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  • August 8th - 2nd Time Around!

    On This Date in History!



    1922 American League Pennant Race

    Standings Thru Games of Tuesday, August 8:
    St. Louis (63-43, .594)
    New York (63-45, .583) 1 GB

    Results of Tuesday, August 8:
    @ St. Louis: Senators 3 - Browns 1.
    @ Detroit: Tigers 2 - Yankees 1.

    Game Reports for Tuesday, August 8:
    Browns & Yankees Both Lose! SL Lead Over NY Stays at 1. Tom Zachary and the Washington Senators beat the St. Louis Browns and Dixie Davis, 3–1, today, holding the St. Louis lead over New York in the American League pennant race to a single game. Cheers went up at Sportsman's Park before game's end when news arrived that the Yankees had fallen to the Tigers in Detroit, 2-1, but the Browns were unable to gain advantage by taking care of their own business at home. Mr. Zachary of Washington had other ideas.

    Games Scheduled for Wednesday, August 9:
    Washington @ St. Louis
    New York @ Detroit

    Games Scheduled for Thursday, August 10:
    Browns: No Game Scheduled. 2 Days Off for Train Travel to Chicago.
    Yankees: No Game Scheduled. 1 Day Off for Train Travel Home to NY.

    Games Scheduled for Friday, August 11:
    Browns: Day Off. 2-Game Series @ Chicago starts tomorrow.
    Yankees: Philadelphia @ New York. (1 Game).



    August 8, 1921: Luke Stuart Hits Memorable HR in Browns 16-3 Loss To Sens!

    "Here you go, kid! Just put the ball in play!"

    "Tell me about the time you went to bat for the first time in the big leagues, Grandpa?" No player ever lived with a sweeter answer than a guy named Luke Stuart. In his first time at bat in the big leagues at Griffith Stadium in Washington, St. Louis Browns rookie Luke Stuart hits a home run. Stuart is the first American League rookie to accomplish the feat. His 9th inning blast, good for two runs, comes off Washington's great future Hall of Famer, Walter Johnson. Stuart is likely helped by the fact that Johnson is coasting home with a 16–3 lead at the time and feeling OK about letting the batters put the ball in play. "The Big Train" closes the door after Stuart's blast, cruising home with a 16–5 win over the Browns. - Luke Stuart will play two more games and then leave the majors with this single home run as his only hit in big league history. (In Luke's version to his grandkids, I'm supposing that he may have given himself license to talk about how Walter Johnson bore down upon him with all of his great skills.) The next American League big league rookie to connect for a homer on his first time at bat will be Earl Averill of the Cleveland Indians in 1929.



    A Browns Record Booker

    Irony Question: What are the records for most runs scored for and against the Browns in a shutout game?

    "What goes around, comes around."

    Answers: The Browns scored the most runs in their own favor when they shutout the Detroit Tigers, 16-0. on September 9, 1922. The disfavor was returned when the Detroit Tigers administered the most runs scored against the Browns in a shutout with an 18-0 pasting on April 29, 1935.



    Births on August 8



    Marlin Stuart

    "The Smilin' Arkansan!"

    Birth Name: Marlin Henry Stuart Bats : Left
    Born On: 08-08-1918 Throws : Right
    Born In: Paragould, Arkansas Height : 6-02
    Died On: 06-16-1994 Weight : 185
    Died In: Paragould, Arkansas First Game: 04-26-1949
    College: None Attended Last Game: 08-08-1954
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Pitcher Marlin Stuart put up a 9-4 record for the 1952-1953 Browns. For his total big league career (1949-1954), Stuart posted a mark of 23 wins, 17 losses, and an ERA of 4.65. Stuart was 75 at the time of his 1994 death.



    Deaths on August 8



    Bob Neighbors



    Birth Name: Robert Otis Neighbors Bats : Right
    Born On: 11-09-1917 Throws : Right
    Born In: Talihina, Oklahoma Height : 5-11
    Died On: 08-08-1952 Weight : 165
    Died In: North Korea First Game: 09-16-1939
    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1939
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Shortstop Bob Neighbors only had a .182 BA (2 for 13) with 1 HR for the 1939 Browns as his total big league experience, but that's OK. Neighbors had a much higher calling in life. He gave his life for his country fighting for the US military in North Korea on August 8, 1952. - BCT/GB, Bob Neighbors! - Browns fans will remember you, and all true Americans still thank you, for making that supreme sacrifice in our behalf!



    Bob Harris



    Birth Name: Robert Arthur Harris Bats : Right
    Born On: 05-01-1917 Throws : Right
    Born In: Gillette, Wyoming Height : 6-00
    Died On: 08-08-1989 Weight : 185
    Died In: North Platte, Nebraska First Game: 09-19-1938
    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-16-1942
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Pitcher Bob Harris registered a career (1938-1942) MLB record of 30 wins, 52 losses, and an ERA of 4.96. He had a mark with the 1939-1942 Browns of 27-42 with the 1939-1942 Browns, moving to the A's in 1942 and finishing his career in Philadelphia with a record of 1-5. Bob Harris was 72 when he died in 1989



    Willard Brown

    Willard "Home Run" Brown

    Birth Name: Willard Jessie Brown Bats : Right
    Born On: 06-26-1915 Throws : Right
    Born In: Shreveport, Louisiana Height : 5-11½
    Died On: 08-08-1996 Weight : 200
    Died In: Houston, Texas First Game: 07-19-1947
    College: None Attended Last Game: 08-17-1947
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Outfielder Willard Brown was the second black to play for the St. Louis Browns when he made his debut on July 19, 1947. Two days earlier, infielder Hank Thompson became the first black player for the Browns. - On August 13, 1947, Willard Brown also became the first black player to hit a home run in the American League. Pinch-hitting for Joe Schultz, Brown drilled a pitch off the center field wall for an inside-the-park homer off future Hall-of-Fame Detroit Tiger pitcher Hal Newhouser. (So, the first American League black player to hit a home run was doubly a "Brown.") After 21 games with the St. Louis Browns, Willard Brown's brief run with the St. Louis Browns came to an end. Hitting less than his weight at .179, Brown wias released. He continued to play professional baseball, but never again as a big leaguer. - Willard Brown was 71 at the time of his 1966 death. - BCT/GB, Willard Brown! - I will also personally remember you as member of my Houston Buffs!


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

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1916&t=SLA

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-21-2005, 11:45 AM.
    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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    • August 9th - 2nd Time Around!

      On This Date in History!



      August 9, 1946: "Let There Be Light!" - Commissioner Happy Chandler.



      For the first time in baseball history, all eight games between the sixteen clubs in both the American and National Leagues are played at night - and with the full blessing of the commissioner, both league presidents, and all owners. At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the Browns join the winner's circle on this historic evening, edging the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, to pull their 1946 record up to 46-58 on the year.



      1922 American League Pennant Race

      Standings Thru Games of Wednesday, August 9:
      St. Louis (64-43, .598)
      New York (64-45, .587) 1 GB

      Results of Wednesday, August 9:
      @ St. Louis: Browns 8 - Senators 6.
      @ Detroit: Yankees 8 - Tigers 3.

      Game Reports for Wednesday, August 9:
      Browns/Yankees Tandem Continues! Both Win Today! SL Keeps 1 Game Lead! In almost perfect reflection of each other, the Browns and Yankees both win today, defeating their opponents in common patterns of dominant hitting and adequate pitching. - At St. Louis, and with the score even at 6-6, the Browns score 2 in the 7th inning off reliever Walter Johnson to beat the Senators, 8–6. The Browns finish an 11–5 home stand as they now take the train to Chicago.


      Games Scheduled for Thursday, August 10:
      Browns: No Game Scheduled. 2 Days Off for Train Travel to Chicago.
      Yankees: No Game Scheduled. 1 Day Off for Train Travel Home to NY.

      Games Scheduled for Friday, August 11:
      Browns: Day Off. 2-Game Series @ Chicago starts tomorrow.
      Yankees: Philadelphia @ New York. (1 Game).

      Games Scheduled for Saturday, August 12:
      St. Louis @ Chicago
      New York: no game scheduled



      A Browns Record Booker

      Question: What is the franchise record for the most runs ever scored by a Browns club in a single inning?

      "In The Big Inning ..."

      Answer: The Browns had their biggest inning in history on July 21, 1949 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. In the bottom of the 6th inning in the first game of a doubleheader they played against the visiting Philadelphia Athletics, the Browns scored 11 runs on their way to a 15-2 victory. As baseball so often unfolds, the red hot first game bats of the Browns disappeared in the nitecap and the A's came out on top, 3-2, to gain a split.



      Births on August 9



      Bob Clemens
      Birth Name: Robert Baxter Clemens Bats : Right
      Born On: 08-09-1886 Throws : Right
      Born In: Odessa, Missouri Height : 5-09
      Died On: 04-05-1964 Weight : 163
      Died In: Marshall, Missouri First Game: 09-17-1914
      College: Missouri Valley College Last Game: 10-02-1914
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Outfielder Bob Clemens was 3 for 13 (.231) with no homers in 7 games for the 1914 Browns before ho-humming his way into the chasm known here as the Land of Gone for Good. Bob Clemens was 77 at the time of his 1964 death. - BCT/GB, Bob Clemens! - "Roger" and "Out!"



      Kid Butler
      Birth Name: Willis Everett Butler Bats : Right
      Born On: 08-09-1887 Throws : Right
      Born In: Franklin, Pennsylvania Height : 5-11
      Died On: 02-22-1964 Weight : 155
      Died In: Richmond, California First Game: 04-30-1907
      College: None Attended Last Game: 08-02-1907
      Nickname: Kid Draft: Not Applicable

      Utility infielder Kid Butler had a 20-game career with the 1907 Browns, posting a .220 BA in 59 total AB's and 0 HR's before he too was ... gone for good! Kid Butler was 76 at the time of his 1964 death. - BCT/GB, Kid Butler!



      Fred Sanford

      "Don't look at me! - I ain't him!"

      Birth Name: John Frederick Sanford Bats : Both
      Born On: 08-09-1919 Throws : Right
      Born In: Garfield, Utah Height : 6-01
      Died On: Still Living Weight : 200
      Died In: Still Living First Game: 05-05-1943
      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-14-1951
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Long before the Redd Foxx character hit the boob tube, another fellow named Fred Sanford had a bookends big league career (1943, 1946-1947 and 1951) as a Browns pitcher. Overall, Sanford played for 7 seasons in the big leagues (1943, 1946-1951), posting a total record of 37 wins, 55 losses, and an ERA of 4.45. - On this date in 2005, the baseball version of Fred Sanford is celebrating his natal anniversary! - Happy 86th Birthday, Fred Sanford!



      Deaths on August 9



      "Some mysteries go unsolved in defiance of both our imaginations and the mathematical laws governing probability. On this date in baseball history, August 9th, we are faced with such a phenomenon - and it may be simply stated for what it is in fact. - No former Brown, indeed, no former major leaguer - has ever died on August 9th."

      Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

      http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-21-2005, 11:45 AM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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      • August 10th - 2nd Time Around!

        On This Date in History!



        August 10, 1902-1953: A Complete Shutout!



        The search for Browns history by date through books and various internet sites is a little like picking up a catsup bottle. You never know what you're going to get until you pick the thing up and turn it upside down.

        This is one of those rare days when absolutely nothing is available to us as Browns news, even if we bang the bottom of the bottle hard. Who knows? Tomorrow we may be able to flood the plate with nary a tap, but today is playing out as a big wash of nothing.

        With deferential apologies to Forrest Gump, poet Ogden Nash said it best:

        "Shake, shake,
        The catsup bottle!
        None will come,
        And then a lot'll!"


        Stay tuned. - Tomorrow is another day.



        1922 American League Pennant Race

        Standings Thru Games of Thursday, August 10:
        St. Louis (64-43, .598)
        New York (64-45, .587) 1 GB

        Results of Thursday, August 10:
        Browns: No Game Scheduled.
        Yankees: No Game Scheduled.

        Game Reports for Thursday, August 10:
        Both Clubs Idle. With the Browns and Yankees both idle today, the St. Louis lead over New York in the AL remains at 1 game. The Browns are en route to Chicago for a 2-game series with the White Sox on Saturday and Sunday. The Yankees will play a single game tomorrow at home against Philadelphia.

        Games Scheduled for Friday, August 11:
        Browns: Day Off. 2-Game Series @ Chicago starts tomorrow.
        Yankees: Philadelphia @ New York. (1 Game).

        Games Scheduled for Saturday, August 12:
        St. Louis @ Chicago.
        New York: No Game Scheduled.

        Games Scheduled for Sunday, August 13:
        St. Louis @ Chicago.
        New York @ Washington.



