Baseball History for November 29th

<— NOV 28 NOV 30 —>


1861 Harry Thomas (Shadow) Pyle
1864 Bill Sowders
1873 Jake Weimer
1878 Tom Hughes
1884 Marc Campbell
1885 John Forbes (Scotty) Alcock
1885 Jack Wanner
1889 Carl Weilman
1893 Charlie Snell
1893 Carter Elliott
1895 Jack Enright
1896 Joe DeBerry
1898 Patrick Henry (Red) Shea
1901 Arthur Elliott (Buddy) Crump
1905 Harlan Pyle
1908 Pat Simmons
1909 Gus Brittain
1910 Ed Leip
1911 Harry Boyles
1914 Joe Orengo
1922 Lynn Lovenguth
1924 Irv Noren
1925 Minnie Minoso
1926 Bill Currie
1931 Paul Pettit
1937 George Thomas
1939 Jim Derrington
1939 Dick McAuliffe
1941 Bill Freehan
1943 Dan McGinn
1950 Otto Velez
1950 Mike Easler
1951 Gary Wheelock
1956 Joe Price
1956 Rick Anderson
1957 Dennis Burtt
1959 Brian Holton
1960 Howard Johnson
1967 Bob Hamelin
1968 Allen Battle
1968 Pedro Martinez
1969 Mariano Rivera
1970 Steve Rodriguez
1977 Jason Alfaro
1979 Francis Beltran
1980 Brian Wolfe
1981 Guillermo Quiroz
1982 Tony Giarratano
1983 Craig Gentry
1993 Dean Deetz


1901 Jim Sullivan
1906 Jim Foran
1916 Bob Unglaub

Had an interesting enough career as a player and manager of some note. I first met him when he managed for Minneapolis in the Northern League in 1914 while writing about Rube Waddell. My memory of him was that he was a bit, well, willing to argue a bit with people – especially over money. Will have to write his biography and see if my memory is right.

Unglaub returned to his hometown of Baltimore in 1916 following a season in Fargo and took a job as a machinist in local railroad yards. On November 28, he was crushed while working on a locomotive, breaking ribs and lacerating a kidney. Doctors removed the damaged kidney, but they were unable to save him. Unglaub died the next day…

1923 Frank Pears
1929 Jimmy Whelan

Sure, his death is listed here on November 29th, but if my newspaper obituary is correct, he died on Tuesday, November 26th. The obituary appeared in the Dayton Herald on the 29th (“Year’s Illness Causes Death of Former Baseball Player,” Dayton Herald, November 29, 1929: 48). I’ll send this to someone and see what they think.

Anyway – Whelen got in a single game as a pinch hitter on April 24, 1913 in a loss to the Reds. He batted for relief pitcher Joe Willis in the eighth inning and flew out to left fielder Bob Bescher (who, ironically, did die on November 29th – see below). From what I gather, Whelen, the son of an Irish immigrant, had a crazy good year batting for Odgen in 1912 (where he must have met his wife, Laura Keenwright, whom he married in Salt Lake City that year) earning a shot with the Cardinals. He got his one at bat then was dispatched to the Minneapolis Millers in the American Association, but never hit that well over the next handful of seasons. He returned to Dayton, became a toolmaker for A.C. Delco, and worked there (and played amateur baseball) until illness took him away from his family and this world.

1933 John Humphries
1936 Ri Jones
1941 Ed Hahn
1942 Bob Bescher

Bescher, 55, was with another woman when the car he was driving collided with a passenger train at a railroad crossing. Both he and his friend, Delphine Morcher, were thrown from the vehicle and died instantly.

I read an article that suggested that Bescher’s playing football in the off-season (he played at Notre Dame) is one reason that baseball contracts now include language precluding a player from participating in a sport that might injure the player in the offseason.

1952 Arlie Latham
1954 Al Lawson
1962 Red Kress
1963 Arch Reilly
1972 Bernie Neis
1973 Tom Hamilton
1974 Al Moore
1978 Al Williamson
1980 Bill Dunlap
1982 Al Cicotte
1982 Mays Copeland
1992 Tuck Stainback
1994 Charley Smith
1998 Jim Turner
1999 Tom Herrin
2001 Marcelino Lopez
2003 Jim Carlin
2004 Harry Danning
2005 Vic Power
2006 Pete Mikkelsen
2015 Ramon de los Santos


Almost all of the really cool things that happened today were trades. So just skip this and go to the list of trades below…


1887 Brooklyn sent $5,500 to St. Louis for Dave Foutz.

1958 Boston signs amateur free agent outfielder Carl Yastrzemski.

1965 Houston drafted Nate Colbert from the Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft.

1966 The Mets sent Jim Hickman and Ron Hunt to the Dodgers for Tommy Davis and Derrell Griffith.

Also, among the Rule 5 Draft selections, the Mets took Amos Otis from Boston.

