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  • December 30th

    Births on December 30

    Peter John "Pete" Laydon is born in Dallas, Texas on December 30, 1919. He will play baseball at the University of Texas and finally make his way to the St. Louis Browns for one brief stay in 1948. Laydon will go 26 for 104 (.250) in 41 games as a righthanded hitting outfielder for the '48 Browns before leaving the big league scene for all time. Laydon will die at the age of 62 in Edna, Texas on July 18, 1982.

    Deaths on December 30


    Josh Billings

    John Augustus "Josh" Billings dies on December 30, 1981 in Santa Monica, California. He was 89. Billings played college baseball at Oklahoma A&M and then went on to a major league career, breaking in on September 9, 1913 with the Cleveland Naps. Cleveland traded Billings to the Browns in March 1919 in exchange for another catcher, Les Nunamaker. All told, Billings played for 11 seasons and he ended his big league playing career in 1923. He will play catcher for the Browns from 1919 to 1923. He will hit only .217 over the course of his total career. Billings was born on November 30, 1892 in Grantville, Kansas.
    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 12-30-2005, 05:06 AM.
    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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    • December 31st

      December 31, 1949: "The Times They Are a Changin'."


      Hank Thompson became the 1st black Brown when he played 2nd base on July 17, 1947.


      Willard Brown joined Thompson with the Browns in a game played on July 20, 1947 and promptly hit the 1st home run by a black American Leaguer.

      Eight Men In: Breaking The Color Line. Nothing is forever - and thank God, or your lucky stars, for that one. The decade of the 1940's draws to a close with the ugly, shameful, and unjust color line cleanly broken in the big leagues, but still challenged numerically. Of the 400 major league ballplayers through the close of the 1949 season, only 8 are black. The Dodgers and Indians each have 3 black players and the NY Giants have 2. Another decade will pass before all big league clubs integrate, but most clubs will be playing blacks within the next two years.

      Attendance. All but the Browns, Cubs, and Reds set attendance records in the 1940s. Some things don't seem to change, but we need to remember that turns for the worse - and going faster in a certain direction are forms of change too.

      Night Ball. There were only 81 scheduled night games in 1940, but that total rose to 384 in 1949. The changing preference for night games is amplified by news of the upcoming season schedule for 1950. The St. Louis Cardinals will be permitted to open the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Sportsman's Park in a night game.

      Ballpark Construction. The 1940's will close as the only decade in baseball history that sees no new ballpark construction. The last new ballpark in the majors built to this date in history was Municipal Stadium in Cleveland in 1932.

      Births on December 31

      Charles James "Charlie" Flanagan is born on December 31, 1891 in Oakland, California. Flanagan's total big league career consists of an 0 for 3 job in 4 games as a 3rd baseman-outfielder for the 1913 Browns. Flanagan will die January 8, 1930 in San Francisco at the age of 39.

      Thomas Joseph "Tommy" Byrne


      Tommy Byrne

      Tommy Byrne is born on December 31, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland. In a big league pitching career (1943-1957) that includes two major stints with the Yankees, lefty Byrne registers a record of 85 wins 69 losses, and E.R.A. of 4.11. During his two seasons as a Brown (1951-1952), Byrne post 11 wins and 24 losses. Byrne attended one of our annual Brownie reunions in 1999. He was a very nice fellow and in good shape. At that time, he was still an active golfer.

      Happy 85th Birthday, Tommy Byrne!

      I share a special kinship with Charlie Flanagan and Tommy Byrne. This is my birthday too. - This morning I am older than dirt, but that sure as hell beats the alternative.


      Deaths on December 31

      Harry ("Harry" or "Fritz") Dorish passes away in Wilkes-Barre, PA on December 31, 2000 at the age of 79. The BR/TR pitcher had a 10-year (1947-1956) MLB career record of 45 wins, 43 losses, and an ERA of 3.83. In his only year with the 1950 Browns, Dorish was 4-9 with an ERA of 6.44 - Harry Dorish was born on July 13, 1921 in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania.

      Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...DECEMBER31.stm

      http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/



      Should auld acquaintance - be forgot,
      And never brought to mind,
      We'll taste a cup of kindness here,
      For all Browns - that we shall find.


      Happy New Year, Everybody!
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 12-31-2005, 03:16 AM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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      • January 1st

        Births on January 1

        Joseph Samuel "Silent Joe" Martin is born on January 1, 1876 in Hollidaysburg, PA. Joe is another one-season celebrator, splitting his 79-game career as a lefthanded batting, righthanded throwing utility man for the 1903 Senators (35) and Browns (44). Martin goes 64 for 292 with no homers to finish his brief hour in the sun at .219. It will be a long memory for Martin. He will live beyond age 88 before finally dying in Altoona, PA on May 25, 1964. Why did they call him "Silent Joe?" - We don't know. Maybe the fact that we don't know is it's own explanation. :noidea

        Ethan Nathan "Ethan" Allen


        Ethan Allen

        Ethan Allen is born on January 1, 1904 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Allen will play ball for the University of Cincinnati before he goes on to a long MLB career (1926-1938) as a lifetime .300 hitter and outstanding righthanded outfielder. Allen finished his career with the 1937-1938 Browns and he keeps up the good hitting, going 319 in '37 for 103 games and .303 in '38 for 19 games. January 1st seems to be a birthdate for long life people. Allen will pass away on September 15, 1993 at the age of 89.


        Deaths on January 1

        Harry Francis "Harry" Rice dies on January 1, 1971 in Portland, Oregon at age 69. Rice spent the first 5 seasons of his MLB career as a Brown. From 1923 to 1933, he batted .299 as a lefty-hitting, righthanded throwing outfielder. His best year was with the '25 Browns when he hit .359 in 354 total at bats. Rice was born in Ware Station, Illinois on November 22, 1901.

        George Washington "Buck" Stanton


        "I cannot tell a lie. It was not I who batted .200
        in limited action for the 1931 St. Louis Browns."



        "Uh ... me neither!"