        A Browns Record Booker

        Question: Over the course of their 52-year history (1902-1953), how many time did the Browns have the worst record in the American League?

        "Even I got more respect!"

        Answer: The Browns posted the absolute worst record in the American League 11 times. - Appropriately, the boys from St. Louis suffered their 11th and final humiliation in 1953, the last year of their existence.



        Births on August 10



        Joe Schepner
        Birth Name: Joseph Maurice Schepner Bats : Right
        Born On: 08-10-1895 Throws : Right
        Born In: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Height : 5-10
        Died On: 07-25-1959 Weight : 160
        Died In: Mobile, Alabama First Game: 09-11-1919
        College: None Attended Last Game: 09-28-1919
        Nickname: Gentleman Joe Draft: Not Applicable

        Joe Schepner played 3rd base and went 10 for 48 (.208 BA) for the 1919 Browns in his only MLB stop on the way to The Land of Gone For Good. Joe was 63 at the time of his death in 1959. - BCT/GB, Joe Schepner!



        Bill Trotter
        Birth Name: William Felix Trotter Bats : Right
        Born On: 08-10-1908 Throws : Right
        Born In: Cisne, Illinois Height : 6-02
        Died On: 08-26-1984 Weight : 195
        Died In: Arlington, Massachusetts First Game: 04-23-1937
        College: None Attended Last Game: 09-22-1944
        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

        Pitcher Bill Trotter posted a career record of 22 wins, 34 losses, and a 5.40 ERA over the course of his entire big league career (1937-1942, 1944). As a Brown for most of that time (1937-1942), Trotter had a record of 19-32. - Bill Trotter was 76 at the time of his 1984 death.



        Deaths on August 10



        "Life is like a box of chocolates, ..."

        No Browns Ever Died on August 10. So far.

        Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-21-2005, 11:46 AM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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        • August 11th - 2nd Time Around!

          On This Date in History!



          August 11, 1950: Ken Wood Ties Mark with 2 OF Assists in 8th Against Tigers!

          "Ken Wood has the best arm in the American League!" - Ted Williams.

          At Sportsman's Park today, right fielder Ken Wood of the St. Louis Browns nails two Detroit Tiger runners in the 8th inning of the 2nd game of a doubleheader tying an MLB mark for most assists by an outfielder in a single frame. As Wood recalled that game with me in a personal interview on August 12, 2005, he added these notes: "Les Moss was our catcher that day. He's the one who finished the business for us on each of my throws. - The first one was a one-bounce single - and the other one was a fast moving grass roller. - My throws in return had this much in common: They both landed in Moss's glove on the line drive fly at the plate in plenty of time for the out."

          History take note. - The Browns prevail, 2–1, after dropping the opener, 4–3, in 10 innings. The split keeps the league-leading Tigers 3 games ahead of Cleveland and 3.5 games ahead of New York. - Today's action simply brings the Browns' 1950 record to 38-67 and leaves them where they started the day - a full 29.5 games behind the 67-37 Tigers.

          As for Wood's arm, it was a great one. According to Wood himself, Ted Williams once told a group of other players in his presence: "Ken Wood has the best arm in the American League!" Two outfield assists in one inning seem to attest to that claim.



          1922 American League Pennant Race

          Standings Thru Games of Friday, August 11:
          St. Louis (64-43, .598)
          New York (65-45, .591) 0.5 GB

          Results of Friday, August 11:
          Browns: No Game Scheduled.
          @ New York: Yankees 3 - Philadelphia 2.

          Game Reports for Friday, August 11:
          NY Pulls To Half Game Back of Idle SL. The Yankees pulled to only one-half game back of the idle 1st place Browns by nipping the Athletics at the Polo Grounds, 3-2. Game details are unavailable, but the daily scores are the ongoing story. Two aggressive and multi-talented teams each want the AL 1922 pennant - and only one can have it. To this point, neither club shows any sign of folding in the stretch.

          Games Scheduled for Saturday, August 12:
          St. Louis @ Chicago.
          New York: No Game Scheduled.

          Games Scheduled for Sunday, August 13:
          St. Louis @ Chicago.
          New York @ Washington.

          Games Scheduled for Monday, August 14:
          Browns: Day Off for Travel: 5-Game Series @ Washington starts tomorrow.
          Yankees: Day Off for Travel: Host 3-Game Series w/Detroit starting tomorrow.



          A Browns Record Booker

          Question: Who holds the Browns record for most times at bat in a single season?

          Answer: Right fielder Jack Tobin did it back in 1921 when he compiled 671 official trips to the plate. Tobin also produced 236 hits for a batting average of .352 on the year. In addition to his official AB's, Tobin also drew 35 walks.



          Births on August 11



          Bobo Newsom

          Baseball's Most Traveled Warrior.

          Birth Name: Louis Norman Newsom Bats : Right
          Born On: 08-11-1907 Throws : Right
          Born In: Hartsville, South Carolina Height : 6-02
          Died On: 12-07-1962 Weight : 220
          Died In: Orlando, Florida First Game: 09-11-1929
          College: None Attended Last Game: 09-17-1953
          Nickname: Bobo or Buck Draft: Not Applicable

          For a man who died at a relatively young age, pitcher Bobo Newsom did a lot baseball-living in his time. The 20-year big league veteran began his MLB baseball career on September 11, 1929 with the Brooklyn Robins. Before his big league career ended in 1953, Newsom had played for 9 of the then existing 16 big league clubs, including multiple tours of duty with several teams. Newsom was a Brown on three separate occasions, but he was a Washington Senator five different times.

          Newsom finished his league career with a record of 211 wins, 222 losses, and an E.R.A. of 3.98. The real story of Bobo Newsom, however, was his longevity and resilience. The following is a timeline on Bobo's big league clubs, with his tours of duty added to each:

          (1.) Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers: 1929-30; 1942-43
          (2.) Chicago Cubs: 1932
          (3.) St. Louis Browns:1934-35; 1938-39; 1943
          (4.) Washington Senators: 1935-37; 1942; 1943; 1946-47; 1952
          (5.) Boston Red Sox: 1937
          (6.) Detroit Tigers: 1939-41
          (7.) Philadelphia Athletics: 1944-46; 1952-53
          (8.) New York Yankees: 1947
          (9.) New York Giants: 1948

          Bobo Newsom was 55 at the time of his 1962 death.



          Deaths on August 11



          Rollin Cook
          Birth Name: Rollin Edward Cook Bats : Right
          Born On: 10-05-1890 Throws : Right
          Born In: Toledo, Ohio Height : 5-09
          Died On: 08-11-1975 Weight : 152
          Died In: Toledo, Ohio First Game: 07-06-1915
          College: Ohio State University Last Game: 08-11-1915
          Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

          Pitcher Rollin Cook worked 13.2 relief innings in 5 games for the 1915 Browns as his total big league experience. He picked up no wins or losses, but he did drag a personal ERA of 7.25 into the record books before vanishing forever into The Land of Gone For Good! - Rollin Cook was 84 at the time of his 1975 death. - BCT/GB, Rollin Cook!

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

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-25-2005, 04:24 AM.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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          • August 12th - 2nd Time Around!

            On This Date in History!



            August 12, 1948: It's "Little Brown Horn Day" at Sportsman's Park!

            Indians' Gene Bearden Gets 9-0 Cushion Before He Throws a Single Pitch!

            Sportsman's Park started out this day as the site for a scheduled doubleheader between the visiting Cleveland Indains and the St. Louis Browns. By twilight, it had become the St. Louis version of the "Little Big Horn." The Browns started out nicely enough, taking the opening game by a handy 8-4 margin, but they should have stopped there. In the nitecap, the Indians exploded on the warpath, walloping the Browns by the phenomenal score of 26–3. - The tribe's damage total came within one of the American League record for the most runs ever scored in a single game. One record did fall as 14 different Indians players produced hits for the Indians in the game. - One principle Browns-scalper was Hal Peck, who had 4 hits and 4 runs scored. Pitcher Gene Bearden, who also had 4 hits and 4 scores, was staked to an unbelievably comfortable 9-run lead before he even took the mound to throw a single pitch in the bottom of the 1st inning. - All 14 Indians who had even a single time at bat got a hit. Bob Feller pitched the last two innings. We couldn't find the name "Custer" on the Brownie side of today's 2nd game box score, but we are convinced he was here somewhere today - if only in spirit. - The uneven split today leaves the Browns with a record-to-date of 42-62 for the 1948 season.



            1922 American League Pennant Race

            Standings Thru Games of Saturday, August 12:
            St. Louis (65-43, .602)
            New York (65-45, .591) 1 GB

            Results of Saturday, August 12:
            @ Chicago: Browns 7 - White Sox 6.
            @ New York: Yankees had the day off for travel to Washington.

            Game Reports for Saturday, August 12:
            SL Wins Way Back To 1-Game Lead Over Idle NY. While the Yankees took it easy on their day off in Washington by going to libraries, visiting art museums, and staring at monuments, the Browns stormed back in Chicago to take a 7-6 thriller from the White Sox to restore their full 1-game lead in the fight for 1st place in the American League. Both clubs are back in action tomorrow.

            Games Scheduled for Sunday, August 13:
            St. Louis @ Chicago.
            New York @ Washington.

            Games Scheduled for Monday, August 14:
            Browns: Day Off for Travel: 4-Game Series @ Washington starts tomorrow.
            Yankees: Day Off at Home: Host 3-Game Series w/Detroit starting tomorrow.

            Games Scheduled for Tuesday, August 15:
            St. Louis @ Washington (2).
            Detroit @ NewYork.



            A Browns Record Booker

            Question: What is consecutive game franchise record for most error-free contests?

            "Why can't we be perfect more often?"

            Answer: It happened in 1928 when the Browns found a seam in the zone of great defense and played 8 straight games without making a single error in the field. Unfortunately, the seam soon closed and things went back to normal.



            Births on August 12



            Marc Hall
            Birth Name: Marcus Hall Bats : Right
            Born On: 08-12-1887 Throws : Right
            Born In: Joplin, Missouri Height : 6-01½
            Died On: 02-24-1915 Weight : 190
            Died In: Joplin, Missouri First Game: 08-20-1910
            College: None Attended Last Game: 07-29-1914
            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher Marc Hall broke into the big leagues with the 1910 Browns and went 1-7, with a 4.27 ERA in 8 starts. After a couple of seasons away from the big leagues, Hall returned to pitch 2 final years (1913-1914) for the Detroit Tigers. Because of his premature death (from causes unknown to me without further research), Hill finished with a career MLB record of 15 wins, 25 losses, and an ERA of 3.25. - Hall was only 27 when he died in 1915.



            Harlond Clift

            Harlond Clift Holds the Browns Career HR Record for Righthanded Batters with 170.

            Birth Name: Harlond Benton Clift Bats : Right
            Born On: 08-12-1912 Throws : Right
            Born In: El Reno, Oklahoma Height : 5-11
            Died On: 04-27-1992 Weight : 180
            Died In: Yakima, Washington First Game: 04-17-1934
            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-20-1945
            Nickname: Darkie Draft: Not Applicable

            3rd baseman Harlond Clift hit .272 with 178 HR's for his total career (1934-1945). All but the last 139 games of his 1,582 game big league history were played as a Brown. Clift's 170 homers as a Brown are also a record total for righthanded batters. Likeable Harlond Clift finished his career as a Senator. - He was 79 at the time of his 1992 death.



            Deaths on August 12



            Johnny Burnett
            Birth Name: John Henderson Burnett Bats : Left
            Born On: 11-01-1904 Throws : Right
            Born In: Bartow, Florida Height : 5-11
            Died On: 08-12-1959 Weight : 175
            Died In: Tampa, Florida First Game: 05-07-1927
            College: University of Florida Last Game: 09-29-1935
            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

            Infielder Johnny Burnett played 8 years in the big leagues (1927-1935) and he batted .284 with 9 homers. In his last season, Burnett hit .223 with no HR's for the 1935 Browns and then left the big league scene. Johnny Burnett was 54 when he died in 1959.



            Shorty Dee
            Birth Name: Maurice Leo Dee Bats : Right
            Born On: 10-04-1889 Throws : Right
            Born In: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Height : 5-06
            Died On: 08-12-1971 Weight : 155
            Died In: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts First Game: 09-14-1915
            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-14-1915
            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

            September 14, 1915 is the the total time frame for the big league career of shortstop Shorty Dee. With a nickname to match his longevity, Shorty went out to shortstop for the Browns on that day and went 0 for 3. He did draw a walk and score a run on his way to The Land of Gone for Good! - BCT/GB, Shorty Dee! Bless your heart, Mr. Dee! You were hardly a Brown long enough to finish that cup of coffee. - Shorty Dee was 81 at the time of his 1971 passing.