1967 The White Sox send Don Buford, Roger Nelson, and Bruce Howard to Baltimore for Luis Aparicio, John Mathias, and Russ Snyder.

1971 The Cubs sent Ken Holtzman to the Athletics for Rick Monday.

Also, the Reds sent Lee May, Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for Joe Morgan, Cesar Geronimo, Denis Menke, Jack Billingham, and Ed Armbrister.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Giants sent Gaylord Perry and Frank Duffy to the Indians for Sudden Sam McDowell.

1976 The Yankees sign free agent outfielder Reggie Jackson.

Baseball History for November 28th

<— NOV 27 NOV 29 —>


1858 Daisy Davis

So I spent a little time digging into this but did not immediately find anything really exciting. Here’s where I am so far.

John Henry Albert Davis was born to William and Annie (Shirreffs) Davis in Boston – dad was a blacksmith and shipwright while mom raised five kids of which John was the youngest. The Davis parents were likely immigrants, but not very clear based on US Census data, which also suggests they had a stop in New Hampshire prior to moving to Boston around 1856 (or the Boston area) for the rest of their lives. (1870 and 1880 says William was from Nova Scotia and Annie was from Scotland while 1860 says New Hampshire, for example.) Anyway – Davis grew up in a huge baseball town and by the time he was old enough to start playing at least on good town teams he was working as a blacksmith. In 1884, Davis lands on the St. Louis Browns, a very good team with a pretty full roster of decent pitchers. With the highest ERA and a 10 – 12 record, the Browns decide that they don’t need a fifth starter and he’s allowed to move to Boston for the rest of the season.

Except, of course, that Daisy Davis was a pretty good pitcher. He had the best K/9 data, didn’t walk that many batters, and probably had room to improve. Instead, he got shelled a little with his home club as 1884 finished and he wasn’t used all that much in 1885 – the Boston Nationals had two solid starters who split 100 starts down the middle. Davis took a job pitching for Toronto and went 16 – 7 with good strikeout and control numbers in 1886. You’d think that SOMEBODY would have given him a chance following that, but his career appears to end there. He went home to his wife, the former Minnie Brown (she was eight years younger than John). They moved to Lynn, MA where Davis became a clerk until the fall of 1902, when pneumonia (or tuberculosis, per took him to the next league on November 5, 1902.

Sources include the 1860, 1870, and 1880 US Censuses, 1865 Mass. Census, Massachusetts birth, marriage, and death records, and

1861 Bill Conway
1865 Dan Minnehan
1867 Ed Cassian
1870 Heinie Peitz
1874 Stan Yerkes
1876 Lee Fohl
1877 Jim Jackson
1882 Roxey Roach
1883 Fred Osborn
1887 Bill Prough
1891 Frank O’Rourke
1893 Benn Karr
1895 Bill Anderson
1895 Molly Craft
1905 Ed Chapman
1907 Lynn King
1910 Bill McWilliams
1910 Ed Gallagher
1911 Bill DeLancey
1916 Max West
1918 Russ Meers
1922 Wes Westrum
1927 Carlos Paula
1928 Billy Queen
1937 Purnal Goldy
1937 Corky Withrow
1941 Fritz Fisher
1949 Dave Augustine
1950 Jim Fuller
1953 Sixto Lezcano
1957 Pat Rooney
1958 Pat Murphy
1958 Dave Righetti
1959 Jeff Datz
1960 Ken Howell
1963 Walt Weiss
1964 Craig Wilson
1964 John Burkett
1965 Matt Williams
1968 Terry Burrows
1968 Pedro Astacio
1968 Scott Sheldon
1969 Robb Nen
1971 Bill Simas
1972 Geraldo Guzman
1972 Jose Parra
1976 Adam Bernero
1979 Nook Logan
1979 Mike Schultz
1983 Carlos Villanueva
1988 Kevin Quackenbush
1989 Taylor Davis
1989 Danny Hultzen
1989 Angel Sanchez
1989 Jesus Montero
1992 Jose Trevino
1993 Yefry Ramirez
1994 Miguel Diaz


1903 Jack Easton
1914 Tug Wilson
1930 Ed Hendricks
1936 Bob Casey
1944 Elmer Miller
1946 Bill DeLancey
1949 Art Kruger
1957 Ed Donnelly
1959 Ed McFarland
1959 Blondy Ryan
1961 Earl Moore
1962 Harry Moran
1970 Orlie Weaver
1977 Bob Meusel
1979 Herb Bremer
1983 Chet Boak
1989 Bill Posedel
1990 Tommy Hughes
1991 Stan Wentzel
1993 George Piktuzis
1999 Dick Errickson
2004 Connie Johnson
2006 Sam Calderone
2007 Bob Marquis
2008 Red Murff
2010 Cal Emery
2010 Gil McDougald
2019 John Strohmayer


1938 Monty Stratton has his leg amputated following a hunting accident where he was shot in the right leg.

1974 George Steinbrenner is suspended for two years by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for his illegal contributions to Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign.


