Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Today's Birthday: Frank Verdi

Credits: The Wiz via Trading Card Database
Former PONY prospect (1946 Wellsville Yankees) and New York-Penn League manager (1966 Binghamton Triplets and 1967 Oneonta Yankees) Frank Verdi was born on this date in 1926.

Verdi appeared in one game for the New York Yankees in 1953.


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Monday, June 1, 2020

Today's Birthday: Hal Smith

Note: This was first posted on June 1, 2019. How time flies when you are having fun.

Credits: Topps Co. via Trading Cards Database
Former PONY (New York-Penn League) prospect Hal Smith was born on this date in 1931, in Barling, Arkansas. He was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949 and played in 79 games in the PONY League for the 1950 Hamilton Cardinals.

Smith went on to play six seasons in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals 1956-61 and was a National League All-Star in 1957 and 1959. He played in four games while coaching for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1965.

Smith died on April 12, 2014, in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 82.

Source: Baseball Reference

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Today's Birthday: Tippy Martinez

Credits: Topps Co. via Trading Card Database

Happy 70th birthday to former New York-Penn League prospect Tippy Martinez. Martinez played in two games for the 1972 Oneonta Yankees (1-0, 2.00 ERA).

He went on to play in the majors for 14 seasons with the New York Yankees (1974-76), Baltimore Orioles (1976-86) and Minnesota Twins (1988). He was a 1983 All-Star and appeared in two World Series (1979, '83).


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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Today's Birthday: John Felske

Credits: Tastykake via Trading Card Database
Happy 78th birthday to former New York-Penn League manager John Felske. He managed the 1974 Newark (New York) Co-Pilots to a 30-36 record and a 5th place finish.

Felske played in the major leagues during three seasons (Chicago Cubs, 1968 and Milwaukee Brewers, 1972-73) and later managed the Philadelphia Phillies for three seasons (1985-87).


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Friday, May 29, 2020

Today's Birthday: Williard Schmidt

Former PONY (New York-Penn) League prospect Willard Schmidt was born on this date in 1928. Schmidt pitched for the 1949 Hamilton Cardinals, winning 22 games (9 losses) and had a 2.91 ERA.

Topps Co. via Trading Card Database

He played in the majors for seven seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1952-53, '55-'57) and Cincinnati Reds (1958-59). According to Baseball Reference, "Willard Schmidt was the first known player to get hit by a pitch twice in the same inning by two different pitchers. It happened on April 26, 1959, playing for the Cincinnati Redlegs when Bob Rush and Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves hit him."


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

News from the New York-Penn League: May 28, 1962

The Batavia Pirates swept the Auburn Mets in a doubleheader yesterday, 9-3 and 5-2. Ron Woods homered for Batavia.

Source: The Evening Times (Sayre, Pennsylvania) via Newspapers.com

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Today's Birthday: George O'Donnell

Credits: Darigold Farms via Trading Card Database
Former PONY (New York-Penn) League prospect George O'Donnell was born on this date in 1929. He pitched for the 1949 Olean Oilers (6-10, 3.49 ERA).

O'Donnell pitched in 29 games for the 1954 Pittsburgh Pirates (3-9, 4.53 ERA).


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