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  • March 13th

    On This Date in History!

    March 13, 1960: Another Veeck Innovation!

    "If you liked my idea of putting names on uniforms, wait til you see what I have in mind for the comfort of bleacher fans!"

    - Bill Veeck

    It's been seven years since Bill Veeck owned the St. Louis Browns, but he has lost none of his innovative zeal. In contemporary terms, Veeck went beyond "thinking outside the box" to having no "box" at all. Today's new development is little more than the latest mild example as his Chicago White Sox unveil new road uniforms with the players' names placed above the number on the back of the their jerseys. - Who woulda' thunk it? - Now the fans will be able to know the visiting White Sox players on sight without having to purchase a program.

    March 13, 1953: Franchise Moves? It's a Potboiler Now!

    With the closing of the door on the Browns' move to Milwaukee, the Braves quickly enter the picture as the latest bidder to do same. With Braves owner Lou Perini already holding the minor league territorial rights to the Wisconsin city, and since Perini is not reviled, as is Veeck, odds are favorable that the National League will approve the transfer of the Braves from Boston. Of course, as this corner of the baseball world turns, the rebuffed Milwaukee suitor, Bill Veeck, already is again busy baiting his new search for tomorrow. Baltimore Mayor Tom D'Alesandro reports that negotiations with Veeck are underway to move the Browns to Maryland.

    ... Will the Braves find love in Milwaukee?

    ... Can the Browns hope to be happy in the arms of a city that prefers clams to steak?

    Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of - As The Baseball World Turns!

    Births on March 13

    Otis Owen "Otis" Brannan is born on March 13, 1899 in Greenbrier, Arkansas. The BR/TR 2nd baseman from Arkansas State University will play two years in the majors for the 1928-1929 Browns and total out with a career BA of .249 and 11 homers. In his only season as a starter for the 1928 Browns, Brannan will get into 135 games and hit .244 with 10 homers. In 1929, Otis will hit .294, but he only plays in 23 games and gets 51 times at bat. After 1929 ... (It's early Sunday morning. In Brannan's case, we shall refrain from the redundant cry of dismissal.) - Otis Brannan will pass away on June 6, 1967 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 68.

    Harry Lydle "Harry" or "Mule Trader" Kimberlin is born on March 13, 1909 in Sullivan, Missouri. We can only hope that Mule Trader Kimberlin was more proficient at trading mules than he was in protecting his ass from the fast track to nowhere land. The BR/TR pitcher Kimberlin will play his four major league seasons with the Browns (1936-1939) and finish with a record of only 1 win against 4 losses. His career ERA for 84.1 innings pitched is framed forever at 4.70. - Harry Kimberlin will die on December 31, 1999 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri at the age of 90.

    Edward Charles "Eddie" Pellagrini

    His defense and versatility
    kept him in the big leagues.

    Eddie Pellagrini is born on March 13, 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts. The BR/TR utility infielder from Boston College will enjoy an 8-year career in the big leagues (1946-1954) and he will spend two of those seasons with the Browns (1948-1949), hitting exactly .238 in each of his two AL St. Louis years. - For his career. Pellagrini will bat only .226 with 20 HR's in 1,423 times at bat. It obviously is Eddie's fielding and versatile defensive abilities that will keep him in the big leagues over time without a stick. Eddie Pellagrini is still living.

    Happy 87th Birthday, Eddie Pellagrini!

    Frank Stephen "Frank" or "Porky" Biscan is born on March 13, 1920 in Mount Olive, Illinois. The BL/TL pitcher will have a 3-season, all Browns MLB career (1942, 1946, 1948), recording a total record of 7 wins, 9 losses, and a 5.28 ERA. - Porky Biscan will pass away on May 22, 1959 in St. Louis at the tender age of 39. - That's all, folks!

    Clifford Franklin "Cliff" or "Tiger" Mapes

    Cliff Mapes wasn't
    a Brown long enough
    to have a baseball
    card as one.

    Cliff Mapes is born on March 13, 1922 in Sutherland, Nebraska. The BL/TL outfielder will play 5 years in the majors (1948-1952), spending only the second half of the 1951 season as a Brown. Mapes will hit for a career BA of .242 and he will also belt 38 HR's. - Cliff Mapes will die on December 5, 1996 in Pryor, Oklahoma at the age of 74.

    Deaths on March 13

    Mack Pendleton "Mack" Allison passes away on March 13, 1964 in Mount Vernon, Missouri at the age of 77. In his 3 major league seasons with the Browns (1911-1913), the BR/TR pitcher Allison won 9 and lost 21. He also recorded a career ERA of 3.17. - Mack Allison was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on January 23, 1887.

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    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 03-13-2005, 05:33 AM.
    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


    • March 14th

      On This Date in History!

      March 14, 1956: Old Man River.

      Former Brown Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro League. At age 50 (We think!), Paige will both play and manage. Like Old Man River, Satchel the Great just keeps rolling along, and living true to his words about facing up to the great demise that gets us all, sooner or later. "Age is a question of mind over matter." Paige states. "If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter."

      March 14, 1953: Hizzoner in Fightin' Mood!

      Joseph M. Darst, St. Louis Mayor, 1949-1953.

      Mayor Joseph M. Darst of St. Louis vows to fight the move of the Browns to Baltimore. With little more than a month remaining in his term - and the rights of property owners to move and sell their own chattels and interests on the side of Bill Veeck, it's doubtful that the mayor's statement is much more than an expected public show. As the firestorm calms on the issue of the immediate sale of the Browns, Darst will leave office in April 1953. Sadly for him, even the Browns will last longer in St. Louis than the soon-to-be former mayor. - Joesph M. Darst will pass away on June 8, 1953, following a lengthy illness.

      Births on March 14

      Walter Joseph "Walt" DeVoy is born on March 14, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri. The BR/TR DeVoy is another one-year-not-so-wonderful right fielder/1st baseman for the 1909 Browns. DeVoy hits .246 and no homers in limited 1909 action (17 for 69) and is then gone for good. - Walt DeVoy will pass away on December 17, 1953 in St. Louis at the age of 67.

      Martin Joseph "Marty" McManus

      Marty McManus: Hit .312 as the
      2nd sacker of great '22 Browns.

      Marty McManus is born on March 14, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. The BR/TR 2nd baseman will become one of the best players in Browns history. He will break into the big leagues with a single Browns game in 1920 and then go on to anchor the right side of the Browns middle infield for 6 years from 1921 to 1926. In 3 of those Browns seasons, McManus will bat over .300. Over the course of his total career (1920-1934), McManus will bat .289 and hit 120 homers. He also will spend many years coaching and managing in the Browns system following his playing days. He will always be remembered as one of the men from our greatest club - the 1922 Browns. - Marty McManus will die on February 18, 1966 in St. Louis at the age of nearly 66.

      A Big Brownie Cap Tip & God Bless to You Today, Marty McManus!

      William Aulton "Bill" or "Lefty" Kennedy is born on March 14, 1921 In Carnesville, Georgia. The BL/TL pitcher will post a 3-year record with the Browns (1948-1950) of 11 wins and 19 defeats. For his 8-year total MLB career (1948-1957). Kennedy will record 15 wins, 28 losses, and an ERA of 4.73. - Bill Kennedy will pass away on April 9, 1983 in Seattle, Washington at the age of 62.

