Baseball History for June 30th


1862 Tug Arundel
1864 John A. (Jocko) Flynn
1864 Ned Bligh
1865 Tim Hurst
1873 George Stultz
1880 Davy Jones
1887 Rafael Almeida
1895 Johnny Miljus
1902 Hal Smith
1905 Art Scharein
1912 Dino Chiozza
1912 Johnny Hudson
1912 Manny Salvo
1915 Roberto Ortiz
1921 Joe Stephenson
1921 Jack Albright
1928 Pompeyo (Yo-Yo) Davalillo
1931 Don Gross
1933 Dave Roberts
1935 Paul Toth
1944 Ron Swoboda
1945 Jerry Kenney
1945 Otis Thornton
1957 Harry Ralston (Buddy) Black
1960 Al Newman
1962 Tony Fernandez
1964 Doug Dascenzo
1968 Dan Peltier
1970 Mark Grudzielanek
1972 Jim Stoops
1972 Garret Anderson
1973 Chan Ho Park
1975 Mike Judd
1980 Todd Linden
1982 Delwyn Young
1982 Mitch Maier
1983 Drew Sutton
1985 Pat Venditte
1986 Mike Carp
1987 Cole Figueroa
1987 Ryan Cook
1988 Blake Treinen
1988 Jeff Kobernus
1990 Jesus Aguilar
1990 Cody Asche
1993 Trea Turner


1905 Pete Dowling
1917 Henry Mathewson
1931 Lee Dressen
1937 Jerry Upp
1937 Pete O’Brien
1942 Cad Coles
1943 Mike McDermott
1946 Sam Hope
1947 Mellie Wolfgang
1950 Joe Lake
1950 Paul Fitzke
1959 Clarence Berger
1967 Fred Liese
1967 Hap Myers
1968 Ned Porter
1969 Milt Gray
1973 Doc Cook
1974 Mule Haas
1974 Bill Perrin
1974 Red Jones
1976 Firpo Marberry
1978 Dummy Lynch
1994 Don Kolloway
1996 Jerry May
2002 Pete Gray
2002 Raul Sanchez
2005 Al Milnar
2009 Jay Kleven
2011 Don Buddin
2014 Bobby Castillo


1894 In his first game with the Colonels, Fred Clarke goes five for five (four singles and a triple).

1908 Cy Young fires his third no-hitter, an 8 – 0 win over the Highlanders.

1948 Bob Lemon throws a no-hitter, blanking the Tigers, 2 – 0.

1962 Sandy Koufax throws his first no-hitter, blanking the Mets, 5 – 0. He starts the game by striking out the first three batters on nine pitches.

1978 Willie McCovey crushes a Jamie Easterly pitch for his 500th career homer.

1995 Eddie Murray gets his 3000th hit.

1996 Eric Young ties a record with six stolen bases in a 16 – 15 win over the Dodgers. Mike Piazza was the victim in all six attempts – Hideo Nomo was on the hill… Young stole second four times, third once, and home once. The Rockies stole ten bases in the game.


1891 Cincinnati signs Pete Browning.

1893 Pittsburgh sends Frank Shugart and a few hundred bucks to St. Louis for Pebbly Jack Glasscock.

1911 Cleveland purchases Ray Chapman from Davenport in the old Three-Eye League.

1958 Detroit signs amateur pitcher Mickey Lolich.

1963 Los Angeles signs amateur free agent Jay Johnstone.

1984 Philadelphia sends Marty Bystrom and Keith Hughes to the Yankees for Shane Rawley.

1986 Atlanta sends Claudell Washington and Paul Zuvella to the Yankees for Ken Griffey and Andre Robertson.



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Baseball History for June 29th


