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  • November 3rd - 2nd Time Around

    On This Date in History!



    November 3, 1926: Sisler Steps Down! Dan Howley Steps Up!

    Sisler Ready To Just Play - and Leave the Managing to Howley.

    George Sisler's tenure as playing manager of the St. Louis Browns ended today when the greatest Brown in history was replaced by Dan Howley. Sisler was on the job as Browns skipper from 1924 through 1926, finishing 4th, 3rd, & 7th. - Sisler will remain with the Browns as a player in 1927 and then move on briefly to Washington in 1928 and then to Boston of the National League that same season. Sisler will play with the Braves through 1930 and then retire.

    Dan Howley will hold down the wheel for the Browns from 1927 through 1929, but will leave after finishing 7th, 3rd, & 4th - not a bad result for a Brownie mentor.

    For the record, Dan Howley broke into baseball as a catcher with Indianapolis of the American Association in 1906. He appeared briefly with the Phillies in 1913. He managed at Montreal for four years, then moved to Toronto (International League), where he won a pennant in 1918. He was a coach for the Tigers in 1919 and 1921-22. He returned to Toronto, and in 1926 won a pennant to break Baltimore's streak of seven straight flags. A combative manager known for his ability to develop young pitchers, he managed the Browns and Reds for three seasons each.



    A Browns Record Booker

    Question: What Browns pitcher later ran for political office after his playing days and was elected mayor of his home town?

    Hizzoner Ned!

    Answer: It was none other than Ned Garver, the Browns pitcher who went 20-12 for the last place 1951 Browns who finished with a 52-102 record. Some years after his 1961 retirement from baseball, Garver successfully ran for Mayor of Ney, Ohio, his home town. - Garver served several terms as the chief officer of his rural village of a few hundred people, but he developed no ambitions for higher office up the political food chain. - Today Ned Garver seems perfectly happy to celebrate each day that dawns and his memories of the Browns - while letting the rest of the world go by.



    Births on November 3



    Ike Rockenfield
    Birth Name: Isaac Broc Rockenfield
    Nickname: None
    Born On: 11-03-1876
    Born In: Omaha, Nebraska
    Zodiac: Scorpio
    Died On: 02-21-1927
    Died In: San Diego, California
    Cemetery: Unknown
    College: None Attended
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Height: 5-07
    Weight: 150
    First Game: 05-05-1905
    Last Game: 10-07-1906
    Draft: Not Applicable

    2nd baseman Ike Rockenfield hit .221 with 0 dead ball era homers in his 2-season big league career with the 1905-1906 Browns and was then gone-for-good. Ike Rockenfield was 50 when he died in 1927. - BCT/GB, Ike Rockenfield!



    Clyde Southwick
    Birth Name: Clyde Aubra Southwick Bats : Left
    Born On: 11-03-1886 Throws : Right
    Born In: Maxwell, Iowa Height : 6-00
    Died On: 10-14-1961 Weight : 180
    Died In: Freeport, Illinois First Game: 08-22-1911
    College: Iowa State College of Agricultural & Mechanical Arts Last Game: 09-09-1911
    Nickname: None Draft: Not Applicable

    Catcher Clyde Southwick went 3 for 12 (.250) with no homers in 4 games for the 1911 Browns and then hit the trail for the Land of Gone for Good. - Clyde Southwick was 75 when he died in 1961. - BCT/GB, Clyde Southwick!



    Deaths on November 3



    Bobby Wallace
    Birth Name: Rhoderick John Wallace
    Nickname: Rhody
    Born On: 11-04-1873
    Born In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Zodiac: Scorpio
    Died On: 11-03-1960
    Died In: Torrance, California
    Cemetery: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California
    College: None Attended
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Height: 5-08
    Weight: 170
    First Game: 09-15-1894
    Last Game: 09-02-1918
    Draft: Not Applicable

    Bobby Wallace had a 4-season big league pitching career (1894-1896, 1902), compiling a career record of 24-22 with a 3.87 ERA. - Pitching was not where Bobby Wallace made his mark in big league baseball. - Wallace had a 25-year career in MLB (1894-1918) as a position player who excelled at shortstop - and mainly as a Brown (1902-1916). He is widely regarded as the greatest shortstop in Browns history. Wallace batted .268 with 34 dead ball era homers to his credit. - Bobby Wallace was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. - He was one day shy of his 87th birthday when he died in 1960.



    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

    Another great Browns shortstop died on November 3rd. 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.

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

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-03-2005, 07:15 PM.
    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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    • November 4th - 2nd Time Around

      On This Date in History!



      November 4, 1902-1953: Nothing Happened.


      The baseball season was over - and November was
      too early to be talking about next year's contract.




      A Browns Record Booker

      Question: What led to the expansion of seating capacity at Sportsman's Park during the 1920s?

      Answer: The success of the Browns on the field in 1919-23 and again in 1925 inspired owner Phil Ball. Buoyed by his optimism, the confident Ball predicted a World Series for Sportsman's Park by 1926. In anticipation, he increased the capacity of his ballpark from 18,000 to 30,000. As things turned out, there was a World Series in Sportsman's Park in 1926 - but it starred the National League Cardinals and their stunning upset of the Ruthian Yankees. St. Louis had been considered a "Browns' town" until the Cardinals won it all in their first World Series appearance. - 27 years later, in 1953, Browns owners and their dwindling base of fans would get to feel the "ouch" of that other shoe dropping.



      Births on November 4



      Bobby Wallace
      Birth Name: Rhoderick John Wallace
      Nickname: Rhody
      Born On: 11-04-1873
      Born In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      Zodiac: Scorpio
      Died On: 11-03-1960
      Died In: Torrance, California
      Cemetery: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California
      College: None Attended
      Bats: Right
      Throws: Right
      Height: 5-08
      Weight: 170
      First Game: 09-15-1894
      Last Game: 09-02-1918
      Draft: Not Applicable

      Bobby Wallace had a 4-season big league pitching career (1894-1896, 1902), compiling a career record of 24-22 with a 3.87 ERA. - Pitching was not where Bobby Wallace made his mark in big league baseball. - Wallace had a 25-year career in MLB (1894-1918) as a position player who excelled at shortstop - and mainly as a Brown (1902-1916). He is widely regarded as the greatest shortstop in Browns history. Wallace batted .268 with 34 dead ball era homers to his credit. - Bobby Wallace was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. - He was one day shy of his 87th birthday when he died in 1960.



