Baseball Bookshelf almanac, Feb 5

February 5, 2013

Literary birthday greetings: – Hank Aaron, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer

Previous Aaron birthday entry.

1946 – Norm Miller, outfielder

To All My Fans From Norm Who?, by Miller, Double Play Productions, 2009.

1968Roberto Alomar, infielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer

Roberto Alomar (Latinos in Baseball), by Norman Macht, Mitchell Lane Publishers, 1998.

Also on this date:

1919 – National League president John Heydler dismisses charges against Cincinnati Reds star Hal Chase, who had been accused of throwing games and betting against his team in collusion with gamblers. The charges had been brought forth by Reds manager Christy Mathewson and owner Garry Herrmann. Heydler rules that Chase’s poor play was attributable to “carelessness,” and not to gambling. Two weeks later, New York Giants manager John McGraw obtains Chase from Cincinnati in exchange for first baseman Walter Holke and catcher Bill Rariden.

The Black Prince of Baseball: Hal Chase and the Mythology of the Game, by Don Dewey and Nick Acocella, Sport Media Publishing, 2004.

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