Baseball History for May 12th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1862 Chicken Wolf

How, as a baseball historian, can you not enjoy a player with a name like Chicken Wolf?

His given name was William Van Winkle (Jimmy) Wolf. Wolf had a long career with Louisville in the American Association when Louisville was pretty good. One who didn’t jump to the Players League in 1890, he took advantage of talent reduction to turn from a .285 type hitter to finish the year at .363 with 98 RBI.

He grew up with Pete Browning in Louisville, spent three games with St. Louis in the NL when the American Association died, but otherwise was a Louisville guy through and through. He died in his early 40s, apparently never recovering from an injury received trying to fight a fire.

1864 Doc Oberlander
1866 Lave Cross

Lave was a long time third baseman in the latter years of the 1800s. For whatever reason, he’s not as highly regarded as one with his career stats – which occasionally turns up when the SABR Overlooked Players list comes around. There are discussions about his merit – whether people who played with him thought he was truly great and all that. I know this – he was pretty good for a long time and a tough cookie as well – hand one of the longer games played streaks prior to Everett Scott.

1868 Harry Truby
1886 Milo Netzel
1887 Gene Krapp
1887 Casey Hageman
1889 Alex McCarthy
1889 Al Schulz
1893 George Kaiserling
1893 Hob Hiller
1895 Jim Poole
1897 Joe Dugan
1898 Earl McNeely
1899 Tod Dennehey
1900 Phil Voyles
1902 Dutch Henry
1906 Charlie Butler
1910 Lefty Mills
1911 Archie McKain
1915 Harry Dean
1916 Dixie Parsons
1916 Hank Borowy
1922 Johnny Hetki
1923 Ed Lyons
1925 Yogi Berra

Only the greatest catcher, as a winner, ever.

1930 Tom Umphlett
1935 Felipe Alou

I was always a fan of his – he seemed to be a pretty good manager, too.

1938 Norm Gigon
1940 Tom Timmermann
1941 Floyd Weaver
1942 Ted Kubiak
1947 Bob Heise
1947 Vic Albury
1950 Pat Darcy
1951 Joe Nolan
1953 Taylor Duncan
1955 Ralph Botting
1957 Lou Whitaker

The Lave Cross of our time. Played a lot – had some limitations (he had a major platoon split; he was somewhat goofy but in a good way) but was very, very good for a long time. I can’t believe he got so little support in Hall of Fame voting.

1959 Willie Lozado
1959 Kevin Bass
1965 Angel Escobar
1966 Rafael Bournigal
1967 Kenny Greer
1968 Mark Clark
1976 Wes Helms

A good reserve – was a fan of his when he played in Miami.

1978 Josh Phelps
1979 Travis Dawkins
1980 Felipe Lopez
1982 Jamie D’Antona
1983 Jack Egbert
1983 Blake Lalli
1983 Evan Meek
1984 Chris Robinson
1987 Adam Liberatore
1987 Lance Lynn
1989 Bradin Hagens

OBITUARIES:

1913 John O’Brien
1936 Frank Zinn
1944 John Pappalau
1952 Charlie Young
1953 Ed Summers
1957 Fred Bennett
1960 Gus Felix
1971 Heinie Manush
1979 Clyde Kluttz
1988 Hank Schenz
1994 Si Johnson
2011 Carlos Pascual

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1910 Albert (Chief) Bender walks one batter, else his no-hitter would have been a perfect game. The umpire that day was Bill Dinneen, who also threw a no-hitter.

1915 Red Faber’s shutout is completed by throwing just 67 pitches… He got out of two innings on three pitches each.

1930 Larry Benton is the first pitcher to allow six homers in a game. The Giants starter got the win, though, as New York topped the Cubs in Wrigley Field, 14 – 12.

1955 Cubs pitcher Sam Jones throws a no hitter to beat the Pirates, 4 – 0.

1970 With a broadcast call by Jack Brickhouse that echos in the heads of many, many Cubs fans… Ernie Banks hits his 500th homer off Pat Jarvis in Wrigley Field.

2001 I remember the broadcast of this one, too, though I was listening on the radio. A. J. Burnett walks nine batters – each batter once – but completes a no hitter to beat the Padres, 3 – 0.

2008 Indian Asdrubal Cabrera turns an unassisted triple play against the Blue Jays.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1982 Minnesota sends Doug Corbett and Rob Wilfong to the Angels to get Tom Brunansky, Mike Walters, and cash.

