From yesterday’s dugout discussion:
Professional baseball in Rochester dates back to 1877 “when a team sponsored by the Rochester Baseball Association joined the International Association.” (pg. 6 Silver Seasons – Mandelaro & Pitoniak). Other teams in the league included Syracuse, Toronto, Buffalo…the usual suspects.
The International League dates back to 1885. Rochester had a team in that league. The current franchise can be traced back to somewhere around 1889 (One can never be too sure about such things).
Teams from Rochester have been known as the Bronchos (I have no idea), the Brownies (in honor of George Eastman’s camera), the Hustlers (circa 1909), and the Tribe to name a few.
The Cardinals bought the franchise in 1927 or ’28 and built what would become known as Silver Stadium at 500 Norton St. The grand old venue opened in 1929 and stood until 1997.
The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown opened in 1936. Its first class: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and… Walter Johnson. Rogers Hornsby entered in 1942. No elections in ’40 and ’41.
Bomber! Are you still with us?
Some trivia for you: which college’s baseball stadium is named after Christy Mathewson?
More trivia: Gino mentioned Steve Finley yesterday. In 1991, the Baltimore Orioles traded Steve Finley along with Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch for whom? And yes, all of the aforementioned players spent time in Rochester.
‘KB’ are you with us?
Which hall-of-famer was known as ‘Stretch’?