Players

Over the course of more than ten years of posts, I have written little blurbs about any number of players and the statistics, injuries, or trivial items that involved them.  Lately, I have had more fun trying to assemble biographies of the ballplayers who have wandered through the nearly 150 years of professional baseball.  The posts listed below tend to be biographical in nature – some are full length essays, while others might be short blurbs about an event (Johnny Vander Meer’s other no-hitter, for example).  In a couple of seasons, we will have passed 20,000 major leaguers – I have written fair sketches of more than a hundred of them (140 and counting).  So – there is plenty of work to be done!!!

Ody Abbott

Les Backman
Abraham Lincoln “Link” Bailey
Dan Bankhead
George Bausewine
Belve Bean
Bananas Benes
Tom Berry
Hugo Bezdek
Joe Boehling
Joseph Brown
Mack Burk
Frank “Buster” Burrell
Henry Burroughs
Ed Butka
Ike Butler

Rip Cannell
Red Causey
Alta Cohen
Tom Colcolough
Orlin Collier
Snipe Conley
Clarence Cross
“Pop” Corkhill (Kind of incomplete, but sourced with fun quotes)
Ed Cushman

Snake Deal
Mike Degerick
Eugene Derby

Jim Essian

James Lamar “Rags” Faircloth
Bob Feller (First Opening Day No-Hitter)
Frank Fennelly
Chauncey Fisher
George “Showboat” Fisher
Ed Ford
John Frill
Ike Futch

Alfred (Count) Gedney
Lefty George
Claral Gillenwater 
Grover Gilmore
Ed Glenn
Herb Gorman
Mase Graffen
Rick Grapenthin
Steve Gromek (Like Corkhill, above, it’s not very full but it’s got pictures and good quotes)
Howdy Groskloss

George Halas
Scott Hardesty
Bruce Hartford
Charlie Hautz
Crese Heismann
Ducky Hemp
George Hesselbacher
Vedie Himsl
Eddie Hogan
Holly Hollingshead
Roscoe “Watty” Holm (Incomplete, but includes the horrific tale of his death – a murder suicide)
James Horsford
William “Dummy” Hoy

Sam Jackson
Larry Jansen

Charlie Kalbfus
Hot Rod Kanehl
George Keerl (incomplete – needs some sourcing, too)
Sherman “Katsy” Keifer
Bill Kellogg
Henry Keupper
Billy Klusman
Rudy Kneisch (A few quotes and pictures – but they are sourced)
Alex Kvasnak

Frank (Terry) Larkin
Leonidas (Funkhouser) Lee
Emil “Dutch” Levsen
Milo Lockwood
Dario Lodigiani
Memo Luna

Jim Mallory
Charlie Manlove
Gordon Maltzberger
Adair (Paddy) Mayes
John McMullen (incomplete, not formally sourced)
George Meister (Brief and not sourced, but pretty complete.)
Alfred Metcalfe
Allen Montreuil
Bob Moose
Walt (Moose) Moryn
Don Mueller

Frank Norton

Ollie O’Mara
Roy Oyler – (How Little Can a Good Glove, No-Hit Guy Hit and Keep a Job?)

Louis Pelouze
Pol Perritt
Horace Phillips
Ollie Pickering
Al Piechota
Elmo Plaskett
Tom Pratt
Oscar Purner

Wimpy Quinn

Goldy Rapp
Bobby Reis
Dusty Rhodes
Dorsey Riddlemoser
Robin Roberts
Charley Robertson
Paco Rodriguez
John Rudderham

Slim Sallee
Ben Sanders
Fred Schemanske
Dutch Schirick
Curtis Schmidt
Charlie Schmutz
Kal Segrist
Sonny Senerchia
Count Sensenderfer
Sam Shaw (sourced, not really written as an article, but has all the details…)
Lev Shreve
Frank Sigafoos (not sourced and a little brief, but a decent summary)
David Skeels
Lou Skizas
Karl Spooner
Chub Sullivan
Champ Summers
Howard (Dizzy) Sutherland

Arlie Tarbert
George “Live Oak” Taylor
Nello “Fungo” Tedeschi
Arnold “Jug” Thesenga
Ben Tincup
Jim Tray
Ken Trinkle
Twink Twining

Johnny Vander Meer
Jim Viox
Jake Virtue
Jake Volz

Lincoln “Link” Wasem
Jack Wentz
Ed Winceniak
Chris Withrow
Abraham Lincoln Wolstenholme
Dooley Womack
Al Wright (somewhat incomplete)

Jack Zalusky

Random Essays:

Playoff Starts by Pitchers With More Walks Than Strikeouts (2006)
After Randy Johnson, Who is Next to 300 Wins? (2009)
Sammy Sosa and Steroids (2009)
Is Todd Helton a Hall of Famer? (2009)
Should Joba Chamberlain Start?  (2009)
An Open Letter to Topps (2009)
Looking Backwards at Relief Pitching (2009)
Marlins Admit Low Salaries Helped Pay For Stadium (2010)
Minnie Minoso – My Pick for the Hall of Fame (2011)
A Recipe for Insulin Shock Brownies (I know – not baseball) (2011)
Top Rotations by Birthday (2012)
Chasing Pete Rose (2013)
How Little Can a Good-Glove, No-Hit Guy Hit? (2013)

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