1927 Pittsburgh trades Kiki Cuyler to the Cubs for Sparky Adams and Pete Scott.

1960 Philadelphia drafts Choo-Choo Coleman from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 Draft.

1961 The Mets send cash and (later) Gus Bell to the Braves for Frank Thomas and (later) Rick Herrscher.

1967 The Dodgers send Ron Perranoski, John Roseboro and Bob Miller to the Twins for Mudcat Grant and Zoilo Versalles.

Meanwhile, the Senators take Toby Harrah from the Phillies in the Minor League Draft.

1972 The Dodgers send Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bobby Valentine and Mike Strahler to the Angels for Andy Messersmith and Ken McMullen.

1988 Pittsburgh sends Denny Gonzalez and (later) Felix Fermin to Cleveland for (later Jay Bell).

1992 Seattle signs amateur free agent hitter David Ortiz.

2003 Boston sends Brandon Lyon, Casey Fossum, Jorge De La Rosa and Mike Goss to the Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling.

2014 Oakland sends Josh Donaldson to Toronto for Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Franklin Barreto.

Baseball History for November 27th

<— NOV 26 NOV 28 —>


1875 Jimmy Hart
1881 Jim Kane
1884 Jack Kading
1888 Marty O’Toole
1892 Leslie Ambrose (Bullet Joe) Bush
1896 John Singleton
1899 William Graves (Lena) Styles
1903 Bill Hohman
1910 John Joseph (Hank) Miklos
1912 Tony York
1918 Pat Capri
1920 Johnny Schmitz
1922 Lou Bevil
1923 Bob Schultz
1924 Cal Howe
1927 Frank Quinn
1933 Billy Moran
1936 Vern Handrahan
1937 Bill Short
1938 Jose Tartabull
1939 Dave Giusti
1941 Al Raffo
1944 Ron Tompkins
1947 John Harrell
1950 Bob Sheldon
1951 Dan Spillner
1958 Mike Scioscia
1961 Randy Milligan
1969 Tim Laker
1969 Chris Eddy
1971 Ivan Rodriguez
1973 Jason Beverlin
1974 Ken Ray
1977 Raul Valdes
1977 Willie Bloomquist
1978 Jimmy Rollins
1979 Jonathan Van Every
1983 Jason Berken
1991 Kyle McGowin
1992 Bradley Zimmer
1993 Nick Heath
1995 Jared Oliva
1996 Eloy Jimenez


1906 Julius Willigrod
1912 Fred Corey
1922 Austin McHenry
1931 Jack Burdock
1936 Shad Barry
1939 Jack Fifield
1941 Rudy Schwenck
1946 Arlie Tarbert
1954 Nick Maddox
1956 Charlie Peete
1957 Deke White
1957 Chuck Wolfe
1961 Bob Harmon
1962 Bob Peterson
1965 Bill Hollahan
1968 Ed Fernandes
1969 Clem Llewellyn
1973 Ed Holly
1976 Al Baird
1980 Bill Connelly
1981 Frank Betcher
1987 Babe Herman
1989 Ray Boggs
1992 Walt Tauscher
1993 Jim Hayes
1994 Glen Moulder
1997 Buck Leonard
1997 Paul Masterson
2006 Eddie Mayo
2007 Clancy Smyres
2008 Andy Tomasic
2010 Bill Werle
2015 Lou Marone


1978 You needed to tell the Reds not to do this… The Reds fired Sparky Anderson… He’d land with the Tigers and do okay. His replacement in Cincinnati? John McNamara.

2001 Bud Selig gets a contract extension to remain commissioner.


1926 Philadelphia sent Bill Wambsganss and $50,000 to Kansas City of the American Association for Dud Branom. Branom barely got 100 plate appearances with the A’s in 1927 and was gone in two months.

1950 Boston signs Lou Boudreau, who spends a year as a shortstop, then a year as a Player/Manager before becoming a full time manager.

