Baseball History for November 6th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1852 Charles Wilson (Dory) Dean
1860 Steve Behel
1861 Sam Childs
1865 Billy Crowell
1867 Tim Shinnick
1876 (Daredevil) Dave Altizer
1876 Danny Green
1887 Walter Johnson
1890 Ralph Bell
1891 Walter Anthony (Red) Torphy
1891 Jeff McCleskey
1893 Dana Fillingim
1898 Charles Julius (Chick) Tolson
1899 Joe Munson
1907 Earl Clark
1910 Chet Covington
1911 Frank Gabler
1917 Bob Repass
1919 Frank Carswell
1922 John Joseph (Buddy) Kerr
1925 Bob Addis
1926 Harley Hisner
1928 Bill Wilson
1930 Bob Darnell
1932 John Oldham
1938 Mack Jones
1942 Jim Gosger
1947 Chris Arnold
1947 Lee Patrick Thomas (Skip) Pitlock
1953 John Candelaria
1953 Brock Pemberton
1959 Leo Hernandez
1960 Ron Romanick
1962 Leo Garcia
1965 Brian Givens
1965 Ever Magallanes
1968 Chad Curtis
1969 Don Wengert
1970 Chris Petersen
1971 Bubba Trammell
1972 Matt Skrmetta
1972 Deivi Cruz
1973 Justin Speier
1973 Carlos Almanzar
1979 Adam LaRoche
1980 Mike Thompson
1983 Justin Maxwell
1984 Ricky Romero
1984 Atahualpa Severino
1987 Cory Rasmus
1987 Caleb Cotham
1988 James Paxton
1992 Alex Blandino

OBITUARIES:

1922 Morgan Bulkeley
1924 Emil Leber
1925 Sam Kimber
1925 Hervey McClellan
1928 Jose Mendez
1928 Bill Cooney
1931 Jack Chesbro
1935 Billy Sunday
1949 Bill Richardson
1950 Martin Glendon
1951 Carl Husta
1953 Tom Dougherty
1958 Al Mattern
1958 Ernie Diehl
1961 Roy Hartzell
1963 Clarence Mitchell
1964 Buz Phillips
1982 Al Baker
1983 Bob Lawrence
1993 Ed Sadowski
1994 Erv Dusak
2003 Spider Jorgensen
2009 Bob Roselli
2009 Tommy Reis
2010 Jay Van Noy
2013 Ace Parker

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1950 Branch Rickey signs a contract to be the executive vice president for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2001 Owners vote nearly unanimously to allow Bud Selig to look into contracting two teams from the major leagues.

2007 Baseball votes (25 – 5) to allow limited use of instant replays to review home runs.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1930 Pittsburgh sends Dick Bartell to the Phillies for Tommy Thevenow and Claude Willoughby.

1972 Montreal sends Tim McCarver back to the Cardinals for Jorge Roque.

Also, San Francisco signs amateur pitcher John Montefusco.

1976 Montreal sends Steve Dunning, Tony Scott, and Pat Scanlon to the Cardinals for Bill Grief, Sam Mejias, and Angel Torres.

1987 Cincinnati sends Ted Power and Kurt Stillwell to the Royals for Danny Jackson and Angel Salazar.

Also, Atlanta signs amateur free agent catcher Javy Lopez.

Baseball History for November 5th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1861 Dan Phelan
1862 Jim McElroy
1864 Joe Walsh
1867 Elton P. (Ice Box) Chamberlain
1868 Charlie Newman
1873 Billy Campbell
1875 Harry Hardy
1877 Tommy Sheehan
1881 Pryor McElveen
1883 Otis Johnson
1891 Alfred Earle (Greasy) Neale
1892 Clarence Everett (Yam) Yaryan
1892 Lee William (Flame) Delhi
1892 Alfred John (Roxy) Walters
1893 Spencer Heath
1895 Tom McNamara
1895 Wayne Bromley (Rasty) Wright
1897 Jack Ogden
1899 Jack Wisner
1900 Pete Donohue
1904 Ollie Sax
1905 Carl Fischer
1908 Ralph Birkofer
1909 Harry Gumbert
1909 Les Powers
1912 Orlin Woodrow (Buck) Rogers
1914 Marshall Reese (Mark) Mauldin
1916 Jim Tabor
1918 Rogelio Martinez
1921 Mike Goliat
1924 John Craig (Sonny) Dixon
1927 Ralph Joseph (Putsy) Caballero
1938 Ed Olivares
1941 Bill Schlesinger
1942 Richie Scheinblum
1946 Jim Bethke
1952 Tom Carroll
1955 Bobby Ramos
1958 Tom Wiedenbauer
1958 Mike Bishop
1959 Craig McMurtry
1959 Lloyd Moseby
1961 Fred Manrique
1967 Brian Raabe
1970 Glenn Dishman
1970 Javy Lopez
1973 Johnny Damon
1974 Jose Santiago
1976 Liu Rodriguez
1978 Corey Thurman
1979 Alex Herrera
1981 Jarrett Grube
1981 Merkin Valdez
1982 Bryan LaHair
1983 Juan Morillo
1989 Ramon Cabrera
1990 Josh Lucas
1991 Jon Gray
1993 Jacob Waguespack

