Baseball History for October 11th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 Will White

Nicknamed “Whoop-La” or “Medicine Bill”, will White was a pitcher for Boston, Cincinnati and Detroit (NL) for a decade between 1877 and 1886. All but five of his decisions were with Cincy – either the NL version of the 1870s, or the American Association version of the 1880s. Three times he won more than 40 games, and two other times he finished with more than 30 wins. When his career closed in 1886, he had 228 wins against just 166 losses. He also had crazy heavy workloads – throwing 680 innings in 1879, 577 innings in 1883, 517.1 innings in 1880, and well over 400 innings on three other occasions.

His story is well told in Major League Baseball Profiles (1871 – 1900). His first major league start was caught by his brother, Deacon. He only made three starts for Boston in 1877, but earned extra money as a groundskeeper. Oddly, the only three games he pitched were all against Cincinnati… He must have impressed the Reds, though – they signed both Deacon and Will for the 1878 season, where he made 52 starts and won thirty. That 1879 season where White went 43 – 31 with 75 complete games (and one more in relief), logging 680 innings and facing more than 2900 batters (!), was a record year at a time when a lot of pitchers threw underhand and were overworked – one assumes that all of his records will never, ever, be broken.

He pitched briefly for Detroit when Cincinnati was booted from the National League, but returned to the Reds when they were reorganized as part of the American Association and had a few more good years. However, as pitchers started throwing overhand, Will continued to throw underhand – when he lost velocity (as we all do), he lost his ability to get batters out. He was likely the first player to wear glasses on the field; pictures show a man who was prematurely gray with a big mustache, and when his career was over, he was a successful retailer (his Medicine Bill nickname came from his owning a drug store).

MLBP also says that White was an early version of Sal Maglie or Bob Gibson – intimidating and singled out as a pitcher whose style necessitated the current Hit By Pitch rule.

His demise was quick and sad – he suffered a heart attack and drowned while teaching a niece to swim in the summer of 1911.

1858 Buttercup Dickerson (aka Lewis Pessano)

A teammate of Will White on the 1878 and 1879 Cincinnati Reds, Lewis Pessano was among the first Italians to play in the majors. However, this was a time when Italians weren’t as well liked as they might be as boxers in the 1950s… Anyway – he hid his ancestry by taking on the name Dickerson.

Dickerson was a nightmare for a manager – an immensely talented centerfielder and hitter, but impatient and a heavy drinker. He was booted by the Reds, blacklisted after the 1881 season, jumped the American Association to play in the Union League – only to jump that organization for two other AA clubs, blacklisted a second time, and finally banished to the minors and semi-pro leagues after a five game stretch for Buffalo in 1885.

1859 Bill Burdick
1866 Bill Husted
1867 Emmett Rogers
1869 Yale Murphy
1869 Alex McFarlan
1878 Frank Roth
1882 Buck Washer
1888 Dwight Wertz
1894 Gary Fortune
1899 Eddie Dyer

The Cardinals used Dyer as an extra pitcher and utility/pinch hitter in the 1920s at a time when a few of these guys were around. (You’d think these days, someone might keep a Carlos Zambrano around to soak up innings in lost cause games and occasionally pinch hit).

Dyer appeared in 69 games as a pitcher, making 23 starts, and going 15 – 15. He also appeared in 60 other games, mostly as a pinch hitter, getting 35 hits in 157 at bats overall (with 12 of his hits going for extra bases).

1899 Ernie Smith
1905 Joel Hunt
1906 Tom Carey

Befitting a guy nicknamed “Scoops”, Carey was a light hitting but great fielding infielder for the Browns and Red Sox in the 1930s and 40s, taking a couple of years off to fight in World War II. The Hoboken native played until he was about 40 – which makes him an early verson of former Toronto infielder John McDonald…

Trey Strecker wrote a solid biography of Carey’s life for SABR which you can read here.

1912 Wayne Osborne
1912 Mike Guerra
1917 Vince Castino
1918 Bob Chipman

Mr. Chips was born in Brooklyn, where he was able to make occasional appearances for the Dodgers during the war years. In 1944, he was packaged to Chicago for Eddie Stankey, and he spent the rest of the 1940s with the Cubs.

There, Chipman was a spot starter and long reliever – once he made 21 starts, but never more than 17 after that. A normal season for him might have been 7 – 7 with 12 starts and 120 innings of work.