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Baseball History for May 11th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1863 Jim Connor
1871 Art Herman
1874 Roy Clark
1881 Al Cabrera
1881 Jesse Purnell
1886 Monty Pfyl
1890 Jimmy Whelan
1891 Roger Salmon
1903 Charlie Gehringer
1907 Rip Sewell
1914 Al Williams
1917 Dave Short
1917 Johnny Gerlach
1918 Dewey Adkins
1919 Porter Vaughan
1920 Gene Hermanski
1922 Monty Kennedy
1922 Nestor Chylak
1924 Frank Campos
1928 Vern Rapp
1928 Mel Wright
1939 Milt Pappas
1939 Frank Quilici
1939 Hector Martinez
1940 Harry Fanok
1949 Jerry Martin
1950 Dane Iorg
1958 Walt Terrell
1958 Mark Huismann
1964 Jeff Sellers
1964 Bobby Witt
1964 Bill Bean
1964 Trent Hubbard
1964 Floyd Youmans
1968 Mike Garcia
1971 Kerry Ligtenberg
1972 Cameron Cairncross
1975 Francisco Cordero
1980 Roy Corcoran
1981 Daniel Ortmeier
1987 Red Patterson
1989 David Buchanan
1993 Miguel Sano

OBITUARIES:

1887 John Ake
1924 Fleet Walker
1924 John Stedronsky
1937 Nick Scharf
1938 Buzz Murphy
1953 Ed Hug
1954 Dorsey Riddlemoser
1961 Lee Dunham
1971 Jeff McCleskey
1972 Lynn King
1972 Danny Schell
1972 Suds Sutherland
1977 Johnnie Chambers
1977 Oscar Horstmann
1981 Samuel Byrd
1984 Earl Reid
1985 Bud Teachout
1985 Johnny Bero
1994 Bennie Warren
1997 Vince Sherlock
1999 Ben Taylor
2002 Steve Rachunok
2009 Bill Kelso
2009 Johnny Schaive
2011 Mel Queen
2012 Frank Wills
2013 Mike Davison
2013 Len Yochim
2014 Moose Morton

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT!!!

1911 Washington’s Bob Groom goes the distance (eight innings) but gives up 21 hits and 20 runs to the White Sox. 13 of the runs scored in the seventh and eighth innings. Only two pitchers ever allowed more runs… What the heck was Jimmy McAleer thinking???

1919 Reds ace Hod Eller fires a no hitter to top the Cards, 6 – 0.

1963 Sandy Koufax gets no hitter #2 topping Juan Marichal and the Giants, 8 – 0. A walk to Ed Bailey in the eighth was the only blemish.

1977 Ted Turner manages his only game for the Braves (a loss) – technically, newer rules say a manager can’t also own the team. (The Connie Mack rule?)

1996 Al Leiter is the first Marlin pitcher to throw a no hitter – the Rockies are victims, losing 11 – 0.

2003 Thanks to the amazing power of B-12 shots, Rafael Palmeiro hits his 500th homer in a Rangers win over the Indians.

2016 Max Scherzer ties the K mark with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game, a win over the Tigers. I remember watching this one – he had a shot for 21, but the last batter grounded out.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1928 Philadelphia sends Jimmie Wilson, Art Decatur and later Bill Kelley to the Cardinals for Spud Davis, Homer Peel, and Don Hurst.

1955 Kansas City gets the aging Enos Slaughter and Johnny Sain from the Yankees for Sonny Dixon.

1972 The Mets sent Charlie Williams and cash to the Giants for Willie Mays.

1977 California sends Bruce Bochte, Sid Monge, and cash to the Indians for Dave LaRoche and Dave Schuler.

1990 New York sends Dave Winfield to the Angels for Mike Witt.

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Baseball History for May 10th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1847 Josh Bunce
1852 Hugh Reid
1857 Henry Jones
1862 Frank Wyman
1863 John Cattanach
1863 Chippy McGarr
1863 John Meister
1868 Ed Barrow
1872 Harry Berte
1872 Klondike Douglass
1875 Charlie Ferguson
1881 Forrest Crawford
1884 Roy Beecher
1887 Bill Davidson
1891 Bob Geary
1895 Pat Hardgrove
1899 Freddie Maguire
1901 Ted Blankenship
1906 Gene Connell
1910 Joe Chamberlain
1911 Roland Gladu
1913 Al Rubeling
1914 Russ Bauers
1917 Chet Clemens
1920 Mickey Grasso
1931 Bob Bowman
1937 Jim Hickman

As I kid, I remember being upset that the Cubs traded him away.  He wound up in St. Louis.  We went to a Cubs-Cards game and got there early enough to watch batting practice.  Hickman nearly hit the scoreboard in Wrigley Field in BP that day – still one of the longest balls I have ever seen hit there.

