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Many activities have been going on within the Browns Fan Club this past spring and summer. Here’s a brief rundown.
The Browns exhibit in the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame became a reality this past spring. It’s located in the Scottrade Center, home of the hockey Blues, in downtown St. Louis. We’re working with officials regarding easier access to the display. Check it out when attending an event in the Center.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reaffirmed our status as an official 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) tax exempt corporation. Our entire operation as a historical society is based on member donations. This means membership dues, purchases, donations, etc. are all tax exempt. Make note of this when doing your income taxes for 2012 and beyond.
We recently accepted a substantial memorabilia donation from the Donald L. Barnes family. Mr. Barnes was the owner of the Browns from 1936 to 1945. We’ve also learned the importance of storage, inventory, maintenance, etc. Included in the records was a reel of movie film of the highlights of the 1944 World Series with the Cardinals. These highlight are available for purchase on a DVD. Contact us for details. Cost is $15.
At our annual player/fan club reunion lunch this past June, we undertook a new project to help spread the word and history about the Browns in the form of a silent auction. While we didn’t make much money, we spread the word and had some fun in the process. Our right-hand helper, Michelle O’Donnell, spearheaded the project.
We should have a presence in the Cardinal Hall of Fame in Ballpark Village when it’s completed. With a name like Will Rogers, all I know is what I read in the newspapers. So pay attention to the news as it unfolds about the project.
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they hit .327 with 61 homers. Ken Williams was a monster, clubbing 39 homers with 155 RBIs, hitting .332 and stealing 37 bases.
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They also had very good hitting starters at catcher, Hank Severeid, and second base, Marty McManus. The team led the league in hits, triples, batting average and slugging percentage while coming in second in doubles, homers and on-base percentage.
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Yet their combined OPS+ of 116 wasn't as good as their ERA+ of 122. They had only one hurler throw more than five innings with a below-average ERA+ (and that guy only tossed 92.7 IP).
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n many ways this exercise was really a battle for second placeâ€”which is why I'm so thrilled at the results. I never expected the 1922 St. Louis Browns to come away so well.
Their ace was Urban Shocker, probably the best pitcher in St. Louis Browns history. He's one of the pitchers on the cusp of Cooperstown. He had a prime worthy of induction, but he had a late start and tragically died in 1928â€”after remaining a quality pitcher through 1927.
They really had a tremendous team. Not only did they have one of the better records of any team here, but they actually underachieved their mark by five games. Going by runs, they should've been 98-56 (.636) on the year. They led the league in runs scored and ERA. Not many non-pennant winners can make that claim. They also led in both ERA+ and OPS+. That team was a dynamo.
Shocker had maybe his best season, leading the league in both strikeouts and fewest walks per nine innings, a combination as impressive as it is unusual. He also tossed an impressive 348 innings and 29 complete games in 38 starts en route to a 24-17 record.
Their only Hall of Famer was first baseman George Sisler. He doesn't get much respect in sabermetric circles because a fairly empty batting average (inflated by his era) propelled him to Cooperstown. In 1922, however, he had his best season, hitting .420. Plus he stole 51 bases, another career best.
It's perfect because they're exactly the sort of team that made me want to do this study in the first place. You want some surprises in a study like this. Otherwise what's the point? Also, the surprise better make sense. This one certainly does. Last but not least, the 1922 Browns truly have no overlap with any other pennant winners. The squad hadn't won a pennant in its previous 21 years of existence and wouldn't in its next 21 seasons as well.
Alongside him, the Browns had a fantabulous outfield of Baby Doll Jacboson, Jack Tobin, and Ken Williams. Combined,
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With a brush in one hand and a bucket of paint in the other, volunteer artist Megan Rieke of Kirkwood walks to a trash dumpster she is painting in collaboration with Jacob Schmidt and other artists in the parking lot of the City of St. Louis Streets Department. Megan was the artist who produced the Browns Logo. Unfortunately, we do not know where the dumpster will be placed by the City of St. Louis. These large dumpsters are used for special events and happenings such as the July 4 events on the St. Louis Riverfront, building construction and teardown, and others.
