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  • September 7th - 2nd Time Around!

    On This Date in History!




    1944 American League Pennant Race

    Tigers Clawing Way Back with 3rd Straight Win!

    Standings Thru Games of Thursday, September 7:
    New York (74-59, .556)
    St. Louis (74-59, .556)
    Detroit (73-60, .549) 1.0 GB

    Results of Thursday, September 7:
    @ Chicago: Browns 5 - White Sox 4.
    New York: No Game Today.
    @ Detroit: Tigers 3 - Indians 0.

    Game Reports/Comments for Thursday, September 7:
    SL WINS TO TIE IDLE NY! DET ALSO WINS TO PULL 1 GB! As they conclude a 3-day rest, the Yankees can only watch as the Browns go 1-0 and the Tigers go 3-0 over the same period. The Browns nipped the White Sox, 5-4, today to force a tie for the American League lead while the Tigers blanked the Indians to pull within only 1 game of the two leaders.

    Games Scheduled for Friday, September 8:
    St. Louis @ Chicago.
    New York @ Boston.
    Detroit: No Game Today.

    Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 9:
    St. Louis @ Chicago.
    New York @ Boston.
    Cleveland @ Detroit.

    Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 10:
    St. Louis @ Chicago (2).
    New York @ Boston (2).
    Cleveland @ Detroit (2).

    Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
    St. Louis: No Game Today.*
    New York: No Game Today. **
    Detroit: No Game Today. ***

    * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
    ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
    *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.



    1922 American League Pennant Race

    Yankees Up By 1 Game in Loss Column!

    Standings Thru Games of Thursday, September 7:
    St. Louis (81-54, .600)
    New York (79-53, .598) 0.5 GB

    Results of Thursday, September 7:
    St. Louis: No Game Today.
    New York: No Game Today.

    Game Reports/Comments for Thursday, September 7:
    With neither team playing today, both clubs take a breather from the grind at home. Wish we had some first hand reports on how the players actually spent their time. - With the Browns holding on to a half game lead, the club has only 19 games left to play. - The Yankees have 22 games left to play and are one game up on the Browns in the loss column.

    Games Scheduled for Friday, September 8:
    Detroit @ St. Louis.
    Washington @ New York.

    Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 9:
    Detroit @ St. Louis.
    Washington @ New York.

    Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 10:
    St. Louis: No Game Today.
    Philadelphia @ New York (2).

    Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
    Detroit @ St. Louis.
    New York @ Philadelphia.



    A Browns Record Booker

    Question: What was the most productive home run month in Browns history?



    Answer: It happened in June of 1940. - The eventual 6th place Browns went on a power tear, hitting 36 homers as a club.



    Births on September 7



    Nap Kloza
    Birth Name: John Clarence Kloza Bats : Right
    Born On: 09-07-1903 Throws : Right
    Born In: Unknown, Poland Height : 5-11
    Died On: 06-11-1962 Weight : 180
    Died In: Milwaukee, Wisconsin First Game: 08-16-1931
    College: None Attended Last Game: 06-26-1932
    Nickname: Nap Draft: Not Applicable

    Outfielder Nap Kloza went 3 for 20 (.150 BA) for the 1931-1932 Browns and was then gone-for-good from the big leagues. - Kloza was 58 when he died in 1962. - BCT/GB, Nap Kloza!



    Bill McAfee
    Birth Name: William Fort McAfee Bats : Right
    Born On: 09-07-1907 Throws : Right
    Born In: Smithville, Georgia Height : 6-02
    Died On: 07-08-1958 Weight : 186
    Died In: Culpeper, Virginia First Game: 05-12-1930
    College: University of Michigan Last Game: 09-22-1934
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Pitcher Bill McAfee posted a 10-4, 5.69 ERA record during his 5 big league years (1930-1934) and he was 1-0, with a 5.84 ERA, in his only season with the 1934 Browns. - Bill McAfee was 50 when he died in 1958.



    Roy Partee
    Birth Name: Roy Robert Partee Bats : Right
    Born On: 09-07-1917 Throws : Right
    Born In: Los Angeles, California Height : 5-10
    Died On: 12-26-2000 Weight : 180
    Died In: Eureka, California First Game: 04-23-1943
    College: None Attended Last Game: 10-03-1948
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Catcher Roy Partee had a 5-year MLB career (1943-1944, 1946-1948), hitting .250 with 2 HR's in 1,090 times at bat. In his only year as a member of the 1948 Browns, Roy Partee hit .203 in 231 times at bat. - Roy Partee was 82 when he died in 2000.



    Deaths on September 7



    Bob Spade
    Birth Name: Robert Spade Bats : Right
    Born On: 01-04-1877 Throws : Right
    Born In: Akron, Ohio Height : 5-10
    Died On: 09-07-1924 Weight : 190
    Died In: Cincinnati, Ohio First Game: 09-22-1907
    College: None Attended Last Game: 07-21-1910
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Pitcher Bob Spade's 4-year MLB career with the Reds and Browns (1907 to 1910) was 25 wins and 24 losses with a 2.96 ERA. He was dealt to the Browns during the 1910 season by the Reds and he went 1 and 3 in his final 7 games as a big league pitcher. Spade passed away at the age of 47 in 1924.



    Al Papai
    Birth Name: Alfred Thomas Papai Bats : Right
    Born On: 05-07-1917 Throws : Right
    Born In: Divernon, Illinois Height : 6-03
    Died On: 09-07-1995 Weight : 185
    Died In: Springfield, Illinois First Game: 04-24-1948
    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-16-1955
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Knuckleball pitcher Al Papai achieved a career (1948-1950, 1955) MLB record of 9 wins, 14 losses, and an ERA of 5.37. Papai was 4-11 in his only year with the 1949 Browns. - The old knuckleballer, whom I also was privileged to have watched as a pitcher for the 1951 Houston Buffs, passed away in 1995 at the age of 78. We had invited Al to attend the Last Roundup of the 1951 Houston Buffs in late September 1995. Sadly, Al's wife Claire received his invitation in the mail on the very day she returned home from his funeral. Claire Papai came to the Buffs reunion in Houston in Al's place and I was moved to write the following eulogy in his belated memory.

    In Memory of Al Papai

    Go forth, Al Papai,
    Through the heavens afar.
    Throw your tantalizing knuckler,
    So we'll know where you are.

    And, on some summer night soon,
    Across a sky, black as tar,
    We shall find you fluttering wobblers,
    Striking out a shooting star.

    Goodbye, Al Papai, Godspeed.
    You're pitching in The Bigger League now.


    ... PLAY BALL!



    Willy Miranda
    Birth Name: Guillermo (Perez) Miranda Bats : Both
    Born On: 05-24-1926 Throws : Right
    Born In: Velasco, Cuba Height : 5-09½
    Died On: 09-07-1996 Weight : 150
    Died In: Baltimore, Maryland First Game: 05-06-1951
    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-07-1959
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Infielder Willie Miranda had a 9-year MLB career (1951-1959) in which he batted.221 with 6 homers. Miranda was 2 for 17 (.118) in 24 games for the 1952-1953 Browns. - Willie Miranda passed away in 1996 at the age of 70

    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/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-09-2005, 05:47 AM.
    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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    • September 8th - 2nd Time Around!

      On This Date in History!



      1944 American League Pennant Race

      Standings Thru Games of Friday, September 8:
      New York (75-59, .560)
      St. Louis (74-60, .552) 1.0 GB
      Detroit (73-60, .549) 1.5 GB

      Results of Friday, September 8:
      @ Chicago: White Sox 9 - Browns 5.
      @ Boston: Yankees 7 - Red Sox 6.
      Detroit: No Game Today.

      Game Reports/Comments for Friday, September 8:
      NY WINS + SL LOSES + DET IDLES = YANKEES + 1G. While the Tigers fiddled and the Browns diddled, the Yankees whittled. At the end of the day, New York is alone at the top, thanks to a close call win carved out at Boston. St. Louis fell to the White Sox in Chicago and Detroit did not play.

      Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 9:
      St. Louis @ Chicago.
      New York @ Boston.
      Cleveland @ Detroit.

      Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 10:
      St. Louis @ Chicago (2).
      New York @ Boston (2).
      Cleveland @ Detroit (2).

      Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
      St. Louis: No Game Today.*
      New York: No Game Today. **
      Detroit: No Game Today. ***

      * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
      ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
      *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.



      September 8, 1939: Feller Beats Browns - Becomes Youngest 20-Game Winner!

      20 Years Old, 20 Games Won!

      20 year old Bob Feller became the youngest 20th century pitcher to win 20 games today, as the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns, 12-1, at Sportsman's Park. Feller turns 21 on November 3rd, a little less than two months from today. He will end up with 24 wins on the season before the birthday clock takes him to that celebrated date of full legal adult majority. Lost in the shuffle of other meaningless incidentals, the 1939 Browns slip to a season record-to-date of 35-94 as a result of their destined date this afternoon with the Cleveland wunderkind.



      1922 American League Pennant Race

      Standings Thru Games of Friday, September 8:
      New York (80-53, .602)
      St. Louis (81-55, .596) 0.5 GB

      Results of Friday, September 8:
      @ St. Louis: Tigers 8 - Browns 3.
      @ New York: Yankees 8 - Senators 1.

      Game Reports/Comments for Friday, September 8:
      NY TAKES LEAD BY HALF GAME! The New York Yankees go back on top today by beating the Washington Senators, 8–1, behind Carl Mays. Meanwhile, the St Louis Browns lose at home to Detroit, 8–3. New York's home win is triggered by Wally Pipp's 6th inning 3-run homer off the great Walter Johnson. It is Pipp's 2nd homer off the Senators' ace in nine days.

      The Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Browns, 8–3, on Bobby Veach's two homers off Urban Shocker. Tiger 1st baseman Lu Blue pulls off two unassisted double plays in the Detroit winning cause, tying the American League record. Both are off line drives by Browns outfielder Johnny Tobin.

      Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 9:
      Detroit @ St. Louis.
      Washington @ New York.

      Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 10:
      St. Louis: No Game Today.
      Philadelphia @ New York (2).

      Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
      Detroit @ St. Louis.
      New York @ Philadelphia.

      Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 12:
      Detroit @ St. Louis.
      New York: No Game Today.



      September 8, 1917: Browns Owner Accuses Players of "Laying Down!"

      Lavan & Pratt Deny Charges of "Dogging It!"

      Still fuming over a 4-1 loss to Chicago three days ago, St. Louis Browns owner Phil Ball accuses his players of laying down on the job because they dislike manager Fielder Jones. As a result, Browns shortstop Doc Lavan and 2nd baseman Del Pratt sue Ball for $50,000 in damages for alleged slanderous statements in St. Louis newspapers. Both are in the lineup at Sportsman's Park today, however, when Detroit beats the Browns, 1–0, in 12 innings. Ty Cobb provides the final coffin nail when he triples off the right field fence in the top of the 12th inning and then scores the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly. - The Browns slip to 51-86 on the year as a result. - With that kind of record, who's playing all out to win?



      A Browns Record Booker

      Question: In what year did the Browns hit the fewest home runs as a team?

      Answer: The Browns took the dead ball era seriously. They hit only 10 home runs during the 1904 season to set the standard for a one-season low. The they proceeded to tie that mark by hitting only 10 long balls in each of the 1907 and 1909 seasons.



      Births on September 8



      Verne Clemons
      Birth Name: Verne James Clemons Bats : Right
      Born On: 09-08-1891 Throws : Right
      Born In: Clemons, Iowa Height : 5-09½
      Died On: 05-05-1959 Weight : 190
      Died In: Bay Pines, Florida First Game: 04-22-1916
      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-28-1924
      Nickname: Stinger Draft: Not Applicable

      Catcher Verne Clemons was only 1 for 7 (.143) for the 1916 Browns, but he came back to play 6 seasons (1919-1924) for the Cardinals. finishing with a career BA of .286 and 5 HR's. Verne Clemons was born on Spetember 8, 1891 in Clemons, Iowa. (His family must have started the town.) - Verne Clemons was 67 when he died in 1959.



      Johnny Schulte
      Birth Name: John Clement Schulte Bats : Left
      Born On: 09-08-1896 Throws : Right
      Born In: Fredericktown, Missouri Height : 5-11
      Died On: 06-28-1978 Weight : 190
      Died In: St. Louis, Missouri First Game: 04-18-1923
      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-20-1932
      Nickname: Eagle Eye Draft: Not Applicable

      Catcher Johnny Schulte had a 5-year, limited action big league career (1923, 1927-1929, 1932) in which he batted .262 with 14 homers in 374 total official times at bat. Schulte was a Brown for only 7 games in 1923 and another 15 games in 1932 and he did nothing to write home about on either tour. - We're not sure how Schulte acquired that "Eagle Eye" nickname. He must have been a girl watcher because he certainly was no George Sisler at the plate. - George Schulte was 61 when he died in 1978.



      Ed Grimes
      Birth Name: Edward Adelbert Grimes Bats : Right
      Born On: 09-08-1905 Throws : Right
      Born In: Chicago, Illinois Height : 5-10
      Died On: 10-05-1974 Weight : 165
      Died In: Chicago, Illinois First Game: 04-19-1931
      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-17-1932
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Infielder Ed Grimes played two seasons for the 1931-1932 Browns as his total MLB experience. In 74 games, he batted .248 with 0 HR's (31 for 125) and then quickly found the road to The Land of Gone For Good! - Ed Grimes was 69 when he passed away in 1974. - BCT/GB, Ed Grimes!



      Tom Turner
      Birth Name: Thomas Richard Turner Bats : Right
      Born On: 09-08-1916 Throws : Right
      Born In: Custer County, Oklahoma Height : 6-02
      Died On: 05-14-1986 Weight : 195
      Died In: Kennewick, Washington First Game: 04-25-1940
      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-08-1944
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Catcher Tom Turner played 5 years in the big leagues (1940-1944), reaching the Browns in time to play 15 games for the 1944 championship club. His career BA was .237 with 7 homers. - Tom Turner was 69 when he died in 1986.



      Lou Sleater



      Birth Name: Louis Mortimer Sleater Bats : Left
      Born On: 09-08-1926 Throws : Left
      Born In: St. Louis, Missouri Height : 5-10
      Died On: Still Living Weight : 185
      Died In: Still Living First Game: 04-25-1950
      College: University of Maryland Last Game: 09-28-1958
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Pitcher Lou Sleater broke in with the Browns (1950-1952) and went on to a 7-year big league career (1950-1952, 1955-1958). Lou was only 1-10 as a Brown, but he finished with a career record of 12 wins, 18 losses, and an ERA of 4.70. - Through 2005, Lou Sleater still walks among the living. - Happy 79th Birthday, Lou Sleater!