1848 John Radcliff
1855 John Gaffney
1861 Len Sowders
1864 Wilbert Robinson
1867 Heinie Reitz
1867 Ed Seward
1867 Tom Terrell
1873 Jack Sutthoff
1875 Morris James (Farmer) Steelman
1876 Patsy Flaherty
1877 Charles Michael (She) Donahue
1880 Bill McGill
1883 Leon Alphonse (Doc) Martel
1884 Harry Patton
1887 Lou Nagelsen
1888 Bobby Veach
1888 Andrew Kemper (Skeeter) Shelton
1897 Grady Adkins
1898 Jimmie Long
1910 Burgess Whitehead
1915 Paul Howard (Dizzy) Trout
1925 Vernal Leroy (Nippy) Jones
1925 Bill Connelly
1926 Bobby Morgan
1928 Nick Testa
1928 Gene Verble
1933 Bob Shaw
1934 Duane Wilson
1936 Harmon Killebrew
1941 Larry Stahl
1941 John Boccabella
1951 Bruce Kimm
1951 Jimmy Freeman
1954 Rick Honeycutt
1956 Pedro Guerrero
1957 Eddie Miller
1966 Peter Hoy
1967 John Wehner
1969 Pablo Martinez
1969 Jose Alberro
1969 George Glinatsis
1973 Pedro Valdes
1973 Jason Rakers
1977 Tony McKnight
1977 Shawn Sedlacek
1978 Trey Hodges
1978 Joe Inglett
1982 Dusty Hughes
1983 Pedro Viola
1983 Mike Wilson
1984 Hernan Iribarren
1986 Tom Koehler
1987 Jeremy Moore
1988 Brooks Raley
1992 Carlos Sanchez


1909 Charlie Cushman
1912 Harry Lyons
1942 Manuel Cueto
1945 Clarence Winters
1955 Horace Milan
1957 Deacon Van Buren
1979 Steamboat Williams
1979 Johnny Bassler
1990 Boyd Perry
1994 Ray Mueller


1897 Chicago puts up 36 runs on the Louisville Colonels, an all-time record.

1912 Talking about pitcher abuse… New York’s Jack Quinn is left out there to finish the first game of a double header – all eight innings, where he allows 21 hits and 13 runs… Boston wins, 13 – 6.

1936 Joe Medwick’s cycle is good, but the Reds beat the Cardinals…

1990 A great night for Wednesday Night Baseball on ESPN – a double header for them. In game one, Dave Stewart throws a no-hitter to blank Toronto, and in game two, Fernando Valenzuela tosses his no-hitter to beat the Cardinals.

2003 Eric Byrnes gets five hits, one an extra double, in completing the cycle.

2007 Aubrey Huff completes the cycle for the Orioles.

2012 Aaron Hill, for the second time in 11 days, completes the cycle.


1948 The Boston Braves sign amateur pitcher Johnny Antonelli.

1972 Atlanta sends Orlando Cepeda to the Athletics for Denny McLain.

1986 Boston sends Steve Lyons to the White Sox for Tom Seaver.

2000 New York sends Jake Westbrook, Ricky Ledee, and Zach Day to the Indians for David Justice.

2012 Los Angeles signs amateur free agent Yasiel Puig.


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Baseball History for June 28th


1846 George McManus
1861 Mox McQuery
1861 Mart McQuaid
1865 Frank Scheibeck
1868 John Taber
1871 Ike Fisher
1877 Bob Blewett
1880 Mike Lynch
1886 Fred Miller
1889 Bill Mundy
1890 Ken Williams
1907 Joe Cascarella
1910 Lee Gamble
1911 Jim Hitchcock
1920 Bert Shepard
1921 Steve Filipowicz
1927 Dick Lane
1935 Bob Blaylock
1936 Fred Gladding
1937 Cal Emery
1938 Orlando McFarlane
1940 Gary Wagner
1941 Al Downing
1941 Len Boehmer
1941 Fred Talbot
1942 Tom Fletcher
1944 Hal Breeden
1946 Greg Sims
1949 Don Baylor
1950 Chris Speier
1952 Joe Sambito
1958 Rafael Vasquez
1958 Clay Christiansen
1964 Mark Grace
1964 Kevin Reimer
1966 Frank Bolick
1966 Shawn Jeter
1967 Ron Witmeyer
1967 Matt Karchner
1969 Todd Revenig
1970 Kevin Polcovich
1971 Greg Keagle
1971 Ron Mahay
1973 Jose Flores
1973 Corey Koskie
1975 Richard Hidalgo
1977 Kevin McGlinchy
1977 Chris Spurling
1981 Brandon Phillips
1984 Clay Zavada
1985 Colt Hynes
1993 Michael Feliz


