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  • #16
    Originally posted by Bill_McCurdy
    [B]] Tigers pitcher Eldon Auker hits two HRs while beating the Browns.

    (In these historical note sites, it seems as though the Browns are always playing or trading with the Detroit Tigers.)

    Speaking of which, Auker ended up with the Browns (although via the Bosox). Did a good job for them, too.


    • #17
      August 15th

      August 15, 1951: Ned's Nadir. Al Rosen belts a first inning grand slam to jump start the Indians to a 9–4 win over the Browns, their 13th in a row. For Rosen, it is his 4th slam of the year, just the 9th player to accomplish the feat. Ned Garver gives up seven runs in the first inning in losing to Early Wynn.

      In the same year that Ned Garver won 20 games for the 102-loss, last place Browns, he had this game to get out of his system. I guess you could say that on this date in history, Garver took an early loss in opposition to Early Wynn.

      August 15, 1921: Another Sisler Streak Ends. A major-league record streak of 10 straight hits by the Browns' George Sisler is stopped by Detroit in the 4th inning, but he goes 2-for-3 with a 2-run homer in the 6th. The Browns win, 3–2.

      August 15, 1915: Sisler Hurls Complete Game. George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns pitches a complete game against the Cleveland Indians, losing 1–0 to Guy Morton.

      August 15, 1905: Waddell Shuts Out Browns. The A's Rube Waddell is the whole show today as he hurls a 5-inning no hitter over the Browns. The A's are ahead 2–0, when the rain starts pouring after the A's bat in the 5th. Waddell strikes out nine batters, and three more bounce out to Waddell. The one runner reaches on Rube's error.

      Future Hall of Famer Rube Waddell will later finish his big league career as a member of the Browns during the 1908-1910 seasons. Check out his career stats. Can you imagine anyone other than a guy like Sandy Koufax being elected to the Hall of Fame today with only 193 career wins? :atthepc

      Waddell Link:

      Today's General Reference Link:
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-15-2004, 05:02 AM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


      • #18
        August 16th

        August 16, 1922: Big Train Derailed Again. The St. Louis Browns beat Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators again, 11–2. Brownie star George Sisler is 1-for-5 with a run scored.

        August 16, 1919: A Positive Brownie Record? Chances Are. The Browns set an AL record with 53 total chances against the A's, but lose 7-4. The Browns have 26 assists and St. Louis 1B George Sisler has 17 putouts. With no putouts, the St. Louis outfielders have the day off.

        August 16, 1912: David vs. Goliath? David Has A Shot. Behind Earl Hamilton's seven hitter, the lowly Browns beat the front running Red Sox, 3–2. Tom "Buck" O'Brien takes the loss, but he will go on to a 20-13 record for the 1912 Red Sox in the only great full year he will enjoy as a member of the the Red Sox. O'Brien will be dealt to the White Sox in 1913 and he will be out of big league baseball for good at that season's end. Even with the loss to the Browns on this date, Boston remains in first place in the American League, 8 1/2 games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics.

        August 16, 1907: Big Spenders? Who Else? The Browns. The Washington Post reports that St. Louis Browns shorstop Bobby Wallace is the highest paid player in either league at a salary of $6,500. (Of course, we're kidding about the Browns being *big spenders*. Maybe, the stratospheric salary that the club paid Wallace back in 1907 was the turning point on the more frugal times that lay ahead.) :atthepc

        Today's Reference Link:
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-16-2004, 02:11 PM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


        • #19
          August 17th

          August 17, 1948: Bearden Blanks Browns. Cleveland Indians' rookie Gene Bearden shuts out the St. Louis Browns, 8–0, to improve his record to 12–3.

          August 17, 1933: Gehrig Breaks CGP Record Against Browns. Lou Gehrig plays his 1,308th consecutive game to break Everett Scott's mark, as the St. Louis Browns edge the New York Yankees, 7-6, in 10 innings.

          Today's Reference Link:
          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-17-2004, 05:43 AM.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


          • #20
            August 18th

            August 18, 1965: Ignominious Sisler Record Finally Tied. In a 3–2 Baltimore Orioles win over the Boston Red Sox, Brooks Robinson hits into his 3rd triple play, tying the record of George Sisler, who banged into triple plays in 1921, 1922, and 1926.