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Remembering Sportsman’s Park America’s oldest ballpark. More major league baseball games have been played on this site than any other baseball diamond in America. Here’s some trivia about Sportsman’s Park:
ï A second deck, from first base to third, was added in 1909 and expanded to the foul poles in 1925.
ï Bleachers were added to parts of the outfield in 1926.
ï Renamed Busch Stadium in 1953, but still commonly
ï The flagpole stood in fair territory until it was removed in the 1950s.
referred to as Sportsman's Park.
ï The local newspaper, the Globe-Democrat, had an ad on
ï Bill Veeck's family lived in an apartment under the stands
the right-center wall that showed the star of the previous game. Just to the right of this ad, the league standings for both leagues were listed.
in the 1950s.
ï When he bought the stadium from the Browns in 1953, Cardinals owner Gussie Busch almost named it Budweiser Stadium but was prevented by league pressure.
ï The Budweiser eagle would flap its wings after every Cardinal home run. It sat on top of the left-center scoreboard. During World War II there was a War Chest sign there.
ï A helicopter carried home plate to Busch Memorial Stadium after the last game at Sportsman's Park on May 8, 1966.
ï The Herbert Hoover Boys' Club, with a baseball diamond where the major league one used to be, now stands on the site of the stadium.
ï Site of the 1940, 1948 and 1957 All-Star games.
ï Cardinals office was at 3623 Dodier. Browns office was
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*** I also recognized that this exhibit is the next-to-last jewel in the Brownie Crown that we envisioned 28 years ago. The exhibit is the next to last jewel in the crown I envisioned for the St. Louis Browns after our many, many publications, which have helped to establish their written record. I established our mission statement mantra when I said that our purpose was to "resurrect and maintain the historical memory of the old St. Louis Browns." The last jewel? A research center in some library or university, where we can house our printed materials and archives. Once that happens I think I can say "Mission Accomplished!" *** I also used my short essay to thank Bob Costas, who in many big ways was the driving force behind this wonderful exhibit.
*** I know that there are still 30 remaining Browns players alive, out of what I think was 796 men who proudly wore the uniform, including Eddie Gaedel. But there were thousands of auxiliary people, including owners, families, office and field personnel that all belonged to the Browns’ family. I have no idea of how many of these people are still with us.
And finally let me thank old friend Bob Costas for his financial and personal Interest in our team. We first met in 1974 when he was with the St. Louis Spirits. From that experience Bob grew to appreciate "dead teams." As I would like to tell him some day . . .The Browns made his Yankees the success they became. I think it was from 1926 -27 that Murderers' Row won 37 straight from St. Louis.
I do know that we lost Tom Phelps, the late husband of Trent Barnes Phelps, in August, who died at the young age of 68. I met Trent, the granddaughter of Browns owner Donald Barnes (1937-1944) several years ago. I went to her home to view the treasure trove of Brownie memorabilia, much of which makes up the lion share of our Scottrade exhibit. I especially was enthralled with her grandfather’s Brownie cowboy boots. I only met Tom one time. I will always be indebted to him for his generous contribution to our exhibit.
*** The article above got me to thinking about the history of the team that like only the Seattle Pilots, the Boston Braves, and both Washington Senator franchises has come to a complete end. Oh, I know some will say, “But what about the Orioles?” Well what about them? I will admit that their losing ways for many years is somewhat reminiscent of the Brownies last years in St. Louis. The Orioles cut the thread that bound the franchises together.
*** We had a wave of good publicity recently in the local media. In answer to a favorable article of the Browns and our historical exhibit at the Scottrade Center, I wrote the following that some of you have already seen on one our websites.
So to me the old St. Louis Browns is truly a dying franchise with a warm and loveable history that seems to be near its conclusion as soon as the last of its 791 players sheds his mortal coil. That in itself is a sad but true thought. That’s why it is so important for us to maintain that historical memory. As I said above, the last jewel is a small research center to house our growing archives.
