Baseball History for December 6th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1865 William H (Pat) Whitaker
1867 John Henry (Tun) Berger
1873 Harry Wolverton
1881 Dave Rowan
1885 Jack Stansbury
1886 Peter Raymond (Hap) Morse
1893 Hack Eibel
1894 Christian Frederick Albert John (Bruno) Betzel
1894 Walter Mueller
1896 Bob Larmore
1896 Frank Luce
1899 John Bertrand (Jocko) Conlan
1903 Tony Lazzeri
1909 Stan Hack
1913 Bill Kirksieck
1914 Cecil Washington (Turkey) Tyson
1920 Gus Niarhos
1925 Rance Pless
1927 Tommy Brown
1934 Dan Dobbek
1937 Freddie Velazquez
1938 Amado Samuel
1942 Arnold Umbach
1944 Tony Horton
1945 Larry Bowa
1945 Jay Dahl
1950 Tim Foli
1952 Chuck Baker
1952 Jeff Schneider
1953 Gary Ward
1954 Mike Parrott
1955 Luis Rosado
1957 Steve Bedrosian
1959 Larry Sheets
1963 Lance Blankenship
1964 Kevin Campbell
1966 Terry McDaniel
1967 Kevin Appier
1971 Jose Contreras
1971 Adam Hyzdu
1972 Rick Short
1972 Neil Weber
1977 Kevin Cash
1978 Chris Basak
1978 Jason Bulger
1980 Ehren Wassermann
1986 Ryan Tucker
1988 Adam Eaton

OBITUARIES:

1905 Jack Leary
1911 Ed Glenn
1911 John Hamill
1942 Amos Rusie
1943 Charley Hall
1943 George Magoon
1948 Bill Dammann
1950 Jing Johnson
1952 Don Hurst
1955 Honus Wagner
1956 Jim Mullen
1959 Wid Conroy
1962 Dutch Hoffman
1964 Bobby Keefe
1965 Frank Crossin
1975 Jim Stroner
1976 Mandy Brooks
1977 John Pomorski
1985 Burleigh Grimes
1987 Jim Johnson
1989 Art Parks
1993 Ray Thomas
1997 Lou Clinton
1999 Roy Talcott
2002 Clarence Beers

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1920 A US Court of Appeals reverses a prior decision to award cash to the Baltimore franchise of the Federal League, thus upholding the reserve clause.

1941 Mel Ott takes over for Bill Terry as manager of the New York Giants.

1960 A new franchise for the American League is awarded to Gene Autry and placed in Los Angeles.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1921 New York sends George Burns, Mike Gonzalez and $150K to the Reds for Heinie Groh.

1938 New York sends Dick Bartell, Gus Mancuso and Hank Lieber to the Cubs for Billy Jurges, Frank Demaree, and Ken O’Dea.

A year later, Bartell would be moved by the Cubs to the Tigers for Billy Rogell.

1959 The White Sox sent Norm Cash, John Romano and Bubba Phillips to the Indians for Minnie Minoso, Dick Brown, Jake Striker, and Don Ferrarese.

1973 Houston sends Jimmy Wynn to the Dodgers for Claude Osteen and David Culpepper.

Also, Minnesota swaps catcher George Mitterwald with Chicago’s Randy Hundley.

1976 Milwaukee is busy… George Scott and Bernie Carbo are sent to Boston for Cecil Cooper. And, Jim Colburn and Darrell Porter head to the Royals for Jamie Quirk, Jim Wohlford and (later) Bob McClure.

1979 Kansas City sends Al Cowens and Todd Cruz (and later Craig Eaton) to the Angels for Willie Aikens and Rance Mulliniks.

1982 Oakland sends Tony Armas and Jeff Newman to the Red Sox for Carney Lansford, Garry Hancock, and Jerry King.

1984 Chicago sends LaMarr Hoyt and two minor leaguers to the Padres for Ozzie Guillen, Tim Lollar, Bill Long, and Luis Salazar.