OBITUARIES:

1881 Clipper Flynn
1902 Daisy Davis
1903 Harrison Peppers
1908 Pat Hannivan
1909 Walt Kinzie
1923 Buck Becannon
1928 George Treadway
1933 Frank Freund
1940 Bill Mellor
1941 Varney Anderson
1950 Bill Johnson
1951 George Stovall
1955 Frank Gregory
1964 Dutch Stryker
1968 Wally Mattick
1969 Hardin Barry
1970 Dave Robertson
1970 Charlie Root
1970 Freddy Spurgeon
1971 Joe Palmisano
1971 Sam Jones
1973 Bert Hogg
1978 Tommy O’Brien
1983 Pat Murray
1983 Lefty Taber
1988 Glenn Chapman
1992 Dick Hahn
1992 Rod Scurry
1994 Gene Desautels
1994 Tim McNamara
1994 Joe Hague
2000 Willard Marshall
2000 Harry Taylor
2003 Dernell Stenson

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1901 Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey sign a lease to use Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Soon after, the Milwaukee Brewers will move to St. Louis and become the Browns.

1940 Walter Johnson loses an election for Maryland’s 6th congressional district, gaining 47% of the vote against Democrate William D. Byron.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1907 New York purchases Boston’s Hobe Ferris, then packages him with Danny Hoffman and Jimmy Williams in a trade to the Browns for Fred Glade, Charlie Hemphill and Harry Niles. The Browns got great seasons from Ferris and Williams in their run at a pennant in 1908 (that fell just short).

1962 Minnesota signs amateur free agent pitcher Rudy May.

1976 Oakland sends Chuck Tanner to the Pirates (allowing their manager to leave) for Manny Sanguillen and $100,000.

1976 Expansion Draft!!!

Seattle takes Ruppert Jones and Toronto takes Bob Bailor in the first round… Other prominent players included Jim Clancy (Toronto, from Texas), Al Fitzmorris (Toronto from Kansas City), Glenn Abbott (Seattle, from Oakland), Julio Cruz (Seattle, from California), Ernie Whitt (Toronto, from Boston), and Garth Iorg (Toronto, from the Yankees).

Baseball History for November 4th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1840 Fred Crane
1854 John Abadie
1866 Tom Hernon
1869 Mike Kilroy
1873 Roderick (Bobby or Rhody) Wallace
1877 Tommy Leach
1885 Clarence Herman (Jack) Enzenroth
1889 Art Schwind
1889 George O’Brien
1890 Joe Sherman
1893 Bill Leinhauser
1894 Bill Shanner
1895 Bill McCarren
1897 Ted Menze
1901 Bill Henderson
1904 Earl Mattingly
1905 Charles William (Lefty) Willis
1909 James Laverne (Skeeter) Webb
1910 Joe Beggs
1913 Joe Kracher
1914 Les McCrabb
1914 Sig Gryska
1916 Emil Kush
1920 Val Heim
1922 Eddie Basinski
1925 Forrest Vandergrift (Spook) Jacobs
1927 Carl Sawatski
1928 Jay Van Noy
1930 Guy (Moose) Morton
1930 Dick Groat
1933 John Patsy (Tito) Francona
1942 Jack Whillock
1943 Dick Selma
1946 Danny Godby
1947 Loyd Colson
1952 Doug Corbett
1953 Roger Slagle
1961 Logan Easley
1961 Argenis Antonio (Angel) Salazar
1961 Mark Bailey
1967 Ryan Thompson
1967 Eric Karros
1967 Chris Bushing
1967 Jon Shave
1968 Carlos Baerga
1968 Osvaldo Fernandez
1968 Domingo Cedeno
1971 Melvin Bunch
1974 Carlos Mendoza
1976 Kevin Frederick
1977 Marcus Gwyn
1977 Larry Bigbie
1978 Carmen Cali
1978 John Grabow
1979 Ezequiel Astacio
1981 Erick Threets
1982 Evan MacLane
1982 Chris Resop
1982 Travis Blackley
1985 Joe Savery
1991 Chad Wallach
1993 Chih-Wei Hu
1993 Steven Duggar
1994 Willie Calhoun

