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  • December 17th - 2nd Time Around

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    On This Date in History!



    December 17, 1934: Yankees Pluck Shocker from Browns!

    Urban Shocker Was Another Cog in the '22 Browns Big Wheel.

    The New York Yankees today acquired 4-time 20-game winner Urban Shocker from the St. Louis Browns for pitchers Milt Gaston, Joe Giard, and Joe Bush. Shocker led the Browns in wins in each of the past five seasons and he will go from here to be a mainstay on two pennant-winning staffs for New York. Bush had beaten the Browns 17 straight times after losing to them on June 12, 1922.



    December 17, 1920: AL Spitballer Exemption Day.

    Once Upon a Time, Baseball Had Players Known as Designated Spitters!

    The American League today agreed to allow pitchers who used the spitball in 1920 to continue using it for as long as they are in the league. The National League will do the same. There will be 17 designated spitters in all, eight in the NL and nine in the AL. For the NL, the wet-guys are: Bill Doak, Phil Douglas, Dana Fillingim, Ray Fisher, Marvin Goodwin, Burleigh Grimes, Clarence Mitchell, and Dick Rudolph. For the American League, the wet-one are: A.W. Ayers, Slim Caldwell, Stan Coveleski, Red Faber, H.B. Leonard, Jack Quinn, Allan Russell, Urban Shocker, and Allen Sothoron.

    Among the AL group, only Shocker and Sothoron have earned their water wings as members of the St. Louis Browns.



    Births on December 17



    Going way back, no Browns were ever born on December 17.



    Deaths on December 17



    Walt DeVoy
    Birth Name: Walter Joseph DeVoy
    Nickname: None
    Born On: 03-14-1886
    Born In: St. Louis, Missouri
    Zodiac: Pisces
    Died On: 12-17-1953
    Died In: St. Louis, Missouri
    Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri
    College: None Attended
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Height: 5-11
    Weight: 165
    First Game: 09-13-1909 (Age 23)
    Last Game: 10-03-1909
    Draft: Not Applicable

    Right fielder/1st baseman Walt DeVoy played 19 games for the 1909 Browns and was then gone for good from big league baseball. DeVoy batted .246 (16 for 79) with no dead ball era taters to his credit. - Walt DeVoy passed away in 1953 at the age of 67. - BCT/GB, Walt DeVoy!



    Fritz Ostermueller
    Birth Name: Frederick Raymond Ostermueller
    Nickname: Fritz
    Born On: 09-15-1907
    Born In: Quincy, Illinois
    Zodiac: Virgo
    Died On: 12-17-1957
    Died In: Quincy, Illinois
    Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
    College: None Attended
    Bats: Left
    Throws: Left
    Height: 5-11
    Weight: 175
    First Game: 04-21-1934 (Age 26)
    Last Game: 09-30-1948
    Draft: Not Applicable

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



    Hank Severeid

    Hank Severeid: Great Catcher of The '22 Browns.

    Birth Name: Henry Levai Severeid
    Nickname: None
    Born On: 06-01-1891
    Born In: Story City, Iowa
    Zodiac: Gemini
    Died On: 12-17-1968
    Died In: San Antonio, Texas
    Cemetery: Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Texas
    College: None Attended
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Height: 6-00
    Weight: 175
    First Game: 05-15-1911 (Age 19)
    Last Game: 07-27-1926
    Draft: Not Applicable

    Catcher Hank Severeid is regarded by most as the greatest receiver in franchise history. For 11 seasons as a Brown (1915-1925), Severeid hit for a consistently high average and did a yeoman's job behind the plate. In his two best years, he batted .324 in 1921 and .321 for the great 1922 club. Over the course of his entire career (1911-1913, 1915-1926), Hank hit .289, but without any power. He hit only 17 career homers. - Hank Severeid will passed in 1968 at the age of 77.



    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.

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

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    • December 18th - 2nd Time Around

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      On This Date in History!



      December 18, 1903: Ban Johnson Gets Raise; Some Rules Change.

      AL Boss To Get Fatter Paycheck.

      The American League met today to deal with several items of business. Ban Johnson is re-elected American League president and given a raise to $10,000. The American League also votes to allow coaches at 3rd base and 1st base at all times.* Until now, only one coach was permitted on the field, except in situations where there were two or more base runners. The American League also institutes the "foul strike" rule currently in use by the National League since 1901: a foul will be counted as a strike unless there are already two strikes. Then, of course, it's just a foul ball, but the batter may still be retired for an out - if the ball is caught on the fly.

      * The common sense coaching rule change noted here took place 102 years ago. You have to wonder when common sense will prevail again and allow clubs to do away with those "coaching boxes" they draw on the field. Based on where the coaches actually position themselves outside the baselines, the boxes seem to be a sad waste of perfectly good chalk.



      Births on December 18



      Dick Coffman
      Birth Name: Samuel Richard Coffman
      Nickname: None
      Born On: 12-18-1906
      Born In: Veto, Alabama
      Zodiac: Sagittarius
      Died On: 03-24-1972
      Died In: Athens, Alabama
      Cemetery: Athens City Cemetery, Athens, Alabama
      College: None Attended
      Bats: Right
      Throws: Right
      Height: 6-02
      Weight: 195
      First Game: 04-28-1927 (Age 20)
      Last Game: 06-28-1945
      Draft: Not Applicable

      Pitcher Dick Coffman was 27-40 in 5 seasons as a Brown from 1928 to 1932. His (1927-45) career record was 72-95 with an ERA of 4.65. Dick Coffman died in 1972 at the age of 65.



      Buddy Napier
      Birth Name: Skelton Le Roy Napier
      Nickname: Buddy
      Born On: 12-18-1889
      Born In: Byromville, Georgia
      Zodiac: Sagittarius
      Died On: 03-29-1968
      Died In: Hutchins, Texas
      Cemetery: Hutchins Cemetery, Hutchins, Texas
      College: None Attended
      Bats: Right
      Throws: Right
      Height: 5-11
      Weight: 165
      First Game: 08-14-1912 (Age 22)
      Last Game: 07-16-1921
      Draft: Not Applicable

      Pitcher Buddy Napier was 1-2, with a 4.97 E.R.A. as a righthanded pitcher for the 1913 Browns. His 4-year mark for 4 non-consecutive seasons played from 1913-1921 was 5-6, 3.92. Napier died in 1968 at the age of 78.



      Sam Covington
      Birth Name: Clarence Calvert Covington
      Nickname: None
      Born On: 12-18-1894
      Born In: Henryville, Tennessee
      Zodiac: Sagittarius
      Died On: 01-04-1963
      Died In: Denison, Texas
      Cemetery: Oakwood Cemetery, Denison, Texas
      College: None Attended
      Bats: Left
      Throws: Right
      Height: 6-01
      Weight: 190
      First Game: 08-25-1913 (Age 18)
      Last Game: 04-27-1918
      Draft: Not Applicable

      "Sam" Covinngton was 9 for 60 (.150 BA) in 20 games as a 1st baseman for the 1913 Browns. He also saw very limited action for the 1917-18 Boston Braves and finished his short career with a BA of .178. Covington died in 1963 at the age of 68.



