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  • Going back to the Oct. 17, 1953 entry about Veeck, how long was he a "special advisor" for the Cubs before buying into the White Sox? What were Veeck's duties? I imagine that Wrigley and Veeck would be like oil and water and that Veeck's employment ended rather quickly with the Cibs.

    Burt Shotton, I do not believe, always managed in street clothes. When he managed the Phillies in the early 1930's, I believe, but I could be wrong, that he did where a uniform.

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    • October 21st - 2nd Time Around

      On This Date in History!



      October 21, 1902-1953: Nothing Happened.








      A Browns Record Booker

      Question: Who was the first Browns pitcher to lead the American League with the best winning percentage over a single season?

      General Crowder.

      Answer: The answer is General Alvin Crowder. The General posted a winning percentage of .808 in 1928 to lead all American League pitchers. - Crowder was 21-5 for a '28 Browns club that finished third with a 82-72 record.



      Births on October 21



      Mark Christman
      Birth Name: Marquette Joseph Christman Bats : Right
      Born On: 10-21-1913 Throws : Right
      Born In: Maplewood, Missouri Height : 5-11
      Died On: 10-09-1976 Weight : 180
      Died In: St. Louis, Missouri First Game: 04-20-1938
      College: None Attended Last Game: 09-23-1949
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Infielder Mark Christman had a 9-year MLB career (1938-1939, 1943-1949) in which he batted .253 with 19 home runs. Christman wasa Brown for 4 seasons (1939, 1943-1946), batting .271 with 6 HR's for the 1944 American League champions. - Mark Christman was 12 days shy of age 63 when he died in 1976.



      Deaths on October 21



      Harry Chapman
      Birth Name: Harry E. Chapman Bats : Right
      Born On: 10-26-1887 Throws : Right
      Born In: Severance, Kansas Height : 5-11
      Died On: 10-21-1918 Weight : 160
      Died In: Nevada, Missouri First Game: 10-06-1912
      College: None Attended Last Game: 07-19-1916
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Catcher Harry Chapman played for 5 years in the big leagues (1912-1916) and batted .198 with 1 HR in 404 times at bat. Chapman finished his caree by batting .098 in 18 games for the 1916 Browns. - Harry Ghapman was 5 days short of his 31st birthday in 1918. - I'm not sure without further study, but he may have been killed in WWI. - BCT/GB, Harry Chapman!



      Harry Gleason
      Birth Name: Harry Gilbert Gleason Bats : Right
      Born On: 03-28-1875 Throws : Right
      Born In: Camden, New Jersey Height : 5-06
      Died On: 10-21-1961 Weight : 160
      Died In: Camden, New Jersey First Game: 09-27-1901
      College: None Attended Last Game: 10-08-1905
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      Utility infielder/outfielder Harry Gleason batted .218 and hit 3 HR's in his 5-year MLB career (1901-1905). Gleason played his last two seasons (1904-1905) with the Browns, hitting .213 and .217 in 196 games. - Harry Gleason passed away in 1961 at the age of 85.



      Gene Robertson
      Birth Name: Eugene Edward Robertson Bats : Left
      Born On: 12-25-1898 Throws : Right
      Born In: St. Louis, Missouri Height : 5-07
      Died On: 10-21-1981 Weight : 152
      Died In: Fallon, Nevada First Game: 07-04-1919
      College: Saint Louis University Last Game: 05-18-1930
      Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

      During his 6 Browns years (1919, 1922-1926), infielder Gene Robertson hit .319 for the 1924 club as a lefthanded batting 3rd baseman. His total MLB career spanned from 1919 through 1930. He finished with a career BA of .280 and 20 homers. - Robertson died in 1981 at the age of 82.



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

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

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

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-21-2005, 04:44 PM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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      • October 22nd - 2nd Time Around

        On This Date in History!



        October 22, 1933: Former Browns Owner Phil Ball is Dead!



        Phil Ball, millionaire former owner of the St. Louis Browns, died today on his 69th birthday. Manager Rogers Hornsby will run the team in 1934. - Ball was a fascinating character with a major ego that alienated many people. Ball became wealthy building refrigeration plants and, with Harry Sinclair, financed the St. Louis club in the Federal League. As part of the settlement with that league, the American League allowed him to buy the Browns in 1916 for $750,000. He remained owner until 1932. Ball became a strong supporter of American League president Ban Johnson and he opposed the hiring of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the new commissioner. For six years, Ball never voted in support of Landis. - An early aviation enthusiast, Ball was the director of several airplane companies and he eventually bought the factory where Lindbergh's plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, was built.

        His inability to get along with the intrusive Ball led directly to General Manager Branch Rickey leaving the Browns and casting his lot with the same town Cardinals. That move alone changed the direction of St. Louis baseball history, and as a result that was then years away, it would be the Cardinals who remained as the only MLB club in St. Louis.



        A Browns Record Booker

        Question: Three batters tied for the most hits in the American League during the 1940 season and one was a Brown. Who was the Brown - and who were the other two?

        Answer: Rip Radcliff of the Browns was tri-leader of the American League in 1940 with 200 hits. - The other two hit leaders were Doc Cramer of Boston and Barney McCosky of Detroit.



        Births on October 22



        Jumbo Elliott
        Birth Name: James Thomas Elliott Bats : Right
        Born On: 10-22-1900 Throws : Left
        Born In: St. Louis, Missouri Height : 6-03
        Died On: 01-07-1970 Weight : 235
        Died In: Terre Haute, Indiana First Game: 04-21-1923
        College: None Attended Last Game: 06-09-1934
        Nickname: Jumbo Draft: Not Applicable

        Pitcher Jumbo Elliott got his start, albeit a short one, with the Browns. He pitched one inning for the 1923 Browns club, giving up 3 earned runs on a hit and 3 walks on April 21st. Two years later, Elliott returned to the big leagues with Brooklyn and started moving on to an MLB career with three clubs that finished in 1934 with a total record of 63 wins, 74 losses, and an E.R.A. of 4.24. Jumbo Elliott was 69 when died in 1970.



        Deaths on October 22



        So far, No Browns Ever Died On October 22.

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

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-22-2005, 06:45 PM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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        • October 23rd - 2nd Time Around

          On This Date in History!



          October 23, 1951: Reserve Clause Echoes from Branch Rickey.

          Branch Rickey.

          Former Browns general manager Branch Rickey contended today that the minor league farm team system (which he invented) saved baseball during the era of the Great Depression. He is asking Congress for legislation that will protect baseball's farm system from anti-trusts suits filed by those who view the sport as monopolistic. - In other words, Rickey is effectively making the old argument again that professional baseball cannot function as an enterprise unless it is allowed to operate as a monopoly which controls where players may work and also how much they get paid.



          October 23, 1945: Branch Rickey Signs Jackie Robinson; Breaks Color Line.