1938 Merritt Ranew
1941 Ken Berry
1946 Miguel Fuentes
1946 Ray Jarvis
1947 Tim Hosley
1947 John Cumberland
1962 Joey Meyer
1962 Robby Thompson
1965 Mike Butcher
1969 John Cummings
1969 Pete Schourek
1971 Glen Barker
1972 Marino Santana
1974 Bob Smith
1979 Tony Alvarez
1980 Craig Brazell

I’m pretty sure he’s on the Topps David Wright rookie card…

1983 George Kottaras
1984 Edward Mujica
1984 Kam Mickolio
1985 Luis Atilano
1986 Matt Tuiasosopo
1986 Luke Putkonen
1987 Brayan Villarreal
1988 Ryan Jackson
1990 Salvador Perez

My favorite AL catcher – seems to be cut out of the same mold as Fisk or Munson without being as grumpy.

OBITUARIES:

1881 Fraley Rogers
1925 Harry Ely
1925 Tod Brynan
1928 Ed Stein
1934 Ed Willett
1941 Jim Pastorius
1943 Joe Werrick
1943 Ginger Clark
1946 Harry Swan
1954 Eddie Files
1956 Jimmy Slagle
1962 Lefty Willis
1964 Charlie Butler
1964 George McConnell
1970 Rufus Meadows
1971 Eddie Edmonson
1976 Ken Trinkle
1992 Tom Seats
1996 Joe Holden
1999 Carl Powis
2000 Carden Gillenwater
2005 Vic Johnson
2005 Hal Griggs

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1981 Expo Charlie Lea no hits the Giants, 4 – 0. Lea fanned eight and walked four.

1999 Nomar Garciaparra drives in 10 runs on a pair of grand slams and a two run shot to help the Red Sox sink the Mariners, 12 – 4.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1898 Roger Bresnahan, then a pitcher, was released by the Senators because he asked for more money. They should have paid him.

1951 Philadelphia sends Sam Chapman to the Indians for Allie Clark and Lou Klein.

1967 The Mets send Larry Elliot and cash to the Athletics for Ed Charles.

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Baseball History for May 9th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1846 Frank Bancroft
1854 Joe Borden
1857 Dan Sullivan
1861 Walter Prince
1863 Tom Ryder
1866 Gus Krock
1868 Josh Reilly
1877 Lew Drill
1877 Alex Farmer
1879 Fred Applegate
1882 Buck O’Brien
1885 Eddie Tiemeyer
1888 Tommy Clarke
1892 Mickey Devine
1893 Bill Bolden
1898 George Durning
1902 Wally Dashiell
1904 Paul Hinson
1904 Brad Springer
1907 Ed Cihocki
1908 Billy Jurges
1910 Mike Balas
1914 Culley Rikard
1919 Carl Lindquist
1926 Ray Medeiros
1927 Ray Katt
1932 Tony Bartirome
1932 Tom Yewcic
1935 Joe Shipley
1936 Floyd Robinson
1939 Herb Hippauf
1942 Jerry Buchek
1951 Dan Thomas
1952 Sam Mejias
1953 Ron Jackson
1954 Tom Chism
1954 George Enright
1957 John Stuper
1957 Steve Hammond
1958 Doug Loman
1960 Tony Gwynn
1962 Laddie Renfroe
1968 Glenn Sutko
1969 Desi Wilson
1976 Jimmy Serrano
1978 Aaron Harang
1979 Brandon Webb
1981 Bill Murphy
1984 Prince Fielder
1984 Chase Headley
1986 Daniel Schlereth
1988 Buddy Boshers
1990 Jace Peterson
1991 Ian Krol
1991 Oswaldo Arcia

OBITUARIES:

1908 Charlie Nyce
1924 Bill Wilson
1925 Ed Beatin
1942 Herm Malloy
1944 Snake Deal
1950 Art Watson
1964 Chauncey Burkam
1966 Flame Delhi
1970 Ducky Yount
1979 Charlie Hargreaves
1982 John Smith
1993 Ted Cieslak
1994 Ralph Brickner
1998 Ray Noble
2004 Wayne McLeland

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1961 Baltimore’s Jim Gentile hits grand slams in the first and second inning en route to a nine RBI day. He’s the first player to hit grand slams in consecutive at bats.

