Mountain
1941 Davey Dunkle
1944 Frank Brill
1951 Pete Hill
1951 Marty Griffin
1951 Crese Heismann
1953 Dutch Schesler
1953 Guy Lacy
1955 Otto Jacobs
1957 Frank Foreman
1964 Fred Hofmann
1976 Frank Kellert
1980 Jack Gilligan
1987 Dave Odom
1995 Ed Wright
2004 Brian Traxler
2011 Sonny Dixon
2013 Babe Birrer
2015 Jim Stump

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1884 Nick Young replaces Abe Mills as the president of the National League. Young was a player in Washington D.C. some twenty years earlier.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1953 The Yankees sign amateur free agent pitcher Ralph Terry.

1956 Philadelphia sends Del Ennis to the Cardinals for Rip Repulski and Bobby Morgan.

1993 Montreal sends Delino DeShields to the Dodgers for Pedro Martinez.

2007 The White Sox send Jon Garland to the Angels for Orlando Cabrera.

2012 The Marlins send Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays for Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jake Marisnick, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, and Anthony DeSclafani. The Marlins had signed many of those players in advance of the first season in the new Marlins stadium in Miami, then got rid of the high priced veterans for prospects and younger players.

Baseball History for November 18th

<— NOV 17 NOV 19 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 Ormond Butler
1857 John Munce
1860 Jim McLaughlin
1863 James Thomas (Deacon) McGuire
1869 Lou Johnson
1872 Frank Griffith
1882 Jack Coombs
1882 Bill Shipke
1884 John Henry (Rip) Vowinkel
1886 Howie Gregory
1889 Ray Shook
1891 Arthur Hauger
1892 Harry Trekell
1892 Les Mann
1892 Pedro Dibut
1894 Sam Covington
1896 Bill Hughes
1899 Ren Kelly
1899 Frank W. (Dutch) Ulrich
1900 Jim Marquis
1900 Vince Shields
1903 George Blackerby
1909 John Joseph (Spike) Merena
1909 Joe Coscarart
1910 Dykes Potter
1910 Joe Cicero
1913 Charlie Fuchs
1916 Ken Burkhart
1921 Les Layton
1922 Kermit Wahl
1923 Roy Wise
1924 Glenn Richard (Rocky) Nelson
1925 Gene Mauch
1926 Roy Sievers
1928 Lou Lombardo
1932 Danny McDevitt
1933 Curt Raydon
1936 Jay Hook
1938 Marion Sylvester (Bud) Zipfel
1940 Cal Koonce
1941 Sterling Slaughter
1943 Jim Shellenback
1943 Dick Joyce
1952 Dan Briggs
1952 Steve Henderson
1953 Gil Rondon
1954 Craig Stimac
1955 Luis Pujols
1958 Cliff Pastornicky
1959 Jeff Heathcock
1961 Mike Felder
1962 Jamie Moyer
1963 Dante Bichette
1965 Scott Hemond
1965 Mark Petkovsek
1965 Chris Howard
1966 Eddie Tucker
1966 Howard Farmer
1966 Ron Coomer
1967 Tom Gordon
1968 Darrell Whitmore
1968 Clay Bellinger
1968 Gary Sheffield
1968 Phil Stidham
1970 Allen Watson
1975 Matt Wise
1975 David Ortiz
1975 Shawn Camp
1978 Wilkin Ruan
1978 Tim Hummel
1979 Steve Bechler
1980 C. J. Wilson
1982 Brent Leach
1983 Travis Buck
1985 Bruce Billings
1991 Jameson Taillon
1992 Michael Reed
1994 Jimmy Lambert
1996 Logan Webb

OBITUARIES:

1883 Mase Graffen
1922 Len Lovett
1928 Jim Gilmore
1933 Charles Strick
1934 Tuffy Stewart
1939 Horace Helmbold
1940 John Harkins
1941 Charlie Kalbfus
1945 Morrie Rath
1946 Johnny Lush
1948 Joe Regan
1951 Wally Mayer
1953 Mike McCormack
1959 Wib Smith
1962 Ed Moyer
1967 Mike Prendergast
1979 Freddie Fitzsimmons
1983 Hilton Smith
1996 John Michaels
1996 Charlie Neal
1999 Jay Heard
2001 Mel Deutsch
2003 Ken Brett
2004 Frank Baldwin
2017 Bob Borkowski

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1886 Pittsburgh leaves the American Association and joins the National League.

