09 November 2014

sunday morning target dodgers - let's welcome…welcome?

it's sunday, so here are some cards from a sheet of the 1990 target dodger giveaway set.  one of the players is named welcome.  he'll be around shortly.

kid carsey
kid's real name was wilfred, but i suppose when you make your major league debut at the age of 18, and you look like carsey, you are called 'kid'.  it was 1891 when carsey debuted for washington of the american association, and he promptly took the loss in 37 of the 54 games in which he pitched.  the next year, he was with the phillies and won 19 games.  carsey went on to win 20 or more games a couple of times with philadelphia, and eventually found his way to brooklyn for the 1901 season.  as a superba, carsey was 1-0 in two games, with an era over 10.

jake daniel
like carsey, daniel spent just one season with brooklyn.  unlike, carsey, it was daniel's only season in the major leagues.  daniel hit .185 as a member of the 1937 brooklyn dodgers, appearing in 12 games as a pinch-hitter/first baseman.

red durrett
durrett didn't do any better, although he did play for the dodgers over the course of two seasons - 1944 and 1945. still, he only appeared in 19 games, and his career batting average was .146.

george earnshaw
earnshaw, who may or may not be wearing a black armband on his left sleeve for teammate len koenecke (i can't tell if it's shadow or the armband) pitched for the dodgers in 1935 (the year they wore the armband) and 1936.  he had won a couple of world series rings with the philadelphia a's in 1929 and 1930 while leading the league in wins in '29.  the dodgers picked him up from the white sox during the 1935 season and then dealt him to the cardinals in july of 1936 after he had amassed a 12-21 record as a dodger spanning those two seasons.

wes flowers
wes looks a bit forlorn, but i suppose that is what someone named wes flowers might be expected to look like.  flowers was a pitcher for the dodgers in the 1940's. he made his debut in 1940, going 1-1 in 5 games pitched that year, and then didn't pitch in the big leagues again until 1944 due to military service.  when he returned, flowers again posted a 1-1 record, this time in 9 games pitched for the dodgers.

welcome gaston
gaston was welcomed to the bridegrooms in 1898, and he made two starts for the club that year.  the following year, he appeared in just one game for the superbas, and it was as a reliever.  that was it for his big league career, but in all, gaston was able to say that he was never relieved as a major leaguer.  both of his starts were complete games (he was 1-1 in those contests), and his relief appearance came as the game's final pitcher.

hank gastright
gastright was relieved three times in the 16 games he pitched for the grooms in 1894.  he made 8 starts, 6 of which he completed, and relieved in 8 other games, finishing 7.  he threw a one-hitter against the cubs while a member of the grooms, but his overall record that year was just 2-6.

chris hartje
hartje was a september callup for the dodgers in 1939.  he appeared in 9 games and hit .313 (5 for 16) with 5 rbi in those games.  unfortunately, it was back to the minors in 1940 for hartje, and he later served in world war ii.  when he returned from service, hartje again went to the minors where he became a member of the spokane indians in june of 1946.  sadly, hartje was soon after aboard the team's bus that crashed near seattle, and he was one of the nine players to die as a result of the accident.

bill leard
leard's major league career consisted of 3 at bats over the course of 3 games for the 1917 brooklyn robins.  he went 0 for 3 with a strikeout.  he is immortalized here on this card as a floating head.

larry lejeune
baseball reference only has a sheldon lejeune listed - no larry.  i'll guess that they are the same guy, since sheldon played for the dodgers in 1911.  he appeared in 6 games, hit a buck-fiftyeight, and didn't play in the majors again until he showed up with the pirates in 1915.

mickey livingston
livingston began his career with the senators in 1938, and finished it with the dodgers in 1951 as a backup to roy campanella.  as a dodger, livingston played in only 2 games, getting 2 hits in 5 at bats.

pat mcglothin
looks like pat's at wrigley, which is kind of cool, although none of his big league appearances in 1949 or 1950 occurred in chicago.  mcglothin was 1-1 in 7 games in 1949, and then had no record with just one appearance in 1950.  mcglothin passed away just a couple of weeks ago at the age of 94.

hub northen
northen hit .287 as a member of the dodgers' outfield in 1911 and 1912.  he played in 118 games in 1912 and hit .282, but was replaced by casey stengel the following season and never made it back out of the minors.

elmer sexauer
sexauer's big league career consisted of four batters faced and two outs recorded in 1948.  in his debut for the dodgers, sexauer retired both boston batters he faced, but in his second and final appearance, he walked both giants he saw, one of whom (bobby thomson) later came around to score.

jack sheehan
sheehan had the good fortune to debut for the robins late in the 1920 season when they were on their way to the national league pennant.  he played in only 3 regular season games (going 2 for 5 at the plate), but then got 11 at bats in the world series against cleveland in that same number of games.  sheehan mustered 2 hits in those postseason at bats, and they were the last hits he would record as a major leaguer as, although he returned to the robins in 1921, he went 0 for 12 in his five games played.

that's a wrap for this week - i'll probably have 15 more cards to show from this set next week.

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