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  • January 14th

    January 14, 1911: Browns Name Bobby Wallace as New Manager.

    Bobby Wallace Named
    As Playing Manager of
    The 1911 St. Louis Browns.

    Look at the above picture
    and compare it to the one below.
    If they ever make a movie of
    Wallace's life, actor Andy Garcia
    gets my vote to play the title role.

    Actor Andy Garcia

    Bobby Wallace, the original 1902 Browns shortstop and the outstanding American Leaguer of that time at his position, is named today as the new playing manager of the St. Louis Browns, replacing the now defamed Jack O'Connor. O'Connor was fired by the Browns and banned by the National Commission after he led the collusive effort to help Nap Lajoie win the 1910 batting championship over Ty Cobb by allowing the former to bunt safely for hits in a final game with the Indians in 1910. Wallace's integrity couldn't save the 1911 Browns as they went on to a last place finish and a record of 45 wins and 107 losses. When the 1912 Browns stumbled out of the gate to a 12-27 start, Wallace was removed from the helm and replaced by George Stovall. Wallace's managerial failure (and "failure" is a harsh word in this instance) cannot tarnish the great 25-year record (1894-1918) of Bobby Wallace the player. Wallace plays most of those years with Browns (1902-1916), finishing with a great record as a defensive man and a .267 lifetime BA. Wallace will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953 at the age of 80.

    Births on January 14

    John Joseph "Brode" Shovlin is born on January 14, 1891 in Drifton, PA. The BR/TR middle infielder hits .209 in a limited stay (9 hits in 43 total ABs) in the big leagues (1911, 1918-1919), the last two years as a Brown. "Brode" (maybe that comes from a misspelled thought that he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn) will die at age 85 in Bethesda, MD on February 16, 1976. - A tip of the Brownie cap to you, anyway, "Brode" Shovlin!

    Deaths on January 14

    Lloyd Andrew "Lefty" Brown dies on January 14, 1974 in Opa-Locka, Florida at the age of 69 in Beeville, Texas. (Beeville happens to be the same place where I was born.) I'm proud to say that Brown and fellow Beeville native Melvin "Bert" Gallia both went on to pitch for the St. Louis Browns at separate times. Pretty good record for our little home town, especially when you consider that early 20th century Beeville was a very small place that also produced Curt Walker, who hit .304 playing outfield in the big leagues from 1919 to 1930. Lefty Lloyd Brown was only 1 and 6 in his only year with the 1933 Browns, but he achieved a lifetime big league mark of 91 wins and 105 losses for some bad teams from 1925 through 1940. Lloyd Brown also holds the ignominious record of giving uo 4 of Lou Gehrig's 23 record grand slam home runs. Brown was born in Beeville, Texas on December 25, 1904. :atthepc

    Today's Reference Links ...
    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-14-2005, 04:40 PM.
    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


    • January 15th

      Births on This Date

      Baseball Author W.P. Kinsella:
      Kin To The Brownie Rube Born
      Today? Probably Not.

      Edward William "Rube" Kinsella is born on January 15, 1882 in Lexington, Illinois. How does an "Edward William" from a small town like Lexington, Illinois in the early part of the 20th century miss the chance of being labeled "Rube" by baseball veterans? The answer, of course, is - he doesn't. The BR/TR pitcher is another short-timer who will go 0-1 for the 1905 Pirates and 1-3 for the 1910 Browns. Prior to hitting the majors, Rube played college ball at Illinois State. For a career total of 69 big league IP, Kinsella will register 1 win and 4 losses with an ERA of 3.49. - Kinsella will pass away at the ripe old age of 94 in Bloomington Illinois on January 17, 1976. ... Hmmm! Wonder if Kinsella had a grandson whose first and middle name initials were "W.P."? Probably not, Anyway, A Brownie Cap Tip to the rube from rural Illinois!

      Grover Cleveland "Slim" Lowdermilk is born on January 15, 1885 in Sandborn, Indiana. At 6'4" and 190 pounds, it isn't hard to figure how "Slim" got his nickname. The BR/TR pitcher will go on to rack up 23 wins against 39 losses, while scoring a respectable ERA of 3.58 in the big leagies from 1909 to 1920. He will have two stays (1915, 1917-1919) with the Browns, registering his most active year in 1915. In the only year that Lowdermilk will ever pitch over 96.2 innings, Slim will tally 222.1 innings for the 1915 Browns and Tigers. It's his winningest year. He will have a combined record of 13 and 18 with both the '15 Browns and Tigers. Lowdermilk will live to age 83, dying on March 31, 1968 in Odin, Illinois.

      Deaths on This Date

      Edward Cunningham "Kid" Foster

      Eddie "Kid" Foster of Boston
      Moves to Browns In '22 Year.

      Edward Cunningham "Kid" Foster dies on January 15, 1937 in Washington, DC. Foster was 49, but just a month shy of turning 50. He was born on February 13, 1887 in Chicago. At only 5'6 1/2" and 145 pounds, Kid Foster totalled 1,490 hits over his long (1910-1923) big league career as BR/TR 3b/2b man. He was a veteran influence on the great 1922 Browns club after his acquisition from the Red Sox during the season. Foster finished his 2-season Brownie playing career in 1923. His lifetime BA was a respectable Punch-n-Judy .264. In 5,652 total AB's, Foster connected for only 6 homers - and I'm betting that all or most of those were the inside-the-park variety.

      Carlton William "Carl" East passes away at age 58 on January 15, 1953 in Whitesburg, GA. East was born in Mariette, GA on August 27, 1894. Bless him and salute him as another got-there short-timer. East was a BL/TR pitcher who toiled only one game for the 1915 Browns as his total MLB experience. In his one game, he started, but gave up 6 runs, 6 hits, and 2 walks in 3.1 innings of work, striking out 1. Somehow, he was spared taking an "L" for his effort, but he did dent the overall MLB ERA average by leaving a 16.22 mark on the board.

      George "Three Star" Hennessey dies on January 15, 1988 in Princeton, NJ at the age of 80. Hennessey was born on on October 28, 1907 in Slatington, PA. The BR/TR pitcher was 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA in 5 games for the 1937 Browns. Future isolated turns with the 1942 Phillies and the 1945 Cubs would leave him with a career MLB mark of 1 win, 2 losses, and a 5.21 ERA for 27.2 innings of total work. - Brownie cap tips to you, Three Star! Wish we knew how you got that nickname? Did it have anything to do with the three stars you failed to get in your three separate hitches with three separate MLB clubs?

      Today's Reference Link ...
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-15-2005, 12:12 PM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


      • Howdy from Bee County!

        Bill, you have an awesome thing going here! Really enjoyable. My road atlas (couple years old) has 'ol Beeville with a population of over 13,000. How's Floyd, Emmett & Barney doin'? "Brode" & "3 Star" are born within 15/20 miles of a town named for a famous person. Can you name him/her? I was in that area on Dec.20th. January 16 is my sons 11th birthday. We look forward to your next post.
        Whitey Ashburn's free plug on radio when he was hungry...." Happy birthday to the Celebrese twins....Plain and Pepperoni. "


        • Howdy from Bee County!