      Jack Enzenroth
      Birth Name: Clarence Herman Enzenroth
      Nickname: None
      Born On: 11-04-1885
      Born In: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
      Zodiac: Scorpio
      Died On: 02-21-1944
      Died In: Detroit, Michigan
      Cemetery: Unknown
      College: University of Michigan
      Bats: Right
      Throws: Right
      Height: 5-07
      Weight: 160
      First Game: 05-01-1914
      Last Game: 09-22-1915
      Draft: Not Applicable

      Catcher Jack Enzenroth went 1 for 6 (.167) for the 1914 Browns before skipping over to finish his "big league" time with the 1914-1915 Kansas City Packers of the ill-fated Federal League. Technically speaking, Enzeroth finished his big league career (1914-1915) with a BA of .174 and no dead ball homers. He was then - gone for good! - Jack Enzenroth was 58 when he died in 1944. - BCT/GB, Jack Enzenroth!



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

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



      Sig Gryska
      Birth Name: Sigmund Stanley Gryska
      Nickname: None
      Born On: 11-04-1914
      Born In: Chicago, Illinois
      Zodiac: Scorpio
      Died On: 08-27-1994
      Died In: Hines, Illinois
      Cemetery: Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois
      College: None Attended
      Bats: Right
      Throws: Right
      Height: 5-11½
      Weight: 173
      First Game: 09-28-1938
      Last Game: 10-01-1939
      Draft: Not Applicable

      Shorstop Sig Gryska had a short, but pretty hot career in 25 games for the 1938-1939 Browns, batting .329 (23 for 70) with no homers, Like so many others, he was then gone for good. - Sig Gryska was 79 when he passed away in 1994. - BCT/GB, Sig Gryska!



      Deaths on November 4




      So far, no Browns have ever died on November 4th!

      Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../NOVEMBER4.stm

      http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...uis_Browns.stm

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

      Have a great weekend, everybody! :atthepc
      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-04-2005, 06:14 PM.
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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      • November 5th - 2nd Time Around

        On This Date in History!



        November 5, 1907: Browns Get Jimmy Williams in Trade with NY Highlanders!

        "Not me! I ain't that old! Besides, I only got 1 'M' in my name!" - Jimy Williams.

        The New York Highlanders today traded 2nd baseman Jimmy Williams and outfielder Danny Hoffman to the St. Louis Browns for pitcher Fred Glade, speedy 2nd baseman Harry Niles, and outfielder Charlie Hemphill. Glade will pitch just five games in 1908 before retiring. - Those Highlanders would change their nickname to the New York Yankees in 1913. Too bad the Browns didn't take that simple name change as a warning sign on the road to ruin. Such a sign would have read: "Stop Trading With The Guys From New York!"



        November 5, 1901: American League Leases Sportsman's Park for New St. Louis Club!


        Johnson & Comiskey Join in Odd Couple Deal!

        Surprise! Sportsman's Park in St. Louis is leased today for five years by American League President Ban Johnson and Chicago White Stockings owner Charles Comiskey as a place to play for a future American League team. Two weeks later, the Milwaukee franchise will officially be transferred to St. Louis and be born again in 1902 as the Browns. - If the Browns had been a superstitious lot, they would have seen a couple of bad omens in these two directly related events. - In the first place, Johnson and Comiskey were on the road to becoming power-struggling enemies in the American League. The few things they did together were rife with bad results and hurt feelings. - The second bad sign was fairly obvious. - The City of St. Louis was getting an 8th place Brewers club that finished 35.5 games out of 1st place in the American League in 1901 with a record of 48 wins and 89 losses. - In spite of the Browns jump to 2nd place in their innaugural season of 1902 with a 78-58 record, the Browns never got their financial feet on the ground - even with the help from the AL that made sure the club was stocked with players that made a good impression during their first year. - As a result, the Browns would quickly fall into the pattern that eventually doomed them to the second division and killed their chances for long term success. That pattern was the practice of selling away good players to pay the rent and light bills.



        A Browns Record Booker

        Question: What's the story behind the Browns near move to Los Angeles in 1942?

        Answer: It began with too many bad years in St. Louis on the field and at the gate, but a move to the West Coast only made sense with the development of air travel in the 1930s as a remedy to the distance problem from most big league cities for a California based team. Here's how one source in Baseball Library (dot) Com summarized the birth and death of the move that the Browns didn't make:

        The Browns drew only 80,922 fans for the entire 1936 season - the first year of Donald Barnes' ownership. The downward spiral reached its nadir in 1939; from 1937 to 1939, the Browns compiled a 144-316 record. The franchise was developing a hard-luck aura; in 1941 Barnes tried to move his team to Los Angeles. The league meeting for approval was held in Chicago one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Understandably, Barnes was denied.

        http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...uis_Browns.stm


        Births on November 5



        Rasty Wright
        Birth Name: Wayne Bromley Wright
        Nickname: None
        Born On: 11-05-1895
        Born In: Ceredo, West Virginia
        Zodiac: Scorpio
        Died On: 06-12-1948
        Died In: Columbus, Ohio
        Cemetery: Union Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio
        College: Ohio State University
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 5-11
        Weight: 160
        First Game: 06-22-1917
        Last Game: 10-04-1923
        Draft: Not Applicable

        Pitcher Rasty Wright was a key hurler for the great 1922 club and a career (1917-1919, 1922-1923) Brown. His total record for 5 MLB seasons was 24 wins, 19 losses, and an ERA of 4.05. - Rasty Wright was 52 when he died in 1948.