      Deaths on March 14

      Daniel John "Danny" Hoffman passes away in Manchester, Connecticut on March 14, 1922 at the age of only 42.
      The BL/TL outfielder had a 9-year career (1902-1911) in the big leagues, playing the last 4 years (1908-1911) as a member of the Browns. Hoffman finished his big league days with a career BA of .256 and 14 HR's in 2,981 total AB's. Danny was good enough to stay in the big leagues for awhile, but mediocre enough to be forgotten once he retired. We will try to do our small part here to make sure that he is remembered, as always - in spite of the cold facts about his performance at the top rung of professional baseball. - Danny Hoffman was born on March 2, 1880 in Canton, Connecticut.

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

      Leopold Christopher Hoernschemeyer, aka "Lee Magee" passes away on March 14, 1966 at Columbus, Ohio at the age of 76. The BB/TR utility position player must have anticipated the problems that his original name would create for him in box scores - to say nothing of the trouble it would have caused the uniform makers, had teams put players' names on the backs of jerseys in those ancient times - and he became "Lee Magee." - Magee posted a 9-year MLB career (1911-1919) in which he hit .276 with 12 HR's. In his only year as Brown, Magee hit only .170 with 0 HR's in 36 games for the 1917 club. - Lee Magee was born on June 4, 1889 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

      James Julius "Jim" Levey dies on March 14, 1970 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 63. The BB/TR shortstop played 4 years in the big leagues as a Brown (1930-1933) and hit for a career BA of .230 with 11 homers. - Prior to his Browns career, Levey attended college at the USMC Academy. - Jim Levey was born on September 13, 1906 in Pittsbuurgh, PA.

      Glenn Ignatius "Glenn" or "Sandy" Liebhardt passes away on March 14, 1992 in Winston-Salem, NC at the age of 81. The BR/TR pitcher has a limited and spotty MLB career. His only decision results in a loss for the 1930 Athletics. In two years with the Browns (1936 and 1938), he is never the pitcher of record in 26 games and 58.1 innings of work. Leibhardt closes out his MLB career after the 1938 season, finishing with a total record of 0 wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 8.96 in 67.1 innings on the mound. Any guy who can work 67.1 innings with an 8.96 ERA and end up with only a single loss is either Harry Houdini or a a mop-up pitcher. In the case of the Browns, we suspect the latter explanation. - Glenn Leibhardt was born on July 31, 1910 in Cleveland, Ohio.

      Today's Reference Links ...
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 06-04-2005, 03:42 PM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


      • March 15th

        On This Date in History!

        March 15, 1941: "It Happened in Monterrey - A Long Time Ago."

        Monterrey, Mexico

        Let's go south of the border today for a story about the Browns and the Bees - Boston Bees, that is. On a spring training trek through Mexico, the two clubs attract 6,000 fans to a game played in Monterrey, the capitol city of the State of Nuevo Leon. The St. Louis Browns defeat the the Boston Bees, 6–3. Chet Laabs, who is battling for the right field spot, hits a 400-foot homer in the 7th for the victorious Browns.

        Births On March 15

        James Fred "Fred" or "Red" Bennett is born on March 15, 1902 in Atkins, Arkansas. The BR/TR outfielder will play 7 games for the 1928 Browns, going 2 for 8 (the second quickest way to hit .250) with no homers. Bennett will follow that break-in year by playing 37 games for the 1929 Pirates on his way to becoming a gone-for-gooder by season's end. The redheaded Arkansan's "career" BA will close at a respectable .278 and it will include a single homer that he will hit for Pittsburgh in his second and final big league season. - Fred Bennett will pass away on May 12, 1957 in his birthplace of Atkins, Arkansas at the age of 55.

        Deaths on March 15

        Living Browns, beware today! - None of your deceased brothers

        have ever died on this infamous date in ancient Roman history.

        Today's Reference Links ...
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 03-15-2005, 01:33 PM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


        • March 16th

          On This Date in History!

          March 16, 1953: AL Rejects Browns-To-Baltimore-Now Bid by Veeck!

          ... "Now batting against Veeck of St. Louis ... it's Clark Griffith of the Washington Senators!"

          Sometimes the penalty for not being one of the Good Old Boys is pretty steep. - By a vote of 6-2, the American League today vetos Bill Veeck's request to move the Browns immediately, or next season, to Baltimore - if he remains as owner of the franchise. In a move led by Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, the AL sends a clear message of non-support for any movement of the Browns that results in Bill Veeck continuing as owner of the franchise. The league cannot stop Veeck from continuing to operate his club in St. Louis, but they take consolation in the knowledge that keeping the Browns in town will soon force his bankruptcy or sale of the club.

          Nice guys, these baseball owners. - Did Eddie Gaedel really upset them this much?

          Births on March 16

          John Falk "Bob" or "Dr. Bob" Poser is born on March 16, 1910 in Columbus Wisconsin. - Poser was an outstanding pitcher for the University of Wisconsin with equal passions for baseball and medicine. On his way to a brief career as a pitcher for the Browns (1932, 1935), Poser wll finish medical school and begin his life's work as a small town doctor in his hometown of Coulmbus, Ohio. - The BL/TR hurler ony posted a 1-1, 10.06 ERA record in his 2-seasons and 14.1 total innings of MLB work, but he never forgot or lost pride in the fact he once pitched in the big leagues. "Dr. Bob" began attending the annual Brownie banquets about 1999 in the company of his son and grandson. It was through these banquets that I came to meet him and grow in my own appreciation for how much that short term time in the big leagues could mean to a player. - The man left baseball to give his life over to being a small town doctor. Sometimes gone for good translates into gone for something better.

          During his last trip to St. Louis in 2002, on May 18th, I took a photo of Dr. Bob Poser in the lobby of the banquet hotel as he was waiting around for his son to bring the car around for the drive home to Wisconsin. It was his last photo. Three days later, Dr. Bob Poser passed away at home in his sleep.

          Here's a link to that last photo of Dr. Bob Poser as it appears in my internet photo gallery on the Webshots site. ...

          If you care to see all the photos from the album called "A Kid From St. Louis." click on this link ...

          Bob Poser died on May 21, 2002 in Columbus, Wisconsin at the age of 92.

          BCT/GB, Dr. Bob Poser! - Since no one needs a doctor in Heaven, I trust you're back out there pitching again!

          Clinton Dawson "Clint" Courtney

          Clint Courtney: His Heart
          Gave Out Early, But His
          Spirit Will Never Die!

          Clint Courtney is born on March 16, 1927 in Hall Summit, Louisiana. The BL/TR and bespectacled catcher was one of the scrappiest ballplayers to ever don the chocolate brown uniform of the St. Louis Browns. His stats are only a part of the story. They don't tell you the story of the man. In an 11-year big league career (1951-1961), "Scrap Iron" Courtney hit .268 with 38 homers. In his two seasons as a Brown (1952-1953), Courtney hit .286 and .231. In the end, it was his fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude on the field that endeared to his teams and made him sometimes hated by opponents. In 1953, Courtney was almost singlehandely responsible for bench clearing brawl between the Browns and Yankees that resulted in numerous fines and suspensions.

          I first saw Courtney play when he was catching for the 1950 regular season champion Beaumont Roughnecks of the AA Texas League. Beaumont had a great club that year under manager Rogers Hornsby and they also featured another future big league star at 3rd base - a fellow named Gil McDougald. The Roughnecks lost in the first round of the playoffs that year, but their 91-62 record over the regular season was achieved with a fellow named Cortney directing the pitching staff and stirring up his patented brand of resentment from the other TL clubs for his in-your-face style of play.

          Clint Courtney went out as a baseball man. He died of a heart attack on June 16, 1975 in Rochester, New York at the age of 48. Courtney was in town as the manager of the Richmond Braves at the time.

