Monday, November 2, 2015

11/2:HBD Orlando; AA & Alleghenys Founded, Bragan Named Skipper, Roberto SI Cover Boy

  • 1881 - The American Association was founded. The initial members were the Brooklyn Atlantics, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Louisville Cardinals, Philadelphia Atlantics, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, and St. Louis Brown Stockings. The AA was considered a major league organization, though the Alleghenys bolted to the NL after the 1886 campaign and the league folded after the 1891 season. Denny McKnight, the Alleghenys owner, was its first president, with his term running from 1892-95.
HD "Denny" McKnight (photo from National Baseball Hall of Fame)
  • 1955 - Bobby Bragan was named the new Bucco field manager‚ replacing Fred Haney. The fiery Bragan didn’t last long, getting the ax in early August of 1957 after compiling a 102-155 record. His spot was taken by Danny Murtaugh. Bobby went on to manage the Cleveland Indians (1958) and Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1963-66), compiling an overall 443-478 record.
  • 1966 - OF/1B Orlando Merced was born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Merced played from 1990-96 for the Bucs with a .283 BA, coming in second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1991. Now he operates the Orlando Merced Baseball Training Center in Kissimmee, FL.
Orlando Merced 1993 Stadium Club series
  • 1971 - Roberto Clemente was featured on the cover of The Sporting News for the story “Mr. Big.” And he was for the Bucs, hitting .341, earning an All-Star berth, Golden Glove and World Series MVP award.

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