It was heartening to read your written reverie on the St. Louis Browns. When I was inspired to form such a club 28 years ago in the Albany Airport, after attending the induction of Pee Wee Reese, former Brooklyn short-stop, I never thought it would last this long. That of itself is a tribute to the players and fans that have given sustenance to our meager efforts for more than a quarter century.
If you have any suggestions as to where or how we can finance this idea, contact us and please spread the word of this organization in your local newspapers, TV outlets, radio talk shows. There’s a lot we can all do.
The late Erv Fischer and I nearly pulled the plug on the club several times. We had more "last dinners" than the Browns had 8th place finishes. The club's strength today--just look at this wonderful exhibit at the Scottrade Center--is a tribute to the leadership of our COO, Bill Rogers and his able assistant Emmett McAuliffe. He not only got us out of the 20th century but also has made us look forward to the 22nd century. http://www.thestlbrowns.com http://StlBrownsMuseum.blogspot.com
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John Lester "Les" Moss 5/14/1925 - 8/29/2012
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John Lester "Les" Moss (May 14, 1925 - August 29, 2012) a professional baseball player, coach, scout and manager played as a catcher for the St. Louis Browns for the most significant portion of his career.
1. Virgil Trucks 04/26/17 - 95 2. Chuck Stevens 07/10/18 - 94 3. Tom Jordan 09/05/19 - 93 4. Babe Martin 03/28/20 - 92 5. Dick Starr 03/02/21 - 91
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Moss began his professional baseball career in 1942 at the age of 17, playing for the Americus Pioneers of the Georgia-Florida League. In 1943 he moved up to the Class A Elmira Pioneers of the Eastern League where he posted a .308 batting average in 96 games. He missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons while serving in the Merchant Marines. He played for the Toledo Mud Hens in 1946, hiting .297 in 121 games. He was called up late in the season to make his major league debut with the Browns on September 10.
6. George Elder 03/10/21 - 91 7. Matt Batts 10/16/21 - 91 8. Bob Savage 12/01/21 - 91 9. Neil Berry 01/11/22 - 90 10. Johnny Hetki 05/12/22 - 90 11. Jim Rivera 07/22/22 - 90 12. Don Lenhardt 10/04/22 - 90 13. Don Lund 05/18/23 - 89 14. Tom Wright 09/22/23 - 89 15. Billy DeMars 08/26/25 - 87 16. Ned Garver 12/25/25 - 87 17. Frank Saucier 05/28/26 - 86 18. Johnny Groth 07/23/26 - 86 19. Lou Sleater 09/08/26 - 86 20. Ed Mickelson 09/09/26 - 86
Moss platooned alongside left-handed-hitting catcher Jake Early in 96 games during the 1947 season. He caught the majority of the games for the Browns in 1948 while his hitting improved with a .257 average along with 14 home runs and 46 runs batted in. In 1949, the Browns acquired 24-year-old Sherm Lollar from the New York Yankees and, Moss became the second string catcher. Moss' hitting continued to improve with a .291 average and an impressive .399 on base percentage.
21. Don Johnson 11/12/26 - 86 22. Roy Sievers 11/18/26 - 86 23. Hal Hudson 05/04/27 - 85 24. Al Naples 08/29/27 - 85 25. Billy Hunter 06/04/28 - 84
On May 17, 1951, Moss was traded to the Boston Red Sox. After producing a .198 batting average in 71 games for the Red Sox, he was traded back to the Browns on November 28, 1951. He continued as the Browns' second string catcher backing up Clint Courtney. Moss was the Browns' catcher on May 6, 1953 when Bobo Holloman pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1954, the Browns relocated to Baltimore where Moss played one full season in Baltimore before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in June 1955. He once again served as a back up to Sherm Lollar. He played three more seasons with the White Sox before ending his major league career after 1958.
26. Joe DeMaestri 12/09/28 - 84 27. Bud Thomas 03/10/29 - 83 28. Don Larsen 08/07/29 - 83 29. Bob Turley 09/19/30 - 82 30. J.W. Porter 01/17/33 - 79 Using the 2012 "approachable age" figures as our gauge, there are now 12 Browns in their 90's, 18 in their 80's, and only one (JW "Baby Boy" Porter) in his 70's.