1966 Sandy Koufax retires his ailing left arm. He was just 30 years old.

1997 Expansion Draft! Tampa takes Tony Saunders from the Marlins, while Arizona takes Brian Anderson from Cleveland. The deal of the day, though, was probably Tampa taking Bobby Abreu from Houston, then sending him to Philadelphia for Kevin Stocker.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1963 Detroit sends Rocky Colavito, Bob Anderson and $50,000 to Kansas City for Jerry Lumpe, Ed Rakow, and Dave Wickersham.

1997 Boston sends Carl Pavano and (later) Tony Armas to Montreal for Pedro Martinez.

Baseball History for November 17th

<— NOV 16 NOV 18 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1853 Bill Hawes
1857 Thomas H. (Pat) Deasley
1867 George Stallings
1868 Ezra Lincoln
1876 Claude Elliott
1879 Charlie Gibson
1885 George William (Rube) Ellis
1886 Fred Beck
1888 Lew McCarty
1889 Ernest Lewis (Tex) Vache
1889 Willie Jensen
1892 Gene Steinbrenner
1892 Don Flinn
1895 George Scott
1896 Sam Post
1897 Walter John (Rube) Lutzke
1897 Davey Claire
1900 Ossie Orwoll
1901 Eddie Taylor
1906 Rollie Stiles
1913 Lee Stine
1919 Ray Lamanno
1923 Mike Garcia
1927 Dick Weik
1929 Norm Zauchin
1933 Dan Osinski
1933 Orlando Pena
1936 Gary Bell
1938 Aubrey Gatewood
1943 Bruce Von Hoff
1944 Tom Seaver
1945 Bill Harrelson
1947 Tom Dettore
1952 Dave Frost
1959 Brad Havens
1959 Brian Milner
1962 Ray Chadwick
1964 Mitch Williams
1965 Paul Sorrento
1966 Jeff Nelson
1969 Ben Weber
1971 Billy McMillon
1973 Mickey Lopez
1973 Eli Marrero
1974 Jim Mann
1977 Alex Graman
1978 Darnell McDonald
1978 Val Pascucci
1982 Ty Taubenheim
1983 Scott Moore
1983 Trevor Crowe
1983 Ryan Braun
1983 Nick Markakis
1986 Everth Cabrera
1988 Shane Greene
1989 Hector Sanchez
1989 Seth Lugo
1990 Elias Diaz
1993 JT Brubaker
1994 Adonis Rosa

OBITUARIES:

1897 Frank McGinn
1902 Watch Burnham
1934 Kid McLaughlin
1935 Carl Cashion
1937 Bill Merritt
1937 John Hibbard
1940 John McCloskey
1958 Mort Cooper
1961 Benny Kauff
1963 Merito Acosta
1968 Earl Hamilton
1977 Roger Peckinpaugh
1980 Eppie Barnes
1980 Hersh Martin
1981 Red Shea
1987 Paul Derringer
1989 Jack Cusick
1991 Smead Jolley
2003 Pete Taylor
2008 Floyd Weaver
2012 Freddy Schmidt
2013 Zeke Bella
2014 Ray Sadecki
2016 Angelo LiPetri

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1913 Wilbert Robinson becomes manager of Brooklyn, where he would win a pair of pennants and eventually get a call to the Hall of Fame.

1965 Lt. General William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as commissioner of baseball. According to Eckert, he hadn’t seen a major league game in over a decade…

1983 The first active players jailed for drug convictions come from Kansas City, as Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, and Jerry Martin begin drug sentences.

1992 Expansion Draft Day!!! Colorado took David Nied first, followed by the Marlins taking Nigel Wilson. Perhaps the biggest name – though not at the time – was Florida drafting infielder (and soon to be a converted reliever) Trevor Hoffman from the Reds with the eighth overall pick.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1893 Washington sent Billy (Dummy) Hoy to the Reds for Mike Sullivan.

