Baseball History for March 29th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1849 George Hall
1855 Bill Harbridge
1858 Gus Shallix
1865 Hank Gastright
1866 George Carman
1867 Cy Young
1873 Duff Cooley
1875 Barney McFadden
1876 Harry Lochhead
1876 Frank Oberlin
1881 Lou Schiappacasse
1883 Rube Dessau
1888 Lee Meyer
1889 Al Klawitter
1889 Squanto Wilson
1892 Harry McCluskey
1894 Dixie Leverett
1894 Alex McColl
1894 Bob Steele
1899 Herb McQuaid
1900 Red Schillings
1908 Gibby Brack
1908 Bill Strickland
1910 Bill Dietrich
1915 Johnny Gorsica
1917 Tommy Holmes
1921 Ferris Fain
1944 Denny McLain
1952 Bill Castro
1953 Tom Hume
1954 Mike Ramsey
1954 Tom Tellmann
1955 Karl Pagel
1958 Domingo Ramos
1961 Mike Kingery
1962 Billy Beane
1966 Eric Gunderson
1967 Brian Jordan
1967 Geronimo Pena
1968 Juan Bell
1971 Sean Lowe
1972 Alex Ochoa
1975 Danny Kolb
1975 Marcus Jones
1976 Scott Atchison
1976 Kevin Nicholson
1978 Eric Bruntlett
1984 Kila Ka’aihue

OBITUARIES:

1892 Adam Rocap
1898 Tony Hellman
1907 Doug Crothers
1907 Cozy Dolan
1933 Ed Watkins
1933 Harry Salisbury
1937 Bill White
1945 Ray Tift
1945 Jim Hughey
1958 Jimmy Archer
1960 Kid Carsey
1962 Otto Miller
1963 Wilcy Moore
1968 Buddy Napier
1971 Gus Salve
1975 Oscar Fuhr
1979 Luke Easter
1984 Hugh Poland
1988 Ted Kluszewski
1990 Phil Masi
1994 Ray Bare
1995 Terry Moore
1998 Dick Phillips
2000 Hank Miklos
2004 Al Cuccinello
2006 Thornton Kipper
2012 Ray Narleski
2018 Rusty Staub

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1954 Cubs manager Phil Cavaretta is fired for speaking the truth – he felt the team would not finish in the first division. He becomes the first manager to get fired during spring training.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1899 Now that one guy owns both the St. Louis Perfectos (the Cards) and the Cleveland Spiders, all the good players are moved from the Spiders to the Browns. The decimated Spiders would go on to win just 20 of 154 decisions that season before being contracted and removed from the league.

1977 Toronto sends outfielder John Lowenstein to the Indians for Hector Torres.

1978 The Cubs acquire Rodney Scott from Oakland for Pete Broberg.

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Baseball History for March 28th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1860 Tom McLaughlin
1864 Frank Brill
1875 Jimmy Barrett
1875 Harry Gleason
1890 Johnny Johnston
1890 Dee Walsh
1894 Lee King
1898 Chief Yellow Horse
1899 Al Hermann
1905 Allen Benson
1907 Walt Masters
1909 Lon Warneke
1911 Clarence Pickrel
1915 Joe Krakauskas
1919 Vic Raschi
1920 Babe Martin
1920 Fred Hancock
1929 Bill Macdonald
1935 Garland Shifflett
1936 Jimmie Coker
1949 Frank Snook
1961 Glenn Davis
1964 Mike Fitzgerald
1967 Shawn Boskie
1967 Larry Gonzales
1969 Craig Paquette
1973 Paul Wilson
1974 Ryan Christenson
1975 Steve Sparks
1975 Julio Zuleta
1981 Edwar Ramirez
1985 Mark Melancon
1986 Brad Emaus
1986 Steve Susdorf
1987 Bryan Morris
1988 Ryan Kalish
1991 Christian Walker

OBITUARIES:

1904 George Seward
1907 Chick Stahl
1913 Clare Patterson
1916 Eddie Hohnhorst
1919 Steve Toole
1931 Ban Johnson
1933 Tom McCarthy
1934 Ed Larkin
1939 Fred Goldsmith
1946 Chick Fullis
1946 Cum Posey
1947 Johnny Evers
1950 Henry Clarke
1950 Ernie Ross
1951 Kohly Miller
1951 Joe Murphy
1953 Jim Thorpe
1955 Tom Lynch
1958 Chuck Klein
1958 Gus Thompson
1961 Jim Hackett
1961 Jack Coveney
1972 Donie Bush
1972 Cy Moore
1975 Hy Gunning
1984 Jess Pike
1990 Johnny Neun
1993 Ray Flanigan
1996 Don Ross
2003 Sam Bowens
2006 Paul Minner
2009 Earle Brucker
2010 Joe Gates
2010 John Purdin
2013 Gus Triandos
2015 Dick Mills

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1999 In Havana, the first game between a US team and a Cuban team in more than 40 years, the Orioles top the Cuban National team, 3 – 2.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

Not a lot going on here. Mostly releases…

1976 St. Louis sends Bill Caudill to the Reds for Joel Youngblood.

1981 The Cubs and White Sox exchange pitchers – Ken Kravec goes to the Cubs, Dennis Lamp to the Sox.

2001 Florida sends Mark Kotsay and Cesar Crespo to the Padres for Matt Clement, Eric Owens and Omar Ortiz.

2017 Cincinnati picks up Scooter Gennett, who had been waived by the Brewers.

Baseball History for March 27th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1852 Ed Cushman
1869 Toby Lyons
1869 Bill Wynne
1875 George Magoon
1878 Miller Huggins
1882 Bill Collins
1891 William Rumler
1893 Charlie Boardman
1895 Bill Burwell
1897 Effa Manley
1897 Joe Lucey
1899 Marty Walker
1899 Ed Hock
1903 Joe Dwyer
1905 Johnny Gill
1906 Fred Tauby
1910 Steve Sundra
1910 Vince Sherlock
1911 Walter Stephenson
1915 Newt Kimball
1924 Walt Linden
1927 Dick Rozek
1929 Milt Smith
1931 Bobby Prescott
1932 Wes Covington
1933 Don Lassetter
1946 Bill Sudakis
1946 Mike Jackson
1950 Lynn McGlothen
1950 Vic Harris
1951 Dick Ruthven
1953 Gary Alexander
1956 Dave Hostetler
1957 Dave Van Gorder
1963 Drew Hall
1963 Mike Dalton
1967 Candy Sierra
1967 Jaime Navarro
1968 Tom Quinlan
1970 Derek Aucoin
1972 Creighton Gubanich
1972 Adam Melhuse
1977 Nate Rolison
1978 Dee Brown
1979 Michael Cuddyer
1981 Brian Slocum
1986 Johnny Monell
1987 Buster Posey
1989 Matt Harvey
1990 Jake Odorizzi
1990 Junior Lake

OBITUARIES:

1889 Tom Smith
1902 Tom Morrison
1906 Toad Ramsey
1908 Forrest Crawford
1917 Willie Jensen
1926 Kick Kelly
1927 Joe Start
1947 Pete Lister
1949 Frank Gleich
1950 Fred Frank
1955 Frank Roth
1962 Bill Chambers
1963 Fritz Knothe
1978 Dutch Zwilling
1980 Lou Knerr
1984 Baby Ortiz
1995 Chet Nichols
1997 Fred Chapman
2004 Bob Cremins
2008 Billy Consolo
2014 Al Cihocki

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1981 MLB declares Carlton Fisk a free agent because the Red Sox sent Fisk a copy of his contract two days late. He’d sign with the White Sox.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1881 Clark Griffith signed with the St. Louis Browns.

1973 Detroit acquired Jim Perry for Danny Fife and cash. According to NastionalPasttime.com, it’s the first time the 10/5 rule (ten year veteran with five years on the same team) was applied to a trade. Perry was okay with the deal.