1955 Rule 5 Draft results included the Cubs taking aging veteran Monte Irvin from the Giants. Irvin spent just 1956 with the Cubbies, batting .271 with a good OBP and SLG rate but was done as a major leaguer after that.

1961 The White Sox sent Minnie Minoso to the Cardinals for Joe Cunningham.

Also, the Angels took Bo Belinsky from the Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft.

1962 Milwaukee sends Joe Adcock and Jack Curtis to the Indians for Frank Funk, Don Dillard, and (later) Ty Cline.

1967 The Mets send Bill Denehy and cash for Washington Senators manager Gil Hodges.

1972 New York acquires Graig Nettles and Jerry Moses from Cleveland for the low price of John Ellis, Charlie Spikes, Rusty Torres, and Jerry Kenney.

1978 Baltimore picks up the recently waived Texas Ranger, John Lowenstein.

1981 Detroit trades Steve Kemp to the White Sox for Chet Lemon.

1991 Los Angeles sends Tim Belcher and John Wetteland to the Reds for Eric Davis and Kip Gross.

2004 Pittsburgh sends Jason Kendall to Oakland for Mark Redman, Arthur Rhodes and spending money.

Baseball History for November 26th

<— NOV 25 NOV 27 —>


1855 Jacob Doyle
1866 Hugh Duffy
1866 Jim Canavan
1866 Mike Slattery
1866 Art Twineham
1871 Fred Tenney
1873 James Edward (Gussie) Gannon
1874 Dan McFarlan
1878 Bill Malarkey
1883 Frank Lobert
1889 Hanson Horsey
1890 Dan Sherman
1895 George Tomer
1897 Firman Newton (Bill) Warwick
1898 John Kerr
1900 John Churry
1905 Bob Johnson
1907 Gowell Claset
1908 Vernon Louis (Lefty) Gomez
1913 Garton Del Savio
1914 Ed Weiland
1916 Eddie Miller
1916 Bob Elliott
1916 Walt Ripley
1917 Pat Cooper
1917 Mike Kosman
1919 Danny Reynolds
1920 Jodie Beeler
1920 Hollis Kimball (Bud) Sheely
1921 Mickey McGowan
1922 Joe Muir
1923 Danny Ozark
1927 Pete Taylor
1933 Minnie Rojas
1937 Bob Lee
1941 Jeff Torborg
1947 Richie Hebner
1947 Larry Gura
1950 Jorge Orta
1955 Jay Howell
1955 Mike Mendoza
1956 Bob Walk
1956 Ron Meridith
1959 Mike Moore
1960 Harold Reynolds
1962 Chuck Finley
1968 Hector Wagner
1969 Sam Militello
1976 Brian Schneider
1977 John Parrish
1979 Jeff Fulchino
1983 Matt Garza
1985 Matt Carpenter
1985 Jhonny Nunez
1985 Corey Brown
1988 Matt Tracy
1988 Hector Velazquez
1988 Josh Smoker
1991 Corey Knebel
1991 Kyle Waldrop
1991 Yoshi Tsutsugo


1907 Eddie Burke
1928 Butts Wagner
1928 Denny Clare
1937 Andy Bednar
1952 Warren Gill
1954 Bill Doak
1962 Al Carson
1969 Emil Kush
1972 George Jackson
1973 Tom Kane
1982 Hub Walker
1985 Monk Sherlock
1989 Lew Fonseca
2004 Tom Haller
2012 Mike Kume
2016 Bill Endicott


1996 Owners approve the latest collective bargaining agreement, which includes regular season interleague play.


1887 Brooklyn purchases Bob Carruthers from the St. Louis Browns for a cool $8,500…

1962 The Yankees send Bill Skowron to the Dodgers for Stan Williams.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox send batting champ Pete Runnels to Houston for Roman Mejias.

Finally – the first year draft nets some great picks. Houston took Jim Wynn from Cincinnati, Washington drafted Lou Piniella from the Indians, Baltimore took Paul Blair from the Mets, and the Cubs took Glenn Beckert from Boston.

1986 The Yankees send Doug Drabek, Brian Fisher, and Logan Easley to the Pirates for Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Pat Clemens.