1888 Joe Brown
1898 Henry Meyers
1922 Dick Lowe
1937 Pop Joy
1944 Dan Stearns
1950 Mutz Ens
1956 Grover Baichley
1960 Bull Durham
1962 Cy Morgan
1962 Mickey Cochrane
1963 Home Run Baker
1968 Paddy Driscoll
1977 Otto Bluege
1978 Johnny Schulte
1987 Bill Schuster
2004 Hal Toenes
2011 Billy Baldwin
2014 Jim Brosnan


1950 Three days after Ralph Kiner did the same thing, Roy Smalley of the Cubs completes the cycle.

1984 Dwight Evans hits a game-winning three-run homer to complete the cycle in a win over the Seattle Mariners. Evans went four for seven on the day.

2004 David Bell hits for the cycle – something his grandfather, Gus, did back in 1951.

2007 Frank Thomas hits his 500th homer off of Carlos Silva of Minnesota. That same night, in the midst of a five hit day, gets his 3000th hit in a win over Colorado. He was thrown out trying to stretch his single to a double…


1894 Louisville signs amateur outfielder Fred Clarke.

1915 The Yankees purchase Bob Shawkey from the Athletics for $3000.

1918 To acquire Austin McHenry from Milwaukee of the American Association, St. Louis sends Marty Kavanaugh, Tim Murchison, and Dutch Distel.

1967 Los Angeles signs amateur outfielder Von Joshua.

1979 San Francisco sends Bill Madlock, Lenny Randle and Dave Roberts to the Pirates for Ed Whitson, Al Holland, and Fred Breining.


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Baseball History for June 27th


1854 Harry Diddlebock
1859 Joe Moffet
1860 Pat Powers
1861 Jackie Hayes
1868 Bill Daley
1871 Bill Rotes
1871 Will Smalley
1877 Bull Durham
1890 Rube Benton
1892 George Ross
1893 Charlie Wheatley
1894 Red Bluhm
1894 Joe Connolly
1906 Dick Terwilliger
1914 Irv Bartling
1915 Fred Martin
1916 Fuzz White
1921 Lou Kretlow
1921 Hank Behrman
1923 Gus Zernial
1925 Wayne Terwilliger
1926 Al Porto
1929 Dick Marlowe
1930 Bob Trowbridge
1931 Eddie Kasko
1931 Chuck Coles
1934 Ed Hobaugh
1938 Elmo Plaskett
1942 Danny Breeden
1943 Rico Petrocelli
1953 Joe Zdeb
1959 Roy Johnson
1960 Jackie Gutierrez
1963 Nelson Simmons
1966 Jeff Conine
1967 Lee Hancock
1970 Jim Edmonds
1970 Ricardo Jordan
1974 Andy Larkin
1975 Daryle Ward
1976 Chris Woodward
1976 Johnny Estrada
1977 Juan Pena
1978 Oscar Salazar
1980 Luis Rodriguez
1983 Jim Johnson
1985 Steve Edlefsen
1989 A. J. Schugel
1989 Abraham Almonte


1886 George Creamer
1919 Larry Schlafly
1921 Hugh Nicol
1938 Jerry Donovan
1940 Frank Thompson
1955 Harry Agganis
1962 Charlie Schmutz
1964 Tex Wisterzil
1966 Marty Krug
1979 Pat Maloney
1981 Sam McConnell
1982 Eddie Morgan
1983 Doc Carroll
1983 Jesse Landrum
1988 Red Bullock
1990 Joe O’Rourke
1992 Frank Jelincich
1992 Sandy Amoros
1992 Woody Main
1994 Alan Strange
1997 Ray Benge
2002 Ralph Erickson
2005 Dick Dietz
2008 Alex Garbowski
2011 Elmer Sexauer
2017 Anthony Young (inoperable brain


1884 Chicagos Larry Corcoran throws his third no-hitter…

1922 Chicago’s Ray Schalk collects four hits and completes the cycle. The White Sox top the Tigers, 9 – 5.

1936 Browns pitcher Tommy Thomas gets tagged for six homers in a 10 – 6 loss to the Yankees. (They should have pulled him sooner, no?) The last two were back-to-back shots in the seventh by Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.