            George Lyons
            Birth Name: George Tony Lyons Bats : Right
            Born On: 01-25-1891 Throws : Right
            Born In: Bible Grove, Illinois Height : 5-11
            Died On: 08-12-1981 Weight : 180
            Died In: Nevada, Missouri First Game: 09-06-1920
            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-23-1924
            Nickname: Smooth Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher George Lyons worked short-term for both St. Louis clubs, going 2 and 1 for the 1920 Cardinals and 3 and 2 for the 1924 Browns. That was it for the Bible Grove smoothie who passed away at age 80 in 1981. - BCT/GB, George "Smooth" Lyons!



            Fay Thomas
            Birth Name: Fay Wesley Thomas Bats : Right
            Born On: 10-10-1903 Throws : Right
            Born In: Holyrood, Kansas Height : 6-02
            Died On: 08-12-1990 Weight : 195
            Died In: Chatsworth, California First Game: 06-27-1927
            College: University of Southern California Last Game: 09-29-1935
            Nickname: Scow Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher Fay Thomas had 4-season MLB career (1927, 1931-1932, 1935), finishing with a record of 9-20 and an ERA of 4.95. In his only season with the 1935 Browns, Thomas was 7-15 with a 4.78 ERA. - Fay Thomas was 86 when he passed away in 1990.


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

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

            Have a great weekend, everybody!
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-10-2005, 06:43 PM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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            • August 13th - 2nd Time Around!

              On This Date in History!



              August 13, 1947: Willard Brown of St. Louis Hits 1st AL HR By Black Player!

              Willard Brown's Big League Hopes on July 19, 1947!

              Willard Brown's Big League Future on August 17, 1947!

              Willard Brown of the St. Louis Browns becomes the first black player to homer in the American League when he pinch hits an inside-the-park blow in a 6–5 win over the Detroit Tigers at Sportsman's Park. The Browns' victory in this second game of a doubleheader gives St. Louis a split after Detroit takes the opener, 7-1. Tiger ace Hal Newhouser is the Detroit pitcher who surrenders the historic Brown of the Browns HR. Pitching in late relief, Newhouser takes the loss to snap his 15-game winning streak over the Browns. The DH Divide leaves the Browns with a 40-70 record on the year, but with the Newhouser Win-Monkey off their backs. - Sadly for Willard Brown, it will be a short ride into the sunshine of history-making. Since joining the St. Louis Browns on July 19th, Willard's hitting hasn't been all that great overall. Four days from now, on August 17th, Willard Brown will be released by St. Louis. The former Kansas City Monarch, now age 32, will never play another game in the big leagues. For his 21-game career, Willard Brown will have 2 doubles to go along with his one homer. His 12 for 67 performance will leave him with a career big league batting average of .179 to go with his 4 runs scored and 6 RBI. - In spite of his landmark homer today, outfielder Willard Brown is not the first black player in Browns history. That distinction belongs to infielder Hank Thompson, who signed with the Browns two days earlier than Willard Brown on July 17th.




              August 13, 1924: Yankees Take DH From Browns By Scoring Only 3 Runs!

              The Scene of the Crime.

              The New York Yankees regain the American League lead today with 1-0 and 2-1 wins over the St. Louis Browns in a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. - What's the axiom? - Good pitching stops bad hitting? - Something like that. - At any rate, today's twin tumble drops the Browns' 1924 record to 57-52 as the Yankees ascend to 64-48 on the year.



              1922 American League Pennant Race

              Standings Thru Games of Sunday, August 13:
              St. Louis (65-44, .596)
              New York (65-46, .586) 1 GB

              Results of Sunday, August 13:
              @ Chicago: White Sox 9 - Browns 3.
              @ Washingon: Senators 3 - Yankees 2.

              Game Reports for Sunday, August 13:
              SL & NY Both Lose in Lock Step! Browns Keep 1-Game Lead. Playing as virtual mirrors of each other, the Browns and Yankees continue to refuse opportunity - and relative decline. When one club wins or loses, the second club finishes their game of the day by doing the same. Both teams have the day off tomorrow.

              Games Scheduled for Monday, August 14:
              Browns: Day Off for Travel: 4-Game Series @ Washington starts tomorrow.
              Yankees: Day Off for Travel: Host 3-Game Series w/Detroit starting tomorrow.

              Games Scheduled for Tuesday, August 15:
              St. Louis @ Washington (2).
              Detroit @ NewYork.

              Games Scheduled for Wednesday, August 16:
              St. Louis @ Washington (2).
              Detroit @ New York.




              August 13, 1921: Sisler Sizzles Tigers With 5-for-5, Hit-for-Cycle Day!

              Hot! Hot! Hot! - Today!

              George Sisler of St. Louis continues his hot bat work today, collecting 2 doubles and hitting for the cycle in a 10-inning, 7–5, Browns win over the Tigers at Detroit. Sisler's 5 hits in 5 trips are signposts on a season that will carry him to a major league record for most hits in a single year. Sisler's 257 hits in 1921 will stand as the major league record until it is broken 83 years later when Ichiro Suzuki of the 2004 Seattle Mariners gets 262 safeties.

              Sisler vs. Suzuki Notes.

              Ichiro Suzuki Broke George Sisler's Single Season Hit Record in 2004.

              In 1921, George Sisler played 154 games. Sisler had 257 hits in 631 times at bat for a batting average of .407. In 2004, Ichiro Suzuki played in 161 games. Ichiro had 262 hits in 704 times at bat for a batting average of .372. - With 73 more official times at bat than Sisler, Ichiro got the hit he needed to tie George, plus 5 more. - Ichiro Suzuki is a fine hitter, but draw your own conclusions about the significance of him breaking the single season hit record of our greatest Brown.



              A Browns Record Booker

              Question: Who holds the career Browns record for most walks drawn by a single Browns batter?

              Harlond Clift was One of the Greatest Browns of All Time.

              Answer: Slugging 3rd baseman Harlond Clift holds the mark with 986 Bases on Balls. Clift was a Brown for 10 full seasons (1934-1943). He was dealt to the Senators at the tail end of 1943 season and he would wind up his MLB career after the 1945 season in Washington.



              Births on August 13



              Lefty George
              Birth Name: Thomas Edward George Bats : Left
              Born On: 08-13-1886 Throws : Left
              Born In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Height : 6-00
              Died On: 05-13-1955 Weight : 155
              Died In: York, Pennsylvania First Game: 04-14-1911
              College: None Attended Last Game: 08-24-1918
              Nickname: Lefty Draft: Not Applicable

              Pitcher Lefty George was 4-9, 4.18 with the 1911 Browns. He retired with a career (1911-1912, 1915, 1918) MLB mark of 7 wins, 21 loses, and a a 3.85 ERA. Lefty George died in 1955 at the age of 68.



              Lou Finney
              Birth Name: Louis Klopsche Finney Bats : Left
              Born On: 08-13-1910 Throws : Right
              Born In: Buffalo, Alabama Height : 6-00
              Died On: 04-22-1966 Weight : 180
              Died In: Lafayette, Alabama First Game: 09-12-1931
              College: None Attended Last Game: 05-08-1947
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              Outfielder Lou Finney enjoyed a 15-year MLB career (1931, 1933-1942, 1944-1947) in which he hit .287 with 31 HR's. Finney played 73 games for the 1945-1946 Browns, hitting .280 and 2 HR's for his period of limited play as a member of the St. Louis AL club. - Lou Finney was 55 when he died in 1966.



              Deaths on August 13



              Hal Haid
              Birth Name: Harold Augustine Haid Bats : Right
              Born On: 12-21-1897 Throws : Right
              Born In: Barberton, Ohio Height : 5-10½
              Died On: 08-13-1952 Weight : 150
              Died In: Los Angeles, California First Game: 09-05-1919
              College: Belmont Abbey College Last Game: 08-25-1933
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              Hal Haid made his big league debut as a righthanded pitcher for the Browns on September 5, 1919. It wasn't a banner day for young Hal. In two innings of relief work, he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. He did register one strikeout before nightfall. Haid did not pitch in the majors again until 1928, when he returned as a Cardinal. From 1928-33, Haid pitched for the Cardinals, Braves, and White Sox, registering a career mark of 14-15 and an E.R.A. of 4.16. - Hal Haid died in 1952 at the age of 54.



              Mel Almada
              Birth Name: Baldomero Almada Quiros Bats : Left
              Born On: 02-07-1913 Throws : Left
              Born In: Huatabampo, Sonora, Mexico Height : 6-00
              Died On: 08-13-1988 Weight : 170
              Died In: Caborca, Sonora, Mexico First Game: 09-08-1933
              College: None Attended Last Game: 10-01-1939
              Nickname: Melo Draft: Not Applicable

              Outfielder Mel Almada hit a respectable .284 over his 7-year big league career (1932-1939). As a member of the 1938-1939 Browns, Almada enjoyed his best season ever when he collected 149 hits in 436 official AB's for a .342 BA in 1938 as a Brown after his trade over to St. Louis from Washington. His Brownie success was fleeting. When Almada got off to a slow start at the plate in 1939 (.239 in 42 games), the Browns moved him to the Brooklyn Dodgers ,where he batted .214 in 39 games as the last candle snuff on his career. - Mel Almada was 75 when he died in 1988.



              Ray Shore
              Birth Name: Raymond Everett Shore Bats : Right
              Born On: 06-09-1921 Throws : Right
              Born In: Cincinnati, Ohio Height : 6-03
              Died On: 08-13-1996 Weight : 210
              Died In: St. Louis, Missouri First Game: 09-21-1946
              College: None Attended Last Game: 07-04-1949
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              Pitcher Ray Shore had a brief, but All-Browns MLB career (1946, 1948-1949), achieving a record of 1 win, 3 losses, and a Hefty-Bag ERA of 8.23. - Ray Shore will passed away at age 75 in 1996.

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

              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-25-2005, 04:27 AM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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              • August 14th - 2nd Time Around!

                On This Date in History!



                August 14, 1952: Browns Trade Garver To Tigers!

                Goodbye, Ned!

                On a sad day for most Browns fans, and especially for us kids who had become Browns fans because of him, Ned Garver was traded away today. The Browns sent Garver, along with Bud Black, Jim Delsing, and Dave Madison to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Dick Littlefield, Marlin Stuart, Don Lenhardt, and Vic Wertz.



                August 14, 1948: Tigers' Vico Victimizes Browns With 7 RBI Day!

                George Vico Has a Hall of Famer Day!

                He will never come close to the Hall of Fame, except as a visitor, but you sure wouldn't know it from his performance today. In a moment of magical power, rookie outfielder George Vico drives in 7 runs to pace the Detroit Tigers to a 10–3 win over the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park. Vico hits for one better than a cycle, collecting two doubles, a triple and homer to back Virgil Trucks' splendid one-hit relief effort over 6+ innings. At the end of the day, the loss drops the Browns' record to 43-63 on the season - and George Vico reverts to his true career path as a journeyman outfielder.



                August 14, 1937: Auker Homers Twice! Tigers Bop Browns, 16-1, 20-7!

                Eldon Auker Was Tough on The Browns Today!

                Detroit Tigers pitcher Eldon Auker hits two HRs while beating the Browns. Detroit wins two at home, 16-1 and 20-7, scoring an American League record 36 runs in the doubleheader. Pete Fox of the Tigers alone scores 8 of the runs for one of the most redundant foot crossings at home plate in baseball history. The DH sweep allows the Tigers to move into 2nd place, 10 games behind the Yankees. The DH loss drops the Browns to 32-70 in the 1937 season.



                1922 American League Pennant Race

                Standings Thru Games of Monday, August 14:
                St. Louis (65-44, .596)
                New York (65-46, .586) 1 GB

                Results of Monday, August 14:
                St. Louis has Day Off for Travel to Washington.
                New York has Day Off for Travel Home.

                Game Reports for Monday, August 14:
                SL & NY Both En Route Today. With the Browns and Yankees both on trains today, the one-game lead that separates the two clubs does what it usually does when they actually play. It remains the same. The Browns still lead the Yankees by 1 game in the AL pennant race.

                Games Scheduled for Tuesday, August 15:
                St. Louis @ Washington (2).
                Detroit @ New York.

                Games Scheduled for Wednesday, August 16:
                St. Louis @ Washington (2).
                Detroit @ New York.

                Games Scheduled for Thursday, August 17:
                St. Louis @ Washington.
                Detroit @ New York.



                August 14, 1921: Browns Home Cook Tigers, 7-5, As Sisler Sizzles!

                Sisler Grills Tiger Meat Today!

                The St. Louis Browns open a 16-game home stand with a 3-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Sportsman's Park. St. Louis celebrates their happiness over home-cooking with a 7–5 win over Detroit. George Sisler continues his red hot hitting by going 4-for-4. - Today's win elevates the 1921 record of the Browns to an even 54-54.