1996 Anaheim sends J. T. Snow to the Giants for Fausto Macey and Allen Watson.

Baseball History for November 25th

<— NOV 24 NOV 26 —>


1848 Sam Wright
1858 Harry McCaffery
1859 Jimmy Woulfe
1865 Elmer Ellsworth (Bert) Cunningham
1876 Lou Castro
1880 Frank Corridon
1882 Art Brouthers
1889 Dick Crutcher
1889 Joe Vernon
1893 Gene Bailey
1895 Frank Spruiell (Jakie) May
1903 Jim Weaver
1914 Gene Handley
1914 Joe DiMaggio
1915 Bob Finley
1916 Oscar Georgy
1917 Len Perme
1922 Ben Wade
1922 John Wells
1923 Archie Wilson
1928 Ray Narleski
1931 John Pyecha
1933 Jim Waugh
1934 Lazaro Ramon Gonzalez (Cholly) Naranjo
1935 Jim Duffalo
1940 Dennis Aust
1941 Mike Ryan
1942 Bobby Etheridge
1945 Wayne Redmond
1945 Rafael Batista
1946 Wenty Ford
1946 Don Leshnock
1951 Russell Earl (Bucky) Dent
1956 Dave Baker
1957 Tony Brewer
1958 Chico Walker
1964 Mark Davis
1965 Randy Veres
1966 Mark Whiten
1968 John Johnstone
1968 Shingo Takatsu
1971 Tavo Alvarez
1972 Ramon Fermin
1973 Octavio Dotel
1978 Zach McClellan
1978 Joe Borchard
1979 Matt Tupman
1980 Nick Swisher
1987 Grant Dayton
1987 Nate Karns
1988 Jimmy Paredes
1993 Sandy Baez
1994 Seranthony Dominguez
1997 Estevan Florial


1903 George Wetzell
1918 Patrick Larkins
1919 Grover Gilmore
1932 Charlie Carr
1937 Ben Conroy
1944 Kenesaw Landis
1945 Ham Patterson
1963 Rube Parnham
1974 Frank Wilson
1974 Duke Brett
1974 Eddie Dent
1975 Red Sheridan
1975 Cecil Coombs
1976 John Andre
1979 Elbert Andrews
1980 Art Jones
1984 Ival Goodman
1985 Ray Jablonski
1993 Burgess Whitehead
2000 Hugh Alexander
2005 Mal Mallette
2008 Randy Gumpert
2013 Lou Brissie


1941 Cleveland gives the managerial reins to Lou Boudreau, the team’s shortstop. Boudreau is all of 24, like Fred Clarke and Jim McCormick before him, making him one of the youngest player-managers ever. No manager since 1901 has been as young as Boudreau; only McCormick (23) was younger.

2002 Speaking of young hires… The Red Sox hire Theo Epstein, just 28, to be the General Manager. Epstein would solve two curses: Boston and Chicago – and seems likely to get a Hall of Fame nod.


1969 California sends Pedro Borbon, Jim McGlothen, and Vern Geishert to the Reds for Alex Johnson and Chico Ruiz.

1991 St. Louis trades Ken Hill to the Expos for Andres Galarraga.

2003 The Marlins send Derrek Lee to the Cubs for Hee-Seop Choi and Mike Nannini.

2005 Philadelphia sends Jim Thome to the White Sox for Aaron Rowand, Daniel Haigwood, and (later) Gio Gonzalez.

Baseball History for November 24th

<— NOV 23 NOV 25 —>


1855 George Knight
1857 Frank Smith
1858 William Henry (Nin) Alexander
1861 C. V. Matteson
1872 Sam McMackin
1873 Ed Doheny
1873 James Abner (Stub) Smith
1876 Harvey Bailey
1878 Fred Smith
1881 Pete Noonan
1888 Harry Wolfe
1888 Ed Miller
1889 George Burns
1890 Ralph Comstock
1902 Cloy Mattox
1904 Billy Rogell
1909 Tom Winsett
1911 Joe Medwick
1912 Tony Giuliani
1913 Walter Wilson
1915 Dick West
1919 Nap Reyes
1930 Bob Friend
1931 Dick Phillips
1939 Jim Northrup
1942 Fred Beene
1943 Billy Harris
1948 Steve Yeager
1950 George Throop
1950 John Balaz
1955 Rafael Santo Domingo
1959 Tom Dunbar
1962 Randy Velarde
1964 Bob Malloy
1965 Jeff Plympton
1967 Ben McDonald
1967 Cal Eldred
1967 Al Martin
1968 Steve Mintz
1968 Dave Hansen
1970 Jason Jacome
1976 Mike Edwards
1976 Damian Moss
1979 Horacio Ramirez
1980 Jeff Salazar
1983 Jose Lopez
1984 Joel Guzman
1986 Dean Anna
1987 Kelvin Marte
1987 Chris Herrmann
1988 Jarrod Parker
1991 Kendry Flores
1993 Jeimer Candelario
1995 Francis Martes


1931 Fred Lake

Lake was a player in the 1890s, then a manager and coach for the next three decades – major, minor, and even college (Tufts, Harvard) before a heart attack took him to the next league.

