Ed Barrow- Major League Manager Born in Springfield, Il

A bit of a deviation from players but this manager from Springfield has some really cool things in his background.


  • Barrow was the first executive to put numbers on player uniforms.
  • He also announced the retirement of Lou Gehrig’s uniform number, the first number to be retired.
  • Barrow was also the first executive to allow fans to keep foul balls that entered the stands.
  • Barrow was also the first to require the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the United States’ national anthem, before every game, not only on holidays.
  • In May 1950, an exhibition game was played in honor of Barrow, with Barrow managing a team of retired stars.
  • Barrow was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1953.
  • On April 15, 1954, the Yankees dedicated a plaque to Barrow, which first hung on the center field wall at Yankee Stadium, near the flagpole and the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins. The plaques later moved to the stadium’s Monument Park.
  • Barrow was an able boxer. He once fought John L. Sullivan in an exhibition for four rounds




Edward Grant Barrow (May 10, 1868 – December 15, 1953) was an American manager and front office executive in Major League Baseball. He served as the field manager of the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. He served as business manager (de facto general manager) of the New York Yankees from 1921 to 1939 and as team president from 1939 to 1945, and is credited with building the Yankee dynasty.Barrow was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.

Born in a covered wagon in Springfield, Illinois, Barrow worked as a journalist and soap salesman before entering the business of baseball by selling concessions at games. From there, Barrow purchased minor league baseball teams, also serving as team manager, and served as president of the Atlantic League. After managing the Tigers in 1903 and 1904 and returning to the minor leagues, Barrow became disenchanted with baseball, and left the game to operate a hotel.

Barrow returned to baseball in 1910 as president of the Eastern League. After a seven-year tenure, Barrow managed the Red Sox from 1918 through 1920, leading the team to victory in the 1918 World Series. When Red Sox owner Harry Frazee began to sell his star players, Barrow joined the Yankees. During his quarter-century as their baseball operations chief, the Yankees won 14 AL pennants and 10 World Series titles.

Barrow was hospitalized on July 7, 1953 at the United Hospital of Port Chester, New York and died on December 15, at the age of 85, due to a malignancy. His body was kept at Campbell’s Funeral Home and interred in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.



Elkhart – Illinois Born “Boys of Summer” Series- Jake Stahl and Tommy Thompson

Elkhart – Illinois Born “Boys of Summer” Series- Jake Stahl and Tommy Thompson

Continuing on with the Illinois born major league players takes me to a Logan County small town of Elkhart. I found an interesting tidbit that I didn’t know in the story of Jake Stahl. Here are two players born in Elkhart.

Here is a link to previous Illinois Born players.






 ThompsonTommy  Rupert Lockhart “Tommy” Thompson was born in Elkhart, Illinois on May 19, 1910. He made his debut as an outfielder for the Boston Braves on September 3, 1933. He went 0-for-4 with one walk in his team’s 14 inning loss to New York.

He went on to play for the Boston Braves (1933–36), Chicago White Sox (1938–39), and St. Louis Browns (1939). He made his last major league appearance on June 9, 1939. In his career he batted .266 with 9 home runs and 119 runs batted in. He may have put it all together in 1945 when he was in the Pacific Coast League playing for the San Diego Padres as he batted .346. 

His Transaction Review

September 2, 1933: Purchased by the Boston Braves from Albany (International).
December 4, 1936: Traded by the Boston Bees with Tiny Chaplin and cash to San Diego (PCL) for Vince DiMaggio.
October 5, 1937: Drafted by the Chicago White Sox from San Diego (PCL) in the 1937 rule 5 draft.
April 27, 1939: Purchased by the St. Louis Browns from the Chicago White Sox.

He died at the age of 61 on May 24, 1971 and is buried in the New Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, California. 

JakeStahl   Garland “Jake” Stahl was born on April 13, 1879 in Elkhart, Illinois as the the third son of Henry and Eliza Stahl. He grew up to be 6’2” and 195 lbs and many considered him a beast, particularly on the football field. He graduated from high school (which was 10th grade) and went to work at the family store while attending the University of Illinois. While there, the football coach, George Huff, encouraged him to tryout for the football team.

  He made the team and quickly became a two-way football star with a great season 1901. He was named captain of the team in 1902. Football was not the only sport he excelled at as Huff was also the baseball coach and made Stahl his catcher. He batted .441 during his sophomore season.