      Deaths on September 8



      Dode Criss
      Birth Name: Dode Criss Bats : Left
      Born On: 03-12-1885 Throws : Right
      Born In: Sherman, Mississippi Height : 6-02
      Died On: 09-08-1955 Weight : 200
      Died In: Sherman, Mississippi First Game: 04-20-1908
      College: None Attended Last Game: 08-25-1911
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Pitcher Dode Criss had a 4-year All-Browns MLB career (1908-1911), posting a record of 3-9, with a 4.38 ERA, in 111 total innings of work. - Dode Criss was 80 when he passed away in 1955.



      Roy Mitchell
      Birth Name: Albert Roy Mitchell Bats : Right
      Born On: 04-19-1885 Throws : Right
      Born In: Belton, Texas Height : 5-09½
      Died On: 09-08-1959 Weight : 170
      Died In: Temple, Texas First Game: 09-10-1910
      College: None Attended Last Game: 07-14-1919
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Pitcher Roy Mitchell started his big league career with the Browns (1910-1914). His 5 years in St. Louis produced a record of 28 wins and 35 losses. Additional time with the White Sox and Reds (1918-1919) allowed Mitchell to finish his MLB career with a record of 32 wins, 37 losses, and an ERA of 3.43. - Roy Mitchell was 74 when he died in 1959.



      Bill Knickerbocker
      Birth Name: William Hart Knickerbocker Bats : Right
      Born On: 12-29-1911 Throws : Right
      Born In: Los Angeles, California Height : 5-11
      Died On: 09-08-1963 Weight : 170
      Died In: Sebastopol, California First Game: 04-12-1933
      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-17-1942
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Middle infielder Bill Knickerbocker enjoyed a nine-year career in the big leagues (1833-1942) with five different clubs. He played one season for the 1937 Browns and hit .261 in 121 games. His career BA ended up at a pretty fair .276 over 897 games. Bill Knickerbocker was 51 when he died in 1963.



      Oral Hildebrand
      Birth Name: Oral Clyde Hildebrand Bats : Right
      Born On: 04-07-1907 Throws : Right
      Born In: Indianapolis, Indiana Height : 6-03
      Died On: 09-08-1977 Weight : 175
      Died In: Southport, Indiana First Game: 09-08-1931
      College: Butler University Last Game: 07-28-1940
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Oral Hildebrand had an MLB pitching record of 83 wins, 78 losses and an ERA of 4.35 from 1931 to 1940. He posted 16 wins and 27 losses as a member of the 1937-1938 Browns. - Oral Hildebrand was 70 when he died in 1977.

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

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

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

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

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-09-2005, 05:45 AM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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      • September 9th - 2nd Time Around!

        On This Date in History!



        September 9, 1951: Indians Bunt Way By Paige & Browns, 4-3!

        Satchel Paige: Three 9th Inning Bunts Are Too Much Today!

        Sportsman's Park proved no home advantage today as the Cleveland Indians uses three 9th-inning bunts to edge the St. Louis Browns, 4–3. Jim Hegan lead off the top of the 9th with a bunt that rolled foul. With infield drawn in o protect against another bunt try, Hegan drove a single past the pulled-in 3rd baseman Jack Maguire. Two more bunts and a sacrifice fly gave Mike Garcia the lead he would protect for his 19th win. Reliever Satchel Paige took the heat, the frustration, and the loss. - The 1951 Browns dropped to 41-93 on the year.



        September 9, 1945: Returning WWII Vet Fowler No-Hits Browns! A's Win, 1-0!

        Dick Fowler Returns From War to Shutdown Browns!

        Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics celebrated his return from 3 years with the Canadian Army by pitching a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park today. Fowler walked 4 in the 1-0 Philadelphia victory. A triple by Hal Peck led to the A's winning run in the 9th. It was Fowler's first start since his return from service in World War II - and also his first MLB shutout. The no-hitter is the first by an Athletics pitcher since 1916. - The A's also won the opener, 6-2, to drop the 1945 Browns to 70-65 on the year.



        1944 American League Pennant Race

        Standings Thru Games of Saturday, September 9:
        New York (75-60, .556)
        Detroit (74-60, .552) 0.5 GB
        St. Louis (74-61, .548) 1.0 GB

        Results of Saturday, September 9:
        @ Chicago: White Sox 2 - Browns 1.
        @ Boston: Red Sox 7 - Yankees 1.
        @ Detroit: Tigers 15 - Indians 6.

        Game Reports/Comments for Saturday, September 9:
        RACE TIGHTENS! BROWNS FALL TO 3RD, 1 GAME BACK! It can't get much tighter. The Tigers take advantage of losses by the Browns and Yankees to leap frog into 2nd place with a 15-6 hurt they put on the Indians at home. The Browns have now lost 2 in a row. This is no time for a free fall. With all 3 clubs playing doubleheaders tomorrow, durability of each club's pitching staff is the key as we head into the home stretch. Some tired arms have some big expectations riding upon them.

        Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 10:
        St. Louis @ Chicago (2).
        New York @ Boston (2).
        Cleveland @ Detroit (2).

        Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
        St. Louis: No Game Today.*
        New York: No Game Today. **
        Detroit: No Game Today. ***

        Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 12:
        No Games Today.

        * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
        ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
        *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.



        1922 American League Pennant Race

        Standings Thru Games of Saturday, September 9:
        New York (81-53, .604)
        St. Louis (82-55, .599) 0.5 GB

        Results of Saturday, September 9:
        @ St. Louis: Browns 16 - Tigers 0.
        @ New York: Yankees 3 - Senators 2.

        Game Reports/Comments for Saturday, September 9:
        SL CRUSHES DET! NY EDGES SENS! YANKEES HOLD ONTO HALF GAME LEAD! Whether you win by 16 runs or 1, a win still counts as 1 in the win column. The Yankees edge Washington, 3-2, while the Browns wallop Detroit, 16-0, to maintain the current pace. - It's the Yankees by a half game with 20 games left on their schedule. The Browns have 17 games left to play.

        At St. Louis, Baby Doll Jacobson collected three triples to lead the Browns to a 16–0 whitewash of the Tigers. The victory, the most lopsided in Browns' history, went to pitcher Elam Vangilder. St. Louis racked up 20 hits with Ken Williams hitting a homer in his 5th straight game for his 37th long ball of the year. George Sisler also had three hits to keep his hitting streak alive. Even though it only counted as a single win, the smashing Browns victory allowed the club to keep pace with the New York Yankees, the 3-2 winners in 10 innings at the Polo Grounds against Washington.



        Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 10:
        St. Louis: No Game Today.
        Philadelphia @ New York (2).

        Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
        Detroit @ St. Louis.
        New York @ Philadelphia.

        Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 12:
        Detroit @ St. Louis.
        New York: No Game Today.

        Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 13:
        Boston @ St. Louis
        New York @ Chicago (2).



        September 9, 1909: Browns Release Pitcher Bill Dineen!

        Bill Dinneen En Route To Umpiring Career!

        Bill Dinneen, the winner of three games for the Boston Pilgrims in the first World Series in 1903, is released today by the St. Louis Browns. Dineen will go on from here to a long and storied career as an American League umpire, a position he will hold through the 1937 season.



        A Browns Record Booker

        Question: What is the Browns record year for the fewest batters hit by a pitch?

        Answer: It happened in 1931 when only 12 batters picked up an HBP in 154 games. Maybe the opposition saw no reason to pitch the Browns inside that year.



        Births on September 9



        Johnny Marcum
        Birth Name: John Alfred Marcum Bats : Left
        Born On: 09-09-1909 Throws : Right
        Born In: Campbellsburg, Kentucky Height : 5-11
        Died On: 09-10-1984 Weight : 197
        Died In: Louisville, Kentucky First Game: 09-07-1933
        College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1939
        Nickname: Footsie Draft: Not Applicable

        Pitcher Johnny Marcum was 2-5 with a 7.74 ERA for the 1939 Browns. Over his 7-years in the big leagues, Marcum won 65 and lost 62 while posting a 4.66 ERA. - Johnny Marcum was 75 when he died in 1974.



        Ed Mickelson
        Birth Name: Edward Allen Mickelson Bats : Right
        Born On: 09-09-1926 Throws : Right
        Born In: Ottawa, Illinois Height : 6-03
        Died On: Still Living Weight : 205
        Died In: Still Living First Game: 09-18-1950
        College: Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Last Game: 05-12-1957
        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

        1st baseman Ed Mickelson got the last RBI in Browns history on the last day of the 1953 season. It happened at Sportsman's Park on September 27, 1953 in a 2-1 extra inning loss to the Chicago White Sox. - Eddie was only 2 for 15 (.133) in 7 games for that last Browns club - and he batted only .081 (3 for 37) over the course of his ever-so-brief MLB career with the Cardinals, Browns, and Cubs (1952, 1953, 1957). - That being said, Ed Mickelson is one of the nicest, most loyal former Browns you could ever hope to meet. Today we just want to say - "Happy 79th Birthday, Ed Mickelson!" - Hope to see you in St. Louis again next year!

        Since Ed Mickelson is such a part of it, here's a Casey At The Bat parody I wrote a few years ago about the Browns' last game:

        The Lost Hurrah: September 27, 1953
        Chicago White Sox 2 - St. Louis Browns 1.


        (A respectful parody of "Casey At The Bat" by Ernest L. Thayer in application to the last game ever played by our beloved Browns.)

        by Bill McCurdy (1997)

        The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Brownie nine that day;
        They were moving from St. Louis - to a place quite far away,
        And all because Bill Veeck had said, "I can't afford to stay,"
        The team was playing their last game - in that fabled Brownie way.

        With hopes of winning buried deep - beneath all known dismay,
        The Brownies ate their cellar fate, but still charged out to play.
        In aim to halt a last hard loss - in a season dead since May,
        They sent Pillette out to the mound - to speak their final say.

        The White Sox were that last dance foe - at the former Sportsman's Park,
        And our pitcher pulsed the pallor of those few fans in the dark.
        To the dank and empty stands they came, - one final, futile time,
        To witness their dear Brownies reach - ignominy sublime.

        When Mickelson then knocked in Groth - for the first run of the game,
        It was to be the last Browns score, - from here to kingdom came.
        And all the hopes that fanned once more, - in that third inning spree,
        Were briefly blowing in the wind, - but lost eternally.

        For over seven innings then, - Dee bleached the White Sox out,
        And the Browns were up by one to oh, - when Rivera launched his clout.
        That homer tied the score at one, - and then the game ran on.
        Until eleven innings played, - the franchise was not gone.

        But Minnie's double won the game - for the lefty, Billy Pierce,
        And Dee picked up the last Browns loss; - one hundred times is fierce!
        And when Jim Dyck flew out to end - the Browns' last time at bat,
        The SL Browns were here no more, and that was that, - was that!

        Oh, somewhere in this favored land, the sun is shining bright;
        The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
        And somewhere men are laughing, - and little children shout,
        But there's no joy in Sislerville, - the Brownies have pulled out.



        Deaths on September 9



        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.



        Herschel Bennett
        Birth Name: Herschel Emmett Bennett Bats : Left
        Born On: 09-21-1896 Throws : Right
        Born In: Elwood, Missouri Height : 5-09½
        Died On: 09-09-1964 Weight : 160
        Died In: Springfield, Missouri First Game: 04-19-1923
        College: None Attended Last Game: 10-01-1927
        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

        Outfielder Herschel Bennett had a 5-year all-Browns MLB career (1923-1927) and he batted .276 with 7 HR's in 877 times at bat. - Hershel Bennett was 67 when he passed away in 1964.

        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/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

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

        Have a nice weekend, everybody! :atthepc
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-10-2005, 05:22 AM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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        • September 10th - 2nd Time Around!

          On This Date in History!



          1944 American League Pennant Race

          Standings Thru Games of Sunday, September 10:
          New York (76-61, .555)
          Detroit (75-61, .551) 0.5 GB
          St. Louis (75-62, .547) 1.0 GB

          Results of Sunday, September 10:
          @ Chicago: Browns 6, 2 - White Sox 2, 3.
          @ Boston: Red Sox 3, 3 - Yankees 2, 4.
          @ Detroit: Tigers 5, 4 - Indians 0, 7.

          Game Reports/Comments for Sunday, September 10:
          3 CONTENDERS, 6 GAMES LATER, NO CHANGE IN STANDINGS! On a day that could've opened the Yankee lead - or even vaulted the 3rd place Browns into 1st place - the American League standings remained the same as they were this morning. New York, Detroit, and St. Louis all split their doubleheaders today. - The horses are further down the track now - but holding their positions in the stretch.

          Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
          St. Louis: No Game Today.*
          New York: No Game Today. **
          Detroit: No Game Today. ***

          Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 12:
          No Games Today.

          * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
          ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
          *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.

          Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 13:

          * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
          ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
          *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.



          September 10, 1935: Browns Send A's to 13th Straight Loss, 8-6!

          Connie Mack's Economy Now Reaping What It Sewed!

          The St. Louis Browns roared into Shibe Park today, downing the Philadelphia A's and sending the noble Mack Men to their 13th consecutive loss. The great Jimmie Foxx was 2 for 3 for the losers while triumph 8–6 of the A's, handing the Mackmen their 13th straight loss. Foxx went 2-for-3 for the A's, while 2nd baseman Tom Carey and outfielder Ed Coleman each managed three hits for the visiting Browns.



          September 10, 1926: Browns Halt McCurdy's Hitting Streak at 10!

          Harry McCurdy was a junior high school principal in Houston after baseball!

          The St. Louis Browns defeated the Chicago White Sox, 5–4, at Comiskey Park today behind the deft pitching of Win Ballou. In the process of taking down the Pale Hose, Ballou also stopped Harry McCurdy from adding to his 10-game hitting streak by holding the Chicago catcher, who makes his off-season home in Houston, hitless on the day. - The Browns' win also improved the club's 1926 record to 56-82 on the season. - Whoop-Tee-Doo!



          1922 American League Pennant Race

          Standings Thru Games of Sunday, September 10:
          New York (83-53, .610)
          St. Louis (82-55, .599) 1.5 GB

          Results of Sunday, September 10:
          St. Louis: No Game Today.
          @ New York: Yankees 10, 2 - Athletics 3, 1.

          Game Reports/Comments for Sunday, September 10:
          NY TAKES TWIN BILL; UP LEAD TO 1.5 GAMES OVER IDLE SL! The New York Yankees played their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds today and they made it count. An estimated 40,000 fans overflowed the venerable grounds in uptown Manhattan as another 25,000 avid cranks were turned away. Those who got in were rewarded with a Yankee sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics. New York's Joe Bush beat Philadelphia, 10–3, in the opener, and Waite Hoyt edged the A's in the second, 2–1. Plans are in the works to expand the Polo Grounds to 56,000 capacity, but this is the last regular season American League game at the Polo Grounds for the Yankees. Ruth & Co. will play their final 18 games of the 1922 season on the road, and then open in the new Yankee Stadium next spring. The idle Browns may only hope that the rough road schedule will help slow down the men from Gotham. That road trip will include a chance for the Browns to do something about it when the Yankees invade St. Louis for a 3-game series with the Browns on September 16-18.