          Bill, you have an awesome thing going here! Really enjoyable. My road atlas (couple years old) has 'ol Beeville with a population of over 13,000. How's Floyd, Emmett & Barney doin'? "Brode" & "3 Star" are born within 15/20 miles of a town named for a famous person. Can you name him/her? I was in that area on Dec.20th. January 16 is my sons 11th birthday. We look forward to your next post.
          - Rich
          Thanks for the comps, Rich! :atthepc I'm having the time of my life with this little daily trip into Browns history and I'm glad to know that some of you are enjoying the journey with me.

          Unless there's a serious flaw in my 41-year old Rand McNally Atlas, I think you may be asking about Jim Thorpe, PA. Thorpe was a great athlete, but he's proof again that baseball truly is the most challenging sport. As John McGraw and the Giants soon enough learned, Thorpe couldn't hit a good curve ball.

          Jim Thorpe would've felt right at home with
          the St. Louis Browns. His career BA was .252
          with the Giants, Red, & Braves from 1913-1919.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


          • January 16th

            January 16, 1905: 1 Player X 4 Teams X 1 Year = Satchel Nobody.

            ]It wasn't this easy for Frank Huelsman!

            Frank (Who dat?) Huelsman. The guy had to be living out of his suitcase for the rest of his life after all of this happened. Between May 1904 and January 1905, outfielder Frank Huelsman (briefly) of the Browns was traded or sold 4 times to 4 different clubs:

            May 30, 1904: Chicago White Sox sell Huelsman to the Detroit Tigers.

            June 16, 1904: Detroit Tigers sell Huelsman to the St. Louis Browns.

            July 14, 1904: St. Louis Browns "loan" Huelsman to the Washington Senators as part of a trade that sends Hunter Hill to the Senators in exchange for Charlie Moran.

            January 16, 1905: The Browns reclaim the "loaned" Huelsman from Washington and send him, along with outfielder Jesse Burkett, to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder George Stone. Boston then sends Huelsman back to Washington in payment for Stone. (Adding to the same day convolution, George Stone had gone from Washington to Boston to St. Louis in the same deal. Washington ends up with an unspecified amount of cash and the right to keep the merry-go-rounding Huelsman at the end of the day.) - Got it? - This is Huelsman's 4th different club in eight months. His ownership by four American League teams in less than one year's time (no matter how technical the Boston tour was) will not be matched until Paul Lehner does it again in 1951. - Even though Lehner has a Brownie history, please don't ask me about that one this morning.

            Births on January 16

            Some of our January 16th Natality/Fatality
            Brownies Have A Lot In Common With This Guy.

            James Oscar "Jim" Murray is born on January 16, 1878 in Galveston, Texas. The rare BR/TL (batting/throwing combo) outfielder gets into 31 games for the 1911 Browns. His 19 for 102 (.186 BA) performance proves anything but rare for Brownie short-timers. In fact, averages below Mendoza are usually what makes for short-time MLB-life by regular position players. Murray also had brief trials with other clubs in 1902 and 1914, ending with a career BA of .202. He will die at age 67 in Galveston on April 25, 1945. A Brownie cap tip and God Bless, Jim Murray!

            Joseph Peter "Joe" Kutina is born on January 16, 1885 in Chicago. The BR/TR 1st baseman hits .222 in 95 games for the 1911-1912 Browns and is then gone forever from the big leagues. Kutina will live to age 60. He will pass away in his home town of Chicago on April 13, 1945. A Brownie cap tip and God Bless to you too, Joe Kutina!

            Albert Theodore "Allie" Moulton continues our parade of Brownie short-timers born on this date. Moulton was born on January 16, 1886 in Medway, Massachusetts. He went 4 for 15 (.067 BA) as a 2nd baseman for the 1911 Browns and then disappeared. Well, he didn't exactly disappear as Claude Rains did in "The Invisible Man", but .... you know what I mean. - Bye, bye, Mr. BR/TR Got-There-Guy! - A tip of the BC and God Bless! - Moulton lives to age 82 before passing away on July 10, 1968 in Peabody, Massachusetts.

            Raymond William "Ray" Jansen is born on January 16, 1889 in St. Louis. I love guys who do things like this right before they summarily vanish. In his only big league game ever, St. Louisan Ray Jansen, a BR/TR 3rd baseman, goes 4 for 5 for the Browns in a game played on September 30, 1910 - and then just leaves forever with his career .800 BA intact for all time. After a performance like that one, you would think that the day would've ended with everyone loving local boy Raymond for much longer, but it was not to be. For whatever reason now lost in the harder-to-find cracks in baseball's history wall, Ray Jansen never played another big league game. He died on March 19, 1934 in St. Louis at the age of 45. A great big Brownie Cap Tip and God Bless to you and your 4 singles in one day.

            George Aloys "Showboat" Fisher is born on January 16, 1899 in Wesley, Iowa. The BL/TR outfielder played 4 part-time years in the majors (1923-1924, Senators), (1930, Cardinals), (Browns, 1932) with only one of those years producing anything to showboat about. Fisher went 95 for 254 (.374 BA) and 8 homers for the '30 Cards. He fell flat two years later, going 4 for 22 (.182 BA) for the '32 Browns in his big league swan song. His career BA for a total of 340 games was .335, thanks to that one season with the Cardinals. Otherwise, it was lights out on The Showboat. Fisher lived to age 95, passing from this earth on May 5, 1994 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A big BCT & GB to you too, Slugger Showboat. - That lifetime .335 BA "ain't too shabby."

            Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean

            He started as a Cardinal,
            But he finished as a Brown!

            Dizzy Dean is born on January 16, 1910 in Lucas, Arkansas. At last, we have a Brownie short-timer who was also a lot more than a got-there-guy. Ole Diz built a 150-83 record as a Cardinal and Cub on his way to a Hall of Fame career (1930-1941), but he came out of the announcer's booth to appear in one more game for the Browns as a gate-pumping starter on September 28, 1947. Dizzy went 4 innings that day, giving up no runs, 3 hits, and 1 walk on his way to permanent retirement. He had no "K"s and was not involved in the decision of his only Browns appearance. American treasure Dizzy Dean passed away at the age of 64 on July 17, 1974 in Reno, Nevada. - God bless you, Diz, and thanks for reminding us all those times on tv that, no matter what, "It's a great day for baseball!"

            Henry Monroe "Henry" McDonald is born on January 16, 1911 in Santa Monica, California.

            Old McDonald had no form,
            And he didn't last long.

            The BR/TR pitcher was 0 and 4 for the 1933 Browns after coming over from the A's early in the season, where he had attained a 1-1 record with Philly. McDonald went 2 and 4 in his only previous season for the '31 A's, leaving the majors with a career mark of 3-9 and ERA of 5.87. After 1932 he was gone. McDonald went "E-Eye-E-Eye-Oh" at the age of 81 in Hemet, California on October 17, 1982. - BCT/GB, Mr. McDonald.

            Deaths on January 16

            Claude R. "Claude" Rossman passes away on January 16, 1928 in Poughkeepsie, New York at the age of 46. The BL/TL 1st baseman/outfielder had a 4-year (1904, 1906-1909) career in MLB and he hit .283 with 3 HR's. In his only time as a Brown at the end of his career, he went 1 for 8 in 2 games for the 1909 Browns and was then gone-for-good. - Claude Rossman was born on June 17, 1881 in Philmont, New York,

            Bailey Earl "Earl" Clark dies at age 30 on January 16, 1938 in Washington, DC. The BR/TR outfielder hit .291 over his career (1927-1934) and played his last season as a Brown for the '34 club, hitting only .171 in 13 games. I'm not aware of the reason for his early demise without further research. Clark was was born on November 6, 1907 in Washington, DC, the place also of his death. Most of his career was spent with the Braves. God rest your soul, Earl Clark. You did more in 30 years than most people I've met. - Oh yeah, a BCT to you too!