“Think of the courage of those guys who had to play under those conditions . . . Think of the courage of those St. Louis fans like you and all the rest who still cheer for them sixty years after they played their last game.”
Moss returned to the minor leagues, appearing in two games for the Indianapolis Indians in 1959 and then, appeared in three games for the San Diego Padres in 1960. He retired as a player at the age of 35. In a 13 year major league career, Moss played in 824 games, accumulating 552 hits in 2,234 at bats for a .247 career batting average along with 63 home runs, 276 runs batted in and a .333 on base percentage. He ended his career with a .978 fielding percentage.
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Randy Gumpert pitched and batted the Angels to victory after intermission. He personally singled across Los Angeles' first two scores and stopped a last-inning rally with the tying tally at the plate. Red Munger was the loser.
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Browns Fan Club member, Fred Nachman, did further research about "The Brawl" in 1953. Fred came across one of the more obscure Brownies in their most recent history: R.T. "Dixie" Upright. In fact, he ended up with the Angels after spending a month with the Browns early that season before being picked up by the Cubs, who sent him to the Pacific Coast League.
By Fred Nachman, Chicago, IL THE BRAWL: During a Hollywood Stars/Los Angeles Angels game on Sunday, August 2, 1953, there occurred a brawl so wild, so violent, that fifty police officers were called onto the field to break it up. After half an hour of fighting, order was finally restored. Cops then were stationed at each clubhouse, and only nine players were allowed outside at a time. They had to do it that way -- it was a doubleheader, and another game had to be played!
Upright went 2 for 8 with the Browns, including 1 home run and 1 RBI. It appears that he was only a pinch-hitter and pinch runner (he played in 9 Dixie Upright games), because he's not listed as playing a position with the Browns. He reinjured his leg and missed the second game of the Stars-Angels doubleheader. We wonder if he got in a few good punches.
Baseball players brawling in the ball park before 10,408 fans brought 50 uniformed police to break up a melee of gouging, spiking, and slugging by members of the Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars. It was the second such brawl of the afternoon, the third in three days. The fighting began in the sixth inning, was quieted by the umpires, but resumed a few moments later. They were told to warn the players any further brawling would jail them on peace disturbance charges.
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It was the Hollywood outfielder who touched off the first fistswinging episode in the sixth inning of the first game. Kelleher, after taking a pair of close pitches in the fourth inning, was hit in the back by one of Hatten's curves at the start of the sixth frame.
France Laux has been called St. Louis' "pioneer baseball voice," a tribute that referred to his work with the St. Louis Browns and St. Louis Cardinals. He was the voice of baseball for 19 years on KMOX starting in 1929.
Kelleher, who had never been ejected from a game before in his 17-year career, dropped his bat, walked out to the pitcher's mound and proceeded to start lambasting Hatten.
The Sporting News presented him with its first award to the nation's outstanding major league broadcaster in 1937. He did radio play-by-play in nine World Series and nine Major League All-Star France Laux Games, but his work wasn't limited to baseball. Laux also broadcast boxing, football, wrestling, hockey and basketball.
This brought players from both teams out onto the diamond and a half dozen hand-to-hand scuffles ensued with no injuries to any of the participants.
His voice was also heard on KXOK in St. Louis as part of his play-by-play baseball agreements, but his association with KMOX lasted 30 years. His list of broadcast booth sidekicks reads like a "Who's Who" of sports: Gabby Street, Dizzy Dean, Pepper Martin, Joe Medwick, Leo Durocher and Frankie Frisch. He often bragged that he had worked for 20 years without missing a broadcast or arguing with a player or umpire.
able to get up and score. Plate umpire Bill Summers immediately evicted all photographers from the premises and drop kicked that camera clear into the Browns' dugout. According to my scrap book's account of Roy Stockton's column in the Post-Dispatch: "Even the fact that the Browns lost did not spoil the show for the crowd for while it was a defeat, the Browns fought valiantly and were not overmatched at all, though they were meeting the strong Cleveland Indians and batting against the modem fireball king, Bob Feller.