      Deaths on December 18



      Jim McLaughlin
      Birth Name: James Robert McLaughlin
      Nickname: None
      Born On: 01-03-1902
      Born In: St. Louis, Missouri
      Zodiac: Capricorn
      Died On: 12-18-1968
      Died In: Mount Vernon, Illinois
      Cemetery: Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Illinois
      College: None Attended
      Bats: Right
      Throws: Right
      Height: 5-08½
      Weight: 168
      First Game: 04-18-1932 (Age 30)
      Last Game: 04-18-1932
      Draft: Not Applicable

      Jim McLaughlin's entire big league career consisted of one official time at bat for the 1932 Browns. He was 0 for 1 with 1 R.B.I. - Draw your own speculative conclusions on how McLaughlin got his lone ribbie. Oh well, Jim batted 1.000 on his R.B.I. production per times at bat. That's not too shabby as a major league memory. Of course, he's also a blue ribbon level gone-for-gooderby disappearing from the big leagues after only time at bat. - Jim McLaughlin died in 1968 at the age of 66. - BCT/GB, Jim McLaughlin!



      George Caster
      Birth Name: George Jasper Caster
      Nickname: Ug
      Born On: 08-04-1907
      Born In: Colton, California
      Zodiac: Leo
      Died On: 12-18-1955
      Died In: Lakewood, California
      Cemetery: Sunnyside Memorial Park, Long Beach, California
      College: None Attended
      Bats: Right
      Throws: Right
      Height: 6-01½
      Weight: 180
      First Game: 09-10-1934 (Age 27)
      Last Game: 09-16-1946
      Draft: Not Applicable

      As a righthanded pitcher for 5 years (1941-45) with the Browns, George Caster won 24 and lost 25. His (1934-46) career mark was 76 wins and 100 losses with a 4.54 E.R.A. - George Caster died in 1955 at the age of 48.

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

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      • December 19th - 2nd Time Around

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        On This Date in History!





        On days when reporting,
        Takes shovels and digs,
        Unearthed for you here,
        ...Krichell, Koupal, and Griggs.





        Births on December 19th





        Paul Krichell

        Paul Krichell's Gravesite

        Birth Name: Paul Bernard Krichell
        Nickname: None
        Born On: 12-19-1882
        Born In: New York, New York
        Zodiac: Sagittarius
        Died On: 06-04-1957
        Died In: New York, New York
        Cemetery: Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York
        College: None Attended
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 5-07
        Weight: 150
        First Game: 05-12-1911 (Age 28)
        Last Game: 09-22-1912
        Draft: Not Applicable

        Paul Kritchell is best remembered today as the famous Yankee scout who signed Lou Gehrig for the New York Yankees. He also had a brief MLB playing background that was as "Browns" as could be. In 243 at bats as a catcher for the 1911-12 Browns, Paul completed his big league career with a BA of .222 and 0 homers. His baseball savvy and eye for talent would lead him to his more famous careeer as a scout. - Paul Krichell died at the age of 74 in 1957.



        Lou Koupal
        Birth Name: Louis Laddie Koupal
        Nickname: None
        Born On: 12-19-1898
        Born In: Tabor, South Dakota
        Zodiac: Sagittarius
        Died On: 12-08-1961
        Died In: San Gabriel, California
        Cemetery: Resurrection Cemetery, San Gabriel, California
        College: None Attended
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 5-11
        Weight: 175
        First Game: 04-17-1925 (Age 26)
        Last Game: 09-26-1937
        Draft: Not Applicable

        Louis Laddie "Lou" Koupal compiled a 6-12 career MLB record as a pitcher for the Pirates, Robins (Dodgers), and Phillies from 1925 to 1930. Lou made a comeback seven years later with the 1937 Browns. Koupal went 4 and 9 with the '37 Browns and retired again. His career record was 10-21 with a 5.58 ERA. - Lou Koupal died in 1961 at the age of 62.



        Deaths On December 19th



        Art Griggs
        Birth Name: Arthur Carle Griggs
        Nickname: Art
        Born On: 12-10-1884
        Born In: Topeka, Kansas
        Zodiac: Sagittarius
        Died On: 12-19-1938
        Died In: Los Angeles, California
        Cemetery: Cremated
        College: University of Pittsburgh
        Bats: Right
        Throws: Right
        Height: 5-11
        Weight: 185
        First Game: 05-02-1909 (Age 24)
        Last Game: 09-02-1918
        Draft: Not Applicable

        Utility position player Art Griggs hit .280 for the 1909 Browns and .236 for the 1910 club while breaking into the big leagues. Over his career at several positions (1909-18), Griggs hit .277 with 5 dead ball era homers. - Art Griggs was 55 when he passed away in 1938.

        Today's reference link ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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        • December 20th - 2nd Time Around

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          On This Date in History!



          Births on December 20



          Jimmy Williams

          "I'm not the guy you're reading about here." - Jimy Williams

          Birth Name: James Thomas Williams
          Nickname: None
          Born On: 12-20-1876
          Born In: St. Louis, Missouri
          Zodiac: Sagittarius
          Died On: 01-16-1965
          Died In: St. Petersburg, Florida
          Cemetery: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
          College: None Attended
          Bats: Right
          Throws: Right
          Height: 5-09
          Weight: 175
          First Game: 04-15-1899 (Age 22)
          Last Game: 10-03-1909
          Draft: Not Applicable

          Jimmy (2 "M") Williams played 11 seasons (1899-1909) for 4 different big league teams, spending his last two seasons (1908-09) as the 2nd baseman of the St. Louis Browns. Although Williams had some good previous years as a hitter, his offensive stroke was gone by the time he reached St. Louis. Jimmy's rookie year found him batting .355 in 152 games for the 1899 Pirates. In contrast, Williams batted only .195 in 110 games for the 1909 Browns. It was time for Jimmy Williams to go - and he did. - Jimmy Williams was 88 when he died in 1965.



          Branch Rickey



          Birth Name: Wesley Branch Rickey
          Nickname: The Mahatma
          Born On: 12-20-1881
          Born In: Flat, Ohio
          Zodiac: Sagittarius
          Died On: 12-09-1965
          Died In: Columbia, Missouri
          Cemetery: Rushtown Cemetery, Rushtown, Ohio
          College: Ohio Wesleyan University
          Bats: Left
          Throws: Right
          Height: 5-09
          Weight: 175
          First Game: 06-16-1905 (Age 23)
          Last Game: 08-25-1914
          Draft: Not Applicable

          It suffices to say that Branch Rickey gets many of our votes as the man who influenced baseball more than any other during the 20th century. His genius vision for developing a winning big league club through the development of a minor league farm club system, and, of course, his leadership in breaking the color line are at the heart of his contributions to baseball.

