Baseball History for February 25th

<— FEBRUARY 24     FEBRUARY 26 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1854 Ed Cogswell
1856 Jim Britt
1863 Hezekiah Allen
1872 “Rabbit” Bob McHale
1883 Jack Hannifin
1884 Bob Bescher
1889 Dave Morey
1889 Elmer Rieger
1893 Phil Slattery
1897 Bob Vines
1899 Stan Rees
1900 Joe Burns
1900 Duke (Silent John) Gillespie
1908 Al “Boots” Hollingsworth
1911 Roy Weir
1912 Jim “Whitey” Hayes
1915 Roy “Stormy” Weatherly
1918 George Diehl
1919 Monte Irvin

Recently left us, but for a very long time was as influential a person as there was in baseball.

1921 Andy Pafko
1924 Jack “Lucky” Lohrke
1931 Jim Dunn
1934 Johnny Schaive
1939 Denny Lemaster
1940 Danny Cater
1940 Ron Santo

That for a decade, he was a GREAT third baseman cannot be denied. That he loved Chicago and especially being a Cub cannot be denied. That, for whatever reason, the baseball writers didn’t seem to elect a lot of third basement to the Hall of Fame cannot be denied.

But the Cubs had Williams, and Jenkins, and Banks (who was older, I get it) and Santo, and a few guys who could help out and NEVER won the division; never won a pennant… That is what kept Santo out of the Hall of Fame. You can’t have four Hall of Fame talents on a team at the same time and NOT win something.

(I did a report on this – need to write it up and share… Teams with the most Hall of Famers and their lack of success.)

1941 Dave Vineyard
1944 Stump Merrill

Never played, only managed… Spent forever in the minors, too.

1947 Ken Szotkiewicz
1951 Cesar Cedeno

Thought to be the next Willie Mays, but it wasn’t to be. I still think he was awesome. Power killed by playing in Houston, fast as lighting, and later might have been the best late season pick up when he hit, like, .600 for the Cardinals down the stretch in 1987.

1954 Bob Brenly

I liked him as a catcher and manager but don’t understand how there are thousands of former Cubs players – some with excellent deliveries and the ability to form interesting sentences and yet this guy (and now Joe Magrane) got a color commentary gig with WGN.

1956 Kevin Hickey
1956 Ed Lynch

Marginal middle reliever type, later a front office guy with the Cubs, I think.

1959 Ken Dayley

Cards swingman of the 1980s.

1961 Dana Kiecker
1963 Larry Arndt
1963 Paul O’Neill

Effective hitter and outfielder for the Reds and Yankees. I once saw him walking a mall in Kansas City one day when the Yankees were in town. He was intimidating looking.

1963 Joel McKeon
1964 Rich Rowland
1968 David Hulse
1969 Les Norman
1969 Huck Flener
1974 Shannon Stewart
1979 Josh Labandeira
1983 Jay Marshall
1985 Xavier Paul
1987 Henry Rodriguez
1987 Andrew Werner
1987 Phil Irwin
1988 Nate Adcock

OBITUARIES:

1891 Jeremiah Reardon
1898 Tom Power
1899 Shorty Wetzel
1916 Art Allison
1926 Otto Hess
1934 John McGraw

I know in New York and to most who have a basic knowledge of baseball history John McGraw is generally beloved as one of the early greats of the game. I would like to present an opposite view.

As a player, McGraw was dirty – he cheated at every turn; on offense he was cutting bases and distracting umpires and on defense he was blocking base runners and distracting umpires. The reason we have four umpires monitoring games is because of guys like John McGraw.

As a manager, he was thrown out of more games than anyone of his period. It was 90 years before Bobby Cox finally passed his record.

As part owner of the Baltimore franchise in the American League, he conspired with owners in the National League to raid players from the Orioles in hopes of destroying that franchise and harming the whole of the American League.

Out of fear that his team would lose to the 1904 AL Champs (an embarrassment he was not prepared to handle – given what he had done to the AL two years earlier), he chose not to play in the World Series. Until the owners and players fought in the 1990s, it was the only time since 1903 that the World Series was not held.

As a person, he associated with gamblers and shady characters most of his adult life. He was ownership partners in gaming halls and horse tracks and casinos.