1940: A Browns Memory to Share
First St. Louis Night Game By Bud Kane, Kirkwood, MO
On Friday night, May 24, 1940, the Browns hosted the first major league night game in St. Louis. Accord-ing to my scrap book and journal for 1940 (my age was 10), the GlobeDemocrat reported that the Browns provided plenty of hoopla and media ballyhoo before the game. Manager Fred Haney wondered whether batters would see the ball better by flood lights than by daylight and whether the heavier atmosphere at night would result in the pitchers getting more stuff on their breaking pitches.
Feller did some fancy chucking. His fast ball was a burning thing that bored holes in the night air over and under the bats of the Brownie warriors and his curve darted like a phosphorescent bird. But even with Feller at his best, or at such a high peak of efficiency that spectators could imagine no greater speed, he barely was able to beat the fighting Browns." Couldn't have said it 'better myself.
Then it was announced that "the sensational young fireballer," Bob Feller, who had pitched a no-hitter on opening day, would pitch for the Indians against the Browns' Elden Auker. The game turned out to be a financial success as 25,562 fans turned out, the largest crowd for the Browns since the glamour days of 1922.
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It was also an artistic success. My Dad and I were watching from the right field grandstand; I remember thinking the park never looked more beautiful or spectacular under the lights. We watched Feller warm up in the visitors' right field bullpen and throwing what my Dad described as "wicked curves." Baseball Commissioner, Judge Landis, American League President, Will Harridge, Mayor Dickmann, and Cy Siapnicka, GM of the Indians, all made short speeches at home plate. The game turned out to be a pitchers' duel between Feller and Auker, with the Indians prevailing 3-2. The margin of victory was provided by Feller himself when he lined one of Auker's submarine fastballs into the right center field pavilion. About 50 years later I had the opportunity to ask Feller if he remembered this game. With a big grin he said "Sure I remember, I hit my first home run that night."
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In the eighth inning an incident occurred that is still fresh in my mind. McQuinn opened with a single and Rip Radcliff, who had 3 hits off Feller, lined a double into left center. McQuinn, racing around third base, collided head on with a photographer. They were allowed on the field in those days. Luckily he was http://www.thestlbrowns.com http://StlBrownsMuseum.blogspot.com
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Prices Reduced on Browns Collector’s Item Posters We no sooner announced our poster collection this past spring when we realized with a few changes we could reduce the production cost along with the sales price. We have completed the first 10 in a series of collector item posters of people, places and events in the history of the St. Louis Browns. Take a look at some of these on the internet at our merchandise site. Visit:
http://brownsmerchandise.blogspot.com/ The new price is down 40% at $75 per poster. The posters are ideal for business offices, sports bars, home recreation centers, restaurants, etc. They are matted, can be hung “as is” or framed. It’s an easy job using Velcro as the poster weight is very light. All 10 posters are hanging in the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Bar & Grill in Westport. Stop by for lunch or dinner and take in the sights.
Orioles Have the 27th Best Uniforms in Sports, According to ESPN The Orioles, formerly the ST. LOUIS BROWNS, have made a number of significant roster moves to keep them in the pennant hunt this season. But before all that, they made an addition that truly changed the look of the team. The cartoon bird logo has been a hit with almost anybody you ask, and that includes ESPN’s Paul Lukas, who has the O’s at No. 27 in his rankings of the uniforms for all 122 teams in the four major professional sports leagues. These rankings are only one man’s opinion, but that man is widely believed to be the guru of uniform aesthetics. Here’s Lukas’ take on the Orioles’ uniform set. Black and orange is a seriously undervalued color combination in sports design, and nobody uses it better than the Browns/Orioles. The home script is a thing of beauty, the road script has been nicely tweaked this season, and the return of the cartoon bird and the whitepaneled cap has made the Orioles a really fun-looking team.
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Frank Saucier Led All Professional Baseball With a .446 Batting Average at Wichita Falls in 1949
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. . But in 1951 he was pinched hit by a batter who couldn’t hit the ball out of the batter’s box - but is still talked about today.
Not having to take out a loan to afford taking a family to a game.
Not being able to stay up late to hear your favorite eastern ball team playing on the west coast.
