Baseball History for December 11th

<— DEC 10 DEC 12 —>


1840 Charlie Smith

In writing this, I’m probably not doing Smith’s life, especially his baseball life, enough justice.

Charles Smith was one of the pioneers of professional baseball in Brooklyn and New York. When the National Association first formed around 1858, Smith was already known in local circles and joined the Atlantics of Brooklyn. That team was one of the best teams in the country from then through the mid-1860s, and Smith was their regular third baseman. He continued to play until the National Association was deemed a “major league” in 1871, but by then Smith was a shell of his former self. That year, with the New York Mutuals, he was error prone – the crooked fingers gained from fifteen or more years of playing the hot corner had caught up with him. He could still hit a little, but whatever power he may have had was gone.

Anyway, after his days as a player he got involved with managing the estates of the wealthy folks of Great Neck. On the side, he took up training and raising hunting dogs – and was an expert hunter himself. Smith was still a hale man when he got sick in early November, 1897 – it was appendicitis and it killed him on November 15, 1897.

“Charlie Smith Dead,” Brooklyn Times, November 18, 1897: 2.

1854 Charles Gardner (Old Hoss) Radbourn

Hall of Famer, 300 game winner, took home 60 (or 59) wins in 1884 to get Providence a pennant, and was once captured on film in a team photo flipping the camera off. And he’s a great Twitter follow. (

1857 Ed Callahan
1858 Bill Mountjoy
1862 Frank Bell
1868 Tom Gettinger
1878 Gene Wright
1885 Art Wilson
1885 Fred Anderson
1886 Joe Riggert
1887 Charles Frederick (Petie) Behan
1888 Fred Toney
1890 Walt Meinert
1891 Erwin Renfer
1894 Lou Raymond
1896 Johnny Walker
1897 William Jennings Bryan (Slim) Harriss
1901 Elbert Andrews
1903 Ray Phelps
1905 Al Weston
1909 Jim Bivin
1910 George David (Slick) Coffman
1914 Bill Nicholson
1919 Merl Combs
1924 Hal Brown
1925 Dick Hoover
1926 Johnny Gray
1930 Johnny O’Brien
1930 Andy Varga
1930 Eddie O’Brien
1934 Lee Maye
1941 Damaso Blanco
1947 Greg Shanahan
1948 Gene Hiser
1949 Craig Caskey
1952 Rob Andrews
1954 Bob Sykes
1961 Mike Henneman
1961 Bob Sebra
1964 Thomas Howard
1965 Jay Bell
1965 Adam Peterson
1968 Derek Bell
1971 Willie Canate
1972 Frankie Rodriguez
1973 Andy Tracy
1975 Nate Field
1978 Jason Szuminski
1980 Joe Blanton
1984 Josh Butler
1992 Dalton Pompey
1993 Gabriel Guerrero


1902 Bill Hawke

Less than a decade after a broken wrist killed a promising pitching career, cancer took Hawke at just 32 years old in his Wilmington, DE home.

“Pitcher Hawke Dead,” Delaware Gazette and State Journal, December 18, 1902: 4.

1914 Harry Burrell

The Vermont native died in Omaha at 47. According to the author of Burrell’s SABR bio, he died of toxemia (blood poisoning). And, apparently he is a distant relative of former Ranger Pat Putnam.

I found an article noting Burrell’s death and his role on a famous Des Moines team that won 26 straight games and a pennant. The article says that only three guys on a team from 1896 were remaining – these are athletes and barely 14 years had passed. And almost all of them were dead?

“Des Moines Player of 1896 Team Dies,” Des Moines Register, December 13, 1914: 7.

1924 Moxie Hengel

I may have to write about him. The first thing I’d want to know is why is this guy listed as Moxie Hengel, when everything else that lists his last name spells it as Hengle, including his gravestone. And, his real first name is Emory, not Emery.