He graduated with a law degree in 1903 from the University of Illinois. He clearly was a good student but he wasn’t with adventure and a keen interest in females.  The University of Illinois yearbooks of the time contain two references to Jake’s social activities, including a poem describing his carriage ride with a young woman named Clara. Jake met his future wife, Jennie Mahan, at the university.


 He graduated from the University of Illinois as a Kappa Kappa member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Stahl made his major league debut as a catcher on April 20, 1903 for the Boston Americans. In 1904 he was traded to the Washington Senators and they converted him to first base.

  His best season was probably 1910 when he led the American League in home runs with 10 as a player for the Boston Red Sox but also fanned 128 times.  He played from 1903-1913 with four different teams.

 He was known in baseball circles as a player that went through the motions and had a large tendency to loaf as a player. He last played on June 13, 1913 for the Red Sox. In his career he hit 31 homers, drove in 437 runs, stole 178 bases and ended with a .261 batting average.

1912WorldSeries  He was a player/manager and guided the Red Sox to a World Series Championship in 1912. For his managerial career he was 263-270.

NOTE: This was one of only four World Series to go to eight games, and the only best-of-seven Series to do so. While the 1912 Series was extended to eight games due to a tie game being called on account of darkness, the 1903, 1919, and 1921 World Series were all best-of-nine affairs that happened to run eight games.

MGR NOTE: Stahl was ejected 8 times in his managerial career.


He was fired the next season due to a disagreement with management. Many people around baseball believed it was a mistake to fire Stahl but he ended his baseball career and retired to banking. He joined his father-in-law and the Washington Park National Bank. He became very successful in that business but soon came down with an illness. He died of tuberculosis at age 43 in Monrovia, California on October 18, 1922.






Exterior view of Washington Park National Bank, located at East 63rd Street and South Evans Avenue in the Woodlawn community area of Chicago, Illinois.




Here is the same bank in 2015.





SABR Article

Retrosheet on Stahl

Where is Elkhart, Illinois?

Elkhart is a village in Logan County, Illinois, United States. The population was 443 at the 2000 census.

Village Website

Elkhart Historical Society


Early history from wikipedia

In some respects the history of Elkhart dates from the first settlement of James Latham at Elkhart Grove (Elk Heart) in the spring of 1819. From the very earliest times Elkhart Hill has been the scene of activity. James Latham’s house, and later Richard Latham’s place on the brow of the hill further south, were stops on the early stage routes from Springfield to Bloomington, and here travelers were received with true pioneer hospitality. In later days, Abraham Lincoln, David Davis, John T. Stuart and others, when traveling the judicial circuit frequently tarried overnight at Elkhart Grove. In about 1820, James Latham also built a horse mill at the Grove. Before this, the early settlers had been compelled to go to Edwardsville to mill. During the mill’s existence, settlers came a great distance to get their grinding done and frequently camped overnight waiting their turn.

A town site was at one time projected by Aquilla Davis. But nothing definite was done in that direction until the Alton & Sangamon (now the Chicago & Alton) railroad came through in 1853. Once the tracks were laid, an old horse mill, owned by Seneca Woods, was brought from Springfield by William Mozee and converted into a warehouse. This was the first building in the town of Elkhart. In 1855, John Shockey, of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, laid out the town, which was surveyed by County Surveyor Conaway Pence on April 11 of that year. Christian Shockey and John Rinehart were chain carriers, Wm. F. Elkin and A. E. Constant were witnesses to the survey, and the town was given the name of Elkhart City to distinguish it from Elkhart Hill and Elkhart Grove. The same year Mr. Shockey erected a large, frame hotel. J. R. Saunders also built a brick store and offered the first general stock of goods for sale in the town. A few goods had been for sale in the old warehouse, but no regular stock had been kept. Quite a number of houses were built that same summer, and the town experienced quite a growth spurt during the later 1850s. J. R. Saunders served the first postmaster and railroad agent, and William Rankin was his assistant. In 1858, John Gibbs erected a warehouse. Shockey’s 16-acre (65,000 m2) addition was added to the original town in January 1858. Rigney’s addition was laid out in 1863, and Thompson’s addition was added in 1865. A small district school house was moved into the town in 1856, which gave way to a larger structure in 1865.

For many years Elkhart was one of the largest shipping points on the C&A Railroad. This was due in part to the large stock farms of John D. Gillett. The town was incorporated Feb. 22, 1861 by special legislative charter. The first officers were James Rigney, president; W. M. Helm, clerk; T. H. Cantrall, treasurer; L. D. Dana, justice; Martin Buzzard, constable; and A. H. Bogardus, street commissioner. A Methodist church was built in the village in 1863, a Catholic church in 1864, and a Christian church in 1867. Captain A.H. Bogardus was a resident of Elkhart at the time he was crowned American Wing Shot Champion and when he won the world championship medal in London in 1875. A new rail depot was built at Elkhart in 1888.

Like many frontier towns, Elkhart has had its share of fires. The nearby residence of the rancher John D. Gillett was destroyed by fire on Feb. 14, 1871, although he rebuilt on the same site. On March 2, 1891, Gov. Richard J. Oglesby’s residence was consumed by fire. A new residence was erected by Gov. Oglesby but on a site further to the south and east, now known as Oglehurst. Gov. Oglesby died in this home on April 24, 1899. On May 24, 1889, lightning struck the Crang Building, which was occupied by the Hughes & Mendenhall General Store. The fire spread to adjacent buildings and destroyed most of the commercial buildings in the village. In all, the fire destroyed ten businesses and one home.

In 1885, the town was incorporated as a village under the general laws of the state, relinquishing the special legislative charter. The first board under the new incorporation consisted of Henry Stahl, C. P. Bridges, A. H. Bogardus, C. B. Taylor, David Lippet and Luther Wood. A handsome new library building was erected in 1904, the gift of the Gillett family. Elkhart was a station on the Illinois Traction System, which was built through the village in 1904. 


Divernon, Taylorville, Auburn- Illinois Born “Boys of Summer” Series

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   Al Papai born May 7, 1917 in Divernon, Illinois. He made his first appearance in the major leagues on April 24, 1948 with the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher. In that game he came in to pitch the 9th inning with the Cardinals trailing 5-2. He got the first batter to groundout, then Hal Jeffcoat hit a homerun off of him. That was followed by a fly out, a walk and a caught stealing. Here is the BOXSCORE for that game.


He went on to play for the Browns, Red Sox and White Sox in his career. He was primarily a knuckleball pitcher. In his only major league full-season he went 4-11 with a 5.06 ERA for the helpless Browns. In parts of four seasons, he posted a 9–14 record with a 5.37 ERA in 88 appearances, including 18 starts, eight complete games, four saves, 70 strikeouts, 138 walks, and 239 ⅔ innings of work.His last appearance was September 1, 1955 with the Chicago White Sox.  Papai died in Springfield, Illinois, at the age of 78.


Where is Divernon, Illinois?  Divernon is a village in Sangamon County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,201 at the 2000 census, and 1,131 at a 2009 estimate. It is part of the Springfield, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.

PerryPat   William Patrick Perry (Pat Perry)  born on February 4. 1959 in Taylorville, Illinois. He made his debut in the major leagues as a lefthanded pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals on September 12, 1985. In his debut he pitched four innings and allowed two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. BOXSCORE.

His last game was on September 30, 1990 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his career, he went 12-10 and a 3.46 ERA along with 131 strikeouts in six seasons.

Where is Taylorville, Illinois? Taylorville is a city in and the county seat of Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,427 at the 2000 census, making it the county’s largest city.




21 Dec 1926, New York, New York, USA --- Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Joe Wood and Dutch Leonard, four of the best known players in baseball, were named by Commissioner K.M. Landis in making a new scandal in the national pastime. These four men, according to a statement Landis issued were involved in a deal wherein Cleveland was to "throw" a game to Detroit, Sept. 25, 1919. By so doing it was pointed out, Cleveland could not be nosed out of second place in the American League and it would help Detroit to finish third. Ty Cobb, manager of the Detroit team, related that Dutch Leonard, pitcher, had made wager with Joe Wood, Cleveland pitcher, that Detroit would win against the Clevelands. Tris Speaker, manager of the Clevelands denies any knowledge of bet. Cobb and Speaker, recently resigned from "baseballdom." Herbert B. "Dutch" Leonard, pitcher of the Detroit Tigers, implicated in the baseball expose. --- Image by © Underwood & Underwood/CORBIS

   Emil John “Dutch” Leonard was born in Auburn, Illinois on March 25, 1909. He made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on August 31, 1933. In that game he came in to relieve in the first inning after the starter gave up a ton of runs. He pitched 7.1 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs. BOXSCORE Leonard played for 4 different teams and was a 5-time All Star. In a 20-season career, Leonard posted a 191–181 win-loss record with 1170 strikeouts and a 3.25 earned run average in 3218 1⁄3 innings pitched. He was a six-time All-Star selection.

On July 4, 1939 Leonard pitched a complete game and the Senators defeated the New York Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. At the conclusion of the first game, Lou Gehrig delivered his famous “luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech.

During the 1945 season, Leonard was part of what was possibly the only four-man rotation in baseball history to have been all knuckleball pitchers. Reportedly, after facing Leonard, Jackie Robinson once said: “I am glad of one thing, and that is I don’t have to hit against Dutch Leonard everyday. Man, what a knuckleball that fellow has. It comes up, makes a face at you, then runs away.”

Leonard died on April 17, 1983 at the age of 74.

Where is Auburn, Illinois?  Auburn is a city in Sangamon County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,317 at the 2000 census, and 4,445 in 2009. It is part of the Springfield, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Bushnell- Illinois Born “Boys of Summer” Series- Earl Sheely 6th in MVP voting


Continuing our series on Illinois Born “Boys of Summer”.





Earl Homer Sheely was born on February 12, 1893 in Bushnell, Illinois.



He went into baseball as a first basman and made his debut for the Chicago White Sox on April 14, 1921. He was a major leaguer for 10 seasons with eight of them for the White Sox.

Sheely finished sixth in voting for the 1925 American League MVP, playing in 153 games with having 600 at-bats, 93 runs, 189 hits, 43 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs, 111 RBI, 3 stolen bases, 68 walks, .315 batting average, .389 on-base percentage, .442 slugging percentage, 265 total bases and 26 sacrifice hits.

He currently ranks 92nd on the MLB list for career sacrifice hits (189).

Over nine seasons, Sheely played in 1,234 games and had 4,471 at-bats, 572 runs, 1,340 hits, 244 doubles, 27 triples, 48 home runs, 747 RBI, 33 stolen bases, 563 walks, .300 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .399 slugging percentage, 1,782 total bases and 189 sacrifice hits.



Where is Bushnell, Illinois?

Bushnell is a city in McDonough County, Illinois, United States. The population was 3,221 at the 2000 census.

According to the 2010 census, Bushnell has a total area of 2.138 square miles (5.54 km2), of which 2.13 square miles (5.52 km2) (or 99.63%) is land and 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2) (or 0.37%) is water.
The town was founded in 1854 when the Northern Cross Railroad built a line through the area. Nehemiah Bushnell was the President of the Railroad, and townspeople honored him by naming their community after him. The railroad later became part of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which continues to operate through Bushnell under the name Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Bushnell was also served by the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway, now the Keokuk Junction Railway. Amtrak trains pass through the city but do not stop.

Beginning in 1908, the Truman Pioneer Stud Farm in Bushnell was home to one of the largest horse shows in the Midwest. The show was well known for imported European horses. The Bushnell Horse Show returned in 2004 and has become one of the better draft horse hitch shows in the tri-state region. The Bushnell Horse Show features some of the best Belgian and Percheron hitches in the country. Teams have come from many different states and Canada to compet

The Nagel Brothers of Bushnell were the first to invent a process of making rolled oats without having to steam the oats. Up until this time, the oats were first steamed to separate the groat from the hull. The patent for this new process was later sold to the Quaker Company.

Bushnell is home to Vaughan & Bushnell hammer factory and Kitchen Cooked Potato Chips.

Olney– Illinois Born “Boys of Summer” Series


Continuing with my series on Illinois Born major league players we find four from Olney, Illinois which is the home of the White Squirrel. Be sure to check that information out at the bottom of the article.


Illinois Born- OLNEY


Glenn Brummer



Glenn Edward Brummer (born November 23, 1954, in Olney, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball catcher.

Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1974, Brummer made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on May 25, 1981, and appeared in his final major league game on October 6, 1985.

He played in 178 games with 347 at bats and collected 8 hits and 27 runs batted in for a .251 batting average. He had four career stolen bases but no more remembered than on August 22, 1982 he stole home with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Giants.

Brummer was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals team that defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982 World Series.



Ollie Pickering

OlliePickering   Oliver Daniel Pickering (April 9, 1870 – January 20, 1952), was a professional baseball player and is noted as the first batter in American League history while playing for the Cleveland Blues in 1901. (NOTE: The 1901 season was the first season that the American League (AL) was classified as a “major league”) He went on that season to hit .309 and scored 102 runs for Cleveland. He played outfielder, primarily in center field, in the Major Leagues from 1896 to 1908. He would play for the Philadelphia Athletics, Louisville Colonels, Cleveland Spiders, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, and St. Louis Browns. Upon his retirement from playing the game, he became an umpire and later retired in Vincennes, Indiana.