1988 Cleveland sends Julio Franco to the Rangers for Jerry Browne, Oddibe McDowell, and Pete O’Brien.

1989 San Diego gets Joe Carter from Cleveland for Sandy Alomar, Jr., Carlos Baerga and Chris James.

2010 San Diego sends Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly, Rey Fuentes and (later) Eric Patterson.

2016 The White Sox send Chris Sale to the Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Baseball History for December 5th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1860 Billy Shindle
1862 Harry Fuller
1864 Oliver Wendell (Patsy) Tebeau
1868 Frank Bowerman
1871 Tom Smith
1871 Lewis DeWitt (Snake) Wiltse
1871 Dick Cogan
1872 Pink Hawley
1873 George W. (Mike) Mahoney
1884 Ed Summers
1885 Larry Strands
1887 Raleigh Aitchison
1888 Ed Porray
1893 Joe Gedeon
1901 Ray Moss
1901 Carey Selph
1904 Ray Fitzgerald
1905 Gus Mancuso
1906 Lin Storti
1911 Don Padgett
1911 Stu Flythe
1911 Dick Stone
1915 Bobby Mattick
1916 Steve Rachunok
1916 Len Schulte
1919 Oliverio (Baby) Ortiz

No relation, that we know of, to Big Papi.

1921 Dave Ferriss
1922 Bill Rodgers
1928 Jack Urban
1938 Al Moran
1938 Giraldo (Chico) Ruiz
1940 John Papa
1941 Bob Sprout
1942 Steve Shea
1948 Walter Francis (Buddy) Harris
1954 Gary Roenicke
1956 Dave Hudgens
1956 Bill Swaggerty
1958 Scott Munninghoff
1962 Alan Cockrell
1962 German Jimenez
1963 Sam Khalifa
1964 Gene Harris
1965 Scott Lewis
1967 Matt Grott
1970 Andy Stewart
1972 Cliff Floyd
1972 Felix Rodriguez
1972 Mike Mahoney
1973 Hanley Frias
1974 Ken Vining
1978 Josh Stewart
1984 Josh Lueke
1986 Justin Smoak
1987 A. J. Pollock
1987 Chris Rearick
1991 Christian Yelich

OBITUARIES:

1916 John Cuff
1930 Ben Guiney
1937 John Lovett
1942 Ed Eiteljorge
1942 Val Picinich
1950 Bill Dahlen
1951 Jim Duggan
1951 Shoeless Joe Jackson
1954 Russ Christopher
1957 Alex Ferson
1959 Oscar Siemer
1961 Judge Fuchs
1961 Frank Mahar
1964 Ed Wingo
1967 Jack Lively
1969 Joe Rabbitt
1970 Joe Wyatt
1973 Spencer Pumpelly
1974 Jim Beckman
1986 George Abrams
1994 Woody Abernathy
1995 Bill Bruton
1996 Cliff Mapes
2003 Paul Busby
2005 Billy Reed
2011 Joe Lonnett

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1950 Mel Ott takes a job managing the Oakland Oaks. He’d spent three decades with the Giants as a player and manager.

1973 Ron Santo is the first player to void a trade using his 10/5 rights – ten years in the majors, five years with the same team. He had been traded to the Angels for two pitchers and said no.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1914 Baltimore (Federal League) snaps up Chief Bender.

1936 Chicago sends Woody English and Roy Henshaw to Brooklyn for Lonny Frey.

1956 Detroit sends Virgil Trucks, Ned Garver, Wayne Belardi, and Gene Host (and cash) to the Athletics for Eddie Robinson, Jack Crimian, Jim Finnigan and Bill Harrington.

1957 St. Louis sends Marty Kutyna, Willard Schmidt, an Ted Weiand to the Reds for Curt Flood and Joe Taylor.

1973 Montreal sends Mike Marshall to the Dodgers for Willie Davis.

1977 The White Sox sends Brian Downing, Chris Knapp, and Dave Frost to the Angels for Bobby Bonds, Rich Dotson, and Thad Bosley.

Also, Toronto took Willie Upshaw from the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft.

1984 Oakland sends Rickey Henderson, Bert Bradley and cash to the Yankees for Tim Birtsas, Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Eric Plunk, and Jose Rijo.

1988 Texas sends Paul Kilgus, Mitch Williams, Curt Wilkerson, Steve Wilson and two minor leaguers to the Cubs for Rafael Palmeiro, Drew Hall, and Jamie Moyer.

1990 San Diego sends Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar to the Blue Jays for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez.