He spent three seasons with the Boston Braves in the same role and though he pitched well enough in 1952 in limited work, his career closed out then. According to Baseball Players of the 1950s, he occasionally scouted for his hometown Dodgers and sold liquor for a few years. His post-baseball career was rather short, passing away at the age of 55.

1926 Joe Ginsberg

As a kid, he was called “Little Joe” after his father, and Joe stuck – even though his name was Myron Nathan…

My friend John-William Greenbaum could tell you that Ginsberg caught Clem Labine in the New York Mets first home game of 1962… He caught one other game before his career ended.

Among his career highlights were playing on the AL team with the most wins (Cleveland, 1954 – since broken) and the NL team with the most losses… On a different note, Ginsberg once broke up a Vic Raschi no-hitter by knocking a homer up into the wind at Yankee Stadium and watching the ball get carried into the seats – just as he told the home plate umpire he would do – in 1952.

Ginsberg, like fellow birthday catcher Mike Guerra, wasn’t much of a power hitter. He knocked out 14 of his 20 career homers in Detroit during the 1951 and 1952 seasons – then only six more in his last 1000 at bats. He hung around for better than a decade because he could catch well enough and he batted left handed – though he acquired a lot of stickers on his suitcase. Ginsberg played for Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas City, Baltimore, Chicago, Boston, and New York. According to Baseball Players of the 1950s, he used his ability to travel selling Jack Daniels – claiming that he promised to sell more whiskey than he drank.

1929 Skeeter Kell
1930 Bill Fischer

Another spot starter of the 1950s, Fischer holds the record for most consecutive innings without issuing a walk in 1962. He’s also famous for serving up the Mickey Mantle homer that rocketed off the facade of the House that Ruth Built…

Fischer got his start with the White Sox, but was dealt twice in 1958 – first to Detroit and then Washington. He won 9 of 20 decisions with the Senators in 1958 but was returned to the pen, traded back to Detroit, then to Kansas City for a few years, and finally finished with the 1964 Twins. Fischer was involved in trades with a number of cult players of the era – Marv Grissom, Hal Brown, Ray Boone, Tito Francona, Tom Morgan, Ozzie virgil, Gerry Staley, and Reno Bertoia.

Fischer wasn’t a power arm – he was barely likely to strikeout four batters in nine innings. He was, however, cagey – and threw a useful spitter that, for him, darted like a knuckleball. According to Baseball Players of the 1950s, Fischer became a pitching instructor for the better part of four decades, the last several as a pitching coach.

1931 Gary Blaylock
1938 Bill Roman
1944 Mike Fiore

First baseman on the first Kansas City Royals team in 1969 – hit .274 with a dozen homers, but lost his batting eye in 1970 and his major league career after going hitless in six at bats for San Diego in 1972. Instead, he spent the next several years as a AAA hitter – mostly for Rochester in the Orioles chain.

1945 Bob Stinson

Scrap Iron Bob was a catcher of the 1970s, but probably a bit better hitter than a defender, though he had a decent enough arm. Stinson was on five teams prior to joining the expansion Seattle Mariners where he was finally able to be a regular… Played 124 games in 1978, hitting 11 homers, knocking in 55 runs, and batting .258. Had a nice career – 652 games and nearly 2000 plate appearances.

1946 Jarvis Tatum
1947 Charlie Williams

Reliever with the 1970s Giants (though he spent a year with the 1971 Mets). Had a four year run where he averaged about 100 innings of work, but his arm problems started in 1977 and finished him completely in 1978.

Williams claim to fame, of course, was that he was traded from the Mets to the Giants for none other than Willie Mays (the Mets gave the Giants cash, too).

According to his New York Times obit – which, sadly, was published in January of 2015 – Williams left baseball to drive a NYC taxi before moving to Florida (what New Yorker doesn’t retire and move to Florida, writes a current Floridian).

1947 Rick James
1949 Bob Jones
1959 Pat Dodson
1960 Curt Ford

The Cardinals had a bunch of guys like him from 1975 to 1995 – a utility outfielder who could run a little, hit some line drives, but not for much power, and would frequently pinch hit or get used in double-switches.

1965 Orlando Hernandez
1965 Erik Johnson
1966 Gregg Olson

For the first six years of his career, Olson was the curveball tossing closer of the Baltimore Orioles, averaging more than 30 saves a year from 1989 to 1993. He signed a big contract with the Braves – and his body (well, his elbow and then his shoulder) defied him. Trying to prove he could still pitch, Olson made more comebacks than Sugar Ray Leonard. He pitched for Cleveland, Kansas City, Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, Kansas City (again), Arizona, and then the Los Angeles Dodgers before finally giving up in 2001.