                August 14, 1912: Speaker + Wood = Browns Doubleheader Loss!

                Speaker's Bat Spanks Browns Today!

                It was happy day for Red Sox fans at their new Fenway Park in Boston, but not so great for the visiting St. Louis Browns. As Tris Speaker runs his hit streak to 20 straight games, lining a hit in Game One of today's twinbill with the Browns. The Boston Red Sox go on to take both games by scores of 8-2, 8-0. Today's hitting ramble is Speaker's 3rd long streak of the season. Earlier he had streaks of 20 games and 30 games, becoming the only player in history to do so. After Speaker's bat puts them away in the opener, another kind of "wood" takes over the damage-doing n the nitecap. Flame-throwing (It wasn't a cliche' in 1912!) pitcher Smoky Joe Wood wins his 25th game of the year, beating the Browns, 8–0. He allows only 4 Browns hits and strikes out 9. The double-dip loss drops the 1912 Browns to 35-73 on the year.



                A Browns Record Booker.

                Question: Which Browns club committed the fewest errors in a single season?

                Answer: The 1947 Browns committed only 134 errors in their 154-game season to best all other St. Louis AL clubs from 1902 to 1953. The 1947 Browns still finished in 8th and last place in the American League with a record of 59-95.



                Births on August 14



                Al Clancy
                Birth Name: Albert Harrison Clancy Bats : Right
                Born On: 08-14-1888 Throws : Right
                Born In: Santa Fe, New Mexico Height : 5-10½
                Died On: 10-17-1951 Weight : 175
                Died In: Las Cruces, New Mexico First Game: 06-20-1911
                College: None Attended Last Game: 06-25-1911
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                3rd baseman Al Clancy had a 5-day MLB career. He played 2 games in the field and had one pinch hit at bat in a third and final game for the Browns in 1911. He went 0 for 5 and only reached base once on an HBP that ultimately left him stranded on the bases and headed down that well-marked path to The Land of Gone For Good. - Al Clancy was 63 when he died in 1951. - BCT/GB, Al Clancy! - There's no crying in baseball - and no tears in Heaven because all the Starbuck's there come free!



                Babe Borton
                Birth Name: William Baker Borton Bats : Left
                Born On: 08-14-1888 Throws : Left
                Born In: Marion, Illinois Height : 6-00
                Died On: 07-29-1954 Weight : 178
                Died In: Berkeley, California First Game: 09-02-1912
                College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1916
                Nickname: Babe Draft: Not Applicable

                First baseman Babe Borton had a 4-year MLB career (1912-1913, 1915-1916) in which he batted .270 with 4 HR's. In his only season with the 1916 Browns, Babe Borton hit .224 with 1 HR in 98 times at bat. Borton was 65 at the time of his 1954 death.



                Paul Dean
                Birth Name: Paul Dee Dean Bats : Right
                Born On: 08-14-1913 Throws : Right
                Born In: Lucas, Arkansas Height : 6-00
                Died On: 03-17-1981 Weight : 175
                Died In: Springdale, Arkansas First Game: 04-18-1934
                College: None Attended Last Game: 05-31-1943
                Nickname: Daffy Draft: Not Applicable

                The younger pitcher 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 "Daffy" Dean compiled a career record of 50 wins, 34 losses, and an ERA of 3.75.



                Jim Pisoni
                Birth Name: James Pete Pisoni Bats : Right
                Born On: 08-14-1929 Throws : Right
                Born In: St. Louis, Missouri Height : 5-10
                Died On: Still Living Weight : 169
                Died In: Still Living First Game: 09-25-1953
                College: None Attended Last Game: 10-02-1960
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                Outfielder Jim Pisoni had 5-year, part-time career in the big leagues (1953, 1956-1957, 1959-1960), batting .212 (40 for 189) with 6 homers. In his his rookie year with the 1953 Browns, he was 1 for 12 (.083 BA) with 1 home run as his only St. Louis AL time. - Jim Pisoni is still alive in 2005 and celebrating his natal day this morning. - Happy 78th Birthday, Jim Pisoni!



                Deaths on August 14



                Maury Newlin
                Birth Name: Maurice Milton Newlin Bats : Right
                Born On: 06-22-1914 Throws : Right
                Born In: Bloomingdale, Indiana Height : 6-00
                Died On: 08-14-1978 Weight : 176
                Died In: Houston, Texas First Game: 09-20-1940
                College: None Attended Last Game: 09-17-1941
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                Pitcher Maury Newlin won 1, lost 2, and registered a 6.42 ERA for the 1940-1941 Browns as his only MLB exposure. - Maury Newlin was 64 when he died in 1978. - BCT/GB, Maury Newlin!

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

                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

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                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-21-2005, 11:48 AM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                • August 15th - 2nd Time Around!

                  On This Date in History!



                  August 15, 1951: Rosen's 1st Inning Grand Slam Leads Tribe by Browns, 9-4!

                  Al Rosen Hit His 4th Grand Slam of the Year in Today's Browns-Out!

                  Some homecomings are ugly. In their first game back at Sportsman's Park after a grueling 20-game road trip, Ned Garver and the St. Louis Browns laid out the welcome mat for the visiting Cleveland Indians. It may as well have read "Wipe Your Feet On Us!" - In the very first inning, the Tribe's Al Rosen belts a grand slam to jump start the Indians to the notion of massacre. The Indians whoop it up from there for a 9–4 win over the Browns, their 13th in a row. For Rosen, it is his 4th grand slam of the year, making him only the 9th player in big league history to accomplish the feat. Browns starter and ace Ned Garver gives up 7 runs in that disastrous first inning to take the loss. Early Wynn is the easy winner for Cleveland. Later in the day, Garver may have been found finishing "Gone With The Wind" in the Brownie clubhouse. You know the part I mean - the section where Scarlett O'Hara says something about "tomorrow is another day." - Back to reality in St. Louis, the Browns will carry a record of 34-76 into tomorrow as a result of today's wipeout.



                  1922 American League Pennant Race

                  Standings Thru Games of Tuesday, August 15:
                  St. Louis (66-45, .595)
                  New York (66-46, .590) 0.5 GB

                  Results of Tuesday, August 15:
                  @ Washington: Senators 6, 1 - Browns 1, 7.
                  @ New York: Yankees 2 - Tigers 1.

                  Game Reports for Tuesday, August 15:
                  NY WINS! SL SPLITS! BROWNS' LEAD DOWN TO HALF GAME! While the Yankees were nipping the Tigers, 2-1, at the Polo Grounds, the Browns split laughers with the Senators in Washington, losing 6-1 and winning 7-1. The DH Divide in DC also halves the Browns lead over the Yankees to a mere half game. The 1922 AL pennant race is now tighter than a hangman's noose.

                  Games Scheduled for Wednesday, August 16:
                  St. Louis @ Washington (2).
                  Detroit @ New York.

                  Games Scheduled for Thursday, August 17:
                  St. Louis @ Washington.
                  Detroit @ New York.

                  Games Scheduled for Friday, August 18:
                  St. Louis @ Philadelphia.
                  Chicago @ New York.



                  August 15, 1921: Tigers Stop Sisler Streak, But Browns Prevail, 3-2!

                  Sisler's 10 Straight Hits Set an MLB Mark!

                  As they say, nothing lasts forever, especially when Browns fans are hoping it will. George Sisler's streak of 10 straight hits in 10 times at bat came to a halt at Sportsman's Park this afternoon. After Sisler hits safely for the 10th time in his first time up, Detroit Tiger pitching stops him in the bottom of the 4th inning. In consolation, George the Great comes back in the bottom of the 6th inning to bang a 2-run homer that provides the eventual margin of victory in the 3-2 win by the Browns. Sisler ends up going 2 for 3 on the day as the Browns break .500 by stretching their 1921 season record to 55-54 as a result of today's win.



                  August 15, 1915: Sisler Loses 1-0 Pitching Duel To Guy Morton of Cleveland!

                  Cleveland's Guy Morton Got The Best of Sisler Today!

                  The Browns' George Sisler pitches a complete game on the road against the Cleveland Indians, losing, 1–0, to Guy Morton. Today's heartbreaking loss drops the Browns into a hope-numbing record of 41-66 on the year. That's right. Brownie hope was already numb prior to today.



                  August 15, 1905: Waddell of A's Hurls 5 Inning No-Hitter Against Browns!

                  Rube Waddell: The Gifted Flake!

                  In Philadelphia today, Rube Waddell of the A's is the whole show as he hurls a 5-inning no-hitter against the visiting St. Louis Browns. The A's are ahead 2–0 when the rain starts pouring after Philadelphia bats in the bottom of the 5th. When torrents of heavenly water show no sign of letting up, the umpire calls the game and effectively sanctions the Waddell short version of no-no. On the day, what there is of it, Waddell strikes out 9 batters and causes 3 more hitters to bounce out meekly to him. The only Browns runner to reach base gets there via a Waddell throwing error. - The loss drops the Browns' 1905 record to 34-64 on the year and whets the St. Louisans' appetites for a night on the town and some light social recreation.



                  A Browns Record Booker

                  Question: In spite of our sadness over the Browns departing for Baltimore after the 1953 season, how much did attendance figures during the last season effect our loss of the club?

                  Answer: Quite a bit. The Browns drew only 297,238 paying customers to Sportsman's Park in 1953, a fact that sounded the death knell for the club's future in St. Louis. Lack of fan support with their wallets for a chronicly losing club, the infusion of new money into the rival Cardinals from new Cardinal owner August Busch, and the general contempt for Bill Veeck held by other AL club owners all added up by the autumn of 1953 to the first loss that our Browns could not survive.



                  Births on August 15



                  Tim Bowden
                  Birth Name: David Timon Bowden Bats : Left
                  Born On: 08-15-1891 Throws : Right
                  Born In: McDonough, Georgia Height : 5-10
                  Died On: 10-25-1949 Weight : 175
                  Died In: Emory, Georgia First Game: 09-17-1914
                  College: University of Georgia Last Game: 09-27-1914
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Outfielder Tim Bowden went 2 for 9 (.222 BA) in 7 games for the 1914 Browns, walking once and striking out 6 times. Bowden's .600 strikeout percentage for 10 total trips to the plate earned him a quick trip to The Land of Gone for Good. - Bowden was 58 when he died in 1949. - BCT/GB, Tim Bowden!



                  Deaths on August 15



                  Roy Evans
                  Birth Name: Roy Evans Bats : Right
                  Born On: 03-19-1874 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Knoxville, Tennessee Height : 6-00
                  Died On: 08-15-1915 Weight : 180
                  Died In: Galveston, Texas First Game: 05-15-1897
                  College: Emporia State University Last Game: 08-01-1903
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Pitcher Roy Evans was one of those rare birds who began his big league career with the 1897 NL Browns and later concluded it with the 1903 AL Browns. Roy Evans had 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 pitched more like Dale Evans, going out with a 1903 club record of 0 wins and 4 losses. Roy Evans was 41 at the time of his 1915 death.



                  Ed Baecht
                  Birth Name: Edward Joseph Baecht Bats : Right
                  Born On: 05-15-1907 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Paden, Oklahoma Height : 6-03
                  Died On: 08-15-1957 Weight : 195
                  Died In: Grafton, Illinois First Game: 04-24-1926
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 09-03-1937
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Pitcher Ed Baecht had a 6-year MLB career (1926-1928, 1931-1932, 1937) and he posted a final record of 5 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 5.56. He worked only 6.1 innings for the 1937 Browns, but his 12.80 ERA balloon was enough to carry him floating away from the big leagues for all time. - Ed Baecht was 50 when he died in 1957.



                  Karl Drews

                  Former Brown Drews also Pitched for the Yankees, Phillies, & "Redlegs."

                  Birth Name: Karl August Drews Bats : Right
                  Born On: 02-22-1920 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Staten Island, New York Height : 6-04
                  Died On: 08-15-1963 Weight : 198
                  Died In: Dania, Florida First Game: 09-08-1946
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 09-20-1954
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Pitcher Karl Drews won 7 and lost 14 in his 2 seasons as a Brown (1948-1949). For his total big league career (1946-1954), Karl Drew won 44, lost 53, and posted a 4.76 ERA. - Karl Drews was 43 when he died in 1963.



                  Jeff Pfeffer

                  Jeff Pfeffer: The Man That Got Away!