1984 Harold Baines homers in the 25th inning to win a game that started the previous day, but had been suspended. Tom Seaver got the win in relief – then pitched into the ninth during the regularly scheduled game.

1993 Mark Grace completes the cycle for the Cubs.

2010 Dallas Braden tops the Rays while throwing a perfect game on Mother’s Day while his grandmother, who had raised him after his own mother died of cancer, was in the stands.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1962 The Mets acquire first baseman Marv Throneberry from the Orioles for cash and a player to be named later. Hobie Landrith was sent to the Orioles in June to complete the trade.

1977 Toronto sends Jim Mason, Steve Hargan and cash to Texas for Roy Howell.

1983 Cincinnati gets John Franco (and Brett Wise) from the Dodgers for Rafael Landestoy.

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Baseball History for May 8th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1843 Jack Chapman
1850 Ross Barnes
1856 Dasher Troy
1858 Dan Brouthers
1869 Tom Bannon
1874 Eddie Boyle
1880 John Skopec
1882 Barney Schreiber
1885 Bill Powell
1891 Red Hoff
1893 Edd Roush
1893 Roy Wilkinson
1893 Ed Hemingway
1895 Ed Murray
1899 Fritz Henrich
1901 Turkey Stearnes
1917 Harry O’Neill
1937 Mike Cuellar
1937 Art Lopez
1948 Steve Braun
1948 Migel Puente
1950 Lloyd Allen
1959 Ricky Nelson
1962 Orestes Destrade
1964 Dave Rohde
1971 Todd Greene
1980 Jason Davis
1981 Alfredo Simon
1981 John Maine
1982 Adrian Gonzalez
1984 Adam Moore
1989 Wily Peralta
1990 Sean Gilmartin

OBITUARIES:

1914 George Fox
1931 George Noftsker
1937 Al Yeargin
1940 Chick Fraser
1941 Bill Joyce
1960 Howie Camp
1961 Weldon Wyckoff
1962 Buster Burrell
1967 Ossie Orwoll
1977 Frankie Pytlak
1978 Red Smith
1980 Fred Wigington
1981 Earle Brucker
1981 Eddie Onslow
1993 Al Tate
1997 Bob Whitcher
2003 Slick Coffman
2009 Dom DiMaggio
2010 George Susce
2014 Leo Marentette
2014 Charlie Mead

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1878 Providence Gray outfielder (!) Paul Hines completes an unassisted triple play of sorts, making a daring grab of a sinking liner – and then running to third to get two runners out.

1907 Boston’s Frank Pfeffer throws a no-hitter to beat the Reds, 6 – 0.

1926 There used to be left field bleachers in Fenway Park. They were demolished after a fire burned them down (and part of the grandstand roof) on this date.

1929 Carl Hubbell’s no hitter blanks the Pirates, 11 – 0.

1930 Freddie Lindstrom goes 5 for 6, and completes the cycle.

1935 Ernie Lombardi’s five hit game includes four straight doubles in a Reds victory.

1968 Jim “Catfish” Hunter tosses a perfect game to beat the Twins, 4 – 0.

2001 Randy Johnson strikes out 20 in nine innings for Arizona – but is pulled after nine as the game goes into extra innings. (Arizona scored three in the 11th to top the Reds, 4 – 3.)

2010 Jody Gerut completes the cycle for the Brewers.

2012 Josh Hamilton crushes four homers in a win over Baltimore. He also doubled in the game… Hamilton drove in eight of the ten Ranger runs that day.

2016 Bryce Harper ties a major league record by drawing six walks – three of them intentional – in a loss to the Cubs.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1895 Louisvile purchases Dan Brouthers from the Orioles for the low price of $500.

1940 Pittsburgh sends Johnny Rizzo to the Reds for outfielder Vince DiMaggio.

1966 The Cardinals acquire Orlando Cepeda from the Giants for Ray Sadecki.

1971 Oakland gets Darold Knowles and Mike Epstein from the Senators for Paul Lindblad, Don Mincher, and Frank Fernandez.

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Baseball History for May 7th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1863 Sam Shaw

Baltimore and (briefly) Chicago pitcher, not to mention several minor league stops in between.  The short story is that Shaw would routinely sign contracts with multiple teams and jump from one to another as needed (earning him the nickname of Slippery Sam Shaw).  Temperamental, he had a rough run in 1893 with Augusta where he got into arguments with fans and umpires (and teammates), ending with a night in New Orleans where he tossed a ball into the grandstands in an effort to shut up a particularly unruly fan.  That landed Shaw in jail and he was released by Augusta manager George Stallings.  Oddly, that week Cap Anson needed a pitcher, gave him a tryout, and Shaw won that start.  When a different option appeared a few days later (and after Shaw beaned four batters in his next start) that was the end of the road. By 1896, he had been kicked off enough teams to warrant never playing again.