        BCT/GB, Rasty Wright! Thanks for your 9-7 Contribution to the 1922 Pennant Run!



        Jack Ogden
        Birth Name: John Mahlon Ogden
        Nickname: None
        Born On: 11-05-1897
        Born In: Ogden, Pennsylvania
        Zodiac: Scorpio
        Died On: 11-09-1977
        Died In: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
        Cemetery: Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Pennsylvania
        College: Swarthmore College
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 6-00
        Weight: 190
        First Game: 06-22-1918
        Last Game: 09-09-1932
        Draft: Not Applicable

        Pitcher Jack Ogden complied a spotty 5-season record in the big leagues over a 14-year time stretch (1918, 1928-1929, 1931-1932). He was 19-24 in his 2 seasons as a Brown (1928-1929) with his 1928 Brownie record of 15-16 beng hhis highest winning year. Ogden finished with a career MLB record of 25-34 with an ERA of 4.24. - Jack Ogden was 80 when he died in 1977.



        Ollie Sax
        Birth Name: Erik Oliver Sax
        Nickname: None
        Born On: 11-05-1904
        Born In: Branford, Connecticut
        Zodiac: Scorpio
        Died On: 03-21-1982
        Died In: Newark, New Jersey
        Cemetery: Arlington Cemetery, Kearny, New Jersey
        College: None Attended
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 5-08
        Weight: 164
        First Game: 04-13-1928
        Last Game: 09-30-1928
        Draft: Not Applicable

        3rd baseman Ollie Sax hit .176 (3 for 17) with no homers in 16 games for the 1928 Browns and then oved on to the Land of Gone for Good. - Ollie Sax was 77 when he died in 1982. - BCT/GB, Ollie Sax!



        Carl Fischer
        Birth Name: Charles William Fischer
        Nickname: None
        Born On: 11-05-1905
        Born In: Medina, New York
        Zodiac: Scorpio
        Died On: 12-10-1963
        Died In: Medina, New York
        Cemetery: Mount Ridge Cemetery, Royalton, New York
        College: None Attended
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Left
        Height: 6-00
        Weight: 180
        First Game: 07-19-1930
        Last Game: 07-02-1937
        Draft: Not Applicable

        Pitcher Carl Fischer had a 7-year MLB career (1930-1935, 1937), finishing with a record of 46 wins, 50 losses, and an ERA of 4.63. - Fischer was 3-7 with a 5.57 ERA in 1932 after coming over from Washington during the season. It was to be his only time with the Browns. - Carl Fischer was 58 when he died in 1963.



        Mike Goliat
        Birth Name: Mike Mitchell Goliat
        Nickname: None
        Born On: 11-05-1921
        Born In: Yatesboro, Pennsylvania
        Zodiac: Scorpio
        Died On: 01-13-2004
        Died In: Seven Hills, Ohio
        Cemetery: All Saints Cemetery, Northfield, Ohio
        College: None Attended
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 6-00
        Weight: 180
        First Game: 08-03-1949
        Last Game: 04-27-1952
        Draft: Not Applicable

        Mike Goliat is best remembered as the good field/no hit 2nd baseman of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillie "Whiz Kids." - For his 4-season MLB career (1949-1952), Goliat batted .225 with 20 HRs. - Goliat was a Brown for a season and a half in 1951-1952 and he finished his career with our American League club. - Mike Goliat was 82 when he died in 2004.



        Deaths on November 5



        George Stovall
        Birth Name: George Thomas Stovall
        Nickname: Firebrand
        Born On: 11-23-1877
        Born In: Leeds, Missouri
        Zodiac: Sagittarius
        Died On: 11-05-1951
        Died In: Burlington, Iowa
        Cemetery: Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa
        College: None Attended
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 6-02
        Weight: 180
        First Game: 07-04-1904
        Last Game: 10-03-1915
        Draft: Not Applicable

        1st baseman George Stovall had a 12-year MLB career (1904-1915) and he batted .265 with 15 dead ball era homers to his credit. During his Browns years (1912-1913), Stovall did double duty as a playing manager. - George Stovall passed away in 1951, a mere 18 days shy of his 84th birthday.



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

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

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

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-09-2005, 07:14 PM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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        • November 6th - 2nd Time Around

          On This Date in History!



          November 6, 1902-1953: One More Autumn Day When Nothing Happened. *



          * ... with the St. Louis Browns, that is.



          A Browns Record Booker

          Question: During their 52 year history (1902-1953), how much of the time did the club spend finishing last (8th) or next to last (7th) place in the American League?

          Hope was hard to come by for Browns fans.

          Answer: The Browns were dead last or next to dead last 42.3% of the time. The boys finished last 10 times and next to last another 12 seasons. That's 22 times in 52 seasons. h



          Births on November 6



          Earl Clark
          Birth Name: Bailey Earl Clark
          Nickname: None
          Born On: 11-06-1907
          Born In: Washington, D.C.
          Zodiac: Scorpio
          Died On: 01-16-1938
          Died In: Washington, D.C.
          Cemetery: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland
          College: None Attended
          Bats: Right
          Throws: Right
          Height: 5-10
          Weight: 160
          First Game: 08-17-1927
          Last Game: 05-25-1934
          Draft: Not Applicable

          Outfielder Earl Clark hit .291 with 4 HRs over his career (1927-1934) and he played his last season as a Brown for the '34 club, hitting only .171 in 13 games. - Earl Clark was only 30 when he died in 1938.