He was accused of getting help to win pennants during the 1910s because his former players were managing other teams then and throwing games to the Giants to help their cause.

When his own players were being solicited to throw games by Hal Chase, he chose to look the other way. After one hearing, even testifying that Chase had offered to pay off his pitcher to throw a game, he soon went out and signed Hal Chase to play for the Giants.

The 1919 World Series was thrown because players on McGraw’s New York Giants put gamblers in touch with White Sox players. These were guys signed by McGraw for his business partner, Arnold Rothstein, the money behind the throwing of the World Series.

In the 1920s, he was so jealous of the fame of Babe Ruth and how the Yankees were more beloved than the Giants especially in the park he was renting to the Yankees, he threw the Yankees out of the Polo Grounds – leading to the creation of Yankee Stadium.

When he died, he left his wife in a financial lurch.

Is this the type of person that should be in the Hall of Fame?

He needs to be removed, and his plaque melted and turned into something more beneficial to mankind. Like a big ashtray.

1937 George Darby
1944 Bill Knowlton
1951 Joe Williams
1955 Ike Kamp
1956 Jack Lewis
1962 Tink Turner
1963 Bill Hughes
1966 Garland Braxton
1969 Russ Wrightstone
1981 Frank McCrea
1986 George Susce
1997 Cal Abrams
1998 Joe Gallagher
1999 Earl Huckleberry
2000 Culley Rikard
2001 Bitsy Mott
2005 Don LeJohn
2008 Roy Wise
2012 Dave Cheadle

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1933 Using his inheritance, Tom Yawkey purchases the Boston Red Sox from Robert Quinn. Yawkey’s price? $1.2 million…

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1916 Cleveland sells Chick Gandil (Crook!) to the White Sox for $3500.

1941 The Yankees sold Babe Dahlgren to the Boston Braves.

1967 Atlanta sends Sandy Alomar to Houston to complete the trade that sent Eddie Matthews and Arnold Umbach to the Astros for Dave “Swish” Nicholson and Bob Bruce.

1972 The Phillies send Rick Wise to St. Louis for Steve Carlton.

1975 Cleveland sends Dave Duncan and Alvin McGrew to Baltimore for Boog Powell and Don Hood. Also Cleveland traded Milt Wilcox to the Cubs for Dave LaRoche (and Brock Davis). I remember being disappointed that LaRoche was dealt, but barely remember Wilcox with the Cubs. That’s because he was awful that year.

1979 San Diego signed free agent pitcher Al Fitzmorris. That didn’t workout… Al never got to the mound.

1981 Boston signed free agent pitcher Mark Fidrych. He was done, but what the hey.

1988 Jose Cruz signed a free agent contract with the Yankees.

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Baseball History for February 24th

<— FEBRUARY 23     FEBRUARY 25 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1873 Joe Dolan
1874 Con Lucid
1874 John Peter (Honus) Wagner

Greatest shortstop ever. Grew up in the Iron and Ore world, played ball in Paterson where he was scooped up by Louisville. Originally a centerfielder, moved to third, and then short. Could hit, hit for power, run, field, throw… Used to play football games against teammates in spring training until too many would come back bruised.

1875 Monte Beville
1877 Champ Osteen

Champ was short for Champlin, his middle name. He was born James Champlin Osteen…

1881 Bill Lindsay
1882 Arthur Lawrence (Bugs) Raymond

Fabulous pitcher – heck of a spitball, but a notorious drinker…

1892 Wilbur Cooper

Fine pitcher, one could argue he is good enough to be in the Hall of Fame – just wasn’t as famous as the guys who pitched for the Yankees.

1895 Bill Bagwell
1899 Clark Alonzon (Pinky) Pittenger
1905 “Line Drive” Lynn Nelson
1907 “Suitcase” Bob Seeds
1907 Earl Grace
1909 Clarence Herbert (Steamboat) Struss
1910 Fred Sington
1911 Johnny Oulliber
1911 Gerard (Nig) Lipscomb
1919 Del Wilber
1928 John Melvin (Bubba) Phillips
1945 Gary Moore
1951 Frank “Moose” Ortenzio
1953 Mike Sember
1953 Frank Riccelli
1954 Dave Edwards
1956 Eddie Murray

I miss the guy – a winner, professional hitter, nicknamed “Steady” for a good reason. Showed up to play and expected to win.