        George Washington "Buck" Stanton dies on January 1, 1992 in San Antonio, Texas at the age 0f 85. Stanton went 3 for 15 as a lefty-all-the-way right fielder for the 1931 Browns before taking his hidden but famous first and middle names with him into the greater regions of everyday anonymity. Buck was born on June 19, 1906 in Stantonsburg, NC. He played baseball at the University of North Carolina before turning professional.

        Len Dondero
        Birth Name: Leonard Peter Dondero Bats : Right
        Born On: 09-12-1903 Throws : Right
        Born In: Newark, California Height : 5-11
        Died On: 01-01-1999 Weight : 178
        Died In: Fremont, California First Game: 04-21-1929
        College: Saint Mary's College of California Last Game: 08-11-1929
        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

        Infielder Len Dondero was 6 for 31 (.194) with one homer in his only MLB time of 19 games played for the 1929 Browns. Then he set journey t the Land of Gone for Good. - Len Dondero was 65 when he died in 1999. - BCT/GB, Len Dondero!


        Today's reference link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/

        Happy New Years Day, Browns Fans!
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-22-2005, 04:01 PM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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        • January 2nd

          Births on January 2

          George Henry "George" Boehler is born on January 2, 1892 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Boehler's 9-year MLB pitching career stretches over parts of seasons from 1912 to 1926. He is 0 and 1 over 8 total innings pitched for the 1920-21 Browns and he finishes his career with a record of 6 wins 12 losses - and an E.R.A. of 4.72. The righthanded Boehler will die in his birth home town at the age of 66 on June 23, 1958.

          Tedd Jasper "Ted" Gullic is born on January 2, 1907 in Koshkonong, Missouri. The righthanded outfielder/3rd-1st baseman has two stints in the big leagues, both times as a Brown in 1930 and 1933. He hits .247 in 612 official AB's. Yes, his first name really was "Tedd" with two "d"s, but everyone calls him just plain "Ted" with one "d". I guess this makes Gullic the answer to the trivia question: What major leaguer shortened his legal first name by dropping only a single letter? Gullic will live to see age 93. He will pass away on January 28, 2000 in West Plains, Missouri.

          Ralph "Red" Kress is born on January 2, 1907 in Columbia, California.


          Red Kress Had A Whole Lotta
          Wrong Time, Wrong Place Luck!


          After serving the 1962 season as one of manager Casey Stengel's coaches on the maiden voyage of the Bad Ship Mets, former Brown Red Kress dies on November 29, 1962 in Los Angeles of a heart attack at age 55.

          Red's baseball life was a mixture of good hitting, Jekyll & Hyde fielding, bum luck, lots of heart, and plenty of resilience. During his early years as a St. Louis Brown (1927-31), Kress hit well, posting full-season averages of .305 in 1929, .313 in 1930, and .311 in 1931. Kress also posted over 100 RBIs in each of those plus .300 batting years.

          In the field, Red Kress led American League shortstops in 1929, but then turned around the next year and led the league in errors in 1930. The Browns moved him from shortstop in 1931 so Jim Levey could take over. Levey, in turn, led the league in errors. Gotta be the uniform, right?

          In 1932, St. Louis traded Kress to the White Sox just as the Chicagoans were getting ready to start a young rookie from North Carolina by the name of Luke Appling. Kress adapted to playing wherever he was needed. Red was dealt to the Senators in early 1934. All he faced there as his competition at shortstop was manager Joe Cronin, another future Hall of Famer.

          Kress spent 1937 in Minneapolis of the American Association, hitting .330 and leading shortstops in total chances, the Browns reacquired him. Played at short, he responded by hitting .302 and leading the league in fielding. Traded to Detroit in 1939, he broke his leg during the season. In 1940, the pennant-bound Tigers released the destiny-flawed Kress.

          Red Kress hung in there long enough to collect 1,454 hits and a .286 average for his major league career. Red Kress survived a lot of adversity in his time, but he had learned to recognize new baseball versions of the Titanic better than most. By the time of his death, Kress had tendered his resignation from another year with the expansion Mets.


          Deaths on January 2

          James Walter "Jim" (Little Nemo) Stephens is dead at the age of 81 on January 2, 1965 in Oxford, Alabama. In a 6-year career as a Browns/MLB catcher, Stephens hits .220. The 5' 6 1/2" righthander doesn't have much power. In 1,252 total official AB's, Little Nemo hits only 3 homers. Stephens was born on December 10, 1883 in Salineville, Ohio.

          Oscar Estrada dies on January 2, 1978 in Havana, Cuba at the age of nearly 74. Estrada pitched one inning for the Browns on April 21, 1929, surrendering no runs on one hit and getting no decision. That was it for Oscar. That was his total MLB career. The lefty Estrada was born on February 15, 1904 in his native cty and country, Havana, Cuba.

          Paul Hopkins
          Birth Name: Paul Henry Hopkins Bats : Right
          Born On: 09-25-1904 Throws : Right
          Born In: Chester, Connecticut Height : 6-00
          Died On: 01-02-2004 Weight : 175
          Died In: Middletown, Connecticut First Game: 09-29-1927
          College: Colgate University Last Game: 07-12-1929
          Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

          Pitcher Paul Hopkins is rembered best for his long life span. He pitched only 23.1 big league innings (the last 2 innings as a Brown) in 2 seasons (1927, 1929), achieving a total record of 1 win, 1 loss, and an ERA of 2.96. - When he died in 2004 at the age 99, however, he passed away as the world's oldest living former major leaguer.

          BCT/GB, Paul Hopkins!


          Today's reference link ...http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-25-2005, 06:17 AM.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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          • January 3rd



            "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever know,
            Two can be as sad as one,
            It's the loneliest number since the number One."


            - Three Dog Night

            Two of our guys today had Browns careers of one AB each. :atthepc

            Births on January 3

            James Robert "Jim" McLaughlin is born in St. Louis on January 3, 1902. In another just-beyond-Moonlight-Graham moment, Jim goes 0 for 1 as a Brown in a game played on April 18, 1932. He is never heard from again in the MLB record books, but his one time at bat did produce 1 RBI. For what it's worth, he was a righthanded hitter and his position (somewhere) was 3rd base. McLaughlin will pass away at the age of 66 in Mount Vernon, Illinois on December 18, 1968.