2018 Arizona sends Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly and Andy Young – and a competitive balance round B draft pick.

Baseball History for December 4th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1859 Bill Higgins
1860 Anton Falch
1865 Jay Budd
1867 Ed Mars
1868 Jesse Burkett
1870 Geroge C. (Scoops) Carey
1875 Joe Corbett

His brother was more famous (Heavyweight champion Gentleman Jim Corbett), but Joe was a key pitcher on a very good Baltimore team in 1897 and had a fairly nice career.

1876 John Farrell
1876 Henry Krug
1878 William Denton (Dolly) Gray
1878 Sam Hope
1878 Frank Mahar
1883 Jim Moroney
1884 Victor Joseph (Biff) Schlitzer
1885 Jerry D’Arcy
1885 John Francis (Shano) Collins
1890 Bob Shawkey
1892 Johnny Meador
1893 Luke Nelson
1896 Allen Conkwright
1898 William Capers (Doc) Bass
1902 Chuck Corgan
1916 Ray Sanders
1918 William Metzig
1923 Dick Strahs
1930 Harvey Kuenn
1933 Dick Ricketts
1938 Billy Bryan
1942 Dick Billings
1944 Lee Bales
1953 Charlie Beamon
1954 Tucker Ashford
1956 Barbaro Garbey
1957 Lee Smith
1957 Pat Sheridan
1957 Mike Couchee
1960 David Green
1961 Alexis Infante
1962 Stan Jefferson
1963 Bernardo Brito
1966 Darrell Sherman
1974 Tadahito Iguchi
1975 Ed Yarnall
1980 Gustavo Chacin
1981 Jerome Williams
1982 Matt Fox
1985 Carlos Gomez
1985 Andrew Brackman
1990 Angel Nesbitt

OBITUARIES:

1902 Mike Mansell
1915 Oscar Purner
1919 Joe Peitz
1926 Abel Lizotte
1944 Roger Bresnahan
1954 Tony Madigan
1957 Jimmy Jordan
1958 Red Murray
1962 Ben Cantwell
1962 Jack Smith
1966 Joe Willis
1968 Emil Yde
1971 Walter Ockey
1974 Dick Luebke
1977 Johnny Rizzo
1979 Bert Delmas
1979 Pedro Dibut
1981 Stan Hollmig
1982 Duke Sedgwick
1989 Steve Lembo
1991 Dan McGee
1991 Herb Thomas
1994 Russ Scarritt
2001 Eddie Popowski
2010 Ken Lehman

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1943 MLB suspends Phillies owner William Cox for betting on his team’s games. Kennesaw Mountain Landis had a no-tolerance policy – Cox was out for life.

1957 The Bonus Baby rule is nixed. The rule forced players who got bonuses greater than $4000 to spend two seasons on the MLB roster. The problem, of course, is that most of the kids were resented by veterans and, being unprepared for the majors, lost two years that could have been better spent building a resume and getting experience in the minors…

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1931 Washington sends Bump Hadley, Sad Sam Jones and Jackies Hayes to the White Sox for Carl Reynolds and John Kerr.

1940 Brooklyn sends Gus Mancuso, John Pintar and $65K to the Cardinals for Mickey Owen.

1950 Brooklyn drafted Roy Face from Philadelphia in the Minor League draft.

1952 Detroit sends Virgil Trucks, Hal White and Johnny Groth to the Browns for Owen Friend, Bob Nieman, and Jay Porter.

1957 Cleveland sends Early Wynn and Al Smith to the White Sox for Minnie Minoso and Fred Hatfield.

1964 Washington sends Claude Osteen, John Kennedy and $100K to the Dodgers for Frank Howard, Ken McMullen, Pete Reichart, Phil Ortega and (later) Dick Nen.

1968 Houston sends Mike Cuellar and Enzo Hernandez to the Orioles for Curt Blefary and John Mason.

1974 Montreal sends Ken Singleton and Mike Torrez to the Orioles for Dave McNally, Rich Coggins, and Bill Kirkpatrick.

1989 Minnesota drafts Shane Mack from the Padres in the Rule 5 Draft.

2002 Los Angeles sends Mark Grudzielanek and Erick Karros to the Cubs for Todd Hundley and Chad Hermansen.

2007 Florida sends Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Burke Badehop, Frankie De La Cruz, Mike Rabelo, and Dallas Trahern.