OBITUARIES:

1904 Jim Shanley
1904 Charlie Reilley
1912 Frank Murphy
1921 Levi Meyerle
1922 John Houseman
1927 Ed Hengel
1928 Ed Kelly
1939 Pete Henning
1946 John Barthold
1948 Jake Powell
1949 Larry Douglas
1950 Pete Alexander
1955 Cy Young
1959 Lefty Williams
1961 Kid Mohler
1965 Harry Trekell
1965 Johnny Mitchell
1967 Tom Lanning
1968 Vern Stephens
1971 Bud Messenger
1971 Polly McLarry
1971 Dink O’Brien
1974 Harry Fritz
1977 Pinky Pittenger
1979 Johnny Priest
1979 Yank Terry
1983 Clarence Pickrel
1992 Andy Varga
1993 Cliff Young
1994 George Bradshaw
1997 Johnny Dickshot
2001 Bob Gillespie
2004 Dee Phillips
2010 Sparky Anderson

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

2001 Arizona rallies against Mariano Rivera and the Yankees, plating two runs in the ninth – the last off a Luis Gonzalez broken bat hit – wins game seven, 3 – 2.

2009 The Yankees take game six, and top the Phillies to win the World Series. Hideki Matsui drives in a record tying six runs in the game.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1891 In a period where players jumping contracts was rather common, Roger Connor jumps his contract with the Giants to join the Philadelphia Athletics.

1929 The Giants sign free agent infielder Dave Bancroft.

1963 The Cardinals send George Altman and Bill Wakefield to the Mets for Roger Craig.

1981 The Yankees send Brian Ryder and (later) Freddie Toliver to the Reds for Ken Griffey (SR).

1985 The Padres sign amateur free agent infielder Carlos Baerga.

Baseball History for November 3rd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1856 Jim McCormick
1860 Ed Trumbull
1863 John Hanna
1866 Harry Staley
1871 Fred Hayner
1876 Phil Geier
1876 Ike Rockenfield
1878 Walter Clarkson
1881 Orson Baldwin
1881 Jack Hickey
1883 Ed Lennox
1884 Pat Donahue
1886 Clyde Southwick
1886 Bob Fisher
1890 Larry Kopf
1895 Jim Walkup
1895 Frank Hoxie (Kid) Willson
1898 Homer Summa
1908 Clarence Lemuel (Red) Phillips
1911 Johnny Keane
1917 Eli Hodkey
1917 Len Gilmore
1918 Bob Feller
1919 John Donald (Spider) Jorgensen
1921 Wally Flager
1927 Fred Richards
1936 Rick Herrscher
1936 Earl Robinson
1945 Jim Johnson
1945 Ken Holtzman
1946 Garry Hill
1946 Tom Heintzelman
1948 Rick Kreuger
1951 Dwight Evans
1953 Larry Herndon
1953 Bobby Thompson
1955 Mark Corey
1956 Bob Welch
1962 Sherman Corbett
1963 Mike Christopher
1968 Paul Quantrill
1969 Ken Robinson
1971 Danny Young
1972 Armando Benitez
1978 Anastacio Martinez
1984 Brandon Dickson
1984 Jonathan Herrera
1986 Alex Wilson
1987 Kyle Seager
1987 Ryan Tepera
1988 Carlos Moncrief
1990 Madison Younginer

OBITUARIES:

1892 Edgar Smith
1925 Sam Frock
1938 Jerry Dorsey
1938 Milt Scott
1940 Joe Burke
1945 Mike Smith
1946 Ben Taylor
1951 Joe Hovlik
1952 Frank Smith
1953 John Chapman
1955 John Merritt
1956 John Jones
1958 John Eubank
1958 Heinie Sand
1960 Bobby Wallace
1961 Freddie Maguire
1970 Red Kellett
1972 Phil Voyles
1974 Doc Wood
1976 Frank Brazill
1981 Al Jurisich
1982 Ray Fisher
1986 John Middleton
1990 Jack Russell
1992 Chris Van Cuyk
1992 Boze Berger
2011 Matty Alou
2011 Bob Forsch

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1953 A rules committee chooses to no longer allow players to leave their mitts on the field between innings, requiring them to take them back to the dugouts.

1968 In this case, he needed someone to help him… Harry Caray is hit by a car (bad weather – busy street), ending up with broken legs, a dislocated shoulder, and a broken nose.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1891 Charles Comiskey “jumps” his contract with the St. Louis Browns to join the Cincinnati Reds.