A Connie Mack also a U.S. Senator.
The smell of Absorbine Junior in clubhouses.
Having to see plays on huge TV screens at modern day ballparks.
Mark Weston Too many minor leaguers now filling major league rosters due to the many added ball clubs.
Ball players no longer appearing in ads for cigarettes and snuff.
The hidden ball trick
Ballplayers built like Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Schantz and Pee Wee Reese.
Rooting for a favorite player who remains with a team for his entire career.
Ballplayers no longer named "Bobo!"
The small of cigarettes and cigars at ballparks.
A child having to pay a millionaire ballplayer for an autograph
Complete games by a starting pitcher.
The wave - something you see today.
Having to explain who Bob Feller was to young fans.
Double headers using one ticket for admission.
Heavy woolen uniforms worn in all weather zones especially in St. Louis with the temp over 100 degrees.
Most major leaguers having to work in the winter to make ends meet.
Living on the road in hotels without air conditioning.
Signing with the Dodgers knowing they will use their own airplane for road games.
Being given a change for fans to decide how to run a team under ownership of Bill Veeck.
The St. Louis Browns winning the 1944 war year American League championship by having the most 4-F players.
Frank had to go through spring training in 1951 during July and August due to his late signing of a contract with the Browns. He ended up with 12 bleeding blisters on each hand due to three or four hours a day of batting practice. Frank said the outfield at Sportsman’s Park was “as hard as concrete” and not on par with the fields he played on in Texas. The first time I went to bat, some blood from my hands dripped on Yogi Berra’s mitt. “Hey, you’re getting blood on my glove,” “Move it over.” I replied. Yogi grunted but didn’t answer. I had heard that Yogi, like Clint Courtney and other catchers, was a great talker behind the plate. I went 0 for 4 that game. From a financial standpoint, Bill Veeck and his backers made a horrible investment in the St. Louis Browns. The Browns attendance kept going down as the losing games mounted. Max Patkin, a professional clown, joined the team and became the first-base coach. The fans roared at his antics, but attendance kept declining. My second game was a couple of weeks later. I was 0 for 3 but hit the ball solidly. The next game I started was August 19, the 50th anniversary of the American League. I looked at the lineup card on the dugout wall and noticed I would be starting in right field and leading off in the bottom of the first. Starting right field was unusual because left field was my normal position. As I walked up to the pate to lead off the first inning, I thought maybe Bob Cain would walk me because I couldn’t swing a bat due to a sore shoulder. Just as I reached the batter’s box, the announcement of the pinch hitter was made. I didn’t hear the guy’s name but saw him running up to the plate. My first thought was “This is more like a circus than a ball games, and it was.” As I walked back to the dugout, I thought, “This is the easiest money I’ve ever made.” The crowd was making a lot of noise, and as midget, Eddie Gaedel, stepped into the batter’s box, a few “boos” were heard along with the rest of the noise. The only thing I didn’t like about the “midget caper” was that Veeck lured my hometown fans to the game by announcing during the preceding week that I was going to play. When Eddie came back to the dugout, he sat down between me and Zack Taylor. “Eddie, you really hammed it up doing down to first. What were you thinking?” I asked. “Man, I felt like Babe Ruth,” he replied. And the rest is history. Today Frank Saucier is the sole survivor of the midget incident. The pitcher, catcher, umpire, batter and pinch runner have all passed away. Frank lives in Amarillo, Texas and shared numerous memories and newspaper articles about his baseball experiences. St. Louis’ loss was Texas’ gain. 16
Browns Were Right There With the Funny Names Who would name their kid “Prince?” Well they did and today he’s Prince Fielder, one of the terrors of the baseball world. Here’s a few other funny names of today’s players - Jorge Cantu with San Diego . . . Shelley Duncan with Cleveland . . . Grant Balfour with the Athletics . . . And dozens more.
>> All the way back in 1906, a St. Louis Browns catcher named Jack O'Connor finished his season with 174 official atbats and not one double, triple or home run among his 33 hits. No player since has accumulated that many at-bats in a season and finished with zero extra-base hits.