1932 Redleg Snyder
1941 John Henry

His record says he died of coronary thrombosis, which happens to match his Arizona death record.

1942 Frank Owen

While working for Ford Motor Company, the former White Sox pitcher (three straight 20 win seasons) died of a heart attack in Dearborn, MI.

“Services Saturday for Frank Owen,” Detroit Free Press, November 28, 1942: 15.

1958 Roy Corhan

The former San Francisco Seal, White Sox, and Cardinal shortstop died of a heart attack in his home.

“Roy Corhan, Ex-Seal, Dies,” San Francisco Examiner, November 25, 1958: Sports, Pg. 1.

1960 Al Braithwood
1960 Abbie Johnson
1961 John Mohardt
1965 Ralph Good
1966 Tom Gulley
1967 Joe Kelly
1967 Rusty Saunders
1969 Phil Gallivan
1970 Spencer Adams
1970 Ivy Andrews
1971 Ed Fallenstein
1974 John Weekly

Still the only baseball player to come from Waterproof, LA (football star John Henry Johnson was also born there)… The Houston Colt 45s outfielder died in an automobile accident.

1977 Mayo Smith
1983 Ed Leip
1987 Jim Russell
1991 Carl Sawatski
1996 Loren Bain
2003 Warren Spahn
2005 Buzz Dozier
2008 Tom Burgess
2012 Jimmy Stewart
2013 Charlie Bicknell
2015 Bobby Smith
2016 Dave Ferriss


1883 The American Association expands from eight to twelve teams but adding Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Toledo, and Washington to the existing roster of teams.

2015 President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Willie Mays and Yogi Berra.


1948 Brooklyn takes Tom Lasorda from Philadelphia in the Rule 5 draft.

1961 Philadelphia signs amateur free agent pitcher Grant Jackson.

1993 Minnesota sends pitcher Willie Banks to the Cubs for Matt Walbeck and Dave Stevens.

2005 In fire sale mode… The Marlins send Carlos Delgado to the Mets (with some cash) for Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit and Grant Psomas.

The Marlins also send Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett, and Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox for Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, Harvey Garcia, and Jesus Delgado.

Happy Birthday, Biggs Wehde!

Wilbur Wehde pitched for the Chicago White Sox in both 1930 and 1931, making a total of twelve mostly ineffective relief appearances – though in one of them he earned a victory in relief.

(Image from Chicago Tribune in 1930. Wilbur Wehde is second from the left in this group of 1930 September acquisitions. That guy on the far right? Luke Appling.)

Wehde is listed as a 180 pound pitcher in your encyclopedia, but over time he put on some weight – clearing at least 220 lbs. and earning his nickname, “Biggs.” Later in his semi-pro career, running became problematic and he frequently was given a courtesy runner.

Wehde arrived in Holstein, Iowa on November 23, 1906, born to Gustave David and Frieda (Suiter) Wehde. Gustave was a German immigrant who worked in the creamery business and also as a produce broker, while Freda took care of a growing family. Wilbur was one of five children born to Gustave and Frieda, and he also had four half-siblings when Gustave married for a second time to Anna Christophersen in 1919. When Wilbur approached adulthood, the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa. Having learned the game in Holstein, Wehde began playing with the amateur teams of his hometowns until his pitching prowess earned the attention of scouts. One of the first games of note to garner some attention was his 21-strikeout game in a win over Early on July 14, 1926. In 1927 and 1928, Wehde started pitching for other semi-pro clubs in Iowa and Nebraska. In 1929, he was supposed to pitch for Waterloo but returned to Sioux City to open the local semi-pro season. By then, the first articles calling Wilbur “Bigs” appeared in the newspapers. In his later years, Bigs became Biggs. I guess he grew into a second ‘G’. However, when he passed away in 1970, his Sioux City obituary called him “Bigs.”

Wehde’s professional baseball career began wih Dubuque of the Mississippi Valley League in 1929. Signed in early July, his maiden effort was a three-hitter over Keokuk on July 8, 1929. In 1930, Wehde improved his win count from six to eleven and his innings count from 131 to 220. The Chicago White Sox purchased his rights on September 13, 1930 and almost immediately Wehde was tossed to the wolves. In his first appearance on September 15, 1930, Wehde faced Washington in relief of Ted Lyons and gave up a double to Heine Manush which drove in an unearned run in his first major league inning. He appeared in four relief appearances over five days before the end of the season, giving up eight runs on seven hits and seven walks in a shade over six innings of work. One of those hits was Lou Gehrig’s 40th homer of the season.