          Games Scheduled for Monday, September 11:
          Detroit @ St. Louis.
          New York @ Philadelphia.

          Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 12:
          Detroit @ St. Louis.
          New York: No Game Today.

          Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 13:
          Boston @ St. Louis
          New York @ Chicago (2).

          Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 14:
          Boston @ St. Louis
          New York @ Chicago.



          September 10, 1908: Browns' Loss to Indians Hurts Pennant Chances!

          Jimmy McAleer's 1908 Browns are headed for a 4th place finish!

          The Detroit Tigers took their 2nd straight extra-inning game from the Chicago White Sox today in 11 innings by a score of 6-5. Elsewhere, the Cleveland Indians defeated the St. Louis Browns, 5-2. Today's results leave the American League pennant chase in the hands of Detroit at 75-52, Chicago at 72-57, and St. Louis at 71-57. - Now 4.5 games back, the 3rd place Browns' chances are slip-sliding away.



          A Browns Record Booker

          Question: What Brownie pitcher holds the season record for most home runs surrendered?

          Bobo Dunnit!

          Answer: The resilient Bobo Newsom holds that distinction. When "The Bobo" gave up 30 long balls in 1938, it would be the highest total surrendered by any Browns pitcher in a single season over the course of their entire 52-year history.



          Births on September 10



          Barney Pelty
          Birth Name: Barney Pelty Bats : Right
          Born On: 09-10-1880 Throws : Right
          Born In: Farmington, Missouri Height : 5-09
          Died On: 05-24-1939 Weight : 175
          Died In: Farmington, Missouri First Game: 08-20-1903
          College: None Attended Last Game: 08-10-1912
          Nickname: Yiddish Curver Draft: Not Applicable

          Pitcher Barney Pelty was a 10-season force for the 1903-1912 Browns, although he he finished out his career with a 1-4 record for the Washington Nationals over the last 11 games of his final season. Everything else was all Browns. Pelty established the club record for best ERA in a season when he registered a 1.59 mark in 1906. Pelty ended his career with a total record of 91 wins, 117 losses, and an ERA of 2.63. "The Yiddish Curver" was 58 when he died in 1939.



          Harry Niles
          Birth Name: Herbert Clyde Niles Bats : Right
          Born On: 09-10-1880 Throws : Right
          Born In: Buchanan, Michigan Height : 5-08
          Died On: 04-18-1953 Weight : 175
          Died In: Sturgis, Michigan First Game: 04-24-1906
          College: None Attended Last Game: 09-28-1910
          Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

          Utility position player Harry Niles had a 5-year MLB career (1906-1910) that began with 2 seasons as a Brown. For his total career, Niles hit .247 with 12 HR's. - Harry Niles was 72 when he passed away in 1953.



          Sammy Hale
          Birth Name: Samuel Douglas Hale Bats : Right
          Born On: 09-10-1896 Throws : Right
          Born In: Glen Rose, Texas Height : 5-08½
          Died On: 09-06-1974 Weight : 160
          Died In: Wheeler, Texas First Game: 04-20-1920
          College: None Attended Last Game: 08-23-1930
          Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

          Infielder Sammy Hale had a fine 10-year MLB career (1920-1921, 1923-1930). He started with the Tigers, played his years for the A's, and he finished with the 1930 Browns. - Sammy Hale hit for a career mark of .302 with 30 HR's. He was 4 days shy of his 78th birthday when he died in 1974.



          Deaths on September 10



          Johnny Marcum
          Birth Name: John Alfred Marcum Bats : Left
          Born On: 09-09-1909 Throws : Right
          Born In: Campbellsburg, Kentucky Height : 5-11
          Died On: 09-10-1984 Weight : 197
          Died In: Louisville, Kentucky First Game: 09-07-1933
          College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1939
          Nickname: Footsie Draft: Not Applicable

          Pitcher Johnny Marcum was 2-5 with a 7.74 ERA for the 1939 Browns. Over his 7-years in the big leagues, Marcum won 65 and lost 62 while posting a 4.66 ERA. - Johnny Marcum was 75 when he died in 1974.

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

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-11-2005, 05:14 AM.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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          • September 11th - 2nd Time Around!

            On This Date in History!



            1944 American League Pennant Race

            Standings Thru Games of Monday, September 11:
            New York (76-61, .555)
            Detroit (75-61, .551) 0.5 GB
            St. Louis (75-62, .547) 1.0 GB

            Results of Monday, September 11:
            St. Louis: No Game Today.*
            New York: No Game Today. **
            Detroit: No Game Today. ***

            * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
            ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
            *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.

            Game Reports/Comments for Monday, September 11:
            In the absence of affordable air flights, and laboring under the limitations of WWII train travel availability, the three American League contenders take several days off before resuming their hotly contested pennant race game schedule. The number of players who hitchhike to their next playing sites is unknown.



            September 11, 1927: Browns Beat Yankees, 6-2, to Avert Season Sweep!

            Milt Gaston's Finest Hour! *

            After losing 21 games in a row to the '27 Yankees of New York, the '27 Browns of St. Louis win their final meeting, 6-2, behind Milt Gaston's 5-hitter at Yankee Stadium. No team has ever swept a 22-game season series, but the Yankees came close to putting that hurt on the Browns in 1927. One National League team, the 1909 Chicago Cubs, also went 21-1 against the Boston Braves. - Almost needless to add, Browns pitcher Milt Gaston had his great moment in the baseball sun today.

            * I was lucky to get 100-year old Milt Gaston's autograph on a ball only days before his death in 1996. I had written to Milt and sent him a ball to sign after he turned 100 in January 1996, but I never heard anything. After he died in April 1996, I received a package in the mail. It had been mailed only days before Milt's death. It contained Milt Gaston's shaky autograph on the ball, plus a bonus. - Milt had also signed a 5x7 photo of himself as a '27 Browns and sent that to me too. - He had folded it up and jammed it into the little box that held the baseball. - I still have both items in my library.They are two of my most treasured items. - Bill McCurdy.



            1922 American League Pennant Race

            Standings Thru Games of Monday, September 11:
            New York (84-53, .613)
            St. Louis (83-55, .601) 1.5 GB

            Results of Monday, September 11:
            @ St. Louis: Browns 5 - Tigers 4.
            @ Philadelphia: Yankees 9 - Athletics 4.

            Game Reports/Comments for Monday, September 11:
            SL & NY BOTH WIN! YANKEES HOLD 1.5 GAME LEAD! SISLER HURT! The Yankees began their 18-game road finish with a 9-4 thrashing of the A's at Shibe Park. Elsewhere, the St. Louis Browns rally at Sportsman's Park to keep pace. Down, 4–3, to the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the 9th, a walk and a George Sisler triple ties the game. Marty McManus then lines a single to score Sisler and win it, 5–4, for reliever Hub Pruett. On the down side, George Sisler falls on his shoulder in the 7th while stretching for a throw from shortstop Wally Gerber on a grounder put in play by Ty Cobb. The Browns get the out and Sisler stays in the game to perform his 9th inning heroics. Beyond today's glory, however, Sisler's value to the club is now in jeopardy for the rest of the stretch run. Tomorrow morning, George Sisler will be barely able to raise his right glove arm above a parallel relationship to the ground.

            Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 12:
            Detroit @ St. Louis.
            New York: No Game Today.

            Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 13:
            Boston @ St. Louis
            New York @ Chicago (2).

            Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 14:
            Boston @ St. Louis
            New York @ Chicago.

            Games Scheduled for Friday, September 15:
            Boston @ St. Louis
            New York @ Chicago.



            September 11, 1912: Highlanders Edge Browns, 5-4! Powell Escapes Loss Call!

            Thanks to the New York Times, Jack Powell Avoids Loss!

            Official scoring has been a quirky business in baseball history and today's game only further highlights that fact. In St. Louis today, Browns starter Jack Powell leaves after seven innings, losing 3–0 to the New York Highlanders. Reliever George Baumgartner then gives up two more runs in the 8th, but the Browns score four in the bottom of the inning to cut the losing margin to 5–4. In spite of the fact that starter Jack Powell surrendered a lead that the Browns never overcame, he does not get the loss in The New York Times report on the game. The Times assigns the loss to Baumgartner for pitching poorly in relief. - Based on the limited information available, it is unclear if the NY Times was acting as the official scorer here - or making their own revision of what actually happened. (It seems to me that the NY Times has a long history of revisionist reporting.) It also seems unlikely that The Times was serving as the official scorer here due to the fact that the game was played in St. Louis. At any rate, the clear facts are unavailable to us without further research. This development highlights how unreliable the W/L designation is as a single statistic for measuring a pitcher's true greatness.



            September 11, 1907: White of White Sox White-Outs Browns, 2-0!

            Doc White - does it right!

            Doc White of the Chicago White Sox blanks the St. Louis Browns, 2-0, in the first game of a twin bill at Sportsman's Park. White's one base on balls ends his American League record run of 65 1/3 innings pitched without issuing a walk. White will win a career high 27 games in 1907 and walk only 38 batters in 291 innings pitched. - The White Sox also take the nitcap today by a score of 5-4.



            September 11, 1905: Browns Acquire Jack Powell from Highlanders!

            Jack Powell Heading to St. Louis.

            The New York Highlanders today sold workhorse pitcher Jack Powell (8-13) to the St. Louis Browns. Powell won 23 games in 1904, pitching 390 1/3 innings.



            A Browns Record Booker

            Question: What Browns club struck out the fewest times?

            Answer: That would be the 1920 Browns, who fanned only 339 times in 153 games for an average of 2.22 strike outs per game.



            Births on September 11



            Ernie Koob
            Birth Name: Ernest Gerald Koob Bats : Left
            Born On: 09-11-1892 Throws : Left
            Born In: Keeler, Michigan Height : 5-10
            Died On: 11-12-1941 Weight : 160
            Died In: Lemay, Missouri First Game: 06-23-1915
            College: Western State Normal School Last Game: 08-30-1919
            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher Ernie Koob had a 4-year, all- Browns MLB career (1915-1917, 1919), winning 23, losing 30, and registering an ERA of 3.13. - Ernie Koob was 48 when he passed away in 1941.



            Les Tietje
            Birth Name: Leslie William Tietje Bats : Right
            Born On: 09-11-1911 Throws : Right
            Born In: Sumner, Iowa Height : 6-00½
            Died On: 10-02-1996 Weight : 178
            Died In: Rochester, Minnesota First Game: 09-18-1933
            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-04-1938
            Nickname: Toots Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher Les Tietje had a six-year MLB career (1933-1938), winning 22, losing 41, and filling out an ERA of 5.11. Tietje was 6-12 for the 1936-1938 Browns. - Les Tietje was 84 when he died in 1996.



            Ellis Clary



            Birth Name: Ellis Clary Bats : Right
            Born On: 09-11-1916 Throws : Right
            Born In: Valdosta, Georgia Height : 5-08
            Died On: 06-02-2000 Weight : 160
            Died In: Valdosta, Georgia First Game: 06-07-1942
            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-19-1945
            Nickname: Cat Draft: Not Applicable

            Infielder Ellis Clary had a 4-year MLB career with the Senators and Browns, batting .263 with 1 HR in 650 times at bat. Clary was a fiery member of the Browns from 1943-1945, - Ellis Clary died at 83 in 2000. - BCT/GB, Ellis Clary! We miss your pepperpot presence! :atthepc



            Deaths on September 11



            Snipe Hansen
            Birth Name: Roy Emil Frederick Hansen Bats : Both
            Born On: 02-21-1907 Throws : Left
            Born In: Chicago, Illinois Height : 6-03
            Died On: 09-11-1978 Weight : 195
            Died In: Chicago, Illinois First Game: 07-05-1930
            College: None Attended Last Game: 07-13-1935
            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher Snipe Hansen had a 5-year career (1930, 1932-1938) with the Phillie and Browns, winning 22, losing 45, and posting an ERA of 5.01. In his only year as a Brown (1938), Snipe Hansen was only 0-1 with an 8.78 ERA in 26.2 innings. - Snipe Hansen was 71 when he died in 1978.

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

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

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

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

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

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-11-2005, 10:46 AM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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            • September 12th - 2nd Time Around!

              On This Date in History!



              NOTE: Today I'm limited to one-finger typing with my right hand. Yesterday, after writing on this thread about Sisler's 1922 shoulder injury, I went on to do the same thing to my own non-throwing shoulder. While holding our small dog in my arms, I slipped as I stepped off the 2-step landing from our living room to the kitchen. My reflex was to protect our dog, so I didn't extend my hands to break the fall. I landed on my left shoulder in a pile of pain. Morti was OK, but I was a mess. Fortunately my nurse/wife Norma was here and able to get me to the ER. - My left arm is broken near the joint socket. It's extremly painful and, like Sisler, I cannot move my injured arm very far from my side. - That's as far as my similarity to Sisler goes.

              Worst thing is that I cannot make many moves that do not create new sharp pain. I'm told that this will get better in a few days, but that I will be a one-armed man for about six weeks - with my left arm in a sling. One more bizarre curiosity about my fall on the anniversay of Sisler's identical injury. Earlier yesteday morning, I arrived late for Mass because of my writing the post about Sisler. Because they were reading the 1st Gospel by the time I got there, I was back in the foyer, waiting to walk in after the first reading. - Next thing I knew, I caught a glimpse of someone falling toward me from the right. It was an 80'sh looking older woman, falling out of control toward the closed door in front of me. - I was able to catch her in my arms and save her from almost certain damage. - She was profusely grateful and I was glad to have been there too. - Then, four hours later, I have the worst fall and injury of my life. - Don't know what the lesson is. Maybe it's as simple as: "67 year old guys need to remember their age and be more careful."

              Bear with me over the days ahead. I'm not sure how this mixture of one-finger posting and pain is going to work. All I know is - I'd rather be trying to keep up than not. - There are no do-overs in real life. If there were, I'd sure take back that trip I made into the kitchen yesterday.

              Today's post will get here as best I can manage it through the day.

              - Bill McCurdy



              1944 American League Pennant Race

              Standings Thru Games of Tuesday, September 12:
              New York (76-61, .555)
              Detroit (75-61, .551) 0.5 GB
              St. Louis (75-62, .547) 1.0 GB

              Results of Tuesday, September 12:
              St. Louis: No Game Today.*
              New York: No Game Today. **
              Detroit: No Game Today. ***

              * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
              ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
              *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.

              Game Reports/Comments for Tuesday, September 12:
              Plenty of Nuthin'-Doin' Today.The playing schedule is still 3 days away from resumption.



              1922 American League Pennant Race

              Standings Thru Games of Tuesday, September 12:
              New York (84-53, .613)
              St. Louis (84-55, .604) 1.0 GB

              Results of Tuesday, September 12:
              @ St. Louis: Browns 8 - Tigers 6.
              New York: No Game Today.