1958 An Ed Fitz Gerald flair with two outs in the ninth lands just inside the right field foul line, ruining Billy Pierce’s perfect game shot… Pierce settled with a one-hitter.

1963 Johnny Callison’s four hits complete the cycle. The Phillies clocked the Pirates, 13 – 4.

1973 Joe Torre goes four for four – and completes the cycle in a 15 – 4 win over the Pirates.

1980 Dodger Jerry Reuss trims the Giants, 8 – 0 without allowing a hit. Bill Russell’s first inning error was the only blip.

1985 Jeffrey Leonard’s cycle on four hits includes a trip around the bases with one flap down against the Reds… (the Reds won, though, 7 – 6.)

1986 Robby Thompson is thrown out trying to steal four times, a record.

1993 Anthony Young sets a record by losing his 24th straight decision – a record that eventually reaches 27 games.

2008 Carlos Delgado’s three hits include a double and a pair of homers – a three run shot and a grand slam – leading to nine RBI in the first game of a double header against the Yankees. The Mets won, 15 – 6.


1904 Philadelphia signed free agent outfielder Sherry Magee.

1919 Philadelphia sent Red Shannon and Braggo Roth to the Red Sox for Jack Barry and Amos Strunk.

1962 The Mets signed amateur free agent Ed Kranepool.

1985 Baltimore sends Roy Lee Jackson and Rich Caldwell (later) to the Padres for Alan Wiggins.

1991 Toronto sent Glenallen Hill, Mark Whiten, and Denis Boucher to Cleveland for Tom Candiotti and Turner Ward.

1992 Los Angeles sends Kal Daniels to the Cubs for Mike Sodders (sent later).

2002 Cleveland sends Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew to the Expos for Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, Grady Sizemore and Lee Stevens.

2004 Seattle sends Ben Davis and Freddy Garcia to the White Sox for Miguel Olivo, Mike Morse, and Jeremy Reed.

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Baseball History for June 26th


1858 Lorenzo “Ren” Deagle
1858 Denny Sullivan
1860 Al Strueve
1873 Henry Schmidt
1874 Tully Frederick “Topsy” Hartsel
1891 Justin Howard “Mike” Fitzgerald
1891 Al Huenke
1893 Elmer Ponder
1900 Lum Davenport
1900 Elmer Yoter
1903 George Milstead
1903 Floyd Caves “Babe” Herman
1907 Debs Garms
1910 Jim Henry
1913 Russ Lyon
1915 Willard Brown
1918 Elmer Singleton
1920 Jean-Pierre Roy
1921 Howie Pollet
1929 Dick Tettelbach
1933 Gene Green
1933 Joe Albanese
1941 Gil Garrido
1943 Bill Robinson
1950 Dave Rosello
1952 Steve Bowling
1955 Manny Seoane
1957 Mike Griffin
1957 Jose Barrios
1960 Pete Dalena
1969 Mike Myers
1969 Rodney Myers
1971 Greg Blosser
1974 Jason Kendall
1974 Derek Jeter
1975 Jason Middlebrook
1979 Luis Gonzalez
1980 Chris Shelton
1984 Elijah Dukes
1984 Luis Hernandez
1986 Michael Kohn
1986 Lou Marson


1925 Sam Crane
1940 Billy Reid
1940 Jimmie Savage
1946 Chris Hartje
1948 Jimmy Esmond
1954 Charlie Pick
1957 Tom Whelan
1959 Joe Sugden
1961 Bill Collins
1966 Lil Stoner
1972 Mike Kircher
1977 Jack Berly
1983 Don Rader
1985 Wes Schulmerich
1987 Jay Avrea
1991 Johnny Johnson
1993 Roy Campanella
1996 Buck Frierson
1997 Armando Roche
1999 Tim Layana
2006 Jack Urban
2013 Justin Miller
2015 Kal Segrist


1962 Red Sox starter Earl Wilson blanks the Angels, 2 – 0, without allowing a hit. Wilson also drove in the winning run and later scored the other run. Wilson scattered four walks.