          # 42!

          Former Browns general manager Branch Rickey announces the signing of Jackie Robinson to a player contract by the Brooklyn Dodger organization. The signing of the former UCLA football and Kansas City Monarchs baseball star effectively breaks the unwritten baseball code against the use of black ballplayers by the white power structure's 19th century-born racist policies. Rickey is cheered as a civil rights groundbreaker by liberals and reviled as a traitor by racist owners. - Behind Rickey's actions is the shrewd realization that he is tapping into an incredibly gifted source of players from the Negro Leagues. Behind the objections of some other clubs is the fear that Rickey has now given the Dodgers a jump start on a major talent gold rush.



          A Browns Record Booker

          Question: What member of the 1944 AL champion Browns led the league in runs-batted-in that year?

          Vern Stephens was so good that the Browns traded him away!

          Answer: Browns shortstop Vern Stephens led the American League in 1944 with 109 RBI.



          Births on October 23



          Billy Sullivan
          Birth Name: William Joseph Sullivan, Jr. Bats : Left
          Born On: 10-23-1910 Throws : Right
          Born In: Chicago, Illinois Height : 6-00
          Died On: 01-04-1994 Weight : 170
          Died In: Sarasota, Florida First Game: 06-09-1931
          College: University of Notre Dame Last Game: 09-03-1947
          Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

          The Notre Dame graduate had a 12 season career in the big leagues (1931-1933, 1935-1942, 1947) with several clubs as a lefty-hitting utility man. His .289 batting average with 29 HR's over the course of 962-game career is proof enough of his hitting ability. Sullivan played full-time for the 1938 and 1939 Browns and batted .277 and .289. - Billy Sullivan was 83 when he passed away in 1994.



          Vern Stephens
          Birth Name: Vernon Decatur Stephens Bats : Right
          Born On: 10-23-1920 Throws : Right
          Born In: McAlister, New Mexico Height : 5-10
          Died On: 11-03-1968 Weight : 185
          Died In: Long Beach, California First Game: 09-13-1941
          College: None Attended Last Game: 06-30-1955
          Nickname: Buster Draft: Not Applicable

          Vern Stephens played 15 years (1941-1955) in the big leagues as a slugging shortstop with a .286 career batting average and 247 HR's. Vern played his first 7 seasons with the Browns, returning later to play 46 games for the 1953 final Browns club. - Vern Stephens was 48 when he died in 1968.



          Deaths on October 23



          Chick Shorten
          Birth Name: Charles Henry Shorten Bats : Left
          Born On: 04-19-1892 Throws : Left
          Born In: Scranton, Pennsylvania Height : 6-00
          Died On: 10-23-1965 Weight : 175
          Died In: Scranton, Pennsylvania First Game: 09-22-1915
          College: None Attended Last Game: 09-24-1924
          Nickname: Chick Draft: Not Applicable

          Outfielder Chick Shorten was only a Brown during the near-magical season of 1922, but he was a key man off the bench that year, hitting .275 with 2 homers. For his total career (1915-1917, 1919-1922, 1924), Shorten also hit .275 on the money with 3 total homers. - Chick Shorten passed away in 1965 at the the age of 73.

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

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-24-2005, 05:28 AM.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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          • October 24th - 2nd Time Around

            On This Date in History!



            October 24, 1908: It Was Popular in St. Louis Too!

            ... but first make sure our club has a bullpen!

            Singing sensation Billy Murray hits the record charts with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," the 2nd, and most popular, of three versions to be released within a five-week period. Ironically, Murray's 1903 hit, "Tessie," is quickly adopted by Boston's Royal Rooters as their official theme song, much to the chagrin of Red Sox' opponents. - Back in St. Louis, Browns ownership is just hoping next year shows that more cranks are ready to rustle up their friends and take them out to the ballgames at Sportsman's Park more often.



            A Browns Record Booker

            Question: What member of the 3rd place 1945 Browns led the American League in home runs that year?

            It's Vern Stephens again!

            Answer: Browns shortstop Vern Stephens led the American League in 1945 with 24 home runs.



            Births on October 24



            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!



            Deaths on October 24



            Pinky Swander
            Birth Name: Edward Ottis Swander Bats : Left
            Born On: 07-04-1880 Throws : Left
            Born In: Portsmouth, Ohio Height : 5-09
            Died On: 10-24-1944 Weight : 180
            Died In: Springfield, Massachusetts First Game: 09-18-1903
            College: None Attended Last Game: 04-14-1904
            Nickname: Pinky Draft: Not Applicable

            Right fielder Pinky Swander played 15 games for the 1903-1904 Browns and he went 14 for 52 with 0 homers and a career MLB batting average of .269. - Here's a hypothetical question: Had Pinky Swander lived into the McCarthy Era, would he have been more blessed by his July 4th birthdate - or more cursed by his "Pinky" nickname? The question never came up earlier in the Land of Gone for Good. - Pinky Swander passed away at the age of 64 in 1944.

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

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-24-2005, 05:52 AM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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            • October 25th - 2nd Time Around

              On This Date in History!



              On a slow day of reporting on Browns history, today's post features an article I've just written for our Texas Baseball Hall of Fame as "A Brief History of Texas Baseball." - The article relates to the Browns in the sense that there was a time when one little event with Fred Saigh, owner of the Cardinals in early 1953, could have altered the future of St. Louis and Texas baseball history.

              If you are interested in what we're doing at the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, check out our new website at www.tbhof.org



              October 25, 2005: A Brief History of Baseball in Texas.

              by Bill McCurdy
              Board President & Executive Director
              Texas Baseball Hall of Fame

              Fred Saigh: In 1953, he almost saved Browns by selling away Cardinals.

              The State of Texas is viewed nationally as a football territory that only recently discovered the great game of baseball with the coming of major league baseball to Houston in 1962. - Nothing could be further from the historical truth. - In spite of football's current popularity in the state, there was an ancient time in which baseball was king.

              How far back to we have to go to find baseball germinating in Texas? - Try the start of the Civil War. - The Houston Base Ball Club was formed in 1861 to promote the playing of baseball locally in much the manner that Alexander Cartwright and others started the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club in Manhattan during the 1840's. - The movement was interrupted briefly by a little event now remembered as The Civil War, but it soon picked up again upon that great struggle's end.

              On April 21, 1868, the first record of a local base ball game was recorded by the Houston Post. At the San Jacinto Battlegrounds near Houston, where General Sam Houston led Texas to victory in the War for Independece from Mexico in 1836, a base ball game was played on the anniversary of the date now celebrated as Texas Independence Day. - In another obvious rout that would rival the outcome of the original battle on that same site, the Houston Stonewalls blew away the Galveston Robert E. Lees by a score of 35-2.

              Base ball spread throughout the state over the next two decades as a popular amateur game in other cities and small towns. The seed of that influence may have spread from the cradle of Houston's attention to organizing the sport, but it probably was influenced also by those who learned the game from their Civil War travels - and from new immigrants to Texas during the Reconstruction Era who already knew the game. - If there's an explanation for Houston's earlier start, it may be linked to the fact that Houston was founded in the 1850s by the Allen Brothers of New York - the early hotbed of base ball infancy. - That thought is conjectural, but one worthy of further research.