          BCT/GB, Clint Courtney! - Your fighting spirit lives on forever in the memories of those of us who were lucky enough to have seen you play!

          In special tribute to Clint Courtney, I'm going to re-post here a wonderful opening entry left by a fellow named "Giant" on our forum yesterday about Courtney. Thanks, Giant! - Your information really says a lot about the man and the affection that many of us held for him. ...

          (March 15,2005) Clint "Scrap Iron" Courtney turns 78 tomorrow. The first catcher to wear glasses, Courtney was better known as a fearless battler. Obtained by the Browns at the request of manager Rogers Hornsby, Courtney was TSN AL Rookie of the Year in 1952 (.286, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 116 G). He twice batted over .300 as a platoon player. "Scrap Iron's" most famous baseball brawl came in 1953 when the Browns met the Yankees. Courtney and Phil Rizzuto collided at second base, and Billy Martin jumped on Courtney in a wild melee that nearly provoked a riot among the few fans at St. Louis. The incident produced a then-AL record $850 in fines. Courtney died on June 16, 1975 while manager of Richmond (International League), exactly two years to the day after he was hired for the position.

          The Courtney Highlights:

          November 23, 1951: The Yankees send young C Clint Courtney to the Browns for P Jim McDonald. Courtney, the first major league catcher to wear glasses, appeared in one game for New York.

          » July 16, 1953: The Browns tie a record with three successive HRs -- by Clint Courtney, Dick Kryhoski, and Jim Dyck -- in the first inning. Their five bases-empty HRs in three innings establishes a new mark. It's enough to beat the Yankees 8-6.

          » April 15, 1954: The Orioles Clint Courtney hits the first home run in Memorial Stadium. Following a 90-minute parade, they draw an Opening Day record crowd of 46,354 in a 3–1 afternoon win against the White Sox. Bob Turley strikes out nine in besting Virgil Trucks. Vern Stephens and Clint Courtney homer for the O's.

          » June 6, 1954: C Clint Courtney of the Orioles makes an unassisted DP in a 7-5 win against the Yankees.

          » August 29, 1954: Orioles bespectacled C Clint Courtney goes 5-for-5, as Baltimore defeats the Senators 5-0.

          » December 6, 1954: The Orioles conclude their 2nd large trade in three weeks sending C Clint Courtney, SS Jim Brideweser, and P Bob Chakales to the White Sox for C Matt Batts, infielder Fred Marsh, and pitchers Don Johnson and Don Ferrarese. Courtney batted .270 in 397 at bats, and struck out an American League-low seven times, the league's lowest since Joe Sewell hung up his spikes in 1933.

          » April 3, 1960: The Orioles pick up C Clint Courtney, along with SS Ron Samford, from the Senators for 2B Billy Gardner.

          » May 27, 1960: Since there is no rule limiting the size or shape of the catcher's mitt, Baltimore manager Paul Richards combats the passed-ball problem while catching Hoyt Wilhelm (38 in 1959; 11 so far this year) by devising an oversized mitt to gather in Hoyt's fluttering knuckler. It is half again as large as the standard glove and 40 ounces heavier. Wilhelm goes the distance in beating New York 3–2 at Yankee Stadium. Clint Courtney has no passed balls behind the plate.

          » June 19, 1960: In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, the Orioles Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas throw shutouts to beat the host Tigers. Wilhelm allows two hits in winning the opener, 2–0, over Bunning, and Pappas allows three hits in winning the nitecap, 1–0, over Don Mossi. Gentile and Hansen homer in the opener as Clint Courtney, using the big glove, is twice charged with batter interference, the 1st loading the bases in the 4th.

          » August 15, 1960: Behind Art Ditmar's 5-hitter and Mickey Mantle's two home runs, off Jerry Walker and Hoyt Wilhelm, New York cops a 4–3 win and first place in the American League. The 2nd home run comes after C Clint Courtney drops a Mantle foul pop-up. Baltimore's loss is only its 2nd in the last 15 games. Baltimore and Chicago now trail by a half-game.

          Courtney died on June 16, 1975 while manager of Richmond (International League), exactly two years to the day after he was hired for the position.

          ... by Giant, posted on 3/15/05 as a thread entitled "Clint Courtney."

          Deaths on March 16

          Adrian Ryan "Adrian" Lynch passes away on March 16, 1934 in Davenport, Iowa at the age of only 37. Unfortunately it will take deeper research to know the cause of his premature death. - While he was here, the BB/TR pitcher was 2-0 with a 5.24 ERA for the 1920 Browns. After that season, the Notre Dame did what so many other before and after him did. He joined the gone-for-good club. - Adrian Lynch was born on February 9, 1897 in Laurens, Iowa.

          BCT/GB, Adrian Lynch - and "shake down the thunder" while you're at it!

          Edward Bernard "Ed" Roetz dies on March 16, 1965 in Philadelphia, PA at the age of 59. - Here we go again! - The BR/TR Roetz played 1b, 2b, 3b, & SS in his 16-game career for the 1929 Browns, hitting .244 and 0 homers on his way out the door to the Land of Gone-For-Good! - Ed Roetz was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 6, 1905.

          BCT/GB, Ed Roetz!

          Today's Reference Links ...

          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 03-16-2005, 05:53 AM.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


          • March 17th

            On This Date in History!

            "How are things in Tipperary? And would ya' be so
            inclined as to be thinkin' of investing that nice pot of
            gold in a fine old American League baseball franchise?"

            March 17, 1953: Veeck Looking Over The Rainbow!

            Bill Veeck spends St. Patrick's Day reading and acting upon the handwriting on the wall. His thoughts of the green on this particular day may be purely coincidental, but it is interesting to note that green makes the baseball news today in a big way. - Veeck announces today that he is willing to accept an offer of $2.475 million for his 80 percent share of the stocks that exist in the Browns. - Baltimore, Maryland Mayor D'Alesandro responds by launching a search for a local syndicate to buy Veeck out. The group eventually will buy 206,250 shares at $12 per share, a total purchase price of $2,475,000. - On St. Patrick's Day 1953, beer sales are up in the pubs and bars of St. Louis, but the increase in sales has little or nothing to do with Bill Veeck or the Browns.

            :gt ... but not to Baltimore!!! ... h ... Oh yeah! Whose round is it?

            Births on March 17

            Laymon Raymond "Lyman" Lamb is born on March 17, 1895 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The BR/TR utility man plays 54 games for the 1920-1921 Browns, hitting .272 and 1 homer before joining ranks in the gone-for-good club. How "Laymon" came to be called "Lyman" is beyond the scope of our information this morning. At any rate, Lyman Lamb will pass away on October 5, 1955 in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the age of 60.

            BCT/GB, Lyman Lamb!

            Deaths on March 17

            Charlie Root
            Birth Name: Charles Henry Root
            Nickname: Chinski
            Born On: 03-17-1899
            Born In: Middletown, Ohio
            Zodiac: Pisces
            Died On: 11-05-1970
            Died In: Hollister, California
            Cemetery: Unknown
            College: None Attended
            Bats: Right
            Throws: Right
            Height: 5-10½
            Weight: 190
            First Game: 04-18-1923
            Last Game: 09-02-1941
            Draft: Not Applicable

            During his 17-year MLB career (1923, 1926-1941), pitcher Charlie Root won 201, lost 160, and recorded an ERA of 3.59. - Root is best remembered as the Cubs pitcher who threw Babe Ruth's alleged "called shot" in the 1932 World Series, but few know that Charlie started as a Brown. Root was 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his rookie 1923 season as a Brown. It was also Charlie's only time with the Browns. - Charlie Root was 71 when he died in 1970.