            James Thomas "Jimmy (with 2 'm's)" Williams passes from this earth on January 16, 1965 at age 88 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The BR/TR infielder hit for a .275 BA and racked up 1,507 hits over the course of his 1899-1909 career. Jimmy played his last two big league seasons as a Brown (1908-1909). Williams was born in St. Louis on December 20, 1876. - BCT, Jimmy Two M's!

            William Chester "Baby Doll" Jacobson

            With a face like that, you had to call him "Baby Doll"! Just kidding. He actually got the name from a fan who called him "Baby Doll" during and after a big minor league game he played prior to reaching the majors. Others picked up the call and it stuck.

            William Chester "Baby Doll" Jacobson dies at age 86 on January 16, 1977 in Orion, Illinois. Baby Doll (BR/TR) was one of the greats in Brownie lore, holding down center field for the great 1922 club and batting .317 in a year that was slightly down from his usual performance. Jacobson hit over .300 on 7 occasions during his Browns career (1915-1926), with his .355 mark in 1920 standing as the high water mark. Over the trail of his entire career (1915-1927), Baby Doll finished with a .311 BA and 1,714 hits. WIth more players like Baby Doll Jacobson in our past, the Browns might've fared far better over time. Baby Doll was born in Cable, Illinois on August 16, 1890. 355 BCT's to you, oh handsome Baby Doll!

            Today's reference link ...
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 07-17-2005, 08:49 AM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


            • January 17th

              January 17, 1937: A Hornsby Doghouse Deal.

              "Can I come out now, Mr. Hornsby?"

              In a move today that seems arguably even, based on the 1936 statistical surface, the St. Louis Browns make the following trade wth the Cleveland Indians:

              To Cleveland from The Browns: outfielder Moose Solters (.291 BA, 134 RBI); shortstop Lyn Lary (.289 BA, 339 PO, 495 A); and pitcher Ivy Andrews (7-12, 4.84 ERA).

              To The Browns from Cleveland: outfielder Joe Vosmik (.287, 94 RBI); shortstop Bill Knickerbocker (.294 BA, 313 PO, 486 A); and pitcher Oral Hildebrand (10-11, 4.90).

              Scratching the surface deeper, we find that the Browns gave up their leading RBI man in Solters, who also had 40 more RBI than Vosmik, the guy they got on exchange for him. The Browns also gave up the American League leader in put outs (PO) and assists (A) by a shortstop in letting go of Lyn Lary. Finally, the Browns surrendered their lowest ERA (earned run average) pitcher in turning over Ivy Andrews to the Indians.

              Want to go a little deeper for what is, perhaps, the real reason behind this deal? The three departing Brownies are termed "real playboys" by manager Rogers Hornsby.

              Who got the better deal here, the Browns or the Indians? Well, roll out those MacMillan's, folks, and decide for yourselves.

              Births on January 17

              William R. "Pete" Johns is born on January 17, 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio. The BR/TR utility man went only 16 for 89 (.180 BA) for the 1918 Browns and only slightly better three years earlier as a 3rd baseman for the 1915 White Sox. The Browns year put the wrap on big league play for Pete Johns, tabbing out his career BA at .196 and his HR total at 0. Pete Johns will die at age 75 in his Cleveland hometown on August 9, 1964. BCT/GB, Pete Johns!

              Henry Alrives "Hank" Schmulbach is born on January 17, 1925 in East St. Louis, Illinois. Hank pinch ran his way into the Brownie family on September 27, 1943, coming into score a run too in his only appearance in a big league game. Schmulbach will pass away at age 76 in Belleville, Illinois on May 3, 2001. BCT/GB to the BL/TR guy who never got to do either in the majors.

              J. W. "Jay" Porter is born on January 17, 1933 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. J.W. broke into the majors with the Browns in 1952, hitting .252 as an outfielder/first baseman 33 games. "Jay" returned to the majors in 1955 with the Tigers. Between 1955 and 1959, Porter played every position but pitcher, shortstop, and second base for the Tigers, Indians, Senators, and Cardinals. The BR/TR utility man hit for a career BA of .228. Porter has never forgotten his Brownie roots. Jay and his lovely wife Zee live in Florida now, but they are regular attendees of the annual Browns reunion banquets in St. Louis. Porter is best recalled today as the youngest of the surviving former Browns. Even with the addition of another birthday, that record will never change. You will always be the former Brown with the most recent birthdate, J.W.

              A Brownie Cap Tip (BCT), God Bless (GB), and Happy 72nd Birthday to
              J.W. Porter this morning, - and best wishes for many, many more!

              (Hey, Zee, - take real good care of the kid today, OK?)

              Deaths on January 17

              Edward William "Rube" Kinsella dies at age 94 in Bloomington, Illinois on January 17, 1976. He was born on January 15, 1882 in Lexington, Illinois. (See the post on his January 15 birthdate for further information.)

              Ernest James "Ernie" Wingard dies at age 76 on January 17, 1977 in Prattville, Alabama. The BL/TL 4-season pitcher for the Browns (1924-1927) registered a career mark in that time of 29 wins, 43 losses, and an ERA of 4.64. The former University of Alabama player was born on October 17, 1900 in the same little town where he passed away, Prattville, Alabama. BCT/GB, Ernie!

              An Out-Of-The-Browns-Family Salute!

              Happy 100th Birthday, Raymond Lee Cunningham!

              Raymond Lee Cunningham
              World's Oldest Former
              Major League Player!

              January 17, 2005: The oldest living former major leaguer was a Cardinal, not a Brown. The Texas Baseball Hall of Fame recently honored Raymond Lee Cunningham with a special plaque of celebration for his long life in baseball and the media attention to him in Houston this weekend has been wonderful. Cunningham lives in a Pearland, Texas nursing home in the suburbs of Houston.

              Here's a link to an article that writer Mickey Herskowitz wrote on Cunningham for the Saturday, January 15th, Houston Chronicle. On this upbeat note, have a great and rousing Monday, Brownie fans! :atthepc


              Today's Reference Links ...

              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-17-2005, 06:07 PM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


              • January 18th

                January 18, 1950: No Brownie He.

                Never a Brown, but red white, and blue.
                They threw out the mold when Feller was through.

                After going 26-15 in 1946, 20-11 in 1947, and 19-15 in 1948, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians played the 1949 season for $65,000. Because he finished the 1949 season with a disappointing record of 15-14, The Indians' Bob Feller agrees to terms today on his 1950 season contract. At his own suggestion, Feller takes a $20,000 pay cut to $45,000.

                There is no record of any Browns pitcher ever offering to take a salary cut of those proportions based on a 15-14 record in the previous season. There is also no record of a 15-14 mark ever being considered mediocre by Browns standards.

                Finally, although I rarely go outside the Browns family to post anything else here, I musk ask about Feller: What planet were he and the others like him born on back in the old days? Imagine what a 15-14 mark will get a free agent pitcher in 2005.

                Births on January 18

                None. Zero. Nada. In the stars? Just one of those things? Either way, the birth of new future Browns on January 18th in any year simply didn't happen.