Quick story about this. I told this to my son, Casey. In looking at the players it turns out that Burke Badenhop has the same birthday as my son. When I told him that, Casey declared that Badenhop was the best player on the Marlins. I have been a fan and rooted for Burke ever since.

Baseball History for December 3rd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1853 Tim Manning
1872 Patrick Henry (Cozy) Dolan
1873 Frank Shannon
1878 Walt Dickson
1884 Joe Birmingham
1886 Bill Crouch
1886 Delos Drake
1888 Louis Drucke
1891 Larry Gilbert
1901 Bennie Tate
1902 Al Spohrer
1912 Charlie Wagner
1915 Charles William (Butch) Wensloff
1918 Joe Cleary
1919 Clarence Eugene (Hooks) Iott
1922 Joe Collins
1924 Fred Taylor
1925 Harry Simpson
1926 Al Corwin
1931 Bill Harris
1936 Clay Dalrymple
1936 Dave Eilers
1939 Ed Connolly
1939 Ron Stillwell
1940 Rutherford Eduardo (Chico) Salmon
1942 Jose Pena
1943 Jerry Johnson
1945 Steve Huntz
1945 Lou Marone
1946 Greg Washburn
1947 Wayne Garrett
1947 Gerry Pirtle
1951 Lafayette Currence
1952 Larry Anderson
1953 Bob Pate
1953 Pat Putnam
1956 Mark Bradley
1958 Mike Martin
1960 Gene Nelson
1963 Damon Berryhill
1964 Steve Carter
1964 Jeff Carter
1964 Darryl Hamilton
1969 Kevin Morgan
1970 Paul Byrd
1973 Robert Ramsay
1976 Gary Glover
1977 Chad Durbin
1978 Matt Childers
1979 Eric Hull
1981 Chris Snelling
1982 Manny Corpas
1984 Tobi Stoner
1987 Andy Oliver
1990 Miguel Gonzalez

OBITUARIES:

1930 Harry Baumgartner
1938 Guy Hecker
1939 Frank Killen
1942 Chad Kimsey
1943 Mike Grady
1945 Bill Kay
1948 Fred Buckingham
1948 Gus Bono
1949 Pete LePine
1957 Jack Ness
1962 George Scott
1963 Nellie Pott
1969 Roy Wilson
1974 Cy Twombly
1976 Leo Townsend
1977 Bill Bonness
1986 Bob Moorhead
1994 Earl Johnson
1996 John Bateman
1997 Vic Lombardi
2000 Red Nonnenkamp
2002 Jug Thesenga
2003 Jay Difani
2005 Herb Moford
2005 Roy Valdes
2006 Ernie Oravetz
2006 Billy Klaus

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1962 Players led by Frank Crosetti and John Schulte file a suit to make sure that any changes in pension payments include players from the past.

1968 After the year of the pitcher, Major League Baseball agrees to shrink the strike zone and lower the heights of mounds.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1940 The Browns purhase Denny Galehouse and Fritz Ostermueller from the Red Sox.

1956 Cincinnat drafted Maury Wills from the Dodgers in the Minor League draft – and later sent him back.

1957 Baltimore sends Billy Goodman, Tito Francona, and Ray Moore to the White Sox for Larry Doby, Jim Marshall, Russ Heman, and Jack Harshman.

1960 Cleveland sends Harvey Kuenn to the Giants for Johnny Antonellia and Willie Kirkland.

1963 Milwaukee sends Del Crandall, Bob Shaw, and Bob Hendley to the Giants for Felipe Alou, Ed Bailey, and Billy Hoeft (and later Ernie Bowman).

1969 The Mets send Amos Otis and Bob Johnson to the Royals for Joe Foy.

1974 Houston sends Lee May and Jay Schluter to the Orioles for Enos Cabell and Rob Andrews.

Also, Dick Allen was traded to the Braves for a player to be named later and cash. Allen didn’t want to be there – he held out until he was transferred to the Phillies. Atlanta sent Jim Essian to the White Sox to complete the trade in June.

2002 The White Sox send Keith Foulke, Mark Johnson, and some money to the Athletics for Billy Koch and (later) Neal Cotts and Daylan Holt.