              This much is fact. - By the 1880s, the spread of professional "baseball" had brought the two words together and the popularity of baseball had taken off like a brushfire in Texas. Houston was a founding member of the Texas League in 1888 - and they won their first league pennant the following year. For whatever reason, perhaps it was simply a misguided note of celebration for their new club's infancy, the first local professional baseball club started out as the Houston Babies. - The nickname quickly went through several changes, but, by 1907, it became the Houston Buffalos or Houston Buffs and it remained so for the balance of this city's long and rich minor league baseball history (1888-1961).

              Speaking of 1907. here's an interesting footnote. A talented young outfielder for the Houston Buffalos won the Texas League batting title that year with a batting average of .314. His name was Tris Speaker.

              Through the first three decades of the 20th century, the passion for baseball in small Texas towns was starting to produce big league caliber, and sometimes, future Hall of Fame level players. Tris Speaker of Hubbard, Rogers Hornsby of Winters, and Ross Youngs of Shiner stand out as future Cooperstown members from the then all-white ranks of professional baseball, but they were not alone as significant early Texas stars. - Forced into the shadows of segregated play by the racist zeitgeist of that period in American culture, native Texas blacks began to distinguish themselves also as true baseball pioneers. - Andrew "Rube" Foster, a great black baseball pitcher may may well have taught Christy Mathewson how to throw his famous fadeaway ball, became even more important as the founder of the Negro National League in 1920. - Smokey Joe Williams of Seguin became the legendary Negro League pitcher who may have been better than Satchel Paige. - Shortstop Willie Wells of Austin, pitcher Hilton Smith of Giddings, Rube's younger brother, and pitcher Bill Foster of Calvert all followed and made their own marks. In justice over time, each of these five Texas Negro League stars eventually would be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

              By the early 1920s, Houston and the Texas League were well established and drawing strong local support. This fact was not lost upon Branch Rickey, the boy genius general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was busy developing a minor league farm system that would propel his club to their first World Series victory in 1926 - and launch the Cardinals on the road to becoming the most successful club in National League history.

              At Rickey's urging, the Cardinals bought the Houston Buffalos franchise in 1924. - By 1928, Rickey had built an 11,000 seat stadium in Houston to accomodate the larger crowds he expected for the talented players that the Cardinals were farming to Houston. - Buff Stadium sort of resembled a junior version of Sportsman's Park in St. Louis - but without the outfield pavilion seating. Rickey attended the first game ever played in the shiny new Buff Stadium on April 11. 1928 and he was accompanied by Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. When asked for his opinion of Buff Stadium by the Houston Post, Commissioner Landis proclaimed it to be "The finest minor league baseball park in America.

              It didn't take long for Rickey to fulfill his promise to Houston. - 1931 stands out as the year of the arguably greatest club in Houston minor league history. - The Buffs ran away with the Texas League title that year - and they were helped considerably by a roster which included pitcher Dizzy Dean, infielder Pepper Martin, and outfielder Joe Medwick. - Rickey figured it right! - Incubating in 1931 Houston was the heart of talent that would three years later surface in St. Louis as the 1934 World Series champions we remember best today as The Gashouse Gang.

              Not to be outdone, other cities if the Texas League were also booming in their success on the field during the 1920s - and none more so than the Fort Worth Panthers. Under the leadership of manager Jake Atz, "The Cats" captured the Texas League regular season pennant going away in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1925. - Other lower level minor leagues were also forming in Texas during the 1920s and paving the way for the major expansion of leagues in Texas following the end of World War II.

              The apex of support for minor league baseball in Texas came in 1951 when the Houston Buffs won the Texas League pennant and drew a season attendance of 333,201 under the creative leadership of Buffs President Allen Russell. - That same year, the 1951 St. Louis Browns of the American League drew only 293,740 fans. - Almost needless to add, Houston's success at the gate found the city moving onto the radar screen as a possble relocation site for troubled major league clubs looking for a new home. - It almost happened sooner than most people realize.

              In 1953, Cardinals owner Fred Saigh was in deep trouble with the IRS. He had been charged with income tax evasion and was thinking about selling or moving the Cardinals to either Milwaukee or Houston as a remedy for his financial woes. - The result, of course, was that August Busch stepped up and bought the Cardinals, saving the franchise, and driving the Browns to Baltimore as the Orioles in 1954. - Had the Cardinals moved to Houston in 1954, the effect upon baseball history is staggering to imagine.

              As it turned out, Houston entered the National League later as the Colt .45's in 1962 under the early promtional leadership of Houston writer George Kirksey, the financial backing of Houstonians Craig Cullinane and R.E. "Bob" Smith, and the entreprenerial genius of Judge Roy Hofheinz.

              In 1965, Judge Hofheinz opened the publicly financed Harris County Domed Stadium, the first domed venue for a major league baseball club, but with a couple of marketing changes. He dubbed the place as The Astrodome and he renamed the team as The Houston Astros. He also modestly advertised the new one-of-a-kind venue as "The Eighth Wonder of The World."

              On the heels of Houston's success, the Washington Senators relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1972 under owner Bob Short and set up shop in Arlington as the Texas Rangers.

              Until 2005, neither Texas major league team had won a pennant and advanced to the World Series. That is now changed. - The Houston Astros defeated the ancient parent of the Houston Buffs, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the National League Championship Series, four games to two, advancing to play the champions of the American League, the Chicago White Sox.

              Texas baseball has come a long way since its earliest organizational start in Houston in 1861. The 2005 Houston Astros are now the National League champions. - Whatever happens from here, as the World Series plays on this week, is simply the latest chapter of Texas baseball history in the making.



              A Browns Record Booker

              Question: What member of the 6th place 1948 Browns led the American League in total hits that year?

              Dillinger was a Pitcher Killer in 1948!

              Answer: Browns 3rd baseman Bob Dillinger led the American League in 1948 with 207 total hits. In case you're wondering, Bob hit .321 with only 2 home runs in 1948. It was his third season in the big leagues and his second straight year as a full time player.



              Births on October 25



              No Browns were born on October 25. Ever.



              Deaths on October 25



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

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

              Today's Reference Links ... numerous resources and a few hundred hours in the Houston Public Library.

              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-25-2005, 07:06 PM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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              • October 26th - 2nd Time Around

                On This Date in History!



                October 26, 1902-1953: Nothing Happened!

                ... nothing worth reporting, that is.



                A Browns Record Booker

                Question: What former Browns pitcher led the American League in strikeouts in 1954 after the club moved and became the Baltimore Orioles?

                Bob Turley: His best years would come as a Yankee.

                Answer: In their frist season as the new Baltimore Orioles, former Browns pitcher Bob Turley led the American League in 1954 with 185 recorded strikeouts.



                Births on October 26



                Harry Chapman
                Birth Name: Harry E. Chapman Bats : Right
                Born On: 10-26-1887 Throws : Right
                Born In: Severance, Kansas Height : 5-11
                Died On: 10-21-1918 Weight : 160
                Died In: Nevada, Missouri First Game: 10-06-1912
                College: None Attended Last Game: 07-19-1916
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                Catcher Harry Chapman played for 5 years in the big leagues (1912-1916) and batted .198 with 1 HR in 404 times at bat. Chapman finished his caree by batting .098 in 18 games for the 1916 Browns. - Harry Ghapman was 5 days short of his 31st birthday in 1918. - I'm not sure without further study, but he may have been killed in WWI. - BCT/GB, Harry Chapman!