1970 Frank Robinson hits grand slams in consecutive at bats, as Baltimore clocks the Senators, 12 – 2.


1923 Brooklyn signed amateur catcher Moe Berg.

1948 Chicago signed local amateur infielder Ed Winceniak.

1957 Baltimore signs amateur free agent pitcher Milt Pappas.

1979 New York sends minor leaguer Paul Semall to the Cubs for struggling outfielder Bobby Murcer.

1986 The White Sox sent catcher Scott Bradley to Seattle. A week later, Seattle returned to the White Sox outfielder Ivan Calderon.

1993 Cleveland signs amateur pitcher Bartolo Colon.

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Happy Birthday, Memo Luna!

Memo LunaGuillermo Romero Luna was a Mexican lefty, side-armer of sorts, who gained fame in late 1953 when St. Louis purchased Memo from San Diego of the Pacific Coast League for $100,000.  By then, though, Luna was pitching without his best fastball, making it on control and guile. Luna said he lost his best fastball when San Diego asked him to stop pitching Winter Ball. By 1954, coaches and scouts worried that he wouldn’t have the fastball or size to be a durable and successful pitcher.

Luna quit school before he was a teenager to work in factories near his home town of Tacubaya. There, he would work in factories that assembled jewelry sold to tourists – eight hours a day, six days each week – for about $1.25 a day. Juna said, “I tried to make the high school, but (it was) too hard (to) work days (and go to) school nights.”

By 1944, he both managed and pitched for the Tacubaya Estrellas – a team without uniforms or cleats, but a lot of talent. Luna said he was the manager because he owned the baseballs… Anyway – that team won every game it played and Luna was the pitcher in most of them. When he was offered a job to pitch for more money than he made in the factories, he jumped at the chance. Before long, he was pitching in the Mexican League.

Unfortunately that league folded in 1947, but he got another chance when a Class C team in Juarez picked him up. Pitching summers and winters for the next three seasons, including a 26 – 13 season in 1951 when he logged 314 innings for Tijuana in the Southwest International League, he was eventually picked up by San Diego for $5,000. Luna won there even though San Diego struggled (17 – 12, 2.67 in 263.1 innings), which is why St. Louis paid such a lofty sum for the skinny kid with six pitches and impeccable control.

When he was pitching ten months a year, Luna threw just a fastball, a curve ball and a screw ball. “That was enough to pitch anywhere,” Luna noted. “But now I must try many things different. With no fast ball, I try knuckle ball, change-up, the sliders… The fast ball hurt my arm now. The curve ball hurt my arm. So I throw the slider.”

He may have thrown a spitter, too. He was once ejected from a game in 1951 for repeatedly wetting his fingers – umpires grew tired of warning him to stop and kicked him out.

Even Luna admitted that he might not make it to the Cardinals unless things changed – he needed his fastball, and he needed to pitch more regularly to regain it, and it wouldn’t matter if his arm continued to hurt.

On 20 April 1954, Luna was given his shot – after a fine spring, Memo was sent to the hill to face the Cincinnati Reds. He got two batters out, he gave up two hits, two walks, and two runs. “It was just one of those days,” Luna noted. “I lost my control, and when I got the ball over they hit it.” He was immediately sent back to the Rochester Red Wings and AAA baseball.

By 1956 he had been sold back to the Mexican Leagues. As long as his ailing wing allowed it, he was able to pitch in Mexico until 1961.

Interesting Trivia:  Bill Kinsella, of Shoeless Joe (Field of Dreams) fame, named his fantasy baseball team the Memo Lunatics…  And, the Cardinals had two rookies in 1954 with the same name – sort of…  Memo Luna and Wally Moon.  Get it?


“Luna Ejected As Team Wins”, Arizona Republic, 13 April 1951, Page 32.

Beahon, George. “Luna Blanks A’s For Wings, 4 – 0, In Stellar Debut”, 09 May 1954, Page D1.