          Make no mistake about Rickey. He was an honest man, but his shrewdness for business and his ego never strayed far from his motivations. Rickey's desire to see the color line broken was not purely motivated by an altruistic pursuilt of justice. Rickey wanted to tap into the enormous talent pool that he saw in the Negro Leagues - and he wanted to be the one who received credit for righting decades of injustice. In short, Branch Rickey was no Mother Theresa. He was more like the rest of us, laboring under the weight of our flawed personalities and various personal shortcomings. From an intellectual standpoint, he stood apart from his contemporaries. He was just a whole lot of baseball-smarter than the rest.

          As an MLB player, Branch Rickey was a catcher, who also played a little outfield and 1st base for 4 seasons (1905-1907, 1914) and did little to set the world on fire with his BA of .239 and 3 HRs in only 120 games. - Branch Rickey was 11 days shy of his 84th birthday when he died in 1965.



          Deaths on December 20



          So far. No Browns have died on December 20. Ever.

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

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          • December 21st - 2nd Time Around

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            On This Date in History!



            December 21, 1952: Throwing Down The Gauntlet of Defiance Against All Odds!

            "I have not yet begun to fight!" - John Paul Jones Veeck.

            The problem was - it was too late. The U.S.S. Browns will take a mighty ball in the hull next spring when August Busch purchases the Cardinals. Admiral Veeck doesn't abandon ship because the other American League owners will not permit him to move the Browns ship to another port and remain on deck as captain. Forced to sell or face bankruptcy, Veeck staves off the Deep Six for a short time by selling Sportsman's Park to the long-term tenant Cardinals. At the end of the 1953 season, Veeck will sell the franchise to Baltimore interests. - The U.S.S. Browns will sail no more. Admiral Veeck had lost the good fight against all odds.



            Births on December 21



            George Curry
            Birth Name: George James Curry
            Nickname: Soldier Boy
            Born On: 12-21-1888
            Born In: Bridgeport, Connecticut
            Zodiac: Sagittarius
            Died On: 10-05-1963
            Died In: West Haven, Connecticut
            Cemetery: Lakeview Cemetery, Bridgeport, Connecticut
            College: None Attended
            Bats: Right
            Throws: Right
            Height: 6-00
            Weight: 185
            First Game: 07-16-1911 (Age 22)
            Last Game: 09-07-1911
            Draft: Not Applicable

            Pitcher George Curry was 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA for the 1911 Browns on his way to The Land of Gone for Good. He was 74 when he died in 1963.



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

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



            Deaths on December 21



            Blackie Schwamb
            Birth Name: Ralph Richard Schwamb
            Nickname: Blackie
            Born On: 08-06-1926
            Born In: Lancaster, California
            Zodiac: Leo
            Died On: 12-21-1989
            Died In: Los Angeles, California
            Cemetery: Cremated
            College: None Attended
            Bats: Right
            Throws: Right
            Height: 6-05½
            Weight: 198
            First Game: 07-25-1948 (Age 21)
            Last Game: 09-18-1948
            Draft: Not Applicable

            Ralph Richard "Blackie" Schwamb pitched 12 games for the 1948 Browns. He finished his brief major league career in those 12 games with 1 win, 1 loss, and an ERA of 8.53. He was born in Los Angeles on August 6, 1926. He stood close to 6'6" in height, but he weighed a beanpole 198 pounds.

            What happened to Blackie? Well, beyond his apparent lack of control on the mound was a greater lack of control in his behavior toward his fellow man. In 1949, he committed a murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

            Now a fellow SABR member named Eric Stone has written a new book about Schwamb called “Wrong Side of the Wall, the Life of Blackie Schwamb, the Greatest Prison Baseball Player of All Time.” Here's what Stone had to say about his biography of Schwamb on this forum back on Februrary 21, 2005:

            Sorry for sending out a big mass email, but there seem to be too many of you fellow SABR members with an interest in the St. Louis Browns, or St. Louis baseball generally.

            I’m the author of a new biography: “Wrong Side of the Wall, the Life of Blackie Schwamb, the Greatest Prison Baseball Player of All Time.” Lyons Press. Schwamb was one of baseball’s hottest pitching prospects just after the Second World War. The Browns signed him in 1946 and he went up to the big league team in July of 1948. At the same time he was working his way up through the minors and even after he got into the majors, he was also working for gangsters in Los Angeles. In 1949 he committed a murder, was sentenced to life in prison, and had a remarkable baseball career in San Quentin and Folsom prisons playing against Northern California semi-pro teams that had a number of major and high-level minor league players on them. He was paroled in 1960 and almost made a comeback, becoming a starting pitcher for the Hawaii Islanders, the Triple-A, Pacific Coast League farm club of the then Kansas City As.

            If you’re interested in the subject, you can get a better sense of the book by going to my website – link below – where you can read the introductory chapter. (There’s also the first chapter of the first book in a detective series I’m writing – it will come out in June – but that’s a different matter.)

            My biography of Schwamb just came out a couple of weeks ago and is slowly but surely making its way into bookstores. At the moment it’s easier to find on Amazon (you can link to the page through my website) or Barnes & Noble dot com or any number of bookstores with an online presence. I’m also just gearing up for a book tour that over the next four or five months will take me to a lot of places around the U.S. for readings and signings and discussions, etc. If you want me to email you with dates and times when I’m going to be anywhere in your vicinity, please email me back and I’ll put you on the list. If any of you are near San Mateo, California on Feb. 27th; Phoenix, Arizona on March 13th; or Los Angeles on March 26th, I’ve got bookstore events there and then.

            Once again, sorry for the mass email. If you write back I’ll respond individually, and I hope to meet at least some of you in person over the coming months.

            Best regards,

            Eric Stone

            Website: http://www.ericstone.com
            Nothing like a heart-warming humanitarian Brownie alumnus tale when it's only four days from Christmas to warm the cockles of our holiday hearts. h

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            Bill_McCurdy
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            • December 22nd - 2nd Time Around

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              On This Date in History!



              December 22, 1953: Transplanted Browns Get New "Orioles" Name for Free.

              Free as a Bird!

              File another story under the "Same Planet - Different World" column. In Baltimore today, 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 new MLB Baltimore Orioles without receiving any compensation in exchange. - Seem incredible? Remember - the year was 1953, not 2005.