          Deaths on November 6



          Roy Hartzell
          Birth Name: Roy Allen Hartzell
          Nickname: None
          Born On: 07-06-1881
          Born In: Golden, Colorado
          Zodiac: Cancer
          Died On: 11-06-1961
          Died In: Golden, Colorado
          Cemetery: Golden Cemetery, Golden, Colorado
          College: None Attended
          Bats: Left
          Throws: Right
          Height: 5-08½
          Weight: 155
          First Game: 04-17-1906
          Last Game: 07-25-1916
          Draft: Not Applicable

          Utility position player Roy Hartzell had an 11-year career (1906-1916) in which he batted .252 with 12 HR's. Hartzell was a 5-season Brown (1906-1910) whose best year was 1908 when he hit .265 in 115 games. - Roy Hartzell passed away in 1961 at the age of 80.

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

          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-06-2005, 09:59 PM.
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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          • November 7th - 2nd Time Around

            On This Date in History!



            November 7, 1938: Fred Haney Signs as New Browns Manager.

            Fred Haney: There wil be little to smile about in 1939.

            In St. Louis todaym Fred Haney signed to manage the St. Louis Browns. Haney takes over for Gabby Street, who led the Browns to a 55-97 record and 7th place finish in 1938. - Haney is on course for date with destiny, His 1838 Browns will finish dead last with the worst record ever achieved in franchise history. The '39 Browns will go 43-111 and finish 8th.



            A Browns Record Booker

            Question: After the disastrous 1939 season, how did Fred Haney fare as manager of the Browns?

            Answer: Manager Fred Haney's 1940 Browns improved to 67-87 and a 6th place finish. Haney was then removed in 1941 when the Browns got off to a 15-29 start and replaced by Luke Sewell, who took the club on a 55-55 ride the rest of the way - and a final mark of 70-84 that was good enough for another 6th place ending. - Sewell would stay on to become the only manager ever to lead the Browns to an American League pennant in 1944.




            Births on November 7




            Alan Strange
            Birth Name: Alan Cochrane Strange
            Nickname: Inky
            Born On: 11-07-1906
            Born In: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
            Zodiac: Scorpio
            Died On: 06-27-1994
            Died In: Seattle, Washington
            Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, Washington
            College: Pennsylvania State College
            Bats: Right
            Throws: Right
            Height: 5-09
            Weight: 162
            First Game: 04-17-1934
            Last Game: 08-16-1942
            Draft: Not Applicable

            Infielder Alan Strange had an MLB career (1934-1935, 1940-1942) that was almost all Browns, except for 16 games with the Senators at the tail end of the 1935 season. His career BA was .223 with 1 HR in 947 official times at bat. - Alan Strange was 87 when he died in 1984.



            Deaths on November 7



            Tex Shirley
            Birth Name: Alvis Newman Shirley
            Nickname: Tex
            Born On: 04-25-1918
            Born In: Birthright, Texas
            Zodiac: Taurus
            Died On: 11-07-1993
            Died In: DeSoto, Texas
            Cemetery: Red Oak Cemetery, Red Oak, Texas
            College: None Attended
            Bats: Both
            Throws: Right
            Height: 6-01
            Weight: 175
            First Game: 09-06-1941
            Last Game: 09-21-1946
            Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher Tex Shirley enjoyed a 5-year MLB career with the Athletics (1941-42) and Browns (1944-1946). Tex was a member of the Browns' only American League championship club in 1944 and he finished his total MLB career with a record of 19 wins, 30 losses, and an ERA of 4.25. Except for the 2 losses he took as he was coming up with the A's, everything else was achieved as a Brown. - Tex Shirley was 75 when he passed away in 1993.

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

            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-07-2005, 05:42 PM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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            • November 8th - 2nd Time Around

              On This Date in History!



              November 8, 1901: American League Lease on Sportsman's Park is Talk of St. Louis.

              In the absence of any easily accessible reports on the subject from that fall and winter prior to the first season of the Browns, we may only imagine how St. Louisans thought about the coming of a second big league team in 1902 - if, indeed, they thought about it at all. In lieu of another "nothing happened" post on this date in history, here's a brief fictional flashback to a conversation among customers overheard down at at Krieger's Bar out on Page Avenue. The day is Friday, November 8, 1901. The time is 8:42 PM.

              "Thank God It's Friday!"

              Karl Krieger, 45, is standing behind his polished oak bar, cloth-dusting mugs and shot glasses. - About a dozen men are sitting at tables around the small neighborhood tavern, playing cards and smoking cigars. - Sitting at the bar and sipping on heavy-headed dark beer draughts are Gustav Schultz, a 31-year old brewery employee; Connie McElvey, a 38-year old machinist; and Peter Burmeister, a 24-year old typesetter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. We don't have enough time travel credit to stay here for long, but here's what we do hear while we're there:

              Krieger: "So, Peter, what's this lease on Sportsman's Park all about? Are we really going to get one of them new American League teams in St. Louis?"

              Burmeister: "How would I know, Karl?"

              Krieger: "Well, you do work at the Post-Dispatch, don't you?"

              Burmeister: "I'm a typesetter, Karl. - You don't have to know nothing to set type. You just have to make sure that nothing gets misspelled."

              McElvey: “Hit me again, Karl! – I got a terrible Friday thirst!”

              Schultz: “As far as I’m concerned, you don’t have to know nothing to write for the Post-Dispatch period! – What do them guys know about doing real work? – And what would you rather have at the end of the day, anyway – a good story – or a good beer?

              Krieger: “All I know is – St. Louis ain’t had a good base ball team since the days of Charlie Comiskey and the old Brown Stockings! – I was only a young man in them days, but I remember. That Charlie boy and his pals could really play some ball!”

              McElvey: “Hit me again, Karl!”

              Burmeister: “All I know is – I need to find me a lady friend!”

              Schultz: “All I know is – I got another 12-hour workday staring me in the face on Saturday! – Who’s got time to watch baseball, anyway?”

              McElvey: “All I know is – I need another beer!”

              Krieger: “All I know is – you fellows sure are a barrel of laughs! – Hey! I could stand the thought of a new base ball team coming to St. Louis next year. – It would give us more to talk about around here on a Friday night!”