1934 The Reds are buyers – purchasing Ival Goodman ($25K) and Lew Riggs ($30K) from the Cardinals.

1970 Washington sends Greg Goosen, Gene Martin and Jeff Terpko to Philadelphia for Curt Flood and a player to be named later (Terpko was returned). Flood, as you may remember, didn’t want to play for the Phillies and challenged the reserve clause.

1980 Oakland sends Mike Morgan to thee Yankees for Fred Stanley.

1988 Minnesota sends Bert Blyleven and Kevin Trudeau to California for Paul Sorrento, Mike Cook, and Rob Wassenaar.

1992 Cincinnati sends Paul O’Neill and Joe De Berry to the Yankees for Roberto Kelly.

2003 Houston trades Billy Wagner to the Phillies for Brandon Duckworth, Taylor Buchholz and Ezequiel Astacio.

2012 Oakland signs free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Baseball History for November 2nd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1846 Tom Carey
1847 Charlie Sweasy
1858 Frank Harris
1859 William Nusz
1860 Frank Graves
1866 Frank Genins
1868 Jim McCormick
1869 George Sharrott
1874 George Bell
1877 Otto Williams
1879 Burt Keeley
1886 Clem Clemens
1888 Edward Harirson (Dutch) Zwilling
1896 Leroy Evans (Chick) Maynard
1901 Jerry Standaert
1903 Travis Jackson
1903 Elon Chester (Chief) Hogsett
1906 Emmett James (Tim) McKeithan
1911 Morris E. (Red) Jones
1914 Jesse Flores
1914 Tom McBride
1914 Johnny Vander Meer
1916 Al Campanis
1919 Bill Mills
1920 Dick Sisler
1920 John Sullivan
1924 George Estock
1927 Davey Williams
1928 Bob Ross
1941 Bill Connors
1942 Ron Reed
1946 Tom Paciorek
1953 Paul Hartzell
1955 Bob Tufts
1955 Greg Harris
1956 Gary Hargis
1958 Willie McGee
1963 Pat Rice
1963 Sam Horn
1966 Orlando Merced
1970 Marcus Moore
1972 Travis Miller
1974 Jose Fernandez
1974 Orlando Cabrera
1975 Paul Rigdon
1976 Sidney Ponson
1981 Wilson Betemit
1982 Yunel Escobar
1984 Tommy Layne
1985 Daryl Thompson
1986 Taylor Green
1988 Seth Rosin
1990 Brian Goodwin
1990 Melvin Mercedes
1990 Matt Koch
1991 Carlos Asuaje
1994 Jonathan Loaisiga

OBITUARIES:

1894 Alamazoo Jennings
1894 William Houseman
1897 Joe Sullivan
1899 Tim McGinley
1901 John Corcoran
1904 Henry Austin
1926 Bill Bailey
1932 Frank Cross
1933 Lou Phelan
1944 Bert Conn
1944 Ed Brandt
1947 Dot Fulghum
1960 Everett Scott
1965 Clarence Fisher
1966 Lew Moren
1967 Clem Clemens
1970 Bobby LaMotte
1972 Freddy Parent

According to Nationalpastime.com, he was the last surviving Red Sox player from their first World Series in 1903.

1973 Greasy Neale
1976 Dee Miles
1976 Regis Leheny
1981 Hugh East
1982 Bill Zuber
1983 Hal Wiltse
1989 Steve Simpson
1993 Papa Williams
1993 Butch Nieman
1995 Sal Gliatto
1997 Roy McMillan
1998 Elmo Plaskett
2000 Eddie Collins
2006 Red Hayworth
2009 Ron Moeller
2010 Clyde King
2012 Joe Ginsberg
2013 Russ Sullivan
2015 Eddie Milner

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1964 CBS buys 80 percent of the New York Yankees from Del Webb and Dan Topping for about $11.2 million. During CBS’s ownership, the team enters a down period of their history, not getting back to a pennant until the team is owned by George Steinbrenner.

2016 Needing extra innings following a rain delay, the Chicago Cubs top the Indians, 8 – 7, in 10 innings to win their first World Series since 1908. The Cubs came back from down 3 – 1, winning the last two games in Cleveland.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1926 The Tigers release player-manager Ty Cobb.