                  Birth Name: Edward Joseph Pfeffer Bats : Right
                  Born On: 03-04-1888 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Seymour, Illinois Height : 6-03
                  Died On: 08-15-1972 Weight : 210
                  Died In: Chicago, Illinois First Game: 04-16-1911
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 09-26-1924
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Jeff Pfeffer turns out to be the story of "the man that got away." After breaking in with the 1911 Browns and posting a 7.20 ERA and no W/L record over 10.0 innings of relief, the BR/TR hurler did not play for the 1912 Browns - nor any other MLB club. Pfeffer returned to the majors with Brooklyn briefly in 1913 and then stayed with that club in 1914 as he firmly embarked upon a long career (1913-1924) with the Robins, Cardinals, and Pirates. Pfeffer was 23-12 for the 1914 Brooklyn club and 25-11 for the 1916 Robins (as the Dodgers were then known). For his career, Pfeffer wion 158, lost 112, and had a 2.77 ERA. - Jeff Pfeffer was 84 when he died in 1972.

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

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1905&t=SLA

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                  Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-25-2005, 04:29 AM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                  • August 16th - 2nd Time Around!

                    On This Date in History!



                    August 16, 1951: Byrne Halts 13-Game Tribe Win Streak! Browns Take It, 4-0!

                    Tommy Byrne also Drives in All 4 Browns Runs!

                    Unless you're somebody like Babe Ruth, those "Superman Days" don't come around very often in baseball, but Tommy Byrne took a turn with one today. Although he may have come through more like "Mighty Mouse," journeyman pitcher Byrne still had a golden moment of superheroic triumph this afternoon at Sportsman's Park. As a result, the St. Louis Browns end the Cleveland Indians' win streak at 13 games when Tommy Byrne pitches and bats St. Louis to a 4–0 win. Byrne allows only 2 hits in 7 innings of pitching and he also drives in all 4 of the Browns' runs before retiring with back spasms. Mike Garcia takes the loss for Cleveland as the Indians' lead over the Yankees drops to a slender half game. - What are the actual spoils of this victory for the St. Louisans? - Well, the Browns' win allows the club to pull within 41 games of .500. They now stand at 35-76 on the season.



                    August 16, 1930: Lefty Grove Gets 20th Win Against Browns! A's Win by 4-2!

                    Dick Coffman is the Almost Forgotten Browns Loser to the Great Lefty Grove!

                    Future Hall of Famer Lefty Grove wins his 20th game of the 1930 season and his 6th win in a row, beating the St. Louis Browns in Philadelphia, 4–2. Grove, who is now 20 and 4 on the year, also drives in the first 2 runs for the Philadelphia A's in the 2nd inning off Browns starter Dick Coffman. Forgotten man Coffman gives up 9 hits in the Browns road loss. The Browns net 10 hits off Grove as their losing effort leaves them at 46-72 record on the year.



                    1922 American League Pennant Race

                    Standings Thru Games of Wednesday, August 16:
                    St. Louis (67-46, .593)
                    New York (66-47, .584) 1.0 GB

                    Results of Wednesday, August 16:
                    @ Washington: Browns 7, 3 - Senators 3, 11.
                    @ New York: Tigers 7 - Yankees 3.

                    Game Reports for Wednesday, August 16:
                    SL SPLITS AGAIN! NY LOSES! BROWNS LEAD BACK TO 1 GAME! After splitting their 2nd doubleheader played on consecutive days in Washington against the Senators, the Browns regain their full game lead in the American League pennant race when the Yankees fall to the Tigers in New York.

                    Note: Baseball Library (dot) Com reports the following result in a single game between the Browns and Senators on 8/16/22: "The Browns beat Walter Johnson and the Senators again, 11–2. Brownie star George Sisler is 1-for-5 with a run scored." I have asked them to check into their report and I have referenced my request to the doubleheader scores reported above from Basbeall Almanac (dot) Com. - Based on previous experience, I'm going with Baseball Almanac as the correct source in the matter of this discrepancy unless something develops to prove them wrong. - Any time I use data from Baseball Library for a story here, I always check out the score for that date in Baseball Almanac. If the two sources don't agree, I pass on the report until the truth is supported to a higher degree of probability. There's always the chance that both sources could agree and be wrong, but I'm not operating here in a fully staffed research center. With any help at all, I'd chase every single one of these questions to the ends of the earth for resolution, but that's not my situation. Heck! Even Captain Ahab had a crew to help him in his search for Moby Dick!

                    Games Scheduled for Thursday, August 17:
                    St. Louis @ Washington.
                    Detroit @ New York.

                    Games Scheduled for Friday, August 18:
                    St. Louis @ Philadelphia.
                    Chicago @ New York.

                    Games Scheduled for Saturday, August 19:
                    St. Louis @ Philadelphia (2).
                    Chicago @ New York.



                    August 16, 1919: Chances Are.

                    The worms of Sportsman's Park were on guard today!

                    The St. Louis Browns established an American League record with 53 total chances in the field against the A's. True to their still-developing form, the Browns managed to lose the game at Sportsman's Park by a tally of 7-4. In their record fielding feast day, the Browns registered 26 assists. St. Louis 1st baseman George Sisler alone had 17 putouts. With all those ground balls bouncing around the infield, the St. Louis outfielders had no putouts in the game. - The defensive doozy was still a loss - and a better than average Browns club dropped to 54-46 on the 1919 season.



                    August 16, 1907: Bobby "A Rod" Wallace.



                    The Washington Post reports today that St. Louis Browns shortstop Bobby Wallace is the highest paid player in the major leagues at a salary of $6,500 per year.



                    A Browns Record Booker

                    Question: What is the Browns record for most chances in a single game?

                    Answer: (See above report on the game of August 16, 1919.)



                    Births on August 16



                    Hub Northen
                    Birth Name: Hubbard Elwin Northen Bats : Left
                    Born On: 08-16-1885 Throws : Left
                    Born In: Atlanta, Texas Height : 5-08
                    Died On: 10-01-1947 Weight : 175
                    Died In: Shreveport, Louisiana First Game: 09-10-1910
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 10-05-1912
                    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                    Center fielder Hub Northen broke into the big leagues with the 1910 Browns and batted .198 (19 for 98) with 0 homers in 26 games. After one AB with the Reds in 1911, Northen moved to the Dodgers for limted action there. He then started for the 1912 Dodgers in the final year of his MLB career, leaving the scene with a pretty fair BA of .272 for his 3-year (1910=1912) run in the majors. - Hub Northen was 62 when he died in 1947.



                    Baby Doll Jacobson

                    "Oh Baby Doll, ...!"

                    Birth Name: William Chester Jacobson Bats : Right
                    Born On: 08-16-1890 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Cable, Illinois Height : 6-03
                    Died On: 01-16-1977 Weight : 215
                    Died In: Orion, Illinois First Game: 04-14-1915
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-22-1927
                    Nickname: Baby Doll Draft: Not Applicable

                    Center fielder Baby Doll Jacobson was one of the greats in Browns history. Coming to the Browns from the White in his rookie 1915 year with the White Sox, Baby Doll embraked upon an 11-year MLB career (1915, 1917, 1919-1927) in which he batted .311 with 83 HR's. "Baby Doll" got his name in the minors during a game he played for Mobile. After Jacobson hit an important home run, a leather-lunged fan started serenading him as "Baby Doll" in a song and the other fans picked it up. As sometimes happens, it stuck. Baby Doll had some great seasons for the Browns (1915. 1917, 1919-1926) and was an important cog in the great club wheel of 1922. - Jacobson's best BA year was 1920 when he hit .355 for the Browns. - Baby Doll Jacobson was 86 when he died in 1977.



                    Deaths on August 16



                    George Aiton
                    Birth Name: George Wilson Aiton Bats : Both
                    Born On: 12-29-1890 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Kingman, Kansas Height : 5-11½
                    Died On: 08-16-1976 Weight : 175
                    Died In: North Hollywood, California First Game: 06-29-1912
                    College: Friends University Last Game: 07-28-1912
                    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                    Outfielder George Alton went 4 for 17 (.235 BA) in 10 games for the 1912 Browns. He had 4 walks, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI to his credit, but he took no extra base hits with him on his merry way to The Land of Gone for Good. - George Alton died in 1976 at age 85. - BCT/GB, George Alton!



                    Fay Thomas
                    Birth Name: Fay Wesley Thomas Bats : Right
                    Born On: 10-10-1903 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Holyrood, Kansas Height : 6-02
                    Died On: 08-12-1990 Weight : 195
                    Died In: Chatsworth, California First Game: 06-27-1927
                    College: University of Southern California Last Game: 09-29-1935
                    Nickname: Scow Draft: Not Applicable

                    Pitcher Fay Thomas had a 4-year MLB career (1927, 1931-1932, 1935), winning 9, losing 20, and registering a final ERA of 4.95. In his only year for 1935 Browns, Thomas had a record of 7 and 15 with an ERA of 4.78. - Fay Thomas 86 when he died in 1990.

                    Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

                    http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...logy/today.stm

                    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-21-2005, 11:49 AM.
                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                    • August 17th - 2nd Time Around!

                      On This Date in History!



                      August 17, 1948: Browns Fall To Cleveland Rookie Bearden, 8-0!

                      1948 Was a Golden Year for Gene Bearden!

                      At Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, the visiting St. Louis Browns fall today to the Indians and rookie lefty Gene Bearden, 8-0. Bearden is one of the big reasons that the Tribe is on pace as a serious 1948 American League pennant contender. His shut out of the Browns improves his record to 12–3. Bearden will finish the 1948 season with a 20-7 record and he will perform brilliantly for the Indians in their World Series victory over the Boston Braves. On the other side of the ledger, the St. Louis goose-egg-gift today drops the Browns' record on the year to 43-65 and sinking faster - if that's possible.



                      August 17, 1933: Browns Edge NY in 10, 7-6, on Record Day for Gehrig!

                      Lou Gehrig Will Go On To Play in 2,130 Consecutive Games!

                      At Sportsman's Park today, the St. Louis Browns edge New York, 7-6, in 10 innings, but the more lasting memory of this date belongs to the Iron Horse and Pride of the Yankees, Lou Gehrig. By playing today, Gehrig records his 1,308th consecutive game appearance, breaking the previous mark of former Yankee Everett Scott. As most of you know, Lou Gehrig will go on to play in 2,130 consecutive games through 1939. It is an MLB mark that stands until it is finally broken by Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995. - On the more mundane front, today's 1933 season win alters the Browns' record on the year to 44-72.



                      1922 American League Pennant Race

                      Standings Thru Games of Thursday, August 17:
                      St. Louis (68-46, .596)
                      New York (67-47, .588) 1.0 GB

                      Results of Thursday, August 17:
                      @ Washington: Browns 8 - Senators 5.
                      @ New York: Yankees 7 - Tigers 1.

                      Game Reports/Comments for Thursday, August 17:
                      I-GAME BROWNS PACE HOLDS AS SL & NY BOTH WIN! True to form, the Browns and Yankees both win to keep the matching-results-mirror in steady focus. The one-game separation between the 1st place Browns and 2nd place Yankees holds for yet another day. - The Browns today completed their series at Washington. After taking 3 of 5 from the Senators, St. Louis boards a night train for Philadelphia, where they will begin a 4-game series with the Athletics, starting tomorrow. In New York, the Yankees have the evening free to relax or carouse after taking 2 of 3 from Detroit. New York begins another 3-game home series tomorrow afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.

                      Games Scheduled for Friday, August 18:
                      St. Louis @ Philadelphia.
                      Chicago @ New York.

                      Games Scheduled for Saturday, August 19:
                      St. Louis @ Philadelphia (2).
                      Chicago @ New York.

                      Games Scheduled for Sunday, August 20:
                      St. Louis: No Game Today.
                      Chicago @ New York.



                      August 17, 1904: A Big Harrumph from AL President Ban Johnson.

                      "I'm shocked to find that gambling is going on here!" - Inspector Renault, "Casablanca."

                      Fearing the backlash of negative public relations, American League President Ban Johnson orders all eight clubs to suppress open betting in their ballparks. Johnson's order is a dubiously noble, but an equally futile gesture as fans continue to gamble with each other in the stands on everything from runs-per-inning to the outcome of the next pitch. Much like their successors would experience with the current steroids issue, MLB club owners in the early years of the 20th century had a love/fear relationship with the fact of open betting in the grandstands.

                      Contemporary MLB club owners now fear that the steroids issue will harm the credibility of their product and hurt them at the gate, but they didn't seem to mind it at all that much when the steroids-driven HR record chase of 1998 was packing fans into the stands. - Similarly, early 20th century MLB club owners feared that the 1919 World Series Black Sox Scandal would destroy the credibility of the game, but they didn't mind it so much over the first two decades of modern baseball history when open fan betting in the stands was attracting ticket buyers who might otherwise have not been there.

                      Some things change. Some things don't. Others just reappear in new forms. The only constant factor seems to be the impact of greed upon integrity, if the price is right.



                      A Browns Record Booker

                      Question: Who holds the single season record for most strikeouts recorded by a Browns pitcher?