1929 Doc McMahon
1931 George Harper
1933 Pearce Chiles
1933 Harry Croft
1936 Moose Grimshaw
1939 Dallas Bradshaw
1954 Harry Courtney
1959 Doc Marshall
1959 Jim Bottomley
1966 Cliff Fannin
1974 Gordon Maltzberger
1978 Paul O’Dea
1991 Dick Kelley
1995 Woody Wheaton
2002 Bob Loane
2017 Manny Jimenez
2019 Ted Lepcio


1928 National League president John Heydler proposes the DH, but the American League isn’t on board.

1950 Happy Chandler’s contract is not renewed – time to look for a new commissioner of baseball.

1975 Bill Veeck, with investors in tow, purchases the White Sox.


This is a big day for big name deals! A huge day!!!

1906 Pittsburgh sends Ginger Beaumont, Claude Ritchey and Patsy Flaherty to Boston for Ed Abbaticchio.

1917 Chicago sends Pickles Dillhoefer, Mike Prendergast and $55,000 to Philadelphia for Pete Alexander and Bill Killefer.

1923 Cincinnati purchased Carl Mays from the Yankees.

1929 Pete Alexander is on the move again – this time the Cardinals send Alexander and Harry McCurdy to the Phillies for Homer Peel and Bob McGraw.

Meanwhile, the Athletics send Sammy Hale and tip money to the Browns for catcher Wally Schang.

1931 St. Louis sends Burleigh Grimes to the Cubs for Hack Wilson and Bud Teachout.

1941 The Giants send Johnny McCarthy, Ken O’Dea, Bill Lohrman and $50,000 to the Cardinals for Johnny Mize.

1946 The Yankees sign free agent outfielder Joe Medwick.

1951 The Giants sends Eddie Stankey to the Cardinals for Max Lanier and Chuck Diering.

1959 The Kansas City Athletics, long treated like a minor league affiliate of the Yankees, send Roger Maris, Joe DeMaestri, and Kent Hadley to the Yankees for Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern, and Marv Throneberry.

1973 The Cubs send Ron Santo, who wanted to stay in Chicago, to the White Sox for Steve Stone, Ken Frailing, Steve Swisher, and (later) Jim Kremmel.

1975 Pittsburgh gets Doc Medich from the Yankees but give up Dock Ellis, Ken Brett, and prospect Willie Randolph…

1976 The Yankees send Bobby Bonds to the Angels for Mickey Rivers and Ed Figueroa.

1986 San Diego sends Kevin McReynolds, Gene Walter and Adam Ging to the Mets for Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson, Shawn Abner, Kevin Brown, and Kevin Armstrong.

1987 Three teams involved here – pay attention. Los Angeles sends Bob Welch and Matt Young to the Athletics, and Jack Savage to the Mets. Oakland sends Alfredo Griffin and Jay Howell to the Dodgers and Kevin Tapani and Wally Whitehurst to the Mets. New York only has to give up Jesse Orosco to the Dodgers.

1991 The Mets send Gregg Jeffries, Kevin McReynolds and Keith Miller to the Royals for Bret Saberhagen and Bill Pecota.

Also, Seattle sends Bill Swift, Dave Burba, and Michael Jackson to the Giants for Kevin Mitchell and Mike Remlinger.

2001 Cleveland sends Roberto Alomar, Mike Bacsic, and Danny Peoples to the Mets for Matt Lawton, Alex Escobar, Jerrod Riggan, and later Earl Snyder and Billy Traber.

2008 Seattle sends Luis Valbuena to Cleveland, and sends J.J. Putz, Jeremy Reed, and Sean Green to the Mets. The Mets send Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto, Aaron Heilman and Jason Vargas to Seattle. The Mets also sent Joe Smith to Cleveland. Cleveland only sends Franklin Gutierrez to Seattle.

2012 The third three-team trade… Arizona sends Matt Albers, Trevor Bauer, and Bryan Shaw to Cleveland. The Reds send Didi Gregorius to Arizona. Cincinnati also sends Drew Stubbs to Cleveland. Cleveland sends Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to Arizona, and sends Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to the Reds.

2014 Los Angeles sends Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and cash to the Marlins for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Enrique Hernandez.

Also, Detroit sends Rick Porcello to the Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes, Gabe Speier, and Alex Wilson.

2017 Miami sends Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees for Starlin Castro, Jorge Guzman, and Jose Devers.