            Deaths on January 3

            George Robert "George" Stone dies at age 68 in Clinton, Iowa on January 3, 1945. The lefthanded outfielder was a very productive hitter for the early 1905 to 1910 Browns, finishing with a career average of .301 and 23 homers for his 808-game career. The totals include 2 AB's for the Boston Americans in 1903. Stone's best year was 1906 when he collected 208 hits and batted .358. George Stone was born on September 3, 1877 in Lost Nation, Iowa.

            Ernest Luther "Luther" Bonin dies on January 3, 1966 in Sycamore, Ohio at the age of 78. Bonin had one fruitless AB with the 1913 Browns before completing his playing experiencce with the Buffalo Buffeds of the 1914 Federal League as a lefty hitting, righty throwing outfielder with a .184 average in 20 games. Bonin was born on January 13, 1888 in Greenhill, Indiana.

            Alojzy Frank "Ollie" Bejma dies on January 3, 1995 in South Bend, Indiana at the age of 87. Bejma was a Browns utility infielder for 3 seasons (1934-1936) and also played one additional year (1939) for the White Sox as same. He had a career .245 average. Bejma was born on September 12, 1907, also in South Bend.

            Joe Ostrowski
            Birth Name: Joseph Paul Ostrowski
            Nickname: Professor
            Born On: 11-15-1916
            Born In: West Wyoming, Pennsylvania
            Zodiac: Scorpio
            Died On: 01-03-2003
            Died In: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
            Cemetery: St. Joseph Church Cemetery, West Wyoming, Pennsylvania
            College: University of Scranton
            Bats: Left
            Throws: Left
            Height: 6-00
            Weight: 180
            First Game: 07-18-1948 (Age 31)
            Last Game: 08-20-1952
            Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher Joe Ostrowski had a 5-season MLB career (1948-1952) in which he posted a record of 23-25 and an ERA of 4.54. )strowski broke in with the Browns and was 14-18 with them for 2+ seasons of work (1948-1950). - Joe Ostrowski was 86 when he died in 2003.


            Today's Reference Link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-15-2005, 03:56 AM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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            • January 4th

              January 4, 1942: Hornsby Gets HOF Nod. Former Browns manager and player Rogers Hornsby becomes the 14th member of the new Baseball Hall of Fame when he gets 78% of the votes cast for induction. Of course, Hornsby's really going into Cooperstown for his work with the Cardinals and elsewhere. His work with the Browns was not exactly the stuff that dreams were made of.


              Rogers Hornsby: A Great Hitter, But ...
              a Compulsive Gambler and Perfectionist
              Who Mishandled People With The Worst
              Of 'Em!


              January 4, 1916: Browns Have A Ball!
              The settlement of the Federal League War comes partially down to awards of MLB power to the stronger members of the vanquished in exchange for certain death to the rival circuit. What else is new? The St. Louis Browns are the first of two big league franchises awarded to former Federal League owners. Philip de Catesby Ball, ice-manufacturing tycoon and principal stockholder of the Federal League's St. Louis Terriers, pays a reported $525,000 for the St. Louis Browns. His first major move is to replace Browns manager Branch Rickey with his own guy, Fielder Jones. Chasing Rickey to the same town Cardinals ultimately proves to be a major long term poison in the bloodstream of the Browns franchise. How often does a gun buyer shoot himself in the foot on the first day with the first bullet fired?

              Births on January 4

              Robert "Bob" Spade is born on January 4, 1877 in Akron, Ohio. Spade's 4-year MLB career with the Reds and Browns (1907 to 1910) is 25 wins and 24 losses as a righty. He is dealt to the Browns during the 1910 season by the Reds and he goes 1 and 3 in his final 7 games as a big league pitcher. Spade will pass away at the age of 47 in Cincinnati on September 7, 1924.

              Charles Elmer "Charlie" Miller is born on January 4, 1892 in Warrensburg, MO. An apparent late-season look-see shortstop, Charlie handles two assists flawlessly in the field on September 18, 1912 for the Browns and goes 0 for 2 at bat. From there, he Warhols into history, never to be seen again on the big league scene. Miller will die on April 23, 1972 in his birth hometown at the age of 82.

              BCT/GB, Charlie Miller!

              Alexander "Alex" Metzler is born on January 4, 1903 in Fresno, California. The left-side hitting, right-hand throwing outfiielder finishes the last half of his 6th and final year in the najors with the 1930 Browns and hits .258 in 209 trips to the plate. His career (1925-1930) average is .285 as an outfielder. Metzler will die on November 30, 1973 in Fresno at the age of 70.

              Deaths on January 4

              Clarence Calvert "Sam" Covington passes away on January 4, 1963 in Denison, Texas at the age of 68. Clarence Calvert "Sam" Covington was born on December 18, 1894 in Henryville, Tennessee. "Sam" was 9 for 60 (.150 BA) in 20 games as a 1st baseman for the 1913 Browns. He also sae very limited action for the 1917-18 Boston Braves and finished his short career with a BA of .178.

              Bradford Louis "Brad" Springer is dead at age 65 on January 4, 1970 in Birmingham, Michigan. Brad pitched three innings for the 1925 Browns, racking up no record and a 3.00 E.R.A. In 1926, Springer pitches 4 outs for the Reds and is done. He achieves no record in the big leagues, but he does register an E.R.A. of 4.16 for 4 and 1/3 innings of career work. Springer was a lefty. He was born on May 9, 1904 in Detroit.

              William Joseph "Billy" Sullivan, Jr. dies at the age of 83 in Sarasota, Florida on January 4, 1994. The Notre Dame graduate had a long career in the big leagues (1931-1947) with several clubs as a lefty-hitting utility man. His .289 career average over the course of 962-game career is proof enough of his hitting ability. Sullivan played for 1938 and 1939 Browns and saw full-time service. Billy Sullivan was born on October 23, 1910 in Chicago.

              Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/JANUARY4.stm

              http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 04-23-2005, 01:48 PM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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              • January 5th

                Births on January 5

                James Luther "Luke" Sewell


                Luke Sewell

                Luke Sewell is born on January 5, 1901 in Titus, Alabama. The 20-year MLB catcher (1921-1942, .259) is the younger brother of HOF shortstop Joe Sewell. Luke will retire following the 1939 season, but he will take over as manager of the Browns for Fred Haney during the 1941 season. Sewell will extend his playing record by going 1 for 12 times at bats as the Browns manager in 1942. Luke Sewell will continue as manager of the Browns and will lead them to their only American League pennant in 1944. He will be replaced as Browns manager during the 1946 season by Zack Taylor. Luke will pass away in Akron, Ohio on May 14, 1987 at the age of 86.

                Joseph Laverne "Joe" Grace is born on January 5, 1914 in Gorham Illinois. Grace is a lefty hitting, righthanded throwing outfielder for the Browns from 1938 to 1941. Following a "break" for World War II, Grace returns to the Browns in 1946, but is dealt to the Senators before season's end. Following a partial season with the Senators again in 1947, Grace's MLB career ends on a productive career note. His BA for 6 seasons is .283. Grace will pass away at age 55 in Murphysboror, Illinois on September 18, 1969.

                John Henry "Handsome Jack" Kramer is born on January 5, 1918 in New Orleans. Kramer is a stellar righthanded pitcher for the Browns from 1939 through 1947, going 17-13 for their 1944 American League champions. Jack's career continues through 1951 with the Red Sox, Giants, and Yankees. He finishes with an MLB mark of 95 wins, 103 losses, and E.R.A. of 4.24. Kramer dies at age 77 in Metairie, Louisiana on May 18, 1995.

                Fred Francis "Fred" Marsh is born on January 5, 1924 in Valley Falls, Kansas. Marsh's career (1949-1956) includes two seasons as a utility infielder for the 1951-1952 Browns. He finishes with an MLB career BA of .239.

                Happy 81st Birthday, Fred Marsh!


                Deaths on January 5

                Rogers Hornsby died on January 5, 1963 in Chicago at age 67. Recalled by many as the greatest righthanded hitter of all time (.358 career BA), Hornsby was active as a player from 1916 through 1937. He managed the 1926 Cardinals to their first World Series title and twice served as manager of the Browns in the 1930's and early 1950's. Taking over late in 1933, Hornsby managed the hapless Browns until he was replaced in 1937 by Jim Bottomley. Hornsby was brought back as manager of the 1952 Browns by Bill Veeck, but was so hated by the players that he was replaced by Marty Marion after only 50 games at the helm. Hornsby was a no-brainer Hall of Fame player, but absolutely awful when it came down to dealing with people - especially those who played with limited ability for bad clubs like the Browns. Rogers Hornsby was born on April 27, 1896 in Winterset, Texas. R.I.P., Rajah! - Nobody's perfect, but you came close - as a hitter.

                Today's reference link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-05-2005, 04:44 AM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                • January 6th

                  Births on January 6

                  Joseph Henry "Joe" Lake is born on January 6, 1881 in Brooklyn, NY. Lakes' righthanded big league pitching career (1908-1913) includes some serious time with the Browns (1910-1912). He finishes with a career mark of 62 wins, 90 losses, and an E.R.A. of 2.85. Joe Lake will pass away on June 30, 1950 in Brooklyn hometown at the age of 69.

                  George Addison "George" Grant is born on January 6, 1903 in East Tallassee, Alabama. After playing baseball at Auburn University, Brown begins his MLB career as a righthanded pitcher for the Browns on September 9, 1923. Brown goes only 1 and 4 as a Brown in brief work for the Browns (1923-1925) before moving on to longer time with the Indians and a final season with the Pirates. For his career (1923-19310, Brown goes 15 and 20 with an E.R.A. of 5.65. George Brown will die in Montgomery, Alabama at the age of 83. The date of his death was March 25, 1986.

                  Harold Charles "Hal" Warnock is born on January 6, 1912 in New York City. Hal is 2 for 7 (the quickest route to .286) as a BR/TR outfielder for the 1935 Browns and then moves on to obscurities that go non-recorded by MLB historians. Interesting to note: Warnock played ball for the University of Arizona before his short-term as Brown. Nothing special: Hal wore Browns uniform # 25, if ever so briefly. Warnock will die on February 8, 1997 in Tucson, AZ at the age of 85.

                  Thomas Jerome "Tom" Ferrick


                  Tom Ferrick's
                  '51 Bowman Card



                  Tom Ferrick
                  As a Yankee


                  Tom Ferrick is born on January 6, 1915 in New York City. The righthanded pitcher's MLB career (1941-1952) includes two stints with the Browns (1946, 1949-1950). He finishes his big league time with a record of 40 wins, 40 losses, and an E.R.A. of 3.47. Tom will pass away on October 15, 1996 in Lima, PA at the age of 81.


                  Deaths on January 6

                  Charley O'Leary
                  Birth Name: Charles Timothy O'Leary Bats : Right
                  Born On: 10-15-1882 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Chicago, Illinois Height : 5-07
                  Died On: 01-06-1941 Weight : 165
                  Died In: Chicago, Illinois First Game: 04-14-1904
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1934
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Utility player Charlie O'Leary was one of our technical Browns, After a 10 year career with other clubs (1904-1913), O'Leary appeared in one game as a gimmicky pinch hitter at age 51 years, 11 months, and 15 days for the Browns on September 30, 1934 - a full 30 years after his rookie season. - Hey! The old man singled and later came around to score as the oldest MLB to that time who'd ever done so. - Charlie O'Leary died in 1941 at age 58.


                  Antone De "Tony" Rego picks an Alexander Cartwright setting for his departure. He dies on January 6, 1978 in Wailuku, Hawaii at the age of 81. The BR/TR backup catcher for the 1924-1925 Browns went 26 for 91 and a higher form of .286 in his only MLB time. Rego was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 31, 1897.

                  Fred Warren "Lefty" Stiely dies on January 6, 1981 in Valley View, PA at the age of 80. Lefty is 1 and 1 in his 3-year, 9-game Browns/MLB career (1929-1931). Stiely was born on June 6, 1901 in Pillow, PA. (Hmm! Lefty Stiely came here on a pillow and he left here with a valley view. His life sounds on the surface like a cushy ride.)