            Paul Dee "Paul" or "Daffy" Dean passes away on March 17, 1981 in Springdale, Arkansas at the age of 67. The younger of the famous Cardinal Dean Brothers finishes his MLB career as a technical Brown by working 13.1 innings for the 1943 club, earning no decisions and a 3.38 ERA for his troubles. Over the course of his MLB career (1934-1941, 1943), Paul Dean compiled a career record of 50 wins, 34 losses, and an ERA of 3.75. - Paul Dean was born on Aubust 14, 1913 in Lucas, Arkansas.

            Today's Reference Links ...


            Happy St. Patrick's Day, Browns Fans!
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-05-2005, 06:08 PM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


            • March 18

              On This Date in History!

              March 18, 1953: "Milwaukee" Braves Deal Now Done!

              Final Tomahawk
              Lands on Original
              Veeck Plan.

              The day after Bill Veeck announces that he is willing to sell his interests in the Browns, the Boston Braves officially have become the Milwaukee Braves. It is the first franchise shift in baseball since 1903 when Baltimore moved to New York. The Braves had been in Boston for 77 years. For scheduling purposes in this late date approach to the 1953 season, Milwaukee assumes Pittsburgh's position in the Western Division. Now bumped from town, the AAA American Association Brewers move from Milwaukee and are re-christened in Toledo as the Mud Hens. - These events are little more than a reminder to Veeck. Had he not run into a roadblock of "big league" proportions, it could've been the Browns who broke the status quo.

              Births on March 18

              Philip Wiley "Wiley" Taylor is born on March 18, 1888 in the mighty metropolis of Wamego, Kansas. Wiley is a BR/TR pitcher who will go 2-10 with a 4.10 ERA in a big league career from 1911-1914. Taylor is 2-7 in his final two years as a Brown (1913-1914). - Wiley Taylor will die on July 8, 1954 in Westmoreland, Kansas at the age of 66.

              Thomas William "Tommy" or "Judge" Mee is born on March 18, 1890 in Chicago, Illinois. The BR/TR utility infielder's MLB career consists of 8 games he plays for the 1910 Browns. He goes 3 for 19 (.158 BA) before disappearing from the big leagues and joining the ranks of the you-know-whos! - Oh well. There may be no "I" in the word "team" - but there defintely is a "me" in there - just as much as there ever-so-briefly once was a "Mee" in the Browns. - Tommy Mee will pass away on May 16, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 91.

              BCT, Mr. Tommy Mee,
              And God Bless too,
              Through eternity!

              Harold George "Hal" White is born on March 18, 1919 in Utica, New York. The BR/TR pitcher will go on to a career (1941-1954) record of 46 wins, 54 losses and an ERA of 3.78. In a partial season with the 1953 Browns, White has no record in 10.1 innings of work, while posting an ERA of 2.61. - Hal White will pass away on April 21, 1941 in Venice, Florida at the age of 82.

              Richard Bernard "Dick" Littlefield

              Dick Littlefield

              Dick Littlefield is born on March 18, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. The BL/TL pitcher will win 9 and lose 15 for the 1952-1953 Browns. As one of the last Browns and first Orioles, Littlefield will post a career (1950-1958) record of 33 wins, 54 losses, and register an ERA of 4.71. - Dick Littlefield will pass away on November 20, 1997 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 71.

              Deaths on March 18

              Albert Sayles "Hobe" Ferris passes away on March 18, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 60. The BR/TR infielder played his last two big league seasons for the 1908-1909. His career (1901-1909) BA was .239 with the incredible total of 40 dead ball era HR's. - Hobe Ferris was born on December 7, 1877 in Providence, RI.

              Henry William "Heine" Meine passes away on March 18, 1968 in St. Louis at the age of 71. The guy they called "The Count of Luxemburg" broke into the Big Leagues with the 1922 Browns and had no record in 4 innings worked. Meine returned to the major for 6 years with the Pirates (1929-1934) and posted a career record of 66 wins, 50 losses, and an ERA of 3.95. - Heinie Meine was born on May 1, 1896 in St. Louis, Missouri.

              Gene Bearden
              Birth Name: Henry Eugene Bearden Bats : Left
              Born On: 09-05-1920 Throws : Left
              Born In: Lexa, Arkansas Height : 6-03
              Died On: 03-18-2004 Weight : 204
              Died In: Alexander City, Alabama First Game: 05-10-1947
              College: None Attended Last Game: 09-05-1953
              Nickname: The Arkansas Traveler Draft: Not Applicable

              Pitcher Gene Bearden is best remembered for his 20-7 record with the 1948 World Champion Cleveland Indians. Bearden's 7-year career (1947-1953) included 45 wins, 38 losses, and an ERA of 3.96. in his only season as a Brown, Bearden was 7-9 for the 1952 club. - Gene Bearden was 83 when he died in 1904.

              Today's Reference Links ...

              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 12-07-2005, 04:57 AM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


              • March 19th

                On This Date in History!

                March 19, 2005: Browns vs. Browns.

                Lou: "OK, now that we cleared up that Who's on 1st, I want to know when the St. Louis Browns first started playing."

                Bud: "1883 and 1902."

                Lou: "Forget about it. Let's go back to talking about your St. Louis Wolves club."

                In the absence of any easily discoverable facts for this date in St. Louis Browns history, let's use a little space here clearing up who we're talking about when we refer to the "Browns." Most of you know, but some of you may not. Since one of our birthdate Browns players for this date began his career for the 1897 National League club called the "St. Louis Browns" and later ended it for the 1903 American League club called the "St. Louis Browns," this seems as good a time as any to take up the subject.

                "This Date in Browns History" is about the American League St. Louis Browns (1902-1953). The National League St. Louis Browns were an earlier version of the St. Louis Cardinals. The NL Browns existed from 1883 to 1897. The NL St. Louis club didn't play the 1898 season, but they returned to the league as the St. Louis "Perfectos" in 1899. In 1900, the NL club changed their name to the St. Louis Cardinals and they have remained so for the past 105 years!

                The American League St. Louis Browns, the club we cover here, came into existence in 1902 with the transfer of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise to St. Louis. The AL club was renamed the "Browns" because of the tradition that this moniker already held for the fans of St. Louis. In today's terms, the adoption of the name "Browns" was an in-your-face challenge to the NL Cardinals that the new AL club had come to St. Louis in 1902 to challenge them for support from local fans. The AL Browns remained in St. Louis through the 1953 season. Ultimately failing in their same town competition with the NL Cardinals, the AL Browns left the city and became the present day Baltimore Orioles in 1954.

                Some of us will always believe that the Browns would have won their competition with the Cardinals had it not been for Browns owner Phil Ball chasing Branch Rickey to the NL St. Louis club so early in the joint city struggle.

                At any rate, that's the tightest nutshell I am able to offer on the story of the NL Browns vs. the AL Browns.

                Births on March 19th

                Roy Evans is born on March 19, 1874 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The BR/TR pitcher will become one of those rare birds who begins his big league career with the 1897 NL Browns and later concludes it with the 1903 AL Browns. Roy Evans will build a career record of 29 wins and 43 losses with an ERA of 3.66. In his 1903 finish with the AL Browns, Roy Evans will pitch more like Dale Evans, going out with a club 1903 record of 0 wins and 4 losses. The Emporia State University alumnus will pass away on August 15, 1915 in Galveston, Texas at the age of 41. The cause of his early demise is unknown without further research. Of course, people who died in their forties back in the "good old days" were not as rare as they are today.