              Births on December 22



              Owen Shannon
              Birth Name: Owen Dennis Ignatius Shannon
              Nickname: None
              Born On: 12-22-1879
              Born In: Omaha, Nebraska
              Zodiac: Capricorn
              Died On: 04-10-1918
              Died In: Omaha, Nebraska
              Cemetery: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska
              College: None Attended
              Bats: Right
              Throws: Right
              Height: Unknown
              Weight: Unknown
              First Game: 09-06-1903 (Age 23)
              Last Game: 08-24-1907
              Draft: Not Applicable

              Catcher Owen Shannon broke into the big leagues with the Browns in 1903 and had a 9-game career in St. Louis, batting .214 (6 for 28) with no dead ball era homers. Shannon will return to the majors 4 years later with the 1907 Senators, going 1 for 7 to finish his short big time career with a BA of .200 and then hit the road for The Land of Gone for Good. - Owen Shannon died in 1918 at the age of 38. - BCT/GB, Owen Shannon!



              Johnny Bero
              Birth Name: John George Bero
              Nickname: None
              Born On: 12-22-1922
              Born In: Gary, West Virginia
              Zodiac: Capricorn
              Died On: 05-11-1985
              Died In: Gardena, California
              Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, Culver City, California
              College: Western Michigan College
              Bats: Left
              Throws: Right
              Height: 6-00
              Weight: 170
              First Game: 09-26-1948 (Age 25)
              Last Game: 07-22-1951
              Draft: Not Applicable

              Infielder Johnny Bero broke into the big leagues by going 2 for 9 as a 2nd baseman for the 1948 Tigers. Three years later, Bero returned to The Bigs with the Browns for 61 games. For the Browns, he mainly played shortstop and batted .213 (34 for 160) with 5 homers. After 1951, Bero was gone for good, taking his career .201 BA with him. - Johnny Bero was 62 when he died in 1985. - BCT/GB, Johnny Bero!



              Deaths on December 22



              Bill Crouch
              Birth Name: William Henry Crouch
              Nickname: Skip
              Born On: 12-03-1886
              Born In: Marshallton, Delaware
              Zodiac: Sagittarius
              Died On: 12-22-1945
              Died In: Highland Park, Michigan
              Cemetery: Unknown
              College: Eastern Michigan
              Bats: Left
              Throws: Left
              Height: 6-01
              Weight: 210
              First Game: 07-12-1910 (Age 23)
              Last Game: 07-12-1910
              Draft: Not Applicable

              Bill Crouch had a one-game pitching career for the Browns on July 12, 1910. Crouch started that day, going 8 inning and giving up 3 earned runs before his departure. Crouch was not involved in the decision, but he did take a 3.38 ERA with him on his own personal trip from there to The Land of Gone for Good. - Bill Crouch was 59 when he died in 1945. - Man! - Do we ever have the coffee pot going today! - BCT/GB, Bill Crouch!



              Benny Bengough

              Benny Bengough: 0 HRs in 1,125 MLB At Bats.

              Birth Name: Bernard Oliver Bengough
              Nickname: None
              Born On: 07-27-1898
              Born In: Niagara Falls, New York
              Zodiac: Leo
              Died On: 12-22-1968
              Died In: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
              Cemetery: St. Dominic's Cemetery, Torresdale, Pennsylvania
              College: Niagara University
              Bats: Right
              Throws: Right
              Height: 5-07½
              Weight: 168
              First Game: 05-18-1923 (Age 24)
              Last Game: 09-24-1932
              Draft: Not Applicable

              Catcher Benny Bengough had a 10-season MLB career (1923-32), batting .255. Get this! - In 1,125 official times at bat, Bengough had zero home runs to his credit. - After playing his first 8 years with the Yankees, Bengough played the 1931-1932 seasons as a Brown, hitting .250 and .252 in two seasons and a total of 94 games. - Benny Bengough died in 1968 at the age of 70.

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              • December 23rd - 2nd Time Around

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                On This Date in History!



                Births on December 23rd



                Albert "Al" Schweitzer

                "This wasn't me! I was never that charitable!" - Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

                Birth Name: Albert Caspar Schweitzer
                Nickname: Cheese
                Born On: 12-23-1882
                Born In: Cleveland, Ohio
                Zodiac: Capricorn
                Died On: 01-27-1969
                Died In: Newark, Ohio
                Cemetery: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio
                College: None Attended
                Bats: Right
                Throws: Right
                Height: 5-06
                Weight: 170
                First Game: 04-30-1908 (Age 25)
                Last Game: 10-08-1911
                Draft: Not Applicable

                This Albert Schweitzer hit .238 in 4 seasons as a righthanded hitting outfielder for the 1908-1911 Browns. His 208 hits in 874 times at bat included3 home runs. Schweitzer's years with the Browns were his entire big league career. - Albert ("Never Went to Africa") Schweitzer died in 1969 at the age of 86. Thank you, Albert Schweitzer, for giving us something to report on this slow date in Browns history - and BCT/GB to You!.



                Fritz Maisel
                Birth Name: Frederick Charles Maisel
                Nickname: Flash or Fritz
                Born On: 12-23-1889
                Born In: Catonsville, Maryland
                Zodiac: Capricorn
                Died On: 04-22-1967
                Died In: Baltimore, Maryland
                Cemetery: Lorraine Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
                College: None Attended
                Bats: Right
                Throws: Right
                Height: 5-07½
                Weight: 170
                First Game: 08-11-1913 (Age 23)
                Last Game: 08-28-1918
                Draft: Not Applicable

                Fritz Maisel had 6-year career in the majors (1913-1918), featuring a 5-year stint with the Yankees as an infielder and a final year with the Browns as an outfielder. Fritz finished with a .238 career BA and 6 dead-baller long balls. He died in 1967 at the age of 77.



                Tommy Thomas
                Birth Name: Alphonse Thomas
                Nickname: None
                Born On: 12-23-1899
                Born In: Baltimore, Maryland
                Zodiac: Capricorn
                Died On: 04-27-1988
                Died In: Dallastown, Pennsylvania
                Cemetery: Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Maryland
                College: None Attended
                Bats: Right
                Throws: Right
                Height: 5-10
                Weight: 175
                First Game: 04-17-1926 (Age 26)
                Last Game: 09-27-1937
                Draft: Not Applicable

                Pitcher Tommy Thomas enjoyed a 12-year pitching career (1926-1937) including two years with the Browns (1936-1937). Thomas was 11-10 as a Brown and 117-128 overall, with a career ERA of 4.11. - Tommy Thomas was 88 when he died in 1988. He will die on April 27, 1988 in Dallastown, PA at the age of 88.



                Deaths on December 23



                No Browns Have Ever Died on December 23rd. So Far.

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                • December 24th - 2nd Time Around

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                  On This Date in History!



                  December 24, 2004: "GUY-dell" The Red Nosed Christmas Subject.

                  Bandleader Lombardo's 1st Name ... + =
                  ... the way you have to pronounce "Gaedel" in this parody to get the words in flow with the tune.


                  The Ballad of Eddie Gaedel (New Expanded 2004 Version - Repeating in 2005!)