              Game Reports/Comments for Tuesday, September 12:
              SL GAINS HALF GAME ON IDLE NY. The St. Louis Browns finished a 3-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers today to pull within a game of the idle New York Yankees. - The Browns announce that George Sisler has severely strained ligaments and cannot lift his right arm over his head. He might be out for the remainder of the season, jeopardizing the Browns' pennant chances and Sisler's 39-game hitting streak. Ironically, the injury occurred when Sisler tried to catch a throw on a hit by Ty Cobb, whose streak he is trying to break. Without Sisler, the Browns rally to beat the Tigers, 8–6. Jacobson, playing 1st base in place of Sisler, makes two errors. *

              * Baseball Library (dot) Com incorrectly reports this 8-6 Browns win as being played on 9/13/22.

              Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 13:
              Boston @ St. Louis
              New York @ Chicago (2).

              Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 14:
              Boston @ St. Louis
              New York @ Chicago.

              Games Scheduled for Friday, September 15:
              Boston @ St. Louis
              New York @ Chicago.

              Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 16:
              New York @ St. Louis.



              A Browns Record Booker

              Question: In what season did the Browns compile their greatest number of RBI'S?

              Answer: The 1925 Browns did piled up 798 RBI's in 153 games for an average of 2.6 RBI per game.



              Births on September 12



              Bob Groom

              Bob Groom was 24-13 for 1912 Nats.

              Birth Name: Robert Groom Bats : Right
              Born On: 09-12-1884 Throws : Right
              Born In: Belleville, Illinois Height : 6-02
              Died On: 02-19-1948 Weight : 175
              Died In: Belleville, Illinois First Game: 04-13-1909
              College: None Attended Last Game: 07-20-1918
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              Pitcher Bob Groom was one of the players who followed new Browns owner Phil Ball from the Federal League's 1915 St. Louis Terriers to the 1916 Browns. In his two years with the Browns, Groom posted 21 wins against 28 losses, registering an ERA under 3.00 each season. Groom finished his total career (1909-1918) with a record of 119 wins, 150 losses, and an ERA of 3.10. - Bob Groom was 63 when he died in 1948.



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

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



              Ollie Bejma
              Birth Name: Alojzy Frank Bejma Bats : Right
              Born On: 09-12-1907 Throws : Right
              Born In: South Bend, Indiana Height : 5-10
              Died On: 01-03-1995 Weight : 165
              Died In: South Bend, Indiana First Game: 04-24-1934
              College: None Attended Last Game: 10-01-1939
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              Bejma was a Browns utility infielder for 3 seasons (1934-1936) and also played one additional year (1939) for the White Sox as same. He had a career .245 average with 14 HR's. - Ollie Bejma was 87 when he died in 1995.



              Deaths on September 12



              Tod Sloan
              Birth Name: Yale Yeastman Sloan Bats : Left
              Born On: 12-24-1890 Throws : Right
              Born In: Madisonville, Tennessee Height : 6-00
              Died On: 09-12-1956 Weight : 175
              Died In: Akron, Ohio First Game: 09-22-1913
              College: None Attended Last Game: 07-10-1919
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              Outfielder Tod Sloan will had 3 years of service (1913, 1917, & 1919) with the Browns and batted .234 with 2 homers for his wholly Browns career. Sloan died in Akron, Ohio at the age of 65.



              Parson Perryman
              Birth Name: Emmett Key Perryman Bats : Right
              Born On: 10-24-1888 Throws : Right
              Born In: Everett Springs, Georgia Height : 6-04½
              Died On: 09-12-1966 Weight : 193
              Died In: Starke, Florida First Game: 04-14-1915
              College: Emory University Last Game: 07-13-1915
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              Pitcher Parson Perryman was 2-4 with an ERA of 3.93 with the 1915 Browns as his total MLB experience on the way to the Land of Gone for Good. Perryman was 77 when he died in 1966. - BCT/GB, Parson Perryman!



              Bernie Boland
              Birth Name: Bernard Anthony Boland Bats : Right
              Born On: 01-21-1892 Throws : Right
              Born In: Rochester, New York Height : 5-08½
              Died On: 09-12-1973 Weight : 168
              Died In: Detroit, Michigan First Game: 04-14-1915
              College: None Attended Last Game: 06-17-1921
              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

              In a 7-year pitching career (1915-1921), Bernie Boland hurled 6 years for the Tigers and then finished his career at 1-4 record with the 1921 Browns. Overall, Boland's record in the big leagues was 68 wins, 53 losses, and an ERA of 3.25. Boland will died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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

              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET
              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-24-2005, 05:35 AM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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              • September 13th - 2nd Time Around!

                On This Date in History!



                1944 American League Pennant Race

                Standings Thru Games of Wednesday, September 13:
                New York (76-61, .555)
                Detroit (75-61, .551) 0.5 GB
                St. Louis (75-62, .547) 1.0 GB

                Results of Wednesday, September 13:
                St. Louis: No Game Today.*
                New York: No Game Today. **
                Detroit: No Game Today. ***

                * SL is off for 4 days. Next game is at home vs. CHI on 9/15/44.
                ** NY is off for 5 days. Next game is at home vs. PHI on 9/16/44.
                *** DET is off for 4 days. Next game is on road vs. CLE on 9/15/44.

                Game Reports/Comments for Wednesday, September 13:
                AL PENNANT RACE STILL ON HOLD.The playing schedule is now only 2 days away from resumption.



                1922 American League Pennant Race

                Standings Thru Games of Wednesday, September 13:
                New York (85-54, .612)
                St. Louis (84-56, .600) 1.5 GB

                Results of Wednesday, September 13:
                @ St. Louis: Red Sox 3 - Browns 1.
                @ Chicago: White Sox 7, 3 - Yankees 3, 6.

                Game Reports/Comments for Wednesday, September 13:
                SL LOSING GROUND! George Sisler or not, the Browns are in trouble. Their 3-1 home loss to the Red Sox today enables the Yankees to move 1.5 games on top, vis-a-vis their 3-7, 6-3 twin bill split with the White Sox in Chicago.

                Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 14:
                Boston @ St. Louis
                New York @ Chicago.

                Games Scheduled for Friday, September 15:
                Boston @ St. Louis
                New York @ Chicago.

                Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 16:
                New York @ St. Louis.

                Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 17:
                New York @ St. Louis.



                September 13, 1909: Cobb Gets 9th HR! Tigers Down Browns, 10-2!

                Ty Cobb: 1909 HR King Never Hit One Over The Fence That Year!

                At Detroit today, Ty Cobb hits what will prove to be enough for the American League home run title with his 9th round-tripper of the 1909 season. It is an inside-the-park drive against the St. Louis Browns. In fact, all of Cobb's nine home runs this season are inside-the-park jobs, including two on July 15th. Ty Cobb is the only player in the 20th century to lead in home runs without hitting one out of the park. Only Sam Crawford (12 in 1901) has hit more inside-the-park homers in a year than Cobb.



                September 13, 1908: Waddell Hurls Browns by Tigers, 2-1, in 11 Innings!

                Waddell also has important RBI in close game.

                In St. Louis today, Browns pitcher Rube Waddell gives up a Detroit run in the top of the 1st when Ty Cobb triples home Matty McIntyre. Waddell then ties the game when he singles a run home in the bottom of the 2nd. Waddell allows nothing after the 1st inning. The Browns win, 2-1, when Syd Smith singles in the winner in the bottom of the 11th.



                A Browns Record Booker

                Question: In what season did the Browns set their record for most triples in a single season?

                Answer: It happened in 1921 when the Browns legged out 106 triples in 154 games as a club.



                Births on September 13



                Pat Collins

                Pat Collins also played for the great '27 Yankees.

                Birth Name: Tharon Leslie Collins Bats : Right
                Born On: 09-13-1896 Throws : Right
                Born In: Sweet Springs, Missouri Height : 5-09
                Died On: 05-20-1960 Weight : 178
                Died In: Kansas City, Kansas First Game: 09-05-1919
                College: None Attended Last Game: 05-23-1929
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                Catcher Pat Collins had a 20-year MLB career (1919-1924, 1926-1929) in which he hit .254 with 33 HR's. Collins played for the Browns from 1919 to 1924, hitting .307 in 63 games for the great 1922 club. - Pat Collins was 63 when he died in 1960.



                Jim Levey
                Birth Name: James Julius Levey Bats : Both
                Born On: 09-13-1906 Throws : Right
                Born In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Height : 5-10½
                Died On: 03-14-1970 Weight : 154
                Died In: Dallas, Texas First Game: 09-17-1930
                College: USMC Academy Last Game: 10-01-1933
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                Shortstop Jim Levey played 4 years in the big leagues as a Brown (1930-1933) and he hit for a career BA of .230 with 11 homers. - Jim Levey was 63 when he died in 1970.



                Deaths on September 13



                Through 2005, no Browns have ever knocked on September 13th.

                Today' Reference Links ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

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

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

                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-13-2005, 08:29 AM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                • September 14th - 2nd Time Around!

                  On This Date in History!



                  September 14, 1951: Bob Nieman Homers in 1st Two MLB Times at Bat!

                  Bob Neiman Off to Record-Setting Start!

                  It's a record that still stands! - St. Louis Browns rookie Bob Nieman today hit two home runs in his first two major league times at bat. No one had done it before and, 54 years later, no one has done it since. Nieman's two homers both came against come against Mickey McDermott of the Red Sox. Boston still won the game, 9-6, at Fenway Park, thanks to homers by Dom DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Walt Dropo. - The Browns' record in 1951 dropped to 43-91 as a result of today's loss.



                  September 14, 1950: Browns Win 8th Game in a Row! Red Sox Fall, 6-3!

                  Return of Teddy Ballgame Fails to Stop Browns.

                  The St. Louis Browns extended their winning streak to eight games today at Sportsman's Park by beating the Boston Red Sox, 6–3, for only their second win over the beantowners in 20 games. The eight game streak is the longest for the Browns since 1944. The Boston defeat also dropped the Red Sox two games behind the Yankees. With his fractured elbow now healed, Ted Williams entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and doubled. The Browns winning streak will end tomorrow when the Red Sox prevail, 12-9.



                  1944 American League Pennant Race

                  Standings Thru Games of Thursday, September 14:
                  New York (76-61, .555)
                  Detroit (75-61, .551) 0.5 GB
                  St. Louis (75-62, .547) 1.0 GB

                  Results of Thursday, September 14:
                  St. Louis: No Game Today.
                  New York: No Game Today.
                  Detroit: No Game Today.

                  Game Reports/Comments for Thursday, September 14:
                  AL PENNANT RACE RESUMES TOMORROW. The schedule hiatus ends tomorrow as all three competing clubs return to action. With all of the time off for travel and amusement, no club has "fatigue" as a legitimate excuse for losing,

                  Games Scheduled for Friday, September 15:
                  Chicago @ St. Louis.
                  Detroit @ Cleveland (2).
                  New York: No Game Today.

                  Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 16:
                  Chicago @ St. Louis.
                  Detroit: No Game Today.
                  Philadelphia @ New York.

                  Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 17:
                  Chicago @ St. Louis (2).
                  Detroit @ Cleveland (2).
                  Philadelphia @ New York (2).



                  September 14, 1934: "If At First You Don't Succeed ..."

                  ... Try, Try Again!

                  Bobo Newsom of the St. Louis Browns started both games of a doubleheader played against the Philadelphia Athletics today. In the opener, Newsom walked the first 4 batters and then departed. The Browns went on to lose the first game, 9-7. - When the nitecap started, Newsom found himself again on the mound. Given this second chance, Bobo strikes out the first four batters he faces and goes on to win, 5-2.



                  1922 American League Pennant Race

                  Standings Thru Games of Thursday, September 14:
                  New York (86-54, .614)
                  St. Louis (85-56, .603) 1.5 GB

                  Results of Thursday, September 14:
                  @ St. Louis: Browns 5 - Red Sox 3.
                  @ Chicago: Yankees 4 - Chicago 1.

                  Game Reports/Comments for Thursday, September 14:
                  NY & SL HOLD GROUND AS HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES LOOMS! The Browns won at home over Boston, 5-3, as the Yankees took the White Sox in Chicago by a 4-1 count. The Two contenders face the same opponents tomorrow. Then it's Katy-bar-the-door time. As soon the Yankees finish their afternoon game in Chicago, they will board the evening train for St. Louis and the showdown series with the Browns. Some literary wags already are calling it "The Little World Series" because of all the excitement it's generating. We shall see. For now, the Yankees cling to a 1.5 game lead.

                  Games Scheduled for Friday, September 15:
                  Boston @ St. Louis
                  New York @ Chicago.

                  Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 16:
                  New York @ St. Louis.

                  Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 17:
                  New York @ St. Louis.

                  Games Scheduled for Monday, September 18:
                  New York @ St. Louis.



                  September 14, 1921: Big Train Faces Minimum of 27 Browns; Wins, 1-0!

                  Triple Play & Pick Off Erase 3 Browns Base Runners!

                  Washington's Walter Johnson gave up three singles at Griffith Stadium today. but still faced the minimum of 27 batters in edging the Browns, 1–0. Following two singles in the top of the 4th, George Sisler's line drive was turned into a triple play. Jack Tobin later singled in the top of the 7th, but Johnson picked him off. - As an aside, Jack Tobin will set a American League record in 1921 with 179 singles. It is a mark that Sam Rice will top in 1925.



                  A Browns Record Booker

                  Question: Who is the only Brown ever named as Rookie of the Year?

                  Roy Sievers, "ROY" in '49!

                  Answer: This one is fundamental to all Browns historians. - Roy Sievers is the only Browns Rookie of th Year. Sievers won that accolade in 1949 when he broke into MLB by hitting .306 with 16 homers as an outfielder for the Browns.



                  Births on September 14



                  Willie Hogan
                  Birth Name: William Henry Hogan Bats : Right
                  Born On: 09-14-1884 Throws : Right
                  Born In: North San Juan, California Height : 5-10
                  Died On: 09-28-1974 Weight : 175
                  Died In: San Jose, California First Game: 04-12-1911
                  College: Santa Clara College Last Game: 09-22-1912
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Outfielder Willie Hogan played for two years in the big leagues (1911-1912), mostly as a Brown. He batted .236 with 3 homers in 822 times at bat. Willie Hogan was 89 when he died in 1974.



                  Deaths on September 14



                  Ike Van Zandt

                  Ike Van Zandt: A Tragic Figure.