1959 Bryan Kelly
1960 Nick Esasky

Up and down career marked by issues with his health, but not his talent.

1963 Matias Carrillo
1966 Rod Brewer
1966 Rene Arocha
1973 Richard Keith (Stubby) Clapp
1974 Mike Lowell

When you live in South Florida, you learn to like the guys who play for the Fish with skill and Mike Lowell is one of the really, really good ones. Consistent, durable, dependable – and then one year his bat inexplicably left him. That made him expendable, so the Fish sent him to Boston for a couple of young guys who, for a short period of time, were awesome (Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez). Lowell found his bat – had a year that was equally over the norm as his last year in Florida was under it – and was great until his back told him to head to the broadcast booth.

1976 Randy Keisler
1977 Bronson Arroyo

He’s a wiry, long haired version of Livan Hernandez.

1978 Dewayne Wise

Saved a perfect game as a ninth inning defensive replacement for the White Sox – became (at least temporarily) Mark Buehrle’s best friend…

1978 Steve Torrealba
1979 Dennis Tankersley
1979 Brian Esposito
1981 Paul McAnulty
1981 Rob Bowen
1982 Gustavo Molina
1982 Nick Blackburn
1982 J.D. Durbin
1988 Chris Parmelee
1990 Eury De La Rosa

OBITUARIES:

1881 Molly Moore
1915 Adonis Terry
1915 Marc Hall
1926 “Gettysburg” Eddie Plank
1927 Charlie Bennett
1935 Joe Moffett
1947 “Pebbly” Jack Glasscock
1949 Ted Scheffler
1953 Lenny Metz
1957 Bugs Reisigl
1960 Uke Clanton
1962 Max Bishop

Infielder with the As known for his 100+ walk seasons…

1964 Henry Baldwin
1967 Jake Propst
1976 Carey Selph
1977 Sal Madrid
1989 Sparky Adams

Inventor of All-Star Baseball.

1990 Tony Conigliaro

Career derailed by a fastball in 1967. Pneumonia and kidney disease took him from us.

1991 Joe Munson
1994 Jim McKnight
1995 Woody Williams
1999 Johnnie Wittig
2012 Terry Mathews
2012 Jay Ward

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1966 Atlanta signs Tom Seaver, but Commissioner William Eckart rules that Atlanta signed the college player too early, which allows Tom Seaver to go to the highest bidder willing to match Atlanta’s offer. The Mets won the billing, and later a World Series.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1917 Boston sells Smoky Joe Wood to Cleveland for $15,000. At this point, Wood was damaged goods, but he could hit – so the Indians made him an outfielder. In 1922, his last year in the majors, he batted .297 with 8 homers and 92 RBI for the Indians.

1940 The Dodgers send Art Parks to the Red Sox to complete the deal that sent $35,000 and five players to Boston for Pee Wee Reese.

1948 The Yankees send Bill Wight, Fred Bradley, and Aaron Robinson to the White Sox for Eddie Lopat.

1976 Texas sends former fastballer Bill Hands to the Mets for George Stone. Nobody benefits.

1987 Detroit signs free agent Darrell Evans (again).

2001 Dodgers trade Devon White (and later Ruddy Lugo) to Milwaukee for Marquis Grissom.

2008 Boston signs free agent Bartolo Colon…

2014 Nelson Cruz signs a free agent deal with Baltimore.

2015 The Tigers sign Joba Chamberlain. Hey, he was famous for 15 minutes…

Baseball History for February 23rd

<— FEBRUARY 22     FEBRUARY 24 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1865 Barney Dreyfuss

Took over the Louisville Colonels in the late 1890s, leveraged a purchase of the Pittsburgh Pirates and then merged the talent on both teams to create one of the great teams of the first two decades of the NL.

