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  • #76
    I guess the likeliest interpretation would be that one of the doubleheader games was the makeup game for the tie ... they wouldn't have had a DH for the last day of the season on the regular schedule, would they?

    I did find that in 1908 Nap Lajoie himself lead the AL in games played, with 157 - so it looks as if the Naps had more than their share of ties that year... apparently The Curse Of Rocky Colavito extends back in time too.

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    • #77
      October 6th

      October 6, 1944: Browns Take 2-1 Lead in World Series. The St. Louis Browns take a 2-1 game lead in the World Series with a 6-2 victory for Jack Kramer, who fans 10. Five singles, a walk, and a wild pitch by Cardinal reliever Fred Schmidt give the Browns 4 runs in the 3rd. Cardinal starter Ted Wilks (17-4, 2.65) takes the loss after going only 2.2 innings deep into the game. Kramer (17-13, 2.49) goes the distance for the Browns, giving up 2 runs and 7 scattered hits on the day.

      October 6, 1907: This Could Be The Start of Something Big! On the last day of the season, the St. Louis Browns pound the Detroit Tigers twice, winning 10–4 and 10–3. What's with all these last day doubleheaders? My guess is that clubs used them to make up earlier season games that had been rained out or suspended by darkness. :atthepc

      October 6, 1905: Lowly Browns Help A's Win Pennant. The Philadelphia Athletics clinch the American League pennant while losing to the Washington Nationals because the last place St. Louis Browns defeat the 2nd place Chicago White Sox, taking them out of mathematical possibility. Elmer Flick of the Cleveland Naps leads the American League in batting with a .306 mark.

      Today's General Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/OCTOBER6.stm
      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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      • #78
        October 7th

        October 7, 1953: "The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained. It Dropeth As The Gentle Rain From Heaven (... from the hearts of Brownie fans). Bill Veeck tells fans and stockholders that he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block the move of the Browns to Baltimore. With the compassion that only St. Louisans seem able to muster for those suffering the sting of baseball-related adversity, stockholders will drop their suit against Veeck and reluctantly allow the Browns to ride off into the sunset of history. They won't actually ride off into the sunset. Such a course would take the Browns west to Los Angeles or other such places which are much too far away to ever support big league baseball. No, the merciful reaction of St. Louisans to a pleading Veeck is the last door latch unfastened for the Browns' ride off into the sunrise and their 1954 metamorphosis into the Baltimore (Ugh!) Orioles.

        October 7, 1944: Cards "Cat-Claw" Browns. WS Even at 2-2. The St. Louis Cardinals even the World Series with a 5-1 win by lefty Harry ""The Cat" Brecheen (16-5, 2.85). Brecheen goes the distance, scattering 9 hits and stranding 10. Sig Jackuki (13-9, 3.55) goes only 3 innings as the Browns starting and losing pitcher. Stan Musial's 3 hits pace the Cardinals to an early 5-0 lead. The Browns mount their only threat of the day in the 8th, but it is cut short by a spectacular double play started by legendary Cardinal shortstop Marty Marion. Game 5 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. :atthepc

        Today's General Baseball Reference ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/OCTOBER7.stm
        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-07-2004, 03:56 PM.
        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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        • #79
          Octber 8th

          October 8, 1944: Cards Down Browns in Game 5; Take 3-2 Lead in Series. It's a pretty fair strikout pitching duel today between Mort Cooper (22-7, 2.46) of the Cardinals and Denny Galehouse (9-10, 3.12) of the Browns. Cooper fans 12 on the day; Denny Galehouse registers 10 "K"s. In the end, the Cards win 3-0 on the backs of homers by Ray Sanders and Danny Litwhiler to take a 3-2 lead in games. Game 6 is a go for tomorrow with the Browns hoping to pull even. The Cardinals can end it all with another win.

          GO BROWNS! BEAT THE CARDS IN GAME 6!

          Today's General Reference ... MacMillan's Baseball Encyclopedia.

          Today's General Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/OCTOBER8.stm

          Hmmm. As you may have noticed, or should have expected, the deeper we go into October, the harder it is to find baseball facts of the day for any club, but probably even more so for our guys. I will continue to post daily facts as they uncover - and maybe even "cheat" a little sometimes by writing a short piece or string of general facts that could be of interest to Browns fans on days when there is nothing else to include. Can't promise you to always have something, but I will try. The rest of you are invited to join in too. :atthepc
          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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          • #80
            October 9th

            October 9, 1951: Veeck Hires Hornsby To Manage Browns. In New York, St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck, Jr. hires Rogers Hornsby to a three-year contract to manage the Browns. "The Rajah," who last managed in the majors in 1937 as skipper of the Browns, was fired by Bill Veeck, Sr. in 1932 when Hornsby managed the Cubs. Hornsby chooses the Browns offer over a similar one by the Cardinals, who just let Marty Marion go as manager.