            August 18, 1943: Clary Becomes a Brown. The Washington Senators send infielder Ellis Clary, pitcher Ox Miller and cash to the St. Louis Browns for pitcher Johnny Niggeling and popular third baseman Harlond Clift. Niggeling will split 48 decisions as a Senator, while Miller will win just three in St. Louis.

            August 18, 1915: Browns Acquire Baby Doll. The St. Louis Browns send pitchers Bill James and Grover Lowdermilk to the Detroit Tigers for the future center fielder of the great '22 Browns, Babe Doll Jacobson.

            Today's Reference Links:

            Baby Doll Notes: At Mobile (Southern League) in 1912, the grandstand band played "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" after Jacobson's Opening Day homer, and the next day's paper captioned his photo, "Baby Doll." After a decade in the minors, he spent 1917 in the majors, served a year in the military, and returned as a Browns' regular at 28. The best of Jacobson's ML career was contained in seven straight years over .300 (1919-25), five of them with Ken Williams and Jack Tobin flanking him in the Browns' best-remembered outfield. A burly righthander who swung a light bat, he hit well for average, if not for power. For all his heft (at 6'3" and 215-lb, he was the league's biggest man), he was also a capable fielder. At one time he held 13 fielding marks; his 484 putouts in 1924 stood as a record for 24 years. In 1927 he played seven consecutive games for the Red Sox without a putout or assist. (ADS) :atthepc

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


            • #21
              August 19th

              August 19, 1951: Eddie Gaedel's Big Day! It curiously turns out to be the most remembered day in the history of the St. Louis Browns. In his most interesting promotional stunt, Bill Veeck signs a 3'7" midget, Eddie Gaedel, who goes to bat as a pinch hitter for outfielder Frank Saucier. Gaedel is wearing the number *1/8* when he is called upon to bat in the first inning of the nightcap with the Tigers at Sportsman's Park. Lefty Bob Cain laughingly walks him on four pitches. Jim Delsing then pinch runs, but the Tigers win, 6–2. Two days later, MLB bars Eddie Gaedel from appearing in any more games.

              Is there any other sport that formally bans participants for being *vertically challenged*? Makes you wonder how the banning of Gaedel would hold up today in this far more litigious culture of 2004. :atthepc

              A Few Gaedel Reference Links:





              August 19, 1922: Browns Split DH with A's; Yanks Regain Lead. In Philadelphia, the Browns and A's split a pair, with St. Louis taking the opener, 9–5. Urban Shocker is backed by Ken Williams 31st HR. He hits his 32nd in the nitecap, but the A's win, 6–5, when Bing Miller bangs a 2-run HR in the eighth off Rasty Wright. The split allows the Yankees, winner over Chicago, to move back into first place.

              General Reference Link on Today's Facts:
              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-19-2004, 05:24 AM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


              • #22
                August 20th

                August 20, 1948: 1 Former & 2 Future Browns Heat It Up for Indians. Many Browns players have had their best years, or biggest moments, either before or after their time on the St. Louis club roster. Here's a small example: Before the largest crowd (78,382) ever to attend a night game, fans pack Municipal Stadium in Cleveland and watch Satchel Paige become the fourth consecutive Indian pitcher to throw a shutout. The Ageless Wonder joins Gene Bearden, Sam Zoldak and Bob Lemon in blanking the opposition four straight times.

                The Cleveland Indians, of course, went on to win the 1948 World Series. Of the four pitchers who tossed those consecutive shutouts, only Bob Lemon escaped an earlier or later tour of duty with the St. Louis Browns.

                6/15/48: Sam Zoldak is acquired by the Cleveland Indians from the Browns in exchange for Bill Kennedy and $100,000.

                1951: 45 year old (at least) Satchel Paige signs as a free agent to pitch for the Browns after being out of baseball in 1950.

                2/14/52: Gene Bearden (now with Detroit) is traded by the Tigers to the Browns, along with pitcher Bob Cain and 1st baseman Dick Kryhoski in exchange for Dick Littlefield, Cliff Mapes, and Ben Taylor.