                Deaths on January 18

                Reeve Stewart "Rip" McKay passes away in Dallas, Texas on January 18, 1946 at the age of 64.

                Rip McKay Had Short-Time
                In Common With The Man
                Who Made Eye-Blink MLB
                Careers Romantically Famous.

                Rip McKay is another member of our Brownie Chapter in the Pretty-Near-To-Moonlight-Graham-Status Society. For those few of you who may not know about the legendary Graham, he was the famous player for the New York Giants who got to play the 9th inning in right field on June 29, 1905 as a defensive replacement. He accepted no chances in the field, never came to bat, and never returned to play in any other game. His whole career was a five-minute stand in right field, a moment in baseball time that only served to get him into the box score once - but into all future baseball encyclopedias for all time. Graham left baseball to study medicine and spent the rest of his life as a doctor in Minnesota. In the movie, "Field of Dreams," the life of Moonlight Graham was played out in fiction by actor Burt Lancaster. As we get into the bare and sparse particulars on our boy "Rip", here's a link to more information on his more famous predecessor, Moonlight Graham. ...


                Rip Mckay was a righthanded pitcher who threw one inning for the Browns on October 2, 1915, a date that tells us almost certainly that it was the last date of the season. In his one inning of work, McKay gave up 1 earned run on 1 hit for no record, but a career ERA of 9.00. McKay was born in Morgan, Texas on November 16, 1881. - BCT/GB to you, Rip!

                Raymond Lincoln "Ray" Kennedy passes away at the age of 63 on January 18, 1969 in Casselberry, Florida. (Speaking of Moonlight Graham!) Kennedy got one time at bat for the Browns on September 8, 1916. The oppositon retired the righthanded batter and that was it for Kennedy's big league career. He also threw righthanded, but he never took the field in the big leagues to use that part of his game. Ray Kennedy was born on May 19, 1895 in Pittsburgh. - BCT/GB to you too, Ray!

                Peter William "Pete" or "Jake" Appleton dies on January 18, 1974 in Trenton, NJ at the age of 69. The BR/TR pitcher had a career (1927-1945) record of 57 wins, 66 losses, and an ERA of 4.30. Pete played for several clubs. He was 1-1 with the 1942 Browns and then 0-0 with the St. Louis AL club in 1945, following the end of WWII. Moving over to the Senators from the Browns in 1945, Appleton recorded his last big league win without adding anything to the loss column. Pete Appleton was born on May 20, 1904 in Terryville, Connecticut. He played ball for the University of Michigan prior to starting his prefessional career.

                Today's Reference Links ...

                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 05-20-2005, 05:33 AM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                • January 19th

                  January 19, 2005: No Browns Reunion In 2005. Most of us who belong to the St. Louis Browns Historical Society received the following e-mail announcement yesterday from Browns Fan Club board member Bill Borst. Borst is also the 1984 founder of the BFC and the club's first president. On the heels of this decision, 2005 becomes the first year there will be no Brownie reunion banquet since 1984, but we do expect to pick it up again in 2006:

                  Bill Borst
                  BFC Founder

                  Bad News:

                  It is with a heavy heart that I must explain the absence of what Erv Fischer has always called the Brownie Gala Dinner. This past May 20th, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the club's foundation. It marked our 23rd dinner and that is a lot of food for such a small group as ours. While the players have continued to amaze us with their enthusiasm and dedication to the team's historical memory, the attendance from the membership and outsiders has been lackluster the past few years. Since we have always maintained a tight ship on these affairs, our profit margin has been very low. The players can tell you we have not adorned them with the ultimate of posh accommodations or large stipends. In fact there never have been any stipends, at least that I know of. The players buy their own dinners, and maybe a few drinks, as do the board members, Fred, Erv, Bill and Bud. Since 1994 we planned to phase out the dinners but the demand, especially from the players, was just too overwhelming to ignore. And it has been great. That is until now. We are reading the handwriting on the wall. The truth is that without the team's No #1 Fan, Arthur Richman, we would have folded the dinner tables a long time ago.

                  While the Pop Flies have been getting fewer and fewer, they have been growing in width and breadth. Ronnie Joyner has done an exception job in researching and writing about every available aspect of the team's past and present. No one can match him and buddy Bill Bozeman in graphic arts. Nobody! Each issue costs us about $2500 to produce. The dues revenues just has not been enough to keep ahead of the game and without the dinner this year, we have a possible short fall staring us in the face. So if the club and eventually the dinners are to stay afloat, we need your financial support in terms of dues, tax-deductible donations and maybe even an ad or two or three. There still seems to be a lot of life left in the Browns. Keep us alive in 2005.

                  St. Louis: January 19, 2005 Bill Borst: Founder and 1st President
                  The announcement came as a disappointment, but hardly as a surprise. The four founding members of the Browns Fan Club (Bill Borst, Erv Fischer, Fred Heger, and Bud Kane) have been carrying the weight of running the club and staging the banquets for twenty years. The club could use some infusion of more people who are willing to put their time and money into the preservation of Browns history.

                  For a $25.00 per year membership alone, members receive one of the finest semi-annual newsletters in old-time baseball fandom. Produced by the club through the outstanding creativity of Ronnie Joyner and Bill Bozman, Pop Flies is filled with the best writing on Browns history that you will ever find in hard copy form.

                  If you would like to support the survival of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society, please consider buying a membership or making some above-and beyond financial contribution to the cause. If you are interested, please contact the BFC's membership person, Bud Kane, by e-mail or snail mail, at the following addresses. Bud will be happy to answer any questions you may have:

                  Bud Kane, Treasurer
                  St. Louis Browns Fan Club
                  443 Fieldcrest Drive
                  Webster Groves, MO 63119

                  e-mail: [email protected]

                  End of non-commercial commercial. :atthepc

                  Births on January 19

                  Raymond Allen "Rip" Radcliff is born on January 19, 1906 in Kiowa, Oklahoma. The BL/TL outfielder/first baseman will record a fine career BA of .311 from 1934 to 1943 for the White Sox, Browns, and Tigers. Rip has an outstanding first and only full year with the 1940 Browns, banging out 200 hits for a .342 average. He did too well. On May 19, 1941, only 19 games into the 1941 season, the Browns deal Rip Radcliff to the Detroit Tigers for $25,000 cash. Once again, we see a familiar, frustrating, but reality-bound pattern in Browns trading history: When money talks, talent walks. - Radcliff will pass away in Enid, Oklahoma on May 23, 1962 at the age of 56.

                  Deaths on January 19

                  The St. Louis Browns received a pass on planet departures today. No Browns player ever died on January 19th in any year.

                  Today's Reference Link ...
                  Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-19-2005, 06:52 AM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                  • January 20th

                    Births on January 20

                    William James Was a Famous Psychologist,
                    But This "Ain't" Him or That Math Fellow Who
                    Now Analyzes Stats for the Boston Red Sox.

                    William Henry "Bill" James is born on January 20, 1887 in Detroit. Unlike his much-later-born, more famous namesake, this Bill James will offer no complex sabermetric explanations for the field results of his career. (For that matter, neither will I - except to conclude that he must have been pretty good to have lasted as long and won as many games as he did.) The BB/TR pitcher from St. Mary's University will live to have a five-team big league career (1911-1919) in which he will win 65 games, lose 71, and hang up a 3.20 ERA. "Big BIll" at 6'4" will become a physical Gulliver among the Lilliputians of the later stage deadball era. He will work for the Browns in 1914 and 1915, winning 22 and losing 24, but he will also post his major league high in wins for a season in 1914 with a record of 15 wins and 14 losses. Bill James will die on May 25, 1942 in Venice, California at the age of 55. Go figure.