1868 Lew Camp

Born Robert Plantegenet Llewellan Camp

1874 Billy Lauder
1877 Rudy Hulswitt
1877 Grant Thatcher
1887 Lou Lowdermilk
1890 John Black
1890 Lee Gooch
1893 Jim O’Neill
1894 Jose Rodriguez (El Hombre Goma)
1895 Gus Sandberg
1903 Roy Johnson
1905 Les Barnhart
1908 Bob Boken
1908 Ray Brown
1914 Mike Tresh
1914 Lynn Myers
1916 Eddie “Truck” Kearse
1918 Jim Carlin
1918 Hills Layne
1924 Phil Haugstad
1929 Elston Howard

Hero of many Yankee teams, and then joined the 1967 Red Sox when they needed him. I wish I could have seen him play as I am certain I would have been a fan of his.

1932 Jim Bolger
1941 Gordy Lund
1941 Ron Hunt

How many of this group hit the guy with a pitch?

1944 Don Shaw
1946 Ken Boswell
1953 Fred Kuhaulua
1957 Jim Anderson
1958 John Shelby
1958 Juan Agosto
1959 Eddie Vargas
1961 John Morris
1961 Mike Smith
1963 Bobby Bonilla

Long since retired, but still collecting a check from the Mets. A professional hitter everywhere and for twenty years.

1969 Frank Charles
1972 Rondell White

Came up with the Expos – I loved the Expo teams of that era, and White was one of my favorites.

1973 Jason Boyd
1975 Dave Maurer
1976 Scott Elarton
1978 Luke Prokopec
1979 Chris Aguila
1983 Edgar Gonzalez
1989 Wilin Rosario
1990 Jaff Decker

OBITUARIES:

1900 Nate Berkenstock
1914 Nat Jewett
1922 Pickles Dillhoefer
1926 Hi Church
1928 Jack Ridgway
1947 George Brickley
1955 Bill Tozer
1956 Pete Loos
1961 Davey Crockett
1968 Hank Schreiber
1969 Bubbles Hargrave
1969 Bill Swift
1981 Myrl Brown
1988 Pete Donohue
1993 Joe Hutcheson
1996 Gordon Goldsberry
1998 Ray Stoviak
2009 Joe Tepsic

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1960 Using a wrecking ball painted to look like a baseball, the demolition of Ebbets Field begins.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1939 The Reds, only recently having acquired him, returned Woody English to the Dodgers, who sold him to the Cubs. English was done, though, and out of the majors for good.

1942 Atlanta sold Willard Marshall to the New York Giants.

1954 Yankee sell three-time 20 game winner Vic Raschi to St. Louis for $85,000. Raschi, after six solid seasons in NYC, started to show wear and would be done three years later.

1967 Yankees sign non-drafted free agent, Cesar Geronimo. Geronimo would become more famous in Cincinnati…

1977 The Tigers made their first free agent signing – Tito Fuentes

1979 Cubs clean house – Manny Trillo, Dave Rader, and Greg Gross are traded to Philadelphia for Barry Foote, Ted Sizemore, Jerry Martin, Derek Bohelho, and minor leaguer Henry Mack.

Martin had killed the Cubs every time we saw him in the previous couple of seasons and was a fourth outfielder looking for regular play. Trillo was a pretty good second baseman, Gross could pinch hit and was fine as a fourth outfielder. The rest were just details.

1981 Pittsburgh signs the ancient Luis Tiant as a free agent. He mad nine starts, but went 2 – 5… It was his only season as an NL pitcher.