                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.



                Deaths on October 26



                Ernie Gust
                Birth Name: Ernest Herman Frank Gust Bats : Right
                Born On: 01-24-1888 Throws : Right
                Born In: Bay City, Michigan Height : 6-00
                Died On: 10-26-1945 Weight : 170
                Died In: Maupin, Oregon First Game: 08-17-1911
                College: None Attended Last Game: 08-19-1911
                Nickname: Red Draft: Not Applicable

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



                Red Nelson
                Birth Name: Albert W. Horazdovsky Bats : Right
                Born On: 05-19-1886 Throws : Right
                Born In: Cleveland, Ohio Height : 5-11
                Died On: 10-26-1956 Weight : 190
                Died In: St. Petersburg, Florida First Game: 09-09-1910
                College: None Attended Last Game: 06-09-1913
                Nickname: Red Draft: Not Applicable

                Pitcher Red Nelson (aka Albert W. Horazdovsky) wwnt 8-12 with the 1910-1912 Browns and he finished his career (1910-1913) with a record of 10 wins, 12 losses, and an ERA of 4.54. - "Red Nelson" passed away in 1956 at the age of 80.



                Eddie Silber
                Birth Name: Edward James Silber Bats : Right
                Born On: 06-06-1914 Throws : Right
                Born In: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Height : 5-11
                Died On: 10-26-1976 Weight : 170
                Died In: Dunedin, Florida First Game: 09-03-1937
                College: Temply University Last Game: 04-30-1939
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                Outfielder Eddie Silber played for the 1937 Browns, batting.313 in a 26 hits for 83 AB run. One fruitless AB for the 1939 Browns dropped his career BA to .310. Silber is another of those incomplete stories. How a guy with a promising bat suddenly vanishes is the subject for further research. - Eddie Silber died at age 62 in 1976. BCT/GB, Eddie Silber!



                Harry Hoch
                Birth Name: Harry Keller Hoch Bats : Right
                Born On: 01-09-1887 Throws : Right
                Born In: Woodside, Delaware Height : 5-10½
                Died On: 10-26-1981 Weight : 165
                Died In: Lewes, Delaware First Game: 04-16-1908
                College: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Last Game: 06-24-1915
                Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                Pitcher Harry Hoch registered a 2-1 record with the 1908 Phillies and a nice 2.77 ERA. Hoch was out of the majors after 1908. He returned for the 1914-1915 seasons as a Brown, but managed to post a perfect record of another type in 27 games pitched over those two seasons. Harry Hoch recorded 0 wins and 6 losses. He finished his big league career (1908, 1914-15) with a record of 2 wins, 7 losses, and an ERA of 4.35. Harry Hoch passed away at age 94 in 1981.

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

                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-26-2005, 06:51 AM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                • October 27th - 2nd Time Around

                  On This Date in History!



                  October 27, 2005: Recalling Browns 1st Homers.



                  On another day in Browns history in which active players from 1902 to 1953 did little more than go home and look for off-season work, here's a look at how five former Browns (sort of selected randomly by stream of consciousness) got their first home runs in the big leagues:

                  Harlond Clift. Hit his 1st big league home run off Russ Van Atta of the New York Yankees on May 8, 1934 at Yankee Stadium.

                  Roy Sievers. Hit his 1st big league home run off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers on May 14, 1949 at Briggs (Tiger) Stadium in Detroit.

                  George Sisler. Hit his 1st big league home run off Ernie Shore of the Boston Red Sox on July 24, 1915 at Sportsman's Park.

                  Vern "Junior" Stephens. Hit his 1st big league home run off Buck Ross of the Chicago White Sox on April 15, 1942 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

                  Ken Williams. Hit his 1st big league home run off Guy Morton of the Cleveland Indians on July 7, 1919 at Sportsman's Park.



                  A Browns Record Booker

                  Question: Who was the last former Brown to remain active as a player in the big leagues beyond the club's last season of 1953?

                  Don Larsen: An Artistic Rendering.

                  Answer: Don Larsen was the last Brown standing. The 1953 Browns rookie pitcher, of course, went on to baseball immortality for his perfect game as a New York Yankee in the 1956 World Series. Of much lesser note, Larsen would continue to pitch long enough to become the last former Brown to play in the big leagues beyond the franchise's demise. - Don Larsen made his last appearance in the big leagues as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs on July 7, 1967.



                  Births on October 27



                  Charlie Bold
                  Birth Name: Charles Dickens Bold Bats : Right
                  Born On: 10-27-1894 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Karlskrona, Sweden Height : 6-02
                  Died On: 07-29-1978 Weight : 185
                  Died In: Chelsea, Massachusetts First Game: 08-24-1914
                  College: Georgetown University Last Game: 08-28-1914
                  Nickname: Dutch Draft: Not Applicable

                  First baseman Charlie Bold had a 4-day MLB career. From August 24th to August 28th in 1914, Bold played in 2 games for the Browns. He was hitless in his only time at bat on his way to The Land of Gone for Good. Bold was 83 at the time of his 1978 death. - BCT/GB, Charlie Bold!



                  Deaths on October 27



                  Scott Perry
                  Birth Name: Herbert Scott Perry Bats : Right
                  Born On: 04-17-1891 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Denison, Texas Height : 6-00
                  Died On: 10-27-1959 Weight : 175
                  Died In: Kansas City, Missouri First Game: 05-13-1915
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 06-01-1921
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Scott Perry's 7-year MLB career (1915-1921) began as a Brown, but that phase of it amounted to little more than the cracking of the champagne bottle against the hull of a new ocean vessel on Christening Day. The BR/TR pitcher worked 2 innings for the Browns on May 13, 1915, giving up 5 hits and 3 earned runs. The christening almost was Scott Perry's burial, but he proved resilient thereafter with 3 other clubs, finally becoming a 20-game winner for one season with the 1918 Athletics. For his career, Scott Perry posted a record of 40 wins, 68 losses, and an ERA of 3.07. - Scott Perry was 68 when he died in 1959.



                  Hank Helf
                  Birth Name: Henry Hartz Helf Bats : Right
                  Born On: 08-26-1913 Throws : Right
                  Born In: Austin, Texas Height : 6-01
                  Died On: 10-27-1984 Weight : 196
                  Died In: Austin, Texas First Game: 05-05-1938
                  College: None Attended Last Game: 09-29-1946
                  Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                  Hank Helf had a great minor league reputation as a better than average defensive catcher. Unfortunately, he couldn't hit major league pitching. After getting only 1 hit in 7 games with the Indians in 1938 and 1940, Helf returned to the big leagues to play 71 games for the 1946 Browns as his only complete season at baseball's top level. - Helf never played again in the big leagues, finishing with a career BA of .184 and 6 HR's. Hank Helf was 71 when he died in 1984.