              Births on November 8



              Beauty McGowan
              Birth Name: Frank Bernard McGowan
              Nickname: None
              Born On: 11-08-1901
              Born In: Branford, Connecticut
              Zodiac: Scorpio
              Died On: 05-06-1982
              Died In: Hamden, Connecticut
              Cemetery: St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, Connecticut
              College: None Attended
              Bats: Left
              Throws: Right
              Height: 5-11
              Weight: 190
              First Game: 04-12-1922
              Last Game: 05-13-1937
              Draft: Not Applicable

              Outfielder Beauty McGowan had a 5-year, chopped up MLB career (1922-1923, 1928-1929, 1937) in which he hit .262 with 6 HR's. As a member of the 1928 Browns (.363 in 47 games) and 1929 Browns (.254 in 125 games), Beauty also banged out 4 of his 6 career homers.



              Deaths on November 8



              Ed Murray
              Birth Name: Edward Francis Murray
              Nickname: None
              Born On: 05-08-1895
              Born In: Mystic, Connecticut
              Zodiac: Taurus
              Died On: 11-08-1970
              Died In: Cheyenne, Wyoming
              Cemetery: Olivet Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wyoming
              College: Trinity College
              Bats: Right
              Throws: Right
              Height: 5-06
              Weight: 145
              First Game: 06-24-1917
              Last Game: 06-24-1917
              Draft: Not Applicable

              Shortstop Eddie Murray struck out in his only time at bat in the major leagues and he he did it for the St. Louis Browns on June 24, 1917. - Move over, Moonlight Graham! - Ed Murray will pass away in 1970 at the age of 75. - BCT/GB, Eddie Murray!

              Today's Reference Links ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-08-2005, 04:13 PM.
              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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              • November 9th - 2nd Time Around

                On This Date in History!



                November 9, 1953: Supreme Court Ruling Again Defies The Facts!


                "Rick, I've been asked to serve as the new Commissioner of Baseball."

                How many times do we see it in everyday life? Authority rules one way while reality moves in the opposite direction. I think I'e used my favorite movie example elsewhere in his lengthy history thread, but I will use it again here. In the film "Casablanca," Inspector Renault (Claude Rains) shuts down Rick's Cafe' Americain, ostensibly because he is "shocked" to find that gambling is going on there. As soon as he explains his reasons to protesting cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart), a cafe employee approaches Renault and presents him with his own gambling winnings for the evening. - "Oh, thank you very much!" Renault says matter-of-factly as he pockets the cash.

                Well, here's another taste of baseball's enjoyment of its exempt status from the normal rules governing business. When it is convenient to ownership, baseball cries "that's business." - When the control of ownership is tested as unfair business practice, baseball cries "but we're a sport, not a business."

                The United States Supreme Court today again affirmed in a 7-2 decision that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws. This latest ruling was made in a case involving New York Yankee minor league player George Toolson, who refused to move from AAA to AA.

                If baseball is a sport, and not a business, why are St. Louis American League fans still heartbroken over their recent loss of the Browns to Baltimore due to financial losses locally by former owner Bill Veeck and promises by the new ownership that the club will make more money in the Maryland city as the re-christened Orioles?



                Births on November 9



                Ed Linke
                Birth Name: Edward Karl Linke
                Nickname: Babe
                Born On: 11-09-1911
                Born In: Chicago, Illinois
                Zodiac: Scorpio
                Died On: 06-21-1988
                Died In: Chicago, Illinois
                Cemetery: Unknown
                College: None Attended
                Bats: Right
                Throws: Right
                Height: 5-11
                Weight: 180
                First Game: 04-27-1933
                Last Game: 09-04-1938
                Draft: Not Applicable

                Pitcher Ed Linke had a 6-year MLB career (1933-1938) in which he won 22, lost 22, while registering an ERA of 5.61. - He played only his last year as a 1938 Brown, but he was with the club long enough to drop his career record to .500 by going 1-7 on the year. - Ed Linke was 66 when he died in 1988.



                Bob Neighbors



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

                Shortstop Bob Neighbors only had a .182 BA (2 for 13) with 1 HR for the 1939 Browns as his total big league experience, but that's OK. Neighbors had a much higher calling in life. He gave his life for his country fighting for the US military in North Korea on August 8, 1952. - BCT/GB, Bob Neighbors! - Browns fans will remember you, and all true Americans still thank you, for making that supreme sacrifice in our behalf! - Bob Neighbors was 34 when he was killed in action during the Korean War in 1952



                Jerry Priddy
                Birth Name: Gerald Edward Priddy
                Nickname: None
                Born On: 11-09-1919
                Born In: Los Angeles, California
                Zodiac: Scorpio
                Died On: 03-03-1980
                Died In: North Hollywood, California
                Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, Culver City, California
                College: None Attended
                Bats: Right
                Throws: Right
                Height: 5-11½
                Weight: 180
                First Game: 04-17-1941
                Last Game: 09-27-1953
                Draft: Not Applicable

                Infielder Jerry Priddy posted a career average of .265 with 61 HR's from 1941 to 1953, Priddy played for the Browns for 2 seasons in 1948 and 1949. - Jerry Priddy was 60 when he died in 1980.



                Deaths on November 9



                Walt Meinert
                Birth Name: Walter Henry Meinert
                Nickname: None
                Born On: 12-11-1890
                Born In: New York, New York
                Zodiac: Sagittarius
                Died On: 11-09-1958
                Died In: Decatur, Illinois
                Cemetery: Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois
                College: None Attended
                Bats: Left
                Throws: Left
                Height: 5-07½
                Weight: 150
                First Game: 09-06-1913
                Last Game: 09-12-1913
                Draft: Not Applicable

                Right fielder Walt Meinert went 3 for 8 (.375 BA) with no dead ball era homers in 4 games, 6-day MLB career for the 1913 Browns and then quickly found the road to The Land of Gone for Good. - Walt Meinert was 67 when he died in 1958.