1924 Philadelphia purchases Mickey Cochrane from Portland of the PCL for the low, low price of $35,000 and five players.

1933 Chicago acquires Augie Galan from San Francisco of the PCL for the low, low price of six players.

1947 Boston gets Vern Stephens and Jack Kramer from the Browns for six players and $310,000 in cash.

1954 The Yankees and Orioles complete the largest trade, by body count, in baseball history. Ten Yankee players, including Gus Triandos and Gene Woodling head to Baltimore, while Don Larsen and Bob Turley headline the seven players heading to New York.

1969 The Cubs sent Oscar Gamble and Dick Selma to the Phillies for Johnny Callison and, later, Larry Colton.

1975 Atlanta sends Dusty Baker and Ed Goodson to the Dodgers for Lee Lacy, Tom Paciorek, Jerry Royster, and Jim Wynn.

Also, Texas sent Fergie Jenkins to Boston for Juan Beniquez, Steve Barr, and (later) Craig Skok.

Baseball History for November 16th

<— NOV 15 NOV 17 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1850 Mike McGeary
1852 Joe Quest
1858 Ben Guiney
1858 Joe Strauss
1859 Doug Crothers
1874 William Joseph (Dummy) Deegan
1880 Con Starkel
1881 Reeve McKay
1883 Rollie Zeider
1886 Carl Manda
1890 Jake Munch
1893 Cristobal Torriente
1896 Ivy Griffin
1904 Elwood Hope (Mike) Smith
1906 Ab Wright
1909 Bill McGee
1910 Morrie Arnovich
1911 Clay Bryant
1915 Garth Mann
1915 Blas Monaco
1917 Ed Busch
1930 Paul Foytack
1931 Frank Bolling
1932 Harry Chiti
1933 Cristobal Rigoberto (Minnie) Mendoza
1940 Buster Narum
1943 Greg Bollo
1948 Leon Brown
1948 Don Hahn
1951 Herb Washington
1952 Glenn Burke
1958 Paul Serna
1960 Curt Wardle
1962 Mike Raczka
1964 Dwight Gooden
1964 Rob Mallicoat
1965 Drew Denson
1966 Tim Scott
1968 Chris Haney
1969 Pete Rose, Jr.
1970 Hector Fajardo
1974 Mark Corey
1975 Julio Lugo
1981 Fernando Cabrera
1982 Tim Wood
1987 Jordan Walden
1988 Brandon Cumpton
1989 Juan Centeno
1991 Phillips Valdez
1992 Cheslor Cuthbert
1992 Reggie McClain
1994 Will Craig
1995 Victor Gonzalez

OBITUARIES:

1895 Jim McLaughlin
1912 John T. Brush

Brush was an owner – held the Reds and Giants. He was in poor health for a while and died aboard a train.

1923 Fred House
1937 Dick Burns
1943 Frank McPartlin
1945 Jake Northrop
1950 Frank Hemphill
1960 Weldon Henley
1962 Hugh High
1964 Yam Yaryan
1965 Ed Sherling
1969 Vin Campbell
1974 Pep Rambert
1977 Jose Acosta
1978 Harry Matuzak
1987 Jim Brewer
1992 Gene Schott
1994 Russ Meers
1996 Joe Gonzales
1997 Russ Meyer
1999 Allen Benson
2001 Red Steiner
2001 Ted Abernathy
2004 Floyd Baker
2005 Sandy Consuegra
2010 Elder White
2014 Whammy Douglas
2017 Tommy Moore
2019 Nick Testa

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1962 Lou Perini sells the Braves to the Lasalle Corporation for $6.2 million. Soon after, the team announces it is leaving Milwaukee…

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1893 The Giants purchased George Van Haltren from Pittsburgh for $2500, then assigned King Kelly to Boston.

1901 Cleveland sends Candy LaChance to Boston for catcher Ossee Schrecongost.

1950 Rule 5 Draft Day – among the takers were Pittsburgh (Dale Long, from the Yankees), and the White Sox (Joe DeMaestri from Boston).

Free Agent Signings:

1976 Don Baylor (California)
1977 Tony Perez (Boston)
1992 Andres Galarraga (Colorado)

1980 The Mets signed amateur free agent infielder/outfielder Kevin Mitchell.

1999 Colorado sends Darryl Kile, Luther Hackman, and Dave Veres to St. Louis for Brent Butler, Jose Jimenez, Rich Croushore, and Manny Aybar.