                  Today's Reference Links ... The SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/play...hp?p=larsedo01

                  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                  Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-28-2005, 09:01 PM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                  • October 28th - 2nd Time Around

                    On This Date in History!



                    October 28, 2005: More Browns 1st Homers.



                    On a second consecutive day in Browns history in which active players from 1902 to 1953 did little more than go home and look for off-season work, here's a look at how five more former Browns got their first home runs in the big leagues:

                    Dick Kokos. Hit his 1st big league home run off Bob Feller of the Indians on July 11, 1948 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

                    Paul Lehner. Hit his 1st big league home run off Harry "Frtiz" Dorish of the Red Sox on May 16, 1947 at Fenway Park in Boston.

                    Don Lenhardt. Hit his 1st big league home run off Bill Connelly of the White Sox on April 19, 1950 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

                    Les Moss. Hit his 1st big league home run off Karl Drews of the Yankees on June 8, 1947 at Sportsman's Park.

                    Jerry Witte. Hit his 1st big league home run off Earl Caldwell of the White Sox on September 21, 1946 at Sportsman's Park.



                    A Browns Record Booker

                    Question: What is the name of the 1951 Brown who hit a home run in his first time at bat in the major leagues?

                    Bob Nieman: He did it as a Brown.

                    Answer: Bob Nieman did it on September 13, 1951. In his first time at bat in the big leagues, Neiman homered off Mickey McDermott of the Red Sox in a 5-4 Browns loss to Boston at Fenway Park.



                    Births on October 28



                    Benny Bowcock
                    Birth Name: Benjamin James Bowcock Bats : Right
                    Born On: 10-28-1879 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Fall River, Massachusetts Height : 5-07
                    Died On: 06-16-1961 Weight : 150
                    Died In: Taunton, Massachusetts First Game: 09-18-1903
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 09-28-1903
                    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                    2nd baseman Benny Bowcock played 14 games for the 1903 Browns as his total career in the big leagues. Benny did pretty well during his eye-blink career, going 16 for 50 (.320 BA) with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, and 10 RBI. For reasons now lost in the wall cracks of time and baseball history, Bowcock was gone-for-good from MLB after 1903. - Bennie Bowcock was 81 when he died in 1961.



                    Doc Lavan
                    Birth Name: John Leonard Laven Bats : Right
                    Born On: 10-28-1890 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Grand Rapids, Michigan Height : 5-08½
                    Died On: 05-29-1952 Weight : 151
                    Died In: Detroit, Michigan First Game: 06-22-1913
                    College: University of Michigan Last Game: 05-04-1924
                    Nickname: Doc Draft: Not Applicable

                    Infielder Doc Lavan enjoyed a 12-year career in the big leagues (1913-1924), hitting .245 with 7 HR's. He started out as a Brown in 1913, but movesdover to play 5 games for the Athletics at the end of the season. Lavan returned to to the Browns in 1914 and remained with the club through 1917.



                    George Hennessey
                    Birth Name: George Hennessey Bats : Right
                    Born On: 10-28-1907 Throws : Right
                    Born In: Slatington, Pennsylvania Height : 5-10
                    Died On: 01-15-1988 Weight : 168
                    Died In: Princeton, New Jersey First Game: 09-02-1937
                    College: None Attended Last Game: 06-12-1945
                    Nickname: Three Star Draft: Not Applicable

                    Pitcher George Hennessey was 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA in 5 games for the 1937 Browns. Future isolated turns with the 1942 Phillies and the 1945 Cubs would leave him with a career MLB mark of 1 win, 2 losses, and a 5.21 ERA for 27.2 innings of total work. - George Hennessey was 80 when he died in 1988.



                    Deaths on October 28



                    So far, no Browns have died on October 28. Ever.

                    Today's Reference Links ... The Home Run Encyclopedia / SABR

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

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

                    Have a nice weekend, everybody! :atthepc

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                    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-28-2005, 09:02 PM.
                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                    • This is my favorite
                      http://www.baseball-fever.com/showpo...&postcount=171
                      December 22, 1953: New Name for Browns is Dunn Deal. The name Dunn had become synonymous with the franchise known as the Baltimore Orioles from prior to the days of Babe Ruth. Remember? Jack Dunn was the Baltimore Orioles owner/manager when Ruth was sold to the Boston Red Sox. Well, today that ownership association with the name "Orioles" comes to an end as Jack Dunn III, whose family successfully owned and operated the Orioles for years in the International League, officially turns the old team name over to the Baltimore Orioles. It's just another 1953 pre-Christmas reminder to St. Louis Browns fans that their club really is - no more.
                      Thank god for that.

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                      • October 29th - 2nd Time Around

                        On This Date in History!



                        October 29, 2005: 1st Homers By Browns Pitchers.



                        As we continue to cull the cold October pages from 1902 to 1953 for any mention of the team that justifiably earned their autumn anonymity, here's a look at how five former Browns pitchers got their first home runs as batters in the big leagues. All 1st homers reported here were accomplished as Browns:

                        George Blaeholder. Hit his 1st of only 3 big league home runs off Hank Johnson of New York on July 8, 1928 at Yankee Stadium.

                        Ned Garver. Of his 7 big league homers, Ned Garver hit his 1st off Mickey Harris of the Red Sox on July 18, 1948 at Fenway Park in Boston.

                        Duane Pillette. Hit his 1st and only big league home run off Marion Fricano of the Athletics on June 27, 1953 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

                        Urban Shocker. Hit his 1st and only big league home run off Walter "Duster" Mails of the Indians on April 28, 1922 at Sportsman's Park.

                        Bob Turley. Hit his 1st of only 4 big league home runs off Sonny Dixon of the Washington Senators on August 31, 1953 at Sportsman's Park.



                        A Browns Record Booker

                        Question: What was the final score in the first official American League game ever played by the St. Louis Browns?

                        A Perfect Start.

                        Answer: The St. Louis Browns defeated the Cleveland Blues, 5-2, in a home game played as the opener of their first season on April 23, 1902. - The Browns would also win the next day by a score of 4-2 over the Blues to extend their perfect American League starting record to 2-0. - April 24, 1902 would produce the last nightfall for the Browns to rest in perfect winning harmony. - The Browns would then lose their next two games to Cleveland on April 25, 1902 by a score of 10-0 and on April 26, 1902 by a tally of 3-0. - They would never be perfect again.



                        Births on October 29



                        Ralph Winegarner
                        Birth Name: Ralph Lee Winegarner Bats : Right
                        Born On: 10-29-1909 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Benton, Kansas Height : 6-00
                        Died On: 04-14-1988 Weight : 182
                        Died In: Wichita, Kansas First Game: 09-20-1930
                        College: Southwestern College Last Game: 08-21-1949
                        Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                        Pitcher Ralph Winegarner is one of baseball history's comeback kid stories, although the results are not the stuff of inspiration for another Hollywood movie. After winning 8 and losing 6 in 4 seasons for the Cleveland Indians (1932, 1934-1936), Southwestern College alumnus Winegarner came back to pitch 9 games and 16.2 innings for the 1949 Browns. He was uninvolved in any W/L decisions that season, but he did pour a little gasoline on his career ERA by posting a 7.56 mark for his 1949 effort. Winegarner finished with a career record of 8 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 5.33. - Ralph Winegarner was 78 when he died in 1988.