                  A few years ago, I wrote a brief parody on Eddie Gaedel to the tune of "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer." For Christmas 2004, I've done some expansion work on the saga to the same old tune. To sing the following lyrics easier, just keep in mind these two things:

                  Verses are the stanzas that fit with "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer."

                  Choruses are the stanzas that fit with "Then one foggy, Christmas Eve."

                  As pointed out in the 2005 second posting of this parody, will also help if you pronounce the name "Gaedel" as GUY-dell. Also, the name "Saucier" needs to be pronounced here as Frank himself pronounces it as SAW-shay.

                  Sorry for another repeat as we head to the finish line on this thread, but I again had nothing better to offer on this subject the second time around.
                  .

                  (verse 1)
                  Bill Veeck – The Brownie owner
                  Wore some very shiny clothes,
                  And if – you saw his sport shirt,
                  You would even say it glows.


                  (verse 2)
                  All of the other - owners,
                  Used to laugh and call him names.
                  They wouldn’t let poor - Bill Veeck,
                  Join in all their owner games.


                  (chorus 1)
                  Then one sultry, summer night,
                  Veeck’s brain flipped to fidget,
                  Slappin’ down hard on his wooden leg,
                  He decided to sign a midget.


                  (verse 3)
                  His name was - Eddie Gae-del,
                  He was only three-feet tall.
                  He didn’t have much talent,
                  Even for our Brownie ball.


                  (verse 4)
                  Veeck sent him in for Saucier,
                  Told him not to swing at all,
                  Said if – you move that - bat once,
                  You won’t live to see nightfall.


                  (chorus 2)
                  It came true on the 19th day,
                  August, Fifty-One.
                  Dead last place and – goin’ nowhere.
                  It was time for Brownie fun.


                  (verse 5)
                  Gaedel did what - Veeck wanted,
                  Took 4 balls and walked to 1st.
                  Then he gave way to Delsing,
                  Running for the one soon cursed.


                  (verse 6)
                  Baseball slapped down a - ban on,
                  Guys who didn’t stand too high
                  That took the bat from - Eddie,
                  Baseball told him bye, bye, bye!


                  (chorus 3)
                  Baseball scions – just can’t stand,
                  Genius on the loose.
                  They thought banning Gaedel’s bat,
                  Would slay old Bill Veeck’s goose.


                  (verse 7)
                  Oh, how the purists hated,
                  Adding little Eddie's name,
                  To the big book of records,
                  "Gaedel" bore a blush of shame!


                  (verse 8)
                  Still, when you look up records,
                  Look up Eddie's O.B.P.
                  It reads a cool - One Thousand,
                  Safe for all eternity.


                  - Merry Christmas, Everybody! :atthepc



                  December 24, 1940: Merry Christmas, Johnny Allen!

                  The Cleveland Indians brightened pitcher Johnny Allen's Christmas spirit today by selling him to the St. Louis Browns for $20,000. Allen, whose lifetime record spanned from 1932 through 1944, will go 2 and 5 with a 6.58 ERA for the 1941 Browns in 20 games, but he will be waived to the Dodgers on July 30th of that same year. Allen will reach Brooklyn in time to go 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA and help the Dodgers to their first pennant in 21 years. - Johnny Allen will finish after 1944 with a career record of 142 wins, 75 losses, and an E.R.A. of 3.75.



                  Births on December 24



                  Tod Sloan
                  Birth Name: Yale Yeastman Sloan
                  Nickname: None
                  Born On: 12-24-1890
                  Born In: Madisonville, Tennessee
                  Zodiac: Capricorn
                  Died On: 09-12-1956
                  Died In: Akron, Ohio
                  Cemetery: Chestnut Hill Memorial Park, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
                  College: None Attended
                  Bats: Left
                  Throws: Right
                  Height: 6-00
                  Weight: 175
                  First Game: 09-22-1913 (Age 22)
                  Last Game: 07-10-1919
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  Outfielder Tod Sloan sprinkled 3 years of service (1913, 1917, & 1919) with the Browns and batted .234 with 2 HRs in his wholly Browns career. - Tod Sloan died in 1956 at the age of 65.



                  Jack Graham
                  Birth Name: John Bernard Graham
                  Nickname: None
                  Born On: 12-24-1916
                  Born In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
                  Zodiac: Capricorn
                  Died On: 12-30-1998
                  Died In: Los Alamitos, California
                  Cemetery: Unknown
                  College: None Attended
                  Bats: Left
                  Throws: Left
                  Height: 6-02
                  Weight: 200
                  First Game: 04-16-1946 (Age 29)
                  Last Game: 09-25-1949
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  1st baseman Jack Graham hit 24 homers and batted .238 for the 1949 Browns, but that season also marked the end of his big league career. Including some time with the Dodgers and Giants in 1946, Graham left a mark of .231 and 38 career homers. - Jack Graham passed away in 1998 at the age of 82.



                  Deaths on December 24



                  Johnnie Heving
                  Birth Name: John Aloysius Heving
                  Nickname: None
                  Born On: 04-29-1896
                  Born In: Covington, Kentucky
                  Zodiac: Taurus
                  Died On: 12-24-1968
                  Died In: Salisbury, North Carolina
                  Cemetery: Rowan Memorial Park, Salisbury, North Carolina
                  College: None Attended
                  Bats: Right
                  Throws: Right
                  Height: 6-00
                  Weight: 175
                  First Game: 09-24-1920 (Age 24)
                  Last Game: 09-05-1932
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  Catcher Johnnie Heving's Browns career consisted entirely of 1 fruitless time at bat in 1922. It also was his only game appearance of the 1922 year, but Heving was no gone-for-gooder. Heving came back with the Red Sox and Athletics to play 8 seasons in the big leagues (1922, 1924-1925, 1928-1932), finishing with a BA of .265 and 1 HR in 399 games. - Johnnie Heving was 72 when he died on Christmas Eve in 1968.



                  Bill Friel
                  Birth Name: William Edward Friel
                  Nickname: None
                  Born On: 04-01-1876
                  Born In: Renovo, Pennsylvania
                  Zodiac: Aries
                  Died On: 12-24-1959
                  Died In: St. Louis, Missouri
                  Cemetery: Resurrection Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri
                  College: Niagara University
                  Bats: Left
                  Throws: Right
                  Height: 5-10
                  Weight: 165
                  First Game: 05-03-1901 (Age 25)
                  Last Game: 09-13-1903
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  Utility position player Bill Friel was one of the original Browns who came over to St. Louis with the roster of the transfered Brewers from Milwaukee. The all around utility guy played every position at one time or another and batted .245 with 6 dead baller homers for his 3-year MLB career (1901-03). Bill Friel died on December 24, 1959 at the age of 82.