Here’s some funny names of players that all played for the same team - our St. Louis Browns. Do you know of any more?? 1902 - Jiggs Donahue 1903 - Pinky Swande 1905 - Tubby Spencer 1906 - Beany Jacobson 1907 - Kid Butler 1909 - Ham Patterson 1910 - Farmer Ray, Sled Allen 1911 - Lefty George, Curly Brown 1912 - Bunny Brief 1913 - Tilly Walker 1915 - Baby Doll Jacobson 1916 - Parsen Perryman, Shorty Dee 1917 - Pasty Wright, Scrappy Moore, Speed Martin, Kewpie Pennington 1918 - Bugs Morris 1920 - Dixie Davis, Dud Lee 1922 - Chick Shorten 1923 - Jumbo Elliott 1924 - Boom Boom Beck 1925 - Pinky Hargrave 1926 - Ski Melillo, Bing Miller, Win Ballou, Stew Bolen 1927 - Beauty McGowan 1930 - Goose Goslin, Rip Collins 1932 - Bump Hadley, Showboat Fischer 1935 - Snipe Hansen, Moose Solters, Sugar Cain 1936 - Chief Hogsett 1938 - Sheriff Blake, Buster Mills 1940 - Slick Coffman, Fuzz White 1941 - Hooks Iott 1943 - Ox Miller
>> The 1952 Brownies, only 9 games out of first in late June, stopped the Senators four-game win streak with a 5-5, 18 inning tie. Satchel Paige pitched 10 scoreless innings. The game was called at the end of 18 innings. An American League rule prohibited the start of any inning after 12:50 a.m. (local time) and brought an end to the lengthy game. The games goes into the record books, but must be replayed from the start at a later date. This is why the Browns played 155 games that year instead of the usual 152. >> St. Louis was a hotbed of baseball activity in the early 20th century. Two of baseball's great wars played out here - the rise of the American League and the rise and fall of the Federal League. No pennants flew over the city from 1900 to 1925, yet St. Louis teams were involved in a number of torrid pennant races. Here is the heyday of the St. Louis Browns and the emergence of the Cardinals, as well as a vibrant scene for semi-pro and black teams. The city had two of the greatest hitters in baseball history - George Sisler and Rogers Hornsby - and one of the game's most influential executives - Branch Rickey. Twentyone members of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown played baseball in St. Louis during these years. >> Luke Stuart of the St. Louis Browns was the first Browns player to hit a home run in his first time at bat on August 8, 1921 - and it was his only major league home run. >> Bob Nieman of the Browns was the first player, and the only American League player, to hit a home run in his first two major league at-bats on September 14, 1951. He hit a total of 125 during his career.
Baby Doll Jacobson
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thirteen people from drowning, begging the question: “Is looking for drowning people an actual hobby?” Once, however, after hearing a cry for help, he jumped from a houseboat cocktail party to save a floating piece of wood.
One of the Five Funniest Baseball Players in History
Rube Waddell may fairly be considered baseball's "premiere nutcase," but at the distance of a century, it's difficult to tell whether the left-handed pitcher was actually a tragic individual with a mental handicap, an alcoholic, or simply someone who never quite grew up. Not particularly funny verbally, Waddell is said to have frequently carried a pistol - that's when he wasn't playing marbles with "urchins" under the stands, or being bitten by a lion. He was supposedly an actual hero, having saved http://www.thestlbrowns.com http://StlBrownsMuseum.blogspot.com
Waddell did leave us with at least a few unintentionally funny remarks, including his reply to a manager who fined him for "that disgraceful hotel episode in Detroit." The pitcher's angry retort? "There ain't no Hotel Episode in Detroit!" Waddell pitched for the Browns from 1908 - 1910. 17
The Fans Remember Don Duren, Plano, TX The first MLB game I ever witnessed – Memorial Day doubleheader – 1952 – Browns-Tigers at old Sportsman’s Park, Satchel Paige relieved. I lived in Hot Springs, AR at that time and I was about 13 years old. What a thrill to see a major league game…and real live ML players. Of course, most of us in Arkansas were Cardinals fans (still are), but I never will forget the Browns-Tigers games. _________________________________________
There are 30 former Browns players still with us with tons of memories about their playing days in baseball. Plus, there are tens of thousands of memories about the Browns from fans like yourself.