1981 Oakland sends Bob Lacey and Roy Moretti to San Diego for Tony Phillips, Kevin Bell, and Eric Mustad.

1987 Kansas City weeps – sending David Cone and Chris Jelic to the Mets for Ed Hearn, Mauro Gozzo, and Rick Anderson.

1997 Atlanta sends Jermaine Dye and Jaime Walker to Kansas City for Michael Tucker and Keith Lockhart.

2002 Florida sends Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement to Chicago for Dontrelle Willis, Julian Taverez, Ryan Jorgenson, and Jose Cueto.

 

 

Happy Birthday, Ollie O’Mara!

In lieu of a formal biography, I offer this story written about the signing of O’Mara when Brooklyn brought him back to the Superbas in 1918.

Ollie O’Mara Is Once Again A Signed and Sealed Superba

by “Rice.”

Ollie OMara in Bkln 1918Ollie O’Mara, infielder, has signed to play with the Brooklyn Superbas in 1918. Ollie is no stranger. He was a Superba in 1914, 1915, and 1916. He thought the Federal League war was still on as well as the war in Europe when it came time to signing for 1917 and was pained and shocked when his failure to come into the fold resulted in his being shunted to the Pacific Coast League. His health was bad and he was shipped to Atlanta in the Southern Association, where he flourished like the green bay tree, and by his batting and fielding at second base helped Atlanta to win the Southern Association championship.

It was his work in Atlanta that brought O’Mara back to Brooklyn. He was reclaimed from the Southern town before it was realized that the major leagues would be hit so hard by the military draft, so that it is not fair to say that Ollie gets a job merely because material is scarce. He was engaged before the scarcity arose, and Your Uncle Wilbert Robinson believes that the lad has an excellent chance to make good. If Ollie should come through this year with bells on his case would be no more remarkable than that of Gavvy Cravath of the Phillies, who was up and down and up again half a dozen times; or of Larry Cheney, the Brooklyn pitcher, who was five years making himself stick as a major leaguer.

Chance at Second Base.

O’Mara was shortstopping last year for Atlanta, and in that capacity had a fielding average of .943, which ranked him fourth among the regulars who played 50 or more games at short. He was a shortstop while with Brooklyn before, and he has always been more or less of a shortstopper, but with Brooklyn in 1918 he will probably start as a second baser.

Ollie’s future depends upon whether he will be able to play as well at Ebbets Field as he plays at other fields. Many baseball performers shine only with the support of the home town fans, while others are oppressed with the feeling at home that they must do something extraordinary every little minute to keep up their reputation with the folks who know them by their first names, and who make coarse comments upon how they part their hair. O’Mara belonged in years gone by to the latter class, but his is considerably older now than he was when he first came to Brooklyn as one of the freshest kids in captivity in 1914. If he has acquired steadiness with age he should be a great comfort to Flatbush and environs, and the reports of his doings in Atlanta are all to that effect.

Successor to Cutshaw

When Brooklyn traded George W. Cutshaw to Pittsburg the only remaining second baseman in sight was Lewis A. Malone, who had been recalled from St. Paul, but Lewis enlisted in the Aviation Corps – and more power to him! – and that left Uncle Wilbert with no choice except to make a second baseman out of O’Mara.

Ivan Olson, who succeeded O’Mara as the regular shortstop in 1916, and was better in 1917 than he had ever been in his long career, is still with us, and sho is Charles W. (Chuck) Ward , who was obtained in the Pittsburg trade and Brooklyn thus has three seasoned shortstops and no second baseman, but the dope is that O’Mara will be the man to be tried out as a successor to Cutshaw. If Ward is shifted, as he may well be, in view of Olson’s good work in 1917, he will almost certainly be the subject of experimentation at third base, where he will meet with competition from Frank O’Rourke and Hi Myers.

