Thursday, March 20, 2014

3/20: Walter Schmidt, Josh & Judy, Blas Minor & The Great One...

Walter Schmidt, Josh & Judy, Blas Minor & The Great One...

  • 1887 - C Walter Schmidt was born in London, Arizona. He donned the tools of ignorance for Pittsburgh from 1916-24, hitting .257. 
  • 1937 - The Homestead Grays acquired future Hall of Famers Josh Gibson and Judy Johnson for $2,500 in cash and a pair of journeymen players after Pittsburgh Crawfords owner Gus Greenlee was forced to unload his stars as salary dumps.

 Pictured (left to right) are William "Buck" Leonard, Wille "El Diablo" Wells, Rudolfo "Rudy" Fernandez, Sammy Hughes, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, James "Cool Papa" Bell, John "Buck" O'Neil, Bill "Daddy" Bird, William "Judy" Johnson, Andrew "Rube" Foster, Joshua "Josh" Gibson, Leroy "Satchel" Paige, Jackie Robinson, "Hammerin" Hank Aaron and "Smokey Joe" Williams. (image by Speed Illustrations)

  • 1966 - RHP Blas Minor was born in Merced, California. Working out of the Buc bullpen from 1992-94, he had an 8-7-3 record for Pittsburgh with a 4.76 ERA. 
  • 1973 - In a special election held by the BBWAA‚ Roberto Clemente was voted into the Hall of Fame. The Board of Directors waived the five year eligibility period for Clemente, and he was inducted on August 6th as the first Hispanic player to enter Cooperstown.

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