In 1931, the White Sox optioned Wehde to Dallas. In Dallas, Wehde only made thirteen appearances totalling 29 innings, but when the White Sox pitching staff needed some warm bodies, Wehde got called up for a second time in July. He made eight more appearances and got his only decision on July 28, 1931 when the White Sox rallied for eleven runs in the eighth inning (off of Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing, and Lefty Gomez no less) to beat the Yankees, 14 – 12. A cursory look suggests that Wehde may have been intimidated by his move from low minors to major league hitters, as his control, usually good enough in the Mississippi Valley League, was not good enough in the American League or American Association.

In mid-August he and catcher Frank Garrity were optioned to the Minneapolis Millers, but he’d be back with Dubuque in 1932. With rare exception, he would spend the rest of his minor league years playing with Sioux City in the Western League – at least until Sioux City left the league, replaced by Mitchell and then Pueblo. His professional days ended with a season with Sioux Falls in the Northern League in 1942.

Biggs Wehde

Sioux City would be a longtime stop in his baseball career, but he would also stay in that town after his baseball days – working in a stockyard for much of his adult life. His career had two detours. He spent a short period of time in Lead, South Dakota digging for gold, and he did an eighteen-month tour with the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II as the war reached its conclusion. While aboard the USS Missoula, he participated in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as when the Missoula served as a transport ship returning veterans of various Pacific campaigns home.

Wehde married Cora Vance in 1928, and they had two daughters, Delores and Joan, and a son named Jerry.

A long illness took Wehde, who passed away at a VA hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 21, 1970, some nine years after the death of his wife. They are both buried in Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City.


1910, 1920, 1940 US Censuses
Iowa Delayed Birth Certificate
Iowa Marriage Records
WWII Bonus Case Files

“Holstein Beats Marcus,” Sioux City Journal, July 22, 1925: 13.

“Holstein Beats Early,” Sioux City Journal, July 15, 1926: 11.

“Cowboys Will Play Waterloo,” Sioux City Journal, April 20, 1928: 19.

“Cowboys Sign Three Players,” Sioux City Journal, March 24, 1929: 27.

“Dubuque Tigers Win Pair From Keokuk Indians,” Davenport Daily Times, July 8, 1929: 15.

Photo, Chicago Tribune, September 14, 1930: Section A, Part2, Page 3.

“Catcher is Bought by Chisox,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 16, 1930: 13.

“Wehde Farmed Out,” Chattanooga News, January 21, 1931: 10.

“Sox Send Millers Recruit Battery,” Minneapolis Tribune, August 16, 1931: Sports-2.

“Death Takes Former Hurler for White Sox and Cowboys,” Sioux City Journal, September 23, 1970: 9.

Baseball History for November 23rd

<— NOV 22 NOV 24 —>


1850 Clytus Georlge (Cy) Bentley
1860 Charles Louis (Chief) Zimmer
1863 Hi Church
1870 Ralph Orlando (Socks) Seybold
1874 Frederick C. (Bill) Clay
1877 George Stovall
1878 Jimmy Sheckard
1890 Al Halt
1894 Art Corcoran
1894 Jesse Petty
1895 Dallas Bradshaw
1896 Dick Reichle
1897 Clarence James (Bubber) Jonnard
1897 Claude Jonnard
1897 Freddy Leach
1903 Joe Muich
1906 Wilbur (Biggs) Wehde
1910 Hal Schumacher
1913 Les Scarsella
1914 Mel Preibisch
1915 Bob Kahle
1916 Eddie Collins
1917 Jake Caulfield
1917 Herman Reich
1920 Jake Jones
1922 Grady Wilson
1926 Charlie Osgood
1929 John Anderson
1930 Jack McKeon
1940 Luis Tiant
1940 Billy Ott
1942 Jerry Nyman
1947 Tom Hall
1947 Dwain Anderson
1947 Frank Tepedino
1951 Wayne Cage
1954 Glenn Brummer
1954 Broderick Perkins
1954 Ken Schrom
1955 Mark Smith
1955 Todd Cruz
1955 Dan Whitmer
1959 Brook Jacoby
1963 Rich Sauveur
1963 Dale Sveum
1964 Jose Gonzalez
1969 Doug Brady
1969 Dave McCarty
1970 Glenn Murray
1971 Aaron Small
1971 Matt Miller
1971 Eddie Oropesa
1971 Ryan McGuire
1975 Colin Porter
1977 Adam Eaton
1980 Jonathan Papelbon
1983 Wes Bankston
1984 Robert Coello
1984 Justin Turner
1984 Casper Wells
1985 Pedro Figueroa
1986 Brandon Snyder
1989 Ross Stripling
1990 Jeff Ferrell
1990 Enrique Burgos
1993 Austin Gomber
1994 Tyler Wade
1995 Lewis Thorpe
1997 Gavin Lux