                With the rare exception of guys like Ned Garver, it seems that former Browns pitchers who played with multiple teams always had their best years and/or biggest moments elsewhere from St. Louis. Read some about Urban Shocker, Bob Turley, and Don Larson for further enlightenment. :atthepc

                August 20, 1922: A's Pin Browns' Hopes for 1st Place Tie. The Philadelphia Athletics jump to a 5–0 lead over the St. Louis Browns, and hold on for a 7–6 win. As a result, the idle New York Yankees watch their AL lead expand to a full game.

                Reference Link:
                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-20-2004, 12:55 PM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                • #23
                  August 21st

                  August 21, 1921: Browns Sweep DH From Yankees. At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the largest crowd of the season has plenty to cheer about. The Browns reward the faithful by sweeping a pair from the New York Yankees, winning 5–4 and 10–0. Browns pitcher Bill Bayne, who will finish the season with an 11-5 record, strikes out seven of the 1st nine Yanks in Game Two on his way to a 10 K run.

                  August 21, 1915: Ruth Beats Browns. Babe Ruth pitches his Boston Red Sox to a 4–1 win over the St. Louis Browns. At bat, the Babe is hitless.

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


                  • #24
                    August 22nd

                    August 22, 1951: "Wild Thing, You Make Our Hearts Sting!" Tommy Byrne of the Browns keeps walking them and the Red Sox keep stranding them as St. Louis and Boston battle for 13 innings before the Sox win, 3–1. Brownie Byrne walks 16 Sox batters, tying the American League walk record set by Bruno Haas in 1915 (Haas walked 16 in a loss to the Yanks, his only ML decision), and Boston strands 22 runners: the AL record for stranded runners is 24, set by the Indians in 18 innings on July 10, 1932. Byrne breaks his personal record of 13 walks in a game he set in 1949. The Brownies don't help him much, stranding 14.

                    August 22, 1922: Basepath Larceny. At Boston, the Browns beat the Red Sox behind reliever Elam Vangilder, who takes over for Rasty Wright in the fourth inning with two on and a 4–1 lead. Ken Williams and George Sisler each have two stolen bases.
                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                    • #25
                      August 23rd

                      August 23, 1936: Browns Lose To Kid Pitcher. Seventeen-year-old Bob Feller makes his first start in the big leagues and strikes out 15, one less than the AL record, as the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns, 4-1.

                      August 23, 1931: "Anger Management? What The Hell Is That?" - Lefty Grove. Lefty Grove is frustrated in his effort to win a record-breaking 17th game in a row, as A's left fielder Jimmy Moore misjudges a routine fly ball by Ski Melillo of the Browns, turning it into a 2-out double, to allow the game's lone run. The volatile Grove is outraged and unforgiving, not at Moore, but that Al Simmons, the regular OF, missed the game. Dick Coffman of the Browns allows just three hits to win, 1–0. The A's avoid a Browns sweep by winning the nightcap, 10–0, behind Waite Hoyt's 6-hitter.

                      an Oscar "Ski" Melillo link ...

                      a Dick Coffman link ...

                      August 23, 1903: Big Crowd Sees Double Brownie Loss. Before 21,400 in St. Louis the Boston Pilgrims sweep the St. Louis Browns, 5-3 and 4-2. To add insult to injury, Boston executes a triple play in the nitecap. Hughes and Young are the winners for 1st place Boston.

                      The fan turnout is impressive. After all, it's late August and the two-year old Browns are on their way to a 65-74 record and a 6th place finish in the American League. The fall in 1903 from their impressive 2nd place finish in 1902 fails to deter the optimism of St. Louis fans about the future of the Browns. "Write this down," shouts one fan on his way for a beer after the double loss, "it'll get better!"

                      OK. - :atthepc - It'll get better.

                      Today's Reference Link:
                      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-23-2004, 05:00 AM.
                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                      • #26
                        August 24th

                        August 24, 1951: The Famous Fans Management Night. In another of Bill Veeck's legendary marketing stunts, "Fans Managers' Night," the St. Louis Browns defeat the Philadelphia Athletics, 5–3. The Browns coaches hold up placards for 1,115 fans, who vote either "yes" or "no" on the options given to them. Manager Zack Taylor sits in a box behind the dugout with two fans who monitor the voting. Adding to the festivities is Max Patkin, the clown prince of baseball, who coaches at 1st base for several innings. The fans vote to start Sherm Lollar behind the plate as catcher instead of Matt Batts, Lollar rewards fan adroitness by banging out three hits, including a homer, and Hank Arft, also voted in, knocks home two runs. Gus Zernial's 28th home run, off Garver, accounts for all the A's runs. When the stunt was announced on August 15th, A's General Manager Art Ehlers bitterly denounced it as "farcical."