                    Earl Leonard "Earl" Smith is born on January 20, 1891 in Oak Hill, Ohio. The BB/TR bench outfielder/3rd baseman will go on to a career (1916-1922) BA of .272, mostly as a Brown (1917-1921). Smith's best year will also be the only year he breaks the century mark in games played. In 103 games and 353 AB's for the 1920 Browns, Smith will hit .306. Nicknamed "Sheriff" - presumably for his arresting presence on the field - Earl Smith will pass away on March 14, 1943 In Portsmouth, Ohio at the age of 52.

                    Isaac "Ike" Danning is born on on January 20, 1905 in Los Angeles. The BR/TR is destined to bcome another short-timer in the legendary history of the franchise. Danning will go 3 for 6 in 2 games as a catcher for the 1928 Browns and that will become his big league career wrap. After 1928, Danning will take his .500 career BA and ride off into the sunset. The Browns will like Ike. They simply won't like him enough to keep him around. - Ike Danning will die on March 30, 1983 in Santa Monica, California at the age of 78. - BCT/GB, Ike Danning!

                    Herman Alexander "Herm" Holshouser is born on January 20, 1907 in Rockwell, North Carolina. The BR/TR pitcher will work 62.1 innings and post a 0-1, 7.80 ERA record for the 1930 Browns and then ride off into the sunrise from the big leagues. (Herm cannot take the usual sunset ride to celebrate the short life and abrupt end of his big league career. Remember, Herm's home is in North Carolina. You can't get there from St. Louis very quickly by riding off into the sunset. ) The also former University of North Carolina hurler will die on July 26, 1994 im Concord, North Carolina at the age of 87. - BCT/GB, Herm Holshouser!

                    Deaths on January 20

                    R. Emmet "Snags" Heidrick dies on January 20, 1916 in Clarion, PA at the age of 39. (The cause of his early death is unknown to me without further research,) The BL/TR infielder/outfielder hurled one inning for the 1902 first-season Browns club, but he started at shortstop regularly and batted .289 in 110 games and 447 AB's. Overall, "Snags" Heidrick played three straight years for the Browns as a starter from 1902 to 1904, moving from short to center field in the latter two seasons. After a three-year break from the big leagues, "Snags" returned to finish his career by playing in 25 games for the 1908 Browns. Over his total career (1898-1908), Heidrick registered a very respectable .300 BA in 3,047 total times AB. - "Snags" Heidrick was born in Queenstown, PA on July 9, 1876.

                    Oliver Daniel "Ollie" Pickering dies on January 20, 1952 in Vincennes, Indiana at the age of 81. The BL/TR outfielder hit for a total BA of .272 in an 8-year career that stretched over time from 1896 to 1908. Ollie hit .276 in his one full season as a starter for the 1907 Browns. - Pickering was born on April 9, 1870 in Olney, Illinois.

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                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                    • January 21st

                      January 21, 1916: Yankees Bring Future Browns
                      "Black Sox Scandal Figure" Back To Big Leagues.

                      Joe Gedeon: 1919 Fix's "9th Man Out" was a
                      St. Louis Browns fringe player (oxymoron?).

                      It looks like another simple player transaction among several the Yankees make with minor league clubs today. On face. it is. New York buys infielder Joe Gedeon from Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League. Gedeon already has a couple of weak cups of coffee with the 1913-1914 Senators under his belt, so he's not a total greenhorn as he joins the 1916 Yankees. After two weak-hitting seasons with the Yankees (1916-1917), New York will deal Joe Gedeon, Les Nunamker, Nick Cullop, and Urban Shocker to the Browns on January 22, 1918 in exchange for Eddie Plank, Del Platt, and $15,000 cash.

                      Gedeon becomes one of the players who learns about (or is invited into) the search for financial backing of the 1919 World Series fix. Although the evidence is never heard by the Chicago grand jury investigating the eight Chicago White Sox and their line of connection to New York gambling kingpin Arnold Rothstein, it is well known to White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, manager Kid Gleason, and others that a group of midwestern gamblers also were working to get a piece of the action initiated by New York criminals.

                      "The leaders of this crew were East St. Louis theater owner Harry Redmon, St. Louis blouse maker Carl Zork, St. Louis mule dealer Ben Franklin and two Des Moines bookies, the brothers Ben and Lou Levi. They had been apprised of the pickings through (gambler & ex-boxer Abe) Attell's relationship with his former manager Zork. Their intermediary was St. Louis Browns infielder Joe Gedeon." - excerpt from "The Black Prince of Baseball: Hal Chase and The Mythology of The Game" (2004) by Donald Dewey and Nicholas Acocella (page 331).
                      JOE GEDEON: Second baseman for the St. Louis Browns and close friend of Swede Risberg. Gedeon received a telegram from Risberg tipping him off to the fix and was present during one of the meetings held between the players and gamblers. Gedeon testified in the trial that he had placed $700 on the Reds after learning of the fix. He was expelled from professional baseball for having "guilty knowledge" of the fix.
                      - excerpt from

                      Joe Gedeon ... from
                      When a Chicago jury returns a verdict of not guilty against the eight White Sox players indicted and tried for the fix on August 2, 1921, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ignores the verdict and bans the players from organized baseball for life based on evidence well-known in the allegedly lost confessions, plus a lot of other depositional material and hearsay that never came up in court during the criminal trial. The information about Joe Gedeon weighed into the decision of Judge Landis.

                      As a result, Joe Gedeon became the "9th Man Out" for his alleged misuse of the knowledge he bore about the impending fix of the 1919 World Series and for his supposed role as the intermediary for the midwestern gambling group. Landis also life-bans the light-hitting St. Louis Brown from organized baseball after the 1920 season, even though it appears now that Joe Gedeon was no more guilty than several other players who were ignored by the wrath (or spurious, uneven political agenda) of Judge Landis.

                      If you haven't read the book quoted above, you owe it to your knowledge of baseball history to do so. It is a fair exposition of the cobweb life spun by the infamous Hal Chase - and of the gambling sub-culture that made the 1919 World Series Scandal such an easy development during those times.

                      Arnold Rothstein: Was A.R. really
                      the principal "banker" behind the
                      1919 World Series Fix?

                      For an even broader look at the gambling/gangster culture that maintained company with such early baseball notables as John McGraw, you may enjoy reading this fascinating biography of the dark shadowy figure who will always be implicated as the bankrolling "fixer" of the 1919 World Series. The book is entitled: Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed The 1919 World Series (Carroll & Graf, New York, 2003) by David Pietrusza.

                      Births on January 21

                      Bernard Anthony "Bernie" Boland is born on January 21, 1892 in Rochester, New York. In a 7-year pitching career (1915-1921), Bernie hurls 6 years for the Tigers and then finishes his career as a BR/TR guy by posting a 1-4 record with the 1921 Browns. Overall, Boland's record in the big leagues is 68 wins, 53 losses, and an ERA of 3.25. Boland will die on September 12, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 81.