2002 Florida acquires Juan Pierre and Mike Hampton from Colorado for Preston Wilson, Charles Johnson, Pablo Ozuna, and Vic Darensbourg.

2010 Florida sends my kid’s favorite player, Dan Uggla, to the Braves for Mike Dunn and Omar Infante.

Baseball History for November 15th

<— NOV 14 NOV 16 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1855 Will Foley

Played third base for a Chicago team in three different leagues (National Association, National League, and Union Association). In 1875, Dick Higham was suspected of throwing games and left the White Stockings (later, he was actually caught helping a gambler while an umpire – the only major league umpire banned for life for gambling). Anyway, Foley was hired to fill his spot. He made the tour of the National League for a few years, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Chicago, surfaced again in 1881 with Dayton, then played a number of games with the franchise that played in both Chicago and Pittsburgh in the Union Association. The Chicago native died three days shy of his 61st birthday.

1856 Tom Loftus
1862 Jim Long
1868 Al Lukens
1871 Pete Childs
1873 Bill Kemmer
1881 Jack Schulte
1883 George Craig
1883 Pat Ragan
1884 Albert Michael (Red) Kelly
1885 Joseph Nichols (Hap) Ward
1888 Rolla Daringer
1896 Herbert Spencer (Babe) Ellison
1898 Jesse Frank (Broadway) Jones
1901 John Dobb
1901 John William Joseph (Bunny) Roser
1902 Jay Partridge
1904 George Cox
1906 Gene Rye
1912 Walter Lloyd (Kit) Carson
1913 Lyle Judy
1913 Erling Adell (Swede) Larsen
1914 Maurice Van Robays
1914 Mickey Livingston
1916 Milt Byrnes
1916 Joe Ostrowski
1919 Bill Burgo
1928 Normie Roy
1928 Gus Bell
1930 Hal Bevan
1935 Jack Smith
1937 Bob Farley
1937 Ray Webster
1951 Orlando Gonzalez
1952 Tom Donohue
1955 Fred Breining
1955 Randy Niemann
1960 Rick Luecken
1961 Mike Payne
1964 Daryl Irvine
1967 Pedro Borbon
1971 Todd Steverson
1971 Ryan Jackson
1972 Darwin Cubillan
1973 Brian Dallimore
1973 Kevin Gryboski
1976 Greg Jones
1979 John Stephens
1982 Jerad Head
1983 Craig Hansen
1985 Duane Below
1988 Ben Rowen
1991 Trevor Brown
1992 Dylan Bundy
1992 Trevor Story
1996 Yennsy Diaz

OBITUARIES:

1897 Charlie Smith
1912 Dennis O’Neill
1913 Monte McFarland
1916 Jack Farrell
1928 Horace Fogel
1928 Charlie Dorman
1929 Billy Nash
1934 Barney Reilly
1934 Frederick Ehlen
1939 Tom Richardson
1941 Bill Karns
1942 Joe Gunson
1948 Joe Wagner
1958 Harry Riconda
1959 Klondike Smith
1960 Ray Gordinier
1969 Billy Southworth
1973 Phil Todt
1979 Ken Ash
1979 Ed Klieman
1981 Steve Macko
1983 Charlie Grimm
1985 Riggs Stephenson
1991 Jack Franklin
2002 Ed Freed
2003 Earl Battey
2007 Joe Nuxhall
2010 Ed Kirkpatrick
2015 George Genovese
2015 Carmelo Castillo
2016 Bob Addis
2019 Irv Noren
2019 Jim Coates

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

2005 MLB players and owners agree to make steroid penalties tougher, going from 10 games for a first time offender to 50 for a first time offense, and a lifetime ban for a third offense. It also adds testing for amphetamines.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1886 Cincinnati acquires Hugh Nicol from the Browns for young catcher Jack Boyle. NationalPastime.com says it’s the first trade in MLB history. (There have been purchases a-plenty, but no trades.)

“The Cincinnati Ball Men,” Philadelphia Times, November 21, 1886: 11

MLB wrote an article about it, too. But at the end, it suggests that there was a trade on August 29, 1885 where Louisville sent John Connor to Chattanooga for Toad Ramsey – but that’s major to minor.

