This day in baseball: McGraw’s debut

John McGraw made his debut as a major league manager on April 18, 1899 at the age of twenty-six.  His Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Giants (McGraw’s future team) 5-3 that day.  McGraw’s managerial career would span 33 years, during which time he won ten pennants and three World Championships.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.



Infographic: AL East logo history

I stumbled across this graphic in my random internet wanderings depicting a history of the logos and uniforms for the teams in the American League East.  I love how this graphic also gives an idea of just how long these teams have been around, relative to one another.

It looks tiny here, but click on the image to get to a larger version.


This day in baseball: Ruth’s debut

Babe Ruth made his major league debut on July 11, 1914, taking the mound for the Red Sox against the Indians.  The Boston Red Sox just purchased nineteen-year-old Ruth’s contract the day before from the Baltimore Orioles.  He pitched seven innings in the game to lead the Sox to a 4-3 victory.


Associated Press

This day in baseball: Immaculate inning

On July 1, 1902, A’s pitcher Rube Waddell became the first American League pitcher to throw an immaculate inning.  In the third* inning, Waddell struck out Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, and Jack Cronin on nine consecutive pitches.  He gave up only two hits over the course of the game, facing the minimum 27 batters en route to a 2-0 victory.

*I’ve also seen that Waddell accomplished the feat in the sixth inning.  I went with the third here, because that’s what I’ve found indicated most frequently in my search.

Library of Congress

This day in baseball: Charlie Grant

On March 11, 1901, John McGraw, manager of the American League’s Orioles, attempted to surreptitiously integrate the major leagues when he signed Charlie Grant.  McGraw tried to pass off the black infielder as a Cherokee Indian named Tokohoma. When the team later traveled to Chicago, however, McGraw’s ruse was uncovered by Charles Comiskey, who recognized the second baseman’s true identity.  Grant maintained his disguise, claiming that his father was white and that his mother was a Cherokee who lived in Lawrence, Kansas.  McGraw initially persisted with the scheme, but later claimed that “Tokohama” was inexperienced, especially on defense. Grant returned to the Columbia Giants of the Negro Leagues and never played in the major leagues.


Charlie Grant (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball: Brooks Robinson elected to HoF

On January 12, 1983, Orioles Gold Glover Brooks Robinson became the 14th player to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.  Also elected to the HoF this year was right-handed pitcher Juan Marichal.  Marichal was the former ace of the Giants and the all-time winningest pitcher from Latin America.

Here is Robinson’s Hall of Fame induction speech:

This day in baseball: Haskell makes a good punching bag

Orioles first baseman Jimmy Hart* earned himself a lifelong ban from baseball when, on August 5, 1901, he punched umpire John Haskell after Haskell called him out at third base.  Hart played a mere 58 major league games in his career, accumulating 64 hits in 206 at-bats (a .311 batting average), with 23 RBIs.

* I’ve also seen his name listed as Burt Hart, but I haven’t been able to figure out where the discrepancy comes from.  If anyone has some insight, please enlighten me!

EDIT:  Thanks to The Baseball Bloggess, I have an answer to the mystery!  Hart was born James Burton Hart, and apparently had originally gone by “Burt,” until the media kept referring to him as “Jimmy.”  Gotta love the press!  It almost makes it sound like the guy had multiple personalities, which brings up the question: which one punched John Haskell?  Jimmy or Burt?