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Re: Pale Hose History
« Reply #4525 on: January 01, 2018, 12:00:38 am »

    On January 1 in Baseball History...


    1923 - Having promised his fans and former teammates he'd live to see 1923, Wee Willie Keeler dies on New Year's Day of that year as a result of heart failure. The diminutive fine-hitting Hall of Fame outfielder, who played for the National League's Superbas (Dodgers), Orioles, and Giants and the Highlanders (Yankees) of the American League, is credited with the baseball axiom, "Keep your eye clear, and hit 'em where they ain't".

    1927 - The Robins announce outfielder Zack Wheat, after 18 consecutive seasons with the club, has been released. The future Hall of Famer, who led the National League in hitting in 1918 with a .335 batting average, will hit .324 in 88 games for Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's this season and will finish his career with a lifetime mark of .318.

    1929 - Jim Bell becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a professional game in Cuba. The Cienfuegos third baseman accomplishes the feat in a 15-11 victory over Havana at Alda Park.

    1940 - In a decision which foreshadows a major blow to Detroit's farm system, Kenesaw Mountain Landis voids the last month's trade which would have sent Tiger hurler George Coffman and second baseman Benny McCoy to the A's for outfielder Wally Moses. The commissioner declares McCoy a free agent because the infielder was hidden from other teams, and in two weeks baseball's first czar will also grant free agency to another 87 of the club's farm hands due to their concealment in the minor leagues.

    1941 - In an effort to support the U.S. mobilization effort, Babe Ruth spends $50,000 for defense bonds. The Yankee legend's purchase is the maximum amount allowed by law for one person.

    1943 - Negro League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown and is admitted to St. Francis hospital for rest and treatment. He will be released in time to go to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to get in shape for the baseball season.

    1961 - The ballpark at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues in Detroit is officially renamed Tiger Stadium. The facility, which opened in 1912, was originally known as Navin Field, named for team owner Frank Navin before becoming Briggs Stadium in 1938, reflecting the expansion efforts of Walter Briggs, who increased the yard's capacity to 53,000 under his ownership by double-decking the stands in left field.

    1970 - Chub Feeney begins his 16-year presidency of the National League taking over for Warren Giles, who held the position for 18 years. The Dartmouth College graduate, the grandson of Charles Stoneham, the late owner of the Giants, once served as the team's batboy.

    1974 - Succeeding the retiring Joe Cronin, Lee MacPhail takes over as American League president and will serve in this role until 1984. MacPhail will join his dad, Larry, as a member of the Hall of Fame in 1998.

    1977 - At the age of 30, former major league reliever Danny Frisella is tragically killed in a dune-buggy accident in Arizona. The right-hander, best known for his first six seasons with the Mets, compiled a 34-40 won-loss record along with 57 saves and a 3.37 ERA during his ten-year tenure in the National League.

    1979 - Lorinda de Roulet replaces the very unpopular M. Donald Grant as the Mets' Chairman of the Board. The daughter of team founder Joan Payson will be best remembered for "Mettle", a straw-hat clad live mule who she designated to be the club's mascot.

    1982 - Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium which replaced Sportman's Park as the Cardinals' home in 1966 will now be known simply as Busch Stadium. The ballpark is named for the Busch family of Anheuser-Busch, the team's owner who championed the construction of a new stadium in St. Louis.

    2008 - The Dodgers begin the celebration of their 50th year in Los Angeles by participating in the 119th annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The teamís float features current and former players as well as organist Nancy Bea Hefley and Vin Scully, the clubís broadcaster since 1950.

    2012 - The Chicago White Sox traded Jason Frasor to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.


    2015 - The Atlanta Braves traded David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve to the New York Yankees in exchange for Manny Banuelos.




    Baseball Birthdays on January 1...


    1844 - Berthrong, Harry
    1855 - Mansell, Tom
    1855 - McGunnigle, Bill
    1857 - Keefe, Tim
    1858 - Nicol, Hugh
    1865 - Murray, Miah
    1868 - Zearfoss, Dave
    1869 - Connaughton, Frank
    1870 - Jones, Bumpus
    1873 - Donovan, Tom
    1874 - Garvin, Ned

    1876 - Martin, Joe
    1880 - Rothgeb, Claude
    1880 - Livingstone, Jake
    1881 - Bell, Rudy
    1882 - Bruckmiller, Andy
    1882 - Murphy, Howard
    1884 - Downey, Tom
    1888 - Meyer, Benny
    1890 - Schmutz, Charlie
    1893 - Fuller, Frank
    1894 - Miller, Hack
    1897 - Swartz, Monty
    1900 - Kearns, Teddy
    1900 - Stokes, Al
    1904 - Allen, Ethan
    1910 - Devens, Charlie
    1911 - Greenberg, Hank
    1912 - Moran, Hiker
    1919 - Robertson, Sherry
    1921 - Lint, Royce
    1924 - Bishop, Charlie
    1924 - Torgeson, Earl

    1927 - Scheib, Carl
    1931 - Castleman, Foster
    1933 - Host, Gene
    1942 - Bethea, Bill
    1948 - Bobb, Randy
    1953 - Jones, Lynn
    1954 - Pittman, Joe
    1955 - Owchinko, Bob
    1955 - Hoyt, La Marr

    1969 - Rivera, Roberto
    1970 - Wilson, Gary
    1972 - Roque, Rafael
    1974 - Beirne, Kevin

    1975 - Tatis, Fernando
    1980 - Holliday, Matt
    1984 - Wagner, Neil
    1986 - Hagadone, Nick
    1988 - Keuchel, Dallas
    1989 - Parker, Jarrett
    1990 - Avery, Xavier



    Baseball Deaths on January 1...


    1904 - Radbourn, George
    1905 - Malone, Fergy
    1912 - Gilbert, Pete
    1919 - Curtis, Gene
    1921 - Winkleman, George
    1923 - Keeler, Willie
    1925 - Simon, Hank
    1932 - Parrott, Tom
    1949 - Rasmussen, Hans
    1953 - McWeeny, Doug

    1960 - Stone, Tige
    1966 - Dugey, Oscar
    1967 - Brown, Lindsay
    1971 - Rice, Harry
    1971 - Lotz, Joe
    1974 - Smith, Jimmy
    1977 - Frisella, Danny
    1986 - Hall, Bill
    1987 - Maun, Ernie
    1990 - Hill, Carmen
    1992 - Stanton, Buck
    1999 - Dondero, Len
    2000 - Spognardi, Andy
    2004 - Stoneham, John

    2006 - Lindblad, Paul
    2007 - Koy, Ernie
    2008 - Daniel, Chuck
    2011 - Rice, John




                 



          



     




 

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