Shaw was born to a house painter in Baltimore, married Susan (who was likely a teen when they married) and had a daughter, Irene, in 1895. After baseball he spent a number of years as a grocer before passing away in Upper Darby, PA in 1947.

1866 Joe Neale
1874 Casey Patten
1880 Mickey Doolin
1888 Gus Williams
1888 Paul Smith
1889 Wilson Collins
1892 Allan Travers
1893 Bill Hobbs
1896 Tom Zachary

Served up Babe’s 60th in 1927.

1899 Eddie Pick
1902 Sal Gliatto
1905 Dave Barbee
1906 Syd Cohen
1909 Ed Heusser
1913 Art Doll
1917 Al Papai

Late bloomer as a baseball player, not making it to the majors until after his 30th birthday.  Won more than 180 games in the minors.

1918 Al Epperly
1924 Al Cihocki
1929 Dick Williams

Hall of Fame manager of many successful teams.  Usually didn’t last long at any one gig, though.  He was a bit feisty.

1937 Claude Raymond
1942 John Flavin
1943 Steve Whitaker
1944 Billy Murphy
1948 Ken Hottman
1955 Bob Ferris
1961 Manny Hernandez
1970 Mark Smith

USC grad and first round pick of the Orioles… Bounced around some but had a nice half season with the Pirates in 1997. Played with five teams in eight years, finishing with 32 homers and a .243 average in 1081 major league appearances…

1970 Brook Fordyce

One time Mets prospect who bounced around among five teams but wound up having a pretty nice career as a catcher. He hit .301 with 14 homers in 2000 with the White Sox and Orioles and had a couple of other decent seasons.

1982 Luis Jimenez

Venezuelan first baseman who got three weeks with the Mariners in 2012, getting a hit in 17 at bats (and a walk).

This Luis Jimenez bounced around for several years in the lower minors showing increased power and hitting skills, finishing with a 29 – 121 – .314 season in Tacoma which earned him his shot.

1982 Conor Jackson

Son of actor John M. Jackson (JAG and lots of other things), Jackson was a first baseman with Arizona when they were young and fun (2007, for example) – and then he got Valley Fever in 2009 and it sapped him. Well – he suffered through a smattering of injuries after that, too. Jackson, who has his own theater degree, retired in 2013 rather than spend another year in AAA trying to put it back together.

Brown, David. “Conor Jackson Calls It a Career at Age 30” Big League Stew, 14 April 2013.

https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/conor-jackson-calls-career-age-30-033816106–mlb.html

1984 James Loney

First baseman with a fairly good defensive reputation and a good batting tool – though not a slugger. Spent seven years with the Dodgers, but has since become a bit of a nomad and is in AAA as an insurance policy for the Tigers.

1988 Sam Dyson

Tampa native first signed by the Blue Jays in 2010 (4th round draft pick out of South Carolina). Throws a good fastball, it keeps him in the majors. Now with Texas after a year with the Blue Jays and nearly three with the Marlins. Had 38 saves with the Rangers in 2016, but seems to have lost that job to Matt Bush.

1988 Osvaldo Martinez

Got a chance with the Marlins in 2010 and 2011, an infielder from Puerto Rico who is still hanging around in AAA.

1990 Keon Broxton

Current Brewers centerfield occupant. Came from Lakeland, FL and went to Sante Fe College in Florida. Originally a third round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2009. Very fast, some power, but strikes out a LOT.

OBITUARIES:

1905 Al Mays
1912 Gus Alberts
1935 Sid Farrar
1943 Bill Coughlin
1946 Bill Fincher
1946 Bill Fox
1947 Michael McDermott
1948 Hi Ladd
1949 James Durham
1951 Ezra Lincoln
1952 Red Bluhm
1954 Les Channell
1956 Tommy Atkins
1966 Bing Miller
1969 Ray Mack
1973 Ralph Miller
1979 Marty McHale
1979 Johnny Berger
1987 Boom-Boom Beck
1989 Howie Moss
1993 Thurman Tucker
1995 Gus Bell
2001 Dick Kimble
2006 Jeff James
2009 Danny Ozark
2014 Dick Welteroth

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1921 Bob Meusel hits for the cycle, driving in four runs in a win over the Nationals.

