Monday, November 2, 2015

George Walden, Last Browns Front Office Staff

George F. Walden a lifetime member of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society, died Saturday, October 24, 2015 at age 87.
A professional baseball writer and scout, he was inducted into "The Midwest Professional Baseball Scouts Association Hall of Fame". George worked in the Browns front office where he wrote and distributed news releases for the Browns and their 12 farm clubs. He also served as the clubs statistician, yearbook editor, tryout camp and minor league spring training camp publicist. He is believed to have been the  last living member of the Browns front office.
George worked as Baseball Scout for the Kansas City (Oakland) A's, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, and the New York Mets. George scouted and was instrumental in signing Jason Isringhausen with the New York Mets. George leaves behind many friends and a loving family.

Fun World Series Factoid Overlooked by the Media . . .

Contratulations Royals . . .

The original New York Metropolitans Major League franchise won their 1st pennant in 1884 in the American Association. The franchise dissolved in 1888 and was replaced by . . . wait for it . . . the 1888 Kansas City Cowboys.

Their star player was future Hall of Famer "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, shown on his 1888 baseball card, who still ranks 3rd among all-time stolen base leaders (behind only Henderson & Brock).

The American Association vanished into Major League Baseball history after the 1891 season, pre-dating the birth of the American League by 10 years.