Happy Birthday–November 23

This is a great day for names:

Chief Zimmer (1860)
Hi Church (1863)
Socks Seybold (1870)
George Stovall (1877)
Jimmy Sheckard (1878)
Runt Marr (1891)
Freddy Leach (1897)
Beans Reardon (1897)
Bubber Jonnard (1897)
Prince Hal Schumacher (1910)
Bill Gates (1918)
Charles Osgood (1926)
John Anderson (1929)
Jack McKeon (1930)
Luis Tiant (1940)
Tom Hall (1947)
Ken Schrom (1954)
Brook Jacoby (1959)
Dale Sveum (1963)
David McCarty (1969)
Adam Eaton (1977)
Jonathan Papelbon (1980)
Justin Turner (1984)
Lewis Thorpe (1995)

Runt Marr played in the minor leagues for nineteen years, managed in the minors for fifteen years, and was also a scout for many years.

Beans Reardon was a National League umpire from 1926-1949.

Bubber Jonnard was a long-time coach and scout.

Bill Gates was a minor league pitcher from 1938-1940 and 1946-1951.

Jack McKeon was a long-time manager and general manager, leading the Florida Marlins to a World Series victory in 2003.  In 2011, he became the second-oldest manager in major league history at age 80.  He also managed in the minor leagues for the Senators/Twins from 1957-64 and again in 1968, scouting for the Twins from 1965-67.

Right-hander Luis Clemente (Vega) Tiant played for Minnesota in 1970, one of his 19 major league seasons. His father had been a star in the Negro Leagues, pitching for the New York Cubans as well as pitching in Cuba in the winter. Born in Marianao, Cuba, the younger Tiant pitched 26 games in the Mexican League in 1961, then went into the Cleveland farm system. He pitched very well in the minors, culminating in a 15-1 season with a 2.04 ERA in only 17 starts for AAA Portland in 1964. Tiant was promoted to Cleveland in mid-July, and was in the big leagues to stay. He spent six years in Cleveland; the best was 1968, when he went 21-9 with a 1.60 ERA and an 0.87 WHIP. The next year, however, was a poor one--while Tiant's ERA was still only 3.71, he lost twenty games and led the league in both home runs and walks. After that 1969 season, Cleveland traded him to Minnesota along with Stan Williams for Dean Chance, Bob Miller, Graig Nettles, and Ted Uhlaender. Tiant missed the middle two months of the season with a fractured shoulder blade, making only 17 starts, but went 7-3 with a 3.40 ERA. At the end of March, 1971, the Twins released the 30-year-old Tiant, apparently thinking his career was nearing an end. They were only off by 12 years. The Twins weren't the only ones to make this mistake, however; Atlanta signed Tiant in April of 1971, only to release him in May. He then went to Boston and converted himself from a hard thrower to a junkballer. He was successful, staying in Boston for eight years and winning 122 games for the Red Sox. He led the league in ERA in 1972, in WHIP in 1973, and in shutouts in 1974. From 1973-76 he averaged 280 innings per season. A free agent after the 1978 season, he moved on to the Yankees for two years, Pittsburgh in 1981, the Mexican League in 1982, and California in August of 1982 before retiring at age 42. He did some coaching in college after his playing days ended. At last report, Luis Tiant was living in Southborough, Massachusetts and working for the Red Sox as a pitching advisor. He is a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. He also has founded a charitable foundation, the Luis Tiant Charitable Foundation, which provides assistance to various children’s and family programs.

Nicknamed "The Blade", left-hander Tom Edward Hall pitched the first four of his ten major league seasons, 1968-1971, with Minnesota. He was born in Thomasville, North Carolina, but attended high school in Riverside, California. He was thin, standing six feet tall but weighing only 150 pounds. Hall was drafted by the Twins in the third round in January of 1966. He moved through the Twins system very quickly, never posting an ERA as high as three at any stop. Hall was with the Twins for about a month and a half in 1968, and made the team to stay in 1969. The Twins seem to have been unsure how to use him, but he did well in any role in which he was placed. A Twin through 1971, he posted an ERA of 3.00, a record of 25-21 with 13 saves, a WHIP of 1.19, an ERA+ of 121, and struck out 8.5 batters per nine innings. He appeared in 139 games, 44 of them starts. After the 1971 season, Minnesota traded him to Cincinnati for Wayne Granger. Hall pitched well for Cincinnati for two years, but then suffered injury problems and was never as good again. The Reds traded him to the Mets in April of 1975, and the Mets sent him to Kansas City in May of 1976. The Royals released him in June of 1977. The Twins signed Hall and sent him to AAA Tacoma, but he did not pitch well there and his career was at an end after the season. After his retirement, he returned to the Riverside area and worked at Rohr Aero Space as a prefit supervisor for three years. He then began a new career with the United States Post Office where he was a mail carrier for over twenty years. In November 2002, Tom Hall retired from the working force to spend more time with his family and became more involved with the community.  He was inducted into the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