Somehow or other, perhaps as a result of the wish being father to the thought, the first reports about the reclaiming of O’Mara stated that he played second base for Atlanta last season, but they were wrong. The Spalding Record Book shows that he batted in 66 games for an average of .301 and fielded at short in the same number of games for .943. His batting included 12 doubles, 5 troplets, 14 sacrifices, and 11 stolen bases for 66 games, which was not bad.

Ollie has been working this winter at a civilian job in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, he having married a Brooklyn girl.

Make Good on Boast.

O’Mara’s home, previous to this winter, was in Kerry Patch, St. Louis, where he was bred and born, nearly twenty-five years ago, and learned to bat and throw right handed. Old time Brooklyn ball players remember him as a red headed pest, who used to hang around the grounds of the St. Louis Cardinals and chase flies. In those days the visiting teams used to ride to the grounds in buses, something now utterly beneath the dignity of the high-priced athletes. Hitching on behind the buses and making jeering remarks about the inmates was one of the cherished traditions of the town boy, and a persistent hitcher was O’Mara. He was on the step of the Brooklyn bus one day and indulging in a particularly fine flow of comment about the visitors, when one of them firmly, and not at all gently, grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and dropped him upon the highway. Dusting himself off the kid yelled at the Superbas:

“Yah, yer big stiffs. I’ll be up there some day in the big league, when you guys are in the bush again!”

That prediction comes true. The incident happened more than ten years ago, and O’Mara, now a signed Superba, is up there while every man on the team of a decade back is in the bush whence he came.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 04 March 1918, Page 8.

(O’Mara wound up playing mostly at third base, with Mickey Doolin getting a lot of time at the second sack. He didn’t hit much – just .213 – and after two games in 1919, he was out of the majors and playing for Indianapolis in the AA.)

Baseball History for March 8th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1869 Jim Hughey
1875 Bob Brush
1879 Josh Clarke
1882 Harry Lord
1891 Ollie O’Mara
1893 Ray Francis
1895 Jack Bentley
1896 Lefty Clarke
1898 Phil Bedgood
1909 Pete Fox
1912 Ray Mueller
1917 Bill Salkeld
1922 Al Gionfriddo
1922 Carl Furillo
1924 Toby Atwell
1926 Dick Teed
1930 Bob Grim
1934 Willard Hunter
1934 Marv Breeding
1937 Jim Small
1939 Jim Bouton
1942 Dick Allen
1942 George Gerberman
1948 Joe Staton
1949 Juan Jimenez
1953 Don Werner
1953 Jim Rice
1954 Win Remmerswaal
1955 Phil Nastu
1957 John Butcher
1957 Bob Stoddard
1958 Nick Capra
1960 Kevin Hagen
1961 Mark Salas
1964 Lance McCullers
1967 Joel Johnston
1968 Jim Dougherty
1973 Mark Lukasiewicz
1973 Justin Thompson
1974 Mike Moriarty
1975 Jesus Pena
1976 Juan Encarnacion
1976 Ryan Freel
1982 Craig Stansberry
1983 Chris Lambert
1983 Mark Worrell
1988 Tommy Pham

OBITUARIES:

1924 Myron Allen
1926 Howard Armstrong
1934 Bill Rotes
1939 Scott Stratton
1959 Don Flinn
1971 Tripp Sigman
1974 Frank Pratt
1977 Sid Benton
1981 Gowell Claset
1984 Bruce Cunningham
1985 Al Todd
1989 Dale Coogan
1992 Sherman Edwards
1996 Bill Nicholson
1999 Joe DiMaggio
2002 Ted Sepkowski
2003 Mickey McGowan
2007 John Vukovich
2007 Marty Martinez
2008 Ossie Alvarez
2009 Ed Wolfe
2014 Bud Bulling

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1900 The National League contracts from 12 teams to 8 – losing Louisville, Baltimore, Washington, and Cleveland. Owners of those franchises are allowed to sell their players to help finance their exit from the league.  1913 John Powers organizes (out of the ashes of a failed Columbian League) the Federal League.