                Charles Walter "Bobby" Messenger is born on March 19, 1884 in Bangor, Maine. Messenger is a BB/TR short-time outfielder (1909-1911, 1914) who gets into one game for the 1914 Browns and goes 0 for 2. His career BA of .172 and his appearance in only 44 games on defense are enough to suggest his "BB/TR" stands for "Bats Badly/Throws Rarely." No big mystery here. After 1914, the big leagues kill this "Messenger" with the message that he's now gone-for-good from their future plans. - Bobby Messenger will pass away on July 10, 1951 in Bath, Maine at the age of 67.

                Deaths on March 19

                Raymond William "Ray" Jansen dies on March 19, 1934 in St. Louis at the age of 45. 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, went 4 for 5 for the Browns in a game played on September 30, 1910. - Then he left 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. - Ray Jansen was born on January 16, 1889 in St. Louis.

                A great big Brownie Cap Tip and God Bless to you, Ray Jansen! Your 4 singles in the only major league game you ever played have earned you a place in the rarified company of those who are gone-for-good-but-never-to-be-forgotten!

                Walter Fred "Walt" or "Tiny" Leverenz dies on March 19, 1973 in Atascadero, California at the age of 84. The BL/TL pitcher worked 3 seasons (1913-1915) for the Browns and recorded a career record of 7 wins and 31 losses, with an ERA of 3.15. - Tiny Leverenz was born on July 21, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois.

                Melvin Allys "Bert" Gallia

                Site of the old
                Rio Theatre in
                Bert Gallia's
                hometown of
                Beeville, Texas.

                Bert Gallia dies on March 19, 1976 in Devine, Texas at the age of 84. This BR/TR pitcher is special to me. You see, Bert Gallia and Lloyd Brown were both former Browns who hailed from my little hometown of Beeville, Texas. Another Beevillian, Curt Walker, gave tiny Beeville 3 major leaguers during the early part of the 20th century. - Bert Gallia won 20 and lost for the Browns from 1918 to 1920. His overall career record from 1912 to 1920 was 66 wins and 68 losses, with an ERA of 3.14. Gallia's best seasons came back-to-back for the Senators when he won 17 games in 1915 and 1916, recordin ERA's of 2.29 and 2.76. - An alumnus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, Melvin "Bert" Gallia was born in Beeville, Texas on October 14, 1891.

                BCT/GB, Bert Gallia! - Thank you for your contribution to Browns history - and thank you also for helping to put our hometown of Beeville on the baseball map!

                Today's Reference Link ...
                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 03-19-2005, 04:42 PM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                • March 20th

                  On This Date in History!

                  Births on March 20

                  Lloyd Vernon "Vern" Kennedy is born on March 20, 1907 in Kansas Cuty, Missouri. The BL/TR pitcher will have a 12-year career in the big leagues (1934-1945) in which he wins 104 games, loses 132, and marks a 4.67 ERA. Kennedy will move from Tigers to the Browns early in the 1939 season and he will stay with the club until 1941 when the Browns move him to Washington. - As a Brown, Kennedy's 3-year record will produce 23 wins and 38 losses. - Vern Kennedy will pass away on January 28, 1993 in Mendon, Missouri at the age of 86.

                  Stanley Orville "Stan" Spence is born on March 20, 1915 in South Portsmouth, Kentucky. The BL/TL outfielder will go on to a 9-year big league career (1940-1944, 1946-1949) in which he finishes with a BA of .282 and 85 HR's. Spence plays his last season as a member of the 1949 Browns, batting .245 with 13 homers in 104 games. - Stan Spence will pass away on January 9, 1983 in Kinston, California at the age of nearly 68.

                  Albert Joseph "Al" Widmar

                  Al Widmar is born on March 20, 1925 in Cleveland Ohio. The BR/TR pitcher will have a 5-year big league career (1947-1948, 1950-1952) in which his total record stops at 13 wins, 30 losses, and an ERA of 5.21. Even though Widmar starts out with the 1947 Red Sox and ends up with the 1952 White Sox, all of his decisions are registered as a Brown (1948, 1950-1951). - Al Widmar is still alive.

                  Happy 80th Birthday, Al Widmar, - and a big BCT/GB to you too!

                  Rufus "Jake" Crawford is born on March 20, 1928 in Campbell, Missouri. Jake Crawford's MLB career will consist of a 2 for 11 batting performance (.182 BA) in 3 games played for the 1952 Browns. One of Jake's hits is a double and he does manage to steal a single base. After 1952, the BR/TR outfielder is ..... (drum roll please) .... gone-for-good! The former University of Missouri player is still alive.

                  BCT/GB and Happy 77th Birthday, Jake Crawford!

                  Deaths on March 20

                  Rhesa Edward "Ed" Smith passes away on March 20, 1955 in Tarpon Springs, Florida at the age of 76. The BR/TR pitcher hung out an 8-11, 3.76 ERA record for the 1906 Browns and was then [I]gone-for-good. - Ed Smith was born on February 21, 1879 in Mentone, Indiana.

                  BCT/GB, Ed Smith!

                  John Falcnor "Jack" Black passes away on March 20, 1962 in Rutherford, New Jersey at the age of 72. The BR/TR 1st baseman was yet another one-season warrior in the big leagues, fighting his whole losing battle as a member of the 1911 Browns. Black went 38 for 186 (.151 BA) in 54 games with 0 HR's and only 4 doubles to his extra base hit credit. When 1912 rolled around, Black was not back - he was gone for good! - Jack Black was born on February 23, 1890 in Covington, Kentucky.

                  BCT/GB, Jack Black!

                  Today's Reference Link ...
                  Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 03-21-2005, 02:59 AM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                  • March 21st

                    On This Date in History!

                    Sunny Jim Bottomley
                    Returns To St. Louis
                    As A Brown.

                    March 21, 1936: Reds Trade Bottomley To Browns!

                    The Cincinnati Reds trade the great former Cardinal 1st baseman Sunny Jim Bottomley to the St. Louis Browns today for infielder Johnny Burnett. Sunny Jim will have a good offensive season in 1936 (.298, 12 HR in 140 games) and, midway through the 1937 season, he will be named as the new manager of the Browns. Bottomley will replace another former Cardinal, Rogers Hornsby, as manager of the 1937 Browns, but even the greatness of these two future Hall of Famers will not spare the club from a last place finish on a record of 46 wins and 108 losses.

                    March 21, 1921: Former Brown Paulette Banned for Life.

                    Judge K.M. Landis: He
                    Threw Out Players Too.

                    Former Browns infielder Gene Paulette (Browns, 1916-1917) is barred from organized baseball for life by Commissioner K.M. Landis for taking part in throwing games. Paulette played in more than 500 big league games, last appearing for the Phillies in 1920.

                    Births on March 21

                    Owen Lacey "Owen" Friend is born on March 21, 1927 in Granite City, Illinois. The BR/TR infielder breaks into the big leagues with the 1949-1950 Browns. Over his 5-year MLB career, Friend hits .227 with 13 homers in 208 games for the Browns, Tigers, Indians, Red Sox and Cubs. He may not have landed long, but he moved a lot, playing for almost one-third of all the big league clubs that existed during his era. - Happy to report here that Owen Friend still lives!

                    Happy 78th Birthday, Owen Friend!