                  Birth Name: Charles Isaac Van Zandt Bats : Left
                  Born On: (unkown date) 1876 Throws : Left
                  Born In: Brooklyn, New York Height : Unknown
                  Died On: 09-14-1908 Weight : Unknown
                  Died In: Nashua, New Hampshire First Game: 08-05-1901
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 10-08-1905
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Outfielder/Pitcher Ike Van Zandt had a limited career for the 1901 Giants, the 1904 Cubs, and the 1905 Browns. He only batted as a Cub, but his career pitching record was 0-0 with an ERA of 4.66. - As a hitter, Van Zandt batted .234 with 1 HR in 339 times at bat. Sadly to reoort, Ike Van Zandt was 32 when he committed suicide with a gun in 1908. - Our prayers and positive thoughts go out for you, Ike Van Zandt!



                  Sloppy Thurston

                  Sloppy Thurston was an effective journeyman pitcher.

                  Birth Name: Hollis John Thurston Bats : Right
                  Born On: 06-02-1899 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Fremont, Nebraska Height : 5-11
                  Died On: 09-14-1973 Weight : 165
                  Died In: Los Angeles, California First Game: 04-19-1923
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 10-01-1933
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Pitcher Soppy Thurston had a lifetime MLB ERA OF 4.24 with several MLB clubs. - He worked only 4 innings for the 1923 Browns to start his MLB career and was then dealt to the White Sox to a tab of no record and a 6.75 ERA for that same year. Sloppy had staying power. From 1923 to 1927, and again from 1930 to 1933, Thurston racked up 89 wins and 86 losses . - Sloppy Thurston passed away in 1973 at the age of 74.



                  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.



                  Edgar Barnhart
                  Birth Name: Edgar Vernon Barnhart Bats : Left
                  Born On: 09-16-1904 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Providence, Missouri Height : 5-10
                  Died On: 09-14-1984 Weight : 160
                  Died In: Columbia, Missouri First Game: 09-23-1924
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 09-23-1924
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Pitcher Edgar Barnhart's entire MLB career took place on Setember 23, 1924 when he worked one inning for the Browns, giving up no runs and 2 walks. Barnhart was not the pitcher of record that lone big league day and he immediately disapppeared down the trail to The Land of Gone for Good. Barhart died two days shy of his 80th birthday in 1984. - BCT/GB, Edgar Barnhart!

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

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                  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; 09-14-2005, 08:07 AM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                  • September 15th - 2nd Time Around!

                    On This Date in History!



                    September 15, 1950: Teddy Ballgame Celebrates Return at Expense of Browns!

                    Williams Leads Boston by Browns, 12-9, with 4 hits!

                    Ted Williams returned to the Boston Red Sox lineup today, rapping out a HR and three singles in a 12–9 defeat of the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park. The Red Sox win-surge will allow Boston to come within two games of the first place New York Yankees this week, but that's as far as tide will carry. The Red Sox will end up in third place, behind both New York and Detroit.



                    September 15, 1944: Bill Stern Stirs Brief Browns Controversy!

                    Bill Stern: Getting an audience seemed to be more important than getting it right.

                    Radio announcer and sports commentator Bill Stern reports on a scandal involving the Browns. A Chicago newspaper attributes the Browns' recent slump to the fact that the team wants a larger park for the World Series. Four days later, in light of vigorous protest against the absence of any evidence of support for this accusation, Bill Stern repudiates the story and the issue dies like the proverbial tempest in a teapot. - In today's world, Bill Stern and the Chicago newspaper that ran thi story might not have gotten off so easy. Without deeper research, we don't know the whole story here.




                    1944 American League Pennant Race

                    Standings Thru Games of Friday, September 15:
                    New York (76-61, .555)
                    Detroit (76-62, .551) 0.5 GB
                    St. Louis (76-62, .551) 0.5 GB

                    Friday, September 15:
                    @ St. Louis: Browns 5 - White Sox 1.
                    New York: No Game Today.
                    @ Cleveland: Indians 4, 1 - Tigers 3, 9.

                    Game Reports/Comments for Friday, September 15:
                    SL WINS IN DEFIANCE OF BILL STERN CLAIM! AL RACE KNOTS TIGHTER. In spite of the sensationally unfounded charges of 1940-ish spin-meister Bill Stern, the Browns win with great energy at home against the White Sox, downing the Chicagoans, 5-1. - The win allows the Browns to pull into an exact record tie with the Tigers, who are busy splitting a twin bill on the road with the Indians by scores of 3-4 and 9-1. - The Browns and Tigers are now only a half game back of the still idle Yankees.

                    Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 16:
                    Chicago @ St. Louis.
                    Detroit: No Game Today.
                    Philadelphia @ New York.

                    Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 17:
                    Chicago @ St. Louis (2).
                    Detroit @ Cleveland (2).
                    Philadelphia @ New York (2).

                    Games Scheduled for Monday, September 18:
                    St. Louis: No Game Today.
                    Detroit: No Game Today.
                    New York: No Game Today.



                    1922 American League Pennant Race

                    Standings Thru Games of Friday, September 15:
                    New York (86-55, .610)
                    St. Louis (86-56, .606) 0.5 GB

                    Results of Friday, September 15:
                    @ St. Louis: Browns 7 - Red Sox 1.
                    @ Chicago: White Sox 2 - Yankees 1.

                    Game Reports/Comments for Friday, September 15:
                    SL CLIMBS TO WITHIN HALF GAME OF NY! The St. Louis Browns pulled to within a half game of New York today by defeating the Red Sox at home, 7-1, while the Yankees were losing to the White Sox in Chicago, 2-1. The Browns' victory didn't come as easy as the final score makes it seem. The Browns were trailing, 1-0, going into the bottom of the 6th, but that's when the boys from St. Louis rallied to bomb the BoSox. Elam Vangilder pitched beauifully for the Browns to get the win. Going the distance, Vangilder gave up only one run on five scattered hits. - The gain by the Browns only turned up the heat on the series that starts tomorrow. - The Yankees are coming!

                    Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 16:
                    New York @ St. Louis.

                    Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 17:
                    New York @ St. Louis.

                    Games Scheduled for Monday, September 18:
                    New York @ St. Louis.

                    Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 19:
                    Washington @ St. Louis.
                    New York @ Detroit.



                    September 15, 1921: Ruth Hits HR # 55! Yankees Take Two from Browns!

                    Yankees Win, 10-6, 13-5.

                    In a twin bill at the Polo Grounds today, Babe Ruth hit home run No. 55 in New York's 10–6 win over the Browns. The Yankees also took the nitecap, 13–5. The double loss dropped the 1921 Browns to 72-70 on the season.



                    September 15, 1907: Kill the Umpire? - Not in St. Louis!

                    Umpire Billy Evans had little to smile about today.


                    At the Browns-Tigers game in St. Louis today, a soda bottle thrown by a fan named Hugo Dusenberg fells umpire Billy Evans. The crowd comes to the fallen arbiter's defense. They beat up Hugo before the police came to his rescue. Dusenberg was fined $100. In the meanwhile, umpire Evans was carried from the field and hospitalized. As it turned out, Evans was not seriously injured.



                    A Browns Record Booker

                    Question: What is the Browns club record for most doubles in a single season?


                    Double your pleasure, double your fun!
                    We can hit two-baggers,
                    But we can't score a run!


                    Answer: The 1937 Browns had their problems (46-108, .299 for 8th place in the AL), but hitting doubles wasn't one of them. The '37 boys whacked out 327 doubles for an average of 2.1 doubles per game and the all time single season high for a Browns club.



                    Births on September 15



                    Speed Martin
                    Birth Name: Elwood Good Martin Bats : Right
                    Born On: 09-15-1893 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Wawawai, Washington Height : 6-00
                    Died On: 06-14-1983 Weight : 165
                    Died In: Lemon Grove, California First Game: 07-05-1917
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 04-17-1922
                    Nickname: Speed Draft: Not Applicable

                    Pitcher Speed Martin broke into the majors with the 1917 Browns, posting an 0-2 record with a 5.75 ERA in 15.2 innings of work. Martin spent the rest of his career with the Chicago Cubs (1918-1922), recording a career mark of 29 wins, 42 losses, and an ERA of 3.78. - Speed Martin was in no hurry to leave this world, He was 89 when he died in 1983.



                    Russ Young
                    Birth Name: Russell Charles Young Bats : Both
                    Born On: 09-15-1902 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Bryan, Ohio Height : 6-00
                    Died On: 05-13-1984 Weight : 175
                    Died In: Roseville, California First Game: 04-16-1931
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 07-27-1931
                    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                    Catcher Russ Young went 4 for 34 (.118) with 1 HR in 16 games for the 1931 Browns and was then gone for good. He was 81 when he died in 1984. - BCT/GB, Russ Young!



                    Fritz Ostermueller
                    Birth Name: Frederick Raymond Ostermueller Bats : Left
                    Born On: 09-15-1907 Throws : Left
                    Born In: Quincy, Illinois Height : 5-11
                    Died On: 12-17-1957 Weight : 175
                    Died In: Quincy, Illinois First Game: 04-21-1934
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1948
                    Nickname: Fritz Draft: Not Applicable

                    Pitcher Fritz Ostermueller had a 15-year MLB career (1934-1948) in which he won 114, lost 115, and registered an ERA of 3.99. - Frtiz was 3-6 in three years with the Browns (1941-1943). He was only 50 when he died in 1957.



                    Deaths on September 15



                    Harry Kane
                    Birth Name: Harry Kane Bats : Left
                    Born On: 07-27-1883 Throws : Left
                    Born In: Hamburg, Arkansas Height : Unknown
                    Died On: 09-15-1932 Weight : Unknown
                    Died In: Portland, Oregon First Game: 08-08-1902
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 05-05-1906
                    Nickname: Klondike Draft: Not Applicable

                    Pitcher Harry Kane broke into the big leagues in 1902 with the first-year Browns. In his only season as a Brown, Kane posted an 0-1 record with an ERA of 5.48 in 23 innings of work. Kane continued for a short time with the Tigers (1903) and Phillies (1905-1906) to wrap up his career at 2 wins, 7 losses, and an ERA of 4.81. - Harry Kane was 51 at the time of his 1932 death.



                    Snuffy Stirnweiss



                    Birth Name: George Henry Stirnweiss Bats : Right
                    Born On: 10-26-1918 Throws : Right
                    Born In: New York, New York Height : 5-08½
                    Died On: 09-15-1958 Weight : 175
                    Died In: Newark Bay, New Jersey First Game: 04-22-1943
                    College: University of North Carolina Last Game: 05-03-1952
                    Nickname: Snuffy Draft: Not Applicable

                    Infielder Snuffy Stirnweiss had a 10-year MLB career (1943-1952) in which he batted .268 with 29 HR'S. As a Brown, Snuffy batted .218 with 1 HR for the 1950 club in 326 times at bat, - Snuffy Stirnweiss was only 49 when he died in 1958.



                    Larry Bettencourt
                    Birth Name: Lawrence Joseph Bettencourt Bats : Right
                    Born On: 09-22-1905 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Newark, California Height : 5-11
                    Died On: 09-15-1978 Weight : 195
                    Died In: New Orleans, Louisiana First Game: 06-02-1928
                    College: Saint Mary's College of California Last Game: 09-17-1932
                    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                    Utility player Larry Bettencourt ha a 3-season, all Browns MLB career (1928, 1931-1932) in which he batted .258 with 8 homers in 395 times at bat. - Larry Bettencourt was one week shy of his 73rd birthday when he died in 1978.



                    Earl Caldwell
                    Birth Name: Earl Welton Caldwell Bats : Right
                    Born On: 04-09-1905 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Sparks, Texas Height : 6-01
                    Died On: 09-15-1981 Weight : 178
                    Died In: Mission, Texas First Game: 09-08-1928
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-15-1948
                    Nickname: Teach Draft: Not Applicable

                    Pitcher Earl Caldwell had one those tenure interrupted careers as a big leaguer (1928, 1935-1937, 1945-1948). In spite of the fact he needed 20 years and 3 different decades to get in 8 seasons of MLB, the man they sometimes call "Teach" closed out his career with 33 wins, 43 losses, and an ERA of 4.69. - Caldwell won 10 and lost 18 in his three seasons as a Brown (1935-1937). - Earl Caldwell was 76 when he passed away in 1981.



                    Ethan Allen



                    Birth Name: Ethan Nathan Allen Bats : Right
                    Born On: 01-01-1904 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Cincinnati, Ohio Height : 6-01
                    Died On: 09-15-1993 Weight : 180
                    Died In: Brookings, Oregon First Game: 06-21-1926
                    College: University of Cincinnati Last Game: 06-18-1938
                    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                    Outfielder Ethan Allen had a long MLB career (1926-1938) as a lifetime .300 hitter. Allen finished his career with the 1937-1938 Browns and he kept up the good hitting, going 319 in '37 for 103 games and .303 in '38 for 19 games. Ethan Allen was 89 when he died in 1993.

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

                    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

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

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

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                    • September 16th - 2nd Time Around!

                      On This Date in History!



                      1944 American League Pennant Race

                      Standings Thru Games of Saturday, September 16:
                      St. Louis (77-62, .554)
                      New York (76-62, .551) 0.5 GB
                      Detroit (76-62, .551) 0.5 GB

                      Saturday, September 16:
                      @ St. Louis: Browns 9 - White Sox 0.
                      @ New York: Athletics 6 - Yankees 3.
                      Detroit: No Game Today.

                      Game Reports/Comments for Saturday, September 16:
                      BROWNS LEAP FROG BACK TO 1ST PLACE! While the A's drubbed the Yankees and the Tigers rested, the Browns exploded on the White Sox at Sportsman's Park to regain 1st place in the hotly contested American League pennant race. Handsome Jack Kramer also picked this day for his finest perfornance of 1944, allowing the White Sox only a single hit as he went the distance for the Browns. - The Browns are taking nothing for granted, With all three contenders involved in doubleheaders tomorrow, this playing deck is subject to a reshuffling of hope and luck overnight.

                      Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 17:
                      Chicago @ St. Louis (2).
                      Detroit @ Cleveland (2).
                      Philadelphia @ New York (2).

                      Games Scheduled for Monday, September 18:
                      St. Louis: No Game Today.
                      Detroit: No Game Today.
                      New York: No Game Today.

                      Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 19:
                      Washington @ St. Louis
                      New York @ Detroit



                      September 16, 1940: Lucadello Homers from Both Sides! SL Downs NY, 16-4!

                      The Mick: 15 years later, he will match Lucadello's feat!

                      Rookie Johnny Lucadello of the St. Louis Browns hits HRs from each side of the plate versus the New York Yankees in a 16-4 Browns win at Sportsman's Park today. Only former Brown (1926-1929) Wally Schang had accomplished the feat previously in the American League, but Wally nailed his both sides dingers back in 1916 as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1955, Mickey Mantle will be the next American Leaguer player to do it. - An interesting aside to the Lucadello homers is that they also are the only HR's he will hit in 1940.



                      1922 American League Pennant Race

                      Standings Thru Games of Saturday, September 16:
                      New York (87-55, .613)
                      St. Louis (86-57, .601) 1.5 GB

                      Results of Saturday, September 16:
                      @ St. Louis: Yankees 2 - Browns 1.