1941 Hugh Mulcahy is the first player drafted into the armed forces in advance of World War II.

1946 The Indians top the Giants in the first spring training game played in Arizona.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1918 New York purchased George Burns from Detroit – and then traded him to the Athletics for Ping Bodie.

1923 Boston signs Stuffy McInnis to play first base. The veteran leads the NL in games played, bats .315 and drives in 95 runs.

Baseball History for March 7th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1877 Alex Pearson

3 – 8 as a pitcher for two teams in 1902 and 1903. With the Cards, he was 2 – 6 in ten starts. Then he jumped to Cleveland in the AL and went 1 – 2 in three starts and a relief appearance.

1879 Ginger Clark

Won his only game as a relief pitcher, going six innings for Cleveland in 1902.

1881 Charlie Fallon

One game, no at bats, with the Highlanders in 1905.

1881 Rube Sellers

Twelve games, five hits, with the Beaneaters in 1910.

1881 Doc Scanlan

Tolerable pitcher with Brooklyn in the first decade of the last century. Started with Pittsburgh, but they were loaded with arms so Doc Scanlan was allowed to leave. Won 18 games in 1906, but it was a mirage, really. He didn’t allow that many hits, but walked a ton of guys. That caught up with him in 1907, but Brooklyn kept giving him chances for three more years. Back then, of course, Brooklyn was pretty lousy – and Scanlan was nearly a .500 pitcher in his career there.

Born William Dennis Scanlan, he was a native of Syracuse, attended three colleges (Manhattan, Fordham, and Syracuse) and got his medical degree from Long Island… He was inducted into the Syracuse Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2006.

1884 Ed Willett

Rotation member of the Tigers from 1906 to 1913, then took the money and ran to the Federal League. Won 21 games for the 1909 pennant winners.

1888 Tex Wisterzil

His three major league seasons were all in the Federal League – a regular for the 1914 Brooklyn squad, but only that year. Actually played for the Whales twice in 1915 – getting traded (loaned?) to St. Louis and then sent back.

1888 Dan Griner

Cards pitcher from 1912 to 1916 – a time when St. Louis wasn’t very good and it shows up in his records (10 – 22 in 1913, for example). For a couple of years, he was a spot starter but apparently never on the good side of Roger Breshahan and by 1916 he was gone.

1890 Dave Danforth

Bit part pitcher on a couple of championship level teams – the early 1910s Athletics and the late 1910s White Sox. After heading back to the minors, had a couple of good years with the Browns from 1922 to 1925.

That, however, is barely 10% of the story. Danforth was a man with large hands and an inquisitive mind who would try anything to pitch better, including doctoring baseballs (he taught the shine ball to Eddie Cicotte) and then, much like Gaylord Perry later, would ACT like he was messing with baseballs to get in the heads of batters. He pitched into his 40s in various levels before becoming a dentist.

Steve Steinberg wrote this amazing biography worth a read for SABR:

1894 Frank Gleich

Briefly a Yankee in the early days of Babe Ruth.

1894 Merwin Jacobson

Baseball nomad of the teens and twenties. Spent only parts of four seasons in the bigs, but spent forever in the International League – his prime was in Baltimore where he was a star outfielder for Jack Dunn’s Orioles.

1901 Dick Loftus

Brooklyn outfielder of the 1920s, though most of his baseball days were spent in the minors playing for Minneapolis or Louisville in the American Association.

1908 Harry Davis

This is the player of the 1930s, a first baseman for Detroit and St. Louis – mobile around the bag, but destined to make his living in the high level minors into his 40s. Played minor league baseball in four different decades (1925 to 1950) and had at least 3,000 hits in the minors.

1910 Fred Archer

Had a short major league career – just two years with the As in the 1930s – but his first appearance was a ten-inning complete game victory.

1910 Howie McFarland

Six games as an outfielder with the 1945 Washington Senators, though he spent much of the 1930s playing in the minors or semi-professional baseball. Desperate for players, the Senators gave the 35 year old a week with the team.