                      The One & Only Rube Waddell.

                      Answer: Rube Waddell did it back in 1908 when he rang up 232 K's on the season. Rube did all of that - and still found time to carouse with women, drink himself silly, and chase after fire trucks.



                      Births on August 17



                      Vince Molyneaux
                      Birth Name: Vincent Leo Molyneaux Bats : Right
                      Born On: 08-17-1888 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Lewiston, New York Height : 6-00
                      Died On: 05-04-1950 Weight : 180
                      Died In: Stamford, Connecticut First Game: 07-05-1917
                      College: Villanova University Last Game: 07-18-1918
                      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                      Vince Molyneaux had that cup of coffee with the 1917 Browns, achieving no record and an ERA of 4.91 over 22 innings of work. The next year he went 1-0 for 1918 Red Sox to finish his career with a record of 1 win, 0 losses, and an ERA of 4.41. - Vince Moyneaux was 61 when he died in 1950. - BCT/GB, Vince Molyneaux!



                      Jack Powell
                      Birth Name: Reginald Bertrand Powell Bats : Unknown
                      Born On: 08-17-1891 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Holcomb, Missouri Height : 6-02
                      Died On: 03-12-1930 Weight : Unknown
                      Died In: Memphis, Tennessee First Game: 06-14-1913
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 07-09-1913
                      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Jack Powell hurled 2 innings for the Browns on June 14, 1913, yielding 3 unearned runs as the pitcher of no record. After that one moment in the sun, he became yet another of the gone-for-good guys. - Jack Powell was only 38 when he died in 1930. - BCT/GB, Jack Powell!



                      Duke Markell
                      Birth Name: Harry Duquesne Makowsky Bats : Right
                      Born On: 08-17-1923 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Paris, France Height : 6-01½
                      Died On: 06-14-1984 Weight : 209
                      Died In: Fort Lauderdale, Florida First Game: 09-06-1951
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-29-1951
                      Nickname: Duke Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Duke Markell broke into the majors with the 1951 Browns, posting a 1-1 record to go with his 6.33 ERA in 21.1 innings of work. After that, he was gone for good. Duke Markell was 60 when he died in 1984. - BCT/GB, Duke Markell.



                      Deaths on August 17



                      Doc Crandall
                      Birth Name: James Otis Crandall Bats : Right
                      Born On: 10-08-1887 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Wadena, Indiana Height : 5-10½
                      Died On: 08-17-1951 Weight : 180
                      Died In: Bell, California First Game: 04-24-1908
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 08-31-1918
                      Nickname: Doc Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Doc Crandall had a 10-year MLB career (1908-1916, 1918), winning 100, losing 62, and posting a nice 2.63 ERA. As a member of 1916 Browns for only 1.1 innings of work, Crandall posted no W/L record. - Doc Crandall was 63 when he died in 1951.




                      Hooks Iott
                      Birth Name: Clarence Eugene Iott Bats : Both
                      Born On: 12-03-1919 Throws : Left
                      Born In: Mountain Grove, Missouri Height : 6-02
                      Died On: 08-17-1980 Weight : 200
                      Died In: St. Petersburg, Florida First Game: 09-06-1941
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-23-1947
                      Nickname: Hooks Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Hooks Iott had a 2-year (1941, 1947) MLB career record of 3 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 7.05. Most of Iott's mark was achieved as a New York Giant after he went there from the Browns during the 1947 season. Prior to the move, his only MLB record was 0-1 in 10.1 inings of work for the 1941 and 1947 Browns. - Hooks Iott was 60 when he died in 1980. - BCT/GB, Hooks Iott! - I remember you from the Texas League - and from the stories that former Brown farmhand Jerry Witte used to tell me of you. - Did you really relax after games you pitched for the 1946 Toledo Mudhens by riding the roller coaster that ran outside the outfield walls up there?



                      Johnny Lipon
                      Birth Name: John Joseph Lipon
                      Nickname: Skids
                      Born On: 11-10-1922
                      Born In: Martins Ferry, Ohio
                      Zodiac: Scorpio
                      Died On: 08-17-1998
                      Died In: Houston, Texas
                      Cemetery: Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Texas
                      College: None Attended
                      Bats: Right
                      Throws: Right
                      Height: 6-00
                      Weight: 175
                      First Game: 08-16-1942 (Age 20)
                      Last Game: 04-25-1954
                      Draft: Not Applicable

                      Shortstop Johnny Lipon had a 9-season MLB career (1942, 1946, 1948-1954), notably with Detroit (1942, 1946, 1948-1952), but he did go 2 for 7 (.286) for the 1953 Browns. - For his career, Lipon batted .259 with 10 home runs. - Johnn Lipon was 75 when he died in 1998.


                      Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

                      http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...logy/today.stm

                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-10-2005, 04:23 AM.
                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                      • August 18th - 2nd Time Around!

                        On This Date in History!



                        August 18, 1943: Browns Send Harlond Clift to Senators in Multi-Player Deal!

                        Harlond Clift Hit 170 HR's for the Browns.

                        Through this point in the 1943 season, slugging Browns 3rd baseman Harlond Clift had been anything close to his former self. With a BA of .232 and only 3 HR's to his credit in 379 times at bat, the Browns were ready to part company with the guy who had become the 1st 3rd baseman in big league history to hit 34 homers in a season back in 1938. In a trade today that will benefit Wasington, the Senators send 3rd baseman Ellis Clary, outfielder Ox Miller and cash to the Browns for pitcher Johnny Niggeling and Harlond Clift. Niggeling will split 48 decisions as a Senator, while Miller will win just three in St. Louis. - The Browns do benefit from their acquisition of Ellis Clary. The little pepperpot infielder brings good production and a combative spirit to the 1944 Browns AL championship club.



                        1922 American League Pennant Race

                        Standings Thru Games of Friday, August 18:
                        St. Louis (68-47, .591)
                        New York (68-47, .591) TIED for 1st PLACE

                        Results of Friday, August 18:
                        @ Philadelphia: Athletics 8 - Browns 4.
                        @ New York: Yankees 8 - White Sox 7.

                        Game Reports/Comments for Friday, August 18:
                        NY TIES SL FOR 1st PLACE! The Philadelphia A's took advantage of the road-weary Browns yesterday by banging around their pitching staff for an 8-4 win as the home and happy Yankees floated into a 1st place tie in the American League by edging the Chicago White Sox in an 8-7 slugfest. With only 39 games to go, the Browns and Yankees share the AL mountain top with identical records.

                        Games Scheduled for Saturday, August 19:
                        St. Louis @ Philadelphia (2).
                        Chicago @ New York.

                        Games Scheduled for Sunday, August 20:
                        St. Louis: No Game Today.
                        Chicago @ New York.

                        Games Scheduled for Monday, August 21:
                        St. Louis @ Philadelphia.
                        New York: No Game Today.



                        August 18, 1915: Browns Get Baby Doll Jacobson from Tigers!

                        Baby Doll will hit .355 in 1920; .352 in 1921; .317 in 1922.

                        In the arguably best trade in Browns history, St. Louis sends pitchers Bill James and Grover Lowdermilk to the Detroit Tigers for 1st baseman Baby Doll Jacobson. With 1st base fairly well covered by a certain fellow whose name escapes me for the moment, Baby Doll is converted into the center fielder who will catalyze the offense of some good Brownie clubs of the early 1920s.



                        August 18, 1907: Red Sox "No Name" Gets Only Win of Year Against Browns!

                        Over the years, the Browns got behind it with alarming alacrity!

                        What are the odds? - Boston's Rube Kroh wins his only game of the year, a complete game 2-1 victory over the Browns in St. Louis in the second game of a twin bill. The Red Sox also took the first game, 1-0, to make it a clean sweep of the day by the boys from Beantown. The double dip loss drops the Browns' 1907 record to 44-60 and falling.



                        A Browns Record Booker

                        Question: What is the Browns' record year for most team double plays?

                        "Pellagrini to Priddy to Stevens" sadly somehow lacks the same poetic meter!

                        Answer: It happened in 1948 when the Browns pulled off 190 double plays!



                        Births on August 18



                        Wally Gerber

                        Wally Gerber, Shortstop of the 1922 Browns.

                        Birth Name: Walter Gerber Bats : Right
                        Born On: 08-18-1891 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Columbus, Ohio Height : 5-10
                        Died On: 06-19-1951 Weight : 152
                        Died In: Columbus, Ohio First Game: 09-23-1914
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 10-06-1929
                        Nickname: Spooks Draft: Not Applicable

                        Shortstop Waly Gerber was a 12-year member of the Browns (1917-1928) and he was an achoring defensive player in the infield of their great 1922 club. Over his total career (1914-1915, 1917-1929), Gerber hit only .257 with 7 homers, but his defensive skills made up for his lack of offense. - Wally Gerber was 60 when he passed away in 1951.



                        Tommy Heath
                        Birth Name: Thomas George Heath Bats : Right
                        Born On: 08-18-1913 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Akron, Colorado Height : 5-10
                        Died On: 02-26-1967 Weight : 185
                        Died In: Los Gatos, California First Game: 04-23-1935
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 09-18-1938
                        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                        Catcher Tommy Heath had a 3-year career (1935, 1937-1938) record in the big leagues, all as member of the Browns. Overall, Heath batted .240 with 3 HR's in 330 total AB's. - Tommy Heath died in 1967 at the age of 53.



                        Max Lanier

                        Former Cardinal pitcher Max Lanier was 0-1 for the 1953 Browns.

                        Birth Name: Hubert Max Lanier Bats : Right
                        Born On: 08-18-1915 Throws : Left
                        Born In: Denton, North Carolina Height : 5-10
                        Died On: Still Living Weight : 187
                        Died In: Still Living First Game: 04-20-1938
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 07-04-1953
                        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                        Picther Max Lanier will forever be best remembered as the Cardinal who briefly jumped to the Mexican League in 1946. As an MLB pitcher, and mainly as a Cardinal, Lanier posted a career (1938-1946, 1949-1953) record of 108 wins, 80 losses, and an ERA of 3.01. - Lanier pitcher 22.1 innings in 10 games for the 1953 Browns, He was 0-1, with a 7.25 ERA as a Brown, to put a wrap on his career. - Through 2005, Max Lanier is still with us. - Happy 90th Birthday, Max Lanier!



                        Deaths on August 18



                        John Leary
                        Birth Name: John Louis Leary Bats : Right
                        Born On: 05-02-1891 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Waltham, Massachusetts Height : 5-11½
                        Died On: 08-18-1961 Weight : 180
                        Died In: Waltham, Massachusetts First Game: 04-14-1914
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 09-27-1915
                        Nickname: Jack Draft: Not Applicable

                        1st baseman/catcher John Leary played 2 years in the big leagues for the 1914-1915 Browns and hit .258. He hit 0 HR's in 760 official times at bat. - John Leary was 60 when he died in 1961.

                        Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1907&t=SLA

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

                        http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...logy/today.stm
                        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-21-2005, 11:51 AM.
                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                        • August 19th - 2nd Time Around!

                          On This Date in History!



                          August 19, 1951: Eddie Gaedel Walks Into Baseball History!

                          Eddie Gaedel: One of a Kind Player Finishes His Career with OBP of 1.000!

                          Bill Veeck did a lot of outrageously funny things during his storied career as baseball's P.T. Barnum. If he had done nothing else, however, he would be remembered no less for what he did today. In his greatest trampling of baseball's droll and conservative traditions, Browns owner Bill Veeck signs a 3'7" midget, Eddie Gaedel, who goes to bat wearing the number 1/8 in the 1st inning of the nightcap with the Tigers. Tiger Lefty Bob Cain laughingly walks baseball's ultimate little guy on four pitches. Jim Delsing then pinch runs for Gaedel, but the Tigers win the game anyway, 6–2. Two days later, MLB bars Eddie Gaedel from appearing in any further games.

                          A few years ago, I wrote the following parody on this moment in Browns baseball history. If you enjoy singing about the Browns in the shower, the lyrics fit in with the tune of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer." That being said, here is my humble tribute to this unforgettable etching in the story of the St. Louis Browns:

                          The Ballad of Eddie Gaedel
                          (sung to the tune of "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer")
                          by Bill McCurdy, 1999.

                          Bill Veeck, the Brownie owner,
                          Wore some very shiny clothes!
                          And if you saw his sport shirt,
                          You would even say, "It glows!"

                          All of the other owners,
                          Used to laugh and call him names!
                          They wouldn't let poor Bill Veeck,
                          Join in any owner games!

                          (chorus)
                          Then one humid summer day,
                          Bill Veeck had to - fidget!
                          Got an idea that stirred his soul,
                          He decided to sign a - midget!

                          His name was Eddie Gae-del,
                          He was only three feet tall!
                          He never played much baseball,
                          He was always just too small!