            October 9, 1944: Cards Win Six-Game Streetcar Series With Browns. Emil Verban drives in 3 runs as the Cardinals top the Browns, 3-1, winning the World Series, 4 games to 2. Ted Wilks (13-4, 2.65) is the pitching hero for the Cards when he enters the game in the 6th with the Cards leading, 3-1, one out on the Browns, and Brownie runners at 2nd and 3rd. Wilks not only pitches out of the inning, he retires all 11 batters he faces, including strike outs of 4 pinch hitters, to get one of the most deserved saves in World Series history. Cards starter Max Lanier (17-12, 2.65) gets the win. Browns starter Nels Potter (19-7, 2.83) takes the loss. George McQuinn of the losing Browns (Is that an oxymoron?) hits .438 for the Series. The winning Cardinals get a whopping $4,626 each for their post-season work; the losing Browns* take $2,743, the lowest player shares since 1933.

            * Wait a minute! An oxymoron is nothing more than a stated exercise in logical incongruity. What we have here is little more than a solid example of expressed practical redundancy!

            October 9, 1910: You Get No "Assists" for Cheating, Mr. O'Connor! The battle for the American League batting title is decided on the final day, when Detroit's Ty Cobb edges Cleveland's Napoleon Lajoie, .3850687 to .3840947. Neither man covers himself with Hall of Fame level glory. Lajoie goes 8 for 8 in a doubleheader with the St. Louis Browns, accepting six "gift" hits on bunt singles when Browns rookie 3rd baseman Red Corriden is apparently purposely stationed by Manager O'Connor at the edge of the outfield grass. The prejudiced St. Louis scorer also credits the popular Nap Lajoie with a "hit" on the Brownie shortstop Bobby Wallace's wild throw to first base. In Lajoie's last at bat, he is safe at first on an error call, but is credited with a sacrifice bunt since a man was on base at the time. The St. Louis Post is just one of the papers to be openly critical of the move against Cobb. "All St. Louis is up in arms over the deplorable spectacle, conceived in stupidity and executed in jealousy." The Browns win the opener, 5–4, and Cleveland takes the nitecap, 3–0, with both managers, Jack O'Connor and Deacon McGuire catching. O'Connor is behind the plate for just an inning, but Maguire goes all the way.

            Cobb, meanwhile, rather than risk his average, sits out the last two games, the Tigers beating the White Sox in the finale, 2–1. Ban Johnson investigates and clears everyone concerned, enabling Ty Cobb to win the 3rd of nine straight batting crowns. The embarrassed Chalmers Auto Company awards cars to both Ty and Nap. In 1981 The Sporting News uncovers an error -crediting a 2 for 3 game twice to Cobb—that, if corrected, would give the championship to Nap Lajoie. But the commissioner's committee votes unanimously to leave history unchanged.

            Does that ruling to ignore the error of history make sense? Of course, it does. It's a ruling by the Commissioner of Baseball and his special committee - and this group assumes all of the impeccable power of a Pope in consultation with his College of Cardinals in 1981. The difference in 2004 is that now the "College of Cardinals" is comprised of owners with much more power to overrule, or summarily fire the Pope, any time he does something they really don't like. - Or so it seems.

            ... a Red Corriden link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...rriden_Red.stm

            ... a Bobby Wallace link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...lace_Bobby.stm

            ... a Jack O'Connor link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...lace_Bobby.stm

            General Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...y/OCTOBER9.stm
            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-09-2004, 08:00 AM.
            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Bill_McCurdy
              [B]

              [B]October 9, 1910: . Ban Johnson investigates and clears everyone concerned,
              O'Connor never managed again, although his 47-107 record that year may have had something to do with that.

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              • #82
                October 10th

                (Regarding Browns Manager Jack O'Connor and the shenanigans detailed in our "fact of the day" for 10/09/1910.) O'Connor never managed again, although his 47-107 record that year may have had something to do with that. - Westsidegrounds
                You're right, WSG! On October 15, 1910, St. Louis manager Jack O'Connor was fired by St. Louis Browns president Hedges for his role in the Lajoie-Cobb batting title travesty. Coach Harry Howell was also fired for allegedly delivering an offer to the official scorer E.V. Parrish to change his error call to a hit. O'Connor never worked in baseball again after that fatal day he chose to help Lajoie and hurt Cobb by messing with the integrity of the game. If memory serves, and I will have to research this assertion as a double-check, O'Connor and Howell were both effectively banned from the game for their roles in this embarrassing moment in baseball history.