2018 Seattle sends Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz and money to the Mets for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, Gerson Bautista, and Jerred Kelenic.

Baseball History for December 2nd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1855 John Haldeman
1864 John Hibbard
1869 Tom Stouch
1875 Mike Kelley
1876 Roscoe Miller
1880 Tom Doran
1889 Bob Jones
1889 Howard Armstrong
1892 John William (Chick) Smith
1893 Tommy Vereker
1895 Art Jahn
1896 Gene Bedford
1896 Mike Wilson
1898 Hal Leathers
1899 Ray Morehart
1903 Don Brennan
1905 Leon Williams
1906 Johnny Welch
1913 Glenn Crawford
1934 Andre Rodgers
1935 Harry Taylor
1946 Pedro Borbon
1948 Wayne Simpson
1949 Jay Kleven
1950 Bob Kammeyer
1951 Adrian Devine
1954 Julio Cruz
1964 Walter William (Chip) Hale
1968 Darryl Kile
1969 Steve Sisco
1975 Mark Kotsay
1976 Eddy Garabito
1978 Peter Moylan
1980 Eric Reed
1982 Wyatt Toregas
1988 Brett Eibner
1992 Gary Sanchez
1992 Charlie Tilson

OBITUARIES:

1893 Bill Gleason
1917 Mike Hooper
1922 Bill Armour
1926 Dave Skeels
1928 Bill Hughes
1934 Scotty Barr
1934 Tom Daley
1937 Frank Chapman
1962 John Scott
1962 Frank Kane
1968 Pete Sims
1972 Rip Conway
1976 Danny Murtaugh
1979 Sam Dailey
1980 Don Padgett
1983 Mike Powers
1990 Paddy Smith
1995 Art Herring
1997 Steve Hamilton
1998 Ben Guintini
1998 Red Roberts
1999 Mike Budnick
2002 Ben Wade
2003 Jim Sheehan
2008 Ted Rogers – Blue Jays owner
2010 Ron Santo
2015 Bob Martyn

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1941 Bill Terry is promoted to General Manager, and Mel Ott is named Player/Manager of the Giants.

1944 Yomiuri Giants pitcher Eiji Sawamura, famous for striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Charlie Gehringer, and Jimmy Foxx as a teenaged tosser in an exhibition game ten years earlier, is lost in action when his ship is torpedoed by US Naval forces.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1898 Pittsburgh acquires Ginger Beaumont from Milwaukee in the Western League for Bill Gray and Bill Hart.

1937 Detroit sends Marv Owen, Mike Tresh, and Gee Walker to Chicago for Vern Kennedy, Tony Piet, and Dixie Walker.

1958 Cleveland sends Gary Geiger and Vic Wertz to the Red Sox for Jim Piersall.

1963 In what used to be a first year minor league draft, Boston drafted Reggie Smith away from Minnesota and St. Louis took Bobby Tolan from the Pirates.

1965 San Francisco sends Bill Hands and Randy Hundley to the Cubs for Lindy McDaniel and Don Landrum.

1968 Atlanta took Darrell Evans from Oakland in the Rule 5 Draft.

1970 Pittsburgh sent Bruce Dal Canton, Jerry May, and Freddie Patek to the Royals for Jackie Hernandez, Jim Campanis, and Bob Johnson.

1971 Houston sent John Mayberry and David Grandgaard to the Royals for Jim York and Lance Clemons.

Also, the White Sox acquired Dick Allen from the Dodgers for Tommy John and Steve Huntz.

Later that day, the Dodgers sent Doyle Alexander, Royle Stillman, Sergio Robles and Bob O’Brient to the Orioles for Frank Robinson and Pete Richert.

1990 Toronto sent Junior Felix and Luis Sojo (and later Ken Rivers) to the Angels for Willie Fraser, Devon White, and Marcus Moore.

Happy Birthday, Bill Traffley!

Bill TraffleyBill Traffley was briefly a catcher for Chicago in 1878 then, after a run through the minors, he returned to play in the American Association from 1883 to 1886 with Cincinnati and Baltimore. Likely the first major league player born in Staten Island, he spent a long time playing for and managing teams in Des Moines before succumbing to tuberculosis on 23 June 1908 in that city. Just digging a little through newspapers, I saw him called “Wild Bill” and “Appetite Bill” (Detroit Free Press, 04 Jan 1899, Page 6.)