                          (chorus)
                          Then one day in Sportsman's Park,
                          Eddie went to bat!
                          Took four balls and walked to first,
                          Then retired - just-like-that!

                          Oh, how the purists hated,
                          Adding little Eddie's name,
                          To the big book of records,
                          "Gaedel" bore a blush of shame!

                          Now when you look up records,
                          Look up Eddie's O.B.P.!
                          It reads a cool One Thousand,
                          Safe for all eternity.



                          August 19, 1930: Goslin's 3 Straight HR's Goose Egg A's! Browns Win, 7-0!

                          Goose Goslin Is Well On His Way to Cooperstown!

                          At Shibe Park in Philadelphia today, the goose was on the loose. Goose Goslin hit three consecutive home runs for St. Louis in a breakout burst of Browns baseball bopping. Goslin's big day backed righthander George Blaeholder's 7–0 shutout of the Philadelphia A's. Too bad these kinds of moments were such an aberration in the history of the St. Louis Browns, but the truth is - they were. - Today's big win only improves the club's 1930 season record to 47-73.




                          1922 American League Pennant Race

                          Standings Thru Games of Saturday, August 19:
                          New York (69-47, .595)
                          St. Louis (69-48, .590) 0.5 GB

                          Results of Saturday, August 19:
                          @ Philadelphia: Browns 9, 5 - Athletics 5, 6.
                          @ New York: Yankees 12 - White Sox 5.

                          Game Reports/Comments for Saturday, August 19:
                          NY WINS OVER WHITE SOX! YANKEES RECAPTURE 1ST AS BROWNS SPLIT WITH A'S! A doubleheader division is not enough to hold the Browns' heads above water. 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. Williams also hits his 32nd HR in the nitecap, but the A's win, 6–5, when Bing Miller bangs a 2-run HR in the eighth off the Browns' Rasty Wright. Their split with the A's allows the New York Yankees, winner's today at the Polo Grounds over the Chicago White Sox, to move back into 1st place in the American League by a half game.


                          Games Scheduled for Sunday, August 20:
                          St. Louis: No Game Today.
                          Chicago @ New York.

                          Games Scheduled for Monday, August 21:
                          St. Louis @ Philadelphia.
                          New York: No Game Today.

                          Games Scheduled for Tuesday, August 22:
                          St. Louis @ Boston.
                          Cleveland @ New York.



                          August 19, 1918: Big Train Goes 14 Innings! Senators Filibuster Browns, 3-2!*

                          "Let The Pitch Count Be Damned!" - Walter Johnson.

                          Of course, Walter Johnson never said anything about the "pitch count." Baseball didn't talk or think in those terms during his era. It was a matter of honor for starters to finish what they had begun - whenever possible. With the possible exception of a few novel specialists like Wilcy Moore and Firpo Marberry, relief pitching was a job left to other starters - and to pitchers who were deemed "not good enough to start." With that kind of zeitgeist working, the great ones of early 20th century baseball, especially, stayed out there on the mound and gave it their all - much to the irony that today's supposedly bigger and stronger pitchers are rarely allowed to stay in a game beyond the 100-pitch count. In the spirit of those times, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators today beat the St. Louis Browns, 3-2, in 14 innings. The Big Train, Walter Johnson, worked in 15 extra-inning games during the 1918 season, including two games of 18 innings, one of 16 innings, and another of 15 innings. - Today's game was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC. Their loss dropped the Browns' record to 53-58 for the 1918 season.

                          * Baseball Library reports the final score as 4-3. Baseball Almanac records it as 3-2. In keeping with my eventual findings in previous discrepancies between these two sources, I'm going with 3-2 until that score is proven wrong.



                          A Browns Record Booker

                          Question: When Eddie Gaedel entered that famous game in 1951, he did so as a "pinch hitter" in the bottom of the 1st inning for the scheduled lead off batter. - For whom did Eddie Gaedel pinch hit?

                          Answer: Rookie outfielder Frank Saucier.



                          Births on August 19



                          "Hey, Mr. Veeck! - Don't I even get a uniform before you drop me in the batter's box?"

                          Unless you count Eddie Gaedel, no Browns babies were ever delivered on August 19.


                          Deaths on August 19



                          No Browns ever died today, so far. Thank goodness and our lucky stars. - The future of little people in the big leagues, however, did effectively expire today with the lone game appearance of little Eddie Gaedel as a St. Louis Brown on August 19, 1951.



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

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-25-2005, 04:47 AM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                          • August 20th - 2nd Time Around!

                            On This Date in History!



                            August 20, 1931: Gehrig & Ruth Bash HR's! Browns Fall to Yankees, 7-3!

                            Ruth Gets HR # 34; Gehrig Hits HR # 33!

                            At St. Louis today, the home run leadership race between the two greatest Yankees heated up. Lou Gehrig crushed his 33rd homer in the 4th to tie Babe Ruth for the MLB lead, but the Babe answered in the 9th with his 34th long ball, a grand slam blast over the right field pavilion roof at Sportsman's Park. Boosted by the power and motivation of Ruth and Gehrig, the Yankees rolled to a 7–3 win over the St. Louis Browns this afternoon. Lefty Gomez almost recorded New York's first shutout of the season, but he weakened in the 9th, allowing the Browns their death rattle rally for 3 insufficient runs. - Today's loss dropped the 1931 Browns to 49-66 on the year.



                            August 20, 1923: Ban Johnson Bans Bats of Babe Ruth & Ken Williams!

                            AL Prexy Johnson Bans Bats Made of More Than One Piece of Wood.

                            American League President Ban Johnson declared war on technological advancements in the art of certain multi-piece bat designs. There are two notable citations: (1.) a 4-piece bat used by Babe Ruth is banned because of the glue used on it. (2.) A protest is made against the Browns' Ken Williams for using a bat with a wooden plug in it. (Say what? Wish we had a photo of that one - plus some kind of explanation from Ken Williams about how he expected to be helped by that extra wooden plug. Unfortunately, we have no better information without further research.) Bottom Line: Ban Johnson rules that all bats must be made from one piece of wood - with nothing added except for tape extending to no more than 18 inches up the handle.



                            1922 American League Pennant Race

                            Standings Thru Games of Sunday, August 20:
                            New York (70-47, .598)
                            St. Louis (69-48, .590) 1.0 GB

                            Results of Sunday, August 20:
                            Browns: No Game Today.
                            @ New York: Yankees 7 - White Sox 5.

                            Game Reports/Comments for Sunday, August 20:
                            NY BEAT WHITE SOX; BOOST AL LEAD TO 1 GAME OVER IDLE BROWNS! The Browns fell further behind today by standing still. While the Browns had a day off Saturday in Philadelphia, the Yankees were at home in the Polo Grounds, finishing off the White Sox, 7-5, to increase their lead in the American League pennant race to one full game. (NOTE: Baseball Library.Com reports that the Browns played at Philadelphia today. Once more, I'm going with Baseball Almanac.Com that this particular Browns game was actually played tomorrow, Monday, August 21st.)

                            Games Scheduled for Monday, August 21:
                            St. Louis @ Philadelphia.
                            New York: No Game Today.

                            Games Scheduled for Tuesday, August 22:
                            St. Louis @ Boston.
                            Cleveland @ New York.

                            Games Scheduled for Wednesday, August 23:
                            St. Louis @ Boston.
                            Cleveland @ New York.

                            '22 Pennant Race Errata Round Up. Over the past few days, I have been chewing gum while attempting to update this ongoing daily look at the '22 pennant race. It was only this morning I discovered that, for a couple of days running, I had listed "Sunday" as the day of the week for games on the schedule for August 20th & 21st. These errors have been corrected and I am no longer chewing gum while I do these updates. :o



                            A Browns Record Booker

                            Question: What is the Browns' club record for the most consecutive games played with at least one friendly HR?

                            Answer: The Browns did it during their great 1922 season when they hit 20 HR's in 11 consecutive games!



                            Births on August 20



                            Beau Bell

                            Beau Bell set the Browns record for most doubles in a season with 51 in 1937!

                            Birth Name: Roy Chester Bell Bats : Right
                            Born On: 08-20-1907 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Bellville, Texas Height : 6-02
                            Died On: 09-14-1977 Weight : 185
                            Died In: College Station, Texas First Game: 04-16-1935
                            College: Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas Last Game: 09-01-1941
                            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                            Oufielder/1st baseman Beau Bell had a 7-year MLB career (1935-1941) in which he batted for a career mark BA of .297 with 46 HR's. Bell broke into the majors with the Browns, playing 4 amd a smigeon seasons in St. Louis (1935-1939) before being moved to Detroit pnly 11 games deep into the 1939 season. Beau had two great years for the Browns. He batted .344 in 1936 and .340 in in 1937, playing 155 and 156 games in those two years. - Beau Bell was 70 when he passed away in 1977.



                            Sig Jakucki
                            Birth Name: Sigmund Jakucki Bats : Right
                            Born On: 08-20-1909 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Camden, New Jersey Height : 6-02½
                            Died On: 05-28-1979 Weight : 198
                            Died In: Galveston, Texas First Game: 08-30-1936
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 08-29-1945
                            Nickname: Jack Draft: Not Applicable

                            When Sig Jakucki passed in 1979 in Galveston, Texas at the age of 69. there was more to the story of his life and death. Truth be known, near the end of his life, Sig had fallen upon hard times due to bad health and personal problems. He was fortunate to have the nearby friendship of Frank Mancuso, one of his teammates from the 1944 Browns American League championship club. Frank would never tell you this publicly, but I will here because I think it shows how tightly connected that '44 club really was. Mancuso pretty much took care of Jakucki in his waning months, including paying for his burial. Not wanting to feel like a burden upon Frank, Sig insisted that Frank hold onto his watch as collateral for the help. Frank still has that watch. As I recall, it is an old beat up Timex with a scratched face. - Long Live The Browns! - As a player, Sig Jakucki played a vital pitching role with the 1944 Browns, going 13-9 with an ERA of 3.55. - In his all-Browns, MLB career (1936, 1944-1945), Sig Jakucki posted a complete record of 25 wins, 22 losses, and an ERA of 3.79.



                            Earl Harrist

                            Earl Harrist was a journeyman pitcher for 5 years.

                            Birth Name: Earl Harrist Bats : Right
                            Born On: 08-20-1919 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Dubach, Louisiana Height : 6-00
                            Died On: 09-01-1998 Weight : 178
                            Died In: Simsboro, Louisiana First Game: 08-18-1945
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 06-18-1953
                            Nickname: Irish Draft: Not Applicable

                            Pitcher Earl Harrist had a 5-year MLB career (1945, 1947-1948, 1952-1953) in which he won 12, lost 28, and registered an ERA of 4.34. In his only year as a Brown (1952), Harrist won 2, lost 8, and posted an ERA of 4.01. - Earl Harrist was 78 when he died in 1998.



                            Deaths on August 20




                            So Far. So Good. ~ No St. Louis Browns Have Ever Died on This Date.

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

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

                            Have a Great Weekend, Everybody! :atthepc
                            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-25-2005, 04:49 AM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                            • August 21st - 2nd Time Around!

                              On This Date in History!



                              August 21, 1931: Ruth Blasts HR #600 Off Blaeholder! NY Dumps SL, 11-7!

                              "At least I won't be remembered as well as Tom Zachary is!" * - George Blaeholder.

                              * Short-time Browns pitcher Tom Zachary was a member of the Washington Senators when he gave up Babe Ruth's season record 60th HR in 1927.

                              Rattling the pavement of Grand Avenue with celebratory blasts, Babe Ruth uses Sportsman's Park as the stage for his latest milestone mark in home run hitting. After belting #599, a grand slam in yesterday's game, Babe Ruth hits his 600th home run today off George Blaeholder of the Browns as the Yankees coast to an 11–7 victory. Lou Gehrig follows the Babe's historic blast with a homer of his own to build on their joint record for dual damage. In their 10 years as teammates, Ruth and Gehrig will homer in the same inning 19 times - and they will do it in the same game an incredible 72 times. - Less memorable today is the effect on the Browns' season record slip to 49-67.


                              1922 American League Pennant Race

                              Standings Thru Games of Monday, August 21:
                              New York (70-47, .598)
                              St. Louis (69-49, .585) 1.5 GB

                              Results of Monday, August 21:
                              @ Philadelphia: Athletics 7 - Browns 6.
                              Yankees: No Game Today.