                      Game Reports/Comments for Saturday, September 16:
                      NY TAKES GAME 1 OF SHOWDOWN SERIES! In all of St. Louis's rich baseball history, the games never got any bigger than these did, folks! Not even the great 19th century matches between the original Browns (now Cardinals) and the Chicago White Stockings drew this volume of heated local interest. It is the early autumn of 1922 - and pennant fever rages in St. Louis as it never has in the 20th century. - The New York Yankees rolled into town late last night with a half game lead and a three-game playing date with the Browns, starting this afternoon. Fans had been milling around Sportsman's Park since the pre-dawn hours. Ticket scalpers scored big. Everybody wanted a ticket to the first of three big games between the local heroes and the dark knights from Gotham.

                      So much was riding on the outcome. The Yankees came to town with a half-game lead. A New York sweep would bury the Browns 3.5 games back with only 9 games left to play. A Browns sweep would give the St. Louis club a 2.5 games lead and put the locals firmly in the driver's seat.

                      Game One went to the Yankees today. Bob Shawkey outpitched Urban Shocker, 2–1, as George Sisler tied Ty Cobb's 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game as the only consolation for the locals. There also was a moment of great concern and tension. While chasing a fly ball in the bottom of the 9th, New York right fielder Whitey Witt was hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. American League president Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1,000 reward for the name of the bottle-thrower. Then, to calm the crowds, the American League offers the theory that Witt stepped on the bottle and that it flew up and hit him. No one really buys that story, but the bottle-throwing culprit is never identified. The incident will lead to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.

                      The Yankees now lead the Browns by a game and a half. For St. Louis, it's now or never.

                      Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 17:
                      New York @ St. Louis.

                      Games Scheduled for Monday, September 18:
                      New York @ St. Louis.

                      Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 19:
                      Washington @ St. Louis.
                      New York @ Detroit.

                      Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20:
                      Washington @ St. Louis.
                      New York @ Detroit.



                      September 16, 1911: Elmer Brown Wins Browns Debut Against Sens, 6-0!

                      Elmer of the St. Louis Browns wasn't so great!

                      Elmer Brown made his major league debut for the St. Louis Browns today in the 2nd game of a twin bill played at Griffith Stadium against the Washington Senators. Brown shutout the Senators, 6-0, to salvage a split on the day. Washington had taken the opener, 5-4. - Sadly for Elmer Brown, his great start does not translate into a great big league career. He will throw another complete game shutout in 1912, but he will last only 5 years in the big leagues with the Browns and Brooklyn (1911-1915), finishing with a record of 7 wins, 11 losses, and an ERA OF 3.48.



                      A Browns Record Booker

                      Question: Which Browns club struck out the most in a single season?

                      Answer: The 1914 Browns established that mark by striking out 863 times in the 153 games they played during the season. That works out to an average of 5.6 Browns batters fanning per game.



                      Births on September 16



                      Heinie Mueller
                      Birth Name: Clarence Francis Mueller Bats : Left
                      Born On: 09-16-1899 Throws : Left
                      Born In: Creve Coeur, Missouri Height : 5-08
                      Died On: 01-23-1975 Weight : 158
                      Died In: DeSoto, Missouri First Game: 09-25-1920
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 06-15-1935
                      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                      The longtime Cardinal, Giant, and Brave (1920-1929) came back to play 16 games for the 1935 Browns, going for 5 for 27 (.182) in a far-from-stellar icing of an otherwise fine bench-guy career cake. The lefty utility outfielder had a career BA of .282 with 22 homers. He never played more than 92 games in any of his 11 major league seasons. - Heinie Mueller was 75 when he died in 1975.



                      Edgar Barnhart
                      Birth Name: Edgar Vernon Barnhart Bats : Left
                      Born On: 09-16-1904 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Providence, Missouri Height : 5-10
                      Died On: 09-14-1984 Weight : 160
                      Died In: Columbia, Missouri First Game: 09-23-1924
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-23-1924
                      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Edgar Barnhart's entire MLB career took place on Setember 23, 1924 when he worked one inning for the Browns, giving up no runs and 2 walks. Barnhart was not the pitcher of record that lone big league day and he immediately disapppeared down the trail to The Land of Gone for Good. Barhart died two days shy of his 80th birthday in 1984. - BCT/GB, Edgar Barnhart!



                      Buster Mills
                      Birth Name: Colonel Buster Mills Bats : Right
                      Born On: 09-16-1908 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Ranger, Texas Height : 5-11½
                      Died On: 12-01-1991 Weight : 195
                      Died In: Arlington, Texas First Game: 04-18-1934
                      College: University of Oklahoma Last Game: 06-01-1946
                      Nickname: Bus or Buster Draft: Not Applicable

                      Outfielder Buster Mills had 7-year MLB career (1934-1935, 1937-1938, 1940, 1942, 1946), batting .287 with 14 homers. In his only service as a Brown (1938), Mills batted .285 with 3 homers in 123 games. - Buster Mills was 83 when he died in 1991.



                      Emil Bildilli
                      Birth Name: Emil Bildilli Bats : Right
                      Born On: 09-16-1912 Throws : Left
                      Born In: Diamond, Indiana Height : 5-10
                      Died On: 09-16-1946 Weight : 170
                      Died In: Hartford City, Indiana First Game: 08-24-1937
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 05-01-1941
                      Nickname: Hillbilly Bildilli Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Emil Bildilli had a 5-year, all Browns MLB career (1937-1941), winning 4, losing 8, and registering an ERA of 5.84. - Emil Bildilli died on 34th birthday in 1946.



                      Deaths on September 16



                      Emil Bildilli
                      Birth Name: Emil Bildilli Bats : Right
                      Born On: 09-16-1912 Throws : Left
                      Born In: Diamond, Indiana Height : 5-10
                      Died On: 09-16-1946 Weight : 170
                      Died In: Hartford City, Indiana First Game: 08-24-1937
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 05-01-1941
                      Nickname: Hillbilly Bildilli Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Emil Bildilli had a 5-year, all Browns MLB career (1937-1941), winning 4, losing 8, and registering an ERA of 5.84. - Emil Bildilli died on 34th birthday in 1946.



                      Johnny Niggeling
                      Birth Name: John Arnold Niggeling Bats : Right
                      Born On: 07-10-1903 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Remsen, Iowa Height : 6-00
                      Died On: 09-16-1963 Weight : 170
                      Died In: LeMars, Iowa First Game: 04-30-1938
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-01-1946
                      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Johnny Niggeling had a 9-year MLB career (1938-1946), finishing with ia record of 64 wins, 69 losses, and an ERA of 3.22. As a Brown (1940-1943), Niggeling posted a record of 35 wins and 39 losses. Johnny Niggeling passed away in 1963 at the age of 60.



                      Charlie Deal
                      Birth Name: Charles Albert Deal Bats : Right
                      Born On: 10-30-1891 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania Height : 6-00
                      Died On: 09-16-1979 Weight : 160
                      Died In: Covina, California First Game: 07-19-1912
                      College: None Attended Last Game: 10-02-1921
                      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                      3rd baseman Charlie Deal had 12-year MLB career (1912-1921), batting .257 with 11 home runs. He batted .135 with 0 homers in 35 games for the 1916 Browns in his only time with the club. - Charlie Deal was 87 when he died in 1979.



                      Kermit Wahl
                      Birth Name: Kermit Emerson Wahl Bats : Right
                      Born On: 11-18-1922 Throws : Right
                      Born In: Columbia, South Dakota Height : 5-11
                      Died On: 09-16-1987 Weight : 170
                      Died In: Tucson, Arizona First Game: 06-23-1944
                      College: Indiana University Last Game: 07-29-1951
                      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                      Infielder Kermit Wahl had a 5-year MLB career (1944-1945, 1947, 1950-1951) that finished with 8 games as a member of the 1951 Browns. - For his career, Wahl batted .226 with 3 homers. - Kermit Wahl was 64 when he died in 1987.


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

                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

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                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1922&t=NYA
                      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-16-2005, 09:09 AM.
                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                      • September 17th - 2nd Time Around!

                        On This Date in History!



                        1944 American League Pennant Race

                        Standings Thru Games of Sunday, September 17:
                        Detroit (78-62, .557)
                        St. Louis (78-63, .553) 0.5 GB
                        New York (76-64, .543) 1.5 GB

                        Scoreboard for Sunday, September 17:
                        @ St. Louis: Browns 5, 2 - White Sox 1, 8.
                        @ New York: Athletics 5, 2 - Yankees 4, 1.
                        @ Cleveland: Tigers 7, 3 - Indians 2, 0.

                        Game Reports/Comments for Sunday, September 17:
                        TIGERS SWEEP 2! BROWNS SPLIT 2! YANKEES DROP 2! Their latest rankings are directly tied to their most immediate game results. That's how tight things are in September of '44. - All 3 contenders have tomorrow off. St. Louis stays home, awaiting the Senators. The Yankees are on the train to Detroit to take on the new 1st place Tigers.

                        Games Scheduled for Monday, September 18:
                        St. Louis: No Game Today.
                        Detroit: No Game Today.
                        New York: No Game Today.

                        Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 19:
                        Washington @ St. Louis
                        New York @ Detroit

                        Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20:
                        Washington @ St. Louis
                        New York @ Detroit



                        September 17, 1941: Browns Lose on Road! Cardinals Win at Home!

                        Rookie Plays 1st Game for Cardinals.

                        It seemed like an ordinary day in St. Louis September baseball. The Browns lost to the Senators at Washington, 9-8, and were well on their way to a tie for 6th place in the American League. - The Cardinals defeated the Boston Braves, 6-0, at Sportsman's Park and were on their way to a 2nd place finish in the National League. - In the ongoing fight for the hearts of St. Louis fans, the Cardinals seemed to be winning. What could happen from here to possibly make it worse? Maybe one thing could, but it wasn't the sort of thing that was totally obvious on September 17, 1941. You see, that also happened to be the date that a rookie named Stan Musial made his big league debut in that Cardinal win over the Braves. Musial went 2 for 4 on the day in his first game and he will hit .426 for the Cardinals in 12 games before the 1941 season ends. That's a pretty good start for a kid who began the season in the Class C Western Association. Musial has undoubtedly earned a closer look by the Cardinals in spring training next season. Maybe the Browns should try to deal for this rookie before the Cardinals full realize what they have on their hands.



                        September 17, 1931: Yankee Greats Slaughter Brownie Lessers, 17-0, 6-1!

                        George Blaeholder had a day to forget!

                        Yankee Stadium was remindful of the coliseum in ancient Rome today. In the first of two games, the New York Yankees and pitcher Red Ruffing roughed up the St. Louis Browns and hurler George Blaeholder, 17–0. Catcher Bill Dickey provided the big blow in the opener with a grand slam. The Yankees also took the nitecap, 6–1, behind Lefty Gomez's 3-hitter and Babe Ruth's 41st and 42nd homers of the year. - The only player mentioned in this report who did not go on to the Hall of Fame was - guess who?



                        September 17, 1925: Red Sox Take Two from Browns!

                        Behind hurlers Ted Wingfield and Paul Zahniser, the Boston Red Sox shut out the St. Louis Browns twice today at Fenway Park, winning 2–0 and 4–0.



                        September 17, 1923: Senators Take Two from Browns!

                        At Washington today, Walter Johnson notches two wins against the Browns, winning one game in relief and the other as a starter. Game One is a 5–4 nip in 10 innings. Game Two is a 12–2 romp in seven innings. (The redundancy factor is big on the timeline of Browns history.)



                        1922 American League Pennant Race

                        Standings Thru Games of Sunday, September 17:
                        New York (87-56, .608)
                        St. Louis (87-57, .604) 0.5 GB

                        Scoreboard for Sunday, September 17:
                        @ St. Louis: Browns 5 - Yankees 1.

                        Game Reports/Comments for Sunday, September 17:
                        St. Louis Browns pitcher Hub Pruett took the hopes of his club into that Ruth-mystifying hand of his today as he marched to the mound at Sportsman's Park in a last ditch effort to save the 1922 pennant from being lost forever. Hub Pruett came into the game with ordinary credentials, save for one. - In the 10 times he had faced Babe Ruth til now, he had struck out the Sultan of Swat 9 times. - Ruth touches Pruett for a home run today, but it proves to be the only run the Yankees will muster as Hub shuts the Gotham City boys down by a final score of 5-1. - Whitey Witt, the Yankee outfielder who was struck by a flying pop bottle in yesterday's game, receives a standing ovation from the partisan, but apologetic Browns crowd. - Sympathy for the enemy has its limits. - By the 8th inning, the Browns fans are taunting the on-the-road-to-losing Yankees by waving white handkerchiefs. - Humorless St. Louis police, who had been called upon to maintain peace today in light of yesterday's near riot, make the fans stop waving their hankies. (How they are able to accomplish this level of compliance remains unexplained. We are left to surmise that 1922 St. Louis fans held more respect and fear of authority than 2005 Yankee Stadium fans.) The still badly injured George Sisler managed a single in the game to break his tie with Ty Cobb and set the new AL mark for hitting safely in 41 games. The two warrior clubs meet for the last time tomorrow in the game that will effectively decide the 1922 American League pennant race. h

                        Games Scheduled for Monday, September 18:
                        New York @ St. Louis.

                        Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 19:
                        Washington @ St. Louis.
                        New York @ Detroit.

                        Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20:
                        Washington @ St. Louis.
                        New York @ Detroit.

                        Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 21:
                        Washington @ St. Louis.
                        New York @ Detroit.



                        A Browns Record Booker

                        Question: What Browns club scored the most runs in a single season?

                        Answer: The 1925 Browns hold the franchise record. They scored 900 runs in 153 games for an average of 5.9 runs per game.



                        Births on September 17



                        Dick Padden
                        Birth Name: Richard Joseph Padden Bats : Right
                        Born On: 09-17-1870 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Martins Ferry, Ohio Height : 5-10
                        Died On: 10-31-1922 Weight : 165
                        Died In: Martins Ferry, Ohio First Game: 07-15-1896
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 05-02-1905
                        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                        2nd baseman Dick Padden had a 9-year big league career (1896-1899, 1901-1905), batting .258 with 11 homers. Padden finished his career as a 4-season Brown (1902-1905). - Dick Padden was 52 when he died in 1922.



                        Willie Sudhoff
                        Birth Name: John William Sudhoff Bats : Right
                        Born On: 09-17-1874 Throws : Right
                        Born In: St. Louis, Missouri Height : 5-07
                        Died On: 05-25-1917 Weight : 165
                        Died In: St. Louis, Missouri First Game: 08-20-1897
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 06-16-1906
                        Nickname: Wee Willie Draft: Not Applicable

                        Pitcher Willie Sudhoff had a 10-year MLB career (1897-1906) in which he won 103 games, lost 135, and posted an ERA of 3.56. - Sudhoff is one of those rare players who saw service with the old 1897 National League St. Louis Browns (who became the St. Louis Perfectos in 1898 and then the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900) and also with our American League always-were-and-always-will-be-in-our-hearts St. Louis Browns for 4 seasons (1902-1905). Wee Willie's best year happened with our 1903 Browns when he went 21-15 with an ERA of 2.27. - Wee Willie Sudhoff was 42 when he died in 1917.