Happy Birthday, Frank Bliss!

Frank Bliss makes your baseball encyclopedia (or because he was called back to Milwaukee as an emergency replacement for Bill Holbert for two games in 1878.

Frank Eugene Bliss was born on December 10, 1852 to Edwin and Mary (Osborne) Bliss, the first of three kids born to the carpenter and housewife. Frank was born in Chicago, but the family moved to Detroit when he was about 10 years old. Bliss learned baseball by the time he got to college at the University of Michigan, where he earned his first degree in Civil Engineering (’73) and then a few years later earned his Law Degree (’79). Bliss is the first Michigan grad to make it to the majors. While in Ann Arbor, he played on both college and town teams. By 1875, he was regularly playing (and getting paid) for teams in Detroit, Milwaukee, Janesville (WI) before returning to Detroit for the 1878 season.

That 1877 Janesville team was LOADED with professional talent. It won the Wisconsin state championship, knocking off Milwaukee in a long series. Then, when Cap Anson’s Chicago National League team visited Janesville for an exhibition, Janesville and its teen wonder lineup knocked off the professionals. Bliss captained a team featuring future MLB professionals Doc Bushong, Harry Arundel, Bill Phillips, John Shoup (or Shoupe), John Morrissey and the seventeen-year-old John Montgomery Ward as a starting pitcher. Ward wasn’t the youngest person on the team. Both Joseph and William Cantillon, local Janesville teenagers, were sixteen and fifteen (respectively).

Bliss was most frequently used as a catcher, though he appeared at shortstop and third base as needed. He was especially adept at catching foul tips. In the summer of 1878, Milwaukee’s National League team needed catching help. Starter Charley Bennett was out, Bill Holbert was injured, and the role was then shared between Will Foley and Joe Ellick. Ellick couldn’t play, so the team sent a request out to Bliss, who was then playing for the Mutual Base Ball Club of Plymouth in Michigan. Bliss raced around Lake Michigan in time to play third base for Milwaukee in a rainy loss to Chicago on June 20, 1878. He got his only career hit in that game. Then, two days later, he gave Foley a day away from catching duties.

For seven innings Bliss held his own and the game remained tied between Chicago and Milwaukee until the eighth inning. Then…

“In the eighth, Bliss the relief catcher of the Milwaukees began to weaken after having received a severe blow to the face from a tip foul, and Golden (the pitcher) was obliged to moderate his pitching.”

“‘Knocked All to Pieces’,” Daily Milwaukee News, June 23, 1878: 6.

Chicago took advantage of Mike Golden’s no longer being willing to risk further injury to Bliss’s face, scoring eleven runs in the last two innings.

Bliss returned to Detroit where, a few months later, his Plymouth club maintained a rivalry with the Cass Base Ball Club of Detroit. The two wanted to play, but Plymouth maintained it would not face Cass if Cass insisted on using Jim Devlin, the suspended Louisville ace, as their pitcher. Cass countered that Plymouth engaged at least three professional players, including Bliss – who, by then, was already known as “the Prince of Kickers.” Cass relented, though, and played the game without Devlin. Plymouth couldn’t win as it was – Cass took a seven inning contest, 5 – 2.

Frank BlissBliss’s penchant for arguing must have served him well in his legal work; he would practice law in Cleveland for the nearly 50 years. Bliss married Louise Sarah Fish in 1881 and they had three sons and a daughter. His oldest son, Frank, lived in Nashville, Tennessee and the elder Bliss, recently widowed, was visiting his son during the 1928-29 holiday season when he got sick. His illness turned into pneumonia and on January 9, 1929, Bliss left this world at a Nashville hospital.

Notes: (Also photo used here.)

1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 US Censuses
TN Death Records
OH Marriage Records

Catalogue of Graduates, Non-Graduates, Officers, and Mmbers of the Faculties, 1837 – 1921, University of Michigan Publication, Ann Arbor, 1923.

“Base Ball,” Detroit Free Press, August 18, 1875: 1.

“The Days Doing,” Daily Milwaukee News, June 11, 1876: 4.