                  William Joseph "Bill - Too Early To Be A Spaceman" Lee leaves this world on January 6, 1984 in West Hazelton (not to be confused with Cape Canaveral), PA at the age of 92 (minus 3 days.) Lee is 13 for 70 (.186 BA) as a BR/TR Browns/MLB outfielder/3rd baseman from 1915 to 1916. Lee was born on January 9, 1892 in Bayonne, NJ.

                  Roberto (Ventoza) "Bobby" Estalella passes away on January 6, 1991 in Hialeah, Florida at the age of 79. Estalella's career as a BR/TR OF/IF (1935-1949) includes a .241 BA for the 1941 Browns as a guy off the bench. Bobby finishes with an MLB career BA of .282 in 680 games. He was born in in Cardenas, Cuba in on April 25, 1911.

                  Today's reference link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
                  Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-15-2005, 05:19 AM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                  • January 7th

                    January 7, 1933: Future Browns Championship Manager Traded.


                    Luke Sewell: His Baseball Career Played Out Like "Ole Man River."

                    The Washington Senators acquired veteran catcher Luke Sewell today in a trade with the Cleveland Indians for another seasoned receiver, 33-year old Roy Spencer. The Senators get the longer stick in this deal. Spencer will hit only .203 in 75 games for the 1933 Indians. Sewell will catch 141 games for the 1933 Senators and hit .264. - Eleven years henceforth, of course, Luke Sewell will manage the 1944 Browns to their first and only American League pennant.

                    Births on January 7

                    Grover Cleveland "Grover" Baichley is born on January 7, 1890 in Toledo, Ohio. The BR/TR pitcher from Valparaiso University will work only 4 games for the Browns in 1914. He records no wins or losses, but he gives up 5 runs (4 earned), 9 hits, 3 walks and a wild pitch in only 7 total innings for an E.R.A. of 5.14. He does record 3 strikeouts to chart out his limited, but complete MLB career as the Grover Cleveland What's-His-Name that few beyond family will recall to this day. This Grover C. will pass anonymously away at the age of 56 on June 30, 1946 in San Jose, California.

                    Franklin Thomas "Frank" Grube is born on January 7, 1905 in Easton, PA. The BR/TR catcher from Lafayette College enjoys a 7-year career with the White Sox and Browns (1931-1941). His two tours (1934-1945, 1941) with the Browns are part of a consistent pattern of Grube going back and forth between the two clubs. Never a full-time player, Grube hits for a career BA of .244 in only 394 total games played. He hit one home run during his 1931 rookie season and never hit another. One homer in 1,125 official times at bat helps Grube to a career slugging average of only .308. Four years after he plays his last MLB game, Frank Grube will die on July 2, 1945 in New York City at the age of 40. Based on available data, I do not know if Grube's death is related to service in World War II, but the timing of his early demise makes you wonder.


                    Deaths on January 7

                    James Thomas "Jumbo" Elliott passes away on January 7, 1970 in Terre Haute, Indiana at the age of 69. Yes, a fair BR/TR pitcher got his start, albeit a short one, with the Browns. He pitched one inning for the 1923 Browns club, giving up 3 earned runs on a hit and 3 walks on April 21st. Two years later, Elliott will return to the big leagues with Brooklyn and start moving on a career with three clubs that finishes in 1934 with a total record of 63 wins, 74 losses, and an E.R.A. of 4.24. Elliott had one more connection. He was born in St. Louis on October 22, 1900.

                    Ernest Dudley "Dud" Lee dies on January 7, 1971 in Denver, Colorado at the age of 71. The BL/TR utility infielder registers a career BA of .223 for the Browns (1923-1924) and Red Sox (1925-1926). Lee also was born on August 22, 1899 in Denver.

                    Chester Emanuel "Chet" Falk dies in Austin, Texas, the place of his birth, on January 7, 1982. He was 76. Chet's birthdate is May 15, 1905. This BL/TL pitcher is the brother of accomplished major league outfielder Bibb Falk, who later went on to an iconic career as head baseball coach at the The University of Texas. Chet Falk also pitched for UT before going pro. He moves from college ball to a 100%, less than stellar and brief Brownie big league career, registering a mark of 5 wins, 4 losses, and an E.R.A of 6.04 over 3 seasons (1925-1927) along the way.

                    Today's reference links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/JANUARY7.stm

                    http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
                    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-07-2005, 05:50 AM.
                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                    • January 8th

                      January 8, 1953: Tribe Nixes Night Games with Browns. Aren't you glad that MLB people worked out, or finally got over, all their money-grubbing greed problems?

                      On this date in history, things weren't always so mellow. Today the Cleveland Indians rejected any plan for night games with the Browns at Sportsman's Park due to St. Louis owner Bill Veeck's refusal to share any income from the telecasts of these games.


                      Births on January 8

                      This Bud's For Everybody!



                      He wasn't a Brown, but with a name like this one, I couldn't allow him to go totally unrecognized. >>>

                      Harry Budson "Bud" Weiser is born on January 8, 1891 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. For some crazy, star-crossed reason, Bud Weiser escaped a career with the Cardinals in spite of his of his name. He would've been an oracular presence in the Cardinal lineup during the early 20th century. He also could've fit in nicely with the Browns on the basis of his performance. In 41 games for the 1915-1916 Phillies, Bud Weiser hit only .162 with no homers as a seldom used outfielder. Bud Weiser (the man) died on July 31, 1961 at the age 70. Here's a tip of the open bottle to you, Bud Weiser. Sorry you weren't able to fulfill your destiny of playing big league ball at some point for a club based in The Mound City.


                      Deaths on January 8

                      Charles James "Charlie" Flanagan dies on January 8, 1930 in San Francisco at the age of 39. Flanagan's total big league career consisted of an 0 for 3 job in two games as a 3rd baseman-outfielder for the 1913 Browns. He was born on December 31, 1891 in Oakland, California.

                      Herbert Edward "Herb" Cobb


                      Herb Cobb Husked
                      In Only Big League
                      Pitching Appearance.