1925 Glenn Wright completes the first recorded unassisted triple play in league history against the Cardinals. Jim Bottomly lined into the three-out play.

1957 Gil McDougald’s line drive hits Herb Score in the face, ending Score’s season.

1970 Wes Parker’s triple in the tenth completes the cycle – and beats the Mets.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1933 St. Louis sends Paul Derringer, Sparky Adams and Allyn Stout to the Reds for Leo Durocher, Jack Odgen and Dutch Henry.

1962 The Mets send Don Zimmer to the Reds for Bob Miller and Cliff Cook.

1975 The Phillies send Jim Essian, Barry Bonnell and cash to Atlanta for Dick Allen and Johnny Oates.

1985 The Giants send Johnnie LeMaster to the Indians for Luis Quinones and Mike Jeffcoat.

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Happy Birthday, Sam Shaw!

Admittedly, this is a shell and not a full blown article, but there are a couple of neat notes here.

“…In Washington, Tuesday, Mr. Simmons (manager, Wilmington) had a talk with President N. E. Young of the board of arbitration in reference to Shaw’s case. Mr. Young said the matter would be settled as soon as possible, but Manager Simmons is not anxious to act before June 21 – one month after he claims to have accepted Shaw’s terms. His statement of the case is that Shaw wrote him a letter in May asking for a position on the Wilmington Club and submitting his terms. Mr. Simmons says he accepted the figures May 19, and if the fact can be proved to the satisfaction of the board of arbitration the Terre Haute Club will have to part with Shaw’s services. May 21 the pitcher telegraphed Manager Simmons in these words “You are too late. Have accepted other terms.” Mr. Simmons has written to Shaw explaining his claim, but no response has been received.

“A letter from a western base-ball man to a friend in Baltimore yesterday gives the following account of Shaw’s good work in Terre Haute. “Shaw has won four out of six games pitched out here up to the present, and I expect him to do better still soon, as his arm is getting along finely from a week of warm weather. The last game I saw him pitch he did not send a man to base on balls, make a wild pitch, or hit a man with a pitched ball.”

“Wilmington Claims Two Pitchers”, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 1890, Page 3.

“Old Man Anson has corralled another colt, and he looks like a fast youngster. His name is Sam Shaw. He is a pitcher and yesterday he had the Senators on the hip.

“Sam Shaw, recently of the Augusta, Ga., club pitched to-day for Chicago, and proved an enigma to the Washington batsmen.”

“Pittsburg and Brooklyn…” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 14 June 1893, Page 11.

He made that start, and one more (a no decision in seven innings). Then he was released.

“When Anson called his men into the clubhouse yesterday morning and dealt out their stipends he told little Sammy Shaw that he had no more use for him. Shaw will remain here until he gets an opportunity to pitch for some team…”

“Pitcher Sam Shaw Released”, Chicago Tribune, 02 July 1893, Page 7.

Based on his death certificate, Samuel Elmer Shaw died on 13 February 1947 in Upper Darby, PA. He was born to Robert and Jane (Clark) Shaw in Baltimore in 1863, was married to Susan Ardisson, and spent several years as a grocer prior to his retirement.

In the 1880 US Census, Shaw – then 16 – lived with his father and mother (58, 57) and David (22), Josephine (19), and his grandmother Sarah E. Shaw in Baltimore. Dad was a house painter. Josephine was a dressmaker and Sam was a file maker.

In the 1870 US Census, Shaw, then 8 (!) lived with two other siblings, Sarah (18), and William (16), also David, Josephine, and Sammy. Sarah was also employed as a dress maker…

In the 1860 US Census, his parents were in Baltimore – kids listed as Lina (6), Francis (5), Walter (3), and Josephine (1)

(Trying to pair out names, here… Robert Lewis Shaw. Jane Sarah (Clark) Shaw, Angelina Sarah, Francis William, Walter David, E. Josephine, and S? Samuel,,,

1900 US Census – Irene B. born in July 1895. He’s a grocer. Susie is born in 10/1867

1910 US Census – Living at the home of Henry and Charlotte Bruer in Philadelphia. He was a salesman.

Wife’s death certificate says she was Susan Ursula (Ardisson) Shaw, daughter of Honore De Ardisson and Mary – died of senility/advanced arteriosclerosis on 12/20/1957.  Born 10/31/1880. Second wife named Susie?

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