                      Deaths on January 21

                      Russell Lee "Russ" Bauers passes away on January 21, 1995 in Hines, Illinois at the age of 84. The BL/TR pitcher achieved a career (1936-1941, 1946, 1950) MLB record of 31 wins, 30 losses, and an ERA of 3.53. As a twilight flickering member of the 1950 Browns, Bauers pitched 2 innings, had no W/L record, and registered an ERA of 4.50. - Russ Bauers was born on May 10, 1914 in Townsend, Wisconsin.

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                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                      • January 22nd

                        January 22, 1935: Browns Bump Hadley To Senators.

                        Bump Hadley: His tenures with the Senators & Browns
                        Were Just Bumps in the Road on his way to New York.

                        The St. Louis Browns trade pitcher Bump Hadley to the Washington Senators for catcher Luke Sewell. The Browns immediately send future manager Sewell to the Chicago White Sox for cash. How much cash the Browns got this time, I don't know. All I know is - if "cash" were the name of a player, he'd be the guy that the Browns were always working to acquire.

                        Bump Hadley was 10-16 with a 4.35 ERA for the 1934 Browns and 38-56 in his three seasons (1932-1934) with the club. In going to Washington, Hadley returns to the franchise where he broke in and pitched for 6 years (1926-1931). Bump had a brief 3-game stint with the White Sox in early 1932 before coming over to the Browns. Hadley's consecutive 20-loss seasons for the Browns in 1932-33) are no negative measurement of his pitching ability. On bad clubs, guys with the greatest ability simply get more chances to lose. - In spite of the many years he spent with the Browns and Senators, Bump Hadley almost finishes his career (1926-1941) with a .500 record at 161 wins and 165 losses. His salvation will be a trade from Washington that sends him to the Yankees for the last 6 years of his career (1936-1941). During that time, righthander Hadley gets to work in three consecutive World Series (1936-1938), chalking up 2 wins and 1 loss for his baseball resume. - It's a good thing for Bump Hadley that the Browns loved cash. - Our 2nd division club could've given him the opportunity to lose 20 games a season for several more years - had he remained a Brown.

                        Births on January 22

                        "I'm not that old!"
                        - Tom Jones, singer.

                        Thomas "Tom" Jones (not the singer) is born on January 22, 1877 in Honesdale, PA. The BR/TR 1st baseman / infielder / outfielder will post a career BA of .251 from 1902 to 1910. He is with the Browns from 1904 to 1909. During the deadball era, a 1st baseman wasn't burdened with the power expectations that go with that position in the early 21st century. It's a good thing for Tom Jones that was the case. In 3,847 career AB's, Jones managed only 4 home runs. - Jones will pass away on June 19, 1923 in Danville, PA at the age of 46.

                        Bobby Young

                        Robert George "Bobby" Young is born on January 22, 1925 in Granite, Maryland. The BL/TR 2nd baseman holds down that position full-time for the last three Browns clubs (1951-1953), hitting in the range of his career BA of .249 for the whole big league stretch he runs from 1948 to 1958. Young is not only one of the last Browns in 1953, he also will become one of the first Baltimore Orioles because of the 1954 franchise move. - Bobby Young will die on January 28, 1985 in Baltimore, MD at the age of 60.

                        Deaths on January 22

                        The Great Ken Williams took the HR Crown
                        from Babe Ruth in '22 with a Career High 39.

                        Kenneth Roy "Ken" Williams passes away on January 22, 1959 in his birthplace hometown of Grants Pass, Oregon at the age of 68. Williams was one of the great Browns in franchise history and a major player in the 1922 club's near-miss run at the American League title. In good company with Brownie Immortal George Sisler at 1st base, beautiful Baby Doll Jacobson in center field, and electrifying mound ace Urban Shocker, the lefty swinging/righty throwing Ken Williams anchored left field for the '22 Browns and hit .332. Ken Williams led the American League in homers in 1922 with 39 - and also in RBIs with 155. Williams not only bested Babe Ruth's 35 long balls that season, but he also took the measure of the Athletics' Tilly Walker, who came in 2nd with 37 homers. - Ken Williams finished his big league career (1915-1929) with a BA of .319. His best years were with the Browns (1918-1927). - Williams was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on June 28, 1890. - Thank you, Ken Williams, for being one of the legendary men who contributed most to the brightest era in our club's history. You made the early 1920's a time of hope for Browns fans - even if that hope did eventually fail to get us into the World Series.

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                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                        • January 23rd

                          Biggest Upset In 1st Half of 20th Century, My Foot!

                          "I upset a few people too, but I did my surprising work in the
                          2nd half of the 20th century. I do hold the record for most
                          times at bat by a vertically challenged person in the big
                          leagues. That is, if you don't include Freddie Patek."

                          ... Eddie Gaedel

                          January 23, 1950: AP Picks 1914 Boston Braves. The Associated Press picks the "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as the greatest sports upset in the 20th century. In deference to the fact that even the great and powerful AP had no power to select the greatest sports upset of the 20th century at not even the technical mid-point in time, I would life to tongue-in-cheek offer that the greatest sports upsets of the first 50 years in the 20th century were all moments and events in the history of our beloved St. Louis Browns. Some of these "upsets" were caused directly by the Browns. Others came about implicitly because of the Browns. - Here are my humble five offerings:

                          Greatest St. Louis Browns Upsets: 1900-1950.

                          1901: American League Survives. In spite of starting their first year without the presence of the St. Louis Browns, the American League surprises all the smart money and survives the 1901 season without folding. To save themselves from pure reliance upon blind luck of surviving again in 1902, Ban Johnson, president of the American League, makes sure that the Milwaukee Brewers are sold to St. Louis interests and relocated to the Mound City as the Browns in the league's second season. The rest is history. The American League survived.

                          1919: Browns Survive Loss of Rickey for 34 Years. In a classic fallout of ego over intelligence, new Browns owner Phil Ball chases baseball genius Branch Rickey from the Browns to the same town rival Cardinals. Rickey will proceed to apply his keen eye for talent and his ideas for an innovative farm system into a package that makes big winners of the Cardinals and big losers at the gate for the Browns. Ultimately, more than any other factor, it is the loss of Rickey to the Cardinals that dooms the Browns in St. Louis. - The real upset here is that it took the Browns 34 years (1919-1953) to die slowly as a franchise without any serious chance of winning and making money on a regular basis.

                          1922: Ken Williams Takes HR Crown from Babe Ruth. As we covered yesterday on the anniversary of his death, Ken Williams of the Browns knocked out Babe Ruth as the American League home run leader by posting 39 to 37 by Tilly Walker and 35 by Ruth. From 1919 to 1924, Ruth led the league in homers every year, except 1922. His 5 out of 6 mark was kept from perfection by the 1922 Williams upset.

                          1935: Browns Survive Worst Season Gate. In spite of drawing only 80,922 fans to Sportsman's Park to watch them finish 7th, the Browns will come back and play the 1936 season.

                          1944: Browns Win 1st & Only AL Pennant. In spite of dire predictions to the contrary that it would never happen, the St. Louis Browns win their first and only American League pennant. The Browns could've added lustre to their accomplishment by taking the World Series that year, but the St. Louis Cardinals got in the way, taking the thing in six games.

                          That's it for now on the editorial side. Once more - please forgive me. I've got too much time on my hands this morning. Let's move on to factual matters of Brownie natality and fatality.

