August 7 – Happy Birthday Bob Alexander

a447cdbd_davisBob Alexander did not spend much time in Amsterdam, NY during his professional baseball career. The right-handed pitcher was born on August 7, 1922 in Vancouver, Canada. He was signed by the Yankees in 1942 and was assigned to New York’s D-level minor league affiliate in Butler, PA. He only appeared in four games there before being promoted to the Rugmakers, where he went 2-4 for manager Tom Cain’s ball club, which finished in first place in that season’s Can-Am League pennant race with a 77-46 record, the second best won-loss percentage ever posted during the franchise’s 11 seasons playing in Amsterdam. Thirteen seasons later, in 1955, he became one of just 28 former Amsterdam Rugmaker players to appear in a Major League game. Here is a complete list of Rugmaker players who made the Major Leagues during their career. They are listed under the year in which they played here in Amsterdam. Names appearing in italic type designate players who went on to become Major League All Stars.

1938
Ford Garrison
Ken Sears
Vince Ventura
1939
Herb Karpel
Mel Queen
Eddie Sawyer
1940
Spec Shea
1941
Allie Clark
Karl Drews
Bill Kennedy
Vic Raschi
Jack Robinson
1942
Bob Alexander
Joe Collins
Bill Drescher
Joe Murray
1946
Dick Kryhoski
John Simmons
1947
Lew Burdette
1949
Bob Grim
Mayo Smith
1950
Wally Burnette
Nino Escalera
Johnny Gray
Gus Triandos
1951
Zeke Bella
Johnny Blanchard
Danny McDevitt

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