1972 Atlanta sends Felix Millan and George Stone to the Mets for Gary Gentry and Danny Frisella.

1974 Atlanta sends Hank Aaron to the Brewers for Dave May and a player to be named later (Roger Alexander).

1985 Texas acquires Pete Incaviglia from the Expos for Bob Sebra and Jim Anderson.

1993 Cincinnati sends Dan Wilson and Bobby Ayala to Seattle for Erik Hanson and Bret Boone.

1999 Texas sends Juan Gonzales, Danny Patterson and Greg Zaun to the Tigers for Frank Catalanotto, Francisco Cordero, Gabe Kapler, Justin Thompson, Bill Haselman, and Alan Webb.

Baseball History for November 1st

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1858 John J. (Rooney) Sweeney

Catcher on and off for a few years at the top levels, though he played as far away as San Francisco – a heck of a life for a New York City native.

According to David Nemec, who penned his SABR bio, history seems to have lost track of him after 1899.

1859 John (Bid) McPhee

Hall of Fame Reds second baseman, apparently quite the defensive wizard – and mostly playing barehanded. In fact, he’d played nearly 14 full seasons in the majors when a finger injury forced him to learn to use a glove.

His SABR biography, written by Ralph Moses, seems a bit thin to me – but probably because he was a gentleman and led a rather quiet (and long) life after baseball.

1864 Clarence Geoghan (Kid) Baldwin

A teammate of McPhee and totally the opposite personality. Baldwin was brash, an alcoholic, and though he began life with as much talent as Bid, he gave it away – the once famous catcher dying in an asylum in his early thirties.

David Ball’s SABR biography is also very different from that written about McPhee. It’s loaded with quotes and details.

1866 Fred Demarais

A Montreal native, according to Baseball Reference Demarais pitched two scoreless innings for the Chicago Colts in 1890. A note about his death in the New Castle News (CT) says that he also played in Philadelphia (but that’s not in the encyclopedias).

I show him pitching with Salem, MA in 1887, losing to Lowell, 24 – 3 (he moved to CF in that game). In 1889, he’s pitching with Quincy in the Three I league (Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa) – which explains why Cap Anson gave him a look in 1890.

The Chicago Inter Ocean has an account of the game (27 July 1890, Page 2) where he faced Brooklyn – Demarais pitched more than those two innings. He actually entered the game in the bottom of the sixth, giving up a double – but that batter scored following an error and a wild pitch. He struck out Dave Foutz, gave up one more hit – but a runner was thrown out at the plate to end the rally. So, he at least threw 2.2 innings, gave up a run, fanned one and apparently walked a batter. He also batted twice, and fielded one ball cleanly.

In 1900, Demarais is living in Stamford working as a locksmith and living with his brother Jospeh and Joseph’s wife, Delia. He may have been back in Canada at least temporarily before returning to Stamford.

His death, 6 March 1919, though, was part of the wire copy – two newspapers included a note about his death and said his playing career ended when he threw his arm out in a game at Philadelphia (even though I can’t find when he might have pitched there).

1870 Connie Murphy

Briefly a catcher with the Reds in 1893 and 1894 (very briefly – 7 games) but spent many years in the Eastern League or New England League – hit .294 in his last recorded season at Haverhill in 1905 where he was listed as a player-manager. Spent most of his life – including his baseball life – in Massachusetts.

1872 Mike Hopkins

The Western PA native got two hits as a backup catcher in his only major league game, 24 August 1902. Apparently he was friendly with Honus Wagner.

A nice SABR bio of Hopkins was written by Chris Rainey.

1874 Thomas Llewellyn (Red) Owens

A long minor league career – nearly 20 years – that took two detours into the majors. Owens played for the Phillies briefly in 1899 and with Brooklyn in 1905. Mostly a second baseman, he could cover any infield position. Owens had a little pop in his bat – with Toledo in 1903 he had 40 doubles, 8 triples and 10 homers – but he wasn’t frequently much over .280 in the minors unless at a low level league.

1876 Harry Hogan

Biographers have work to do here – just a single game for Cleveland in 1901, and little else to go with… Hogan fanned once in four at bats playing right field.

1878 Sherman Montgomery (Snapper) Kennedy

One game guys must be the theme of today’s birthday… Snapper got one game with the Orphans as a center fielder in 1902, fanning once in his five trips.

1880 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 when needed.

Born and raised in Anderson, IN, Fisher came from an athletic family. 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 baseb 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.

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 6 September 1906 against Montgomery. “I struck out 14 men,” Fisher added.

Fisher lived into his 90s, dying in his birth city of Anderson, IN in 1971.

(Sources)

Baseball-Reference.com

Note in the Indianapolis Journal, 3 March 1901, Page 3.

“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.

“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.