                Jack Ogden
                Birth Name: John Mahlon Ogden
                Nickname: None
                Born On: 11-05-1897
                Born In: Ogden, Pennsylvania
                Zodiac: Scorpio
                Died On: 11-09-1977
                Died In: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                Cemetery: Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Pennsylvania
                College: Swarthmore College
                Bats: Right
                Throws: Right
                Height: 6-00
                Weight: 190
                First Game: 06-22-1918
                Last Game: 09-09-1932
                Draft: Not Applicable

                Pitcher Jack Ogden complied a spotty 5-season record in the big leagues over a 14-year time stretch (1918, 1928-1929, 1931-1932). He was 19-24 in his 2 seasons as a Brown (1928-1929) with his 1928 Brownie record of 15-16 beng hhis highest winning year. Ogden finished with a career MLB record of 25-34 with an ERA of 4.24. - Jack Ogden was 80 when he died in 1977.



                Bob Weiland
                Birth Name: Robert George Weiland
                Nickname: Lefty
                Born On: 12-14-1905
                Born In: Chicago, Illinois
                Zodiac: Sagittarius
                Died On: 11-09-1988
                Died In: Chicago, Illinois
                Cemetery: Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois
                College: None Attended
                Bats: Left
                Throws: Left
                Height: 6-04
                Weight: 215
                First Game: 09-30-1928
                Last Game: 04-26-1940
                Draft: Not Applicable

                Pitcher Bob Weiland had a 12-year MLB career (1928-1935, 1937-1940) in which he won 62, lost 94, and recorded an ERA of 4.24. In his only year for the 1935 Browns, Weiland was 0-2 with an ERA of 9.56. - Bob Weiland was 82 when he died in 1988.

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

                http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-09-2005, 07:21 PM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                • November 10th - 2nd Time Around

                  On This Date in History!



                  November 10, 1953: How Do St. Louisans Feel About The Loss of The Browns?



                  "Oh well, ...................at least we still have the Cardinals!"



                  .........."NUTS!"



                  Births on November 10



                  Cy Morgan
                  Birth Name: Harry Richard Morgan
                  Nickname: None
                  Born On: 11-10-1878
                  Born In: Pomeroy, Ohio
                  Zodiac: Scorpio
                  Died On: 06-28-1962
                  Died In: Wheeling, West Virginia
                  Cemetery: Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry, Ohio
                  College: None Attended
                  Bats: Right
                  Throws: Right
                  Height: 6-00
                  Weight: 175
                  First Game: 09-18-1903 (Age 25)
                  Last Game: 09-01-1913
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  Never to be confused with Cy Young, Cy Morgan was a BR/TR pitcher who still managed a fair 10-year MLB career (1903-1905, 1907-1913). He finished with a record of 78 wins, 78 losses, and an ERA of 2.51. This "Cy" won 4 and lost 14 for the 1903-1905 and 1907 Browns. - Cy Morgan was 83 when he died in 1962.



                  Jim Park
                  Birth Name: James Park
                  Nickname: None
                  Born On: 11-10-1892
                  Born In: Richmond, Kentucky
                  Zodiac: Scorpio
                  Died On: 12-17-1970
                  Died In: Lexington, Kentucky
                  Cemetery: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky
                  College: Kentucky Agricultural & Mechanical College
                  Bats: Right
                  Throws: Right
                  Height: 6-02
                  Weight: 175
                  First Game: 09-07-1915 (Age 23)
                  Last Game: 07-11-1917
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  Pitcher Jim Park had a 3-season, all-Browns MLB career (1915-1917) in which he won 4, lost 5, and recorded an ERA of 3.02 in 42 games and 122 innings of work. - Jim Park was 79 when he died in 1970.



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

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



                  Deaths on November 10





                  No Browns Ever Died Today. So Far.

                  Today's Reference Link ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                  Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-10-2005, 05:35 AM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                  • November 11th - 2nd Time Around

                    On This Date in History!



                    November 11, 2005: Remember & Honor Veteran's Day This Friday!




                    Maybe it's only fitting that November 11th is a veritable "black hole" day in Browns history. We have no Browns news bits, births, or deaths to report for this date. Instead, we will use the time and space to recall and honor all Veterans of military service who have given of themselves to the protection of these beautiful United States of America. - We salute you, Veterans - and with special reflection upon all family and friends who help us put faces to this high calling in our everyday lives.

                    BCT/GB, American Military Veterans!

                    For all who may be interested, here's a link which explains how Veteran's Day started and evolved into what it is today - a time for pause and honorable recognition of our Veterans.

                    http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.htm

                    We'll be back to reporting Browns history on Saturday - or whenever the black hole of non-eventfulness passes away. :atthepc

                    Have a nice weekend, everybody!
                    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-11-2005, 01:21 AM.
                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                    • November 12th - 2nd Time Around

                      On This Date in History!



                      November 12, 1936: Syndicate Buys Browns from Ball Estate!



                      Following the death of Phil Ball, wealthy owner of the St. Louis Browns, his estate sells the team to a syndicate headed by Donald L. Barnes and William O. DeWitt. As the new owners of Sportsman's Park, Barnes and DeWitt announce their intention to install lights and bring night baseball to the American League. It is an idea that is heartily endorsed by the Cardinals as well.



                      November 12, 1920: Landis Named as Commssioner of Baseball!

                      Baseballs won't be the only thing that Landis throws out!

                      With Ban Johnson barred from the meeting, the 16 big league clubs settle their differences. The 12-team-league idea is discarded, and the two leagues will continue with their same identities. The owners unanimously elect Kenesaw Mountain Landis chairman for seven years. Judge Landis accepts, but only with the understanding by owners that he will serve as sole commissioner with the final authority over the players and owners, while remaining a federal judge (with his $7,500 federal salary deducted from the baseball salary of $50,000). The agreement will be signed on January 12, 1921, the date set for Landis to begin his duties.