                        Farmer Ray
                        Birth Name: Robert Henry Ray Bats : Left
                        Born On: 09-17-1886 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Fort Lyon, Colorado Height : 5-11
                        Died On: 03-11-1963 Weight : 160
                        Died In: Electra, Texas First Game: 06-13-1910
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 09-20-1910
                        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                        Pitcher Farmer Ray posted a 4-10, 3.86 ERA record with the 1910 Browns and was then gone for good. - Farmer Ray was 76 when he died in 1963. - BCT/GB, Farmer Ray!



                        Nick Cullop
                        Birth Name: Norman Andrew Cullop Bats : Left
                        Born On: 09-17-1887 Throws : Left
                        Born In: Chilhowie, Virginia Height : 5-11½
                        Died On: 04-15-1961 Weight : 172
                        Died In: Tazewell, Virginia First Game: 05-20-1913
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 05-09-1921
                        Nickname: Tomato Face Draft: Not Applicable

                        Pitcher Nick Cullop (whom some called "Tomato Face") had a career (1913-1917, 1921) MLB record of 57 wins, 55 losses, and an excellent ERA of 2.73. Tomato Face Cullop's 1921 return to the majors for his only year with the Browns earned him no more than a 2-loss finish to his big league run. - Nick Cullop was 73 when he died in 1961.



                        Ernie Walker
                        Birth Name: Ernest Robert Walker Bats : Left
                        Born On: 09-17-1890 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Blossburg, Alabama Height : 6-00
                        Died On: 04-01-1965 Weight : 165
                        Died In: Pell City, Alabama First Game: 04-13-1913
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 07-06-1915
                        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                        Outfielder Ernie Walker hit .256 with 1 HR in three seasons for the 1913-1915 Browns and - that was that was that! - Ernie Walker was 74 when he died in 1965.



                        Sheriff Blake
                        Birth Name: John Frederick Blake Bats : Both
                        Born On: 09-17-1899 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Ansted, West Virginia Height : 6-00
                        Died On: 10-31-1982 Weight : 180
                        Died In: Beckley, West Virginia First Game: 06-29-1920
                        College: West Virginia Wesleyan College Last Game: 09-26-1937
                        Nickname: Sheriff Draft: Not Applicable

                        Pitcher Sheriff Blake had a 10-year big league career (1920, 1924-1931, 1937), finishing with a record of 87 wins, 102 losses, and an ERA OF 4.13. Blake was a member of the 1937 Browns in a comeback try that netted him a 2-2 record. Sheriff Blake was 83 when he died in 1982. Released by the Browns in mid-season, Blake signed with the 1937 Cardinals and added 3 more losses to his career stats. - Sheriff Blake was 83 when he died in 1982.



                        Bob Dillinger
                        Birth Name: Robert Bernard Dillinger Bats : Right
                        Born On: 09-17-1918 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Glendale, California Height : 5-11½
                        Died On: Still Living Weight : 170
                        Died In: Still Living First Game: 04-16-1946
                        College: University of Idaho Last Game: 09-28-1951
                        Nickname: Duke Draft: Not Applicable

                        3rd baseman Bob Dillinger broke into the big leagues with the '46 Browns. In his 4 seasons as a Brown (1946-1949), Dillinger proved himself as an excellent contact hitter who averaged well over .300 per season. For his total career (1946-1951), Dillinger hit .306 with 11 homers. - THrough this date in 2005, Bob is still with us. - Happy 87th Birthday, Bob Dillinger - and thanks again for your input on "A Kid From St. Louis!"



                        Deaths on September 17



                        Chet Hoff
                        Birth Name: Chester Cornelius Hoff Bats : Left
                        Born On: 05-08-1891 Throws : Left
                        Born In: Ossining, New York Height : 5-09
                        Died On: 09-17-1998 Weight : 162
                        Died In: Daytona Beach, Florida First Game: 09-06-1911
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 10-02-1915
                        Nickname: Red Draft: Not Applicable

                        Pitcher Chet Hoff had a 4-year big league career (1911, 1912-1913, 1915), finishing with a total record of 2 wins, 4 losses, and an ERA of 2.49 for 83 innings of career work. Hoff owes his only wins to the 1915 season that he finished his career as a Brown and went 2-2 with a fine 1.24 ERA in 43.2 innings of work. - When Chet Hoff died in 1998 at the age of 107, he gave up the title that brought out of the shadows of baseball history. He was the world's oldest living former major leaguer until his death. - That distinction passed to former Cardinal Raymond Lee Cunningham who died this summer at age 100 - and it now belongs to former Browns pitcher Rollie Stiles at age 98. - Hmmm! - Maybe there's something in the St. Louis water!

                        Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...EPTEMBER17.stm

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

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

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

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

                        It took me all day, but it's done now. Have a great weekend, everybody, and whatever you do - don't fall down! :atthepc
                        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-31-2005, 03:36 PM.
                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                        • September 18th - 2nd Time Around!

                          On This Date in History!



                          September 18, 1951: Browns Sweep Sens! Tommy Byrne Shines as Slugger!

                          Byrne Bat Ices Game 1, Wins Game 2!

                          Tommy Byrne ruined the fun for Washungton fans at Griffith Stadium today. In the first of two games today, Browns pitcher Tommy Byrne blasted a grand slam off the Senators Sid Hudson in the 9th inning to ice the game, 8-0. It was the first grand slam for the Browns this year. In the nitecap, Byrne also cracked a 10th-inning pinch single to give the Browns a 3–2 victory over the stumbling Senators. - The twin bill sweep only raised the '51 Browns to 46-97 on the year, but it still felt good to the once-in-a-blue-moon winners from St. Louis. - Winning always feeds the idea, no matter how deluded, that it could be the start of a new habit - and better days ahead.



                          1944 American League Pennant Race

                          Standings Thru Games of Monday, September 18:
                          Detroit (78-62, .557)
                          St. Louis (78-63, .553) 0.5 GB
                          New York (76-64, .543) 2.0 GB

                          Scoreboard for Monday, September 18:
                          St. Louis: No Game Today.
                          Detroit: No Game Today.
                          New York: No Game Today.

                          Game Reports/Comments for Monday, September 18:
                          ALL'S QUIET. The Browns have the day off at home, awaiting their series tomorrow against the Senators. The Yankees are heading to Detroit for a big series against the league-leading Tigers that also starts tomorrow. It's a good day to stay home and listen to the radio.

                          Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 19:
                          Washington @ St. Louis
                          New York @ Detroit

                          Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20:
                          Washington @ St. Louis
                          New York @ Detroit

                          Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 21:
                          Washington @ St. Louis
                          New York @ Detroit



                          September 18, 1938: Browns take 2 from NY! Yankees Back into AL Clinch!

                          Although they drop a doubleheader at Sportsman's Park to the Browns by scores of 4-3 and 8-7, the Yankees clinch the 1938 American League pennant today.

                          1922 American League Pennant Race

                          Standings Thru Games of Monday, September 18:
                          New York (88-56, .611)
                          St. Louis (87-58, .600) 1.5 GB

                          Scoreboard for Monday, September 18:
                          @ St. Louis: Yankees 3 - Browns 2.

                          Game Reports/Comments for Monday, September 18:
                          NY RALLIES IN 9TH TO EDGE SL, 3-2! The St. Louis Browns went into the 9th inning of their 3rd and final game with the New York Yankees holding a one run lead, All they had to do was get the New Yorkers out a final time and all would be well. They would have taken the series, they could have grabbed a half game lead, and they should have built the momentum they needed to roll on to their first pennant. - It didn't happen. - Woulda', coulda', shoulda' never gets you anywhere worthwhile - in baseball or in life. The Yankees rallied for base runners in the 9th. Then came the executioner. - Whitey Witt, his head bandaged from being hit by a bottle in the opening game - and with his bat dipped in kharmic payback - got a hit that drove in two runs in the 9th for a 3–2 New York win. The Yankees now leave St. Louis with a 1.5 game lead and only 10 games left on their schedule. The Browns only have 9 games left to play and they are now 2 important games down in the loss column. - A Yankee pitching ace named Joe Bush stopped the Browns today, In the process, Bush also halted George Sisler by holding him hitless and ending his 41-game hitting streak. As irony would have it, Sisler had begun his streak against the same Joe Bush back on July 27th. Now it's over - and the Browns' chances for a pennant in 1922 look grim. A deadly quiet crowd streamed out of Sportsman's Park today. They had reason to mourn.

                          Games Scheduled for Tuesday, September 19:
                          Washington @ St. Louis.
                          New York @ Detroit.

                          Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20:
                          Washington @ St. Louis.
                          New York @ Detroit.

                          Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 21:
                          Washington @ St. Louis.
                          New York @ Detroit.

                          Games Scheduled for Friday, September 22:
                          Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                          New York @ Cleveland.



                          A Browns Record Booker

                          Question: What Browns club holds the mark for highest team average in a single season?

                          Answer: If you don't already know, you may have already guessed. The 1922 Browns established the club mark for highest team batting average in one season when they finished at .313 for the year.



                          Births on September 18



                          No Browns Today. Ever.



                          Deaths on September 18



                          Joe Grace
                          Birth Name: Joseph Laverne Grace Bats : Left
                          Born On: 01-05-1914 Throws : Right
                          Born In: Gorham, Illinois Height : 6-01
                          Died On: 09-18-1969 Weight : 180
                          Died In: Murphysboro, Illinois First Game: 09-24-1938
                          College: None Attended Last Game: 09-03-1947
                          Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                          Outfielder Joe Grace had a 6-year career in the big leagues with the Browns (1938-1941, 1946) and Senators (1946-1947). He batted for a career mark of .283 and 20 HR'S. - Joe Grace was 55 when he died in 1969.

                          Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...EPTEMBER18.stm

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-19-2005, 01:44 PM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                          • September 19th - 2nd Time Around!

                            On This Date in History!



                            1944 American League Pennant Race

                            Standings Thru Games of Tuesday, September 19:
                            Detroit (79-62, .560)
                            St. Louis (78-64, .549) 1.5 GB
                            New York (76-65, .543) 3.0 GB

                            Scoreboard for Tuesday, September 19:
                            @ St. Louis: Senators 6 - Browns 0.
                            @ Detroit: Tigers 4 - Yankees 1.

                            Game Reports/Comments for Tuesday, September 19:
                            TIGERS INCREASE LEAD. The 1st place Detroit Tigers pushed the 3rd place Yankees down to 3 games back with a 4-1 win at Briggs Stadium. As a bonus, the Tigers also increased their lead to 1.5 games over the 2nd place Browns because St. Louis also lost at home today to the Washington Senators by a score of 6-0.

                            Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20:
                            Washington @ St. Louis
                            New York @ Detroit

                            Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 21:
                            Washington @ St. Louis
                            New York @ Detroit

                            Games Scheduled for Friday, September 22:
                            Philadelphia @ St. Louis
                            Boston @ Detroit
                            New York @ Cleveland



                            1922 American League Pennant Race

                            No Joy in Sislerville!

                            Standings Thru Games of Tuesday, September 19:
                            New York (89-56, .614)
                            St. Louis (87-59, .596) 2.5 GB

                            Scoreboard for Tuesday, September 19:
                            @ St. Louis: Senators 4 - Browns 3.
                            @ Detroit: Yankees 4 - Tigers 3.

                            Game Reports/Comments for Tuesday, September 19:
                            NY WINS 4-3 OVER TIGERS! SL LOSES 4-3 TO SENATORS! The big series in St. Louis had a carry-over effect on both clubs. The Yankees got off the night train to Detroit and went out the next day to nip the Tigers, 4-3. In a synchronized move in the opposite direction, the Browns stayed home and lost the identical score of 4-3 to the visiting Senators. - Against the Senators' Walter Johnson, Ken Williams hit his 39th and final league leading home run of the year in the 4th, and Pat Collins, subbing for Sisler at 1st base, adds another solo home run in the 7th to give the Browns a brief 2–1 lead. Unfortunately, but in tune with the club's folding fortunes, the Senators rally to win, 4-3, with Walter Johnson earning the win over Elam Vangilder. The valiant, but injured George Sisler tries to get the Browns back in the game by pinch hitting, but he strikes out. The light grows dimmer on Brownie pennant hopes. The Browns are now 3 games down in the loss column with only 8 games left on their schedule.

                            Games Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20:
                            Washington @ St. Louis.
                            New York @ Detroit.

                            Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 21:
                            Washington @ St. Louis.
                            New York @ Detroit.

                            Games Scheduled for Friday, September 22:
                            Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                            New York @ Cleveland.

                            Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 23:
                            Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                            New York @ Cleveland.



                            A Browns Record Booker

                            Question: What Browns club achieved the lowest club batting average for a single season?

                            Answer: The 1910 Browns hold that ignominious distinction with a club batting average of .218 on the year.



                            Births on September 19



                            Jim Wright
                            Birth Name: James Wright Bats : Right
                            Born On: 09-19-1900 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Hyde, England Height : 6-02½
                            Died On: 04-10-1963 Weight : 195
                            Died In: Oakland, California First Game: 09-14-1927
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 05-04-1928
                            Nickname: Jiggs Draft: Not Applicable

                            Pitcher Jim Wright recorded 1 win, 0 losses, and an ERA of 5.79 for the 1927-1928 Browns as the total scope of his MLB experience and was then gone-for-good. - Jim Wright was 62 when he died in 1963. BCT/GB, Jiggs Wright!



                            Red Barkley
                            Birth Name: John Duncan Barkley Bats : Right
                            Born On: 09-19-1913 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Childress, Texas Height : 5-11
                            Died On: 12-12-2000 Weight : 160
                            Died In: Waco, Texas First Game: 09-02-1937
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 08-14-1943
                            Nickname: Red Draft: Not Applicable

                            Infielder Red Barkley hit .267 with no homers as a 2nd baseman in 31 games for the 1937 Browns, For his 3-season total MLB career (1937, 1939, 1943), Brkley hit .264 with no homers. - Red Barkley was 87 when he died in 2000.



                            Bob Turley

                            Bullet Bob Turley.

                            Birth Name: Robert Lee Turley Bats : Right
                            Born On: 09-19-1930 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Troy, Illinois Height : 6-02
                            Died On: Still Living Weight : 215
                            Died In: Still Living First Game: 09-29-1951
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-21-1963
                            Nickname: Bullet Bob Draft: Not Applicable

                            Pitcher Bullet Bob Turley broke into the big leagues with Browns (3-6 in 1951 & 1953) and went on to a 12-year career (1951, 1953-1963) as a star for the Yankees and others, finishing with a mark of 101 wins, 85 losses, and an ERA of 3.64. - In 2005, Turley is still very much with us as a highly successful businessman. - Happy 75th Birthday, Bullet Bob Turley!