                    Deaths on March 21

                    Clarence Perkins "Pat" Parker passes away on March 21, 1967 in Claremont, New Hampshire at the age of 73. The BR/TR right fielder was an alumnus of the University of Dubuque whose 2-game firefly career with the 1915 Browns consisted of 1 single in 6 times at bat (.167 BA), 1 RBI, and 3 strikeouts by the opposing pitcher. That 50% strikeout ratio was enough to decidedly process Pat Parker into a full-fledged gone-for-gooder after the 1915 season. - Pat Parker was born on May 22, 1892 in Somerville, Massachusetts.

                    BCT/GB, Pat Parker!

                    Erik Oliver "Ollie" Sax dies on March 21, 1982 in Newark, New Jersey at the age of 77. The BR/TR gone-for-gooder 3rd baseman played 9 games for the 1928 Browns in the field and added another 7 games as a pinch hitter/runner. He managed 3 singles in 17 times at bat for a total career BA of .176. He walked 5 times, but he also struck out 3 times. - Nuf sed. - Oliie Sax was born November 5, 1904 in Branford, Connecticut.

                    BCT/GB, Ollie Sax!

                    Today's Reference Links ...

                    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 05-22-2005, 01:30 AM.
                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                    • March 22nd

                      On This Date in History!

                      Births on March 22

                      Julius Joseph Soltesz (aka Moose Solters) was born on March 22, 1906 in Pittsburgh, PA. As reported in the obituary that follows, the BR/TR outfielder will hit .289 and 83 homers in 9-year MLB career. Moose will have two tours with the Browns (1935-1936 and 1939). He will enjoy his best BA year as a member of the 1935 Browns by hitting .330 in 127 games. - Moose Solters will pass away on September 28, 1975 in Pittsburgh at the age of 69. He will leave this world as a man who overcomes great adversity to perform great service for others suffering from blindness.

                      BCT/GB, Moose Solters!

                      Edward William Kisleauskas (aka Ed Cole)

                      The Browns' Ed Cole,
                      Pitched into a hole,
                      And his record dropped
                      To one and seven.

                      When 1940 rolled around,
                      Cole was nowhere to be found,
                      He had worked his way clear out,
                      Of baseball's Heaven.

                      Ed Cole is born on March 22, 1909 in Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania. The BR/TR pitcher will post a record of 1 win, 7 losses, and an ERA of 5.31 in two seasons of toil for the 1938-1939 Browns. After 1939, Old Ed Cole is not a merry old soul. He is simply gone-for-good! - Ed Cole will pass away on July 28, 1999 in Nashville, Tennessee at the ripe old age of 90.

                      Deaths on March 22

                      William Charles "Bill" McCorry passes away on March 22, 1973 in Augusta, Georgia at the age of 85. McCorry was a BR/TR pitcher whose total MLB career consisted of two losing starts for the 1909 Browns and an ERA of 9.00 for his 15 inning MLB career. After 1909, McCorry was ....... oh well, ... nuf sed. - Bill McCorry was born on July 9, 1887 in Saranac Lake, New York.

                      BCT/GB, Bill McCorry!

                      Today's Reference Link ...
                      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 03-22-2005, 04:44 AM.
                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                      • March 23rd

                        On This Date in History!

                        March 23, 1962: Former Browns Owner DeWitt Buys Reds.

                        Bill DeWitt, Jr.:
                        The St. Louis Legacy
                        Remains Alive in 2005.

                        Former St. Louis Browns owner William DeWitt, Sr. today bought his way back into baseball, purchasing the Cincinnati Reds from the Crosley Foundation for $4.625 million. (Doesn't seem like much in comparison to 2005's inflated price tags, does it?)

                        Of course, no one back in 1962 had any idea that the City of St. Louis would meet up with the DeWitt family again decades later down the road. Considering the history of the DeWitt's, such a destiny should not have been too surprising, even in 1962.

                        The DeWitts were St. Louisans by virtue of their baseball bloodline. Bill DeWitt, Sr. started with the Cardinals in 1916 as an office boy. He rose to vice president/treasurer by 1938, during the era of the Gashouse Gang, five pennants and three World Series. From 1939 to 1955 DeWitt, Sr. got involved with the Browns as their CEO, GM and, along with brother Charles DeWitt, as their owner. The Browns' only pennant came along on the DeWitt watch back in 1944.

                        William O. DeWitt, Jr., served as batboy for the Browns from 1949 to 1951. A few sources report that it was young Bill DeWitt's uniform (with the number "1/8" scrolled on the back of the jersey) that vertically challenged batter Eddie Gaedel wore on August 19, 1951 for his famous pinch-hit walk. If you talk with Bill's cousin Charles DeWitt, Jr., he will tell you that it was really his uniform that Gaedel wore that day. I'm not really sure what the truth is. Both of the younger DeWitt's seem to want to remember the ownership of that famous pee wee uniform a little differently. I'll keep searching for the facts. In the meanwhile, the Bill/Charlie DeWitt, Jr. uniform worn by Eddie Gaedel remains on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

                        Prior to the Gaedel uniform "loan," William O. DeWitt, Sr., already had sold the Browns to Bill Veeck in 1951. After three seasons (1951-1953) Veeck, of course, was forced to sell the club to Baltimore interests who moved the franchise to the Maryland city and renamed them the Orioles in 1954.

                        Even after his sale of the Browns, the elder DeWitt remained active in Major League Baseball continuously until 1967, and again from 1976 to 1980, owning in part or whole the Detroit Tigers, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox during those stints.

                        The DeWitt family ties to baseball and St. Louis came home to roost in the Cardinals' nest in March 1996 when Bill DeWitt, Jr. organized an ownership group with minor partners Fred Hanser and Drew Baur and bought the club.

                        Since the Branch Rickey days, the St. Louis Cardinals have have been a class act on the field - and also off the field in their actions of respect for baseball history. That reputation has only improved under the current DeWitt administration. When a statue of honor to Brownie great George Sisler took its place outside current Busch Stadium alongside Stan Musial and all of the other Cardinal stars in St. Louis history, it represented the first time in baseball history that a club had chosen to so honor a player from another franchise. - I'm left with only two words for the family name DeWitt - and those two words are first class!

                        A DeWitt Family Reference ...

                        Births on March 23

                        Clyde Ellsworth "Buzzy" Wares is born on March 23, 1886 in Vandalia, Michigan. The BR/TR middle infielder played 92 games for the 1913-1914 Browns as his total MLB playing career, hitting .220 with 0 HR's. Before winding his way back to the Browns in time for his brief MLB career, Wares will be remembered for a unique trade made by the club on March 28, 1913. On that date, St. Louis Browns infielder Buzzy Wares was "traded" to the Montgomery, Alabama team in exchange for the Brown's use of the minor league club's stadium for spring training. The Browns got Wares back. Perhaps, his reaquisition was tied to a continuation in Montgomery of a pattern that Wares flashed earlier on the west coast. Wares led Pacific Coast League shortstops in errors in 1911-1912 with a total of 199. - Buzzy Wares passes away on May 26, 1964 in South Bend, Indiana at the age of 78.

                        Deaths on March 23

                        Arthur Coggshall "Art" or "Six O'Clock" Weaver passes away on March 23, 1917 at the age of nearly 38. The B?/TR catcher hit .183 in his 4-year (1902-1903, 1905, 1908), 83 times at bat career - which most probably explains why we are unclear today on his right or left side hitting stance at the plate. The reason for his unusual nickname of "Six O'Clock" also remains a mystery. All I know is that the clock struck midnight pretty early on our "six o'clock" guy. In his only season with the 1905 Browns, Weaver hit .120 in 28 games. Oh yeah, Weaver's career included 0 homers. - Art Weaver was born on April 7, 1879 in Wichita, Kansas.