2007 Texas signs free agent Sammy Sosa, who would push his homer total over the 600 mark before calling it done.

Baseball History for February 22nd

<— FEBRUARY 21     FEBRUARY 23 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1853 Harry Spence
1854 George Washington (Jumbo) McGinnis
1865 Ed Silch
1868 George Davies
1870 Charles Alston (Pussy) Tebeau
1874 Bill Klem
1877 Joe Gannon
1878 Charlie Moran
1881 Roy Radebaugh
1884 Jim Ball
1887 William Edward (Pat) Hilly
1888 Ed Hawk
1891 Clarence Mitchell
1892 Albert Charles (Doc) Waldbauer
1894 Tom Grubbs
1894 Bill Hall
1895 Ed Monroe
1895 Roy Graham
1895 Tony DeFate
1896 Ferdie Moore
1900 Roy Spencer
1901 Dan Jessee
1907 Marty Hopkins
1907 Dan Dugan
1909 Art Bramhall
1911 Bill Baker
1918 Jackie Sullivan
1919 Johnny Lucadello
1920 Karl Drews
1922 George Genovese
1922 Frankie Zak
1925 Bob Wilson
1929 Ryne Duren
1929 Charlie Peete
1930 Lyle Luttrell
1931 Chet Nichols
1934 Sparky Anderson
1938 Steve Barber
1948 Bruce Christensen
1948 Tom Griffin
1948 Mike Rogodzinski
1956 Joe Lefebvre
1963 Don Wakamatsu
1965 Eric Yelding
1968 Kazuhiro Sasaki
1972 John Halama
1973 Rick Heiserman
1973 Russ Johnson
1977 J. J. Putz
1979 Steve Colyer
1980 Ramon Nivar
1982 Kelly Johnson
1982 Adalberto Mendez
1983 Daniel Nava
1983 Casey Kotchman
1983 Arturo Lopez
1983 Brian Duensing
1983 Carlos Fisher
1987 Thomas Field
1987 Carlos Peguero
1988 Rocky Gale
1989 Chris Bassitt
1992 Dixon Machado

OBITUARIES:

1890 Bill Blair
1892 Ed Rowen
1901 Tom Kinslow
1922 George Hogan
1933 Bill Shettsline
1935 Marsh Williams
1938 Mert Hackett
1939 Frank Morrissey
1954 Chief Wilson
1957 Jim Begley
1962 Paul Speraw
1964 Ike Samuels
1964 Kid Butler
1965 Clarence Huber
1981 Andy High
1984 Red Lutz
1991 Jimmy Pattison
2004 Andy Seminick
2005 Ben Huffman
2013 Mario Ramirez

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1938 Washington Redskin QB Sammy Baugh signs a contract to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Sam Baugh Signs With Cardinals”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 22 February 1938, Page 14.

Sammy BaughBaugh played third base at Texas Christian University in college, so he wasn’t totally lost as a ballplayer. He joined the squad for spring training, expected that he’d be playing in the minors, but would be able to leave the team to play for Washington when football season came around. At one point, late in March, it appeared that Baugh would be the starting third baseman for St. Louis. However, he didn’t hit as well as he played the field and was dispatched to Columbus. Baugh’s baseball career lasted about six weeks – he was released by Columbus back to the Cards in late May after hitting .220 with a pair of doubles among his thirteen hits. The Cardinals then sent Baugh to Rochester of the International League. Baugh hit a homer for Rochester, but batted just .183 there (13 hits in 71 at bats). However, the Redskins decided to sign Baugh to a three-year contract that banned him from playing baseball and he returned to the gridiron for good.

Keener, Sid C. “Baugh Named Cardinals’ No. 1 Third Baseman by Frisch”, St. Louis Star and Times, 28 March 1938, Page 20.

“Sammy On Diamond” (Photo), Oregon County Times-Leader, 31 March 1938, Page 4.

“Paul Dean and Baugh Released to Minors by Cardinals”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 05 April 1938, Page 12.

“Release Sammy Baugh”, Sedalia Democrat, 22 May 1938, Page 8.

“Cardinals Option Baugh to Rochester”, 24 May 1938, Page 20.

“Baugh’s New Contract Bans Pro Baseball”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 03 August 1938, Page 14.

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TRANSACTION WIRE:

1966 New York sends Jimmie Schaffer, Wayne Graham, and Bobby Klaus to Philadelphia for Dick Stuart.

1993 St. Louis sends Felix Jose and Craig Wilson to Kansas City for Gregg Jefferies and Ed Gerald.

Baseball History for February 21st

<— FEBRUARY 20     FEBRUARY 22 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1867 Jouett Meekin

152 wins as a pitcher tops the birthday boys…

1870 Bill Duzen
1875 Luther “Dummy” Taylor
1876 Silent John Titus
1879 Ed Smith
1880 William “Lucky” Wright
1880 Joe Hughes
1881 Sam Fletcher
1886 Alex Remneas
1890 George Beck
1893 Norman Plitt
1893 Marsh “Cap” Williams
1896 Turkey Gross
1896 Dick McCabe
1903 Tom Yawkey
1907 Snipe Hansen
1914 Milt Gray
1924 Lloyd “Red” Hittle
1936 Ted Savage
1940 Doug Gallagher
1942 Fred Newman
1943 Jack Billingham
1943 Joe Foy
1945 Tom Shopay
1947 Charlie Walters
1947 Terry Ley
1948 Bill Slayback
1953 Rick Lysander
1958 Alan Trammell