                      Herb Cobb dies on January 8, 1980 in Tarboro, NC at the age of 75. Cobb pitched one shaky inning for the Browns on April 21, 1929 and was then gone forever from big league baseball. In that single stanza of work, Cobb earned his way out fast. Of the 7 batters he faced, 3 reached by hits and 1 worked a walk. Throw in 2 balks, no strikeouts, and a surrendered home run and the result was a 4 run (all earned) inning and a lifetime E.R.A. for one inning of work of 36.00. In spite of his showing, Cobb escaped getting the loss because of game circumstances. - Maybe it was a mop up role and Cobb was just taking one for the team. Every batter who reached base on Cobb eventually scored.

                      Cobb is another example of the capricious pattern of the Browns in some of their decisionmaking. Herb Cobb never got a second chance. Yet, in many other instances, the Browns kept sending guys back out there who already had demonstrated what one-timer Cobb showed on multiple occasions that they really had no chance.

                      For the record, Herb Cobb was born on August 6, 1904 in Pinetops, NC,

                      Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/JANUARY8.stm

                      http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
                      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-08-2005, 03:28 PM.
                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                      • January 9th

                        January 9, 1915: Sisler Freed From Under-Age Pirate Contract.


                        A Pirate? It Wasn't To Be
                        For The Greatest Brown!


                        When we recall those days that most shaped the destiny of our Browns franchise, January 9, 1915 belongs in the Top Five. Today the National Commission declares University of Michigan senior George Sisler a free agent after a 2-year fight over the issue. Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfuss had claimed rights to Sisler, who signed a contract with the Pirates as a minor, but never played pro ball. Now a free agent, Sisler will graduate from the Univeristy of Michigan and sign a new contract with the St. Louis Browns, the club managed by his former college coach, Branch Rickey.

                        January 9, 1892: "Slide, Kelly Slide!"

                        "The inspiration of the immortal poem, 'Slide, Kelly, Slide,' was that most idolized ballplayer, Mike Kelly, one of the most fascinating figures ever to dig a cleated shoe into the diamond. He was a slashing, dashing, devil-may-care athlete, good-natured, big-hearted, sincere. He had perhaps the keenest brain that baseball ever knew."
                        - Author Frank Menke in Encyclopedia of Sports (1944)
                        Mike was never a Brown, but this item is important to the culture of baseball history that was already building into our American society well before the time the Brewers moved to St. Louis to be reborn as the 1902 Browns. The hit parade of baseball music had already begun by that time. A little diddy called "Slide, Kelly, Slide," by George Gaskin, made the best seller list of popular sheet music charts today, thus becoming the first baseball song to do so. The song exhalted the ballfield exploits of the great Mike Kelly of Chicago and Boston 19th century baseball fame, but it also offered a fan's playful warning in these lyrics:

                        Slide, Kelly, Slide

                        Recorded by George J. Gaskin (1893)

                        Published by Frank Harding, New York (1889)

                        Slide, Kelly, Slide!

                        Your running's a disgrace!

                        Slide, Kelly, Slide!

                        Stay there, hold your base!

                        If some one doesn't steal you,

                        And your batting doesn't fail you,

                        They'll take you to Australia!

                        Slide, Kelly, Slide!


                        Did I say it worked its way into our American society? You betcha. The expression, "Slide, Kelly, Slide," became a common warning call about the presence of imminent danger. Maybe the Brewers should have called it out to St. Louisans when they first took the field as the Browns in 1902.

                        Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/JANUARY9.stm

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poet...ly_slide.shtml


                        Births on January 9

                        Harry Keller "Harry" Hoch is born on January 9, 1887 in Woodside, Delaware. The BR/TR pitcher who registers a 2-1 record with the 1908 Phillies and a nice 2.77 ERA. What happened to this promising start, I have no idea. Hoch is out of the majors after 1908. He returns for the 1914-1915 seasons as a Brown, but manages to post a perfect record of another type in 27 games pitched over those two seasons. Harry Hoch registers 0 wins and 6 losses. He finishes his big league career (1908, 1914-15) with a record of 2 wins, 7 losses, and an ERA of 4.35. If I had the time to do all the things I'd like to research, I'd love to learn more about what happened to Hoch in those five years (1909-1913) that lapsed between his two big league tours. - Hoch will pass away with those answers at the age of 94 in Lewes, Delaware on October 16, 1981.

                        William Joseph "Billy" Lee is born on January 9, 1892 in Bayonne, New Jersey. The BR/TR OF/3B guy is 13 for 70 (.186 BA) for his two brief seasons with the Browns and big leagues in 1915-1916. He too passes quickly from the baseball scene, but he will hang around Planet Earth til he leaves at age 92 on January 6, 1984. As we mentioned three days ago on the anniversary of his death, this Bill(y) Lee was no spaceman.


                        Deaths on January 9

                        William Patrick "Billy" Gleason dies on January 9, 1957 in Holyoke, MA at the age of 62. The BR/TR 2nd baseman hit .257 (19/74) in 26 games for the 1921 Browns. In his only other MLB time, Gleason saw limited action for 1916-1917 Pirates. He finishes his MLB career with a BA of .220. For the record, Gleason was born on September 6, 1894 in Chicago. As a big leaguer, Gleason was well named. He was little more than another baseball honeymooner, but, as we always like to add, at least he was good and determined enough to get there.

                        Edward Harold "Ed" Strelecki passes away on Jamuary 9, 1968 in Newark, NJ at the age of nearly 63. The BR/TR pitcher was 1 and 3 with the 1928-1929 Browns and also pitched 24.1 innings for the 1931 Reds with no record. His career ERA was 5.78. Strelecki was born on April 10, 1905 in the place of his birth, Newark.

                        Lynford Hobart "Lyn" Lary dies on January 9, 1973 in Downey, California at near the age of 67. Lary enjoyed an extensive career (1929-1940) as a BR/TR IF/OF which included two tours (1935-1936, 1940) with the Browns. Lary had a career BA of .269 in 1,302 games. He was born on January 28, 1906 in Armona, CA.

                        Stanley Orville "Stan" Spence dies in Kinston, NC on January 9, 1983 at the age of nearly 68. The BL/TL outfielder/1st sacker finished his long career (1940-1949) with the 1949 Browns, hitting .245 in 104 games. His career average for 1,112 games was a decent .282. Spence was born March 20, 1915 in South Portsmouth, Kentucky
                        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-26-2005, 05:49 AM.
                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                        • January 10th

                          On This Date in History



                          1944 & 1953 St. Louis Browns Jerseys
                          Are Available Through Mitchell & Ness.