                October 10th: Fact To Be Added Later. At this writing, we don't have a ready known fact about anything of note that happened on this date in the history of the St. Louis Browns, but this is where it will be edited-in, should one later come to light. For now, we must sadly, but incompletely assume that - on this date in Browns history - nothing happened. In light of that 1910 Nap Lajoie boondoggle, we know implicitly that much was happening behind closed doors on October 10, 1910 in reaction to the actions of manager O'Connor and coach Howell. What I wouldn't give to have a transcript of what those ancient ownership walls could tell us. - At any rate, while we're holding this space in our time-line for some fact(s) that may come to light later, here's a little profile about one of the most fabled players in the club's early history:

                A Brownie Profile of The Day: Ken Williams. The Brownie left fielder (1918-1927) in one of the greatest outfields in baseball history, double-threat Ken Williams was ahead of his time. In 1922 he became the first man to collect 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in the same season, a feat not equaled for 34 years. Despite a late start (he wasn't a regular in the majors until he was 30 years old), Williams slugged 196 homers and batted .319, while leading the American League in slugging, total bases, homers, RBI, and extra-base hits at various times in his career. An aggressive player with few friends outside his own team, Williams earned the distinction of being Ty Cobb's most hated opponent. To be hated by Cobb, Ken Williams had to be doing a lot things right as a worthy opponent. :atthepc

                ... a Ken Williams reference link ... http://www.thebaseballpage.com/past/pp/williamsken/
                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-10-2004, 06:35 AM.
                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                • #83
                  October 11th

                  October 11, 1926: Sisler Out As Manager. On the heels of a 7th place finish and his 62-92 record in 1926, the St. Louis Browns announce that George Sisler will be back as a player, but not as manager, in 1927. Sisler will be replaced as manager by Dan Howley. - During his three year tenure as the playing manager, Sisler didn't do too bad by Brownie standards. In 1924, Sisler led the Browns to a 74-78 record that was good enough for a 4th place, 1st division finish. In 1925, the Sisler-led Browns broke .500 and finished 3rd in the American League with an 82-71 record. - How well will Dan Howley do in Sisler's place? Howley will lead the '27 Browns to a 59-94 mark and a familiar 7th place finish.

                  Sisler Note: Perhaps it was coincidental, but the famous defensive skills of George Sisler were severely tested during the three years of his 1924-1926 period as manager of the Browns. During his first two seasons at the helm, George Sisler led American League first sackers in the commitment of errors.



                  Today's Reference Link ...http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../OCTOBER11.stm
                  Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-11-2004, 07:55 PM.
                  "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                  • #84
                    October 12th

                    October 12th (1902-1953): Nothing jumps easily off the page for this date in history. It is now the season of the World Series - a time of year which, except for 1944, customarily found the St. Louis Browns dispersing to snooze and booze away the winter months at home. We may discover something for this date later. If and when that happens, a fact for this date in St. Louis Browns history will be added here - as it is discovered via the internet, the library, the bookstore, a research expedition to the hinterlands, or rescue from its hiding place in some long ago forgotten attic trunk. :atthepc

                    Til then, here's a profile from Browns history.

                    Oh Baby Doll! At Mobile (Southern League) in 1912, the grandstand band played "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" after Jacobson's Opening Day homer, and the next day's paper captioned his photo, "Baby Doll." After a decade in the minors, he spent 1917 in the majors, served a year in the military, and returned as a Browns' regular at 28. The best of Jacobson's ML career was contained in seven straight years over .300 (1919-25), five of them with Ken Williams and Jack Tobin flanking him in the Browns' best-remembered outfield. A burly righthander who swung a light bat, he hit well for average, if not for power. For all his heft (at 6'3" and 215-lb, he was the league's biggest man), he was also a capable fielder. At one time he held 13 fielding marks; his 484 putouts in 1924 stood as a record for 24 years. In 1927 he played seven consecutive games for the Red Sox without a putout or assist.

