here's a full sheet's worth of cards from the 1990 target dodger giveaway set. these 15 guys were all on the same sheet. thanks as always to baseball reference for providing information regarding these players, most of whom i was unfamiliar with. that's my favorite part about this set - looking into the past at players whom i knew little about, and there are some pretty sad tales to be told regarding some of these players.
yes, casey was the pitcher who struck out the yankees' tommy henrich to apparently end game 4 of the 1941 world series and secure a dodger victory evening the series at two games apiece, except that mickey owens was unable to catch the pitch. as such, the inning was extended with the yankees scoring 4 times to take the lead and eventually win the game. i always heard of this play referred to as mickey owens' dropped third strike, but i haven't seen the video for a long time so i don't recall just how bad of a pitch it was.
other than that world series in which he suffered two of the losses, casey had a nice career for the dodgers. he earned two wins agains the yankees in the 1947 world series, and overall was 70-41 for the dodgers from 1939 through 1948 (he missed three seasons during that span while serving in the military). sadly, casey committed suicide in 1951 at the age of 37.
convicted of murder and served time in a pennsylvania penitentiary.
gentelman george was born on christmas day, 1866 and later grew a darn fine moustache. he pitched for the brooklyn grooms in 1892 and 1893, and is the last pitcher in franchise history to win at least 29 games in a season (he was 29-13 in 1892).
still bill hill
i'll have more of these things next week, i am pretty sure.