                          For information ... http://www.dugout-memories.com/coopbrwn.html

                          Births on January 10

                          Derrill Burnham "Del" Pratt is born on January 10, 1888 in Walhalla, South Carolina. The BR/TR is mainly a 2nd baseman, but he also plays other infield and outfield positions during his big league career (1912-1924). Pratt attended both Georgia Tech and Alabama prior to entering professional baseball. Pratt's early big league career is with the Browns (1912-1917). Pratt is an excellent hitter, batting over .300 in 6 full seasons and finishing with a career BA of .292. Pratt lives to age 89. He passes away on September 30, 1977 in Texas City, Texas.

                          He played baseball for the University of Alabama from 1907 to 1909. After two minor league seasons he was purchased by the St. Louis Browns, where he played regularly at second base for the next six years. In his first five seasons (1912-1916), he averaged 31 doubles, 13 triples, 31 steals, 80 RBI, 169 hits, and played more games than any other man in the American League. Over that stretch his 846 hits ranked 5th in the league, directly behind his chief competition at second base – Eddie Collins. Never as great a hitter or base stealer as Collins, Pratt did lead the AL in putouts five times at second base.
                          - Del Pratt Player Page
                          http://www.thebaseballpage.com/past/pp/prattdel/
                          Charles Edward "Ed" Stauffer is born on January 10, 1888 in Emsworth, Pennsylvania. The BR/TR short-term big leaguer has a 2-inning season with the Cubs in 1923 and a 30.1-inning "year" with the 1925 Browns, where he records his only big league decision as a "loss." Stauffer is among the big league "goners" beyond 1925, ending up with an 0-1, 5.85 ERA as his spot on wall of baseball history. Ed will pass away at the age of 90 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (These short-time big leaguers seem to live to ripe old ages. Maybe their longevity was helped by the knowledge that "at least we tried; at least we got our shot."


                          Deaths on January 10

                          Joseph Charles "Joe" Schultz, Jr. The man icknamed "Dode" dies on January 10, 1996 in St. Louis at the age of 77. The BL/TR catcher is in the big leagues from 1939 to 1948, with his Browns career spanning from 1943 to 1948. Used sparingly, Schultz hits a career .259 in only 328 total official times at bat. Schultz was born on August 29, 1918 in Chicago.

                          Ewald (Please call me Lefty!) Pyle
                          Birth Name: Ewald Herbert Pyle Bats : Left
                          Born On: 08-27-1910 Throws : Left
                          Born In: St. Louis, Missouri Height : 6-00½
                          Died On: 01-10-2004 Weight : 175
                          Died In: DuQuoin, Illinois First Game: 04-23-1939
                          College: None Attended Last Game: 06-30-1945
                          Nickname: Lefty Draft: Not Applicable

                          Pitcher Lefty (Please don't call me Ewald!) Pyle had a 6-year MLB career (1939, 1942-1945), posting a record of 11 wins, 21 losses, and an ERA of 5.03. Pyle was 0-2 for the 1939 and 1942 Browns. - Left Pyle was 83 wehen he passed away in 2004.



                          Tommy Fine
                          Birth Name: Thomas Morgan Fine Bats : Both
                          Born On: 10-10-1914 Throws : Right
                          Born In: Cleburne, Texas Height : 6-00
                          Died On: 01-10-2005 Weight : 180
                          Died In: Little Elm, Texas First Game: 04-26-1947
                          College: Baylor University Last Game: 06-28-1950
                          Nickname: Tommy Draft: Not Applicable

                          Pitcher Tommy Fine was 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA for the 1947 Red Sox and 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA for the 1950 Browns before departing for The Land of Gone for Good. Tommy Fine was 90 when he died in 2005. - BCT/GB, Tommy Fine!




                          Today's reference link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-10-2005, 06:53 PM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                          • January 11th

                            Births on January 11

                            Alvin Floyd "General" Crowder


                            Browns Gave up General Crowder & Heinie Manush To Acquire Goose
                            Goslin (Slugging Away Above) In Deal Completed on June 13, 1930.


                            Alvin Floyd "General" Crowder is born on January 11, 1899 in Winston-Salem, NC. Over his 11-year big league pitching career (1926-1936), the BL/TR hurler compiled a record of 167 wins, 115 losses, and an ERA of 4.12. Crowder was 21-5, with a 3.69 ERA for the 1928 Browns and he achieved a Browns mark of 44 wins and 32 losses during his 4 years in St. Louis (1927-1930). Crowder was dealt by the Browns to the Senators on June 13, 1930, along with outfielder Heinie Manush, in exchange for outfielder Goose Goslin. Crowder went on to two more 20 + win seasons for the Senators in 1932 and 1933. Over those two banner seasons, he won 50 games total. "The General" was another good one that got away, but you don't acquire Hall of Famers like Goose Goslin for nothing. Sometimes you have to trade another Hall of Famer like Heinie Manush and a great pitcher like Crowder to get what you think will better serve the needs of your club's talent and treasury. General Crowder will die on April 3, 1972 in Winston-Salem at the age of 73.

                            Roy John "Roy" Hughes is born on January 11, 1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The BR/TR infielder is in the big leagues from 1935 to 1946, hitting for a career BA of .273. He sees part-time service with the 1938-1939 Browns, but his best full season happened in 1936 when he collected 188 hits for a .292 BA with the Indians. Of those 188 hits, none were homers. In 2,582 official times at bat over his career, Roy collected only 5 home runs. Hughes will pass away on March 5, 1995 in Asheville, North Carolina at the age of 84.

                            Cornelius John "Neil" Berry is born on January 11, 1922 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The BR/TR utility infielder from Western Michigan College (1948-1954 MLB) is only a Brown for 57 games during the 1953 season, but he hits .283 in 99 AB's, far above his career MLB mark of .244. Neil Berry is still with us.

                            Happy 83rd Birthday, Neil Berry!