                      Births on November 12



                      Don Johnson



                      Birth Name: Donald Roy Johnson
                      Nickname: Don
                      Born On: 11-12-1926
                      Born In: Portland, Oregon
                      Zodiac: Scorpio
                      Died On: Still Living
                      Died In: Still Living
                      Cemetery: n/a
                      College: None Attended
                      Bats: Right
                      Throws: Right
                      Height: 6-03
                      Weight: 200
                      First Game: 04-20-1947 (Age 20)
                      Last Game: 09-24-1958
                      Draft: Not Applicable

                      Pitcher Don Johnson had a 7-year MLB career (1947, 1950-1952, 1954-1955, 1958) in which he won 27, lost 38, and posted a 4.78 ERA. He was 5-7 in his two seasons as a Brown (1950-1951). - Don Johnson is celebrating today. - Happy 79th Birthday, Don Johnson!



                      Deaths on November 12



                      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.



                      Cass Michaels



                      Birth Name: Casimir Eugene Michaels
                      Nickname: Cass
                      Born On: 03-04-1926
                      Born In: Detroit, Michigan
                      Zodiac: Pisces
                      Died On: 11-12-1982
                      Died In: Grosse Pointe, Michigan
                      Cemetery: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
                      College: None Attended
                      Bats: Right
                      Throws: Right
                      Height: 5-11
                      Weight: 175
                      First Game: 08-19-1943 (Age 17)
                      Last Game: 08-27-1954
                      Draft: Not Applicable

                      Infielder Cass Michaels had a 12-year MLB career in which he batted .262 with 53 HRs. In his only season witj St. Louis as a member of the 1952 Browns, Michaels batted .265 with 3 homers. - Cass Michaels was 56 when he died in 1982.

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

                      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-13-2005, 03:55 AM.
                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                      • November 13th - 2nd Time Around

                        On This Date in History!



                        November 13, 1939: Post Mortem on Our Worst Season in Franchise History.


                        Browns Fan # 1: "Find any word on our prospects for 1940?"
                        Browns Fan # 2: "Give me a minute. I'm checking the obituary page."



                        Births on November 13



                        Andy Anderson
                        Birth Name: Andy Holm Anderson
                        Nickname: None
                        Born On: 11-13-1922
                        Born In: Bremerton, Washington
                        Zodiac: Scorpio
                        Died On: 07-18-1982
                        Died In: Seattle, Washington
                        Cemetery: Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington
                        College: None Attended
                        Bats: Right
                        Throws: Right
                        Height: 5-11
                        Weight: 172
                        First Game: 05-10-1948 (Age 25)
                        Last Game: 10-02-1949
                        Draft: Not Applicable

                        Infielder Andy Anderson had a 2-season (1948-1949) MLB career with the Browns. He batted .257 with 2 HRs in 253 times at bat and was then gone for good! - Andy Anderson was 59 when he passed away in 1982. - BCT/GB, Andy Anderson! :atthepc



                        Jim Delsing



                        Birth Name: James Henry Delsing
                        Nickname: None
                        Born On: 11-13-1925
                        Born In: Rudolph, Wisconsin
                        Zodiac: Scorpio
                        Died On: Still Living
                        Died In: Still Living
                        Cemetery: n/a
                        College: None Attended
                        Bats: Left
                        Throws: Right
                        Height: 5-10
                        Weight: 175
                        First Game: 04-21-1948 (Age 22)
                        Last Game: 09-30-1960
                        Draft: Not Applicable

                        Outfielder Jim Delsing had a 10-year MLB career (1948-1956, 1960) in which he batted .252 with 40 homers. Delsing was a Brown for 3 seasons (1950-1952) after coming over from the Yankees after the start of the 1950 season. - Jim Delsing also is the answer to a trivia question: Who pinch ran for midget Eddie Gaedel once the little fellow walked back on August 19, 1951? - Jim Delsing is celebrating this morning in St. Louis. - Happy 80th Birthday, Jim Delsing!



                        Deaths on November 13



                        Muddy Ruel
                        Birth Name: Herold Dominic Ruel
                        Nickname: Muddy
                        Born On: 02-20-1896
                        Born In: St. Louis, Missouri
                        Zodiac: Pisces
                        Died On: 11-13-1963
                        Died In: Palo Alto, California
                        Cemetery: Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, California
                        College: University of Washington
                        Bats: Right
                        Throws: Right
                        Height: 5-09
                        Weight: 150
                        First Game: 05-29-1915 (Age 19)
                        Last Game: 08-25-1934
                        Draft: Not Applicable

                        Catcher Muddy Ruel got his 10-game start with the 1915 Browns and later returned to play 36 games for the 1933 Browns. His big league career was much bigger than his direct service to the St. Louis Americans. From 1915 to 1934, Muddy played in 1,468 big league games and he hit for a career BA of .275. Ruel returned to the Browns later as manager of the last place 1947 club. - The history of how he got his nickname is muddy. - Muddy Ruel was 67 when he died in 1963.

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

                        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-13-2005, 06:58 AM.
                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                        • Satchel Paige and "Fire" Trucks

                          Didn't see the game you referenced....Satch beating the Tigers, but I did see him pitch in other games. I remember his fastball during night games. It was like a white streak headed for the plate. He was, of course, way, way past his peak by then. He must have been amazing in the Negro Leagues as a young man. He had a wacky move he called the "Hesitation Pitch". It was effective because hitters hadn't seen anything like it. The pitch could come in like a change-up or it could come with plenty of heat. If he was a mean guy (like Gibson or Don Drysdale) he would have been even tougher.

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                          • November 14th - 2nd Time Around

                            On This Date in History!



                            November 14, 1953: Sun Sets on a One-Team City


                            St. Louis Still Saying Goodbye to Browns!
                            Their Loss Won't Really Hit Home Til Spring!