                    Today's Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb..._Baby_Doll.stm
                    Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-12-2004, 06:52 AM.
                    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                    • #85
                      October 13th

                      October 13, 2004: Mike Blyzka Died Today. This news only reached me on 11/14/04 by e-mail from Erv Fischer. I'm adding notice here in respect for a fine man who valued his time with the franchise - even to the extent of continuing to come to the annual Brownie Round Ups in St. Louis from his home in Cheyenne, Wyoming in spite of failing health and limited mobility.

                      Former righthanded Browns pitcher Mike Blyzka died today In Cheyenne, Wyoming at the age of 75. Had he lived, he would've been 76 this coming Christmas Day.

                      Blyzka's short time in the big leagues (1953-54) gained him two distictions. He was both a member of the last Browns club - and also one of the original Baltimore Orioles. His record of 3-11 with a 5.58 E.R.A. was nothing short of unspectacular, but this is one of those times when stats do not speak for the man.

                      Mike Blyzka was a quiet and kind man who loved baseball - a man who was simply grateful for the opportunity of having made it to the big leagues at all. For years, he was a regular attendee of the annual May reunions of former Browns in St. Louis - and he came each time I knew him in spite of various health issues which limited his ability to get around. He just enjoyed being around baseball people and his family of friends that were the Browns and the fans who still remembered the kid from Hamtramck, Michigan.

                      God rest your soul, Gentle Mike, and save us a place in Heaven's hotel lobby. We've got other baseball stories to tell and have a fews laughs about. Til then, just know that we members of the Browns Fan Club will miss you.

                      October 13, 1913: Browns-Cards City Series Ends In Donneybrook! In St. Louis, the City Series between the Browns and the Cardinals ends in a fight. In today's doubleheader, the Cardinals had taken the first game, 5–2. The second game is tied, 1–1, after four innings when a brawl breaks out. Since there had been several other fights in the series, and because the series was played outside the auspices of the National Commission, the umpires announce that they have had it, and retire to the clubhouse. The series ends abruptly at three wins apiece, with one tie. Each Brownie player receives $77.22 for their work in all seven games. No extra pay is awarded for the fight that causes a cancellation of the seventh and undeciding game.

                      Here's an example of history that easily falls in the cracks without ready access to the records of contemporary St. Louis newspapers. When I wrote yesterday that there was nothing to report for that date, we didn't know that this series was going on. Sounds like the players took their post-season series pretty seriously too. - How does a club get its players to hang around after the season to play an exhibition series that really means nothing to the rest of the world? - I guess that $77.22 payday per player speaks loudly to that point. Makes good sense, doesn't it? The players only had to play seven games to earn those big bucks. That was a whole lot of money back in 1913, Mr. Alex Rodriguez!

                      :atthepc

                      Todays' General Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../OCTOBER13.stm
                      Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 11-14-2004, 06:23 PM.
                      "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                      • #86
                        October 14th

                        October 14, 1927: Browns Nemesis Johnson Retires. He was a long-time problem for the Browns and every other club in the American League not-named-Senators-or-Nationals, but today that nemesis ended. Walter Johnson of Washington announces his retirement as a player. From here, he will sign a 2-year contract to manage Newark of the International League and he will later return to the majors as a manager for his old club, the Washington Senators.

                        ... a Walter Johnson link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...son_Walter.stm

                        October 14, 1914: Birthday Note. Former Browns and Cardinals pitcher Harry "The Cat" Brecheen is born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

                        October 14, 1908: Browns Ask: "What's The Problem?" After finishing the season in 4th place, and 6.5 games behind the American League champions, the St. Louis Browns shed no tears over the World Series attendance problem in Detroit. Before 6,210 paying fans, the smallest crowd in World Series history, the host Detroit Tigers are tamed on three hits by Orval Overall, who fans 10 in a 2–0 win for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs win the series in five games, but they haven't repeated as World Champions in 96 years and counting through 2004.

                        This is interesting, given the apparent availability of space at this game. Upset over seating arrangements at the World Series, sports reporters form a professional group that will become the Baseball Writers Association of America. Too bad the Tigers couldn't have been more flexible and creative by filling in their open areas with sportswriters. Had they done so, they might've nipped the formation of the BBWAA in the bud.

