Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Bobo Holloman Day... May 7th!

It's interesting: 1) the three greatest pitching feats in Browns history happened on 3 successive days: May 5, 6 & 7th (see below for May 5, 6 "events").  2)  Bobo Hollomon pitched the only no-hitter in the 14-year history of "Busch Stadium I". Gibson, Broglio, Spahn, Koufax, Drysdale, Robin Roberts ... all couldnt pull it off.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Ernie Koob/Bob Groom 100th Anniversary No-hit Weekend, everybody!

MAY 05, 2017 7:18 PM

Belleville’s Bob Groom made baseball history 100 years ago

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Browns Bottomley Milks, Takes Home Cow

Contrary to popular belief, not all Browns ballpark stunts were purveyed during the Bill Veeck era. Since the 1930s, Browns owners were thinking of ways to make the Brownies, who were not entertaining between the baselines, entertaining outside of them.  In 1936, during the ownership of the Phil Ball estate*, and the managership of Rogers Hornsby, the Browns donated a cow to the avid farmer, Sunny Jim, on "Jim Bottomley Day".  But, ever the promoters, in addition to giving Bottomley the cow (and a goat and a host of other farmyard animals), they also gave him a pail and a milking stool. Not missing a beat,, and to the "shrieking" delight of 10,000 fans attending Ladies Day, Bottomley thanked the crowd by demonstrating his milking prowess.
* Louis von Wiese executor, and L.W. McEvoy, general manager.