Beahon, George. “In This Corner”, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 14 June 1954, Page 18.

Rice, Jack. “Typical Day for Mathes: Decision on Stop Watch, Bids for Memo Luna”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 15 April 1956, Page 6D.

Bill Kinsella, of Shoeless Joe (Field of Dreams) fame, named his fantasy baseball team the Memo Lunatics…

Lundegaard, Bob. “Book’s Lineup Spans Baseball History”, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, 16 April 1987, Page 1C.

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Baseball History for June 25th


1853 Charlie Mason
1864 Ed Flynn
1870 Bill Quarles
1875 Bill Phyle
1878 John Deering
1885 Ed Foster
1887 Bob Meinke
1890 Fred Walden
1891 Pete Lapan
1893 Earl Howard
1895 Bill Webb
1897 Camp Skinner
1899 June Greene
1902 Ralph Erickson
1905 Johnny Pasek
1906 Joe Kuhel
1908 Joe Becker
1911 Tony Parisse
1922 Alex Garbowski

Garbowski was a Yonkers born shortstop who only appeared in two games with the Detroit Tigers in 1952, both times as a pinch runner.

After a hitch in World War II, the kid from Yonkers hit .390 for Nyack in 1946, .396 for Vandergrift in 1947, and .301 for Utica in 1948. After that, though, his batting fell off considerably.

“Garbowski rose rapidly in the A’s organization until he reached the International League. His career came to a halt one night in Newark when ‘Spec’ Shea of the Yankee farm system beaned him. Alex was never quite the same after that.”

Mueller, George E. “Writer Recalls Rockies Years”, White Plains Journal News, 06 July 1986, Page 45.

1923 Barney White
1930 Humberto Robinson
1930 Memo Luna
1935 Don Demeter
1943 John Gelnar
1945 Dick Drago
1947 Jose Ortiz
1948 Clay Kirby
1954 Bob Shirley
1959 Alejandro Pena
1963 Mike Stanley
1969 Brad Woodall
1970 Aaron Sele
1971 Michael Tucker
1972 Carlos Delgado
1975 Kane Davis
1977 Ryan Kohlmeier
1978 Luke Scott
1978 Aramis Ramirez
1982 Paul Maholm
1985 Daniel Bard
1986 Bobby LaFromboise


1918 Jake Beckley
1931 Con Lucid
1932 Pop Tate
1935 Jack O’Neill
1938 Bumpus Jones
1939 Heinie Smith
1945 Jack Mercer
1949 Buck Freeman
1960 Tommy Corcoran
1966 Mose Solomon
1968 Dan Dugan
1968 Grant Bowler
1980 Joe Muir
1999 Charlie English
2001 John LeRoy
2002 Joe Antolick
2006 George Eyrich
2009 Gene Patton


1934 Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle, the first of two times he completed the trick, to help beat the White Sox, 11 – 2.

1949 Gil Hodges clocks five hits in six trips and completes the cycle (adding an extra homer for good measure) in a 17 – 10 win over the Pirates.

1950 Ralph Kiner matches Hodges – five hits, two homers, but ups him to eight RBI (Hodges had four) in completing the cycle.

1976 Mike Phillips completes the cycle. Phillips only had 24 triples and 11 homers in his career…

1999 Cardinal rookie Jose Jimenez blanks the Diamondbacks, 1 – 0, firing a no-hitter.

2010 Arizona’s Edwin Jackson somehow completes a no-hitter with his arm still intact. He throws 149 pitches to top the Rays, 1 – 0, in part because he walked eight batters.

2014 Tim Lincecum blanks the Padres, 4 – 0, throwing his second no-hitter. A second inning walk to Chase Headley was the only blemish.


1899 Louisville sold Topsy Hartsel to Indianapolis in the Western Association.

1908 Philadelphia sent Shag Shaughnessy to Reading for the rights to Home Run Baker.

1934 St. Louis used a waiver wire claim to take Dazzy Vance from the Reds.

1939 The Cubs purchased Bill “Swish” Nicholson from the Senators for $35,000.


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