                        Today's General Reference Links ... http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.co...day/today2S.pl

                        http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../OCTOBER14.stm
                        Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-14-2004, 06:40 AM.
                        "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                        • #87
                          October 15th

                          October 15, 1910: Browns Fire O'Connor & Howell. St. Louis manager Jack O'Connor is fired today by St. Louis Browns president Hedges for his role in the Lajoie/Cobb batting title travesty. Also fired is coach Harry Howell for allegedly delivering an offer to the official scorer E.V. Parrish to change his error call to a hit that gave Lajoie another "gift" hit on the last day of the season. The two Browns "mentors" had been involved a few days earlier in an obvious collusion to help Nap Lajoie of the Cleveland Indians win the batting title over Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers by allowing the former to bunt safely for easy base hits. In the end, O'Connor and Howell are disgraced and driven out of baseball. (See the October 9th post on this thread for the original report on this matter.)

                          O'Connor was no stranger to the bizarre prior to the Lajoie incident. Back on July 6, 1901, O'Connor was a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. When the Pirates and New York Giants protested over the competence of umpire Harry Colgan and threatened to boycott playing a regualr season game, National League president Nick Young acceded to their protest and allowed the Giants and Pirates to officiate their own game in Pittsburgh. New York's Charlie Buelow and Pirate Jack O'Connor called the game, which then was won by the Bucs, 6-2. Based upon what we now know about O'Connor, do you suppose his presence in the game as an umpire may have given his club a slight edge?

                          Today's General Reference Link. ...http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../OCTOBER15.stm
                          Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-15-2004, 05:23 AM.
                          "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                          • #88
                            October 16th

                            October 16, 1951: Garver Proposes MLB Pay Plan. In a letter written to Major League Baseball officials, pitcher New Garver of the St. Louis Browns offers a pay plan that would ameliorate the ill effects of the reserve system he supports. Garver would have the salaries of players on consistent tail-ender clubs be determined by a rating system developed by the owners. If the club does not match the "average" salary actually given to members of his team, then that player would have the right to be traded to some other club that can afford his services. Garver adds that he "doesn't care where I play, as long as I get a ‘fair' salary."

                            Garver's plan has as much chance of getting off the ground as a wingless airplane, but we must remember that 1951 was an especially happy, but trying year for Ned Garver. For one thing, he went 20-12 for a last place Browns team that finished with a 52-102 record. Garver was the first pitcher to win 20 games for a last place club, but that point will do him no good in his pursuit of a raise for 1952. A few months after the failure-on-deaf-ears death of Garver's Loser Wage Plan, he will approach Browns owner Bill Veeck about a raise for being a 20-game winner on a last place club. In response, Bill Veeck allegedly declines Garver's raise on the basis of this paraphrased recollection of his logic: "So, Ned, you won 20 games for us, but we still finished last. What good did your wins really do for us? We could've finished last without you."

                            October 16, 1928: Manush Loses Out on MVP Award. Gordon "Mickey" Cochrane of the Philadelphia Athletics wins the American League MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush of St. Louis Browns by a mere 2 points. Because of the rules in place at that time, neither Babe Ruth nor Lou Gehrig is eligible, having each won that accolade previously. Go figure this one. In 1928, catcher Mickey Cochrane hit .293 for the 2nd place A's, leading the league only in defensive put outs with 645 and errors committed with 25. Outfielder Manush, on the other hand, finishes with a .378 batting average for the surprisingly high 3rd place Browns, and also leads the league with 245 hits and 47 doubles.

                            Man! Manush bats .378 and falls only 12 hits short of tying George Sisler for the all time season hit total record - and he still loses the MVP vote to a guy who doesn't hit .300 on the year! - Again we musk ask: How did the voters justify picking Cochrane over Manush as the American League's 1928 Most Valuable Player?

                            October 16, 1911: Browns Whip Cards; Take City Series. At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the Browns whip the Cardinals, 5–1, to sweep the St. Louis City Series with five wins. The first game ended in a scoreless tie. :atthepc

                            Today's General Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../OCTOBER16.stm
                            Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-16-2004, 08:54 AM.
                            "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                            • #89
                              October 17th

                              October 17, 1953: Wrigley Hires Veeck. Bill Veeck wastes no time getting a new job after selling his interests in the th St. Louis Browns to the group from Baltimore. He becomes a special adviser to Phil Wrigley of the Chicago Cubs. Veeck's return to association with the Cubs takes him back to his roots in baseball. He got his start at Wrigley Field at age 11 doing odd jobs there while his father served as club president.

                              Veeck's departure from St. Louis will be far from the end of his contributions to baseball lore, although nothing will ever rival the memory of his Eddie Gaedel stunt on August 19, 1951. At any rate, here's a brief recap of Veeck's major quiet and not-so-quiet achievements in baseball. There were others too numerous to mention here:

                              1937: As a 23 year old groundskeeper at Wrigley Field, Veeck plants ivy at the base of the outfield walls.