                        Deaths on October 29



                        Gene Wright
                        Birth Name: Clarence Eugene Wright Bats : Right
                        Born On: 12-11-1878 Throws : Right
                        Born In: Cleveland, Ohio Height : 6-02
                        Died On: 10-29-1930 Weight : 185
                        Died In: Barberton, Ohio First Game: 10-05-1901
                        College: None Attended Last Game: 04-18-1904
                        Nickname: Big Gene Draft: Not Applicable

                        Pitcher Gene Wright had a 4-year MLB career (1901-1904), registering a total record of 14-16 and an ERA of 4.70. - Wright joined the Browns during the 1903 season, finishing that season with a record of 2-5 with the Browns. His brief one-game, 4-inning losing start for the Browns on April 18, 1904 was his final game in the majors. His little-over-one-season record with the 1903-1904 Browns was 3 wins and 6 losses. - Gene Wright passed away at age 51 in 1930.



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

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

                        Today's Reference Links ... The SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1902&t=SLA

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-29-2005, 06:08 PM.
                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                        • October 30th - 2nd Time Around

                          On This Date in History!




                          October 30, 2005: This Just In: Al Widmar, 80, Died on October 18th!



                          It is my sad duty to report that former Browns pitcher Al Widmar passed away 12 days ago from colon cancer at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma just 12 days ago on October 18, 2005. I somehow missed the report of his death, but here's a link to a report I found from the Boston Globe that was published on October 19, 2005:

                          http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obi...+--+Obituaries

                          Thank you fellow forum member, *runningshoes53* for calling this sad news to our attention - and also for picking up on a date typo error I made in another post which erroneously listed the death of Branch Rickey as 1995 instead of the accurate date of 1965.

                          Let this help us all with future or past reporting. If you spot an error, please do not hesitate to let me know. Same goes for any ommision you find - such as the death of Al Widmar. - Getting Browns history right is a humbling experience. - I sure don't know everything and - try as I do to get all the dates and stats correct - my fingers refuse to always hit the keys that my brain engages. - Before we go to print with the hard copy version of The St. Louis Browns Baseball Encyclopedia, I'm going to have a string of fact checkers trailing behind me. - Please join in now by calling any errors you find to my attention. - Our guys may have been the St. Louis Browns, but that doesn't mean that we have to celebrate their memory by committing as many "E"s as possible.

                          Thanks publicly, *runningshoes53*, for helping us make corrections to the October 18, 2005 milestone post - and to picking up my typo mistake on Rickey's death year in another recent post.


                          October 30, 2005: More 1st Homers by Browns.



                          I know this next section may be getting old, but we are going through a real desert of easy-to-find news on the Browns in the October post-season period. It must have been a good time for players to make themselves scarce for awhile. - In the interim, here are 5 more 1st homers by Browns:

                          Hank Arft. Hit his 1st of 13 big league home runs off Frank Hiller of the New York Yankees on July 27, 1948 at Sportsman's Park.

                          Dick Kokos. Hit his 1st of 59 big league home runs off Bob Feller of the Indians on July 11, 1948 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

                          Frank Mancuso. Hit his 1st of 5 big league home runs off Luke Hamlin of the Philadelphia Athletics on June 3, 1944 at Sportsman's Park.

                          Boris "Babe" Martin. Hit his 1st of 2 big league home runs off Hank Borowy of New York on May 27, 1945 at Yankee Stadium.

                          Ken Wood. Of his 34 big league homers, Ken Wood hit his 1st off Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians on April 23, 1950 at Sportsman's Park.



                          A Browns Record Booker

                          Question: When the midget Eddie Gaedel was inserted into a game for the Browns as a pinch hitter at Sportsman's Park on August 19, 1951, we replaced a promising rookie hitter who had been a 1950 batting champion in the minor leagues. Who did Gaedel replace?

                          It's doubtful that Eddie Gaedel even knew for whom he was batting in 1951.

                          Answer: As most of you know, Eddie Gaedel pinch hit for lead off batter Frank Saucier in the bottom of the 1st inning of that legendary game. Saucier wasn't in on the joke and didn't take it very well, but who could blame him? In 1950, Frank Saucier had led the Browns' AA farm club, the San Antonio Missions, to the playoff championship of the Texas League by hitting .343 as the league's batting champion. - It wasn't personal, Frank. - Bill Veeck had an idea that was going to happen most directly to one of the '51 Browns. - It just happened to be your onerous date with destiny.



                          Births on October 30



                          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.



                          Clyde Manion
                          Birth Name: Clyde Jennings Manion Bats : Right
                          Born On: 10-30-1896 Throws : Right
                          Born In: Big River, Missouri Height : 5-11
                          Died On: 09-04-1967 Weight : 175
                          Died In: Detroit, Michigan First Game: 05-05-1920
                          College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1934
                          Nickname: Pete Draft: Not Applicable

                          Catcher Clyde Manion played 13 seasons in the big leagues (1920-1930, 1932-1934), batting .218 with 3 HR's. Manion played 3 years for the Browns (1928-1930), hitting .226, .243, .216. - Clyde Manion was 70 when he died in 1967.



                          Deaths on October 30



                          No Browns Players Ever Died on October 30. So far.

                          Today's Reference Links - The Home Run Encyclopedia by SABR

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/team...p?y=1945&t=SLA

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-30-2005, 05:38 PM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                          • October 31st - 2nd Time Around

                            On This Date in History!



                            October 31, 2005: Happy Halloween, Brownie Fans!



                            Last year we celebrated Halloween by examining how a certain group of movie monsters could have been assembled to make up the most horror-bull lineup in St. Louis Browns history. As the slow reality-era news faucet dries from even a trickle, here's the club again:

                            Count Dracula, Pitcher: Although he wields a pretty mean bat, the starting pitcher for the Halloween Browns leaves a little to be desired when it comes to his pitching prowess. - For one thing, he's only able pitch in night games, for some reason that he had written into his contract. - Another bizarre contract stipulation? Dracula has the only locker in the Browns clubhouse that rests horizonatlly on the floor. As a pitcher, "The Count" has a fastball and a nickel curve, but the latter really sucks. Other teams hit him hard and - when Dracula gets knocked out of the box - he really gets knocked out of the box.

                            The Blob, Catcher: Best defensive guy on the whole Halloween Browns club. Nothing gets past him - and he's always good for a cover up story any time something goes wrong for the Browns, which is often.

                            The Frankenstein Monster, 1st Base: Lack of mobility caused Frankie's move here from the outfield, but his powerful bat forced the Browns to make a place for him. Does a monster job on 1st and is hitting on a pace to break the home run record of Barry Bonds. Frankie was struck by lightning in the first inning a recent game with the Yankees. He not only stayed in the game, he also hit monster-job homers in each of his five trips to the plate.