1969 Larry Luebbers
1971 Joe Roa
1973 Dmitri Young
1974 Mike Duvall
1974 Jesus Sanchez
1976 Carl Sadler
1977 Ty Wigginton
1979 Shane Youman
1982 Jeff Larish
1984 Max Ramirez
1988 David Goforth
1989 Jenrry Mejia
1989 Josh Smith
1991 Giovanny Urshela
1992 Grayson Greiner

OBITUARIES:

1891 Will Smalley
1907 Whitey Gibson
1916 Henry Luff
1920 George Adams
1927 Mike Corcoran
1928 Frank Smith
1932 Ed Spurney
1934 Sandy Burk
1935 George Pierce
1935 Chick Smith
1947 Doc Martel
1951 Bob Becker
1952 Roy Beecher
1958 Ira Thomas
1962 Bill Bell
1964 Stan Gray
1965 Willis Cole
1966 Red Smith
1972 Danny Taylor
1979 Abe Bowman
1989 Bill Phebus
1991 Clay Kirby
1993 Lee Walls
1993 Emmett O’Neill
1994 Charlie Cuellar
1994 Bobby Brooks
2006 Eddie Pellagrini
2006 Cory Lidle

Plane crash – his plane smashed into a New York apartment building.

2008 Kevin Foster

Converted shortstop to pitcher with the Cubs. Renal Cell Carcinoma took him at 39.

2011 Cy Buker
2011 Paul Martin
2012 Champ Summers

Kidney cancer.

2015 Dean Chance

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1967 Could be a transaction, huh? The Mets sign Gil Hodges to manage the team, but have to compensate the Senators to steal him…

1972 A wild pitch by Bob Moose allows George Foster to score the winning run, and puts the Reds in the World Series after beating Pittsburgh, 4 – 3 in game five.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1946 Cleveland sends Allie Reynolds to the Yankees for Joe Gordon. Both teams won on this deal…

1948 Philadelphia purchased Cubs pitcher Russ Meyer for $20,000.

1956 Philadelphia sends Stu Miller to the Giants for Jim Hearn.

1962 The Mets go shopping, buying Ron Hunt from Milwaukee and Norm Sherry and Dick Smith from the Dodgers.

1968 Cincinnati sends Vada Pinson to St. Louis for Bobby Tolan and Wayne Granger.

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Baseball History for October 10th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 Bill Tobin
1858 Mike Corcoran
1862 Dennis Driscoll
1864 Charlie Sprague
1867 William Benjamin (Shorty) Fuller
1867 Ad Gumbert
1868 Dave Anderson
1869 Bill Moran
1877 Otto Charles (Pep) Deininger
1878 Otto Hess
1879 Homer Hillebrand
1886 Bill Forman
1887 Paul Fittery
1887 Bill Killefer
1888 Wallace Luther (Toots) Shultz
1892 Rich Durning
1894 Myrl Brown
1902 Homer Peel
1903 Fay Thomas
1905 John Stone
1905 Wally Berger
1914 Tommy Fine
1914 Italo Chelini
1915 Harry Eisenstat
1916 Floyd Baker
1921 Hank Riebe
1922 Mickey Kreitner
1929 Bobby Tiefenauer
1932 Hal Raether
1937 Gordie Sundin
1940 Grover Powell
1940 Larry Maxie
1946 Gene Tenace
1947 Roger Metzger
1949 Larry Lintz
1949 Rob Sperring
1950 Terry Enyart
1959 Jim Weaver
1959 Don Gordon
1959 Les Straker
1960 Bill Moore
1966 Francisco Cabrera
1972 Mike Holtz
1972 Ramon Martinez
1973 Brian Powell
1974 Luther Hackman
1975 Placido Polanco
1976 Pat Burrell
1979 Brad Ziegler
1980 Noah Lowry
1984 Troy Tulowitzki
1986 Andrew McCutchen
1987 Adrian Cardenas
1987 Elvin Ramirez
1988 Fernando Martinez
1989 Jeurys Familia
1989 Issac Galloway
1990 Shelby Miller
1990 Kolten Wong
1990 Jonathan Aro
1993 Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.
1994 Sean Murphy
1994 David Bednar
1994 Garrett Hampson
1996 Genesis Cabrera

OBITUARIES:

