Monday, March 7, 2016

3/7: HBD Doc, Iron Man & Junior; Welcome to HoF, Vic

  • 1881 - RHP Doc Scanlan was born in Syracuse. He started his career in Pittsburgh, tossing sparingly from 1903-04 before being sold to the Brooklyn Superbas. Doc was 1-4 with a 4.65 ERA here, but was steady for some bad Brooklyn teams over the next 6-½ years, winning 64 games with a 2.96 ERA and over 1,200 IP. He made baseball history in 1905 when he became one of only a handful of NL hurlers in modern major league history to win two complete games in one day, beating St. Louis, 4-0 and 3-2 on October 3rd. Doc’s nickname was straightforward enough; he became a doctor after he hung up the spikes.
Doc Scanlan 1904 (photo: Detroit Public Library Ernie Harwell Collection)
  • 1912 - C Ray “Iron Man” Mueller was born in Pittsburg, Kansas. Iron Man played in Pittsburgh (PA, not KS) from 1939-40 and again in 1950, hitting .251. He earned his nickname when he caught every game the Cincinnati Reds played (155) during the 1944 season. Mueller caught a NL-record 233 consecutive games in 1943–1944 and 1946, missing 1945 when he was in the Army.
  • 1919 - RHP James “Junior” Walsh was born in Newark. Junior pitched in 1946, then again during 1948-51, for the Bucs and not very effectively; he never had an ERA lower than 5.05. In five years, his line was 4-10-1/5.88.
  • 1995 - The Veterans Committee selected RHP Vic Willis for the Hall of Fame. Willis pitched from 1906-09 with Pittsburgh, going 89-46 with a 2.08 ERA. The workhorse curveballer was inducted on July 30th with 249 career victories on his resume.

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