                            Deaths on January 11

                            Rivington Martin Bisland dies on January 11, 1973 in Salzburg, Austria at the age of nearly 83. What he was doing in Austria at that late age, I have no idea. More amazingly, the man managed to play 31 games in the big leagues (1912-1914) as a BR/TR shortstop without acquiring a nickname. As best I have been able to determine, Bisland is the only "Rivington" in MLB history to have escaped the obvious need for a shorter, catchier gameday ID. Rivington hit .136 for the 1913 Browns and he registered only a .118 mark over his totally and deservedly short-lived career.* - Rivington Martin Bisland was born in New York City on February 17, 1890.

                            *That being said, we tip our Brownie cap to the standard rare baseball player accomplishment. He got to the big leagues, so let's give him a posthumous nickname nearly a century later. Let's call him "Rivets" for its alliterative and metaphorical potential as a way of describing his career.

                            "Rivets" Bisland did reach the big leagues. Rivington Martin Bisland did place a few big league rivets into the game back in the early part of the 20th century. Those rivets simply weren't driven deep enough to secure his long flight into baseball history beyond these few words. Nonetheless, once you get there, as Bisland did, the record book never forgets. :atthepc

                            Today's Reference Link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
                            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 02-17-2005, 05:09 AM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                            • January 12

                              No Brownie Births or Deaths on January 12


                              It Wasn't In The Stars Today.

                              Maybe there is something to this astrology business. No one whoever played for the St. Louis Browns ever came to or went from Planet Earth on this date in history. Is that fact due to coincidence - or some special alignment of the stars? I have no earthly idea. Maybe I just missed someone in my search for births and deaths this morning, but I don't think I did. :noidea

                              Hmmm! All of you surviving Browns out there may be in for a lucky day. Maybe you will even have a 24-hour pass on how many risks you take with your activities in the world during this little eye-blink moment. Uh, just in case you decide to do so, it might still be a good idea to watch out for the banana peels on the sidewalks.

                              Some Basic Facts About The St. Louis Browns. In lieu of any time special news today, here are a few reminder facts about the St. Louis Browns:

                              Existence Period. The St. Louis Browns played ball in the American League from 1902 through 1953. The came into being when the Milwaukee Brewers franchise was relocated to St. Louis. When they left St. Louis after the 1953 season, they headed east to become the Baltimore Orioles.

                              Performance Record: Games Won: 3414; Games Lost: 4465: Win %: .433

                              The Browns won one pennant (1944) in 52 years of trying (1902-1953). In half their seasons played, they finished last, or next to last, 50% of the time. The math is easy to do since the American League consisted of the same eight clubs for the entire 52-year history of the Browns. The Browns finished 8th in 14 seasons, and 7th on 12 other occasions. They finished in the first division among the top four clubs only 12 times.

                              On that rather discouraging, but long ago forgiven note, have a nice day, everybody, but watch out for the banana peels!

                              Today's Reference Links ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/

                              http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...uis_Browns.stm
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                              • January 13th


                                Coopertown Cap Co.
                                Offers This 1946-49
                                Repro, Plus A Few More.


                                If you're interested in obtaining an old Browns cap, here's one link to their availability over the internet. >>>

                                http://www.dugout-memories.com/coopbrwn.html

                                Now it's January 13th. Our one-day Brownie pass on living and dying is over and it's back to the birth and obituary reports.

                                Births on January 13

                                Ernest Luther "Luther" Bonin, also known as "Bonnie", is born on January 13, 1888 in Greenhill, Indiana. The BL/TR outfielder goes "oh fer one" in his only at bat for the 1913 Browns. Bonnie jumps to the Buffalo Buffeds of the 1914 Federal League where he hits only .184 (20/76) in 20 games. That one fruitless AB with the Browns the previous year drops Bonin's lifetime BA to .182 as he passes more quickly into baseball history than the Federal League itself. Cap tips to Bonnie, please. He got there, barely, and left quickly. Bonin will pass away just 10 days short of his 78th birthday on January 3, 1966 in Sycamore, Ohio.

                                Fred William "Fritz" Schulte is born on January 13, 1901 in Belvidere, Illinois, The BR/TR outfielder is a good hitter with a long MLB career (1927-1937). Fritz is a Brown (1927-1932) for 6 years before finishing his big league days with the Senators and Pirates. Schultz impresses the Browns when he bats .317 in 60 games in his 1927 rookie season. He follows that mark with 2 more full years as a .300 + hitter for the Browns in 1929 and 1931. Usually batting around the .300 mark, Schulte finishes with a career BA of .291. He will live to age 81, passing away on May 20, 1983 in his hometown of Belvidere, Illinois.

                                Deaths on January 13

                                William Henry "Big Bill" Dineen dies on January 13, 1955 in Syracuse, NY. He is 78 at the time of his death. Dineen was BR/TR pitcher with a lot of effective pitching time in the bigs between 1898 and 1909. His best years came before his three-year finish with the Browns (1907-1909) when he registered four 20-win seasons with the Boston AL club. "Big Bill" was only 6'1", but that was tall for his era. He mainly stood tall as a performer, registering a career MLB mark of 170 wins, 177 losses, and an ERA of 3.01. Dineen was born on April 5, 1876 in Syracuse, NY.



                                Mike Goliat
                                Birth Name: Mike Mitchell Goliat
                                Nickname: None
                                Born On: 11-05-1921
                                Born In: Yatesboro, Pennsylvania
                                Zodiac: Scorpio
                                Died On: 01-13-2004
                                Died In: Seven Hills, Ohio
                                Cemetery: All Saints Cemetery, Northfield, Ohio
                                College: None Attended
                                Bats: Right
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 6-00
                                Weight: 180
                                First Game: 08-03-1949
                                Last Game: 04-27-1952
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Mike Goliat is best remembered as the good field/no hit 2nd baseman of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillie "Whiz Kids." - For his 4-season MLB career (1949-1952), Goliat batted .225 with 20 HRs. - Goliat was a Brown for a season and a half in 1951-1952 and he finished his career with our American League club. - Mike Goliat was 82 when he died in 2004.


                                Today's Reference Link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
                                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-05-2005, 06:30 PM.
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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