                  George McQuinn
                  Birth Name: George Hartley McQuinn
                  Nickname: Mac
                  Born On: 05-29-1910
                  Born In: Arlington, Virginia
                  Zodiac: Gemini
                  Died On: 12-24-1978
                  Died In: Alexandria, Virginia
                  Cemetery: Cremated
                  College: None Attended
                  Bats: Left
                  Throws: Left
                  Height: 5-11
                  Weight: 165
                  First Game: 04-14-1936 (Age 25)
                  Last Game: 10-02-1948
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  First baseman George McQuinn had an 8-season Browns career (1938-45) and was one of the American League pennant and World Series heroes of the Browns' 1944 American League championship club. Over his whole big league career (1936, 1938-1948), McQuinn batted .276 with 135 homers. - George McQuinn died on Christmas Eve in 1978 at the age of 68.



                  Bob Habenicht
                  Birth Name: Robert Julius Habenicht
                  Nickname: Hobby
                  Born On: 02-13-1926
                  Born In: St. Louis, Missouri
                  Zodiac: Aquarius
                  Died On: 12-24-1980
                  Died In: Richmond, Virginia
                  Cemetery: Riverview Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
                  College: Saint Louis University
                  Bats: Right
                  Throws: Right
                  Height: 6-02
                  Weight: 185
                  First Game: 04-17-1951 (Age 25)
                  Last Game: 05-03-1953
                  Draft: Not Applicable

                  Pitcher Bob Habenicht, a native St. Louisan, had brief tours with both of his hometown clubs, the 1951 Cardinals and 1953 Browns. He racked up no decisions for either in 6 2/3 innings, but he was there long enough to leave a 6.76 E.R.A. as his career MLB mark. - Bob Habernicht died on Christmas Eve 1980 in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 54. - BCT/GB, Bob Habernicht!

                  Merry Christmas to All Former Browns and Brownie Fans! May Your Holiday Time Be Merry and Bright - and May You Enjoy a Safe, Peaceful, and Happy Time with Family and Friends!

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                  • December 25th - 2nd Time Around

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                    On This Date in History!



                    Merry Christmas, Browns Fans!



                    Births on Christmas Day


                    William J. "Barry" McCormick
                    is born on December 25, 1874 on Maysville, Kentucky. In a big league career which spans from 1895 to 1904, Barry hits .238 as a righthanded infielder. McCormick is one of the original Browns, hitting .246 in 1902 and .217 in 1903. He will die on January 28, 1956 in Cincinnati at the age of 81.

                    Francis Rogers "Frank" Ellerbe is born on on December 25, 1895 in Marion County, South Carolina. Ellerbe is best remembered as the righthanded-hitting infielder on some great Browns teams of the early 1920's (1921-1924). In a major league career which extends from 1919 to 1924, Ellerbe finishes with a lifetime BA of .268. He live until July 7, 1988 when he passes away at the age of 92 in Latta, South Carolina.

                    Eugene Edward "Gene" Robertson is born on December 25, 1898 in St. Louis. In a Browns career which extends from 1919 through 1926, Gene will hit .319 for the 1924 club as a lefthanded batting 3rd baseman. His total career covers the years from 1919 through 1930. He finishes with a career BA of .280. Robertson will die on October 21, 1981 in Fallon, NV at the age of almost 83.

                    Lloyd Andrew "Lefty" Brown is born in my natal hometown of Beeville, Texas on December 25, 1904. I'm proud to say that Lloyd Brown and fellow Beeville native Melvin "Bert" Gallia both went on to pitch for the St. Louis Browns at separate times. Pretty good record for our town, especially when you consider that early 20th century Beeville was a very small place that also produced Curt Walker, who hit .304 playing outfield in the big leagues from 1919 to 1930. Lefty was only 1 and 6 in his only year with the 1933 Browns, but he achieved a lifetime big league mark of 91 wins and 105 losses for some bad teams from 1925 through 1940. Lloyd Brown also holds the ignominious record of giving uo 4 of Lou Gehrig's 23 record grand slam home runs. Brown died on January 14, 1974 in Opa-Locka, Florida at the age of 69.

                    Ned Franklin (The One & Only "Ned") Garver is born on December 25, 1925 in Ney, Ohio. Famous to Browns fans as the guy who went 20 wins and 12 losses for the last place 1951 Browns, who were only 52 wins and 102 losses as a team, Ned is a regular attendee of our annual Brownie Round Ups in St. Louis and one of the funniest after dinner speakers of all time. Garver pitched for the Browns from 1948 to 1952, but his total big league career extended to 1961. The righthander's lifetime record for some bad teams was 129 wins and 157 losses, with an E.R.A. of 3.73. - Ned Garver is 80 0n Christmas Day 2005 and very much alive and kicking.


                    Ned Garver, A Browns Icon.

                    Happy Birthday, Ned!





                    Michael John "Mike" Blyzka is born on December 25, 1928 in Hamtramck, Michigan. Mike only played two years in the big leagues, but they were both landmark years. He was a 2-6 righthanded pitcher for the last Browns ball club in 1953 - and a 1-5 hurler for the first Baltimore Orioles club of 1954. Until his recent death in Cheyenne, Wyoming on October 13, 2004 at the age of 75, Mike was a regular attendee of our annual Brownie Round Ups in St. Louis and one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet.



                    Deaths on Christmas Day

                    "Hallelujah!"

                    Through 2005, our franchise pattern holds. So far, no Browns have died on Christmas Day.


                    Merry Christmas 2005, Browns Fans!

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                    • December 26th - 2nd Time Around

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                      On This Date in History!




                      December 26th is NOT exactly a Hall of Famer Day
                      In St. Louis Browns history, but we still remember.





                      Birthdates on December 26



                      Albert Joseph "Al" Milnar is born on December 26, 1913. The lefty pitcher will compile a Browns record of 2 wins and 2 losses for the 1943 and 1946 clubs. Milnar's overall big league record, mostly with the Indians, is 57 wins and 58 losses. His big league service span begins in 1936 and finishes with the Browns and Phillies in 1946. Al Milnar died earlier this year on June 30, 2005 at the age of 91.




                      Deaths on December 26



                      Philip "Phil" Stremmel dies on December 26, 1947 in Chicago at the age of 67. Born on April 16, 1880 in Zanesville, Ohio, Stremmel was a righthanded pitcher for the 1909-1910 Browns, compiling a 0 wins and 4 losses record as his totally ignominious baseball legacy. Regardless of his stats, the one condition that will not change is our often repeated fact. - He got there. For two seasons, Phil Stremmel did what millions of other ballplayers only dream of doing.



                      James Melvin "Jim" Bilbrey dies on December 26, 1985 at the age of 61 in Toledo, Ohio. Born on April 20, 1924 in Rickman, Tennessee, Bilbrey's entire MLB record is limited to one inning he pitched for the Browns on May 17, 1949. Bilbrey was not involved in the decision that day, but his 18.00 E.R.A. for that one inning of work probably led to the decision that kept him from further opportunity. Still, he had his shot.