1883 Jim Devlin
1893 Lip Pike
1903 John Valentine
1911 Bill Parks
1912 Bill Tobin
1918 George LeClair
1921 Al Nevin
1926 Brownie Foreman
1933 Joe Kostal
1943 Harry Vahrenhorst
1944 Louis LeRoy
1946 Bill Jones
1946 Walter Clarkson
1947 Slim Embry
1960 Hub Hart
1966 Patsy Gharrity
1970 Lefty Leifield
1977 Jim Lyle
1986 Russ Van Atta
1990 Wally Moses
1990 George Barnicle
1995 Ed Gill
1998 Strick Shofner
1998 El Tappe
2001 Dave Gerard
2002 Joe Wood
2003 Johnny Klippstein
2004 Ken Caminiti
2008 Sid Hudson
2009 Larry Jansen
2015 Garry Hancock

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1904 A ninth inning wild pitch by New York Highlanders pitcher Jack Chesbro gives the AL pennant to the Red Sox on the last day of the season.

1920 Bill Wambsganss completes an unassisted triple play in a World Series game. He hated that it happened, essentially because he didn’t like being the answer to a trivia question when he had a much broader career.

In that same game, Elmer Smith hits the first World Series grand slam, and pitcher Jim Bagby is the first slinger to homer.

1924 Hank Gowdy drops a foul pop up (he stumbled on his mask), allowing Muddy Ruel to get another shot. Ruel doubled and later scored the winning run to give the Senators the World Series.

1957 Lew Burdette blanks the Yankees, 5 – 0, on two days rest to win the World Series with the Braves.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1932 St. Louis sent Gus Mancuso and Ray Starr to the Giants for Ethan Allen, Bob O’Farrell, Jim Mooney, and Bill Walker.

1950 The Cubs send Hank Edwards (and some moolah) to the Dodgers for Dee Fondy and The Rifleman, Chuck Connors.

1961 The Mets and Colt 45s have their expansion drafts. Bob Miller is taken from the Cards by New York, while Houston takes Joey Amalfatano. The Mets tended toward veterans (Roger Craig, Jay Hook, Don Zimmer, Gil Hodges, etc,) while Houston tended to take kids…

1962 Boston signs amateur free agent hitter Tony Conigliaro.

1967 Atlanta sends Mack Jones, Jay Ritchie, and Jim Beauchamp to Cincinnati for Deron Johnson.

1971 Milwaukee sends Tommy Harper, Marty Pattin, Lew Krausse and a minor leaguer to Boston for George Scott, Ken Brett, Jim Lonborg, Joe Lahoud, Don Pavletich, and Billy Conigliaro.

2006 Kansas City signed amateur free agent catcher Salvador Perez.

Baseball History for October 9th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 Dave Rowe
1864 Joe Woerlin
1865 Al Maul
1873 Bill Reidy
1880 Charlie Faust
1884 Pete Wilson
1886 Rube Marquard
1890 Red Massey
1890 Ernie Manning
1890 Ty Helfrich
1892 Arnie Stone
1894 Jing Johnson
1897 Harry Biemiller
1898 Joe Sewell
1901 Freddy Spurgeon
1902 Kenny Hogan
1902 Jimmy Welsh
1903 Jack Tising
1903 Walter O’Malley
1904 Gordon Slade
1909 Jim Winford
1912 Mickey Haefner
1925 Tommy Giordano
1939 Mike Hershberger
1940 Joe Pepitone
1941 Jeoff Long
1944 Freddie Patek
1946 Jim Qualls
1947 Bob Moose
1950 Brian Downing
1951 Derek Bryant
1954 Randy Lerch
1955 Alex Taveras
1959 Ray Krawczyk
1963 Felix Fermin
1967 Jim Tatum
1969 Kevin Jordan
1970 Mike Robertson
1972 Steve Gibralter
1973 Bill Pulsipher
1974 Courtney Duncan
1975 Danny Mota
1975 J. J. Trujillo
1977 Brian Roberts
1979 Alay Soler
1980 Mark McLemore
1982 Jason Jaramillo
1983 Jason Pridie
1986 Derek Holland
1986 David Phelps
1986 Chaz Roe
1987 Cory Burns
1988 Starling Marte
1990 Jake Lamb
1991 Ryan Brett

OBITUARIES:

1897 Milo Lockwood
1900 Harry Wheeler
1901 Chappy Lane
1918 Fred Gaiser
1920 Carl Vandagrift
1924 Ed Caskin
1924 Jake Daubert
1929 Red Kleinow
1930 Lem Cross
1934 Pat Pettee
1937 Hank Gastright
1939 Biff Schaller
1940 Bill Massey
1944 Joe DeBerry
1945 Bob Ganley
1955 Howie Fox
1955 Jim Jackson
1957 Butch Henline
1964 Al Wingo
1969 Ray Lucas
1969 Don Hoak
1970 Cy Fried
1972 Dave Bancroft
1976 Bob Moose

Died in a car accident on his birthday – just finished playing in a golf tournament hosted by Bill Mazeroski.