MVP of the birthdate…

1961 Joel Skinner

Decent catcher – son of Bob…

1963 Jim Olander
1965 Oscar Azocar
1971 Jeff Schmidt
1975 Brandon Berger
1977 Chad Hutchinson
1978 Rene Reyes
1981 Adam Greenberg
1982 Edwin Bellorin
1983 Franklin Gutierrez
1988 Tyler Lyons
1991 Devon Travis

West Palm Beach area kid (Wellington) making good with the Blue Jays.

OBITUARIES:

1901 Dennis Driscoll
1914 Farmer Vaughn
1918 Joe Fogarty
1927 Ike Rockenfield
1932 John Peters

Nicknames included Big Pete and Shotgun

1934 Jim Roxburgh
1934 Doc Adkins
1938 George Merritt
1940 John Taber
1941 Frank “Fiddler” Corridon
1944 Jack Enzenroth
1945 Paul Revere “Shorty” Radford
1946 Bill Cunningham
1948 Irv “Stubby” Ray
1953 Buck Freeman
1969 Honest Eddie Murphy
1970 Tom “Scoops” Carey
1970 Joe Shaute
1972 Phil Hensiek
1973 Gilly Campbell
1975 Steve “Flip” Filipowicz
1978 Slicker Parks
1982 Ray Shearer
1989 Chet Ross
1999 Vinegar Bend Mizell
1999 George Gill
2002 Bill Faul
2003 Rusty Peters
2006 Mark Freeman
2007 Sherman “Roadblock” Jones
2010 George “Bo” Strickland
2014 Hector Maestri
2014 Eddie O’Brien

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1968 The first Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed by owners and players. The minimum salary is set at $10,000…

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1904 The Tigers sold ancient catcher Deacon McGuire to the Highlanders. The 1904 Highlanders, with McGuire as a frequent catcher (he appeared in over 100 games, 97 behind the plate though 40 years old), just missed winning the AL Pennant.

1923 The Indians released Stuffy McInnis. The Hall of Fame first baseman had hit .305 for Cleveland in 1922, but had other plans. He later signed with the Boston Braves of the NL, where he would hit .315 with 95 RBI and 37 sacrifice hits…

1953 Proving ANYBODY could be traded one year too soon, the Dodgers sold Tommy Lasorda to the St. Louis Browns.

1957 The Giants signed amateur free agent Manny Mota. Mota would play one year with the Giants in 1962 before being traded…

1991 The Yankees sign the perptually haunted Steve Howe. Howe hadn’t pitched in the majors since 1987 with Texas. Howe’s first year in NY was a success – finishing with a 1.68 ERA in 48.1 innings.

Baseball History for February 20th

<— FEBRUARY 19     FEBRUARY 21 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1858 Jim Toy
1862 Harry Raymond
1864 Harry Stine
1866 John Pickett
1873 Tom O’Brien
1873 Charlie Babb
1874 Pug Bennett
1874 Ike Samuels
1875 Jack Rafter
1889 Boardwalk Brown
1890 Sam Rice
1890 Dave Davenport
1890 Tink Turner
1894 Suds Sutherland
1896 Muddy Ruel
1900 Al Williamson
1912 Whitey Wistert
1913 Tommy Henrich
1917 Jack Bolling
1920 Roy Valdes
1920 Frankie Gustine
1921 Jack Robinson
1922 Jim Wilson
1922 Bill Reeder
1924 Sal Yvars
1928 Roy Face
1928 Juan Delis
1936 Wynn Hawkins
1941 Clyde Wright
1947 Tom Buskey
1957 Jesus Figueroa
1958 Brian Snyder
1959 Bill Gullickson
1963 Phil Lombardi
1965 Tony Menendez
1965 Paul Faries
1966 Derek Lilliquist
1967 Kurt Knudsen
1972 Shane Spencer
1974 Tom Fordham
1975 Leo Estrella
1975 Livan Hernandez
1975 Donzell McDonald
1980 Ryan Langerhans
1982 Jason Hirsh
1983 Jose Morales
1983 Justin Verlander
1984 Brian McCann
1985 Ryan Sweeney
1985 Vinnie Pestano
1986 Julio Borbon
1988 Spencer Patton
1991 Buck Farmer
1993 Jurickson Profar
1994 Luis Severino