                      BCT/GB, Jim Bilbrey!

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                      • December 27th - 2nd Time Around

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                        On This Date in History!



                        Births on December 27



                        No Browns Were Delivered on December 27th. Ever.



                        Deaths on December 27



                        Fritz Buelow
                        Birth Name: Frederick William Alexander Buelow
                        Nickname: Fritz
                        Born On: 02-13-1876
                        Born In: Berlin, Germany
                        Zodiac: Aquarius
                        Died On: 12-27-1933
                        Died In: Detroit, Michigan
                        Cemetery: Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
                        College: None Attended
                        Bats: Right
                        Throws: Right
                        Height: 5-10½
                        Weight: 170
                        First Game: 09-28-1899 (Age 23)
                        Last Game: 07-13-1907
                        Draft: Not Applicable

                        Frtiz Buelow's full legal name was longer than his 26-game career with the 1907 Browns and much more powerful than the $1.46 batting average he racked up that year as a part-time catcher. Over the course of his total big league career, Buelow failed to reach Mendoza before there even was such a name for the .200 mark by achieving a career BA of .192 from 1899 to 1907. Fritz came by his teutonic name quite naturally. He was born in Berlin, Germany on February 13, 1876. - Buelow died at age 56 in 1933.



                        Paul Lehner



                        Birth Name: Paul Eugene Lehner
                        Nickname: Gulliver
                        Born On: 07-01-1920
                        Born In: Dolomite, Alabama
                        Zodiac: Cancer
                        Died On: 12-27-1967
                        Died In: Birmingham, Alabama
                        Cemetery: Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, Alabama
                        College: None Attended
                        Bats: Left
                        Throws: Left
                        Height: 5-09
                        Weight: 165
                        First Game: 09-10-1946 (Age 26)
                        Last Game: 06-30-1952
                        Draft: Not Applicable

                        Outfielder Paul Lehner enjoyed two tours with the Browns (1946-1949 and 1951) and he batted .257 over the course of his total 540-games big league career (1946-1952). - Paul Lehner was 47 when he died in 1967.

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                        • December 28th - 2nd Time Around

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                          On This Date in History!



                          On this date in Brownie history, December 28th ... nothing happened!


                          Just three days past Christmas,
                          As best we can bridge it,
                          Not a creature was stirring,
                          Not even a midget.


                          Nobody made the news today. Nobody was born. And nobody died. We may choose to surmise that this kind of day was the Browns family way of trying to live out the season's wish for peace on earth. Of course, that assumption drops us right into the philosophical trough of "is a state of nothingness really synonymous with the condition of peace?" - and that one, my friends, was a question the Browns found little comfort in embracing for the better part of fifty-two years.

                          Oh well. Tomorrow is another day. :atthepc *

                          * For better, worse, or the simple want for a new idea, the above has been re-posted from this same date last year, 12.28.04.



                          Births and Deaths on December 28

                          December 28th: A Black Hole on The Brownie Calendar.

                          No Browns came,
                          And no Browns went,
                          December 28th
                          Was just a day spent.


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                          • December 29th - 2nd Time Around

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                            On This Date in History!


                            December 29, 1919: Red Sox Acquire Future Brown Eddie Foster.

                            Steady Eddie Foster Has a Later Date With Destiny in St. Louis.

                            In a move that stirs the wintry embers of the New England Hot Stove League, the Boston Red Sox send outfielder Braggo Roth and 2nd baseman Red Shannon to Washington for pitcher Harry Harper, outfielder Mike Menoskey and 3rd baseman Eddie Foster. On August 15, 1922, the Browns will acquire Foster on waivers from the Red Sox. Foster will hit .306 in 37 games for the '22 Browns and become one of the reasons they almost win their first pennant that year. Foster stood only 5'6", but he was considered by many as the best hit-and-run guy of his era. Foster's clutch hitting once knocked out Eddie Plank's last shot at a no-hitter. In 1917, the 42-year old Plank had gone 8 2/3 innings against the Senators and was closing in on the big fish. Unfortunately for Plank, he then walked a batter and had to face Eddie Foster. Foster promptly doubled home the runner to end Plank's hope for the no-no. On this date in history, December 29, 1919, Foster was on his way to the Red Sox, but he would have a later more important role in the history of the St. Louis Browns.



                            Births on December 29



                            William Lusk "Bill" McAllester is born on December 29, 1889 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. McAllester will play baseball at the University of Tennessee and then see one year of action as a catcher in 39 games for the 1913 Browns. He will hit go 13 for 85 - good enough for a .153 BA and a one-way ticket back to Palookaville. McAllester will die in his birth city at the age of 80 on March 3, 1970.



                            George Wilson "George" Aiton is born on December 29, 1890 in Kingman, Kansas. Wilson will go 4 for 17 (.235) as an outfielder for the 1912 Browns and then disappear forever from the big leagues. Wilson will die on August 16, 1976 in Van Nuys, California at the age of 85.



                            William Hart "Bill" Knickerbocker is born on December 29, 1911 in Los Angeles, California. Knickerbocker will enjoy a nine-year career in the big leagues (1833-1942) as a middle infielder for five different clubs. He will play one season for the 1937 Browns and hit .261 in 121 games. His career BA will end up at a pretty fair .276 over 897 games. Knickerbocker will die at the age of 51 in Sebastopol, California. The date of his death was September 8, 1963.



                            Thomas Herbert "Tom" Upton is born on December 29, 1926 in Esther, Missouri. Upton will play three years in the majors (1950-1952) as a middle infielder and all but 5 of at bats for the '52 Senators will be taken as a Brown. Upton finishes with a .225 BA for 525 total AB's.

                            Happy 79th Birthday, Tom Upton!



                            Deaths on December 29



                            George Franklin "George" Blaeholder


                            George Blaeholder

                            George Blaeholder dies at nearly age 45 on December 29, 1947 in Garden Grove, California. The 5' 11" righthander racked up 90 wins and 111 losses for the Browns from 1925 to 1935. He was moved to the Athletics early in the 1935 season and he finished his career in 1936 with the Indians. His career record was 104 wins, 125 losses, and an E.R.A. of 4.54. Blaeholder was born on January 26, 1904 in Orange, California.



                            Walter Ernest "Walt" Alexander dies at age 87 on December 29, 1978 in Fort Worth, Texas. Alexander was a catcher for the 1912-1913 and 1915 Browns and he hit .188 for his total 162-game career (1912-1917). Alexander was born on March 3, 1891 in Atlanta, Georgia.



                            Edward Arthur "Ed" Albrecht dies at age 70 in Cahokia, Illinois. Albrecht was 1-1 as a righthanded pitcher for the 1949-1950 Browns in his total career as a big leaguer. He was born on February 28, 1929 in Affton, Missouri.



                            Today the Browns made up for all the birthdays and funerals they missed on December 28th.