1976 Mark Christman
1985 Rusty Yarnall
1986 Jo-Jo White
1991 Charlie Moss
1992 Mike Guerra
1997 Chuck Templeton
1999 Dutch Dotterer

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!

1894 Jack Manning, Quaker outfielder, is the first to hit three homers in a game, though his team loses, 11 – 7, to the Chicago White Stockings.

1905 Christy Mathewson opens the 1905 World Series with a 3 – 0 shutout of the Philadelphia As.

1910 Nap Lajoie is allowed to get six infield hits by Jack O’Connor and the St. Louis Browns in an effort to wrest the batting crown (and a new car) from Ty Cobb.

1919 Cincinnati drops the White Sox, 10 – 5, to win the World Series – a gift from the White Sox and various gamblers.

1928 New York sweeps the Cards, taking game four, 7 – 3.

1938 New York sweep the Cubs, taking game four, 8 – 3. It’s the third straight World Series win – the first time that had happened.

1961 The Yankees clock the Reds, 13 – 5, thanks to a pair of homer by Johnny Blanchard. The win gives the Yankees the World Series.

1996 Jeffrey Maier kills the Orioles by helping Derek Jeter’s fly ball go over the fence. The umpires blew this one – and it was painfully obvious.

2005 Chris Burke homers in the 18th inning – Astros take the Braves in the longest post season game ever.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1925 Chicago drafts Hack Wilson from Toledo in the Rule 5 Draft.

1947 The Cubs sign amateur free agent Randy Jackson.

1970 Washington sends Ed Brinkman, Joe Coleman, Jim Hannan, and Aurelio Rodriguez to Detroit for Elliott Maddox, Denny McLain, Norm McRae, and Don Wert.

1988 Toronto puts pen to paper with amateur free agent Carlos Delgado.

As you can imagine, the vast number of transactions on this day are releases or the granting of free agency.

Baseball History for October 7th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1851 Chris Von Der Ahe
1856 Moses Fleetwood (Fleet) Walker
1857 Emery J. (Moxie) Hengel
1859 Chris Rickley
1867 William Park (Brickyard) Kennedy
1869 Frank Donnelly
1881 Charles Elmer (Punch) Knoll
1881 James Durham
1883 Phil Lewis
1883 Al Burch
1884 Tom Tuckey
1885 Fred Liese
1885 Ernie Ovitz
1889 Lynn Brenton
1891 George Batten
1892 Adam DeBus
1895 Fred Fussell
1898 Joe Giard
1903 Bill Walker
1904 Chuck Klein
1909 Tony Malinosky
1912 Bill Patton
1916 Russ Derry
1918 Irv Hall
1918 Frank Baumholtz
1919 Tommy Hughes
1921 Al Sima
1921 Charles Dwight (Red) Adams
1921 Charlie Fox
1922 Grady Hatton
1928 Joe Presko
1932 Bud Daley
1934 Sammy Drake
1939 John O’Donoghue
1939 Phil Ortega
1940 Morrie Steevens
1943 Jose Cardenal
1945 Dick Bates
1952 John Caneira
1953 Andy Replogle
1956 Rudy Law
1963 Ty Van Burkleo
1964 Jim Bruske
1964 Rich DeLucia
1965 Enrique Burgos
1968 Milt Cuyler
1968 Butch Henry
1970 Tim Unroe
1975 Justin Brunette
1983 Ryan Rohlinger
1985 Kris Medlen
1985 Evan Longoria
1987 Alex Cobb
1988 Brandon Cunniff
1991 Mike Foltynewicz
1991 Adrian Sampson
1992 Marcus Lynn (Mookie) Betts
1994 Kohl Stewart

OBITUARIES:

1881 Mike Brannock
1888 Studs Bancker
1900 Bill Phillips
1918 Bun Troy
1925 Christy Mathewson

Tuberculosis…

1944 Walter Hewett
1948 Doc Imlay
1956 Tom Stouch
1958 Chick Brandom
1964 Charlie Armbruster
1971 Les Barnhart
1974 Frank Fletcher
1984 Art Butler
1990 Walt Ripley
1991 Leo Durocher
1994 Stan Ferens
1997 Lou Possehl
2008 Bruce Dal Canton

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1950 Whitey Ford, a rookie, wins Game 4 – the Yankees sweep Philadelphia to win the World Series.