OBITUARIES:

1903 Al Dwight
1908 Walter Terry
1909 John Hatfield
1925 John Mansella
1934 George Mappes
1944 Harry Wilhelm
1945 Charlie Heard
1949 Norm Baker
1951 Marty Shay
1954 Sadie McMahon
1957 Dixie Leverett
1959 William Pierson
1960 Dummy Leitner
1961 Otto Krueger
1963 Bill Hinchman
1971 Irv Porter
1974 Bob Christian
1984 Dale Matthewson
1985 Syl Johnson
1986 Bob Rice
1988 Bob O’Farrell
1990 Cecil Garriott
1999 Joe Rossi
1999 Buck Rogers
2001 Bill Rigney
2007 Casey Wise
2007 Bob Malloy
2013 Neil Wilson
2016 Kevin Collins

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1923 Christy Mathewson and Emil Fuchs purchase the Boston Braves for about $300,000. Mathewson wouldn’t be much of an owner, owing to his failing health.

1953 August Busch buys the Cardinals for $3.75 Million from Fred Saigh.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1936 New York purchased Sam Leslie from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1987 Montreal sends Al Newman to the Twins for minor leaguer Mike Shade.

1996 New York signs free agent pitcher Dwight Gooden.

Baseball History for February 19th

<— FEBRUARY 18     FEBRUARY 20 —>

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1853 George Miller
1855 John Morrill
1864 Henry Cote
1868 William Holton (Sal) Campfield
1876 Joe Marshall
1883 Harry Curtis
1889 Walt Herrell
1890 Larry Chappell
1891 Weldon Wyckoff
1894 Ernie Cox
1898 Eucal “Uke” Clanton
1900 John Kane
1900 Oscar Roettger
1912 Dick Siebert
1914 Stan Sperry
1917 Chuck Aleno
1917 Tom Earley
1923 Russ Sullivan
1932 Don Taussig
1935 Russ Nixon
1938 Bob Sadowski
1939 Jim Weaver
1939 Jackie Moore
1940 Bill Kelso
1943 Jim Cosman
1943 Gail Hopkins
1944 Chris Zachary
1952 Dave Cheadle
1957 Dave Stewart
1959 Tim Burke
1959 Keith Atherton
1962 Alvaro Espinoza
1965 Wayne Rosenthal
1967 Keith Kessinger
1971 Miguel Batista
1974 Juan Diaz
1982 Chris Stewart
1983 Brad Kilby
1985 Dan Otero
1986 Michael Schwimer
1987 Josh Reddick
1988 Kevin Chapman

OBITUARIES:

1888 Live Oak Taylor
1915 George Moolic
1927 Katsy Keifer
1947 Hooks Warner
1948 Bob Groom
1956 Ray Demmitt
1957 Red Munson
1961 Art Loudell
1961 Red Smith
1961 Epp Sell
1969 Doc White
1972 Fuller Thompson
1974 Frank Miller
1977 Mike Gonzalez
1978 Phil Paine
1978 Ben Mallonee
1981 Sam Barnes
1983 Frank Colman
1984 Bill Shores
2006 Bill Abernathie
2010 George Cisar
2012 Dick Smith
2015 Gary Woods

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1953 Ted Williams’ plane was hit by enemy fire, but he was able to execute a crash landing of his burning Panther jet – he suffered minor injuries.

1970 Bowie Kuhn suspends indefinitely pitcher Denny McLain for McLain’s involvement in bookmaking and connections to professional gamblers.

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1919 The Giants acquire Hal Chase from the Reds for Walter Holke and Bill Rariden.

1949 Cleveland signs Negro League slugger Luke Easter.

1957 New York sends six players (including Irv Noren) to Kansas City for four players, including Bobby Shantz, and two players to be named later. One of those players named later was Clete Boyer.

2012 New York sends A.J. Burnett (and cash) to Pittsburgh for Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones.