Central Illinois Major League Debuts- Carl Vandagrift (Cantrall)

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Carl Vandagrift

Major League Debut May 19, 1914

He was born Carl William Vandagrift on April 22, 1883, in Cantrall, Illinois. He went on to enjoy his time in baseball as he made his major league debut with the Indianapolis Hoosiers on May 19, 1914. Primarily a second baseman, he played in 43 professional games. In his first at-bat, he produced a single. He hit in his first seven games in the major leagues and was batting .417 on June 23rd. Things went south from there and by the end of the season he was hitting a dismal .245 and he had no homers or triples. He did get four doubles but he was just a singles player. That was the end of his professional career.

 

He moved to Ft. Wayne Indiana and owned and operated a bowling alley in the city. He died on October 9, 1920, due to complications from appendectomy surgery. He was 38 years of age and left behind a wife and six-year-old son.

Career Numbers

Batting average .250
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 9
Teams
Indianapolis Hoosiers (1914)

Where is Cantrall, Illinois?

Cantrall is a village in Sangamon County, Illinois, United States. The population was 139 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Sangamon River State Fish and Wildlife Area is located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) southwest of Cantrall, on the banks of the Sangamon River.

Central Illinois Major League Debuts- Fred Beck (Havana)

Fred Beck

Major League Debut April 14, 1909

    He was born Frederick Thomas Beck on November 17, 1886, in Havana, Illinois. He spent all of his life in and around Havana when he wasn’t gone for baseball. His start came in the Illinois 3-I League which consisted of teams from Illinois-Iowa-Indiana. He was expected to pitch for the team from Bloomington, Illinois. He had trouble throwing strikes and was converted to the outfield to keep his strong bat in the lineup.

He was sold in the middle of the 1908 season for $750 to the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and played outfield and first base for them. He was signed in 1909 by the Boston Doves and made his major league debut on April 14th of that season. He was 2-for-5 in the game with one run scored. He got his first home run on October 2, 1909, which was a game winner as his team won 1-0 against Philadelphia. He went on to be the home run leader in 1910 with TEN home runs.

The Cincinnati Reds purchased him in February of 1911 and he played for them for part of the season before being sold to the Philadelphia Phillies. He stumbled a bit with them and was in the minor leagues until 1914 when he was signed by the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. He went back to the minors and played ball until 1918 when he joined the service during World War I.

He officially announced his retirement in 1926 and finished his professional career with a .262 batting average. He also had 33 home runs and 251 runs batted in. He went back to his hometown in Havana and became a clerk at the Taylor House. He died at the age of 75 on March 12, 1962, and is buried in Havana at Laurel Hills Cemetery.

 

Central Illinois has had many major league baseball players in history. Let’s look at them from the 12 counties that we have selected to become Central Illinois. (Logan, McLean, DeWitt, Woodford, Fulton, Peoria, Mason, Tazewell, Cass, Morgan, Menard, Sangamon)

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Allyn Stout (Peoria)

Allan Simpson (Springfield)

Central Illinois Major League Debuts- Allan Simpson (Springfield)

Central Illinois Major League Debuts- Allan Simpson (Springfield)

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Central Illinois has had many major league baseball players in history. Let’s look at them from the 12 counties that we have selected to become Central Illinois. (Logan, McLean, DeWitt, Knox, Woodford, Fulton, Peoria, Mason, Tazewell, Cass, Morgan, Sangamon)

 

Larry Allan Simpson

MLB Debut May 17. 2004

BOXSCORE

Simpson was born in Springfield, Illinois on August 26, 1977. It appears he moved out of the area before he got to high school. Records show he attended high school in Las Vegas and was drafted out of Taft College in California in the 8th round of the 2017 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He labored in the minor leagues with Seattle as a righthanded pitcher for about 6 years before getting to move to the Rockies where they gave him the call to the major leagues.

He played for Colorado in 2004 and 2005 before going to the Cincinnati Reds late in the 2005 season. He hooked up with the Brewers in 2006 then played two more years in the minor leagues before retiring from baseball. He ended his career with a 2-2 record with 57 strikeouts and a 6.06 career ERA. He played his final major league game on June 6, 2006.

 

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May 19- Carl Vandagrift (Cantrall)

May 20- Dan Dugdale (Peoria)

 

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Central Illinois Major League Debuts- Allyn Stout (Peoria)

Central Illinois Major League Debuts- Allyn Stout (Peoria)

Central Illinois has had many major league baseball players in history. Let’s look at them from the 12 counties that we have selected to become Central Illinois. (Logan, McLean, DeWitt, Knox, Woodford, Fulton, Peoria, Mason, Tazewell, Cass, Morgan, Sangamon)

 

Allyn McClellan Stout

born in Peoria, Illinois on October 31, 1904

MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT May 16, 1931

He was brought in to the game in the bottom of the 8th inning to pitch for the first time. The Cardinals trailed the New York Giants 7-5. He pitched a perfect inning as all three batters ground out to the infield. It was a success for the righthander from Peoria. BOXSCORE

In his first season, he pitched in 30 games for the St. Louis Cardinals and finished with a perfect 6-0 record. The first win of his career came on June 9, 1931, facing the Brooklyn Dodgers at home. He tossed 6.2 innings and allowed five hits, one earned run, 3 walks and he fanned four batters. He pitched his first complete game on September 14, 1931, facing Philadelphia. He finished with 9IP/14H/5ER/3BB/5K.

He played for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants and Boston Braves after being traded for future Hall of Famer Leo Durocher. His career numbers have him winning 20 games and losing 20 games. He struck out 185 batters and sported a 4.5 ERA. He played his final game on June 27, 1943 while with Boston.

He died on December 22, 1974, and is buried in Sikeston, MO.

 

 

 

 

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