                        Stephen Richard "Steve" or "Smokey" Sundra

                        Smokey Steve Sundra: He Threw Hard and Died Young!

                        Steve Sundra dies on March 23, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio - just 4 days shy of his 42nd birthday. My apologies. I don't know the reaon for the early demise of this pretty fair country pitcher. In 9 seasons (1936, 1938-1944, 1946), the BR/TR Sundra posted a big league record of 56 wins, 41 losses, and an ERA of 4.17. With the 1942-1944, and 1946 Browns, Sundra won 25 and lost 14. He had his biggest win total when he went 15-11 for the 1943 Browns, but his best mound year was 1939, when Sundra won 11, lost only 1, and registered a 2.76 ERA for the Yankees. - Steve Sundra was born on March 27, 1910 in Luxor, Pennsylvania.

                        Today's General Reference Link ...
                        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 05-26-2005, 06:47 AM.
                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                        • March 24th

                          On This Date in History!

                          Births on March 24

                          In St. Louis Browns History,
                          They Don't Come Any Bigger!

                          March 24, 1893: The great George Harold Sisler is born on March 24, 1893 in Manchester, Ohio. Do you really need me to to tell you that Sisler was a BL/TL first baseman? - I don't think so. One of the greatest defensive 1st basemen of all time, Sisler also had a bat that took him all the way to Cooperstown as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's 1st 1939 induction class. Had he not been such a great talent as a hitter and position player, Sisler may have made it to the HOF as a pitcher. Graduating as an engineer from the University of Michigan in 1915 with great potential in all areas, Sisler followed his former coach at Michigan, Branch Rickey, to the Browns. He made his debut on June 28, 1915. As a pitcher, Sisler posted a career mark of 5 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 2.35 in 111 innings of work from 1915 to 1928, but it was his bat that shaped his destiny. As a Brown from 1915 to 1927, Sisler twice broke the .400 barrier, hitting .407 in 1920 and .420 in 1922, the year he also "almost" led the club to their first pennant. Sisler's 257 total hits in 1920 was a major league record until the mark was broken by Ichiro Suzuki's 262 hits in 2004. In 1922, Sisler also set the modern era record by hitting in 41 consecutive games. That record held up until 1941 and the 56-game streak achieved by Joe DiMaggio. - Sisler missed the 1923 season due to a painful sinus infection that spread until it caused a serious problem with double vision. (Make a note: The "good old days" were without antibiotics. Sisler's condition today could've been knocked out quickly if it had been treated early with today's medicines.) George returned to the Browns in 1924, but his comeback was made harder by the fact that he also returned as the playing manager. Sisler's 3-years at the Brownie helm (1924-1926) produced 4th, 3rd, and 7th place finishes. Sisler played one more year for the 1927 Browns and was then dealt to the Senators before the 1928 season. After only 20 games for the 1928 Senators, George was dealt to the Boston Braves, where he hit over .300 during the course of his final three seasons (1928-1930). Upon retirement, George Sisler left a career BA of .340 and 2,812 total hits on the big league record books. - Several years after he played his last game, George Sisler again followed his old mentor Branch Rickey to Brooklyn and Pittsburgh as a scout and batting instructor. He was praised by some of the greatest hitters of that 1950's era as the teacher who took many of them to their own levels of personal greatness. If you haven't read Phil Huhn's excellent new Sisler biography, "The Sizzler," do yourself the favor of picking up a copy. - George Sisler passed away on March 26,1973 in Richmond Heights, Missouri at the age of 80.

                          Hail Sisler and Happy Birthday # 112 to The King of All Browns!

                          Richard David "Dick" Kryhoski

                          "The Professor!"

                          Dick Kryhoski is born on March 24, 1928 in Leonia, New Jersey. (Nothing like being a BL/TL former Browns 1st baseman who shares a birthday with George Sisler!) True, Kryhoski wasn't even close to George Sisler as a player, but few ever were. He was a good ballplayer, however, and he also is yet another of the incredibly fine men who have attended our annual banquets of former Browns in St. Louis each year until this one. - Talking with Dick Kryhoski is like talking with a favorite old professor. He is humble, soft spoken, but very intelligent and articulate. At some point, he must have been called "The Professor" for those personal qualities. They are simply too easy to spot. - Dick Kryhoski had a 7-year career in the big leagues (1949-1955), hitting .265 and 45 homers over the course of his career. As a member of the Browns in 1952 and 1953, Kryhoski hit .243 and .278. He is also one of the men who played for the last Browns club in 1953 and for the first Orioles club in 1954. The Upsala College graduate now lives quietly in retirement in Michigan.

                          Happy 80th Birthday, Professor Kryhoski!

                          Deaths on March 24

                          George O'Brien
                          Birth Name: George Joseph O'Brien
                          Nickname: None
                          Born On: 11-04-1889
                          Born In: Cleveland, Ohio
                          Zodiac: Scorpio
                          Died On: 03-24-1966
                          Died In: Columbus, Ohio
                          Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
                          College: None Attended
                          Bats: Right
                          Throws: Right
                          Height: 6-00
                          Weight: 185
                          First Game: 08-16-1915
                          Last Game: 08-23-1915
                          Draft: Not Applicable

                          Catcher George O'Brien went 2 for 9 (.222) with no dead ball era homers in 2 games for the 1915 Browns and was then gone for good from the big leagues. - George O'Brien was 76 when he died in 1966. - BCT/GB, George O'Brien!

                          Samuel Richard "Dick" Coffman passes away on March 24, 1972 in Athens, Georgia at the age of 65. The BR/TR pitcher had a career (1927-1945) record of 72 wins, 95 losses, and a 4.65 ERA. In 5 years for the Browns (1928-1932), Coffman posted a record of 27 wins and 40 losses. - Dick Coffman was born on December 18, 1906 in Veto, Alabama.

                          Raymond Watson "Ray" Pepper dies on March 24, 1996 in Belle Mina, Alabama at the age of 90. - The BR/TR outfielder from the University of Alabama went on to an All-St. Louis big league career with the Cardinals (1932-1933) and Browns (1934-1936), hitting .281 with 14 homers in 339 games. - Ray Pepper was born on August 5, 1905 in Decatur, Alabama.

                          Today's Reference Link ...
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-04-2005, 04:45 PM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                          • March 25th

                            On This Date in History!

                            March 25, 1953: Browns Sign Bob Elliott.

                            Bob Elliott: His Browns
                            Career Will Be Short.

                            The St. Louis Browns sign free agent Bob Elliott. The 36-year old veteran third baseman will play only 48 games before he is dealt to the White Sox in a trade that also sends pitcher Virgil Trucks to Chicago. He's pretty mucch done now, but Elliott had some good years for the Pirates and Braves - with his best season arguably being 1946 in Boston when he hit .317, crashed 22 HR's, collected 113 RBI, and registered a slugging average of .517 in 448 official times at bat. The Elliott signing keeps alive a Brownie tradition of frugal shopping. Given the absence of deep pockets, the Brownie way is to buy good name bread, but to buy it from the day-old bread store.

                            Births on March 25

                            No Browns were ever born on March 25th.

                            Deaths on March 25

                            George Addison "George" Grant passes away on March 25, 1986 in Montgomery, Alabama at the age of 83. The Auburn alumnus was a BR/TR pitcher who compiled a 7-year (1923-1925, 1928-1931) MLB record of 15 wins, 20 losses, with an ERA of 5.65. Grant broke into the big leagues with the Browns, going 1-5 with the club from 1923 to 1925. - George Grant was born on January 6, 1903 in East Tallassee, Alabama.