                            Births on November 14



                            Harry Howell
                            Birth Name: Harry Taylor Howell
                            Nickname: Handsome Harry
                            Born On: 11-14-1876
                            Born In: Unknown, New Jersey
                            Zodiac: Scorpio
                            Died On: 05-22-1956
                            Died In: Spokane, Washington
                            Cemetery: Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, Spokane, Washington
                            College: None Attended
                            Bats: Right
                            Throws: Right
                            Height: 5-09
                            Weight: Unknown
                            First Game: 10-10-1898 (Age 21)
                            Last Game: 05-14-1910
                            Draft: Not Applicable

                            Pitcher "Handsome Harry" Howell had a 13-year (1898-1910) MLB record of 131 wins, 146 losses, and an ERA of 2.74. Howell had a 7-year (1904-1910) Browns record of 68 wins and 91 losses. - Harry Howell was 79 when he died in 1956.



                            Deaths on November 14



                            Ski Melillo


                            "He fought to the fin-itch,
                            'Cause he ate his spinach!"


                            Birth Name: Oscar Donald Melillo Bats : Right
                            Born On: 08-04-1899 Throws : Right
                            Born In: Chicago, Illinois Height : 5-08
                            Died On: 11-14-1963 Weight : 150
                            Died In: Chicago, Illinois First Game: 04-18-1926
                            College: None Attended Last Game: 09-18-1937
                            Nickname: Ski or Spinach Draft: Not Applicable

                            Ski Mellio was rhe Browns 2nd baseman from 1926 through an early season trade in 1935. Melillo had his best year in 1931 when he collected 189 hits and registered a .306 batting average. Oscar played out the balance of his career (1935-37) with the Boston Red Sox, finishing with 1,316 career hits and a career batting average of .260.

                            Melillo's career and life were threatened by Bright's disease, an often fatal kidney inflammation. He doggedly stuck to a doctor's prescribed diet of spinach, and nothing but spinach, until cured. That commitment allowed the fellow they already called "Ski" for the usual anatomical reasons to acquire the second nickname of "Spinach." He must have missed out on the name of "Popeye" by hitting the public eye prior to the great popularity of the spinach-empowered cartoon sailor man.

                            A smooth-fielding second baseman, Melillo was a Browns regular for nearly a decade. He later became a popular big league coach, serving as a loyal lieutenant to Lou Boudreau with the Indians, Red Sox, and A's. - The spinach man was 74 at the time of his 1963 death.

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

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-14-2005, 03:50 PM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                            • November 15th - 2nd Time Around

                              On This Date in History!



                              November 15, 1935: Browns Fans Had Little Money To Spend And Even Less Reason To Cheer in 1935 ...


                              ... and only 80,922 came to Sportsman's Park to watch.



                              Births on November 15



                              Joe Ostrowski
                              Birth Name: Joseph Paul Ostrowski
                              Nickname: Professor
                              Born On: 11-15-1916
                              Born In: West Wyoming, Pennsylvania
                              Zodiac: Scorpio
                              Died On: 01-03-2003
                              Died In: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
                              Cemetery: St. Joseph Church Cemetery, West Wyoming, Pennsylvania
                              College: University of Scranton
                              Bats: Left
                              Throws: Left
                              Height: 6-00
                              Weight: 180
                              First Game: 07-18-1948 (Age 31)
                              Last Game: 08-20-1952
                              Draft: Not Applicable

                              Pitcher Joe Ostrowski had a 5-season MLB career (1948-1952) in which he posted a record of 23-25 and an ERA of 4.54. )strowski broke in with the Browns and was 14-18 with them for 2+ seasons of work (1948-1950). - Joe Ostrowski was 86 when he died in 2003.



                              Milt Byrnes
                              Birth Name: Milton John Byrnes
                              Nickname: Skippy
                              Born On: 11-15-1916
                              Born In: St. Louis, Missouri
                              Zodiac: Scorpio
                              Died On: 02-01-1979
                              Died In: St. Louis, Missouri
                              Cemetery: Our Redeemer Cemetery, Affton, Missouri
                              College: None Attended
                              Bats: Left
                              Throws: Left

                              Outfielder Milt Byrnes played 3 seasons in the big leagues (1943-1945), batting a career-best .295 for the 1944 American League championship club. He finished his all-Browns MLB career with a .274 BA, 16 HRs, and 154 RBIs. - Milt Byrnes was 62 when he died in 1979.



                              Deaths on November 15



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

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

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

                              http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
                              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-15-2005, 07:20 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                              • November 16th - 2nd Time Around

                                On This Date in History!



                                November 16, 1901: What if ....

                                ... P.T. Barnum had been the original owner of the Browns?

                                We could've had ...

                                ... a midget batting in 1902!
                                ... a bearded lady playing the ballpark organ!
                                ... the strong man blasting dingers in the dead ball era!
                                ... Siamese twins setting records for double plays!
                                ... an elephant that was big enough to stomp the A's' elephant!
                                ... a center fielder who went after fly balls while standing on the back of a galloping horse!
                                ... clowns playing on the sidelines - and not on the field!
                                ... the Greatest Show On Earth!

                                In other words - November 16th is another slow day in Browns history.



                                Births on November 16



                                Reeve McKay
                                Birth Name: Reeve Stewart McKay
                                Nickname: Rip
                                Born On: 11-16-1881
                                Born In: Morgan, Texas
                                Zodiac: Scorpio
                                Died On: 01-18-1946
                                Died In: Dallas, Texas
                                Cemetery: Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas
                                College: None Attended
                                Draft: Not Applicable
                                Bats: Unknown
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 6-01½
                                Weight: 168
                                First Game: 10-02-1915 (Age 33)
                                Last Game: 10-02-1915

                                Move over, Moonlight Graham! - Pitcher Reeve "Rip" McKay threw one inning for the Browns on October 2, 1915, a date that tells us almost certainly that it was the last date of the season. In his one inning of work, McKay gave up 1 earned run on 1 hit for no record, but a career ERA of 9.00. Reeve McKay was 64 when he died in 1946. - BCT/GB to you, Rip!



                                Deaths on November 16



                                So far, no Browns have died on November 16.

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

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                                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-16-2005, 05:25 AM.
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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