                          Births on January 23

                          Jack Powell (above) & Red Donahue
                          Each won 22 Games for the '02 Browns
                          During the club's 1st Year in St. Louis!

                          Francis Rostell "Red" Donahue is born on January 23, 1873 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Red Donahue becomes a BR/TR pitcher whose career bridges its way from the 19th to the 20th century. In fact, Red is one of those rare guys who plays for the "old" Browns (the ones who re-named themselves the Cardinals at the turn of the 20th century) and the "new" Browns (our Browns, the guys from Milwaukee, the AL ones who came to St. Louis in 1902 to compete with the NL Cards as the true Browns). Donahue will play with the "old" Browns for parts of three seasons from 1895 to 1897. Red will join the "real" Browns in 1902 and deliver a 22-11, 2.76 ERA record to the club's first season in St. Louis. With teammate Jack Powell kicking in a 22-17, 3.21 ERA to accompany Donahue's mark, the future of the first year/second place 1902 AL Browns looks a lot brighter than it turns out to be. Add to the irony of the Browns starting their existence with two 20-game winners the fact that both men previously had pitched for the "old" (not the real) St. Louis Browns. - Red Donahue will finish his total career (1893-1906) with a record of 165 wins, 175 losses, and an ERA of 3.61. Red is 30-18 during his two seasons (1902-1903) with the first two Browns clubs. - Red Donahue also will play for Villanova University prior to hs professional career. - After baseball, Red dies young - for reasons unknown to me here without further research. Red Donahue will pass away at the age of 40 in Philadelphia on August 25, 1913.

                          Mack Pendleton "Mack" Allison is born on January 23, 1887 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Allison will pitch for the Browns during three seasons (1911-1913), and that tenure will represent his total big league career. Mack (BR/TR) will post a complete record of 8 wins, 21 losses, and an ERA of 3.17 Mack Allison will live to see age 77. He will pass from this earth on March 13, 1964 in Mount Vernon, Missouri.

                          William John "Billy" Mullen is born on January 23, 1896 in St. Louis. Mullen's 36-game big league career spans 5 seasons and it includes 2 stops with the Browns (1920-1921, 1928). Mullen is BR/TR utility infielder who will hit for a career (1920-1928) average of .220 (11 for 50). Only one of Billy's 11 hits is for extra bases and that one is a double. Billy Mullen will die in his home town of St. Louis on May 4, 1971 at the age of 74. - BCT/GB, Billy Mullen!

                          Deaths on January 23

                          Elmer Young "Shook" Brown died on January 23, 1955 in Indianapolis at the age of 71. Brown was a BL/TR pitcher whose big league career (1911-1915) started with two years as a St. Louis Brown. I'm not sure if Brown brought his nickname, "Shook," to the Browns - or if he got it because he pitched for the Browns. - "Shook" Brown's career pitching record made a convenience stop at 7-11. To go with those wins and losses, Shook's career ERA was 3.48. Shook Brown was born on August 25, 1883 in Southport, Indiana.

                          Clarence Francis "Heinie" Mueller dies at age 75 in DeSoto, Missouri on January 23, 1975. The longtime Cardinal, Giant, and Brave (1920-1929) for some reason came back to play 16 games for the 1935 Browns, going for 5 for 27 (.182) in a far-from-stellar icing of an otherwise fine bench-guy career cake. The lefty utility outfielder had a complete BA mark of .282, but he never played more than 92 games in any of his 11 major league seasons. - Mueller was born on September 16, 1899 in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

                          Today's Reference Link ...
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-25-2005, 08:58 AM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                          • January 24th

                            January 24, 1939: Sisler Gets "Call To Hall".

                            George The Greatest!

                            The greatest St. Louis Brown ever, George Sisler, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Sisler got the nod, along with Eddie Collins and Wee Willie Keeler, by a wide approval vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. To get into the Baseball HOF, a candidate needs a 75% support level from the voters of the BBWAA. Of the 274 votes cast today, Sisler received 235 (85.77%) "yes" votes to lead all candidates. Collins received 213 votes (77.74%) and Keeler got 207 votes (75.55%) to follow Sisler into the Hall. - Next in line, but missing the approval cut this time were two other former Browns: Rube Waddell drew 179 votes (65.33%) and Rogers Hornsby pulled 175 votes (64.23%) to fall far short of approval. - What I'd like to know and have explained to me is simple:

                            (1.) Who were the 39 idiot writers who failed to vote for George Sisler? :noidea (and)
                            (2.) What in hell's name were these naysayers thinking?

                            Reference Link on 1939 HOF Vote ...

                            Births on January 24

                            Ernest Herman Frank "Red" Gust is born on January 24, 1888 in Bay City, Michigan. As a Moonlight Graham guy, this short-time Brownie comes with two fitting name factors. A righty all the way, "Gust" goes to bat 12 times in 3 games for the 1911 Browns and comes away with nothing. Not even the presence of three surnames and the nickname "Red" can buy poor Gust a hit that would've delivered him for all time from .000 - the worst BA ever achieved in the big leagues by an alleged 1st baseman. The only consolation is that even a .000 will get you in the record books. If you get there and don't bat, the record book gives you a --- dash in the BA space and, of course, if you never reach the big leagues, the record book treats you as though you never even existed. In this regard, 0 for 12 is better than - for - or no mention at all. Red Gust blew away from this earth on October 26, 1945 in Maupin, Oregon. He was age 57. - BCT/GB, Red Gust!

                            Clemens Johann "Clem" Dreisewerd is born on January 24, 1916 in Old Monroe, Missouri. The BL/TL pitcher has a big league career record of 6 wins, 8 losses, and a 4.54 ERA from 1944 to 1948. In his only year with the Browns, Clem goes 0 and 2 in 1948. Dreisewerd was better known for his pitching success in the high minor leagues. Time does not permit me to research that area of his career adequately this morning. Clem Dreisewerd passed away on September 11, 2001 in Ocean Sorings, Mississippi at the age of 84. Missouri and Mississippi are fairly appropriate places to start and finish life for a guy whose nickname was "Steamboat."

                            Walter Franklin "Walt" Judnich is born on January 24, 1917 in San Francisco. The BL/TL 1st baseman starts out with the Browns (1940-1942) and then goes off to WWII. He picks up with the Browns again after his military service (1946-1947) and then finishes his MLB career in limited action with the 1948 Indians and 1949 Pirates. Judnich was a good hitter, topping the .300 mark twice as a regular for the Browns and finishing his career with 90 homers and a BA of .282 for 2,786 big league AB's. - Walt Judnich will pass away on July 12, 1971 in Glendale, Arizona at age 53.

                            Deaths on January 24

                            Jonathan Thompson Walton "Tom" Zachary dies on January 24, 1969 in Burlington, North Carolina at the age of 72. Best remembered as the Washington Senators pitcher who gave up Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927, the BL/TL hurler toiled for 19 years in the big leagues (1918-1936), achieving a career mark of 186 wins, 191 losses, and an ERA of 3.73. He worked for 7 different clubs over the years, stopping off with the Browns in 1926 and part of 1927. The Browns dealt Zachary to the Senators during the 1927 season - in time for him to keep his destiny date with Babe Ruth. As a 1929 Yankee, Zachary posted an MLB record for most wins by a pitcher in an undefeated season by going 12-0. Tom Zachary was born on May 7, 1896 in Graham, North Carolina. He played ball at Guilford College prior to turning pro. Zachary was 18 and 21 in his season and a half with the Browns.