1880 Jack McDonald
1898 Mother Watson
1905 Bill Hanlon
1910 Charlie Barber
1922 Sandy McDermott
1925 Guerdon Whiteley
1925 Henry Lynch
1937 Welday Walker
1947 Charlie Newman
1948 Hack Wilson
1955 Fred Tauby
1961 Nick Carter
1973 Willie Mitchell
1974 Babe Twombly
1978 Buck Ross
1985 Sam West
1990 Bo Diaz
1993 Grey Clarke
1995 Lee Rogers
2001 Bo Belinsky
2007 Al Yates
2007 Joe Kennedy

Heart failure. He woke up around 1 am, wasn’t feeling well and collapsed trying to leave his bedroom.

“Rockies ready for home opener,” Fort Collins Coloradoan, April 4, 2008: C3.

2012 Hal Trosky
2012 Chuck Diering
2015 Willie Royster
2016 Ralph Branca
2017 Miguel Gonzalez
2019 Will Brunson


1943 Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspends Phillies owner William Cox for admitting that he placed bets on baseball games. A former manager with knowledge of these bets turned Cox in…


1895 Cincinnati sends Arlie Latham, Tom Parrott, Morgan Murphy, Ed McFarland and some spending money to the Browns for Heinie Pietz and Red Ehret.

1926 St. Louis signs Rabbit Maranville, who didn’t have a job at the time…

1964 The Mets purchased Warren Spahn from the Braves. Spahn was a player/pitching coach.

1975 California signs amateur free agent infielder Dickie Thon.

2016 Seattle sends Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte to Arizona for Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura, and Zac Curtis.

Baseball History for November 22nd

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1852 George Taylor
1866 Dennis O’Neill
1866 Charlie Hamburg
1869 Linwood Clifton (King) Bailey
1890 Jack Roche
1892 Pi Schwert
1896 Bill Hollahan
1901 Harry Rice
1901 Walt Tauscher
1907 Dick Bartell
1912 Ted Cieslak
1914 Alex Pitko
1926 Lew Burdette
1931 Neal Hertweck
1936 Joe Gaines
1943 Wade Blasingame
1945 Denny Riddleberger
1946 Rich McKinney
1946 Cecilio (Cy) Acosta
1947 John Morlan
1949 Rich Chiles
1950 Lyman Bostock
1950 Greg Luzinski
1953 Rick Matula
1955 Wayne Tolleson
1955 Kevin Rhomberg
1958 Lee Guetterman
1958 Ricky Wright
1960 Gene Walter
1960 Colin Ward
1965 Mike Benjamin
1972 Jay Payton
1972 Luis Andujar
1973 Ricky Ledee
1974 Joe Nathan
1980 Jonny Gomes
1981 Oscar Villarreal
1984 Yusmeiro Petit
1985 Adam Ottavino
1986 Chris Dominguez
1988 Drew Pomeranz
1988 Austin Romine
1991 Justin Nicolino
1992 Jayson Aquino


1906 Tom Cotter
1911 Ed Cermak
1927 John McGlone
1934 Pop Swett
1942 Ben Caffyn
1945 Dick Carroll
1948 Bob Emmerich
1949 Erv Brame
1954 Charlie Gibson
1955 Danny Murphy
1956 Roy Carlyle
1983 Dave Short
1990 Joe Bowman
1991 Roy Zimmerman
1995 Art Smith
2003 Joe Just
2006 Pat Dobson
2007 Ken Wood
2010 Tom Underwood
2012 Ken Rowe
2014 Art Quirk
2014 Don Grate


1890 The old Philadelphia Athletics were kicked out of the American Association, and replaced by the Philadelphia Quakers of the Players’ League.

2016 Vin Scully is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, by President Barack Obama.


1901 Washington signs infielder Bones Ely.

1920 Philadelphia sends Eppa Rixey to Cincinnati for Greasy Neale and Jimmy Ring.

1934 Pittsburgh sends Freddie Lindstrom and Larry French to the Cubs for Guy Bush, Babe Herman, and Jim Weaver.

1954 In the Rule 5 Draft, Pittsburgh took Roberto Clemente from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1975 The Yankees sent Pat Dobson to the Indians for Oscar Gamble.

1977 The White Sox lose two relief aces to free agency as the Dodgers sign Terry Forster and the Yankees sign Rich (Goose) Gossage.

Baseball History for November 21st

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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


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


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.


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.