1914 Joe Gallagher

Nicknamed “Muscles” because of his thick physique, Gallagher played both baseball and football at Manhattan College. After rifling through the minors, the Yankees called for him in 1939. Not getting regular playing time, he threatened to quit the game and was traded to the Browns. There, he played like a solid prospect, but got injured in early 1940. By mid-season he was with the Dodgers.

In May of 1941, Gallagher was inducted into the the Army where he served the entirety of World War II. When he came back from the war, he was no longer the young man he was in the 1930s and his career ended quickly. He went into coaching instead – becoming the head baseball coach at Stephen F. Austin.

1915 Jim Reninger
1915 Soup Campbell
1919 Junior Walsh
1921 Les Fusselman
1923 Bobo Holloman
1929 Red Wilson
1930 Tom Acker
1931 Dick Rand
1933 Ed Bouchee
1936 Galen Cisco
1938 Jimmie Hall
1941 Glen Clark
1947 Jim Howarth
1950 J. R. Richard

Amazing Astros pitcher who was cruising along toward a Cy Young award in 1980 when felled by a stroke.

1951 Jeff Burroughs

1974 AL MVP, and a slugger for a couple of teams throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.

1953 Randy Stein
1954 Nyls Nyman
1954 Mike Armstrong
1958 Albert Hall
1960 Joe Carter

Fun and engaging hero of the 1993 World Series. Cubs took him out of Wichita State, where he originally would have played QB and outfield… Moved to Cleveland in the deal that sent Rick Sutcliffe to the Cubs in 1984. As his time in Cleveland wound down, he was traded to San Diego. He was great, the teams were disappointing – and he was sent with Roberto Alomar to Toronto for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff. The Blue Jays benefitted – they were loaded as it was – and Carter helped make it two championships in a row.

He’s a marginal hall of fame candidate – nearly 400 homers, more than 2000 hits, tons of RBIs, a 30-30 guy once – but modern metrics point out that he rarely walked owing to his constantly taking good cuts. He smiled, he was aggressive, he helped teams win, and he put runs on the board. I loved the guy and wished he never left Chicago…

1962 Jose Cano

Father of Robinson, pitched with the Astros in 1989, and all over the world through the 1980s and 1990s. Trivia: Only player to pitch a complete game win in his final major league game – his only win.

1962 German Gonzalez

Briefly a prospect with the Twins in 1988 and 1989 – might have been a bit unlucky, but it didn’t work out.

1963 Keith Miller

This was the Keith Miller who got a brief look with the Phillies in the late 1980s, but wasn’t going to take at bats away from Juan Samuel.

1964 Wayne Edwards

White Sox prospect of the late 1980s – never had a bad run with the Sox, but never really got over the top either.

1965 Jack Armstrong

1990 All Star game starter for the Reds, but among the least deserving guys to get a start. Had just that one good year – 12 – 9 but just 166 innings. Despite the all-American name and husky build, he was doomed to poor records (7 – 13 with Cincy in 1991, 6 – 15 with Cleveland in 1992, 9 – 17 for the Marlins in 1993) and out of baseball after 1994.

1966 Mauro Gozzo

A pitcher in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Goose Gozzo was originally a prospect for the Blue Jays. Called up in 1989, went 3 – 1 but didn’t put anyone away in his 31 innings so he was moved to Cleveland. At that point, he became organizational depth for teams like Minnesota and the Mets…

1968 Jeff Kent

A REALLY good baseball player. Another guy who wasn’t always the easiest to get along with, mostly because he didn’t suffer fools much and had a rather high impression of himself (I mean, he once got kicked off his high school team after a run-in with his manager there…). Might be one of the five best second basemen ever, though I don’t think anyone has ever thought it through…

Started in the Toronto chain but was traded to the Mets in the David Cone deal. Didn’t exactly make for a warm clubhouse presence, but boy could he hit. In the early 1990s, and with numbers cut down by strike seasons and having to play in Shea, he was a great run producer. But for some reason, the Mets just HAD to have Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinosa, so they sent Kent to Cleveland in 1996.