                            Earl Leslie "Earl" Jones died at age 69 on January 24, 1989 at Fresno, California. Lefty's total MLB career consisted of 10 appearance for the 1945 Browns as a reliever. He posted no record, but he did produce an impressive 2.54 ERA for his short work over 28.1 innings. - Earl Jones was born on June 11, 1919 in Fresno, California. - BCT/GB, Lefty Earl Jones!

                            Have a great new week, everybody!

                            Today's Birth/Death Record Link ...
                            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 07-12-2005, 05:20 AM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                            • January 25th

                              Births on January 25

                              Frederick Monroe "Fred" Glade is born on January 25, 1876 in Dubuque, Iowa. The BR/TR pitcher is also called "Lucky" - for reasons now lost over time. Glade has a career (1902-1908) MLB pitching record of 52 wins, 68 losses, and a quite nifty 2.62 ERA overall - not bad for a guy who pitches 4 seasons for the Browns, never allowing an ERA above 2.81. In fact, Lucky will record that 2.81 ERA in 1905, when he will win only 6 games against 25 losses. How lucky or unlucky is that? - Glade's best year in the big leagues is also his first as a Brown in 1904 when he will win 18 games, lose 15, but still stun hitters with a 2.27 ERA over 289 innings of work. - Pretty fair chunkin' for "Lucky Fred." - Glade will be laid in the shade for all time on November 21, 1934 in Grand Island, Nebraska. He will be 58 at the time of his death.

                              Leslie Grant "Les" Nunamaker

                              Les Nunamaker: A Brown of No Reknown in 1918.

                              Les Nunamaker is born on January 25, 1889 in Aurora, Nebraska. Nunamaker will play 12 years in the big leagues (1911-1922) for 4 American League clubs - and mainly as a catcher. Les will hit .268 over his career, but only .259 in 85 games in his only season as a Brown in 1918. The BR/TR Nunamaker will pass away on November 14, 1938 in Hastings, Nebraska at the age of 49.

                              George Tony "Smooth" Lyons is born on January 25, 1901 in Bible Grove, Illinois. The BR/TR hurler will pitch short-term for both St. Louis clubs, going 2 and 1 for the 1920 Cardinals and 3 and 2 for the 1924 Browns. That'll be it in the big leagues for the Bible Grove smoothie. - Lyons will pass away on August 12, 1981 in Nevada, Missouri at the age of 80.

                              Raymond Henry "Ray" Schmandt is born on January 25, 1896 in St. Louis. The BR/TR 1st sacker breaks into the big leagues with the Browns in 1915 and goes 0 for 4. Schmandt returns to the majors as a utility infielder with the Brooklyn Robins from 1918 to 1922. His career BA (including the 0fer Four with the Browns) is .269. Scmandt, who will play ball st St. Louis University prior to his pro career, will pass away in his native St. Louis hometown on February 2, 1969 at the age of 73.

                              Deaths on January 25

                              Death takes another holiday in Brownsville. :atthepc

                              Today's Reference Link ...
                              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 01-25-2005, 06:22 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                              • January 26th

                                Births on January 26

                                Bernard James "Ben" Koehler is born on January 26, 1877 in Schoerndorn, Germany. This BR/TR utility guy plays 1B, 2B, 3B, SS and CF for the 1905-1906 Browns. Unfortunately, he doesn't hit well enough to extend his MLB career beyond those two seasons. In 722 AB's during those two years with the Browns, Koehler registers a .233 BA for his efforts and then leaves the big league scene for all time. Ben Koehler will pass away in South Bend, Indiana on May 21, 1961 at the age of 84. - BCT/GB, Herr Koehler!

                                Edward Russell "Tubby" Spencer is born on January 26, 1884 in Oil City, Pennsylvania. As you may already have guessed, Tubby Spencer is a catcher. (Of note: Spencer is listed at 5'10" & 215 lbs. How many of us today could qualify for the nickname "Tubby" - if that is the dimensional baseline for the application of that unflattering descriptor?) At any rate, in a 9-year back-up role at catcher, Spencer starts with 4 years of service as a Brown (1905-1908). 1907 is Tubby's best Browns season when he hits .265 in 230 AB's. Overall (1905-1918), the portly catcher will play for 4 big league clubs and finish with a career BA of .225. Tubby will leave this world in San Francisco on February 1, 1945 at the age of 61.

                                George Franklin "George" Blaeholder

                                Weren't Those Old Browns Uniforms Great Looking?

                                George Franklin "George" Blaeholder is born on January 26, 1904 in Orange, Calfornia. From 1925 through early in the 1935 season, the BR/TR pitcher records 90 wins and 11 losses for the Browns. Moving over to the Athletics in early 1935, and then finishing his career with the 1936 Indians, George adds 14 games each to the W/L columns to finish with a career mark of 104 wins, 125 losses, and an ERA of 4.54. Blaeholder will die on December 29, 1947 in Garden Grove, California at the age of 43.

                                Robert Charles "Bob" Nieman

                                Bob Nieman, during
                                his days as an Indian.

                                Robert Charles "Bob" Nieman is born on January 26, 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Kent State graduate breaks into the big leagues with the Browns on September 14, 1951 with the Browns. Nieman marks the occasion for all time by homering in his first time at bat in the big leagues. The BR/TR outfielder will come back to play the 1952 season with Browns before moving on to the Tigers in 1953. In his big league career (1951-1962) with 7 teams, Neiman will post a total BA of .295 and place 125 HR's in the record books to his credit. Bob Nieman will die on March 10, 1985 in Corona, California at the age of 58.

                                Deaths on January 26

                                Stephen Francis "Steve" O'Neill passes away on January 26, 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio.The BR/TR catcher and former American League manager had a 17-year career (1911-1925, 1927-1928) in the big leagues and hit .263 with 13 homers. O'Neill was a back up Browns catcher for 84 games during the 1927-1928 seasons. - Steve O'Neill was born on July 6, 1891 in Minooka, Pennsylvania.

                                Chester Peter "Chet" Laabs passes away on January 26, 1983 in Warren, Michigan at the age of 70. Chet's MLB career (1937-1947) included 8 seasons as a Brown (1939-1946). As a member of the 1944 American League championship club, the BR/TR outfielder hit two homers in a victorious game against the Yankees on the last day of the season. The Browns' win over the Yankees gave the club the pennant by one game over the Detroit Tigers. Prior to Chet's big power day, he had hit only 3 homers all season in part-time action for the Browns. His big batting problem overall was the fact that he struck out a lot, but he finished his career with a BA of .262 and a golden day In Browns history that will be remembered by club fans forever. Chet Laabs was born on April 30, 1912 in Milwaukee.

                                Frank "Frankie" Pack packed it in on January 26, 2000 in Hendersonville, North Carolina at the age of 71.The BL/TR position player struck out in his only time at bat in the big leagues on June 5, 1949 in behalf of the St. Louis Browns. One AB up on the legendary Moonlight Graham, Pack surpassed Graham by getting no opportunity to play for even a single pitch in the field. As a result, his actual position went unrecorded in the sources available to our research. Bottom Line: Pack was just a 1 AB, 1 "K", and gone-for-good guy. - Frankie Pack was born on April 10, 1928 in Morristown, Pennsylvania.

                                BCT/GB, Frankie Pack!

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