1884 Robert Hamilton (Ham) Hyatt

Fourth or fifth outfielder and first baseman between 1909 and 1918 – somewhat mobile and able to make contact – for the Pirates, Cards, and Yankees. Spent a lot of time as a pinch hitter. In the high minors, he regularly hit over .300 with doubles and a lot of triples.

1885 Ernie Lush

Sticking with our single game theme, this Villanova and Niagara grad played in one game on July 20, 1910. The Cardinals outfielder fanned and walked once in five plate appearances.

1887 Albert Earl (Jerry) Akers

The Nationals gave Akers a look in May of 1912 – he split two decisions in three starts and two other relief outings. The Senators were willing to take the chance after Akers went 19 – 12 for Dubuque in the III League. Returned to the International League, he lost 21 games…

1888 Grover Gilmore

Chicago native who got a shot to play in Kansas City when the Federal League got rolling, but never appeared in an NL or AL game. In his two seasons, he hit .286 and stole more than 40 bases – he could have been a marginal fourth outfielder somewhere. Instead, he returned to the minors.

1891 Heinie Stafford

Again with the single game guys… Pinch hit for the Giants on the last game of the 1916 season – heck it was the last out of the season.

He never played again – taking a research chemist position instead. Eventually he became a Vermont farmer and legislator.

Tom Simon penned his SABR Bio.

1892 Earl Blackburn

Backup catcher for half the NL teams between 1912 and 1917 – though he played just 71 career games. Returned to his native Massillon, OH (technically he was born in Leesville, but lived much of his youth in Massillon) after spending a few years in the minors “Blackie” played semipro baseball there – and was still appearing in old-timer games in the 1930s. Married twice – Lila and Madeline – is buried next to Madeline… When not playing baseball, he had various jobs in the steel industry. Later, he worked for Mansfield Tire and Rubber Company and was active in both Mansfield and Massillon city politics and organizations until his death in 1966.

1892 James (Lefty) York

Arkansas native who spent time in the Phillipines during the years leading to the first World War and played ball in the service. Still young when World War I ended, Connie Mack gave him a tryout in 1919, and after another season in the minors, the Cubs gave him a much longer look in 1921. Apparently he was unhappy playing with the Cubs then – he ditched them to pitch regularly with York in the NY Penn League instead.

May have played with Earl Blackburn – he signed briefly to play with Massillon’s semi-pro team in 1923.

1893 Tom Burr

Rory Costello tells the story of a pitcher who got into just one major league game – and that in centerfield as a late inning defensive replacement – for the Yankees in 1914. Burr was a casualty of World War I, dying in a plane accident during training just before the war ended.

1893 Otis Lawry

University of Maine captain, played at least a season there under manager Monte Cross, one-time shortstop for Connie Mack.

Mack gave Lawry a shot to make the team right out of college in 1916 (along with fellow Maine ballplayers Frank French and Harland Rowe), but after two years it didn’t pan out as Lawry was hitting .191 in 196 plate appearances. Instead, he signed with Baltimore in the International League where he’d hit .299 or better for much of the next decade – even though he was likely the smallest player on the field. And one of the fastest – Lawry was nicknamed “Rabbit” because he could run 100 yards in 10 seconds and in college ran on the Maine track team. He also changed positions. Initially a second sacker with Mack, he played in the outfield most of his days in the IL. From the sounds of it, Lawry was also a bit feisty – one article suggests he regularly received fines for offensive behavior.

“Otis Lawry Draws $75 Fine; Is Told to Behave Himself”, Syracuse Herald, 28 May 1922, Page 80.

“Swarm of Baseball Aspirants at Maine”, Boston Sunday Globe, 19 March 1916, Page 91.

“Miller Huggins Is Prepared To Fill Any Gaps”, Danville Bee, 18 February 1925, Page 7.

1894 Clarence Berger

Clarence Edward Berger was an outfielder and catcher who, when signed by the Pirates in 1914, was acquired at one of the highest prices ever paid for a player coming out of the Virginia League.

Born in East Cleveland, OH, Berger spent most of his youth in Alexandria, VA. After a varied sporting life at Fork Union Prep School, Berger played football for the University of Richmond. As a fullback, he helped break a three-year losing streak by scoring a touchdown and leading the Spiders past William and Mary in 1912. In baseball season, he jumped to Fredericksburg College and pitched, caught, and played the outfield.

In 1913, Berger apparently signed to play with Steve Griffin and Petersburg in the Virginia League but wrote that he was going back to college at Richmond – which landed Berger on the suspended list for a year.