1933 St. Louis sends Jimmie Wilson to the Phillies for Spud Davis and Eddie Delker. Wilson not only catches, but manages the Phillies.

1980 Atlanta signs free agent outfielder Claudell Washington.

1991 Cincinnati sends Jack Armstrong, Scott Studder and minor leaguer Joe Turek to Cleveland for Greg Swindell.

2006 San Diego sends Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins to the Mets for Heath Bell and Royce Ring.

Baseball History for November 14th

<— NOV 13 NOV 15 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1860 John Munyan
1864 Otto Schomberg
1867 Sam Gillen
1876 Harry Howell
1881 Jim Wallace
1881 Fred Carisch
1884 Gene Cocreham
1885 Jack Lelivelt
1893 Joe Leonard
1896 Eugene Anthony (Red) Sheridan
1898 Claude Willoughby
1902 Gil Paulsen
1929 Jim Piersall
1932 Marty Kutyna
1937 Jim Brewer
1938 Johnnie Seale
1941 Darrell Sutherland
1943 Danny Lazar
1953 Kim Andrew
1954 Willie Hernandez
1962 Steve Peters
1966 Curt Schilling
1967 Paul Wagner
1968 Kent Bottenfield
1973 Ruben Rivera
1976 Tim Hamulack
1978 Xavier Nady
1980 Sean Tracey
1982 Angel Castro
1982 Fu-Te Ni
1983 Guillermo Moscoso
1983 Clete Thomas
1989 Freddy Galvis
1990 Yasmany Tomas
1990 Sam Selman
1991 Joely Rodriguez
1992 Daniel Castro
1992 Akeel Morris
1993 Francisco Lindor

OBITUARIES:

1905 John Connor
1915 Art McGovern
1919 Vince Dailey
1922 Doc Oberlander
1924 Joe Quest
1928 Herb Juul
1929 Joe McGinnity
1932 Boss Schmidt
1937 Jack O’Connor
1938 Les Nunamaker
1940 George Clark
1942 Scrappy Carroll
1947 Jack Hoey
1947 Stub Smith
1949 Artie Clarke
1950 Jack McAleese
1956 Ed Hilley
1958 Jack Owens
1962 Dick Hoblitzell
1963 Ski Melillo
1965 Dixie Walker
1968 Bill Sherdel
1969 Curt Roberts
1973 Gene Bailey
1975 Garland Buckeye
1976 Fred Baczewski
1985 Luke Nelson
1985 Oscar Harstad
1987 Hod Lisenbee
1996 Jim Baxes
2000 Len Gabrielson
2004 Jesse Gonder
2006 Pete Suder
2010 Hal Bamberger
2012 Gail Harris

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1961 John Fetzer buys out the estate of the late Fred Knorr to gain complete ownership of the Detroit Tigers.

1986 Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday purchase the Mets from the Doubleday Publishing company for $80.75 million.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1894 Boston purchases Jimmy Collins from Buffalo of the Eastern League for $500.

1895 Boston acquires Billy Hamilton from the Phillies for the low price of Billy Nash…

1929 Boston sends Art Delaney and George Harper and cash to Los Angeles of the PCL for Wally Berger.

1955 The Giants signed amateur outfielder Felipe Alou.

1969 Cincinnati signs amateur pitcher Joaquin Andujar.

1973 The Cubs give up on Larry Gura and send him to the Rangers for Mike Paul.

2003 Minnesota sends A. J. Pierzynski and spending money to the Giants for Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser.

Happy Birthday, Rit Harrison!

Washington Ritter (Rit) Harrison played in one game for New Haven in the National Association in 1875.  According to the Hartford Courant of 21 May 1875, Harrison gave a rest to Studs Banker (or Bancker) behind the plate.  “Rit” went two for four with an RBI, then moved to shortstop in the ninth inning when Sammy Wright left with a sprained ankle. (The box score, included in the New York Clipper a week later, showed that he batted eighth, but makes no mention of Wright’s leaving the game.)  His catching mustn’t have left a good enough impression, it was Harrison’s only game. 