                              Game Reports/Comments for Monday, August 21:
                              SL LOSES GROUND TO IDLE NY! BROWNS SLIP TO 1.5 GB WITH LOSS TO A'S! With the Yankees enjoying a Monday off, the Browns faced a game with the A's in Philadelphia and a night train ride to Boston for a series with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Fortunately for the Browns, their only train wreck occurs in the first of these two activities. - In the day game at Philly (What other kind of game is there in 1922?), the A's quickly jump to a 5–0 lead over the Browns, and then hold on for a 7–6 win over the erstwhile hope of the midwest. The Browns then pack up for a safe, if lamentable train ride to Boston in search of new redemption. The Browns must get back on track soon. Their recent flirtations with losing have the club in danger of derailing. The Browns are now 1.5 games back of the Yankees in the AL pennant race.

                              Games Scheduled for Tuesday, August 22:
                              St. Louis @ Boston.
                              Cleveland @ New York.

                              Games Scheduled for Wednesday, August 23:
                              St. Louis @ Boston.
                              Cleveland @ New York.

                              Games Scheduled for Thursday, August 24:
                              St. Louis @ Boston.
                              Cleveland @ New York.



                              August 21, 1921: Browns Happy in Rare Sweep of Yankees, 5-4, 10-0!

                              Original 1910 Dimensions of Sportsman's Park.

                              At St. Louis, the largest crowd of the season at Sportsman's Park cheer loudly and happily as the Browns sweep a pair from the New York Yankees, winning 5–4 and 10–0. Bill Bayne strikes out 7 of the 1st 9 Yankees he faces in Game Two on his way to a 10 K run and a 10 to None victory. The double duty daytime delight elevates the Browns' 1921 season record to Even-Steven at 58-58.



                              A Browns Record Booker

                              Question: Who holds the Browns' career record for the highest On Base Percentage?

                              Answer: No, it's not George Sisler this time. The highest career OBP of .403 was achieved by slugging outfielder Ken Williams.



                              Births on August 21



                              Frank Waddey
                              Birth Name: Frank Orum Waddey Bats : Left
                              Born On: 08-21-1905 Throws : Left
                              Born In: Memphis, Tennessee Height : 5-10½
                              Died On: 10-21-1990 Weight : 185
                              Died In: Knoxville, Tennessee First Game: 04-16-1931
                              College: Georgia School of Technology Last Game: 06-22-1931
                              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                              Frabk Waddey played in 14 game for the 1931 Browns as an outfielder and pinch hitter. He batted .273 (6 for 22) with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, 1 double, and no HR's. He walked 2 times and struck out 3 times. - After 1931, Frank Waddell rode off into The Land of Gone for Good. - He was 85 when he died in 1990. - BCT/GB, Frank Waddey!



                              Wally Hebert (pronounced "A bear")
                              Birth Name: Wallace Andrew Hebert Bats : Left
                              Born On: 08-21-1907 Throws : Left
                              Born In: Lake Charles, Louisiana Height : 6-01
                              Died On: 12-08-1999 Weight : 195
                              Died In: West Lake, Louisiana First Game: 05-01-1931
                              College: None Attended Last Game: 09-29-1943
                              Nickname: Preacher Draft: Not Applicable

                              Pitcher Wally Hebert compiled a record of 11 wins and 25 losses for the Browns from 1931 to 1933. Ten years later, he returned to the big leagues and went 10-11 for the 1943 Pirates, finishing his big league career with 21 wins, 36 losses, and ERA of 4.63. - Wally Hebert was 92 when he died in 1999.



                              Tom Cafego
                              Birth Name: Thomas Cafego Bats : Left
                              Born On: 08-21-1911 Throws : Right
                              Born In: Whipple, West Virginia Height : 5-10
                              Died On: 10-29-1961 Weight : 160
                              Died In: Detroit, Michigan First Game: 09-03-1937
                              College: None Attended Last Game: 09-09-1937
                              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                              Outfielder Tom Cafego played in 4 games for the 1937 Browns, going 0 for 4 on his his rapid run to The Land of Gone for Good. - He did manage to get on base somehow and was there long enough to score a single career run in the big leagues. Tom Cafego was 50 when he died in 1961. - BCT/GB, Tom Cafego - however your pronounce your last name!



                              Whitey Platt
                              Birth Name: Mizell George Platt Bats : Right
                              Born On: 08-21-1920 Throws : Right
                              Born In: West Palm Beach, Florida Height : 6-02
                              Died On: 07-27-1970 Weight : 195
                              Died In: West Palm Beach, Florida First Game: 09-16-1942
                              College: None Attended Last Game: 10-02-1949
                              Nickname: Whitey Draft: Not Applicable

                              Outfielder/ist baseman Whitey Platt played 5 years in the big leagues (1942-1943, 1946, 1948-1949), batting .255 with 13 HR's. Platt played for the Browns in 1948-1949 and his best year during his first year with the club. He batted .271 with 7 HR's in 123 games for the 1948 Browns. - Whitey Platt was almost 50 when he died in 1970.



                              Deaths On August 21



                              Bill Lasley
                              Birth Name: Willard Almond Lasley Bats : Both
                              Born On: 07-13-1902 Throws : Right
                              Born In: Gallipolis, Ohio Height : 6-00
                              Died On: 08-21-1990 Weight : 175
                              Died In: Seattle, Washington First Game: 09-19-1924
                              College: None Attended Last Game: 09-23-1924
                              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                              Pitcher Bill Lasley appeared in 2 games as a reliever for the 1924 Browns. In his 4 innings of work, Lasley was involved in no decisions, but he did earn an ERA of 6.75 by giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks and 1 wild pitch, while striking only 2 batters. Lasley also struck out in his only time at bat. - Bill Lasley was 88 when he passed away in 1990. - BCT/GB, Bill Lasley! Like all the others clustered to the milestone date of August 21st, you may be gone, but you are not toally forgotten.

                              Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/AUGUST21.stm

                              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

                              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 08-21-2005, 11:02 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                              • August 22nd - 2nd Time Around!

                                On This Date in History!



                                August 22, 1951: Byrne Walks The Plank (& Everyone Else!); Boston Wins, 3-1!

                                "OK, from here on, no more tips from Tommy Byrne! - Got it?"

                                The fans of 1951 have never heard the song about "Wild Thing," but they saw him in action today without the help of a time machine. Tommy Byrne of the St. Louis Browns went on a wild thing rip at Sportsman's Park today - and we was only momentarily saved by the fact that the visiting Boston Red Sox kept finding ways to strand runners as easily as Byrne "BOB"-sledded them to 1st base. As a result, St. Louis and Boston battled for 13 innings before the Red Sox finally won, 3–1. On the day, Brownie Byrne walked 16 Red Sox batters, tying the American League walk record set by Bruno Haas in 1915 (Haas walked 16 in a loss to the Yankees that turned out to be his only big league pitching decision.) The victorious Bostonians stranded 22 runners in their messy win. falling only 2 LOBs short of the American League record. That ignominious mark was set by the Cleveland Indians Indians in 18 innings back on July 10, 1932. The Tribe stranded 24 runners that day. - Not to be totally waxed from the record book, Byrne did break his personal mark of 13 walks in a game, a notch he carved in 1949. That beong said, his Browns teammates didn't help Tommy Byrne all that much. St. Louis stranded 14 of their own baserunners. - Hmmm! - Nobody had ever heard of "Stranded in The Jungle" back in 1951 either. - Today's frustrating loss drops the Browns' 1951 season record to a ponderous 37-80.



                                1922 American League Pennant Race

                                Standings Thru Games of Tuesday, August 22:
                                New York (70-48, .593)
                                St. Louis (70-49, .588) 0.5 GB

                                Results of Tuesday, August 22:
                                @ Boston: Browns 9 - Red Sox 4.
                                @ New York: Indians 6 - Yankees 2.

                                Game Reports/Comments for Tuesday, August 22:
                                SL WINS! NY LOSES! YANKEE LEAD SHRINKS AGAIN TO HALF GAME! While the Cleveland Indians were spoiling the mood at the Polo Grounds with a 6-2 ambush of New York, the St. Louis Browns were running wild at Fenway Park in a 9-4 thrashing of the Boston Red Sox. It was no tea party for the men from Beantown. Browns reliever Elam Vangilder took over for starter Rasty Wright in the bottom of the 4th inning with 2 Red Sox runners on base and a 4–1 St. Louis lead. The Browns outscored the Red Sox 5-3 from that point as Ken Williams and George Sisler each ran the Boston battery ragged with 2 stolen bases a piece. Today's win, coupled with the Yankee loss, pulls the Browns back to within a half game of 1st place. Both the Browns and the Yankees are hard-pressed to keep their minds on today's business and off their next scheduled head-to-head encounter in New York. The two pennant candidates will meet in a 4-game series at the Polo Grounds, starting with a doubleheader on August 25th. - That's only 3 days from now! - Today the Browns did a better job of taking their schedule as it came around in Boston. The Yankees weren't on the Browns' schedule today, but the Red Sox were there for the taking. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

                                Games Scheduled for Wednesday, August 23:
                                St. Louis @ Boston.
                                Cleveland @ New York.

                                Games Scheduled for Thursday, August 24:
                                St. Louis @ Boston.
                                Cleveland @ New York.

                                Games Scheduled for Friday, August 25:
                                St. Louis @ New York (2).



                                A Browns Record Booker

                                Question: Who holds the record for the longest time served as manager of the St. Louis Browns?

                                Jimmy McAleer got there first - and stayed the longest.

                                Answer: It happened early. Jimmy McAleer, the first manager of the St. Louis Browns, established and held the record for all time. McAleer served as field manager for the first 8 years of the club's existence (1902-1909) - a tenure that never would be surpassed by any of his many successors.



                                Births on August 22



                                Jack McAleese
                                Birth Name: John James McAleese
                                Nickname: None
                                Born On: 08-22-1877
                                Born In: Sharon, Pennsylvania
                                Zodiac: Leo
                                Died On: 11-15-1950
                                Died In: New York, New York
                                Cemetery: St. Mary Cemetery, Sharon, Pennsylvania
                                College: None Attended
                                Bats: Right
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 5-08
                                Weight: Unknown
                                First Game: 08-10-1901 (Age 23)
                                Last Game: 10-03-1909
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Jack McAleese had two brief, but equivalently unsuccessful careers in the big leagues as a pitcher for the White Sox (1901) and later as an outfielder/3rd baseman for the Browns (1909). - McAleese pitched 3 innings for the1901 White Sox, getting no decision but posting a 9.00 ERA. - Eight years later, Jack attempted a comeback with the Browns as a position player, but in 267 times at bat he hit only .213 and was gone for good. - Jack McAleese was 73 when he died in 1950.




                                Wally Schang

                                Wally Schang: Played 19 Years As a Good Hitting Catcher.

                                Birth Name: Walter Henry Schang Bats : Both
                                Born On: 08-22-1889 Throws : Right
                                Born In: South Wales, New York Height : 5-10
                                Died On: 03-06-1965 Weight : 180
                                Died In: St. Louis, Missouri First Game: 05-09-1913
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 06-22-1931
                                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                                Catcher Wally Schang had a sterling big league career (1913-1931), hitting for a total average of .284 with 59 homers in his 19 years at the the top rung of baseball. Schang was a Brown for 4 seasons (1926-1929), where he also enjoyed his best year at the plate by hitting .330 for the 1926 Browns. Wally Schang was 75 when he passed away in 1965.



                                Urban Shocker

                                Mound Ace of the 1922 Browns!

                                Birth Name: Urbain Jacques Shockcor Bats : Right
                                Born On: 08-22-1892 Throws : Right
                                Born In: Cleveland, Ohio Height : 5-10
                                Died On: 09-09-1928 Weight : 170
                                Died In: Denver, Colorado First Game: 04-24-1916
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 05-30-1928
                                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                                Pitcher Urban Shocker was the mound ace of those early 1920's Browns clubs. The Browns acquired Shocker from the Yankees and eventually traded him back there in time for him to be a mainstay on the great '27 Yankees club. He still had his best years as a Brown, winning 20, 27, 24, and 20 games for St. Louis from 1920 to 1923. - Shocker ended his career (1916-1928) with a record of 187 wins, 117 losses, and an ERA of 3.17. Sadly, Urban Shocker died in 1928 at the age of 36 from complications precipitated by a chronic heart condition.



                                Dud Lee
                                Birth Name: Ernest Dudley Lee Bats : Left
                                Born On: 08-22-1899 Throws : Right
                                Born In: Denver, Colorado Height : 5-09
                                Died On: 01-07-1971 Weight : 150
                                Died In: Denver, Colorado First Game: 10-03-1920
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 04-14-1926
                                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                                Utility infielder Dud Lee registered a career BA of .223 with 0 homers for the Browns (1923-1924) and Red Sox (1925-1926). Dud Lee was 71 when he died in 1971.



                                Deaths on August 22

                                No Browns Ever Died On This Date. So Far. :atthepc

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

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=SLA

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-15-2005, 06:16 AM.
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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