1952 The Yankees take their fourth straight World Series, this time in six games, over the Dodgers.

1969 Curt Flood (and three others, including Tim McCarver) are sent to Philadelphia for Dick Allen, Cookie Rojas and Jerry Johnson. Flood chooses not to report – challenging the reserve clause.

1984 The Cubs blow a 3 – 0 lead, leaving Rick Sutcliffe in too long – and getting bad bounces on a ball through Leon Durham’s legs and a shot to the right of Ryne Sandberg. In losing 5 – 3, the Padres go to the World Series while my stepbrother, Ron, and his wife, Michelle, have a wedding reception full of very despondant guests.

TRANSACTION WIRE

1929 Among those taken in the Rule 5 Draft was Earl Webb, who the Cubs took from Cincinnati.

1958 The Giants sent Erni Broglio and Marv Grissom to the Cardinals for Hobie Landrith, Billy Muffett, and Benny Valenzuela.

1969 Philadelphia sent Dick Allen, Jerry Johnson, and Cookie Rojas to the Cardinals for Curt Flood, Tim McCarver, Joe Hoerner, and Byron Browne. Flood famously didn’t report, and the Cardinals sent Willie Montanez and minor leaguer Jim Browning to complete the trade.

1985 Detroit sent Juan Berenguer and Bob Melvin to the Giants for Matt Nokes, Dave LaPoint, and Eric King. Scott Medwin was sent by the Tigers as a player to be named later.

Baseball History for October 6th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 Charles N. (Pop) Snyder
1854 Frank McCarton
1855 Elisah Alphonso (Dale) Williams
1856 Robert Foster
1859 Ed Cartwright
1866 Eddie Burke
1868 Leighton P. (Whitey) Gibson
1872 Jack Dunn
1873 George Starnagle
1878 Len Swormstedt
1883 James Edward (Red) Morgan
1884 Byron Atkins (Barney) Slaughter
1885 Buddy Ryan
1885 John Knight
1886 Jack Snyder
1886 Hyder Edward (Scotty) Barr
1887 Charlie Enwright
1889 Carl Zamloch
1892 Harry Baumgartner
1893 Pat Duncan
1893 Johnny Tillman
1896 Harry Heitmann
1901 Carlisle Littlejohn
1908 Tom Padden
1909 Walt Bashore
1913 Ken Chase
1914 George Washburn
1915 Lambert Daniel (Dutch) Meyer
1917 Paul Calvert
1918 Jimmy Grant
1922 Joe Frazier
1928 Fred Marolewski
1939 Jack Cullen
1942 Jerry Grote
1943 Jim McGlothlin
1943 Jerry Stephenson
1946 Gary Gentry
1946 Gene Clines
1947 Jerry Bell
1947 Steve Kline
1947 Rich Hacker
1947 Charlie Vaughan
1953 Victor Bernal
1954 Roger Weaver
1956 George Riley
1957 Alfredo Griffin
1959 Dennis Ray (Oil Can) Boyd
1959 Greg Walker
1960 Bruce Fields
1960 Jeff Zaske
1960 Jay Baller
1960 Bill Johnson
1962 Rich Yett
1965 Ruben Sierra
1966 Archi Cianfrocco
1968 Ed Pierce
1969 Robert Person
1970 Darren Oliver
1972 Benji Gil
1972 Valerio De Los Santos
1974 Matt Duff
1975 Jeff Farnsworth
1976 Freddy Garcia
1981 Joel Hanrahan
1983 Radhames Liz
1985 Andrew Albers
1986 Edgmer Escalona
1990 Scott Schebler
1991 Matt Wotherspoon
1995 Jake Bauers

OBITUARIES:

1910 Lawrence Farley
1911 Larry Murphy
1912 Bill Finley
1926 Holly Hollingshead
1931 John Kirby
1934 Tom Mansell
1949 Guy Zinn
1954 Josh Devore
1957 Billy Campbell
1957 Phil Cooney
1962 Dick Gossett
1964 Dan Adams
1964 Barney Schreiber
1966 Bill Henderson
1969 Roy Crumpler
1969 Desmond Beatty
1976 Joe Erautt
1977 Gene Bedford
1997 Johnny Vander Meer
1998 Mark Belanger
1999 Bob Patrick
2001 Miguel Del Toro
2004 Norm Schlueter

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1908 Detroit beats Chicago to win the American League flag, holding off Cleveland by a half game, and keeping the White Sox out. Had Chicago won, they would have forced a one-game playoff with the Naps.