                            Forrest "Spook" Jacobs, 2nd Base: "Spook" makes the club because I've liked his nickname since his minor league days with the Fort Worth Cats. He was the kind of guy who should've been a Brown in reality, but somehow pleased or angered the baseball gods (depending on your perspective), and got sent to the majors by way of the Athletics and their own version of baseball horror.

                            Dr. Henry Jekyll, 3rd Base: The most frustrating guy on the club. At times, he plays defense on the hot corner like Brooks Robinson to the nth degree. Other days, his defense is absolutely horrible. After Jekyll made 6 throwing errors in the 1st inning of a game against the Tigers recently, the Brownie fans were ready to kill him. "You'd better hide, mister!" shouted one Browns fan from the 3rd base railing of the stands.

                            Lawrence "The Wolfman" Talbot, Shortstop: Covers a lot ground in a hurry. A speedy 2.5 seconds to 1st leadoff man, Talbot scratches out a lot of hits that otherwise would be outs. Great on defense and generally plays the game in a "go for the jugular" mode. Only has a bad game every once in a blue moon.

                            Godzilla, Left Field: Nobody hits one over this guy's head, except the lawyers. "Godzi" is currently being sued for malicious negligence by both the Yankees and Red Sox for damage to parts of their ballparks on a recent road trip. At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees are trying to hold Godzi responsible for flattening "Monument Valley" while in pursuit of a fly ball. At Fenway, Godzi is accused of destroying the left field wall with his fist in a fit of rage. Of course, he destroyed it. If they made a movie entitled "Godzilla vs. The Green Monster", you'd expect Godzi to win, wouldn't you?

                            The Mummy, Center Field: Weakest defensive spot on the club. With no budding Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle on the roster, the Halloween Browns had to settle for "The Mummy" after they failed to sign either Jim Edmonds or Spiderman. Slow afoot - and with very limited range - every ball hit to center field is a potential homer with "Mum" in the big pasture. Brownie teammates attribute much of "Mum's" problems to his self-centered attitude. "He could do a whole lot better if he weren't so dadgum wrapped up in himself," offered Spook Jacobs.

                            The Invisible Man, Right Field: "I.M." plays right field with all the ability of a Larry Walker. The problem is - he's not particularly reliable. You never know if he's actually going to show up to play until somebody on the other club hits a can-of-corn fly to right field.* - If "I.M." is out there, you will see the ball seem to suddenly stop in mid-air about five feet from the ground. Then you will see the ball sort of make a semi-circle and quickly whip itself back to the infield on a clothesline trajectory.

                            If "I.M." is taking the night off, even a can-of-corn will likely drop in for a home run to right field. Who's going to go get it in time to prevent such? The Mummy? The Frankenstein Monster? Spook Jacobs?

                            * Technically speaking, "I.M." doesn't even show up when he does show up!



                            Yeah, I Know. Last year I promised not to do this again, but I couldn't come up with anything else that fit the Halloween spirit any better. - Now that's a scary thought in itself. At any rate, it's still just my way of saying BOO! on a slow news day in Browns history that fortunately also happens to be Halloween.



                            October 31, 2005: Working Title for a Horror Movie Based on Brownie Economics.

                            The Franchise Facts are Scarier than Fiction.

                            The working title of this movie is "Invasion of The Body Snatchers" with Urban Shocker and Vern "Junior" Stephens signed to star in a Brownie Other World production. The plot is simple. - A midwestern major league team called the St. Louis Browns gets serious for a half century developing and acquiring talented players. The problems they experience trying to reach the top of the American League are compunded by a disappointing and redundant phenomenon. - When a Browns player transforms into a highly rated performer, he often also turns into a New York Yankee or a Boston Red Sock!



                            A Browns Record Booker

                            Question: Have you ever seen a team photo of the 1909 St. Louis Browns?



                            Answer: Now you have.



                            Births on October 31



                            Alex Malloy
                            Birth Name: Archibald Alexander Malloy Bats : Right
                            Born On: 10-31-1886 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Laurinburg, North Carolina Height : 6-02
                            Died On: 03-01-1961 Weight : 180
                            Died In: Ferris, Texas First Game: 09-10-1910
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 10-09-1910
                            Nickname: Lick Draft: Not Applicable

                            Pitcher Alex Malloy was 0-6 with a 2.56 ERA in 52.2 innings of work for the 1910 Browns as his total MLB experience. - Once thought to be gone for good, Alex is now remembered here for the best of reasons. This Halloween birthday boy was once a St. Louis Brown. - Alex Malloy was 74 when he died in 1961.



                            Tony Rego
                            Birth Name: Antone De Rego Bats : Right
                            Born On: 10-31-1897 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Wailuku, Hawaii Height : 5-04
                            Died On: 01-06-1978 Weight : 165
                            Died In: Tulsa, Oklahoma First Game: 06-21-1924
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-23-1925
                            Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                            Catcher Tony Rego played in 44 games for the 1924-1925 Browns and batted .286 with 0 homers in 91 times at bat. After? Gone for good! - Tony Rego was 80 when he died in 1978. - BCT/GB, Tony Rego!



                            Deaths on October 31

                            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.



                            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. 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.

                            Today's Reference Links ... various visiting muses

                            http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/...d(pan+6a29538))

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-31-2005, 05:04 PM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                            • November 1st - 2nd Time Around

                              On This Date in History!



                              November 1, 1949: "How are you fixed for (television money)?"

                              "How are you fixed for blades?"

                              The Gillette Razor Blade Company today buys the World Series television rights for $1.37 million. Income from the deal will be dedicated to the players' pension fund.



                              November 1, 1946: Bill Veeck Loses Right Foot To Amputation!

                              "Boys, I've got an idea! ..."

                              The right foot of Cleveland and future Browns owner Bill Veeck is amputated today as a result of a war injury in the South Pacific two years earlier. In his short term, half season as the Indians owner, Veeck has made a tremendous impact on the promotion of baseball in Cleveland. One minor but typical change is the regular posting of National League scores on the Cleveland scoreboard, Veeck's decision to show NL scores is a departure from the long-standing practice of both leagues of posting only their own league results. - To those who are amazed by Bill Veeck in 1946, all we can offer is: "Folks, you ain't seen nothing yet!"



                              A Browns Record Booker

                              Question: What Browns player hit .667 in the 1944 World Series?

                              Answer: In spite of limited play due to a back injury, catcher Frank Mancuso went 2 for 3 in the 1944 World Series as an accomplishment that still brings a smile to his face whenever the subject is brought to mind.



                              Births on November 1



                              John Terry
                              Birth Name: John Burchard Terry Bats : Unknown
                              Born On: 11-01-1879 Throws : Unknown
                              Born In: Waterbury, Connecticut Height : Unknown
                              Died On: 04-27-1933 Weight : Unknown
                              Died In: Kansas City, Missouri First Game: 09-17-1902
                              College: None Attended Last Game: 07-31-1903
                              Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

                              Pitcher John Terry was 0-1 for the 1902 Tigers and 1-1 for the 1903 Browns for a career MLB mark of 1-2 and a 22.2 inning ERA of 2.78. - Gone for good from big league baseball by 1904, John Terry was 53 when he passed away in 1933.