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                            • December 30th - 2nd Time Around

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                              On This Date in History!




                              Births on December 30



                              Pete Laydon



                              Birth Name: Peter John Laydon
                              Nickname: None
                              Born On: 12-30-1919
                              Born In: Dallas, Texas
                              Zodiac: Capricorn
                              Died On: 07-18-1982
                              Died In: Edna, Texas
                              Cemetery: Layden Family Cemetery, Edna, Texas
                              College: University of Texas
                              Bats: Right
                              Throws: Right
                              Height: 5-11
                              Weight: 185
                              First Game: 04-28-1948 (Age 28)
                              Last Game: 07-15-1948
                              Draft: Not Applicable

                              Outfielder Pete Laydon played baseball at the University of Texas before making his way to the St. Louis Browns for a brief stay in 1948. Laydon went26 for 104 (.250) in 41 games for the '48 Browns and was then gone-for-good from the big league scene for all time. Pete Laydon was 62 when he died in 1982. - BCT/GB, Pete Laydon - & Hook 'Em!



                              Deaths on December 30



                              Josh Billings

                              Josh Billings

                              Birth Name: John Augustus Billings
                              Nickname: None
                              Born On: 11-30-1892
                              Born In: Grantville, Kansas
                              Zodiac: Sagittarius
                              Died On: 12-30-1981
                              Died In: Santa Monica, California
                              Cemetery: Body donated to UCLA Medical School
                              College: Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical
                              Bats: Right
                              Throws: Right
                              Height: 5-11
                              Weight: 165
                              First Game: 09-09-1913 (Age 20)
                              Last Game: 06-16-1923
                              Draft: Not Applicable

                              Catcher Josh Billings played college baseball at Oklahoma A&M and then went on to a major league career, breaking in on September 9, 1913 with the Cleveland Naps. Cleveland traded Billings to the Browns in March 1919 in exchange for another catcher, Les Nunamaker. For his career (1913-1923), Billings played for 11 seasons. He caught for the Browns from 1919 to 1923 in very limited service. Over his entire big league career, Billings played in only 243 games in 11 seasons, hitting only .217 with 0 homers. - Josh Billings was 89 when he died in 1981.

                              Today's Reference Link ... http://www.baseball-almanac.com/
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                              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 12-30-2005, 06:05 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                              • December 31st - 2nd Time Around

                                Final Daily Post! ...


                                On This Date in History!



                                Happy New Year's Eve!



                                Births on December 31



                                Charlie Flanagan
                                Birth Name: Charles James Flanagan
                                Nickname: None
                                Born On: 12-31-1891
                                Born In: Oakland, California
                                Zodiac: Capricorn
                                Died On: 01-08-1930
                                Died In: San Francisco, California
                                Cemetery: San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, California
                                College: None Attended
                                Bats: Right
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 6-00
                                Weight: 175
                                First Game: 07-09-1913 (Age 21)
                                Last Game: 08-05-1913
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                3rd baseman/outfielder Charlie Flanagan went 0 for 3 job in 4 games for the 1913 Browns and was then gone-for-good. - Charlie Flanagan died in 1930 at the age of 39. - BCT/GB, Charlie Flanagan!



                                Thomas Joseph "Tommy" Byrne

                                Tommy Byrne.

                                Birth Name: Thomas Joseph Byrne
                                Nickname: Wildman
                                Born On: 12-31-1919
                                Born In: Baltimore, Maryland
                                Zodiac: Capricorn
                                Died On: Still Living
                                Died In: Still Living
                                Cemetery: n/a
                                College: Wake Forest College
                                Bats: Left
                                Throws: Left
                                Height: 6-01
                                Weight: 182
                                First Game: 04-27-1943 (Age 23)
                                Last Game: 09-21-1957
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Pitcher Tommy Byrne compiled a big league pitching career (1943-1957) that included two major stints with the Yankees, lefty Byrne registered a record of 85 wins 69 losses, and E.R.A. of 4.11. During his two seasons as a Brown (1951-1952), Byrne posted 11 wins and 24 losses. Byrne attended one of our annual Brownie reunions in 1999. He was a very nice fellow and in great shape. At that time, he was still an active golfer. - Tommy Byrne is 86 years old today in 2005. - Happy 86th Birthday, Tommy Byrne!



                                Bill McCurdy

                                "Check out www.tbhof.org when you have time." - Bill McCurdy

                                Birth Name: William Oscar McCurdy III
                                Nickname: Buff
                                Born On: 12-31-1937
                                Born In: Beeville, Texas (birthplace of former Browns Bert Gallia & Lefty Lloyd Brown)
                                Zodiac: Capricorn
                                Died On: Still Living (only feel dead around non-baseball people)
                                Died In: Still Living (once had a near-death experience listening to the sales pitch of a life insurance salesman)
                                Cemetery: n/a
                                College: Houston, Tulane, & Texas
                                Bats: Right
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 5-10
                                Weight: 155 (writing weight is closer to 195)
                                First Game: 04-28-47 (Age 9) Pecan Park Eagles
                                Last Game: n/a (still active)
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Outfielder/pitcher Bill McCurdy never played for the Browns, but he converted to Browns fandom as a kid in 1951 because of his admiration for Ned Garver. Although he only got to follow the Browns rabidly for the final three years of their existence, the club will never really be gone-for-good from his heart.

                                Please forgive me the indulgence of including myself here with all the proper disclaimers on this last day of daily posting. It's my little self-indulgent birthday present to myself on this rather fitting day for a wrap-up to this nearly 17-month old thread. - Hope we've all learned something along the way about our Browns. The research and writing has been my pleasure.

                                I'll still be around here, even if I'm not posting daily anymore. Please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected]

                                Regards & Happy New Year,

                                Bill :atthepc




                                Deaths on December 31st



                                Harry Dorish

                                Harry Dorish.

                                Birth Name: Harry Dorish
                                Nickname: Fritz
                                Born On: 07-13-1921
                                Born In: Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
                                Zodiac: Cancer
                                Died On: 12-31-2000
                                Died In: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
                                Cemetery: St. Mary's Annunciation Church Parrish Cemetery, Pringle, Pennsylvania
                                College: None Attended
                                Bats: Right
                                Throws: Right
                                Height: 5-11
                                Weight: 206
                                First Game: 04-15-1947 (Age 25)
                                Last Game: 09-28-1956
                                Draft: Not Applicable

                                Pitcher Harry Dorish had a 10-year (1947-1956) MLB career record of 45 wins, 43 losses, and an ERA of 3.83. In his only year with the 1950 Browns, Dorish was 4-9 with an ERA of 6.44. - Pitcher Harry Dorish passed away in 2000 at the age of 79.

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

                                Happy New Year, Everybody! - And "GO BROWNS - FOREVER!"
                                Bill_McCurdy
                                Registered User
                                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 12-31-2005, 10:01 AM.
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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