                            Deaths on September 19

                            Otto Neu
                            Birth Name: Otto Adam Neu Bats : Right
                            Born On: 09-24-1894 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Springfield, Ohio Height : 5-11
                            Died On: 09-19-1932 Weight : 170
                            Died In: Kenton, Ohio First Game: 07-10-1917
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 07-10-1917
                            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                            Shortstop Otto Neu was 0 for 1 in his only time at bat for the Browns on July 10, 1917 and that was it. - Otto Neu was 5 days short of his 38th birthday when he died in 1932. - BCT/GB, Otto Neu! - Moonlight Graham had little on you! :atthepc



                            Dave Danforth
                            Birth Name: David Charles Danforth Bats : Left
                            Born On: 03-07-1890 Throws : Left
                            Born In: Granger, Texas Height : 6-00
                            Died On: 09-19-1970 Weight : 167
                            Died In: Baltimore, Maryland First Game: 08-01-1911
                            College: Baylor University Last Game: 10-01-1925
                            Nickname: Dauntless Dave Draft: Not Applicable

                            Pitcher Dave Danforth become a key member of the early 1920s Browns staff on the way to recording 43 wuns against 37 losses in St. Louis. For his total career (1911-1912: Athletics; 1916-1919: White Sox; and 1922-1925: Browns), the man they sometimes called "Dauntless Dave" won 71, lost 66, and he registered an ERA of 3.89. Danforth was both a valuable starter and an important lefty out of the bullpen for the Browns in their near miss on the 1922 pennant drive. - Dave Danforth was 80 when he died in 1970.

                            Thank you, Dauntless Dave Danforth, for your contributions to our club's early championship hopes!

                            Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...EPTEMBER17.stm

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

                            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; 09-24-2005, 03:16 PM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                            • September 20th - 2nd Time Around!

                              On This Date in History!



                              1944 American League Pennant Race

                              Standings Thru Games of Wednesday, September 20:
                              Detroit (80-62, .563)
                              St. Louis (79-64, .552) 1.5 GB
                              New York (76-66, .535) 4.0 GB

                              Scoreboard for Wednesday, September 20:
                              @ St. Louis: Browns 5 - Senators 2.
                              @ Detroit: Tigers 8 - Yankees 2.

                              Game Reports/Comments for Wednesday, September 20:
                              TIGERS HEATING! BROWNS CHASING! YANKEES FOLDING! The Tigers beat the the visiting Yankees again today. The score was 8-2, but the impact was even greater as a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions. It was the Tigers' 5th win a row and the Yankees' 5th loss in a row. The Detroit appetite for claiming victory in the pennant race is only halted by the presence of that other club in the hunt. The Browns also won today, defeating the Senators at home to stay a game and a half back of the Motown Merrymakers. We'll see who's smiling at the end of this carnival ride.

                              Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 21:
                              Washington @ St. Louis
                              New York @ Detroit

                              Games Scheduled for Friday, September 22:
                              Philadelphia @ St. Louis
                              Boston @ Detroit
                              New York @ Cleveland

                              Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 23:
                              Philadelphia @ St. Louis
                              Boston @ Detroit
                              New York @ Cleveland



                              September 20, 1924: Browns Party Vetoes Senator Walter's Agenda, 15-14!

                              Big Train Out of Service Early!

                              Pitching on two days rest in St. Louis, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators is pounded out of the box by the St. Louis Browns, leaving the game for a pinch hitter in the top of the 2nd inning. Each team collects 18 hits as the Browns finally prevail, 15–14. Goose Goslin gives the Sens a 14–13 lead in the top of the 10th with his 2nd home run of the game, but a wild throw to 2nd base by Washington reliever Firpo Marberry gives the game to the Browns when it permits the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10th.



                              1922 American League Pennant Race

                              Standings Thru Games of Wednesday, September 20:
                              New York (90-56, .616)
                              St. Louis (87-60, .592) 3.5 GB

                              Scoreboard for Wednesday, September 20:
                              @ St. Louis: Senators 5 - Browns 0.
                              @ Detroit: Yankees 6 - Tigers 5.

                              Game Reports/Comments for Wednesday, September 20:
                              NY MAGIC # NOW 5! With the Yankees rolling to their 3rd win a row today, and the Browns falling for their 3rd straight loss, the pulse of the '22 pennant race is barely detectable. Any combination of 5 New York wins or St. Louis losses will formally give the pennant to the Yankees.

                              Games Scheduled for Thursday, September 21:
                              Washington @ St. Louis.
                              New York @ Detroit.

                              Games Scheduled for Friday, September 22:
                              Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                              New York @ Cleveland.

                              Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 23:
                              Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                              New York @ Cleveland.

                              Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 24:
                              Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                              New York @ Cleveland.



                              September 20, 1920: Ruth Sets AL Runs Scored Record! NY Takes SL, 4-3!

                              148 Runs Scored is New AL Record!

                              Carl Mays stops the New York Yankees' four game loss streak with a 4–3 win over the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park. Babe Ruth tallies the winning run in the 11th inning for New York, giving the Babe an American League-record 148 runs scored. Ty Cobb had 147 in 1911. Ruth had reached base in the top of the 11th by doubling off Carl Weilman of the Browns. Prior to his record-breaking time on base, Ruth had struck out twice on slow curves.



                              September 20, 1908: Browns Defeat Washington, 2-1! Waddell Fans 17!

                              Rube Waddell: Zany, But Great!

                              In St. Louis today, Rube Waddell of the St. Louis Browns struck out 17 Washington Nationals in 10 innings to defeat Walter Johnson, 2-1, in a battle between two of baseball's pitching immortals. (When we review the timeline of baseball history, it sometimes seems that Walter Johnson started every game for Washington during the first quarter of the 20th century. - He didn't, but, for good reason, he did grab most of the pitching headlines.)



                              A Browns Record Booker

                              Question: What Browns club achieved the most extra base hits for a single season?

                              Answer: To little surprise, the 1922 Browns set the club record of 482 extra base hits in one year. - Three years later, the 1925 Browns tied the mark.



                              Births on September 20



                              Browns Born on This Date in History = Zero!



                              Deaths on September 20



                              Tilly Walker
                              Birth Name: Clarence William Walker Bats : Right
                              Born On: 09-04-1887 Throws : Right
                              Born In: Telford, Tennessee Height : 5-11
                              Died On: 09-20-1959 Weight : 165
                              Died In: Unicoi, Tennessee First Game: 04-12-1911
                              College: Washington College Last Game: 10-06-1923
                              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                              Outfielder Tilly Walker had a 13-year (1911-1923) career. He batted .281 with 188 homers over the course. Tilly had 3 good years with the Browns from 1913 to 1915, batting .284, .298. and .269. - Tilly Walker was 72 when he died in 1959.

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

                              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

                              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; 09-20-2005, 08:28 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                              • September 21st - 2nd Time Around!

                                On This Date in History!


                                Something is in the works that we are watching carefully on the Texas gulf coast. If this post suddenly disappears for a few days, it will be because we've either had to leave, or else, lost power. Keep us in your prayers and positive thoughts please.


                                1944 American League Pennant Race

                                Standings Thru Games of Thursday, September 21:
                                Detroit (80-63, .559)
                                St. Louis (80-64, .556) 0.5 GB
                                New York (77-66, .539) 3.0 GB

                                Scoreboard for Thursday, September 21:
                                @ St. Louis: Browns 9 - Senators 4.
                                @ Detroit: Yankees 5 - Tigers 4.

                                Game Reports/Comments for Thursday, September 21:
                                HOLD THAT TIGER (celebration)! Wait a minute, Detroit! - Before you paint Tiger stripes on the '44 AL pennant, let's play the schedule all the way out. The race tightened today as the Bowns knocked off the Senators, 9-4, in St. Louis and New York Yankee-Doodled their way back from the near dead to halt Detroit, 5-4.

                                Games Scheduled for Friday, September 22:
                                Philadelphia @ St. Louis
                                Boston @ Detroit (2)
                                New York @ Cleveland

                                Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 23:
                                Philadelphia @ St. Louis
                                Boston @ Detroit
                                New York @ Cleveland

                                Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 24:
                                Philadelphia @ St. Louis
                                Boston @ Detroit
                                New York @ Cleveland



                                September 21, 1935: Tigers Clinch '35 Pennant with DH Sweep of Browns!

                                Future Brown Elden Auker Clinches for '35 Tigers.

                                The Detroit Tigers clinched the pennant at home today with a double win over the St. Louis Browns, 6–2 and 2–0. Elden Auker won the nitecap with a complete game shutout, while Tommy Bridges took the opener. The Tigers will coast the rest of the way, going 1–6, while the Yankees go 6–1.



                                September 21, 1933: Senators Clinch '33 Pennant Against Browns.

                                Sens Rule!

                                With lefty Walter Stewart pitching, the Washington Senators eliminated the New York Yankees and clinched the American League pennant in a 2–1 home win over the St. Louis Browns.



                                September 21, 1928: Ruffing Bats & Pitches Boston by Browns, 5-3!

                                Red Ruffing Roughs Up Browns.

                                At St. Louis today, Boston's Red Ruffing smashed a 3-run homer in the 7th as he went on to pitch the Red Sox to a 5–3 win over the Browns.



                                1922 American League Pennant Race

                                Standings Thru Games of Thursday, September 21:
                                New York (91-56, .619)
                                St. Louis (88-60, .595) 3.5 GB

                                George Sisler Named AL MVP FOR 1922! The American League today reinstated the MVP award that it last extended in 1914. Through a committee composed of one appointed writer from each American League city, and chaired by I.E. Sanborn of the Chicago Tribune, the trophy is awarded to George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns. As a player-manager, Ty Cobb was not eligible for consideration by the rules set in place for selection. The National League will pick up the MVP Award idea two years from now.

                                Scoreboard for Thursday, September 21:
                                @ St. Louis: Browns 7 - Senators 6.
                                @ Detroit: Yankees 9 - Tigers 8.

                                Game Reports/Comments for Thursday, September 21:
                                NY MAGIC # SHRINKS TO 4! The Browns finally stopped their 3-game losing streak by edging the Senators at home, 7-6. The Yankees continued their march to the pennant by clipping the Tigers in Detroit, 9-8. Their 4th straight win dropped the New Ork magic number to 4.

                                Games Scheduled for Friday, September 22:
                                Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                                New York @ Cleveland.

                                Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 23:
                                Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                                New York @ Cleveland.

                                Games Scheduled for Sunday, September 24:
                                Philadelphia @ St. Louis.
                                New York @ Cleveland.

                                Games Scheduled for Monday, September 25:
                                St. Louis: No Game Today.
                                New York: No Game Today.



                                A Browns Record Booker.

                                Question: How many Browns games were lost to hurricanes?

                                "Let me at those Brownie pitchers!"

                                Answer: None. It just often felt that way.



                                Births on September 21



                                Art Bader
                                Birth Name: Arthur Herman Bader Bats : Right
                                Born On: 09-21-1886 Throws : Right
                                Born In: St. Louis, Missouri Height : 5-09
                                Died On: 04-05-1957 Weight : 160
                                Died In: St. Louis, Missouri First Game: 08-02-1904
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 08-03-1904
                                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                                Left fielder Art Bader went 0 for 3 in 2 games for the 1904 Browns before joining the gone-for-gooder club. His one walk at bat balanced out in some way with his one error in rhe field. - Art Bader was 70 when he died in 1957. - BCT/GB, Art Bader!



                                Herschel Bennett
                                Birth Name: Herschel Emmett Bennett Bats : Left
                                Born On: 09-21-1896 Throws : Right
                                Born In: Elwood, Missouri Height : 5-09½
                                Died On: 09-09-1964 Weight : 160
                                Died In: Springfield, Missouri First Game: 04-19-1923
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 10-01-1927
                                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                                Outfielder Herschel Bennett had a 5-year all-Browns MLB career (1923-1927) and he batted .276 with 7 HR's in 877 times at bat. - Hershel Bennett was 67 when he passed away in 1964.



                                Elden Auker



                                Birth Name: Elden Le Roy Auker Bats : Right
                                Born On: 09-21-1910 Throws : Right
                                Born In: Norcatur, Kansas Height : 6-02
                                Died On: Still Living Weight : 194
                                Died In: Still Living First Game: 08-10-1933
                                College: Kansas State Last Game: 09-20-1942
                                Nickname: Submarine Draft: Not Applicable

                                Pitcher Elden Auker had a 10-year MLB career (1933-1942) in which he won 130, lost 101, and recorded an ERA of 4.42. IN his final 3 seasons as a Bowns pitcher (1940-1942), Auker had a record of 44 wins and 39 losses. - Elden is still with us on this date in 2005. - Happy 95th Birthday, Mr. Auker!



                                Deaths on September 21



                                Claude Gouzzie
                                Birth Name: Claude Gouzzie Bats : Right
                                Born On: Unknown Throws : Right
                                Born In: Unknown, France Height : 5-09
                                Died On: 09-21-1907 Weight : 170
                                Died In: Denver, Colorado First Game: 07-22-1903
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 07-22-1903
                                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                                2nd baseman Claude Gouzzie was 0 for 1 at bat and he had 1 successful assist in the field in his only chance on defense. It all happened on July 22, 1903 in Claude's only appearance as a Brown and only time in the big leagues. - Claude wasn't around long enough to even get his birthdate correctly recorded. - He died in 1907 at an unknown age. - BCT/GB, Claude Gouzzie! - You will never be totally gone for good for as long as the mystery of your birthdate lives on to be completed by some obssessed future baseball historian with an interest in obscuria.



                                Bill Kenworthy
                                Birth Name: William Jennings Kenworthy Bats : Right
                                Born On: 07-04-1886 Throws : Right
                                Born In: Cambridge, Ohio Height : 5-07
                                Died On: 09-21-1950 Weight : 165
                                Died In: Eureka, California First Game: 08-28-1912
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 05-08-1917
                                Nickname: Iron Duke Draft: Not Applicable

                                2nd baseman/outfielder Bill Kenworthy had a 4-year MLB career (1912, 1914-1915, 1917) in which he batted a not-too-shabby .304 with 18 homers in 989 times at bat. His service as a Brown was limited to a 1 for 10 performance in the 5 games he played in 1917, his last season in the "bigs." - For a guy with his apparent ability to disappear so quickly, it suggests that something happened to stop him. We don't know what brought his career up short - nor do we know how he earned his nickname of "Iron Duke." (There are so many mysteries to be solved in baseball history.) - Iron Duke Bill Kenworthy was 65 when he died in 1950.

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

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=SLA

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=DET

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1944&t=NYA

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

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

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 09-22-2005, 07:28 PM.
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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