                              1941: As owner of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers, Veeck installs portable outfield walls that can be moved in or out, depending on the power-hitting ability of the opposing team.

                              1942: Veeck attempts to buy the Philadelphia Phillies. He plans to stock the club with talent from the Negro League. When Commissioner Landis and National League owners learn what Veeck is up to, they block Veeck by buying the troubled franchise until it can be re-sold to another segregationist owner.

                              1946: Veeck establishes baby-sitting services at the ballpark in Cleveland to encourage greater family attendance.

                              1947: At Cleveland, Veeck integrates the American League by signing Larry Doby and, later, Satchel Paige to play for the Indians.

                              1948: The Veeck-built Cleveland Indians win the World Series.

                              1951: Veeck sends a midget to bat in one game for the Browns. He also stages a night in which the fans are allowed to "sort of" manage the club in St. Louis.

                              1952: Bill Veeck introduces Bat Day to baseball at Sportsman's Park.

                              1960: At Comiskey Park, Veeck introduces ballpark fireworks and he also installs the famous exploding scoreboard at old Comiskey.

                              1976: Veeck stages a bicentennial celebration for Opening Day at Comiskey Park in which he participates as the peg-legged fifer. (Veeck, of course, was one-legged as a result of a World War II injury.) - This same year, Veeck has a shower installed in the bleachers so that fans may cool off during the games. - He also reactivates 54-year old Minnie Minoso so that the aging former star will be able to say that he has played in four different decades.

                              1979: When the White lose their Opening Day game, 10-2, Veeck gives all the disapponinted fans free admission to their next contest. - That same year, Veeck convinces broadcaster Harry Caray to start singing "Take Me out To The Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch. (Too bad about that idea.) - Of course, this also is the year that the White Sox are forced to forfeit a game because of "Disco Night." (Do you recall that one?) Fans are invited to bring their disco records to the ballpark so that they may all be exploded as a mock protest of that musical genre. The fans bring their disco records, allright, but they get beered-up and start throwing them around Comiskey like lethal frisbees. Players and fans alike are put in danger. When order cannot be restored, even under threat of forfeiture by the umpires, that's exactly what happens.

                              1980: Veeck brings back Minoso in Chicago to play in his fifth decade of big league baseball.

                              My favorite Veeck story is the one about how he used a hole in his prosthetic leg as a receptacle for cigarette ashes and even bragged about being the world's only walking ash tray. - They don't make 'em like Bill Veeck anymore. :atthepc

                              Today's General Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../OCTOBER17.stm
                              Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-17-2004, 09:13 AM.
                              "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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                              • #90
                                October 18th

                                October 18, 1953: Going, Going, Gone! The new Orioles (ne: St. Louis Browns) agree to pay the International League a grand total of $48,749 for its territorial rights in Baltimore. News of this transaction serves to reenforce reality for St. Louis fans. ...

                                ... The Browns are gone! They aren't coming back! h

                                A Brownie Profile: George Stovall, Mr. Laid Back. George Stovall took over as manager of the St. Louis Browns from Bobby Wallace in the 40th game of the 1912 season. Under Stovall, the 1912 Browns went 41-74 and finished in 7th place with an overall record of 53-101. The next year, the 1913 Browns posted a 50-84 before Stovall was replaced by Jimmy Austin and Branch Rickey over the last 19 games on their way to a 57-96 record that was good enough for a cellar finish in the American League.

                                Thw history books don't tell us anything about how George Stovall spent the days of October 18th in 1912 and 1913, but it's likely that those brief times passed without much fanfare - but with a beer or two. Stovall had a strong reputation as an easy going manager who enjoyed great popularity with his players.

                                "I suppose I am a rather easy boss," Stovall once said. "Ball players are pretty intelligent people and it is generally safe to trust their welfare to their own hands. The player who won't take of himself is his own worst enemy, and it's doubtful if a manager can compel him to do so. When a man is in uniform I expect him to live up to certain rules. After the game is over, I believe in allowing considerable latitude." (from "Batting" by F.C. Lane, 1925)

                                Rumors of Stovall's team slogan to his Browns players shocked some and amused most. Prior to games, according to writer F.C. Lane, George Stovall supposedly told his players: "Two kegs of beer if we win and one keg anyway."

                                Hmmm! - Wonder what got him fired?

                                General Reference Link ... http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb.../OCTOBER18.stm
                                Last edited by Bill_McCurdy; 10-18-2004, 05:11 AM.
                                "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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