The term “Texas Leaguer” is often attributed to the debut of Ollie Pickering, either in the majors or the Texas League, who came to bat and proceeded to run off a string of seven straight bloop hits leading fans and writers to say, “Well, there goes Pickering with another one of those “Texas Leaguers”.

A Texas Leaguer (or Texas League single) is a weakly hit fly ball that drops in for a single between an infielder and an outfielder. These are now more commonly referred to as flares, bloopers or “bloop single.” Most colorfully called a ‘gork shot’. 


Dummy Murphy

DummyMurphy  Herbert Courtland “Dummy” Murphy (December 18, 1886 – August 10, 1962) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1914.
Murphy started his professional baseball career in 1912. The following season, with the Thomasville Hornets of the Empire State League, he batted .338 and was drafted by the Phillies in September. He started 1914 as a major league regular. However, he batted just .154 in nine games and made eight errors in the field. He was released in May and went to the Jersey City Skeeters, where he batted .235 the rest of the season.

Murphy spent the next few years in the minor leagues, mostly in the Pacific Coast League. In 1920, he was a player-manager for the South Atlantic League’s Charlotte Hornets. He retired soon afterwards.



Stan Royer

RoyerStan Stanley Dean Royer was born August 31, 1967 in Olney, Illinois and attended Charleston High School in Charleston Illinois. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves coming out of high school but chose to attend Eastern Illinois University. and recieved ab economics degree, In 1988, he was draft by the Oakland Athletics. He was traded in 1991 along with Felix Jose and a minor league player to the Cardinals for Willie McGee.

He played first base and third base for St. Louis from 1991 through 1994. In a four season career, Royer was a .250 hitter (41-for-164) with 21 RBI in 89 games, including four home runs, 10 doubles, and 14 runs scored. He also played in the Oakland, St. Louis and Boston minor league systems from 1988–1994, hitting .270 with 72 home runs and 417 RBI in 707 games.

Royer is President of Claris Advisors, an investment advising and wealth management firm based in St. Louis.


Where is Olney, Illinois?



Olney is a city in Richland County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,631 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Richland County.

According to the 2010 census, Olney has a total area of 6.664 square miles (17.26 km2), of which 6.66 square miles (17.25 km2) (or 99.94%) is land and 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.06%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,631 people, 3,755 households, and 2,301 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,498.4 people per square mile.


White Squirrels

Olney is known for its population of white squirrels. There are two hypotheses about how there came to be white squirrels in Olney.

The first is that in 1902 William Stroup was out hunting and shot a gray female squirrel. The shot knocked the two babies out of a nest, and he brought them home to his children. They were later sold to Jasper Banks, who put them on display in front of his saloon.

The second is that George W. Ridgely and John Robinson captured a cream colored squirrel and then raised several litters of them before bringing a pair to Olney in 1902. Mr. Ridgely sold the pair to Jasper C. Banks for $5 each. Mr. Banks made a green box for his albinos and displayed them in his saloon window.

In 1910, the Illinois legislature passed a law prohibiting the confinement of wildlife, and they were released into the woods.

In 1925, the city passed a law that disallowed dogs from running at large. In 1943, the squirrel population reached its peak at 1000, but now the population holds steady at around 200.

In the mid-1970s, John Stencel, instructor at Olney Central College, received a small grant from the Illinois Academy of Science to study the white squirrels.

A squirrel count is held each fall. Both white and gray squirrels are counted in addition to cats. The number of squirrels has dropped causing concern. When the white squirrels dip below 100, they are concerned about genetic drift, or changes in allele (gene) frequency, which may reduce genetic variation and therefore speed up the extinction of a small population.

In 1997, the Olney City Council amended its ordinance which disallowed dogs from running at large to include cats. The 1997 squirrel count realized a decrease in cats. They are hopeful this will have a positive effect on the white squirrel population.

White squirrels have the right-of-way on all public streets, sidewalks, and thoroughfares in Olney, and there is a $750 fine for running one over. The police department’s badge even has a picture of a white squirrel on it. The white squirrel has proved to be an enduring symbol of Olnean pride, and stands as Olney’s most defining feature.

The population of white squirrels makes Illinois the only state to have populations of white as well as black squirrels, the latter residing in the Quad Cities area.

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