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

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



                              Deaths on November 1



                              George Hale
                              Birth Name: George Wagner Hale Bats : Right
                              Born On: 08-03-1894 Throws : Right
                              Born In: Dexter, Kansas Height : 5-10
                              Died On: 11-01-1945 Weight : 160
                              Died In: Wichita, Kansas First Game: 08-24-1914
                              College: None Attended Last Game: 06-26-1918
                              Nickname: Ducky Draft: Not Applicable

                              Catcher George Hale had a 4-year, all Browns MLB career (1914, 1916-1918). Hale batted .175 with no homers in 103 total times at bat. Anyone who needs to ask why Hale never played in the big leagues beyond 1918 probably isn't reading this information anyway. George Hale was 51 at the time of his 1945 death. - BCT/GB, George Hale!



                              Joe Bush
                              Birth Name: Leslie Ambrose Bush Bats : Right
                              Born On: 11-27-1892 Throws : Right
                              Born In: Brainerd, Minnesota Height : 5-09
                              Died On: 11-01-1974 Weight : 173
                              Died In: Fort Lauderdale, Florida First Game: 09-30-1912
                              College: None Attended Last Game: 09-30-1928
                              Nickname: Bullet Joe or Joe Draft: Not Applicable

                              Great MLB pitcher Joe Bush was 14-14 with an ERA of 5.09 in 1925, his only season with the Browns. Over the course of his 17-year MLB career (1912-1928), Joe Bush won 195, lost 183, and posted an ERA of 3.51 over the 3,087.1 innings that were his big league body of work. - Joe Bush was 81 when he died in 1974.

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

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                              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-01-2005, 05:34 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                              • November 2nd - 2nd Time Around

                                On This Date in History!



                                November 2, 1913: Stovall Jumps To Federal League.

                                George Stovall: During His Cleveland Days.

                                Former St. Louis Browns manager George Stovall is the first MLB player to jump to the Federal League, signing to manage Kansas City. With glib salesman Jim Gilmore as its president, and armed with the financial backing of several millionaires, including oil magnate Harry Sinclair and Brooklyn baker Robert Ward, the Feds will declare open war in two weeks by announcing that they will not honor the MLB's reserve clause. It will prove a long, costly struggle, similar to the American League's beginnings, but with more losers than winners. - The Federal League will survive for two seasons and then disappear forever, but it will leave its mark upon the big leagues in ways too numerous for mention here. - Locally, former owner Phil Ball of the Federal League's St. Louis Terriers will build enough power to take ownership of the Browns as his consolation for making peace with the established big leagues.



                                A Browns Record Booker

                                Question: Which Browns player led the American League in stolen bases for three straight years during the late 1940s?

                                Answer: In a time of low priority on small-ball skills, Bob Dillinger led the American League in stolen bases for three consecutive years with 34 SB in 1947, 28 SB in 1948, and 20 SB in 1949. - How did the Browns reward Dillinger for his ongoing performance? In December 1949, they traded him to the Philadelphia Athletics in a multi-player deal that also produced a $100,000 cash payment to the Browns.



                                Births on November 2



                                Chief Hogsett
                                Birth Name: Elon Chester Hogsett
                                Nickname: Chief
                                Born On: 11-02-1903
                                Born In: Brownell, Kansas
                                Zodiac: Scorpio
                                Died On: 07-17-2001
                                Died In: Hays, Kansas
                                Cemetery: Unknown
                                College: None Attended
                                Bats: Left
                                Throws: Left
                                Height: 6-00
                                Weight: 190
                                First Game: 09-18-1929
                                Last Game: 06-03-1944
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Chief Hogsett pitched for 11 years in the big leagues (1929-1938, 1944), finishing with an MLB career record of 63-87 and an ERA of 5.02. Chief Hogsett was 19-34 in his two seasons with the 1936-1937 Browns. He was 97 when he died in 2001.



                                John Sullivan
                                Birth Name: John Paul Sullivan
                                Nickname: None
                                Born On: 11-02-1920
                                Born In: Chicago, Illinois
                                Zodiac: Scorpio
                                Died On: Still Living
                                Died In: Still Living
                                Cemetery: n/a
                                College: University of Wisconsin
                                Bats: Right
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 5-10
                                Weight: 170
                                First Game: 06-07-1942
                                Last Game: 10-02-1949
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Infielder John Sullivan had a 6 season MLB career (1942-1944, 1947-1949), batting .230 with 1 HR in 1,833 at bats. Sullivan hit .230 with 0 homers in 105 games for the 1949 Browns. - On this date in 2005, Sullivan is celebrating his birthday. - Happy 85th Birthday, John Sullivan!




                                Deaths on November 2



                                Bill Bailey
                                Birth Name: William F. Bailey
                                Nickname: None
                                Born On: 04-12-1889
                                Born In: Fort Smith, Arkansas
                                Zodiac: Aries
                                Died On: 11-02-1926
                                Died In: Houston, Texas
                                Cemetery: Unknown Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska
                                College: None Attended
                                Bats: Left
                                Throws: Left
                                Height: 5-11
                                Weight: 165
                                First Game: 09-17-1907
                                Last Game: 06-26-1922
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Pitcher Bill Bailey posted an 11-year career (1907-1912, 1914-1915, 1918, 1921-1922) that started with 6 years as a Brown from 1907-1912. Bailey finished with an MLB career record of 38 wins, 76 losses, and an ERA of 3.57. - Bill Bailey died in 1926 at the young age of 37.



                                Bobby LaMotte
                                Birth Name: Robert Eugene LaMotte
                                Nickname: None
                                Born On: 02-15-1898
                                Born In: Savannah, Georgia
                                Zodiac: Aquarius
                                Died On: 11-02-1970
                                Died In: Chatham, Georgia
                                Cemetery: Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia
                                College: None Attended
                                Bats: Right
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 5-11
                                Weight: 160
                                First Game: 09-01-1920
                                Last Game: 07-11-1926
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Infielder Bobby LaMotte played 3 seasons with the Senators (1920-1922) and 2 seasons with the Browns (1925-1926). He finished with an MLB career BA of .253 and 3 HR's for his 693 total AB effort in the big leagues. Bobby LaMotte was 72 when he died in 1970.



                                Hal Wiltse
                                Birth Name: Harold James Wiltse Bats : Left
                                Born On: 08-06-1903 Throws : Left
                                Born In: Clay City, Illinois Height : 5-09
                                Died On: 11-02-1983 Weight : 168
                                Died In: Bunkie, Louisiana First Game: 04-13-1926
                                College: None Attended Last Game: 04-20-1931
                                Nickname: Whitey Draft: Not Applicable

                                Pitcher Hal Wiltse had a 4-year MLB career (1926-1928, 1931), postin a record of 20-40 and an ERA of 4.87. In his only season with the 1928 Browns, Wiltse recorded a mark of 2-5 with a 5.25 ERA. Hal Wiltse was 80 at the the time of his 1983 death.

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

                                MacMillan's Baseball Encyclopedia

                                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-02-2005, 05:50 PM.
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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