Friday, May 7, 2021

Today's New York-Penn League Birthday: Billy Murphy, Binghamton Triplets (1965)

Credits: Topps Co. & Trading Card Database
Happy 77th Birthday to former New York-Penn League prospect Billy Murphy. He played for the 1965 Binghamton Triplets.

Murphy played in 84 games for the 1966 New York Mets.

Source: Baseball Reference

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Today's Birthday: Russ Gibson, Corning Red Sox (1957)

Credits: Topps Co. & Trading Card Database
Former New York-Penn League and Eastern League prospect Russ Gibson was born on this date in 1939, in Fall River, Massachusetts.

He was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1957 and assigned to the Corning Red Sox in the New York-Penn League. He appeared in just two games (9 at bats, 4 hits, .444 batting average) before being reassigned to Lafayette (Indiana) in the Midwest League. He played in the Eastern League for the York White Roses (1962) and Pittsfield Red Sox (1967).

Gibson played in the major leagues during six seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1967-69) and San Francisco Giants (1970-72).

Following his playing career, he worked for the Massachusetts State Lottery for several years. He died of a heart attack on July 27, 2008, at the age of 69.

Source: Baseball Reference

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Today's Birthday: Johnny Rutherford, Olean Oilers (1947-48)

Originally posted on May 5, 2019....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Credits: Topps Co. & Trading Card Database
Former PONY (New York-Penn) League prospect Howie Koplitz was born on this date in 1938. He pitched in 10 games for the 1956 Jamestown Falcons (1-7, 5.82 ERA, 65 IP, 1.523 WHIP). 

Koplitz was the Minor League Player of the Year and Southern Association Most Valuable Player with the Birmingham Barons in 1961.

He made his major league debut in 1961 with Detroit and pitched in 54 games (9-7, 4.21 ERA) over 5 seasons with the Tigers (1961-62) and the Washington Senators (1964-66).

Koplitz died on January 2, 2012, at the age of 73.

Source: Baseball Reference 

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Monday, May 3, 2021

News from the PONY League on May 3, 1944

Opening Day!

Source: Bradford Evening Star and Daily Record  via Newspapers.com

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Today's Birthday: Larry Gowell (1967 Oneonta Yankees)


 
 

Source: Baseball Reference and Twitter

Photo: The Wiz and Trading Card Database

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Friday, April 30, 2021

News from the PONY League: April 30, 1941

Batavia Clippers to rely on pitching staff this season.


Source: Olean Times Herald  via Newspapers.com

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