According to his childhood friend, John Ullrich, his family left Staten Island for Chicago in the 1860s, beginning his career in the early 1870s on a city team “…that was then the whirlwind of the town. It was called the ‘Onwards’ and was one of the fastest corner lot teams that Chicago ever saw play… When he was young he worked in a rolling mill. He made $4.50 a day. His duty was to guide the great ladle when they poured the molten iron… Often times when Billy’s father thought he was working in the mill he was out on the common playing ball…

“…A. G. Spaulding was at that time pitching on the Chicago team and
‘Silver Vance’ was the catcher. One time, ‘Silver’ was taken down sick and Spaulding sent for ‘Billy to take his place… Not a ball got past him and from then on his reputation as a ball player was established… In those days they wore no mitts. They caught everything right off the bat with never a flinch.

“…Billy used to have lots of money but he spent it all on his first wife who was an invalid.”

“Boyhood Friend Tells of Traffley”, Des Moines Register, 25 June 1908, Page 10.

“Bill Traffley, the old Cincinnati and Baltimore catcher, used to be considered the biggest eater in the profession. Bill could go through a $4-a-day hotel bill of fare like a small-pox rumor through a village…”

“Champion Eaters.”, Nebraska State Journal, 15 November 1891, Page 14.

As told by Ed Hickey…

“Bill had a peculiar way of giving signals. He always put his hands to the side of his mask before making the signal. If he wanted a straight ball he had a way of puckering his lips, and if a curve, he would open his mouth. It made no difference to him what sort of curve the pitcher threw. Lots of times, when old Bill would open his mouth for a curve ball, his hands up at his face like blinkers on a bridle, the pitcher would make Bill open his mouth wider. Still sometimes the pitchers wouldn’t see, and I’ve actually seen old Bill open that mouth of his until I could see one corner of it where I stood on third. The pitcher could have thrown the ball into that mouth and the ball wouldn’t have scraped the sides in entering…”

“Jay Andrews Fooled ‘Em”, Buffalo Times, 22 November 1900, Page 10.

“Des Moines, Ia., July 10. – The passing of “Bill” Traffley, former manager of the Baltimore and Des Moines teams, in this city last Wednesday evening, ended the life of one of the men connected with the game in the formative days.

“Traffley was a catcher in the days before catchers wore a mask, a breast protector, or even gloves, and his death from tuberculosis was induced, according to the physicians who attended him in his last months, from the blows of balls which hit him in his earlier days as a catcher. The constant hammering of foul tips weakened the bones of the chest, affecting the lungs, and ending in the attack of the ‘white plague.’

“Throughout the west Traffley will always be known as the manager who was at the head of the Des Moines team when it made the world’s record of twenty-five games won in succession…

“For the last few years, Traffley had been out of the game, working in a number of the buffets of the city. Last year, when his health began to fail, he secured the management of the Granger, Ia., independent team and spent the larger part of the summer there in the hope that the outdoor life would benefit him. This failed, however, and while his last illness was short, he was seen but little after he returned to the city.

“Traffley was 48 years old at the time of his death. He left a wife and five children.”

“Bill Traffley Dead”, Wichita Daily Eagle, 12 July 1908.

Des Moines later played an exhibition game against Omaha in early September to raise money for a monument in his memory.

“Will Honor Bill Traffley”, Des Moines Tribune, 01 September 1908, Page 5.

I can’t find a birth record, so I’m remiss in noting that I cannot find his parents – but Traffley was born 21 December 1859 in Staten Island.  His brother John appeared in one game for Baltimore – one assumes that he was invited in an emergency basis by his brother.  John is listed as having been born in Chicago – which suggests that Traffley was likely of German heritage and his parents hadn’t been in the United States long when William was born.  Anyway….  William Franklin Traffley married Ella P. Groom of Maryland, and by 1900 they had four children, Ella, Nettie, Lillian, and William, Jr.  Bill was listed as a base ball manager, with three of the four kids in school. (Son, Harold, came later, after the census enumerator took the family data in 1900.) In fact, the birth locations give you a sense of his minor league treks, too. Ella was born in Maryland, Nettie was born in Iowa, Lillian in South Dakota, William in Illinois, and Harold in Iowa.