1923 Ernie Padgett catches a liner, tags the runner coming from first and steps on the bag at second to complete the first unassisted triple play in National League history.

1926 Babe Ruth hits three homers in Game 4 of the World Series; the Yankees won 10 – 5 over St. Louis.

1945 According to lore, Bill Sianis takes his pet goat to Wrigley Field to promote his new bar, the Billy Goat Tavern. Ushers make Sianis leave – so he curses the Cubs.

1984 Steve Garvey homers off Lee Smith in the 9th inning to beat the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS. The Padres would win Game 5, crushing the hearts of Cub fans everywhere.

1991 Mets ace David Cone fans 19 Phillies on the last day of the season.

2010 Roy Halliday blanks the Reds, 4 – 0, without allowing a hit as the Phillies take Game One of the NLDS.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1903 The Browns sent John Anderson to New York for Jack O’Connor.

1925 Boston sends Jesse Barnes, Mickey O’Neil and Gus Felix to Brooklyn for Eddie Brown, Jimmy Johnston, and Zack Taylor.

According to an article in the Harrisburg Telegraph, O’Neil and Taylor were top backstops, Barnes and Johnston were the veteran pitchers, and Brown and Felix were essentially prospects.

1967 The Braves released catcher Bob Uecker.

Baseball History for October 5th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1824 Henry Chadwick
1858 John Reilly
1859 Guerdon Whiteley
1860 Wally Fessenden
1871 Jack Fifield
1871 Roger Denzer
1873 Claude Ritchey
1875 Davey Crockett
1880 Ed Hughes
1881 Tom Raftery
1886 Harry Otis
1886 Bill Steele
1887 Clare Patterson
1887 Felix Chouinard
1889 Jim Bagby
1890 Rollin Cook
1893 Paul Speraw
1895 Norm McMillan
1896 Danny Silva
1896 Charlie Pechous
1901 Scottie Slayback
1904 Sam West
1906 Si Johnson
1907 Frank Doljack
1925 Bobby Hofman
1927 Al Heist
1939 Dennis Bennett
1941 Andy Kosco
1949 Danny Fife
1957 Onix Concepcion
1958 Brent Gaff
1958 Randy Bush
1959 Rod Allen
1960 Randy Bockus
1962 Tracy Woodson
1964 Terry Mathews
1967 Rey Sanchez
1968 Alex Diaz
1972 Aaron Guiel
1972 Yamil Benitez
1973 Luis Lopez
1973 Brett Laxton
1975 Brandon Puffer
1982 Mike Hinckley
1983 Felipe Paulino
1983 Alexi Ogando
1986 Tanner Roark
1986 Jeff Bianchi
1987 Marc Krauss
1994 Victor Reyes
1995 Zack Littell

OBITUARIES:

1898 John Richmond
1918 Eddie Grant
1926 Al Burch
1926 Howard Murphy
1940 Crazy Schmit
1953 Rags Faircloth
1954 Oscar Charleston (The link tells you how to find his grave…)
1955 Lyman Lamb
1962 Jack Cummings
1963 George Curry
1965 Wid Matthews
1966 Harry Hanson
1968 Hal Bevan
1970 Reuben Ewing
1974 Ed Grimes
1976 Bill Bagwell
1982 Dickie Flowers
1983 George Turbeville
1990 Dixie Howell
1994 Lee Gamble
1996 Joe Walsh
2001 Woody Jensen
2009 Brian Powell

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1888 Pud Galvin wins his 300th game – the first pitcher to reach that plateau.

1908 Ed Walsh finishes his season with 40 wins after beating Detroit and moving the White Sox to a half game out with a game to play.

1941 Mickey Owens drops the final strike, allowing Tommy Heinrich to reach base. The Yankees rallied with two outs to beat the Cardinals, 7 – 4.

1947 Al Gionfriddo’s catch to rob Joe DiMaggio of extra bases helps the Dodgers win Game Six of the World Series. For Gionfriddo, it was his last major league game.

1949 Tommy Heinrich is the hero – the first game ending home run in a World Series game – when he homers off of Don Newcombe to give the Yankees a 1 – 0 win over Brooklyn in Game One.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1907 Washington acquires Ollie Pickering from the Browns for the disgruntled Charlie Jones.