Right-hander Kenneth Marvin Schrom pitched for the Twins from 1983-1985, in the middle of his major league career. Born and raised in Grangeville, Idaho, he then attended the University of Idaho, playing quarterback as well as pitching, and was drafted by California in the 17th round in 1976. He did well as a reliever his first two seasons in the minors, but did less well when changed to starting at AA in 1978-1979. Returned to the bullpen in 1980, Schrom was off to a good start in AAA when he was traded to Toronto. He made his big-league debut in August for the Blue Jays, but his control, which had never been particularly good, caused him substantial problems at the big league level. Returned to AAA for 1981 and 1982, his control improved, but he flopped in a brief trial with Toronto in August of 1982 and was released. Minnesota signed him in December and converted him back to starting. He did not get off to a great start in AAA, but he was 3-1 in five starts, and the 1983 Twins were desperate for pitching, so he came up to Minnesota in May. He did better than would have been expected, going 15-7 with a 3.71 ERA. His WHIP, however, was 1.41, indicating that he might have gotten some luck, and indeed, his ERAs got progressively higher each of the next two years, though his WHIP remained about the same. As a Twin, he was 29-31 with a 4.34 ERA in 87 appearances, 75 of them starts. In January of 1986, Schrom was traded to Cleveland with Bryan Oelkers for Ramon Romero and Roy Smith. Schrom bounced back to win 14 games for Cleveland in 1986 with the lowest WHIP of his career, though his ERA was around four and a half. He made his only all-star appearance that season. The next year, however, Schrom soared to a 6.50 ERA, and his major league career was over. He was out of baseball in 1988; he tried to come back with Milwaukee in 1989 and actually did well for AA El Paso in five starts, but then hung up the spikes for good. Ken Schrom was the president of the Corpus Christi Hooks AA baseball team until his retirement in 2019.  At last report, he had moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to be closer to family.

Outfielder/first baseman David Andrew McCarty was a can't-miss prospect who mostly missed, although he did play in parts of eleven major league seasons. Born in Houston, McCarty attended Stanford and was drafted by Minnesota with the third pick in the 1991 draft. He hit very well at Class A and less well, though still respectably, at AA. He was off to a hot start at AAA Portland in 1993 when he was called up to the Twins. He was a semi-regular for Minnesota that year, but batted only .214 in 350 at-bats. McCarty would never get that many at-bats in the majors again. He started 1994 with the Twins, but batted .260 with only one home run in limited play and was sent back to AAA. He began 1995 in Minnesota, but again failed to hit, and was traded to Cincinnati in June for John Courtright. After a month in AAA for the Reds, he was traded again, this time to San Francisco in a trade that involved Mark Portugal. McCarty stuck with the Giants in 1996 as a reserve, but again did not hit, and was in AAA Phoenix in 1997. He moved to the Seattle organization for 1998, to the Detroit organization for 1999, and was signed as a free agent by Oakland after the 1999 season. Oakland sold him to Kansas City before the 2000 season started, and he stuck with the Royals for all of 2000 and 2001, the only two consecutive years that he spent in the big leagues. They were also his best years, as he hit .255 with 20 homers in 502 at-bats with Kansas City. Off to a poor start in 2002, the Royals released him. He was in the Tampa Bay organization for a few months, was released again, went to the Oakland organization for 2003, was placed on waivers in August, and went to Boston. He managed to stick with Boston in a reserve role in 2004, but was released in May of 2005, and his career was over. As a Twin, David McCarty hit .226/.275/.310 in 536 at-bats. Since retiring as a player, McCarty has done some television work, most recently as an analyst for NESN. David McCarty is currently a principal at Lee & Associates, a commercial real estate firm, and is living in Piedmont, California.

Left-hander Lewis James Thorpe appeared in twelve games for the Twins in 2019.  He was born in Melbourne, Australia.  He signed with the Twins as a free agent in 2012 at age sixteen.  He pitched very well in the low minors through 2014, but then had Tommy John surgery and missed the next two seasons.  He came back to have a fine season in Fort Myers in 2017 and also did well in Chattanooga in 2018.  2019 did not go as well--he was 5-4, 4.58 in Rochester, although with a WHIP of 1.20.  He had a few stints with the Twins that year, pitching mostly in long relief, and was not very good, going 3-2, 6.18, 1.74 WHIP.  2020 was pretty much a lost year for him--he made only seven appearances with the Twins and had similar numbers to those of 2019.  2021 wasn't much better, as he battled injuries and appeared in just eight minor league and five major league games.  He made one really bad start in AAA in 2022 and was released in late April.  He then pitched for the independent Kansas City Monarchs and did okay, but nothing impressive.  He turns twenty-seven today and his major league numbers are 3-5, 5.76, 1.74 WHIP in 59.1 innings (24 games, seven of them starts).  He can probably play in independent ball again if he wants to, and as a left-hander he even has a chance to go to spring training with somebody.  We wish him well, but his future as a baseball player does not look particularly promising.