Baseball-Reference.com (Bill Traffley)
Baseball-Reference.com (John)
Findagrave.com
Findagrave.com (Photo Source)
1900, 1910 US Census
Iowa Marriage Records
Baltimore (1889) and Des Moines (1897, 1902, 1907) City Directories

Baseball History for December 19th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1864 Mike Drissel
1874 Welcome Gaston
1875 Christopher Andy (Burley) Bayer
1875 James Francis (Kid) O’Hara
1882 Paul Krichell
1886 Henry John (Doc) McMahon
1887 Art Butler
1891 Claire Vernon (Pep) Goodwin
1892 Jack Farrell
1892 Fred Thomas
1893 Paul Strand
1894 Ford Frick
1897 Ramon (Mike) Herrera
1898 Lou Koupal
1899 Sam Dodge
1900 Wally Gilbert
1900 Ernest Lee (Tex) Jeanes
1906 Tom Sullivan
1915 Eddie Yount
1915 Mickey Witek
1917 Ray Poat
1918 Bill DeKoning
1918 Tommy O’Brien
1923 Vern Freiburger
1924 Herb Gorman
1924 Rex Barney
1933 Gordie Windhorn
1934 Al Kaline
1935 Tony Taylor
1936 Jack Kubiszyn
1943 Walt Williams
1944 Rob Gardner
1945 Geoff Zahn
1945 Art Kusnyer
1955 Kevin Stanfield
1956 Stan Cliburn
1956 Stew Cliburn
1956 Tom Lawless
1962 Clay Parker
1962 Bill Wegman
1964 Mike Fetters
1965 Chito Martinez
1966 Joe Slusarski
1967 Doug Johns
1970 Tom Wilson
1973 Jose Silva
1975 Russell Branyan
1976 Jason Kershner
1978 Vinnie Chulk
1978 Mark Woodyard
1978 Andy Cannizaro
1978 Marshall McDougall
1979 Chip Ambres
1979 Rafael Soriano
1982 Jeff Baisley
1984 Ian Kennedy
1985 Michael Taylor
1987 Aaron Loup
1989 Ian Parmley
1990 Tim Cooney
1992 Edubray Ramos
1992 Austin Williams
1993 Jose LeClerc

OBITUARIES:

1901 Jim Gifford
1906 Ed Pinkham
1908 Reddy Foster
1916 Doug Allison
1916 John McGuinness
1938 Art Griggs
1943 Bill Bergen
1949 Robert Gibson
1950 Wingo Anderson
1951 Bob Lindemann
1954 Big Jeff Pfeffer
1955 Moxie Divis
1965 John Knight
1967 Walter Tappan
1970 Nap Rucker
1970 Charlie Wilson
1979 Bud Sketchley
1983 Zip Collins
1984 Bill Warwick
1986 Al Stokes
1998 Joe Mack
2000 Lou Polli
2000 Lou Thuman
2002 Claude Crocker
2002 Bob Rinker
2003 Carmen Mauro
2008 Dock Ellis
2012 George O’Donnell

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1990 You needed to stop whomever made this decision from going with it… Tiger management and WJR Radio announce that Ernie Harwell will be relieved of duties after the 1991 season.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1928 Detroit sends Jack Warner to the Senators for Bucky Harris, who becomes the new Tigers manager.

1982 Seattle signs amateur free agent slugger Edgar Martinez.

1985 Cincinnati sends John Stuper, Andy McGaffigan, Dann Bilardello, and Jay Tibbs to Montreal for Bill Gullickson and Sal Butera.

2010 Kansas City sends Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt (and cash) to the Brewers for Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jake Odorizzi, and Jeremy Jeffress.

2014 Atlanta sends Justin Upton and minor leaguer Aaron Northcraft to the Padres for Jace Peterson, Max Fried, Dustin Peterson, and Mallex Smith.

Also, three teams move eleven players… San Diego sends three players to Tampa, Tampa sends two players to Washington, Tampa sends Wil Myers and threee others to San Diego, Washington sends Steve Souza and Travis Ott to Tampa, and San Diego throws in Trea Turner in June to the Nationals which completes the trade.