                            Rounding 3rd & Headed for Home ... We couldn't find a lot of eggs for our Browns history basket this morning, but that's life - especially in Brownsville. :atthepc

                            Happy Easter Weekend, Everybody!

                            Today's Reference Links ...


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


                            • March 26th

                              On This Date in History!

                              Brownie Easter Weekend Quiz.

                              Which of these three good eggs could've actually played
                              for the St. Louis Browns, but never did? - Was it ...

                              (1.) Bugs Bunny?
                              (2.) Rabbit Maranville? or,
                              (3.) Bunny Berrigan?

                              Clue: Unless you're older than Missouri dirt, you'd better
                              go ask your great-grandfather for some help. Otherwise,
                              you may not even know who those last two good eggs

                              Births On March 26

                              Eugene Napoleon "Gene" or "DeMont" DeMontreville is born on March 26, 1874 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The BR/TR infielder will go on to an 11-year MLB career (1894-1904), collecting 1,096 hits and batting a fine .303. His Brownie time will be little more than a final fizzle of going 1 for 9 in 4 games in 1904 before he retires for good. - Gene DeMontreville will play well enough to be remembered for that fact alone. - The fact that he spent any time at all with the Browns buys him our memory here. - DeMontreville will pass away on February 18, 1935 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of nearly 61.

                              Charles Vincent "Charles" Moran is born on March 26, 1879 in Washington, DC. The righthanded throwing infielder's batting preference has long been forgotten, so, let's explore why. - Moran will have a 3-year big league career that is split between the Senators (1903-1904) and Browns (1904-1905). The Georgetown University alumnus will hit .207 with 1 HR in 970 times at bat and then be gone for good from the big time. - Any more questions about why his BL or BR stance has been noted in history books as "?" ? - Charles Moran will pass away on April 11, 1934 in Washington, DC at the age of 55.

                              Harold Franklin "Hal" Epps is born on March 26, 1914 in Athens, Georgia. The BL/TL outfielder will play sparingly for four years in the big leagues (1938, 1940, 1943-1944). Only 30 of his 125 MLB games will be played for the 1943-1944 Browns. Although Epps starts the season with the 1944 AL champs, he is dealt early to the Athletics for the finish of his big league career. Epps wil hit .253 with one homer during his big league career. Like many other of our short-timers, Epps is not really gone-for-good from baseball after his major league tour. Eal Epps went on to several more seasons as a top flight high level minor league player. I had the privilege of watching Hal Epps patrol center field for the 1947 Dixie Series Champion Houston Buffs. Epps hit well and performed incredibly on defense, In fact, he came to be known in Houston as "The Mayor of Center Field." - When Hal Epps passed away last year, I attended his funeral. I just had to be there. Hal Epps died on August 25, 2004 in Houston at the age of 90.

                              Deaths on March 26

                              Edward "Ed" Hawk passes away on March 26, 1936 in Neosho, Missouri at the age of 48. The BL/TR was 0 and 4 in 4 big league starts for the 1911 Browns and was then gone-for-good. - Hawk left an ERA of 3.35 for the record books before he vanished. - Ed Hawk also was born in Neosho, Missouri on February 22, 1888.

                              BCT/GB, Ed Hawk! :atthepc

                              George Harold "George" Sisler

                              "The Sizzler" Himself! - The Biggest Brownie Cap Tip & God Bless!

                              George Harold "George" Sisler passes away on March 26, 1973 in Richmond Heights, Missouri at the age of 80. God rest bless and rest your soul, oh mightiest of all the Browns! We'll do what we can down here to make sure that your record is never forgotten. (For more on the Greatest of the St. Louis Browns, see Sisler's birth post for this date in Browns History, March 24th.)

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


                              • March 27th

                                On This Date in History!

                                [Brownie Easter Weekend Q & A:


                                During the first half of the 20th century, how did the Yankees,
                                Cardinals, and Browns differ in their approaches to the Easter
                                Egg Hunt for players?


                                The Yankees picked up all the good eggs they could find.
                                If they came up short on pretty eggs, they just bought the ones
                                they wanted from the baskets of poorer clubs like the Browns.

                                The Cardinals got smart, thanks to Branch Rickey. Instead
                                of only looking for the prettiest eggs, they went to the store
                                and bought the best raw eggs they could find. Then they
                                boiled and painted these eggs as they wanted them to be.
                                By the time other clubs snapped to this idea as a good plan,
                                the Cardinals were already better at it than anyone else.

                                The Browns, on the other hand, couldn't afford to search
                                as far and as wide as some of the other richer clubs. As a result,
                                they found fewer eggs and often fell victim to the idea of making
                                money to pay the bills at home by selling their prettiest eggs to
                                richer clubs like the Yankees. To fill their own roster basket, the
                                Browns began to settle for eggs that were cracked, rotten, or raw
                                - often trading these bad eggs back and forth to the other poorer
                                clubs who operated in the same way. The Browns tried to imitate
                                the Cardinal Easter Egg Farm formula, but even their smaller
                                operation just became a way of raising a few pretty eggs for resale

                                It was a little more complicated than this model suggests
                                - but only slightly.

                                March 27, 1941: NY Trades Future Brownie Egg Sundra to Sens.

                                Steve Sundra: One of the
                                still sometimes pretty eggs
                                that fell from the basket of
                                the New York Yankees.

                                Ever mindful of the shelf-life value of certain players, the New York Yankees today sell pitcher Steve Sundra to the Washington Senators. The trade takes place on Sundra's 31st birthday. Sundra was 11–1 for the 1939 Yankees, but he slipped in 1940 to 4–6. After a 9-13 season with the 1941 Senators and a 1-3 start in 1942, Washington will deal "Egg Sundra" to the St. Louis Browns.

                                Births on March 27

                                William George "William" Rumler is born on March 27, 1891 in Milford, Nebraska. The BR/TR utility catcher/outfielder will hit .251 in his 3-year Browns/big league career (1914, 1916-1917). He collects 1 HR in his 171 official at bats and is then gone-for-good. - William Rumler will die on May 26, 1966 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 75.

                                William Edwin "Bill" Burwell is born on March 27, 1895 in Jarbalo, Kansas. The BL/TR will win 8 and lose 8 for the 1920-1921 Browns and return in 1928 to add one more win as a Pittsburgh Pirate. His final stats are 9 wins, 8 losses, and an ERA of 4.37. - Bill Burwell will pass away on June 11, 1973 in Ormond Beach, Florida at the age of 78.

                                Steve Sundra is born on March 27, 1910 in Luxor, Pennsylvania. My apologies. I don't know the reaon for the early demise of this pretty fair country pitcher. In 9 seasons (1936, 1938-1944, 1946), the BR/TR Sundra posted a big league record of 56 wins, 41 losses, and an ERA of 4.17. With the 1942-1944, and 1946 Browns, Sundra won 25 and lost 14. He had his biggest win total when he went 15-11 for the 1943 Browns, but, as mentioned in our trade story today, his best mound year was 1939, when Sundra won 11, lost only 1, and registered a 2.76 ERA for the Yankees. - Steve Sundra will pass away on March 23, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio - just 4 days shy of his 42nd birthday.

                                Deaths on March 27

                                Francis Charles "Frank" Roth passes away on March 27, 1955 in Burlington, Wisconsin at the age of 76. The BR/TR 5-position utility player played 6 years (1903-1906, 1909-1910), including 29 games for for the 1905 Browns. His career BA in 233 games was .250 with 1 HR. - Frank Roth was born on October 11, 1878 in Chicago, Illinois.

                                Happy Easter, Browns Fans!

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