After that, he signed with San Francisco and turned out seasons around 30 – 100 – .300 like clockwork. He would have eight 100 RBI seasons in 9 years (the lone miss was a 22 – 93 – .297 season in Houston when he missed a month with injuries). He finished his career with the Dodgers, but never had an off year at the plate. Kent wasn’t ever a candidate to win gold gloves, but no other second sacker hit as many homers as this guy. Can’t buy a Hall of Fame vote, which is a shame since there is no doubt that he is worthy as a hitter. Wonder if his personality is getting in the way…

1968 Denis Boucher

Prospect in the early 1990s that never quite panned out. Got shots with Toronto, Cleveland, and Montreal over a four year span. Has two hits in his career – both doubles.

1980 Scott Munter

Giants prospect about ten years ago, got three shots with the parent club. The first was promisng (2005), but a near 9.00 ERA in 2006 put an end to his being a prospect. Batted once, drove in a run with a double and later scored a run.

1983 Drew Macias

When I was a more regular blogger, Macias was one of those guys who always kept getting called up or sent down with San Diego. No longer a prospect…

1983 Taylor Tankersley

Solid armed lefty with the Marlins who never advanced past prospect for us… Once went 6 – 1 in relief, mostly as a one-out type guy, but his wildness got the best of him.

1987 Joel Carreno

Made eleven appearances with Toronto in 2011 and 2012, including two starts in 2012 that didn’t necessarily endear him to management…

1988 Tyler Ladendorf

A’s prospect who got first cup of coffee in 2015.

OBITUARIES:

1892 Fred O’Neill
1902 Pud Galvin
1905 John Murphy
1916 Fred Donovan
1924 Pat Moran
1932 Bill Carrick
1936 Tom Rogers
1937 Lady Baldwin
1940 Johnny Johnston
1941 Buzz Wetzel
1950 Joe Brown
1953 Tom Wilson
1956 Shorty Des Jardien
1959 John Glaiser
1967 Al Shealy
1975 Joe Benes
1978 Steve Bilko
1981 Pee-Wee Wanninger
1986 Jimmy Moore
1991 Cool Papa Bell
1994 Stew Hofferth
2000 Jack Sanford
2002 Mickey Haslin
2003 Al Libke
2007 Emil Mailho
2013 Ray Martin
2013 Jake Striker
2013 Carl Thomas

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1914 Babe Ruth, in an exhibition game, hits his first professional home run for Baltimore at the Cape Fear Fairgrounds in Fayetteville, NC.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1903 Detroit trades Kid Gleason to the Giants for Heinie Smith.

1973 The Chicago White Sox released Jay Johnstone and Ed Spiezio. Johnstone wasn’t done yet, but after hitting .188 was expendable. Spiezio was done.

1978 Philadelphia signs non-drafted free agent George Bell. Bell would be lost two years later in a Rule 5 draft to Toronto.

1979 Milwaukee signs non-drafted free agent Bob Gibson. Not THAT Bob Gibson, mind you…

1981 Seattle sent Carlos Diaz to Atlanta to pick up birthday boy, Jeff Burroughs. Only Burroughs finished the season with his team, so I guess Seattle wins the trade.

2003 Baltimore signs (and brings back) free agent outfielder B. J. Surhoff.  Surhoff had a few years left before he retired…

Baseball History for March 6th

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1863 John Coleman
1869 Hal Mauck
1871 Frank Gatins
1878 Bert Husting

I first came across him as a member of Connie Mack’s Milwaukee club in 1899 while doing research for the Rube Waddell bio. Husting bolted the team a year later for a pay raise, so his rights were traded to Pittsburgh as part of the process Mack took for getting Rube Waddell to pitch for him in 1900. They were teammates in 1902 with Mack and the Philadelphia As.