After graduating from the University of Richmond, Berger signed with Richmond in the Virginia League for 1914. After initially getting off to a slow start and fearing getting released, he found his batting stroke after applying for a job with a team in the Appalachian League. Fortunately for Richmond, though, he stayed put. Berger had a pretty good season as a left fielder – among the league leaders in hits and triples. One note said that Berger was a bad ball hitter “…the greatest natural wildpitch hitter in the land…”

Pittsburgh got wind of him and Barney Dreyfuss purchased his contract for $2500, depending on the article it was among the largest if not the largest price paid for a Virginia League player by that time. Berger finished the 1914 season for Virginia before joining the Pirates in September. In limited action in the outfield, Berger mustered a hit in thirteen at bats. Farmed out to Richmond in the International League for 1915, and then farmed to a lower level team in Newport News, he struggled to hit and his career as a baseball player ended rather quickly.

Odd Trivia: An article about Berger written when he played in Richmond said he threw right handed and batted right handed. A note about him in 1914 in the Pittsburgh Press says he batted lefty. Hmmm…

After his playing days, he lived with his brother, Howard, or his parents, Charles and Della. By 1920, he’s listed as a bookkeeper for a dye company. In 1930 and 1940, the US Census shows him as a chemist for a dry cleaner. Somewhere after that he met his wife, Edith.

Berger passed away in 1959. Edith, more than a decade his junior, joined him in 1982.

(Sources)

Malbert, Gus. “Berger Writes He’ll Not Play”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 25 March 1913, Pages 8-9.

Malbert, Gus. “Spiders Break Losing Streak of Three Years”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10 November 1912, Page 7.

Richmond Times-Dispatch, 14 February 1915, Page 13.

Malbert, Gus. “Who, What and Why”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 21 March 1915, Page 15.

“Another New Pirate”, The Pittsburgh Press, 22 August 1914, Page 12.

“Baseball Notes.”, The Pittsburgh Press, 6 September 1914, Page 23.

“Outfielders Joe Kelly and Berger and Released by Pirates to Minor League Clubs”, The Pittsburgh Press, 14 February 1915, Page 16.

“Clarence Berger Is Sent To Newport News.”, The Pittsburgh Press, 19 April 1915, Page 32.

Clarence Berger’s Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com

Clarence Berger’s MLB Record at Retrosheet.org

1904 Johnny Burnett
1906 Heinie Schuble
1906 Warren Dawson (Pete) Rambo

Let’s face it – born 50 years too soon.

1907 Larry French
1911 Art Parks
1917 Pat Mullin
1922 Andy Lapihuska
1927 Vic Power
1930 Russ Kemmerer
1932 Jim Pyburn
1934 Howie Goss
1945 Bobby Brooks
1946 Dick Baney
1946 Jim Kennedy
1950 Clint Compton
1951 Eric Raich
1951 Manuel (Chico) Ruiz
1954 Miguel Dilone
1956 Gary Redus
1957 Jose Moreno
1958 Rich Thompson
1960 Fernando Valenzuela
1964 Eddie Williams
1966 Bob Wells
1967 Carlos Rodriguez
1974 Ryan Glynn
1976 Cleatus Davidson
1977 Luis de los Santos
1979 Covelli (Coco) Crisp
1983 Steven Tolleson
1984 Stephen Vogt
1985 Paulo Orlando
1986 Rhiner Cruz
1987 Steve Geltz
1987 Anthony Bass
1987 Donnie Joseph
1988 Masahiro Tanaka
1989 Engel Beltre
1993 Eric Hanhold
1996 Trent Grisham

OBITUARIES:

1910 Bob Pettit
1912 Ed Green
1917 Steve Brady
1922 Billy Goeckel
1925 Roy Clark
1925 Billy Serad
1933 Ed Scott
1937 Benny Frey
1945 George Hale
1948 Fred (Cougar?) Mollenkamp
1951 Mickey Doolin
1952 Wally Clement
1952 Ed McNichol
1956 Limb McKenry
1957 Charlie Caldwell
1961 Tom Hughes
1967 Frank Gabler
1969 George Winn
1969 Joe Mellana
1974 Bullet Joe Bush
1983 Art Ruble
1988 Lefty Sullivan
1999 Pat McLaughlin
2001 Tom Cheney
2003 Sonny Senerchia

Motorcycle accident.

2012 Pascual Perez

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1942 The Dodgers sign team president Branch Rickey.

2009 The first home run review using replay in World Series history helps Alex Rodriguez turn a double into a homer – the ball hit a camera in right field at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark and bounced back into play.

1979 Edward Bennett Williams pays $12.3 million to Jerold Hoffberger to buy the Baltimore Orioles. Should this be listed under transactions???