                        Yeah, it was farcical, Art, but everybody at Sportsman's Park had a good time and there was no real sacrifice of the game's integrity. You have to give Bill Veeck credit for understanding the only important rule of showmanship: If people don't like your act, they won't come back to see you. :atthepc

                        a Bill Veeck link ...

                        a Zach Taylor link ...

                        a Max Patkin link ...

                        a Sherm Lollar link ...

                        a Matt Batts link ...

                        a Hank Arft link ...

                        August 24, 1922: A 20-Hit Browns Attack. The St. Louis Browns collect 20 hits and score nine runs in the first two innings on their way to a stunning victory over the Boston Red Sox, 13–2. Ken Williams extends his hitting streak to 28 games, but he will be stopped in his next game from going further.

                        August 24, 1915: How do the Browns spell relief? Today they spelled it "S-I-S-L-E-R." The St. Louis Browns bring George Sisler in to pitch five innings of relief in a game against Philadelphia. Sisler gives up one run and earns the win, a 10–7 victory over the A's Rube Bressler.

                        a George Sisler link ...

                        August 24, 1904: 100 Years Ago Today! The New York Highlanders' Willie Keeler collects two home runs against the St. Louis Browns in a 9–1 win at New York. Both drives are inside the park. Speedy batters, big ballparks, slow outfielders, and/or bad fielding will do it to you almost every time.

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


                        • #27
                          August 25th

                          August 25, 2004: Former Brown Hal Epps Died Today at Age 90. Hal Epps died in Houston today at the age of 90. Signed originally by the St. Louis Cardinals, Epps only saw part-time duty with the 1943-44 St. Louis Browns, but he later became a fixture in center field and a legendary big game hero for the 1947 Texas League and Dixie Series Champion Houston Buffs. I felt that some of you might want to know of his passing.

                          Mickey Herskowitz wrote a nice colum on Epps today in the Houston Chronicle. Here's the link. ...


                          Here's a link to the major league stats of Hal Epps. There's not much to talk about there, but I will tell you from my own experience of watching him play for the Houston Buffs. The guy could go get 'em. He had that Pete Reiser tendency of crashing into fences to make catches. He also was the best clutch hitter on the '47 Buffs club.


                          With the death of Hal Epps, only 82 year old Solly Hemus remains as a living member of the '47 Buffs. I will be going to the funeral on Monday and I plan to take flowers in behalf of the St. Louis Browns Fan Club.

                          August 25, 1945: Stolen Moment. Joe Hoover of the Detroit Tigers will swipe only 19 bases in his career, but the most valuable one comes today. On the front end of a 3rd inning double steal, Hoover steals home against the St. Louis Browns for the game's only run.

                          August 25, 1940: Mercy Ending. In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the Boston Red Sox explode for 11 runs in the 6th inning. Jimmie Foxx hits his 3rd grand slam of the year in the inning, connecting off the Emil Bildilli of the St. Louis Browns. The game is called after seven innings, with the Red Sox ahead of the Browns by the runaway tab of 17–3.

                          August 25, 1938: McQuinn Streak Ends. The consecutive game hitting streak of the St. Louis Browns' George McQuinn is stopped at 34. McQuinn is halted seven games short of George Sisler's American League record of 41.

                          a George McQuinn Reference Link:

                          August 25, 1930: Browns Fail To Capitalize. Tommy Bridges of the Detroit Tigers walks 12 St. Louis Browns, but Detroit still beats St. Louis, 7–5. Ancient Truth: Baserunners don't count unless somebody on your club finds a way to drive them across the plate.

                          August 25, 1929: Browns Stupify Yankees. After three straight shutouts by St. Louis Browns hurlers (Gray, Blaeholder, and Crowder) the New York Yankees break their 32-inning scoreless streak with a 4th-inning homer by Babe Ruth. St. Louis still wins, 3–2. After this incredible series, do you suppose they were crying in New York, "Break Up The Browns?"

                          August 25, 1924: Big Train No-No's Browns. Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators hurls a seven-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns, winning by a score of 2-0.