Ritter was born 16 September 1875, the fifth of seven children born to Isaac and Elizabeth (Small) Harrison. He must have been more regularly known as Rit or Ritter as that was the name listed for him in the 1850 US Census and, later, his Baseball-Reference.com record. Born in Haverstraw, New York, the family moved to New Jersey and eventually returned to his father’s home of Connecticut. (His mother was an English immigrant.) Ritter “ritturned” to being a shop foreman at a brass shop in Bridgeport, CT, (his father and his son were also in metal jobs for their careers) where he married Arabelle Gertrude Shelton. They had two children, Theodore and Sarah in 1878 and 1880, respectively. Like his baseball career, Harrison’s life was brief – he passed away in Bridgeport at 39 on 7 November 1888. Arabelle took in boarders to help pay the bills and would live with Theodore (and Theodore’s family) until both passed away in the 1930s.

Notes:

Baseball-Reference.com
FindAGrave.com

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1930 US Censuses

Happy Birthday, Tom (Red) Fisher!

Tom Fisher was a longtime ace of the Southern Association, pitching in Shreveport and Atlanta for many years and managing teams, too. Nicknamed “Red” for his auburn hair, Fisher got a full season in the rotation with the Boston Beaneaters in 1904. He wasn’t awful – though he went 6 – 16 for a bottom feeder. Fisher even hit a pair of homers (including one that rolled through an open gate). However, he was back in the Southern Association before you knew it – winning between 13 and 24 games a year until 1911 and playing first base or right field when needed.

Born on November 1, 1880 to Tom and Nancy (Craig) Fisher, named for his father, and raised in Anderson, IN, Thomas Chalmers Fisher, Jr. came from an athletic family of eleven boys (!). His older brother, Chauncey, was a major league pitcher for five teams between 1893 and 1901. Initially, Tom Fisher played baseball and football for the Anderson (IN) High School teams from 1897 to 1899 and was pitching in local weekend games in Bloomington, IN when a scout from Indianapolis saw him pitch. The year after he graduated, the Southern Association was formed and Fisher was able to head south to play for Shreveport. He even got the start in the home opener. Even suffering through a minor injury, Fisher won 17 of 29 starts for Shreveport.

As a Beaneater, Fisher got off to a fairly good start even though his team fell quickly to the basement of the National League. “Fisher is … cool under fire,” the TSN correspondent wrote, “and uses excellent judgment in pitching.” Years later, Fisher remembered that a handful of the Boston Beaneaters wouldn’t play ball on Sunday, so the pitchers would frequently cover other positions. The Sporting News wrote, “Manager Buckenberger is much chagrined over the fact that three members of his team will not play Sunday base ball; the men being Fred Tenney, Charlie Pittinger and pitcher Wilhelm. Tenney’s reason for not playing Sunday is that his contract does not call for it and ‘Pit’ declares that he promised his mother he would never play baseball on Sundays, while Wilhelm merely objects to playing on the Sabbath.”

A few years later after his first unsuccessful season and not yet 31, he left baseball to go into business. Fisher and his brother owned an iron foundry in Anderson, and when he met his fiancee, Helen Kaufmann, his days in baseball were numbered. He started a coal and feed business and later worked for the Union Grain Company until he retired. Fisher also served as a director for the Anderson Chamber of Commerce. Thomas and Helen raised two sons, Tom and Dan.

According to an article in the Anderson Daily Bulletin, Fisher said he lost all his baseball mementos in an attic fire in 1923. And, other than making the majors, his biggest thrill was tossing a perfect game for Shreveport on 1 September 1906 against Montgomery. “I struck out 14 men,” Fisher added.

Fisher lived into his 90s, dying in his birth city of Anderson, IN on 03 September 1972. Fisher suffered a heart attack, though he had been ill for much of the previous year.

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“Ready for the Opening”, Shreveport Times, 1 May 1901, Page 6.

“Nashville in the Van”, The Tennessean, 15 July 1901, Page 6.

“Fielding Finely.”, The Sporting News, 21 May 1904, Page 1.

“Fisher’s Record Breaking Game of Saturday Afternoon,” Shreveport Journal, 03 September 1906, Page 3.

“Southern Sayings”, Sporting Life, 23 September 1911, Page 17.

Lane, Kevin. “Baseball Excitement Lingers for Local Ex-Pro Tom Fisher”, Anderson Daily Bulletin, 26 August 1970, Page 14.

“Thomas C. Fisher (Obit),” Anderson Herald, 05 September 1972, Page 3.