1937 Among the Rule 5 draft picks, Washington takes Dutch Leonard from Atlanta of the Southern Association.

1961 Washington sends Dick Donovan, Gene Green, and Jim Mahoney to Cleveland for outfielder Jim Piersall.

1970 St. Louis gets Ted Sizemore and Bob Stinson from Los Angeles for Dick Allen.

1971 Cleveland sends Vada Pinson, Alan Foster and Frank Baker to California for Alex Johnson and Jerry Moses.

Baseball History for October 4th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1851 George W. (Orator) Shafer
1858 Ossie France
1860 Mark Polhemus
1861 John Leighton
1863 Jim Halpin
1863 Bill Finley
1864 Luke Lutenberg
1871 Charlie Jordan
1873 Jim Gardner
1875 Bob McKinney
1878 Bob Dresser
1879 Bob Rhoads
1883 Harry Ables
1887 Ray Fisher
1889 Maurice Leo (Shorty) Dee
1892 Delos Brown
1895 Ralph Shinners
1898 Frank McCue
1903 Clarence Fletcher (Lefty) Thomas
1910 Frankie Crosetti
1914 Bruce Sloan
1917 Hal Quick
1918 George David (Red) Munger
1922 Don Lenhardt
1927 Bob Kelly
1928 Rip Repulski
1931 Joe Kirrene
1934 Don Bradey
1939 Ted Davidson
1943 Jimy Williams
1944 Tony LaRussa
1945 John Duffie
1947 Glenn Adams
1948 Dave Johnson
1949 John Wathan
1950 Ed Halicki
1951 Horace Speed
1953 Dave Schuler
1954 Dennis Littlejohn
1954 Bill Atkinson
1955 Lary Sorensen
1956 Charlie Leibrandt
1960 Billy Hatcher
1960 Joe Boever
1961 Mike Sharperson
1962 Chris James
1962 Dennis Cook
1962 Tony Ferreira
1963 Bruce Ruffin
1964 Mark McLemore
1964 John Kiely
1965 Steve Olin
1966 Tim Mauser
1966 Mike Walker
1967 Roger Pavlik
1971 Carlos Crawford
1972 Adam Riggs
1977 Bobby Scales
1978 Kyle Lohse
1981 Joe Thatcher
1982 Ryan Sadowski
1982 Tony Gwynn, Jr.
1982 Jered Weaver
1983 Kurt Suzuki
1984 Drew Stubbs
1986 Stephen Fife
1988 Lonnie Chisenhall
1989 Casey Kelly
1991 Alec Asher
1996 Edgar Garcia

OBITUARIES:

1907 Frank Leary
1911 Emil Geiss
1912 George Knight
1918 Phil Routcliffe
1927 John Richter
1934 Jimmy Callahan
1936 Hercules Burnett
1938 Fred Doe
1941 Walt Justis
1946 John Woods
1952 Bill Zimmerman
1955 Stan Baumgartner
1956 Jake Gettman
1960 Jack Warhop
1961 Roy Golden
1965 Harvey MacDonald
1966 Mike Tresh
1967 Ed Barney
1979 Fred Graf
1979 Ray Wolf
1981 Freddie Lindstrom
1982 Red Barron
1984 Joe Marty
1990 Vance Dinges
1992 Augie Prudhomme
1996 Joe Hoerner
1998 Lee Grissom
2000 Chuck Oertel
2007 Don Nottebart
2009 Barry Lersch
2011 Ralph Hodgin

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1906 With a win over Pittsburgh, Chicago finishes with 116 wins – still the best mark in history (though tied by Seattle many years later…).

1955 Johnny Podres shuts out the Yankees in Game Seven of the World Series, giving Brooklyn their first championship of the century.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1904 The Highlanders used the Rule 5 draft to take Hal Chase from Los Angeles of the PCL.

1927 Among those taken in the Rule 5 Draft was Lefty O’Doul, taken by the Giants, from San Francisco of the PCL.

1937 St. Louis traded Leo Durocher to the Dodgers for Joe Stripp, Roy Henshaw, Johnny Cooney, and Jim Bucher.

1951 Chicago sent Smoky Burgess and Bob Borkowski to Cincinnati for Bob Usher and Johnny Pramesa.

I’m sure it made sense at the time. You know – rebuilding.

In December, Burgess was sent to the Phillies in a multiple player deal that included Andy Seminick and Dick Sisler.

1965 Detroit wants Bill Montbouquette, so they sent George Smith, George Thomas, and later Jackie Moore to Boston.