“Champions!,” Janesville Daily Gazette, August 8, 1877: 4.

“Beaten!,” Janesville Daily Gazette, August 17, 1877: 4.

“Ann Arbor,” Detroit Free Press, June 20, 1878: 2.

“Another Defeat,” Daily Milwaukee News, June 21, 1878: 4.

“‘Knocked All to Pieces’,” Daily Milwaukee News, June 23, 1878: 6.

“Sporting News,” Detroit Free Press, September 17, 1878: 2.

“One to Nothing,” Detroit Free Press, July 18, 1879: 6.

“Frank E. Bliss, Ohio Attorney, Dies Here,” Nashville Tennessean, January 10, 1929: 3.

Baseball History for November 30th

<— NOV 29 DEC 01 —>


1845 Mordecai Davidson
1850 Alfred Gorden (Alamazoo) Jennings

I started digging into this on November 2nd, the day on which Jennings passed in 1894 (complications from a surgery).

Jennings was born in Kentucky but spent most of his life in Cincinnati. He played ball on local teams in the late 1860s and early 1870s, managed a semi-pro team and would occasionally catch.

On August 15, 1878, Milwaukee ran into a problem. Two catchers had injured hands and a third was banged up from the previous day’s game. The manager wired back to Milwaukee for an emergency catcher, but he couldn’t reach the guy he wanted (he was out fishing – and it would have been too late to catch a train to Cincinnati on time if they found him) so Alfred Jennings was introduced to the Milwaukee manager, Jack Chapman, who deemed him acceptable to play this one game.

Only Jennings wasn’t good enough. Oh – he was tough enough for sure. Years later, he claimed that he broke two fingers catching the first pitch when he and the pitcher’s signals got mixed up. Back then, the catchers usually stood well behind the plate until runners reached base and then moved up closer to the batter – and the Milwaukee pitcher threw harder than the pitchers Jennings was used to catching. Ten passed balls and four other errors later – Jennings was responsible for five unearned runs himself – Milwaukee lost to Cincinnati 13 – 2. Jennings, who said he’d keep catching using his elbows if necessary, offered to catch the next game – but Chapman didn’t take him up on his offer.

O.P. Caylor, the baseball writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, penned a witty article that made the morning paper calling Jennings “Allamazoo” (as in, the ball was pitched, and, “Allamazoo!” it got by him). Jennings said that initially he was mad when reading the article, but a few lines later he started laughing at it, too. Jennings was known for having a good nature; it made sense that he took it in stride.

Over time, the name lost an L, but from that day on Alfred Gorden Jennings was known as Alamazoo Jennings.

Jennings became an umpire; he served in the Union Association in 1884 and American Association in 1887, as well as many other local and minor leagues. By the early 1890s, he started a successful corn business (earning him a new nickname – “The Parched Corn King”) and then a Roachicide chemical company. His businesses were so successful that Jennings left the diamond for good. Four weeks shy of turning 44, just days after he was admitted to the city hospital with bowel issues, he was gone.

1860, 1870, 1880 US Censuses
1894 Cincinnati City Directory

“Epitome of the Week,” Darlington (WI) Republican, November 9, 1894: 6.
Caylor, O. P. “The Coming Catcher,” Cincinnati Enquirer, August 16, 1878: 8.
Mulford, Jr. Ren. “Umpire Jennings,” Meriden (CT) Daily Journal, November 21, 1891: 7.
“‘Alamazoo’ Jennings,” Cincinnati Enquirer, November 3, 1894: 2.