I’m pretty sure he was a Wisconsin man through and through, and eventually gave up
baseball to become a lawyer in that state.

1878 John McMakin
1886 Bill Sweeney
1891 Clarence Garrett
1891 Frank Fletcher
1892 George Mohart
1892 Chick Davies
1897 Cliff Brady
1898 Roy Hansen
1900 Lefty Grove

Only the greatest pitcher between Walter Johnson and Sandy Koufax.

1915 Bob Swift
1915 Pete Gray

Born Peter James Wyshner, lost his arm to a truck accident before he turned ten, but was such a well coordinated person that he was able to make it into the big leagues as an outfielder during the war.

1917 Joe Orrell
1917 Walker Cress
1924 Ed Mierkowicz
1924 Bud Podbielan
1933 Ted Abernathy
1939 Cookie Rojas

Phillies infielder, later played with some good Royals teams in the 1970s, a coach for a while, and now a broadcaster on the Spanish speaking networks for the Marlins. Beloved down here in South Florida, as he should be.

1940 Willie Stargell

I miss this guy.

1952 Eduardo Rodriguez
1953 Gerry Hannahs
1959 Karl Best
1960 Rick Behenna
1966 Anthony Telford
1966 Joe Hall
1970 Scott Stahoviak
1971 Roger Salkeld

I always thought he was going to become a great pitcher, but his body just couldn’t do it. Always breaking down.

1973 Roberto Duran
1973 Terry Adams
1974 James Lofton
1974 Gabe Alvarez
1975 Edgar Ramos
1977 Marcus Thames
1979 Clint Barmes

Career was going along just fine until he fell down the stairs carrying deer meat, or something like that…

1982 Cristhian Martinez
1986 Ross Detwiler
1986 Jake Arrieta
1986 Francisco Cervelli
1988 Leonys Martin

OBITUARIES:

1899 Edward Santry
1910 Morrie Critchley
1912 Pembroke Finlayson
1919 Fred Demarais
1927 John Tilley
1936 Watty Lee
1938 Rube Lutzke
1940 Marshall Locke
1943 Jimmy Collins
1945 Harry O’Neill

O’Neill, who played one game as a catcher for the Athletics, was killed at the battle of Iwo Jima.

1946 Claude Thomas
1956 Joe Berger
1965 Wally Schang
1965 Jimmy Austin

Interviewed in Ritter’s “Glory of Their Times”, and singlehandedly convinced me I needed to write a biography of Rube Waddell. It was Austin’s story of hitting a grand slam off Waddell (which never happened) that opens chapter eight.

1967 Vince Castino
1967 Jack Meyer
1970 Bob Adams
1972 Stan Jok
1979 Link Wasem
1981 Wade Lefler
1988 Dick Ricketts
1988 Lou Legett
1990 Joe Sewell
1993 George Stumpf
1998 Frank Barrett
2003 Mickey Kreitner
2005 Danny Gardella
2006 Kirby Puckett
2008 Deacon Donahue
2009 Eduardo Rodriguez
2010 Jim Roland

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1951 Charlie Brown plays baseball for the first time in a Peanuts comic strip.

2005 Susan Waldman joins John Sterling for broadcasts of Yankee games; she’s the first female full-time color commentator

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1904 New York (AL) sends pitcher Harry Howell to the St. Louis Browns for pitcher Jack Powell. A couple of years later, they would be teammates.

1938 Brooklyn sends Eddie Morgan and $45,000 to Philadelphia for Dolph Camilli.

1948 Boston sends Bama Rowell, Ray Sanders and $40,000 to Brooklyn for Eddie Stanky and a player to be named later… The player to be named later was Ray Sanders (he got to go back), so Boston gave Brooklyn an additional $20,000…

1975 Oakland releases Dick Green. The beginning of the end, right?

1975 Kansas City sells bubble gum blowing champ Kurt Bevacqua to Milwaukee.

2007 Houston signs non-drafted free agent Jose Altuve.

2009 Oakland signs free agent Nomar Garciaparra.