                          August 25, 1922: Browns Split DH with NY at Polo Grounds. In the first game of a doubleheader before a sold-out Polo Grounds, the St. Louis Browns beat the New York Yankees, 3–1, behind Urban Shocker. Waite Hoyt is the loser for New York, but he does stop Ken Williams's hitting streak at 28 consecutive games. Meanwhile, George Sisler hits in his 24th straight game. In game two, the Yankee jump to a 2–0 lead on Ruth's 2-run triple, then extend it to 6–1 behind Joe Bush. The Browns close to 6–5, but that is it. The Yankees salvage a split. The Browns end up losing the '22 AL pennant to the Yankees by a single game. Now, had the Browns swept today's DH, ...

                          An Urban Shocker Reference Link:

                          August 25, 1914: A More Typical Day At The Office. The Philadelphia Athletics score nine runs to back Rube Bressler's shut out of the St. Louis Browns in the first of two games. Teammate Herb Pennock then follows with a 1–0 shut out of the Browns.

                          August 25, 1911: Smokey Joe! Boston Red Sox lefty Smoky Joe Wood tops the St. Louis Browns, 3–2, for his 20th win.

                          August 25, 1910: Browns Overcome Cycle Slugger. At St. Louis, the Athletics' Danny Murphy hits for the cycle, but it is not enough to make a difference as Philadelphia loses to the Browns, 9–6.
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-28-2004, 06:10 AM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                          • #28
                            August 26th

                            August 26, 1960: Up, Up, and Away. Browns fan Bill McCurdy actually graduates from college. His matriculation sets a new world record. McCurdy is the first Browns fan from Houston to obtain a legitimate degree from the University of Houston. He also is the only student to yell, "Go Browns!", at the moment the graduating class switches the tassels of their mortar boards from one side to the other. Afterwards, the event is quietly celebrated with family at Valian's, a popular pizza restaurant of that ancient time and place.

                            a McCurdy Graduation Reference: See Guinness Book, Etc.

                            For time better spent, check out my webshots *mainly baseball* photo gallery at ...


                            With more than 106,000 visitors, so far, there are a lot of interesting Browns photos included and a nice album on the Cardinals called "Cardinal Nation:2004" on Page 4. You also will find the largest internet collection of Houston baseball and Minute Maid Park photos there. At the photo site, you also will see me mainly identified by my Houston internet username, Buff. The reference is definitely not to my physical condition, but to my lifelong affection for the old Houston Buffs, a AA Cardinal Texas League farm club during the days of my youth. :atthepc

                            August 26, 1922: Slip, Sliding Away. The New York Yankees take over first place by battering the St. Louis Browns, 9–2, behind Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser for the Browns.

                            a Rasty Wright Link:

                            Today's General Reference Link:
                            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-28-2004, 06:09 AM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                            • #29
                              August 27th

                              August 27, 1922: Umpire's Call Helps Sink Browns. The New York Yankees increase their lead by beating the Browns, 2–1, in 11 innings on Bob Meusel's sacrifice fly. Hank Severeid's home run is the only run scored for the St. Louis Browns. An apparent two-run double off the left field wall by Eddie Foster of the Browns in the 10th is ruled foul by Umpire Moriarty. The Yanks take the series from the Browns, 3 games to 1.

                              I'd really like to research this game for more information. The negative outcome frames it as another of those one-game difference makers in the season of the champions that almost were: The 1922 St. Louis Browns. :atthepc

                              a Hank Severeid reference link ...

                              an Eddie Foster reference link ...
                              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-27-2004, 07:25 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


                              • #30
                                August 28th

                                August 28, 1951: Yanks Edge Browns. The New York Yankees took a 7–5 win in ten innings over the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park today. The New York win allowed the 2nd place Yankees to remain a game back of the front-running Cleveland Indians.

                                August 28, 1903: Baseball Sometimes Funny As A Train Wreck. Cleveland Naps and St. Louis Browns players escape serious injury when their train derails near Napoleon, Ohio. Although it is not understood clearly in these early innocent days of the franchise, the incident serves as a metaphor for much that lays ahead for future members of almost all Browns ball clubs. If you are able to walk away alive when the season is done, consider yourself lucky. :atthepc
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.


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