Frank May, Kansas City, MO
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During WWII, we lived on Spring & Palm, just a couple blocks away from Sportsman’s Park. My dad had a moonlight job selling tickets at the Browns’ games and worked in the Cardinal ticket office too. My godfather was Leo Ward, Traveling Secretary for the Cardinals.
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I sold scorecards for the Browns and Cardinals from 1951 to 1953.
Robert Bokern, Kirkwood, MO
On the last game the Browns played, September 27, 1953, instead of selling scorecards, I ran change for the ticket office to the ticket booths around the ballpark. I never cashed my paycheck and also have a scorecard from the last game. Years later, I was at Lambert Field in St. Louis in line behind Bill Veeck and told him about the check I kept. He said, If you did not cash it in ninety days, you were out of luck, as all the money was gone by then.” He may have been joking, but I took him seriously. Saw lots of great baseball way back. _________________________________________
Enclosed is a copy of a post card I bought almost 50 years ago of the great George Sisler to put in your news bulletin. This is the 90th year since Sisler hit .420 and the Browns almost won the pennant, so I know you’d like to mention it. My uncle, Elmer Grimm, was a life-long fan of the Browns and said he saw Sisler play many times. Ed Mickelson and I played on the high school team in University City together in 1944. I believe he hit about .550. We had a great team. _________________________________________
Martin Younger, Centralia, MO Got a kick out of the Browns website. I am originally from Kirkwood and remember well Sportsman’s Park. I was born May 19, 1952. Bill Veeck came through the ward that day and gave every male newborn mother a signed "Future Players Contract." I was to report for Spring Training March 1st, 1970.
Carl Lehne, Florissant, MO I will never forget spring training ‘44 in Cape Girardeau. I was batboy for several games with hometown Capahas. Still have a Jimmy Foxx Armed Forces bat given to me then. Also some mementos from the 44 world series. _________________________________________ Jim Keddy, Windsor, Canada I watched the ‘44 series this afternoon after watching my Tigers get beaten by the Red Soc on TV. What a thrill it was to see and hear all the names of the players that I remember hearing on the radio back when I was a 13 year old boy, listening to the radio and pulling for the underdog BROWNS.
My name is on it as is Bill Veeck’s. On the contract I am named as one of many "Baby Brownies" of St. Louis’ land. It has been on my wall my entire life.
By the way, I had already printed out the lineups and box scores of each of the 6 games from the web page.
Harold Brinkopf, Moline, IL
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I am surprised that our BFC is only 27 years old (Bill B.'s Brownie Bits) as I think I have been a member for at least 25 years and thought the club was in existence quite a while before I heard about it. Another compliment to those that do the work for the "Pop Flies" magazine .. .it is about as nice of a publication as anybody could desire. It is something that I proudly show to anybody that I can get directly (or indirectly) interested in the St. Louis Brown's BASEBALL club.
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I see that Cape Girardeau is shown in the last Pop Flies as being the Spring Training location for the Brown's during the three war years ... and that was my home town. Several of us spent many late afternoons at Capaha Park watching the practice ... and they didn't charge to watch ... which was great for us teenage guys, The Brown's barely eked out the pennant in '44 by winning their last series ... while the opposite was going on up in Detroit ... so we Cape people always felt like our town had helped bring it about as the Browns got off to a great start at the beginning of the season ... and we thought their spring training facilities must have had a lot to do with that. And of course ... Pete Gray ... my gawd ... he would be making millions nowadays by batting around .230 or whatever it was that he hit that one year.
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I never liked the Cardinal management as they refused to play the Browns any training games (Cardinals were in Cairo, Illinois about 30 miles away) as they thought it would detract from the City Series that was always played in St Louis before the regular season started. Guess that I have gotten over the dislike for the Cardinals as they are the only game in town for the past 60 years. Again ... thanks to you for all the work and dedication to our Brown memories over the years.
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