2010 Giants infielder Edgar Renteria hits a three-run homer to beat the Rangers in game 5 of the World Series – only the fourth player (and only non-Yankee) to have two World Series game-winning hits.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1934 To acquire Phillies infielder Dick Bartell, the Giants send Philadelphia George Watkins, Blondy Ryan, Pretzel Pezzullo, and Johnny Vergez.

1946 Cleveland takes Gus Zernial from Altanta in the Rule 5 Draft.

1962 Houston signs amateur free agent Joe Morgan.

1976 23 players become free agents, including Willie McCovey and half the Oakland A’s. (Bando, Campy, Fingers, Rudi, Tenace, and Reggie – who had spent 1976 in Baltimore…)

1977 The Yankees are dealing… After sending Chris Chambliss, Damaso Garcia, and Paul Mirabella to Toronto for Rick Cerone, Tom Underwood, and Ted Wilborn, New York sends Rick Anderson, Jim Beattie, Juan Beniquez, and Jerry Narron to Seattle for Ruppert Jones and Jim Lewis.

2014 Cubs Manager Rich Renteria is fired to make room for Joe Maddon.

I liked Renteria – a very nice and smart man, I thought. Renteria was an original Florida Marlin, too.

Baseball History for October 31st

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1856 John O. (Kick) Kelly

Baseball player, umpire, and boxing referee (among other gentlemanly pursuits). Had a pretty cool life for that era, to be honest.

1862 Hardie Henderson
1864 Dan Bickham
1874 Harry Smith
1876 Ed Fisher
1882 Bert Daniels
1886 Alex Malloy
1887 Ed Burns
1893 Bill Herring
1894 Ray O’Brien
1894 Ken Crawford
1896 Leo Dickerman
1897 Tony Rego
1900 Cal Hubbard
1901 Ray Flaskamper
1904 Allyn Stout
1907 Ray Treadaway
1913 Warren Huston
1916 Ken Keltner
1934 Carl Boles
1937 Dave Tyriver
1938 Jim Donohue
1939 Ed Stroud
1941 Ed Spiezio
1942 Dave McNally
1943 Fred Klages
1943 Bill Voss
1943 John Hoffman
1951 Dave Freisleben
1951 Dave Trembley
1958 Paul Zuvella
1958 Ray Soff
1960 Mike Gallego
1963 Matt Nokes
1963 Mike Smith
1963 Fred McGriff
1964 Steve Rosenberg
1966 Brian Keyser
1968 Ed Taubensee
1969 Damon Mashore
1969 Oreste Marrero
1970 Steve Trachsel
1972 Chris Clemons
1973 Tim Byrdak
1973 David Dellucci
1974 Steve Cox
1981 Mike Napoli
1981 Jared Wells
1982 Alex Hinshaw
1983 Luis Mendoza
1984 Anthony Varvaro
1985 Javy Guerra
1985 Andy Parrino
1987 Yamaico Navarro
1989 Scott McGough
1991 Tony Kemp

OBITUARIES:

1901 John Cahill
1907 Henry Gilroy
1916 Nick Young
1918 Charlie Hilsey
1922 Dick Padden
1933 Charlie Loudenslager
1936 Deacon McGuire
1937 Ed Walsh
1949 Jack Lundbom
1956 John Leighton
1966 Elmer Johnson
1968 Hub Perdue
1968 Ralph Glaze
1970 Johnny Lucas
1974 Buddy Myer
1976 King Lear
1981 Fred Archer
1982 Sheriff Blake
1983 George Halas
1991 Dixie Parsons
1997 Sam Hairston
1998 Bob Thurman
2006 Rocky Nelson
2010 Artie Wilson
2013 Johnny Kucks
2014 Jean-Pierre Roy
2014 Brad Halsey

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

2001 Technically, the game started on 10/31, but Derek Jeter finished it on 11/01 – earning the nickname Mr. November. Jeter’s homer in extra innings was possible because Tino Martinez tied game four with a 9th inning homer off Arizona’s Byung-Hyun Kim.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1956 Cincinnati signs amateur free agent Bobby Henrich.

1960 Ssan Francisco sends Andre Rodgers to the Braves for Alvin Dark.

1972 Milwaukee sends Ken Brett, Jim Lonborg, Ken Sanders, and Earl Stephenson to Philadelphia for Don Money, John Vukovich, and Bill Champion.

1973 Houston sends Jerry Reuss to the Pirates for Milt May. Milt was a fine backstop, but Jerry Reuss was much, much better…

2001 The Dodgers sign amateur free agent pitcher Joakim Soria.