1851 Patrick Gillespie
1870 Frank Killen
1875 Myron Frederick (Moose) Grimshaw
1877 Clifford Wesley (Tacks) Latimer
1880 Warren Shanabrook
1883 Ben Houser
1884 Andy Nelson
1885 Elmer Koestner
1891 Joe Giebel
1891 Josh Billings
1893 Edward Adolph (Tex) Hoffman
1897 Dud Branom
1897 Win Ballou
1898 Frederick (Firpo) Marberry
1898 Lou Bauer
1899 Reuben Ewing
1901 Clyde Sukeforth
1901 Sid Graves
1909 Jimmie DeShong
1913 Wally Holborow
1929 Leo Kiely
1931 Ed Mayer
1934 Steve Hamilton
1950 Craig Swan
1954 Juan Berenguer
1955 Barry Evans
1956 Dave Engle
1958 Steve Shields
1958 Toby Hernandez
1960 Bob Tewksbury
1962 Gary Wayne
1962 Bo Jackson
1968 Heath Haynes
1969 Mark Lewis
1971 Ray Durham
1971 Matt Lawton
1976 Craig Wilson
1977 Carlos Valderrama
1980 Shane Victorino
1981 Rich Harden
1985 Luis Valbuena
1987 Chase Anderson
1989 Mikie Mahtook
1991 Alec Mills
1992 Kyle Crick
1993 DJ Stewart
1993 Harold Castro


1885 Dan Cronin
1920 Lou Meyers
1927 Jimmy Wood
1942 Slim Love
1946 Pete McShannic
1948 Frank Bowerman
1955 John Stone
1956 John Shea
1959 Jack Scott
1969 Eddie Eayrs
1969 Connie Creeden
1973 Alex Metzler
1979 Scottie Slayback
1983 Bill Evans
1985 Jim Grant
1986 Roy Bruner
1988 Wally Berger
1995 Jim Davis
1995 William Suero
1996 Ted Petoskey
1997 Bernie Creger
1998 Jesse Levan
1998 Ad Liska
1999 Al Schroll
2003 Jack Brewer
2010 R C Stevens
2012 Rogelio Alvarez
2015 Bob Dustal
2017 Dick Gernert
2018 Fred Caligiuri


1885 Providence released eleven players previously reserved by them to league control – and exited the National League.

1952 Jackie Robinson, being interviewed on “Youth Wants to Know”, a local NBC show in NYC, calls out the Yankees as being racist for still not having a black player on the team. Elston Howard didn’t join the roster of the Yankees until 1955.


1885 Boston acquires Old Hoss Radbourn and Con Daily.

1932 Cincinnati sends Babe Herman to the Cubs for Rollie Hemsley, Johnny Moore, Lance Richbourg, and Bob Smith.

1959 The Giants send Jackie Brandt, Gordon Jones and Roger McCardell to the Orioles for Billy Loes and Billy O’Dell.

1964 Boston drafts Sparky Lyle from the Orioles in the First Year Draft.

1970 Calfornia sends Jay Johnstone, Tom Egan, and Tom Bradley to the White Sox for Ken Berry, Billy Wynne, and Syd O’Brien.

1971 The White Sox purchased Jorge Orta from Mexicali of the Mexican Northern League.

1972 Atlanta sends Earl Williams and Taylor Duncan to the Orioles for Davey Johnson, Pat Dobson, Roric Harrison, and Johnny Oates.

Also, Cincinnati sends Hal McRae and Wayne Simpson to the Royals for Roger Nelson and Richie Scheinblum.

And, the Cubs sent Bill Hands, Joe Decker and Bob Maneely to the Twins for Dave LaRoche. If you get a look at the 1973 Topps card for Bill Hands, it’s one of the worst examples of airbrushing of a game photograph you can imagine. It’s a picture of Hands pitching in Wrigley, but wearing a Rangers uniform. Ugh.

1977 The Cubs sign free agent outfielder Dave Kingman, who would give the Cubs his three best seasons. He loved hitting in Wrigley – and someone convinced him that once in a while he should take the curveball to right field. He still struck out a lot, but his batting average improved a lot (between his love of Wrigley and the occasional opposite field hits) – making him a deadly hitter for a few years.

2000 Seattle purchased outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from Orix in Japan.

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
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
1900 James (Buzz) Busby
1905 Ed Chapman
1907 Lynn King
1910 Bill McWilliams
1910 Ed Gallagher
1911 Bill DeLancey
1911 Gene Smith
1916 Johnny Wright
1916 Max West
1918 Russ Meers
1922 Wes Westrum
1924 Cal Irvin
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
1988 Butch Davis
1989 Bill Posedel
1990 Tommy Hughes
1990 Garcia Massingale
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.